Thanks to Shaun at More Brewing, I got to piggy back on his collab with Bottle Logic and get a conversation in with Wes, Dylan, Brandon, and Steve from BL! Their beers are legendary in the secondary and trade market, so talking to them during FOBAB week just seemed to make sense. Just an awesome group of humble guys who are still having fun after 5 years!
Crafted 1979 Bottleshop in Mokena brewed their first collaboration beer for their one year anniversary with Hubbard's Cave. I got to accompany them for brew day along with a bunch of Crafted regulars they call Hoperatives. I set up the podcast gear and pitched in to help can V6 and dump some grain into this big ass dessert stout. Bananas Foster ingredients make breweries smell amazing by the way.
Bolingbrook Brew Fest Episode - AJ Maka, Woggly Square, MyGrain, Elder, Tribes, Dave Benes, and Mike Layhew
I set up some Mics at the Bolingbrook Brewfest October 13th and talked to whoever I could grab in the middle of chaos underneath the McQs Golf dome. Got to hear from some people at the fest like Mike Layhew and Dave Benes. And talk to some brewers like John Newton at Woggly Square and Dan Rosenberg at MyGrain brewing. The famous Chet Brett joined me and Co-Owner of Elder Brewing in Joliet, Melissa Polykandriotis. Good times were had by all!
Episode 59 - Surrounded by Idiots w/ Hailstorm, More, Transient, Werk Force, Brickstone, Flesk & Rock Bottom Warrenville
THE CREEEEAAAAMMMM RIIIIIISES TO THE TOP! What a crazy day this one was. This episode was originally going to be centered around the group texts between brewers Brandon Banbury, Steve Miller (Hailstorm), Chris Betts (Transient), Alex Lovinggood (Brickstone), Brando Wright (Werk Force), Shaun Berns (More), Erik Pizer (Rock Bottom Warrenville), and James and Will O'Brian (Flesk). It turned into a giant Imperial Stout Collab called Surrounded by idiots. So Alex reached out and asked if I could spend the day with them and just record some of the nonsense that ensues. It was an amazing day, hopefully the audio reflects that.
I travelled way on down past Champaign, IL to visit Triptych Brewing for their. Sausage (And Beer) Party. But before the party I got to spend 2+ hours with Anthony, Luke, and Mike from Triptych and find out a little bit about their story. We honestly could have gone 4 hours if need be, but the sausages were calling. What a great group making some outstanding beer.
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Nice monday morning trip up to Lyons to visit Sean and Ike over at Buckledown Brewing. This is the brewery you need to convince your wife to stop at before or after trips to the zoo with the kids. It is located perfectly to pair with a Brookfield Zoo trip. They were coming off their huge Oktoberfest party and they were there bright and early canning up some fresh Fritzticuffs. The guys are the real deal, blue color all day!
Afterthought Brewing was introduced to me by Ryan Jacobs of Saint Errant Brewing, in Episode 17 he referred to their beer as "HILL FARMSTEAD Level".. Saisons are not always thought of as the "Sexy" Style. But god damn is Afterthought making some beautiful beers. It is a small operation, but Mike and now his two brewers are just killing it. You can only get his beer in Glen Ellyn at the OG suburban bottleshop The Beer Cellar. Dave Hawley, owner of the Beer Cellar, has supported Mike's beer from the jump and helped get it into more people hands. If you have not tried his beers I recommend driving there immediately. We had a great conversation about the Past Present and future of Aftethought, including the great story of how it got it's name. The world should look forward to more from this brewery.
After an almost 3 week Podcastless streak I ventured west to Oswego Brewing to sit down with Marc Wilson and Chris H. Marc is the headbrewer at OBC, and just so happens to a World Beer Cup Gold Medal under his belt. Chris is one of the founders and owners of Oswego Brewing, and I would say the 3 of us had a great time. We talked about everything from first brew mishaps to industry trends, and water chemistry. It is an amazing spot and everyone should head out that way and try these really techinically sound and tasty beers. Also a special thanks to Eric, on instagram, @TheBrewtog for taking pictures during the episode. Dude is talented!
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Adjunct stout talk with "The Avengers" of the Chicagoland Stout game. I was very honored to lead this conversation with 3 guys who make such amazing beer. It was a stellar night for the audience and myself. We got to listen to some great discussion and drink some incredible beer. All 3 brewers spent time with the audience after the recording and appeared to have an absolute blast. The next one of these will be a highly sought after event. I can not wait to do this again.
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When you get a shot to talk to the "Master of Barrels" at Pipeworks, you talk to the "Master of Barrels" at Pipeworks! Otherwise known as the "Oaken Nap Coordinator". This was an amazing experience from the conversation to the tasting of different barrels of Murderous and Jones Dog out of random barrels, and even a couple custom blends on the spot. Pipeworks is a true Chicago pioneer and they continue to pump out great products after revolutionizing IPA's in the area! It was an honor to have this conversation. Also thanks to Brian Pautsch for hooking this up!
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