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Beer In Front

Beer In Front

By Dave Zalatoris
A podcast about some old school beers and new classics. Also I’ll have a weekly rant about annoying stuff.
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Blaq & Soul
Wonderful show this week where I talked with Toni and April from Blaq & Soul about their organization and had the awesome 2nd Shift Brewing version of Reign or Shine. Brian from Three One Pour was kind enough to bring that one, so a big shout out to him!
July 30, 2021
Episode 71 - Pilsner Urquell
Good show this week where I go way back and have the classic Pilsner Urquell as the Beer In Front. I'll also talk about beers from Hidden Hand, Old Irving, Beachwood, and Astronomy Aleworks.  Plenty of Jagoffs this week too!
July 22, 2021
Episode 70 - Old Irving Brewing As Time Goes By
This week I'll have a new beer as my Beer In Front. Old Irving's As Time Goes By is a good one, it's a barrel aged Belgian Quad and is worth picking up if you can find it! I'll discuss the beer twitter meetup in Chicago this past weekend and talk about some good beers I had throughout the week.
July 15, 2021
Episode 69 Schlitz
This week I'm going for the gusto and having a Schlitz as the Beer In Front. Schlitz was my favorite amongst the macros I've had and it's worth trying out! I'll talk about upcoming projects with the great E14 Podcast, I Like Beer Podcast, and Da Beer Bros Podcast as well!
July 8, 2021
Episode 68 Miller High Life
Normal show this week where I have the classic Miller High Life as the Beer In Front. I'll have some good beers from Oscar and Rod that they sent me and there are a few weeks of Jagoffs to catch up on!
July 2, 2021
Episode 67 - Illinois Representative Ann Williams
This week I'm very happy to have on Illinois State Representative Ann Williams. She is currently serving her 6th term as State Representative of the 11th District on Chicago’s North Side. The district includes the Chicago neighborhoods of West Lakeview, Roscoe Village and Northcenter, and parts of Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood and Ravenswood Manor. We discuss our city and state as well as 11th District breweries, Twisted Hippo, Half Acre, Begyle, Dovetail, Corridor, Burning Bush, Metropolitan, and coming in the fall, Hop Butcher. I'll have Begyle's Coffee and Vanilla Flannel Pajamas as my Beer In Front.  Next week from June 28th-July 5th, Beermiscuous located at 2812 North Lincoln Avenue will have a Taste of the 11th District with beers from Half Acre, Begyle, Dovetail, and Metropolitan. A Proceed of this sale will be donated to the Common Pantry. Please stop in and support a great local business and some local breweries while helping neighborhood members. 
June 23, 2021
Special Episode 1 - Education
This is a totally different type of show for me, no beer, no jagoffs, just a topic I wanted to talk about. To help me, I talked to Oscar from The Everything Show and Lauren from the Beer'd Al Podcast about education. Thanks for listening! 
June 20, 2021
Episode 65 Braxton Brewing Storm Cream Ale
This week I'll have a Cream Ale from Braxton Brewing called Storm as my Beer In Front. This came courtesy of Rod J from @RodJBeerVenture I'll also talk about some good beers from Old Irving Brewing, Sew Hop'd and others. 
June 17, 2021
Episode 64 Revolution Brewing Lucia
This week I'll have Revolution's Lucia as my Beer In Front. Lucia is a Dry Hopped Spelt Saison named after labor activist Lucy Gonzalez Parsons. To read more on her check out
June 10, 2021
Episode 63 - Wayup Apertivo Spritz
Excellent show this week where I talk to Phil Muscatello from the Stocks For Beginners and Shares For Beginners Podcasts and we'll talk investing strategies and breweries from the Sydney Australia area. I'll go outside of the beer world this week and feature Hopewell's Wayup Apertivo Spritz as the Beer In Front.   @phil_muscatello @ItGoDowninthePM
June 2, 2021
Episode 62 - Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale
Good show this week! I had the classic Anchor Liberty Ale as my Beer In Front. I spoke with Michael J Maione from the Micro Break Podcast and that was a fun time. Michael had a beer from Flying Fish and I had the collaboration Half Acre and Morton Salt. 
May 27, 2021
Episode 61 Things We Don't Say
This week I'll have the Mikerphone Brewing version of the Things We Don't Say collaboration as my Beer In Front. I'll also discuss the big beer news that surfaced this week, and I'm sure I can dig up some Jagoffs of The Week! 
