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info_outline Episode 437 - Midwest Pils 06/22/2022
Episode 437 - Midwest Pils No matter how much trends fluctuate, one of the steadiest beers to bank on is the pilsner. Everyone who loves beer loves a great pilsner, and in our opinion, no beer list is complete without one. So we pick five pilsners from five midwestern states to taste through and appreciate while trying very hard to banish the term “drinkable” from the show. Also, Bo Jackson is behind the wheel on the way to our pheasant-hunting trip; we talk about how going to New Glarus is like going to Six Flags; and we evaluate which bubbles make Craig feel happy. Beers Reviewed Fair State Brewing Cooperative [MN] - Superclear (German-style Pilsner) New Glarus Brewing Company [WI] - 22 Pils (German-style Pilsner) Noon Whistle Brewing [IL] - Brüski (Czech-style Pilsner) Moontown Brewing Co. [IN] - Anni IV (American Heirloom Czech Lager) Seedz Brewery [MI] - Shark Pils (Czech-style Pilsner)
info_outline Episode 436 - MoBAB 2: Dark Territory 06/15/2022
Episode 436 - MoBAB 2: Dark Territory It is once again time for us to drink more barrel-aged beers (MoBAB), with Craig and Ryan as the only two heroes that can withstand this lineup of sinister and imposing stouts. Because it’s a sequel, we brought in ALL RINGERS for this one, and capping it at four beers was the best decision we could’ve made. Also, we sketch out Jef Lambic, Attorney at Law; struggle mightily against wax; and reflect on exactly what TMNT has taken away from us. Beers Reviewed Mikerphone Brewing - Sir Blends A-Lot [Blend #2] (Blend of barrel-aged imperial stouts) More Brewing Company - Mehndi Special Reserve 2022 (Imperial stout aged in Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year bourbon barrels) Half Acre Beer Company - Double Barrel Benthic (Imperial stout w/ coconut and cinnamon, aged in Willet/Heaven Hill bourbon barrels and apple brandy barrels) Werk Force Brewing Company - Cowabungus Chungus (Double barrel-aged imperial pastry stout w/ coconut, vanilla, and cacao nibs)
info_outline Episode 435 - Giant Jones Brewing Company 06/08/2022
Episode 435 - Giant Jones Brewing Company Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Giant Jones is a woman-run, certified organic brewery specializing in big beers and obscure styles - a few of which are completely new to us. So we have on co-owner and brewer Jessica Jones to talk about how Giant Jones gets creative within the limits of organic ingredients, why some of their signature beers were born somewhat accidentally, and how they’ve evolved from their origins as a barleywine brewery. We also review five beers that each surprise and impress us - which serves as a distraction to how drunk they actually make us in the end. We also celebrate the return of Summer Craig and suffer angular smelling-related injuries. Jessica Jones Interview (00:07:42 - 00:51:13) Beers Reviewed English Style International Pale Ale Pale Weizenbock Grand Porter Burton Ale Kaves
info_outline Episode 434 - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company 06/01/2022
Episode 434 - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company Established in 1998, Kuhnhenn remembers a simpler time for craft beer. But Kuhnhenn also remembers that there were big and flavorful beers done differently - to emphasize style while also honoring drinkability - in the early part of the 21st century. This lineup of five beers from the Detroit suburb-housed brewery gives us a lot of nostalgia while finding a way to keep up with some of the big flavors of today. Also, we explore the relationship between sandwich size and happiness, get our drippiest Gwar masks ready for TikTok, and get disturbed by innocuous words. Kuhnhenn remembers. Beers Reviewed Saucy Minx (Extra Special Bitter) Kuhnieweizen (Hefeweizen) Imperial Crème Brûlée Java Stout DRIPA (Double Rice India Pale Ale) Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia (Bourbon Barrel-aged Old Ale)
info_outline Episode 433 - Smooj 05/25/2022
Episode 433 - Smooj Hard seltzers are starting to see a bit of a dip in sales, but it’s probably because they’re not all loaded up with chunky fruit and 250-plus calories per can. Last year’s “phenomenon” of the smoothie hard seltzer was kicked off by an offshoot of Ann Arbor’s HOMES Brewery that goes by the name of Smooj. Craig stopped by the Lab (which should really be called the Smoojery) to pick up five slim cans of thick and sludgy hard seltzer for us to review. And because we needed another layer of smoothness, Ryan subjects Craig to a complicated game of identifying Michael McDonald lyrics that has real stakes for the loser. Also, Craig should be the mayor of Hell, Lactose is Easy Mode™, and we drink the Smoovée and a can of what we’re calling SmoojYO. Smooj Reviewed Strawberry Banana Piña Colada Tropical Trip Orange Delight Cara Cara Cran
