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The Brit and Yankee Craft Beer Podcast

The Brit and Yankee Craft Beer Podcast

By Phil Clark
Craft Beer and brewery reviews, mixed with a little pub chat from The Brit and Yankee Pub Studio located in deepest West Chicago. Presented by 'The Brit', Phil Clark, and 'Yankee' professional brewers Chuck Fort and Ken McMullen. Nominated for 2007 and 2016 Podcast Awards...yeah, it's a while ago but we're still here, and going strong! We podcast for the love of beer!
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Pubcast 368 - Nothing Odd about Matt Manthe of Odd Breed Ales
In this edition, my co-host Chuck Fort (Church Street Brewing) and The Brit welcome a 2021 GABF Gold Medal winner and someone who is intensely passionate about his craft. Matt Manthe is the brewer behind Odd Breed Ales, a small brewery in Pompano Beach FL, who is making quite a mark in the arena of wild and farmhouse ales using a unique mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria, and aged them in oak barrels. His success at GABF came in the Mixed-Culture Brett Beer category, and Matt tells us all about how he comes to be able to make such fantastic brews. Also joining us is return guest and chum of the podcast, Kevin Abbott, who is Director of Operations for Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton FL. BoM is the partner brewery to Odd Breed and he tells us how the relationship came into being and the many benefits it brings both parties. This is an in-depth podcast which should appeal to home and professional brewers as well as the craft beer drinker who wants to understand more about this side of the industry. Want to know what a puncheon is? Want to hear Matt's thoughts on how to store the bottles in your cellar? Does the water quality affect the type of beers Matt makes? These and many more questions are answered here. It was recorded via Zoom and Matt's connection sometimes suffers from connection 'blips', so please forgive those few seconds, as this is a great opportunity to hear from an expert who has a passion for working with wild yeast and barrels. Alas, distribution has not reached Illinois yet (any out there who want to jump in, please contact Matt and Kevin!), but listen for Matt hinting about possibly entering a brew into this years FOBAB...we can only hope! If you liked this edition, we are hoping to get Matt back on for more insight, so please send us your comments, emails and qAlso joining us is return guest and chum of the podcast, Kevin Abbott, who is Director of Operations for Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton FL. BoM is the partner brewery to Odd Breed and he tells us how the relationship came into being and the many benefits it brings both parties.uestions, and we'll work on a better mic and connection for Matt!! Cheers! Website: ... for pictures and more! Facebook:
October 22, 2021
Pubcast 367 - The Curious Case of Banging Gavel Brews
It was beautiful Fall weather when we headed down to Tinley Park to record our latest episode outside in a beer garden. We're at Banging Gavel Brews who have been brewing since the end of 2014 but still have not been able to brew or serve at their chosen location for a variety of reasons. Instead, they have opened up a fantastic beer garden, complete with their version of a 'jumbotron' so their patrons can enjoy the outside, drink their great brews, and watch their favorite college and pro sports. Owner Jim Richert and head brewer J.T. Rea welcome The Brit and co-host Ken McMullen with samples of their current tap list, and relate the tale of their historic house that will eventually become their brewpub. We hear about the buildings' origins and the problems encountered during the reconstruction, but the end is hopefully in sight! Join us to hear about the brews, the beer name origins and the the theme of their brewery, plus we find out about J.T's background and how he started in brewing and the path life took him to  be here at BGB.  We recommend a visit before the beer garden closes on Oct 31st. After that it is back to cans only as the way of obtaining some of their very drinkable beer! Brews Sampled: Civil Code, Märzen, 5.7% ABV Amicus Curiae, Kölsch, 4.5% ABV Offshore Trust, Tropical IPA, 5.1% ABV Website: ... for pictures and more! Facebook:
October 1, 2021
Archive Edition – Werk Force Brewing circa 2016
As we are busy with Fall pub activities, we jumped into the Brit & Yankee archive and pulled out this episode from May of 2016. It was one of the first onsite interviews and featured co-host Mark Naski and The Brit, on the road down at Werk Force Brewing.  Here we chatted with owner/brewer Brandon Wright, ahead of their expansion and the closing of the homebrew piece of their business. You’ll see the coziness of the taproom as it was and the cramped brewing conditions from the photos in our web post. Now they have expanded and expanding even more, as their brews are forever in demand with the craft beer community. Brandon has always been a chum of the podcast and we’d like to thank him for his continued support.  Tune in to this ‘historical’ episode. Cheers! Website: ... for pictures and more! Facebook:
September 24, 2021
Pubcast 366 - Lane Fearing of Roaring Table Brewing
