January 15, 2019
Took a long trip up north and west of Chicago to sit down with the crew at Lake Zurich Brewing. Their Head brewer Jake and owners Jason and Eric had some great stories to share and some outstanding beers. Get out to their taproom and be on the lookout for their cans under the Beltane and Magnetic North name.
They also did a recent collaboration with youtube fishing star Jon B follow him on Instagram.
December 4, 2018
An event 1 year in the making. Great things come to those who wait. Jude and Justin were an outstanding time. We covered so much in a short 4 hour time span. We talked hops, business, movies, nonsense, life, the beginnings and the current state of Hop Butcher. We also got to drink some of their newest offerings hitting shelves today. Double Grid, Elder Secrets of an Ancient Past, and a new run of Milkstachio. Cheers to one year and the "Hop Gods of Chicago"!
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November 26, 2018
During FOBAB week I got a chance to do an episode with Bottle Logic while they did a collaboration beer at More Brewing. Well, while doing that, Mike Pallen from Mikerphone happen to walk into the More taproom, so I asked for a minute of his time as well. What happened was an awesome 1 hour conversation between Shaun Berns (More Brewing), Mike Pallen (Mikerphone Brewing), and Brandon Buckner (Bottle Logic Brewing).
November 13, 2018
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!
November 2, 2018
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.
October 29, 2018
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!
October 8, 2018
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.
October 2, 2018
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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J & B Music Lessons: Website
September 19, 2018
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!
September 7, 2018
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.