info_outline Episode 432 - Azadi Brewing 05/18/2022
Episode 432 - Azadi Brewing Currently operating out of Pilot Project, Azadi Brewing may be small at the moment, but their flavors are big and inspired by ingredients from regions all over India. We talk with co-founders Bhavik Modi and Gator Schrand about their unusual collaborative process that results in a rich lineup of beers that seek to tell a story and educate the consumer about India, Indian food, and Indian communities in Chicago. (They also taste pretty great as well, we might add.) In addition, we learn about how they became featured in prominent Chicago Indian restaurants, how their logo is inspired by the Dabbawala, and when we might expect to see a taproom open. Also, we want in on the Taste Buds trading cards, dream of some perfect food pairings, and get a lesson in the chaotic Craig-style of reviewing things. Bhavik and Gator Interview: (00:10:37 - 00:36:33) Beers Reviewed Devon (Gose w/ Telicherry black pepper, Himalayan pink salt, and Indian coriander) Cochin (Lemongrass Saison) Shimla (Pale Ale w/ Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade hops) Chopta (Hazy IPA w/ Cascade, Sorachi Ace, and Hallertau Blanc hops) Hira (Belgian Quad w/ dates)
info_outline Episode 431 - Bocks of Spring 05/11/2022
Episode 431 - Bocks of Spring 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 Maibock Dovetail Brewery - Maibock Dutchback Brew Co. - Friar Bok (Lentebok) Half Acre Beer Company - Spring Bock Church Street Brewing Company - Magisterium (Maibock)
info_outline Episode 430 - Cream Team 05/04/2022
Episode 430 - Cream Team 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 4th, go to our Instagram for details on how to win some tickets.) Cream Ales Reviewed Midwest Coast Brewing Co. - Three From the Tee Scout & Scholar Brewing - Kolbier Mikerphone Brewing - C.R.E.A.M. Gathering Place Brewing Co. - Midwest Chill Illuminated Brew Works - Mr. Monk’s Cream Ale
info_outline Episode 429 - Haze Court 04/27/2022
Episode 429 - Haze Court 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 England-style IPA) Brothership Brewing - The Arrival (New England-style IPA) Hop Butcher for the World - Oblong (Double IPA) Old Irving Brewing Co. & Alarmist Brewing - Beez Jus (DDH Triple IPA)
info_outline Episode 428 - Atrium Brewing 04/20/2022
Episode 428 - Atrium Brewing 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 Simcoe misconceptions, and once again summon The Chonk. Beers Reviewed Czech Pils O’Beer (Sour w/ passion fruit, blue raspberry, lemon, and vanilla) Dumpster Cut (Simcoe NEIPA) Chocolate Covered Cherry Boy (Pastry Sour w/ cherry, cacao nibs, and vanilla) Barrel Aged Hegemon (Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout)
info_outline Episode 427 - Hot Drops, Part Deux! 04/13/2022
Episode 427 - Hot Drops, Part Deux! 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 Together - Reality is an Atmosphere: Centennial (Belgian Pale Ale) Civil Society Brewing - Fresh (New England-Style IPA) J. Wakefield Brewing - K.R.E.A.M. (Berlinner Weisse w/ strawberry, vanilla, and lactose) Mason Ale Works - Cash (Imperial Coffee Stout) Cascade Brewing - Primordial Noir (Bourbon barrel-aged imperial red ale w/ cherries and spices)
info_outline Episode 426 - The Louisville Show 04/06/2022
Episode 426 - The Louisville Show 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 a vintage Segway, and we end our boys trip with a friendship-strengthening fist fight. Andy Cobb from Butchertown interview (00:32:55 - 00:48:41) Beers Reviewed Gravely Brewing Co. - La Bamba (Mexican-style Lager) Mile Wide Beer Company - Army Had A Half Day (West Coast IPA) Butchertown Brewing - Arise: Coconut (Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels w/ coconut) Holsopple Brewing - Apricot Pufflefluff (Fruited Sour w/ apricot and marshmallow) Gallant Fox Brewing Co. - Blue Suede Brews (Peanut Butter Banana Old Ale)
info_outline Episode 425 - Ethereal Brewing 03/30/2022
Episode 425 - Ethereal Brewing 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 have a first on the show with sake - and we were totally, actually unprepared. Beers Reviewed Throwback (Pilsner) Fad-tastic (NE IPA) Bellerophon (English Barleywine aged in bourbon barrels) Bananas Foster Baba Yaga 2022 (Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels w/ bananas, Tahitian vanilla bean, molasses, and cinnamon) The Void Sake Co. - Echoes Horchata Nigori (Junmai Nigori Sake w/ vanilla bean and cinnamon)
info_outline Episode 424 - Dubbel Play 03/23/2022