We finally made it up to Lake Zurich and to a brewery that we have long wanted to check out and sample their brews, and with a 4th Anniversary looming at the end of September this was the right time! Roaring Table Brewing has been slowly but surely producing some of the finest brews in the area, and even national craft industry magazines are starting to be aware of how good they are. Co-host Ken McMullen and The Brit sat down with Lane Fearing, half of the dynamic duo who run the business, Beth May being the other. Due to a storm running through the area and knocking out the home power, Beth couldn't be with us, so it fell to Lane to face the questions from the B&Y team. As we chatted, we sampled  the cask, hand-pull Best Bitter and found out how Shakespeare had an influence of naming the brewery. Then we moved on to a classic bottle-conditioned saison and how their magnificent foeder plays a leading role in many of their brews. For the final curtain, we headed to the bright tanks, and tried the latest batch of their NEIPA and a preview of the just-released doppelbock, which they were canning the next day and is now available. Apologies for the first 8 minutes of audio as The Brit's mic wasn't fully engaged, but no matter, Lane's was fine and he's the man we came to chat to!! Cheers! Brews Sampled: Best Bitter, English cask ale, 4.6% ABV Beth, Saison, 6.7% ABV Tuba Solo, NEIPA, 7.2% ABV, Doppelbock collab with Black Lung Brewing Website: ... for pictures and more! Facebook:
September 10, 2021
Pubcast 365 - In Memoriam - Mark Naski, our friend
We are rebroadcasting a show first recorded back in 2012, from the early days of our podcast. This episode was recorded before The Brit persuaded ex-pat Fin, Mark Naski, to join as co-host, and features Lingo and The Brit getting a beer appreciation lesson from him. We really didn't know anything about beer before Mark came around (and some people say we still don't!), and his schooling helped us be more knowledgeable about craft beer and brewing, and developed the podcast to become a little more than just two guys drinking beer. Soon after this recording, we persuaded Mark joined us as our 'Brewmaster' and give his technical expertise to the show. We have created a video version of this show which has many of our favorite pictures of Mark, and this is the way we want to remember him. He was a generous man with his beer, his food, and his knowledge. He was our friend, and a friend to many others across the Midwest. A couple of years ago, Mark moved out to Boise, Idaho, and immediately made an impact to their burgeoning craft beer market. You can check out our series of 5 episodes which he brokered for us, with breweries in Boise, on our YouTube channel. His loss will be felt for sometime, but we know he is in the big brewery in the sky that never closes, and he has left behind a lasting legacy for all those who knew him. He was one of those people who you were glad he was in your life, and our thoughts are with his wife Tiina and all of his family. Kippis Mark!
July 15, 2021
Pubcast 364 - Kali Gajewski of Sedona Beer Co.
It's a second 'vacation' recording, and this time we are at the Sedona Beer Company, gazing at the beautiful red rocks and getting a good dose of vortex energy. Heading up this operation, together with her husband Mack, is Sedona native Kali Gajewski. The Brit sat down with her in their cool patio courtyard, of course with a couple of brews and found out about what makes them the top dog for brews and food. Not only do they have a great selection of styles on tap, but also a fine selection of specialty brews which come out of their awesome, reusable barrels called Squarrels, which we talk about in detail and are a cornerstone of SBC's sustainability certification. From the last episode we have gone 180 from grass roots Verde Brewing, to a more 'tourist' setting, but in both cases we have brewpubs that have character, and people who are passionate about brewing beer and do it very well! Please check out SBC if you are in the area, and let us know what you thought...we highly recommend them! We sampled most of their brews, and The Brit returned with a bottle of the Scotch², which he and Ken McMullen sample midway through this podcast! Cheers to getting your vortex under control at this fab location! Website: ... for pictures and more! Facebook:
July 9, 2021
Pubcast 353 - Alex Goetting of Verde Brewing Company
Nestled just south of Sedona AZ, is a small town of 15,000 called Camp Verde, centered around the Verde River valley. Alex Goetting is a 32 year old who has founded a local watering hole in a small industrial area, where Verde Brewing Company provides some great craft beers to the local community and tourist population. Take exit 287 off I-17 S , take a left past the new Starbucks, and head about 1/2 mile down Industrial Drive and the signs for VBC take you to a warehouse location that provides indoor and outdoor seating, great beers, and some tasty 'pub' food.  Alex had just finished transferring beer to a bright tank, and took out some time to chat to The Brit about starting up, surviving the pandemic, and what the future holds. If you are out this way, this brewery offers a great ambiance for drinking well-made, solid craft brews.  Cheers Alex, and thanks to the great wait staff there as well. Website: ... for pictures and more! Facebook:
June 30, 2021
Pubcast 362 - Big Thorn Farm & Brewery: The Great Outdoors