May 20, 2021
Episode 60 - Two Brothers - Cane and Ebel
Big Episode 60 this week! I'll talk about some health issues, have a Cane And Ebel for the first time in years. That was still a really good beer! I'll also call out some Jagoffs that aren't the usual ones I name. 
May 12, 2021
Episode 59 - Lagunitas IPA
This week I have the old school IPA from Lagunitas as my Beer In Front. I have been having some health issues so I didn't have other beers however I'll make up for it with extra Jagoffs! 
May 5, 2021
Episode 58 Heady Topper/Bills and Brews Babes
Great show this week! I spoke to the women behind the Bills and Brews Babes website and Instagram feed. By all means you should check them out! I also talked a little about my barrel aged fest and thanks to my friend Ben, I had the great Heady Topper!
April 29, 2021
Episode 57 Astronomy Aleworks Return of the Citra Rye IPA
Good show this week as I'll have a great one from Henderson, Nevada called Return of the Citra Rye IPA from Astronomy Aleworks. @GrandpaBeer was kind enough to send his BIF my way to try. I also had a conversation with Local Neighborhood Baby from the Stressed, Depressed, and Anxious podcast.  
April 22, 2021
Episode 56 Saint Bernardus Prior 8
Good show this week or a bad show if you liked the interviews and chats. I'll have the wonderful St. Bernardus Prior 8 as my Beer In Front. I'll also talk about beers from Hopewell, Grumpy Troll, and Seipp's. 
April 15, 2021
Episode 55 Guinness/Amethyst Heels
Great show this week! I'll speak with Ruvani DeSilva, you may know her as Amethyst Heels from social media. We talk about her writing and the Austin, Texas beer scene. I'll go way back in the day and have a Guinness Draught as my Beer In Front as well! 
April 8, 2021
Episode 54 (Your) Beer In Front
This week I was taking off to get the 2nd shot and decided to turn the show over to you! Now, my wife and I managed to get the shot early, but this was too good of a show to let sit so here are 15 amazing people discussing their beer and cider that they love! A few people said Jagoff so that makes my heart sing! 
March 31, 2021
Episode 53 Dovetail Rauchbier
This week I go way outside my comfort zone and have Dovetail's Rauchbier. Dovetail makes world class lagers and this one was no exception. I'll have a conversation with Curt from the Half Hour Bros podcast plus you know there are Jagoffs this week! 
March 24, 2021
Episode 52.2 Beer'd Al Podcast
I'll wrap up my interview with Lauren from the Beer'd Al Podcast on the show and if you ever wanted to hear a very nice polite woman call someone a Jagoff, this is your show! I'll have Bang On The Plum All Day is by Beer In Front! 
March 19, 2021
Episode 52.1 Saison DuPont/Beer'd Al
Great show this week as I have part 1 of my conversation with Lauren from the Beer'd Al Podcast! That was a great talk and I think you'll enjoy it and the Beer'd Al Podcast as well! The Beer In Front is the classic Saison DuPont, what a wonderful beer! It's been far too long since I've had that. This is a normal size show and Friday Part 2 will come out with the rest of the interview and MORE Jagoffs! 
March 17, 2021
Episode 51.2 March 12, 2021. Fat, Drunk, and Stupid
On this show, I'll continue the conversation with Rob from the Fat, Drunk, and Stupid podcast. It was nice to shoot the breeze with him, he's really good guy. I'll also have a Daisy Cutter as my Beer In Front! 
March 12, 2021
Episode 51.1 March 10, 2021. Rhinegeist & FDS Podcast
Good show this week I'll have part 1 of my interview with Rob from the Fat, Drunk, and Stupid podcast. Part 2 will come out later this week. Rob is a great guy who is worth a follow and listen. The Beer In Front will be the awesome Truth from Rhinegeist! 
March 11, 2021
Episode 50 03/04/2021 Old Style & Rod J Beer Ventures
This week, I'll sit down and chat with the great Rod J from Rod J's Beer Ventures. Since it is a special edition of the show, I'm going back to the beginning and having an Old Style Lager as my Beer In Front! 
March 4, 2021
Episode 49 February 24, 2021 - Jeremy Banas and Celis Beer
This week I had a great talk with Jeremy Banas author of the new book Celis Beer Born in Belgium, Brewed in Texas. Mr. Banas did a great job telling the story of Pierre Celis and the Celis Brewery. For anyone interested in the history of craft beer, this should be on your reading list! I enjoyed Harold's '83 Honey Ale is my Beer In Front, plus there are some Jagoffs to be called out! 
