April 1, 2019
I got to cruise up to Elk Grove Village to hang with the Mikerphone crew and check out the new Blue Room, the canning line, and preview this years Smells Like a Beer Fest! It is always a great spot to visit. The first 20 minutes we have the whole gang together, but then Mike Pallen has a fire to put out, so we recorded more of a one on one which is directly after the first 20 minutes, and then after that you get a half an hour of bonus content with Kyle and Mike W. CHEERS AND ENJOY.
March 25, 2019
Kinds new and kinda old at the same time. A lot of people may remember the brewery as Myths and Legends or Urban Legends in Westmont. Well since 2018 it has been known as Whiskey Hill Brewing and they are kicking out some badass beers. They are doing great old world styles while bringing the creativity with big NEIPA, Pastry Stouts, and Fruited Milkshakes or FLOATS! The atmosphere is great and the people behind the place are really fun to talk to. My fellow Leatherneck, Matt, Headbrewer Jon, and JJ were amazing hosts and provided me with a bunch of good stories and pure entertainment.
March 14, 2019
Nice to have a class and intelligence on the show for once, but enough about Alex Lovinggood and his Pit Vipers. Danielle and Katie brought the knowledge on the podcast. I frequently found my eyes glazing over trying to keep up with Danielle's well thought out explanations to my moronic questions. This is an impressive group and they do so much for the Illinois Craft Beer scene, which is now widely considered one of the best 2 or 3 beer scenes in country. From Springfield government shenanigans to FoBAB, the work never stops, so sit and listen and get to know these cats! And get ready for Alex Lovinggoods new podcast coming soon "The Maker in Me"
March 12, 2019
Feeling lucky to have Shaun Berns and Evan Morris share their huge news on my little podcast. They are finally stepping out on their own. They sent out some cryptic social media the day before recording and then share all the dirty little details with me! Days like this are why I started this podcast in the first place. Can not wait to watch them grow.
March 8, 2019
Happy international Women's Day 2019! Emily Slayton, Owner and Brewer at Skeleton Key Brewery in Woodridge was kind enough to let me be a part of this awesome collaboration brew day extravaganza. They made a Lithuanian style IPA with a yeast strain brought to America by Omega Yeast Labs of Chicago. It was a great day that was enjoyed by all the participants and the patrons of Skeleton Key. Look for the beer in early April.
March 3, 2019
My friend John Brand makes his 3rd appearance on the show, this time showcasing a new brewer at the southside brewpub, Wil Turner. A man who has been in the game as long as anyone in Chicago, making great beers and moving it forward while paying homage to the classic styles. We had a fun conversation over some cheese curds, Wil's homemade beef jerky, and some tasty beers. Gotta love that southside baby!
February 24, 2019
What a stunning place to have a beer in the burbs. Every detail mattered on this one. Just has the feel of a Northwoods tavern meets an old Irish Pub. The wood work, layout, and atmosphere are insanely cool. They are young but they will be a powerhouse summer spot.
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).