We first found Big Thorn back in December of 2018 when we tasted their Wood Thyme Tart Gruit, and from then on we were hooked! It took us until September 2019 to arrange to visit the brewery, as it is 3 hours south of the B&Y pub down in Georgetown, IL. It was worth the wait, and co-owners Anna Schweig and Aaron Young showed us their brewery and fermentation room which was built by them, and remains one of the only off-the-grid breweries in Illinois. It's amazing the quality of the brews produced by brewer Aaron, using local ingredients and fermenting them on different wood varieties to impart subtle flavors into their beers. At the beginning of June, The Brit and his wife, the lovely Kimberlee, headed back down to the brewery to see how things had changed, post-pandemic. The amazing Tree House bar is still the centerpiece, but the addition of a food truck with a fantastic chef, has meant that you can add great food to the list of beers, making it possible to spend an entire day down on the 'farm'. The Brit brought back a selection of their bottles, plus a fantastic rice peach brew in a howler, and Anna contributed a bottle of the upcoming release for Father's Day, Dad's Bourbon Stout. Ken McMullen from Hopvine and Chuck Fort from Church Street headed over to the pub garden one hot and sultry afternoon, and we sample four of Big Thorn's offerings. And as we sample we talk about electric Harley's, electric SUV's, foraging, and the lads do a little birdwatching as the population of birds visit the pub's bird buffet! Oh, and we check out the 'nodules' on the bottom of the Big Thorn snifters, and find out what they do...yeah, it was definitely a laid back episode! We highly recommend a visit to BTF&B very soon for anyone looking to experience something new in craft beer and breweries. Cheers!! Brews Sampled: Fight For Your Rice (peach), Rice Beer, 5.0% ABV Scruit, Sour Gruit, 5.0% ABV Oats #3, Sour ale with raspberries, 5.0% ABV Dad's Bourbon Stout, Imperial Stout aged on Bourbon-soaked oak, 10.0% ABV Website: ... for pictures and more! Facebook:
June 11, 2021
Pubcast 361 - Chris Valleau of Exit Strategy Brewing
This is our Memorial Day weekend edition, and we're happy to say it is 'in memoriam' of 2020, and how it affected one (and probably many) of the breweries in the Chicago area.  We visit with brewmaster Chris Valleau, who together with his wife Katherine, is co-owner of Exit Strategy Brewing located in Forest Park, IL. The Brit and co-host Ken McMullen of Hopvine Brewing, sat down with Chris to look back at how the pandemic year affected them on a personal level, how it changed their business model so they survived to be open today, and how the future looks for them and the craft brewing industry. As usual, we sample some of the brews on tap at ESBC, and we recommend a visit as their patio is large and the beers are great. We've finally put 2020 into the history books, and we move on stronger than ever! Cheers!! Visit our YouTube channel to subscribe to VIDEO version of this podcast! Website: Facebook:
May 28, 2021
Pubcast 360 - Drink Local Spirits with Ed Malnar of Pollyanna Brewing and Distilling
It's an early look at a new venture for Pollyanna Brewing, as we depart from craft beer to visit with podcast chum Ed Malnar and find out all about distilling spirits. The Brit and co-host Ken McMullen discover what all that shiny new equipment is being used to produce, ahead of the official launch date of May 20, which Ed is calling 'Spirits Day'! We did get to sample the American Gin, which is infused with botanicals and we find out how that is done also. No consumption of pints this time, but judging by some of the camera work there may have been some quality control sampling! Bottoms up! Visit our YouTube channel to subscribe to VIDEO version of this podcast! Website: Facebook:
May 7, 2021
Pubcast 359 - The Barleywine Classic Vol 4 - Part 3
It's our final part of the 4th Annual Barleywine classic, and we head to Riverlands Brewing Company for an experiment in keeping beer, which with all due apologies to Riggs Beer Company as it did not stand the test of time. Luckily, the beer was so good we want it fresh now! Then it's off to Church Street Brewing, and we have the full B&Y team back together for a couple of tastings, one from Karetas Brewing Co., and a wrap up where we feature a barleywine from Clairvoyant Brewing Company. This year was challenging, but we had a blast with all our awesome brewing chums! Cheers! 3/23/21 Eric Bramwell, Riverlands Brewing - Riggs Beer, American Barleywine 3/23/21 Chuck Fort, Church Street Brewing - Karetas Brewing, English Cardinal Summary Ken, Phil, Chuck - Clairvoyant Brewing, Barleywine
April 15, 2021
Pubcast 359 - The Barleywine Classic Vol 4 - Part 2
We head to two more breweries for part 2 of our 4th Annual Barleywine Classic, to get the brewers to taste and comment on the brews we have selected. This time it's Alex Drayer from D and G Brewing who gets to try a barrel-aged offering from The Forge Brewhouse, who he did a collaboration with last year. Then it's back to Milk Money Brewing, where we present a 'mystery' barleywine to Erik Pizer, and only reveal it is from Black & Gray Brewing after he has tasted it. Did he like it?  Tune in and find out! These pubcasts are a collection of videos (or audio if you prefer to listen that way) which we recorded at the breweries listed below, and we split them up into a 3-part series. Thanks to all the brewers for joining us to make it happen. We've included the recording date just for a reference point in case there are some 'dated' comments! 3/8/21 Alex Drayer, D and G Brewing The Forge Brewhouse, Long Haul Series, BA Heavy Hitter Barleywine 3/23/21 Erik Pizer, Milk Money Black and Gray Brewing, Ye Olde Curmudgeon CHEERS!