February 25, 2021
February 17, 2021 Beer And The Baker
What a great show this week! I'll be talking to Liz from The Beer And The Baker. We had Maple Deth from Revolution as a virtual Beer In Front and talked about Chicago beers and bakeries. Plus Liz has her own Jagoff Of The Week! 
February 17, 2021
February 10, 2021 - 18th St Best Patio Pils
This week I'll have Best Patio Pils as my Beer In Front. I'll also have solid choices from Saint Errant, Revolution, and Storm Creek! 
February 11, 2021
February 3, 2021 - Ballast Point Sculpin
On this Curse Free episode, I'll have an old favorite Sculpin from Ballast Point as the Beer In Front. Plus I'll discuss a Non-Alcoholic IPA from Athletic, have a cider from Right Bee and much more! 
February 4, 2021
January 27, 2021 - 3 Floyds People Power
This week, the Beer In Front will be People Power from 3 Floyds. This is a sparkling ale brewed with black tea that I really enjoyed. I'll also talk about beers from Revolution, Hop Butcher, Sketchbook, and Brothership. 
January 28, 2021
Weekend Jagoffs 01/22/21
All Jagoffs, no beer. They are coming out of the woodwork, so I whipped up a quick bonus episode of Jagoffs Of The Week. 
January 22, 2021
January 19, 2021 Bell's Hopslam
This week I'll talk about the upcoming election, the call for a $15 minimum wage, and have the great Hopslam from Bell's.  Shoutout to Bex @BexGoos and
January 20, 2021
January 13, 2021 - Duvel and The F-Word
This week I'll have the classic Duvel as my beer in front plus great beers from Hop Butcher, Saugatuck, Tangled Roots, and Haymarket! 
January 14, 2021
January 07, 2021 - Casa Humilde La Doble
This week I'll have the killer La Doble from Casa Humilde. Outstanding beer, by all means pick this one up! And you know I'll be fired up about what went down Wednesday in DC. 
January 8, 2021
December 30, 2020 - Best of 2020 and Pliny The Elder!
This week I recap 2020 with my favorite beers and biggest Jagoffs of 2020 plus I'll have the wonderful Pliny The Elder as my beer in front!  #Craft Beer #Chicago #Jagoff
December 31, 2020
December 23 2020 - Goose Island 2020 BCBS Proprietor's
Happy Christmas Eve Eve! This week I'll have the great 2020 Prop from Goose Island as my BIF, I'll also talk about great beers from Cellermaker and Penrose.  #Craft Beer #Chicago #Jagoff
December 24, 2020
December 17 2020 - Revolution VSOD
What a great beer! Beer of my year no question. I'll have this plus discuss a good one from the Bruery in California. 
December 18, 2020
12/10/2020 Great Lakes Christmas
This week I'll have the fabulous Christmas Ale from Great Lakes as my Beer In Front. I'll talk about beers I liked this week from Brooklyn, El Segundo, and Half Acre as well. Plus!! A Democrat is my Jagoff Of The Week! 
December 10, 2020
12/02/2020 - Anchor Christmas
This week the Beer In Front will be the classic Anchor Christmas. I'll also talk about some great beers from More and Goose Island! Shoutout this week goes to the Love Is Lit show! @loveislitpod 
December 3, 2020
November 19 2020 - Seipp's Extra Pale Pilsner
This week I'll have the Pre-Prohibition Extra Pale Pilsner from Seipp's. I'll ramble on about Thanksgiving and talk about some beers from Ravinia, Bells, Pipeworks, Cinderlands, and Alarmist! 
November 19, 2020
November 11 2020 - Speedway Stout
This week I'll have plenty to say about the election plus have the fabulous Speedway Stout as my Beer In Front. 
November 11, 2020
November 4 2020 - Celebration Ale
This week will be more like the quick hit and run episodes of the past. The Beer In Front this week will be Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. Plus beers from Crystal Lake, Wild Onion, Liquid Love, Hop Butcher, Cinderlands, Off Color, and New Holland! 
November 5, 2020
October 28, 2020 - Deth's Tar/Beermiscuous
Great show this week! I'll chat with Virginia from Beermiscuous and have the latest 3 of the Deep Wood Series from Revolution! 