Episode 424 - Dubbel Play 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. Beers Reviewed Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle - Westmalle Trappist Dubbel Illuminated Brew Werks - Intimate Landscape Sketchbook Brewing Co. = Back Alley Abbey Temperance Beer Co. - Quotidienne Vintage Brewing Company - Dedication
info_outline Episode 423 - Grape Expectations 03/16/2022
Episode 423 - Grape Expectations 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 Foedre then aged on Frontenac Gris grape pomace) Supermoon Beer Company - Gloe (Mixed Fermentation Saison fermented w/ Brettanomyces in French Oak Barrels with La Crescent White Grapes) Half Acre Beer Co. - Hot Hot Day (Mixed culture lager w/ Roussanne grapes blended with mixed culture witbier) Hopewell Brewing Co./Speciation Artisan Ales - Taxon Cycle (Wild Ale w/ Traminette Grapes) Keeping Together - Creature of Infinite Contradiction (Barrel-aged Saison w/ Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes)
info_outline Episode 422 - Fruit Stupid 03/09/2022
Episode 422 - Fruit Stupid 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 - Are You There God? It’s Me, Guava (Triple Guava Smoothie Sour w/ vanilla and lactose) Energy City Brewing - Bistro Smoothie: Mango Pineapple Banana (Berliner-Style Weisse w/ mango, pineapple, banana, and natural flavor) Phase Three Brewing Company - Double Nectar: Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry (Sour Ale w/ fruit) More Brewing Company - Peach Cobbler (Fruited Sour Ale w/ peach, vanilla, granola, and milk sugar) Drekker Brewing Co. - Chonk: Spumoni (Sundae Sour w/ cherry, chocolate ice cream, pistachios, and lactose)
info_outline Episode 421 - Back to the Barr3l 03/02/2022
Episode 421 - Back to the Barr3l For the third straight year, we return to the type of enormous barrel-aged beers that destroyed us throughout December…and fall in love all over again. This lineup of five is going down in the history books, as they not only compete for rankings on this show but several are also in the very early running for our year-end lists. Complex barrel blends and big adjunct additions go toe-to-toe with our sobriety, and it’s a hell of a way to ring in Craig’s birthday. Speaking of, we wonder about an alternate reality with #SoftCraig, throw out even more Milwaukee love, and contemplate the mysterious CD long box. (Plug in your Game Genie for the Enhanced episode.) Beers Reviewed Temperance Beer Co. - Might Meets Right: Orange Chocolate 2022 (Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/ roasted cacao nibs and dried sweet orange peel) Private Press Brewing - Cosmic Echoes [Batch 1] (Blend of Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout and Barleywine Ale) Central Waters Brewing Company - XXIV (Blend of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts) Triptych Brewing - When Someone Asks If You’re a God (Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs, marshmallow, vanilla beans & natural flavor) Half Acre Beer Company - Triple Barrel Catch Hell (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/ cinnamon and vanilla)
info_outline Episode 420 - Dark Lagers 2 02/23/2022
Episode 420 - Dark Lagers 2 Yeah we know what episode this is, and truthfully, the pressure of somehow delivering The Funny Weed Number Show was too much, leading us to sip on five delicious dark lagers instead. We explore some of the range a “Dark Lager” can have while finding ourselves in a real rankings-based bind. Also, we have run-ins with NBC sitcom doppelgangers in very unexpected places, we ascend (and descend) the flavor mountain, and we discuss if a Cold Black IPA is a thing. And we back our way into a 420-appropriate set of topics like White Castle 1921 burgers, Boston Dunkies, the Hotel Transylvania film series, and just the nastiest NSFW chips you can find. Beers Reviewed Riverlands Brewing Company - Midnight Silence (Schwarzbier) 1840 Brewing Company - Schwarzen Katze (Schwarzbier) Cellar West Artisan Ales - Metaluna (India Black Lager) Old Irving Brewing Co. - Lifesblood (Dark Bock Lager) Pipeworks Brewing Company - Dunkel
info_outline Episode 419 - Grave Jacket to Heaven 02/16/2022
Episode 419 - Grave Jacket to Heaven We’re finishing off this season’s Deep Wood series from Revolution by doing all the non-stouts - and in many ways we’ve saved the best for last. Though the barrels deservedly get top-billing, it’s hard to ignore how dialed-in the base beer recipe is in all of these - and somehow they get better every year. All these ‘wines inspire a midshow 3-day nap, but we also invent a can-based Chopped challenge for your friends, dream up the inverted mozzarella stick, share tips for beating the Maple Man, and do uncouth things with the Super Mario 3 Strategy Guide issue of Nintendo Power magazine. Beers Reviewed Gravedigger Billy (Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels) Straight Jacket (Barleywine Ale aged in bourbon barrels) Maple Jacket (Barleywine Ale aged in bourbon barrels with maple) Blackberry Finn (Barleywine Ale double barrel aged in bourbon barrels with blackberries) Ryeway to Heaven (Rye Ale aged in rye barrels) V.S.O.R. (Rye Ale aged in rye and bourbon barrels)