April 2, 2021
Pubcast 359 - The Barleywine Classic Vol 4 - Part 1
The Brit loves a good Barleywine, and since 2017, we've held an annual get-together to taste and chat about this classic style. Over each year, Barleywines are collected from any brewery that has one, with no particular connection other than we try to focus on Illinois. Our the last celebration was held back in January 2020 at Riverlands Brewing, and little did we know then that it might be a while before we held the next one, or for that matter got together as a group to chat and sample. This year, The Brit had to come up with another approach so that social distancing protocols could be still observed. So instead of gathering together, Ken McMullen and The Brit headed out to 7 breweries and tasted one or two barleywines at each location. Luckily, as we recorded throughout March, restrictions were being lifted, people were getting vaxxed, and we were able to keep our mask wearing to a minimum. These pubcasts are a collection of videos (or audio if you prefer to listen that way) which we recorded at the breweries listed below, and we split them up into a 3-part series. Thanks to all the brewers for joining us to make it happen. We've included the recording date just for a reference point in case there are some 'dated' comments! Part 1: 3/1/2021 Ken McMullen, Hopvine Brewing Crystal Lake Brewing, Boathouse Reserve Barrel Aged Barleywine 3/2/2021 Brandon Wright, Werk Force Brewing P.A.L.E / Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration Werk Force Brewing / Inflatable Koelship Habitat CHEERS!
April 2, 2021
Pubcast 358 - Erik Pizer of Milk Money Brewing
Milk Money Brewing was a victim of the Covid pandemic insomuch as it delayed their opening and when they did open, it wasn't the 'hurrah' that normally accompanies a new brewery opening. Erik Pizer is the brewer at the LaGrange location, and in this episode we hear from him about his beers and what Milk Money is doing to set itself apart from other brewpub. Ken McMullen (Hopvine Brewing) and The Brit sample some of his brews, and the great food that is being served up. Erik has managed to produce a great range of classic and new styles, and The Brit finds a pal who also doesn't like coconut in beer! We recommend a trip to LaGrange for brews and dinner! Cheers! Brews Sampled Queen Takes Pawn, English Bitter, 5% ABV LaGrange Lager, American Lager, 4.2% ABV Milk Money, Milk Stout, 7.5% ABV Amai, Witbier, 4.9% ABV Visit our YouTube channel to subscribe to VIDEO versions of this podcast! Website: Facebook:
March 18, 2021
Pubcast 357 - Return to Florida with Kevin Abbott of Barrel of Monks Brewing
In this show, we are welcoming back to the pub our pinch-hitter co-host, Chuck Fort, who is head brewer for Church Street Brewing in Itasca, IL. Illinois has opened up for restricted capacity so we take advantage of this and get Chuck into the pub to help taste and chat with an old friend of the pubcast. Back in October 2019 we first talked with Kevin Abbott, VP of Operations for Boca Raton's Belgium-styles brewery Barrel of Monks. Now he's back and we get a BoM update, and find out about four brews that he sent us in a Covid-care-package. It's a chance to catch up and talk about what is on tap there and what the future holds for them. Also we hear about sister brewery, Odd Breed Ales, and their fantastic oak-aged beers, one of which we taste, and it turns out to be a gem! Packaging, yeast science, and how brett can naturally change the flavors of a beer are other topics of the conversation. If you head to Florida, then these are two breweries that are high on the 'must-visit' list. Thanks to Kevin for sending us the beers...we loved them and crave for more! The video version will be available soon on our YouTube channel, here.
