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Episode 3 - Chicago Barrel Mix

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Release Date: 02/05/2014

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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Episode 405 - Barreled Souls show art Episode 405 - Barreled Souls

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

We’re finally caught up on Craig’s summer Northeast trip which took him to Barreled Souls, who do 100% oak-fermented beers out of their Maine location. The flavors are big and bold, and some work much better for us than others. But the standouts are incredible, and we’re even getting some slushie vibes. Also, Craig considers his scent, Ryan runs down all the different sub-styles of soup beers, and we hold a community Fluff event.

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Episode 404 - Bourbon County 2021 show art Episode 404 - Bourbon County 2021

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

It’s the episode where we drink all the Bourbon County beers being released on Black Friday this year, and give you our honest reactions to this eight-bottle lineup. Whatever we say probably won’t influence your purchasing decisions whatsoever, but we had fun and got drunk while doing it. Honestly, we try to run our podcast with a set of principles as there's a drive into deep left field by Castellanos and that'll be a homerun. And so that'll make it a 4-0 ballgame.

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Episode 403 - Torture Test V: Crypt Fever show art Episode 403 - Torture Test V: Crypt Fever

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

In another tale of the macabre (beers), our palates are attacked and our bodies shake with that unmistakable burn: it can only be Crypt Fever! We once again try to outdo one another by picking beers we think are going to be revolting for a blind test of our tolerance for bad - and most of these drinks fit the horrible bill. We also envision the Skoilet, smell some sockfruit, invent Flushtones™, and discuss why hard seltzers are the future of the Torture Test.

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Episode 402 - The SD Show show art Episode 402 - The SD Show

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

For the 28th installment of our State Show series, our friend Don Kasak brought us back a nice (IPA-less) lineup from South Dakota. We have five different beers from five different breweries, although one host’s personal curse seems hellbent on lowering that number. But in addition to these enjoyable brews, we construct five different pop culture Mount Rushmores of our own, which leads to discussions around cereal mascots, Seinfeld NPCs, classic WWF wrestlers, Saturday morning cartoons, and 90s bassists.

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Episode 401 - Duneyrr/Moderne Dune show art Episode 401 - Duneyrr/Moderne Dune

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

With Duneyrr Artisan Fermenta Project, Tyler Davis wants to explore the ways wine and beer fermentation can cross over into styles that defy traditional categorization. And with Moderne Dune, he is using newer ingredients and techniques with IPAs and lagers in thoughtful and artful ways. We talk with Tyler about his many projects and upcoming taproom, the origins of Duneyrr, his brewing history, choosing quality over locality when it matters, and how deep into the world of wine he’s looking to venture.

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Episode 400 - Barrel-Aged Chicago Stouts show art Episode 400 - Barrel-Aged Chicago Stouts

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

To recognize the improbable 400th episode of this show, we take it all the way back to the beginning - with a little added age. We revisit the same five local breweries from “Episode 1 - Chicago Stouts” - but this time, there are barrels involved. We take stock of all that has changed along the way and share a few memories from listeners. But there’s also our Top 3 arcade cabinets, shameless Trader Joe’s plugs, stout luge races, and a little old-fashioned Ryan rage over unwieldy beer prices.

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Episode 399 - IL GABF Winners 2021 show art Episode 399 - IL GABF Winners 2021

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

In a record year at the Great American Beer Festival, Illinois breweries captured 16 medals across a wide variety of styles. We ran all over Chicagoland to assemble six of the medal winning beers to sample while sharing a pretty comprehensive history of Illinois beers at GABF in the 21st century. Also, we pitch some ideas for Extreme Bingo, play a game of Stumptappd about beers with depressing movie names, and get stuck between a glitter bomb and a jamband. More lactose categories next year, please.

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We put four Chicago barrel aged beers to the test.  Plus our first contest and the debut of our theme song!

Rankings


Ryan and Craig (same)

1. Haymarket Clare's Thirty Ale (crowler)

2. Revolution Deth's Tar

3. Local Option Morning Wood

4. Two Brothers/Solemn Oath Brotherhood of the Barrel