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Episode 398 - The VT Show

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Release Date: 09/22/2021

Episode 415 - Keeping 2gether show art Episode 415 - Keeping 2gether

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

A sequel to one of our favorite shows of 2021 might seem rushed, but Keeping Together’s time in Chicago is limited. For this one, we drink five more of Averie Swanson’s artful creations in an exercise that honestly feels shamelessly self-indulgent due to how good the beers are. Also, we speculate on a provolone problem, conjure up some Joey Pants, do a sitcom t-shirt reveal, and feel inspired to don windbreakers. Expect a very early contender for beer of the year that we never saw coming.

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Episode 414 - Non-Alcoholic Adventure show art Episode 414 - Non-Alcoholic Adventure

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Though our very existence denies it, we love the idea of Dry January - a time when you can re-evaluate their habits around beer and explore more healthy options. We never really intended on doing this show - not until Ryan got Covid. We keep this weekly show going amidst that diagnosis and explore how non-alcoholic beers have come to mimic craft styles much more than they did half a decade ago. Craig needs help with a t-shirt resolution and we find the perfect names for a few yet-to-be-founded NA breweries.

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Episode 413 - Cold IPAs show art Episode 413 - Cold IPAs

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

The Cold IPA itself is an oxymoron. So is it a hopped-up lager, or a lagered-down IPA? Or is it neither? We speak with Doug Veliky, CFO of Revolution Brewing and industry trend-spotter, about why the Cold IPA could be a legitimate trend, and what could keep it stuck in fermentation. Then we examine the style further by drinking through five local examples, hoping to create our own frame of reference. Craig has a new workout plan for 2022 and Ryan’s creating the Slow Pour Cold IPA at-home device.

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Episode 412 - Double Barrel Blast show art Episode 412 - Double Barrel Blast

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

As if barrel-aging alone wasn’t enough, breweries these days are taking beers that have already experienced an oak rest and dumping them into another barrel to age even further. We sample five beers that result from this process to see if all that patience pays off in the end. We attempt to extend our merchandising output. And as if two barrels for every beer wasn’t enough, Ryan has brought the extra heat for this one: two Craigs. Get ready for the Craigboard.

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Episode 411 - Faces of Deth show art Episode 411 - Faces of Deth

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

This is Deep Wood Stout Edition 2021 for our fourth Barrel-Aged December episode, as we drink through the five Revolution stouts in their fall/winter specialty release series. This lineup finds a new way to step forward - and there’s one beer in particular here that surprisingly leaps to the top of our lists. Ryan confronts Craig about the Hair Bag Incident, Craig keeps insisting on entering the chat, Ryan’s High Life vertical is f*cked, and we just sort of have a love fest about Revolution’s output.

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Episode 410 - Barrel-Aged Saisons show art Episode 410 - Barrel-Aged Saisons

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

An oasis in a month of enormous beers, this episode resets our palates to ready us for the remainder of Barrel-Aged December. But that’s not to say that saisons don’t have quite a few tricks up their sleeves, like the five on this show certainly do. We also are introduced to Milwaukee’s Supermoon Beer Company, and Craig grabbed an interview with co-founder Rob Brennan. Additionally, we have surprising strolls through the mall, and Craig tells you where he’ll take his glitter. #DrinkSaisons

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Episode 409 - FoBAB 2021 Winners show art Episode 409 - FoBAB 2021 Winners

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

No matter what your strategy is at the fest, it’s almost impossible to avoid FoBAB FOMO. We were lucky to attend the 19th edition of FoBAB, but we also felt like we missed out on trying some of the exciting medal winners - until now. For our second Barrel-Aged December show, there are 5 medal winners from 2021 across various styles on this episode that confirm, yeah, maybe the judges know what they’re doing. We brainstorm some local beer gift box ideas and find Craig roaming the island of misfit candy.

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Episode 408 - Half Acre Benthic 2021 show art Episode 408 - Half Acre Benthic 2021

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Rising from the depths of an obsidian sea to bring about an experience both conceptual and elemental that bends past the traditional, or something: Benthic 2021. To kick off Barrel-Aged DecemberNFT we wade through the cosmic gumbo for this show on Half Acre’s big adjunct stout release for 2021. Five variants of the barrel-aged coconut stout are up for review and lead us to the 4PM Shedd Aquarium tour where things get a bit raunchy.

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Episode 407 - The Cincinnati Show show art Episode 407 - The Cincinnati Show

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

We take on five beers from the great city of Cincinnati for this episode, courtesy of listener Andrew who picked out an exceptionally fun variety of styles and odd ingredients. It’s not every week we get beers with juniper berries, paw paw, and tayberries. Also, we discuss a tweet about which famous old people could identify Mario; we talk about some of our favorite signature fonts; and we have the majesty of dolphins ruined for us forever.

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Episode 406 - Cruz Blanca Luchadors 2021 show art Episode 406 - Cruz Blanca Luchadors 2021

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Add a 2021 FoBAB Gold Medal to the many reasons why Cruz Blanca’s seasonal barrel-aged beer release is not to be missed, but you hopefully already knew that anyways. We chat with head brewer Jacob Sembrano before opening up all eight of these grapplers in the Luchador series. Jacob talks with us about growing Cruz beyond just a brewpub, what makes something a “Cruz beer,” and some of the surprising flavor inspirations behind this year’s Luchadors.

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From the rolling green hills of Vermont, we have five beers that span the state for our 27th installment in our State Show series. All five breweries included are new to the show with a wide variety of styles, and at least one beer elicits the strangest divergent reactions we’ve had in quite some time. Also, Ryan is living through an unwritten Seinfeld episode, Craig is disappointed by the lack of moose, and we both fixate on parts of songs we had never noticed before. You’re going to have to speak a little louder - I had a Crunchwrap® today.

Beers Reviewed

von Trapp Brewing [Stowe, VT] - Vienna Style Lager

Collaborative Brewing [Waitsfield, VT] - Salute Your Schwarz (Schwarzbier)

River Roost Brewery [White River Junction, VT] - Neon Burning Bright (Mixed-culture saison aged in gin barrels w/ ginger, lime, and Cara Cara oranges)

Foam Brewers [Burlington, VT] - Galaxie 500 (Double IPA)

Hermit Thrush Brewery [Brattleboro, VT] - Rowdy Monk (Mixed-culture quadrupel aged in red wine and scotch barrels)