March 9, 2021
Pubcast 356-5 - Zoomin’ To Idaho - Dan Shamy & Alvin Mullins of 2C Family Brewing
Our final episode in this series takes us 10 miles west of Boise to Nampa ID, and a brewery that has helped revitalize the downtown area, and restored one of the oldest buildings to be a great community meeting place. 2C Family Brewing holds a special place in the heart of our roving correspondent, Mark Naski, as they have collaborated with our own Church Street Brewing to produce Idaho versions of Karma Kolsch and Heavenly Helles. Dan Shamy is the brewer who Mark has teamed up with, and together with founder Alvin Mullins, we chat to them about the styles they are producing on their 10-barrel decoction system. Dan and Alvin tell us about the drinking palates out there in Idaho, and how they see the direction and growth of their market. The Brit is joined for this final edition in the Boise Zoom series by co-host Ken McMullen, and this one is actually recorded from the Ken's brewhouse at Hopvine Brewing. Many thanks to Dan and Alvin, and all the brewers for their time and brews, and thanks again to Mark for setting it all up!  Cheers! Here's a link to our YouTube channel
March 1, 2021
Pubcast 356-4 - Zoomin’ To Idaho - Jerry Larson of Mad Swede Brewing
We get two Scandinavian's for the price of one on this edition...well, at least one who was born there, and one who has Swedish descent! It's the latter we are focusing on in Part 4 of our Idaho brewery series, as we meet up with Jerry Larson who is the driving force behind Mad Swede Brewing. The beer we are sampling is perfect for the colder weather, and you could say it was 'awesome'...yes it's a robust oatmeal porter called Helm of Awe. We chat with Jerry about his background, his brewery, and of course his beers. We've sampled several in past podcasts and all of them are fantastic, including the GABF medal winner, Naked Sunbather. Mark Naski is there to keep Jerry company, and thanks to him for setting all this up. We had a little issue with the sound in some places, so bear with us this time round. Skål! Here's a link to our YouTube channel
March 1, 2021
Pubcast 356-3 - Zoomin’ To Idaho - Jake Talbot of Ram Brewery
Ram Brewery has been around for many years, and has come and gone in the Chicago-land area. Yet in Boise ID they are thriving with 2 locations, and award-winning brewers. Jake Talbot is head brewer at the east side site, and brews a Kolsch that has claimed a couple of those awards. We got sent a crowler of this classic style, zoomed in with Mark Naski and Jake, and sampled as we chatted. The Brit wanted to save some for his co-host Ken, but alas it was just TOO good to save and got finished over the course of the podcast. Jake puts his faith in Weyermann for his malts, and the authenticity and quality of the brew is front and center. Tune in and find out more about Kolsch, as we enjoy a great chat ... Ram on, dude!
February 24, 2021
Pubcast 356 - Zoomin' To Idaho - Part 2 - Sean Pletcher of Clairvoyant Brewing
In Part 2 of our series featuring 5 Idaho craft breweries, we travel East across town to Boise's West side and land up at Clairvoyant Brewing, where we meet with brewmaster Sean Pletcher. Beer aficionado Mark Naski is on hand again to help The Brit find out about the feature beer, a Vanilla Russian Imperial Stout that has all the impact but is light in body. Sean tells us about the brewery, what is being drunk on tap, and gives us a whirlwind tour of the location. It's a dog-friendly, neighborhood brewery and taproom that is making an impression on the locals, and certainly on The Brit after he samples the brew. Cheers! Here's a link to our YouTube channel -
February 22, 2021
Pubcast 356-Zoomin' To Idaho-Part 1-Bryan Garcia-Brown of Edge Brewing
We're doing something a little different in this pubcast as we travel outside the boundaries of Illinois and head northwest to Idaho. Boise is the center of the burgeoning craft beer scene with over 25 breweries in this state capitol. We are visiting with just 5 of these, courtesy of a care package of sample brews sent by our chum, ex-cohost, and beer aficionado, Mark Naski. Mark thought that The Brit needed to get a taste of what's brewing out there, so he arranged for us to talk with the brewers via Zoom, while we tasted the sample beers. We want this to incent you to visit Boise for a beer-cation, especially these 5 breweries and tell them The Brit sent you! In part 1, we welcome Bryan Garcia-Brown who is the brewmaster at Edge Brewing, and there's a Baltic Porter to try. Cheers! Here's a link to our YouTube channel -
February 18, 2021
Pubcast 355 - Larry Hough of Soundgrowler Brewing
Our first pod/vid-cast of the year is an extended interview with FOBAB medal winner Larry Hough from Soundgrowler Brewing Co. in Tinley Park. We recorded this just after Thanksgiving but reserved it for release in the New Year. Love his beers, and we find out all about them in this Zoom-recording. We'll also put this out as an audio edition!  Cheers!
