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Episode 454.1 - GABF 2022 Part One

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Release Date: 10/17/2022

Episode 470 - Schwarzs Unseen show art Episode 470 - Schwarzs Unseen

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

More breweries are embracing malt-forward easy-drinking options as an essential part of a seasonal lineup, and the Schwarzbier may be one of the styles seeing the most taplists these days. For this show, we put five locally-made Schwarzbiers through a blind tasting to help us better understand the style and see how subtle variations can make all the difference for our arbitrary rankings. Also, we fit Chicagoland breweries into boy band archetypes; Craig’s going hard on the Schwarz puns; and Ryan tries to assert himself as the young/cheeky one.  Schwarzbiers Reviewed (Blindly)...

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Episode 469 - Hop Butcher: No IPAs show art Episode 469 - Hop Butcher: No IPAs

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Since throwing open the doors to their Lincoln Ave. taproom just a few months back, Hop Butcher has worked to offer some draft variety by stepping outside of the style(s) for which they’re most recognized. For this episode, we got our hands on four cans that are not IPAs to see how well one of the country’s best haze producers can make something for the hop-averse. Also, we say hello (and goodbye) to Winter Break Ryan which opens an unclosable rift between the hosts over crewneck sweaters and turtlenecks. We also consider the missed opportunity of an Italian Pilsner show; Ryan bores the...

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Episode 468 - 9 Year Blind show art Episode 468 - 9 Year Blind

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

To commemorate our 9th year of this podcast, we celebrate local breweries that opened since we first started broadcasting our shabby little beer reviews. Craig and Ryan each bring three blind beers to the table for the other to guess with a focus on years and a few additional mystery themes. It’s also one of those shows where you get to hear Craig fall head-over-heels in love with a beer, which is always a treat. Also, we’re angling to take that Girl Scout cookie taster position; Ryan’s just completely flummoxed by a bomber; and Craig is Raging Against A Thin Stout.™ We want to thank...

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Episode 467 - Supermoon Beer Company show art Episode 467 - Supermoon Beer Company

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

After two years of selling bottles from what is essentially his front porch, Rob Brennan opened the doors to his Milwaukee taproom in 2022 - and his rustic farmhouse beers are absolutely worth a trip. For this episode, we drink through four funky and beautiful Supermoon bottles that show artistry beyond what you might expect from such a young brewery. Also, Craig has a bounce in his step (and not just because of the house cultures); Ryan shares some moon facts and comes up with the perfect collaboration; and we’re both aching for that Yanni/Bootsy/McD collab to drop.  Beers Reviewed...

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Episode 466 - License to Dill show art Episode 466 - License to Dill

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

We were just as surprised as anyone to find five beers that are made to mimic a briney jar of pickles, and it’s certainly something you have to be really into - or just brace yourself and gulp. Both are true for us on this episode, as one host might have some major life regrets after going through all five of these puntastic pickle beers. Also, we play a short original dice-rolling RPG called “Pickle Me This, PickleMan”; Craig is trying to define that “classy energy”; and Ryan is just holding on for dear life. Beers Reviewed Mikerphone Brewing - Slick Pickle Rick (Golden Ale w/ dill...

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Episode 465 - New Year, New Glarus show art Episode 465 - New Year, New Glarus

ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

It’s always a good idea to welcome a new year with good vibes, and we’d be hard pressed to find a brewery better than New Glarus to fit that bill. For this show, we have five seasonal or speciality release beers from Wisconsin’s premier craft brewery, and the excellence unsurprisingly holds for the duration. Also, nothing beats a car full of jerky smells; Craig embraces the Live Más mentality; and Ryan’s bloodlust is finally explained. Side effects of this episode may include sour throat, time traveling, and rabble-rousing. Beers Reviewed R&D Vintage 2021 (Gueuze-style Ale) Black...

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ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

It’s not just stouts, barleywines, and sours that should receive the benefits of wood-aging. For our final episode of Barrel-Aged December, we try five beers from breweries brave enough to take their drinkable cold-fermented beers and let them rest in different types of wood for any matter of time. The results are truly unique and enlightening as to how wood can transform a lager, and we bend our elbows with almost too much confidence for the night. Also, there’s motorized-cart mayhem in the grocery aisles, weather-based clothing gets a rebranding, and we play a soundbite-based game of...

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ABV Chicago Craft Beer Podcast

Focusing on drinkable lagers, pales, and IPAs has already carried Half Acre to legend-status locally, but their barrel program has developed into an undeniable force over the last few years - and we’re not even talking about Benthic for this one. We have five big barrel-aged beers from this year that are an impressive ode to one of Chicago’s best breweries. Also, Ryan has developed a whole new family of app-based apps that’ll revolutionize the dining industry. Plus, Craig dives deep into Half Acre’s cosmic gumbo writeups; we get our Glass Wavy on; and there’s a building nitro twist...

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Episode 462 - Barrel-aged Stout Grab Bag show art Episode 462 - Barrel-aged Stout Grab Bag

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Throughout this year we’ve been collecting barrel-aged stouts from different states without a real purpose for them: until now. From five states we have three straight barrel-aged stouts and two that are pastrified - and all are in the running for top spots in our rankings. Also, we engage with some AI-generated characters for their opinions about which states make the best barrel-aged beers; we push for more BA brown ales in 2024; and we make a few dirty boy snack confessions. Big thanks to Aaron Carlson for a few of the beers, and Dolphin Man for his valuable perspective.  Beers...

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Episode 461 - Chicago BA Base Stouts Blind show art Episode 461 - Chicago BA Base Stouts Blind

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As winter barrel-aged beer releases expand into more adjunct variants and special barrels, you can’t overlook the base. For this show, we blind sample six barrel-aged local stouts that are part of a seasonal release lineup - but without any of the added gimmicks. We base our opinions only on the liquid in the glass, and we continue our rich tradition of being terrible at guessing the beers. There are more twists and turns than a high-occupancy vehicle-based action thriller, and we try not to be swept away by the relative viscosity. Hop on board. 2022 Beers Reviewed Blindly (in order of...

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More Episodes

For the 40th year of GABF - and the first festival in three years - we had to go bigger than ever, so much so that we couldn’t fit it into one episode. Even though Ryan stayed behind in Illinois, Craig succeeded in drinking all the beers Denver had to offer and bringing back some stellar interviews from some of his brewery highlights - along with an all-time bucket list guest. Even though we recorded this over two days and thousands of miles away, we manage to drink through some beers that have a GABF connection and give some one-sided reviews. In Part One, Craig talks about his experiences at WeldWerks, Peculier, Cellar West, Hops & Pie, and the Denver Rare Beer Tasting - in addition to his first two sessions at GABF.

Part One

Beers Reviewed

Cellar West Artisan Ales - Spinechiller (Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout)

Cellar West Artisan Ales - Cone Country (Golden Wet Hop Pale Ale)

Beachwood Brewing - Amalgamator (West Coast IPA)

Interviews

Zach Kelly of HenHouse Brewing Company (Santa Rosa, CA) - 00:24:15 - 00:31:52

Shyla Sheppard of Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. (Albuquerque, NM) - 00:43:09 - 00:51:54

Seth Morgan and Andrew Truemper of Denton County Brewing Company (Denton, TX) - 00:58:15 - 01:10:30

Kevin Davey of Wayfinder Beer (Portland, OR) - 01:14:52 - 01:22:54

Kelly Montgomery of Third Eye Brewing Company (Cincinnati, OH) - 01:26:12 - 01:29:40