info_outline Episode 418 - Tripel Threat 02/09/2022
Episode 418 - Tripel Threat Once brewed as a “superbier” to push the limits of ABV in a Belgian Blonde ale, the Tripel has almost a century of history with many American breweries embracing its fruity and spicy barrage. We try five Tripels, including the style standard, to better familiarize ourselves with this Belgian staple - and to help us complete of our Belgian Beer Cycle. Also, Ryan gives the play-by-play in the 5 year olds basketball class, we sample the newest flavors of Jeez-Its, Craig wants all the brandy barrels, and we brace ourselves for the oncoming onslaught of Fiber-Forward IPAs. Beers Reviewed Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle - Westmalle Trappist Tripel Une Année Brewery - Tripel New Glarus Brewing Company - Triple 5 The Church Brew Works - Millenium Tripel Imperial Oak Brewing - Beermuda Triangle: Peach Brandy BA Tripel w/ peaches
info_outline Episode 417 - Crazy 8th 02/02/2022
Episode 417 - Crazy 8th Ushering in our 8th year of the podcast, this anniversary episode is a surprisingly sessionable trip down memory lane. Each host blindly leads the other through three beers of their choosing with the caveat being that all breweries must be Chicagoland local and would have already been open in 2013. Then, there are other connecting themes behind our choices that the other must guess - all while we find ourselves reeling pickled off of a bunch of 5% beers. Also, we decide which restaurants we would actually stay the night at, take drastic measures to put each other at aromatic disadvantages, and nod along to the Tart Suggestion. Pop two quarters in the blast chiller and get your plants out of my butt zone - we’re already looking ahead to the next eight years. Beers Reviewed Half-Blind (in order of appearance) Light the Lamp Brewery - Still Single (Belgian Blonde) Une Année Brewery - Less Is More (Saison w/ oranges) Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Co. - Little Wing (Pilsner) Temperance Beer Co. - Smittytown (ESB) Emmett’s Brewing Co. - Munich Light (Helles Lager) Off Color Brewing - Scurry (Dark Honey Ale/Kottbusser)
info_outline Episode 416 - Beers For Podcasting 01/26/2022
Episode 416 - Beers For Podcasting For the past two years, Off Color’s line of Beer For… beers have been a steady source of creative pairings executed immaculately, so we talk with co-founder Dave Bleitner about the project he heads up. Dave shares some of his process for conceptualizing these beers, why it was the right time to do his first ever pale ale (and make it a year-round release), how the label art and merchandising comes about, and why you shouldn’t sleep on a hop pillow for too long. We also drink through five of the Beer For beers while attempting to lure a new sponsor, removing the squeaking from televised basketball, and putting our whole mouths under the butter dispenser. Dave Bleitner Interview (00:09:39 - 00:41:46) Beers Reviewed Beer For Hoops (Cream Ale w/ peach puree and vanilla beans) Beer For Movies (Popcorn Kolsch-Style Beer)Beer For Lounging (American Pale Ale) Beer For Bathtubs (Belgian-Style Wit w/ citrus, flowers, spices, and epsom salt) Beer For Bowling (English-Style Session Ale brewed w/ wood)
info_outline Episode 415 - Keeping 2gether 01/19/2022
Episode 415 - Keeping 2gether 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.
info_outline Episode 414 - Non-Alcoholic Adventure 01/12/2022
Episode 414 - Non-Alcoholic Adventure 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.
info_outline Episode 413 - Cold IPAs 01/05/2022
Episode 413 - Cold IPAs 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.
info_outline Episode 412 - Double Barrel Blast 12/29/2021
Episode 412 - Double Barrel Blast 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.
info_outline Episode 411 - Faces of Deth 12/22/2021
Episode 411 - Faces of Deth 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.
info_outline Episode 410 - Barrel-Aged Saisons 12/15/2021
Episode 410 - Barrel-Aged Saisons 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
info_outline Episode 409 - FoBAB 2021 Winners 12/08/2021
Episode 409 - FoBAB 2021 Winners 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.
info_outline Episode 408 - Half Acre Benthic 2021 12/01/2021
Episode 408 - Half Acre Benthic 2021 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.