January 4, 2021
Pubcast 353 - Phil Castello of Side Lot Brewery
Just like corner taverns, small craft breweries are key communal locations for some neighborhoods, even more so in these days of social distancing and closed bars. Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda IL is one of these craft breweries, who under the guidance of owner/brewer Phil Castello, continues to produce a variety of great style offerings, and has adapted their outside beer garden for safe consumption. This video / audio edition, recorded via Zoom, visits with Phil to find out more about his brewery, his beers, how they help support local events and organizations. Ken McMullen from Hopvine Brewing joins The Brit to sample and discuss 4 Side Lot brews, a complimentary sample 4-pack of which will be provided to one lucky person! As The Brit is also a ‘Phil’, he becomes English Phil, and Phil Castello is Italian Phil, and not to be left out, Ken claims the name Irish Ken. Note:   The drawing is open from 5pm, Nov 11 2020 to Midnight, Nov 16 2020, and the rules are laid out by English Phil at the start of the recording. All you need to do is listen for the “Magic Phrase”! If you are listening past the closing date, then never mind and carry on about your day...the offer expired! Brews Sampled: Philsner, German Pilsner, 5.5% ABV Yours, Mine + Ours, APA, 6% ABV Vibranium, Black IPA, 6.5% ABV Jimmy The Weasel, Belgian Tripel, 10% ABV View our YouTube Channel video here... Visit our website here...
November 11, 2020
Pubcast 352 – Winter Is Coming: Beer Styles for the Winter
This week we are providing an alternative to election coverage with our edition discussing winter beer styles that we are drinking. Recorded via Zoom and joining The Brit on the tasting panel are 3 head brewers and 3 Covid hair styles! Providing their choices for brews they like to drink as we head into the colder months are co-host Ken McMullen from Hopvine Brewing, occasional co-host Chuck Fort from Church Street Brewing, and completing the lineup and special guest, Eric Bramwell from Riverlands Brewing. We each selected 2 beer styles that tickle our taste palates during this change of seasons, and chat about why and find out if some of these might be on the brewing calendar. Ken pulls out some recently received malt samples and how he goes about selecting which ones he might want to try in a pilot batch, plus Chuck suggests brewing up a barley tea to get some of the taste profiles. Great fun and all in the safety of our own socially distanced environments! Cheers! Brews Sampled: Smoked Porter, 6.5% ABV, Alaskan Brewing Co, Juneau AK Nut Brown Ale, 7.2% ABV, D and G Brewing, St. Charles IL Wicked Googly, 10% ABV, Barleywine, Riverlands/Hopvine/Brit & Yankee Collab Old Order 10 (2017), 10% ABV, Barleywine, Solemnn Oath Brewing, Naperville IL Holy Moly, 7.5% ABV, BBA Milk Stout, Church Street Brewing, Itasca IL English Cardinal, 9.4% ABV, Barleywine,  Käretäs Brewing, Itasca IL Hoppy Grinchmas, 8.1% ABV, Imperial Red Ale, Riverlands Brewing, St. Charles IL Premium Dunkel, 4.8% ABV, Munich Dunkel, Warsteiner Brauerei, Warstein Germany View our YouTube Channel video here... Visit our website here...
November 4, 2020
Pubcast 351 / Virtual Happy Hour - Jon Lambert of Hairy Cow Brewing
This edition takes us out to Byron, IL (virtually) and a brewery situated along the Rock River. Hairy Cow Brewing has been open for just over 2 years, and partner/head brewer out there is Jon Lambert. Jon joins The Brit, Phil Clark, and his co-host, Ken McMullen from Hopvine Brewing on a Zoom call to chat about Hairy Cow, and sample some of his brews. We find out what exactly Hairy Cows are, Jon’s background, and how his beers are brewed to reflect  the tastes of the area. The styles are classic, but he is now starting to branch out into a new barrel program, and because one of the other partners likes them, sours are on the horizon! We finish up by sampling an unpronounceable Russian Imperial Stout, that drinks very smoothly despite it high ABV. Oh, and we should also mention that the deck overlooks the Rock River, and they serve fantastic artisan pizzas! Brews Sampled: Turtle Tree, Cream Ale, 4.9% Bloody ‘elles, Helles-style Lager, 5.5% Slainte Mhath, Russian Imperial Stout, 11% Check out the video version of this show on our YouTube channel, visit our website for photos and more, and please subscribe for future episodes!
