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Episode 403 - Torture Test V: Crypt Fever

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Release Date: 10/27/2021

Episode 431 - Bocks of Spring show art Episode 431 - Bocks of Spring

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Malt-forward and flowery, the bock-style lager most made for the Spring season is typically a maibock, though not all breweries embrace the confines of that title. We collect five local bocks made with Spring in mind to help Craig make up his mind about this style that once literally saved a city. We also meet two diabolical breakfast buffet villains, get our minds freaked by food commercial secrets, and start feeling real TOASTY! Shorts and a sweater? A dress and a jean jacket? We’ve got the lager beer pairing for you, lover of Spring weather. Beers Reviewed More Brewing Company - Bartlett...

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Episode 430 - Cream Team show art Episode 430 - Cream Team

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

One of America’s few original styles also happens to be a commonly misunderstood one. The Cream Ale has no dairy or lactose (much to Craig’s chagrin) but is instead much more similar to the flavorful and easy-drinking Kölsch. We drink through five examples of the style to better grasp its nuances and are once again surprised by the refreshing amount of subtle variation. Also, we discuss the ultimate mind game, foosball, and accidentally give the ice cream machine sentience. (And if you’re interested in attending Gathering Place’s Lager & Friends festival in Glendale, Wisconsin on June...

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Episode 429 - Haze Court show art Episode 429 - Haze Court

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

We’ve been summoned to do our civic duty in Haze Court, giving five hazy beers their due process through our arbitrary…arbitration. We’re ready to be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that we should drop the charges against haze, and sentence our taste buds to about an hour of hop service. Also, we imagine adding a twist to new MLB rules, experience the Mandela Effect with Sir Mix-A-Lot, and try to keep Craig’s Hop Anger Meter below critical.  Beers Reviewed Old Nation Brewing Co. - DDH M-43 (Double Dry-Hopped New England-style IPA) Eagle Park Brewing Co. - Goon Juice (New...

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Episode 428 - Atrium Brewing show art Episode 428 - Atrium Brewing

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

In less than two years, Atrium Brewing already has folks claiming them as the best brewery in Louisville - so Craig had to visit and find out for himself. Head brewer Spencer Guy hops on for an interview to talk about the brewery’s origins, being known for kettle sours but having a penchant for clean beers, and what to expect once they are able to add more space. Then we drink through five diverse offerings that range from nostalgia-inducing classics to “how could this possibly work?” in a matter of minutes. Also, we look at craft beer trends as an economist might, help settle some...

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Episode 427 - Hot Drops, Part Deux! show art Episode 427 - Hot Drops, Part Deux!

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As if the Chicago shelves couldn’t be more saturated with tantalizing options, a whole new round of hot drops has hit recently that got us out to the bottle shops to see if they’ll take valuable fridge space away from our local faves.We have five very different beers from some notable out-of-state breweries - and we have our first ever D.O.A. Hot Drop. Also, Ryan is living with the horror of a room centipede, Craig’s working through some hop anger, and we both are titillated by The Burden of Stout. Hallelujah, it’s raining DSW gift cards.  Beers Reviewed Fast Fashion/Keeping...

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Episode 426 - The Louisville Show show art Episode 426 - The Louisville Show

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Well ahead of Derby Day, Craig trotted down to Louisville, Kentucky to check out their beer scene and bring back a five-pack, along with an interview. The range is wide on this one with easy-drinkers to adjunct-crammed sippers all fighting for the top spot in our arbitrary rankings. Also, Craig chats with Andy Cobb from Butchertown to learn about his growing operation, how to determine the right amount of coconut to cram into a stout, and the potential for kung fu showdowns over craft beer. Also, Craig shares some other unique highlights from his Louisville trip, Ryan’s considering restoring...

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Episode 425 - Ethereal Brewing show art Episode 425 - Ethereal Brewing

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Craig’s recent travels brought him to Ethereal Brewing who have been bringing a wide variety of bold styles to Lexington, Kentucky for the better part of a decade. We hear from co-founder and head brewer Brandon Floan on the brewery’s evolution, the real fifth element, the ease of barrel access in actual bourbon county, how making sake is different than making beer, and how to brew a beer that gives you weird dreams. We also talk about misunderstood roller coasters, Craig’s entirely useless smell-based superpower, and the unfortunate way Baba Yaga and Dark Lord are connected. We also...

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Episode 424 - Dubbel Play show art Episode 424 - Dubbel Play

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Inching ever-closer to our Belgian cycle, we finally reach for the Dubbel on this show by drinking the style-originator and several American examples - including one big-time medal winner. With such wide variety on the style that are mostly good in their own way, we try to examine what makes a Dubbel such a beloved style - even when you’re not ingesting gamey meats. Plus, we introduce tickling to the Olympics, put Brendan Fraser and Hugh Grant into a buddy comedy, and explore your body as an intimate landscape. Now’s a good time to remind our donors to “dubbel” their donation. ...

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Episode 423 - Grape Expectations show art Episode 423 - Grape Expectations

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

We don’t always have the best luck with fruit feature shows, so we hand our expectations over to some of our most trusted local brewers to give grapes a chance. All five bottles on this show feature unique grapes from the rest, so Craig schools us off the vine. Also, we have a therapeutic conversation about grocery stores, discuss how EastSide Gushy Got Chonked (Vol. 1), perform Nerds Box-to-mouth, admire the bold dismantling of a rotisserie chicken, and learn some new words.  Beers Reviewed Off Color Brewing/Speciation/Native Species Winery - Garamond (Wit Ale fermented in Barolo...

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Episode 422 - Fruit Stupid show art Episode 422 - Fruit Stupid

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Sometimes you just gotta say, “What the f***?” and open five cans absolutely crammed full of fruit slurry and let the whole notion of beer just leave your mind. We’re down with the thiccness for this episode, watching our glasses become opaque with a pulpy sludge while measuring the detritus on each glug-glug pour. So while they may not be beer per se, are they fun to drink? Also, we re-examine the days of the week, learn the truth about MC Hammer, develop some can-rolling techniques, and experience THE CHONK. Come on and get fruit stupid with us. “Beers” Reviewed BlackStack Brewing...

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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. 

Beers Administered

The Bruery Terreux - Frucht: Cucumber (Sour Berliner Weiss w/ cucumbers)
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery - Verrückter Brauer (Strong Lager)

Abita Brewing Company - Strawberry Lager

Shipyard Brewing Company - Pumpkin Head Hard Seltzer

5 Rabbit Cervecería - ChocFruit Piña (Stout w/ pineapple, from 2016)

Forbidden Root - Money on My Rind (Wheat beer w/ juniper and grapefruit, from 2016?)