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Episode 448 - Just Tables

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Release Date: 09/07/2022

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It’s our job to bring together five local table beers (and deal with Eddie Munster), so we seek to further understand this lighter cousin of saison by talking with Mike Thorpe of Afterthought Brewing about the style and his TableFest™ on September 11th. Also, Ryan finds the perfect work night beer; Craig says the brewery name that makes him squeamish; and we both create the flavor better known as Thunder. The tables are our corn.

Mike Thorpe Interview (00:11:27 - 00:23:10)

Beers Reviewed

Off Color Brewing - Beer For Lightweights

Afterthought Brewing Company - Table: Contessa

Metropolitan Brewing - Micro-Volt

Mikerphone Brewing - On the Table and Dreaming

Sundial Brewing & Blending - Table Chardonnay