Average Joe’s Above Average Beer Podcast
Episode 89 - Barclay Brewing

Episode 89 - Barclay Brewing

March 2, 2020

Just another interesting human to talk to.  Brian Barclay of Barclay Brewing is doing something truly unique, with a completely fresh perspective.  His story is pretty damn cool, and You get to hear from Armando, the beer buyer over at Warehouse Liquors in the South Loop.  We did drink through some pretty high octane stuff, so we may ramble a bit, but man did we have some fun.  We even had an Inception moment with Don't Drink Beer creator, Alex Kidd.  This one should be a fun listen for anybody.

Episode 88 - IWD Ladies Brew Day at Mikerphone w/ Charolette Converse, Lisa Pallen, and Vee Noravong

Episode 88 - IWD Ladies Brew Day at Mikerphone w/ Charolette Converse, Lisa Pallen, and Vee Noravong

February 24, 2020

The ladies of Mikerphone took over the brew house and let me hang out with them all day while they brewed a big ol Hazy DIPA Called, Dripping So Much Sauce.  This Citra, El Dorado, and Sabro hop banger, lyrically inspired by Juicy from Lizzo, will come out at Mikerphone on Sunday March 8th to celebrate International Womens Day!  These are some awesome and Intelligent people and I had too much fun.

 

Here is a link to the Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/199336281191816

Episode 87 - Eris Brewery and Cider House

Episode 87 - Eris Brewery and Cider House

February 10, 2020

Katy and Michelle rolled out the red carpet for me with a little tour, some coffee, a lot of conversation, and some food and science to cap it all off.  These two have plenty of stories surrounding their beautiful space in Old Irving Park.  The Place was just tremendous and so were the hosts.  Get to know about this Brewery and Ciderhouse and get out there immediately.  

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Episode 86 - White Rooster and White Oak Brewing

Episode 86 - White Rooster and White Oak Brewing

January 27, 2020

This episode was about Confusion, Fun, and Chaos.  I think it should be entertaining for the listeners. It starts with an Original Song by St. Louis musician Adam Gaffney and spins out of control from their with voices from Bloomingtons White Oak Brewing, and Sparta, IL White Rooster brewing.  Also with a guest appearance from my man Tyson Shroyer of home Brew fame, Fire Hop Brewing.  

BONUS EPISODE - Live Panel Discussion w/ Josh Noel (Writer), Josh Deth (Founder, Revolution Brewing), Denver Worker (Crafted 1979, Bob Iggins (Windy City Dist)

BONUS EPISODE - Live Panel Discussion w/ Josh Noel (Writer), Josh Deth (Founder, Revolution Brewing), Denver Worker (Crafted 1979, Bob Iggins (Windy City Dist)

January 16, 2020

At the beginning of December Crafted 1979 hosted a panel discussion led by Josh Noel, Author of Barrel Aged Stouts and Selling out, Josh Deth, Founder and owner of Revolution Brewing, Bob Iggins, VP at Windy City Distribution, and Denver Worker, Owner of Crafted 1979.  Discussion was over an Hour long, and it includes parts of Josh's book, The recent purchase of Ballast Point by Kings and Convicts Brewing, and the current state of beer complete with predictions on the future of the craft beer industry.  It is a must listen for beer nerds everywhere.

Episode 85 - District Brew Yards (Around the Bend, Bold Dog, Burnt City, Casa Humilde)

Episode 85 - District Brew Yards (Around the Bend, Bold Dog, Burnt City, Casa Humilde)

January 6, 2020

Smoked Meats and Beer Talk.  You can't really beat that.  With 40 taps to choose from, DYB is a sweet little spot to have a beer and kick it.  I got to sit down with the owners of all 4 breweries that dwell within DYB.  Its a long one but damn was it entertaining.  We got technical, we got comical, we sang, we drank, but more importantly, we learned how and why they started this whole thing.

Episode 84 - Cruz Blanca Brewery

Episode 84 - Cruz Blanca Brewery

December 6, 2019

From being drugged by your friends on Thanksgiving, to Turkey Day Turducken and living in the bush, Todd and Jake covered just about everything in the epic episode.  And we talked a little about beer and shit too.  These guys are two of the most engaging people I have had on, and the stories just keep coming.  You can't not listen to this one.  

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BONUS EPISODE - The Sour Note Brew Day/Crafted 2 Year Anniversary

BONUS EPISODE - The Sour Note Brew Day/Crafted 2 Year Anniversary

November 28, 2019

Oz opened up his doors and his skills to make Crafted 1979 an Anniversary beer.  So as our crew so often does, we descended upon his place on a Monday morning with beers to share, and shit to talk.  It was an awesome day, hanging with good friends, talking beer and consuming it.  We also got to hear from Matt Griseta, the executive chef over at Square Roots, and one half of the new Mokena Brewery Brothership brewing in Ryne Willig.

Episode 83 - Is/Was Brewing with Strong Mike

Episode 83 - Is/Was Brewing with Strong Mike

October 7, 2019

Is/Was Brewing is small and it is new, and I suggest everyone put them on their radar now.  What my guest, Mike Schallau, is doing is completely different than everything we are consuming in the current Chicago market.  It is not a "never been done" scenario, but out side of Off Color, Afterthought, and a handful of others, no one is focusing on these Saison style beers.  There are other Fermentation forward breweries out there, but Mike is doing it with 5 barrel fermentors out of Marz Brewing in Chicago.  He is splitting off batches of the same beer and fermenting half straight up with a specific yeast and the other half with the same yeast but treating it with Brettomyces.  You can taste the beer as it is and as it was.  Please follow this young brewery:

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BONUS EPISODE - (Recorded in July 2019) My 1 Year Anniversary/Work Review at Crafted 1979

BONUS EPISODE - (Recorded in July 2019) My 1 Year Anniversary/Work Review at Crafted 1979

September 30, 2019

So one year after leaving my "regular" job to join the beer world, Crafted 1979 decided to surprise me by having my wife bring my podcast gear to the shop so that they could do a performance review podcast with customers and beer industry folks.  They thought, I ask enough questions on this podcast, they wanted to have our customers and some beer industry folks as me some questions.  It was a fun day either way, even if it was weird as shit for me.  Thanks to Crafted 1979 for allowing to live my passion daily while also supporting a family.  It means everything to me.