September 11, 2020
Pubcast 348 - Goldfinger Brewing
We have an exciting, exclusive edition this time round and another video/audio edition. There's a new brewery in Downers Grove that is getting ready to open at the end of July (as of the release of this video the date is July 31st). Goldfinger Brewing is a lager-only brewery owned and operated by Tom and Alison Beckmann, and their brews are already causing a stir locally, and selling out kegs before the tap room is officially opened! The Brit, and co-hosts Ken McMullen of Hopvine Brewing, and Jay Rosicky of Malted Tales and Milk Money Brewing, jumped on a Zoom call and chatted with Tom and Alison, plus we were able to sample the brews for ourselves. In the video, you will get Tom's background and how they came to build out their brewery, and a sneak peek at what it looks like, 2-3 weeks ahead of opening. Check out the video on our YouTube channel! Then in the extended audio podcast, we carry on the conversation with Tom, finding out what styles will be brewed in their future, what the taproom experience will be like, and why they went the 'classic style' route as the mainstay for their brewery.  Tom talks to their distribution direction, why he likes bottles but has to look to cans practically, and we all postulate on what might be allowed now that wasn't before lock-down. Cheers! Brews Sampled are their core three offerings: Original Lager, German-style Helles, 5.2% ABV Vienna Lager, 5% ABV Pils, German Pilsner, 4.9% ABV Now head over to our website for photos and more!
July 17, 2020
Pubcast 347 - – It’s not all Sanitizer at Church Street!
Church Street Brewing in Itasca had long been a friend of the podcast almost since it’s inception nearly 6 years ago. We have been lucky enough to have Chuck Fort, their head brewer, come onboard as one of the podcast co-hosts and we’ve had many recording sessions at the Brit & Yankee studios…up until March of 2020! Then the Covid-19 virus hit, and we had to lockdown along with the rest of the country. The Brit checked in with Chuck on a curbside beer run, but the conversation was short. So, we thought it might be time to check in with him for an extended look at what’s new at CSB! Joining us in this virtual happy hour Zoom chat is the podcast’s other co-host, Ken McMullen from Hopvine Brewing, and the ‘band’ is back together again! CSB’s marketing manager and all-around whirlwind personality, Jace Rhea joins us later in the videocast  and we find out what was more important than drinking a brew with us! We are all drinking CSB brews, and checkout 4 of the newest additions to the CSB line-up, which are departures from the ‘classic’ styles they are known for. Chuck tells us what area of the market they are targeting with their fruited styles, and shows why he isn’t in sales! Plus we get the story on Chuck’s beer can collection as he shows off some of his collection. This edition is another video/audio extended edition, so check out our YouTube channel for the video portion...Cheers! Brews Sampled: Vic Secret Ministry, American IPA, 6% ABV Father Damien Sour Red Ale, collab with Bircus Brewing, 7% ABV EGLe, Baltic Porter, collab with Illuminated Brew Works, 9.5% Forbidden Fruit, Fruited IPA, collab with Bircus Brewing, 7.5% Cheers!
June 16, 2020
Pubcast 346 - Art History Brewing
This episode marks a change to our lock-down status as of Friday, May 29, Illinois has opened up for outside dining, including service in brewery patios and beer gardens. So, the crew at the Brit and Yankee decided we should change our name from Hops At Home to Hops Outside in celebration of better times to come! We also made this edition a video-cast AND extended out our interview for an audio podcast…the first one since the beginning of March. And to celebrate this, what better than to make a visit to the newest brewery in the Fox River valley area, Art History Brewing in Geneva, IL. Opened only 2 weeks ago at the time of recording, we checked in with owner Tom Rau, and head brewer Greg Browne to find out what you can expect if head out to pay them a visit. What we found was that they really like the classic styles and are going to be trying to show the Western suburbs how a great Czech-style brew is made, and served. It’s all about wet foam folks! Brewer Greg has a great  pedigree and has been part of the Midwest craft beer scene since the early nineties. An ex-pat Aussie, he seems to know his way around a mash tun! Tom Rau takes us on a tour of AHB which is included in the video version of our show, and then we continue the conversation in our audio podcast. Brews Sampled: Good Morning Munich, Bavarian-style Helles, 5.2% ABV Avenue of Giants, West Coast IPA, 7.3% ABV Lincoln Highway, APA, 5.8% ABV Head over to our website for photos and a link to our YouTube video!
June 5, 2020
Pubcast 345 - It's Not All Green For The Irish!