October 28, 2020
October 22, 2020 - The Brewery Travels
A very special episode awaits when you push play! I will not swear this week, so gather the kids around the stereo! I'll have a chat with Joel Geier from The Brewery Travels, have Rogue's Dead Guy Ale as my Beer In Front plus I had a ton of terrific beers this week!  #CraftBeer #Beer Podcast
October 22, 2020
October 14, 2020 - Pike IPA
This week I'll have as my BIF Pike IPA from Pike Brewing in Seattle. I'll have some local recommendations from Beermiscious and sample some beer mail from Oscar in California.  
October 15, 2020
October 8, 2020 - Fat Tire
This week, I'll have the classic Fat Tire as the Beer In Front, I'll also have a rant about healthcare and have some other good Chicago beers! 
October 9, 2020
Episode 28 - Eliot Ness Amber Lager
This week, I'll have the fantastic Eliot Ness from Great Lakes in Cleveland. I also had some good stuff from Good City Brewing in Milwaukee, 2 from Casa Humilde, Cigar City, and Soundgrowler. 
October 1, 2020
Episode 27 - Oktoberfest
On this episode, I'll have 6 different Oktoberfest beers, plus I'll discuss the great Thundertaker from Revolution. I want to start a discussion about retirement and want your opinions on this for a future show! 
September 25, 2020
Episode 26 - Grand Teton
Back from vacation and refreshed and ready for another season of BIF. This week, I'll have 3 different ones from Grand Teton Brewing in Idaho. And you thought I only drank Chicago beers. I'll try to have longer episodes this time out, so this week I'll discuss the National Anthem.
September 18, 2020
Episode 25 - Base, Superstructure, and Maintains And Shapes
To finish out Season 1, I'll have the 3 beers from the Hop Butcher/Revolution Colab that came out a few weeks ago. I'll discuss the great beers i had from Half Acre and Marz as well! 
September 3, 2020
Episode 24 - Friends Choice
This week, I'll have beers that my friends have hooked me up with this past week. The Beer In Front is the classic Two-Hearted from Bells and there is a lot to annoy me the past few days! 
August 26, 2020
Episode 23 - Allagash White
This week, my BIF is the splendid Allagash White. Solid beers from Hopewell, Phase Three, Alarmist, Lo Rez, and Other Half. I'm really pissed at the post office fiasco so I'll fire off on the Jagoff running the show! 
August 19, 2020
Episode 22 - 90 Shilling
On this Episode, I'll have as my beer in front the great 90 Shilling from Odell. That and you know I found stuff that annoys me!
August 8, 2020
Episode 21 - Into The Mash with some Demon Semen
This week I talk to the guys behind the really good Into The Mash Podcast Darryl and Sean. I do have to apologize in advance, Darryl's sound levels were low and you'll have to raise the volume up a bit. I'll have some good local Chicago beers plus the Beer In Front is Triple Hop'd Lager from Bitburger and Sierra Nevada. Oh, and you didn't think I was going to let Demon Semen get in the news undetected. 
July 31, 2020
Episode 20 - Pizza Port
This week I have a Pizza Port Permanent Vacay as my Beer In Front. Have some other good beer plus I'll annoy both political parties by calling them a Jagoff. 
July 23, 2020
Episode 19 - Moira Rose/Black Is Beautiful/Lo-Cal IPA's
This week my Beer In Front is Revolution's version of Black Is Beautiful, blind taste 4 lo-cal IPA's and discuss our new dog! 
July 16, 2020
Episode 18 - DFH90
This week, the Beer In Front is the fantastic Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.  I'll have some Chicago beers from Pipeworks, Hop Butcher, Hopewell and 5 Rabbit plus did you know, Beyonce isn't Black? According to the Jagoff of the Week, she's Italian! We're all surrounded by idiots! 
July 9, 2020
Episode 17 - Arrogant Bastard
This week I'll have an Arrogant Bastard, a few local beers and say something nice about people. Don't worry, I'm still angry at the end!  @arrogantbastard @18thStreetBrew @RiverlandsBrew
July 2, 2020
Episode 16 - No Laws....
This week, I'll have a Zombie Dust as my B.I.F. plus also taste some hard seltzers. 
June 26, 2020
Episode 15 - Enjoy By
This week I'll discuss Enjoy By from Stone, and have some great beers from my favorite local Chicago breweries. 
June 18, 2020