Brother Chimp Brewing is in the House! Steve Newman, owner/brewer of Brother Chimp suggested to The Brit that he bring in two of his beers which will be on tap when they open ina few weeks, and joining him in the pub was his taproom manager, Jessica Voigt. Never one to turn down donations, The Brit agreed and invited a couple of other chums to join the panel for this recording, so Chuck Fort from Church Street brought his offering. Also on hand was the original 'Yankee', Mike 'Lingo' Lingafelter and beer-nerd Tom Ryan. Steve is currently contract brewing out of Logan Square's Pilot Project, so is able to self-distribute out to selected locations to get his beer out there, and two of these are his Irish Red and dry Irish Stout. He brought in samples of these for our review and we also found a couple more locally produced Reds, and then put Steve's stout up against a couple of classics. As usual we have plenty of craft beer conversation and pub chat on many unrelated topics, including the best way to beat your eggs for an omelette! Listen in and then get ready to head out to the brewery to drink it fresh from the taps! Brews Sampled: Church Street Brewing, Itasca IL - Crimson Clover, Irish Red Ale, 5.5% ABV Brother Chimp, North Aurora IL, Well Red Monk, Irish Red Ale, 5.3% ABV Buffalo Creek Brewing, Long Grove IL, Burning Red, Irish Red Ale, 4.8% ABV Brother Chimp, SIGFY, Dry Irish Stout, 4.2% ABV Heineken Ireland, Murphy's Irish Stout, 4.0% ABV St.James Gate, Dublin, Guiness Draught, 4.2% ABV Click here to head to our website for photos and more!
February 29, 2020
Pubcast 344 – Doris and Rick Kennay of Kennay Farms Distilling
The podcast team of Phil 'The Brit' Clark, and Hopvine Brewing's Ken McMullen headed west on I-88 to the small town of Rochelle IL. Located in the old Hub Theater is Kennay Farms Distilling. Doris and Rick Kennay have restored the old theater and turned it into a thriving distillery that includes a small brewing operation to ensure all tastes are accommodated. This episode takes The Brit into uncharted territory as 'hard' liquor isn't usually something the podcast focuses on, so understanding how the process is the same, or differs, from the brewing process is enlightening. We talk about how the long-established farming family  began this endeavor,  and how it fits into their agricultural business. There is talk of the barrels, where they come from and the rules associated with using them. It's a crash course in the basics of running a distillery and how you need patience for this long-term project. Rick and Doris have a fascinating story to tell, so if you'd like to take a weekend drive this is a great place to head out to and take one of their tours. And if you don't drink spirits, we've sampled their brews and they are also worth the trip! Cheers! Brews Sampled: Mother Hen, Hefeweizen infused with hibiscus, 6.1% Cakes On The Griddle, Sour with vanilla, Cherries Jubilee, Stout, 9.0% Farmer's Basket, Gose infused with strawberries and hibiscus, 4.5% Now head over to our website for photos and more!
February 21, 2020
Pubcast 342 - The BIG Barleywine Show
It's our annual bumper BIG Barleywine show, where the beers are BIG, the guests are larger than life, and the podcast is a marathon! Lingo joins me as co-host #1, and Ken McMullen from Hopvine is co-host #2, but also is one of the 5 brewers we have on hand joining The Brit on this yearly trip into a classic style. Last year, we were recording show 300. This year we record to coincide with the release of our collaboration barleywine, A Wicked Googly. This is a Riverlands Brewing, Hopvine Brewing, and Podcast collaboration...but more on that later.  We recorded the show after a full day of bottling our offering, so we were ready to sit and talk with a panel of guest brewers who included Steve Kemp from Evil Horse, Dan Rosenberg from MyGrain Brewing, and Riverland's very own Eric Bramwell and Dave Marck. Along with trying barleywine's from Illinois, we had a couple from Idaho and one from Wisconsin. Of course, the conversation isn't all about barleywine, as we touch on adding fruit to brews and experiment with drinking from a crowler that was filled nearly a year ago. We touch on ice cream and beer and other food pairings, yeast strains, and of course we have at least one brew that is a gusher, and we find from Dan why some beers behave that way. Yup, this one is a long one, but we were all having such a good time, we let the chat carry, we've included the timings below in case you want to skip ahead. But then, if you do you'll miss the party!! Cheers! Our Barleywine Selection with segment times: 00:00 - Evil Horse  Brewing, Crete IL, Grampa Z'Big A$$, 11% ABV 13:47 - MyGrain Brewing, Joliet IL, Our Blessed Lady of Acceleration, 11.4% ABV 25:43 - Barbarian Brewing, Garden City (Boise) ID, Ol’ Samson, 11.8% ABV 41:24 - EDGE Brewing Co., Boise ID, Basilisk Barleywine, 11.5% ABV 52:26 - Milwaukee Brewing Co, Milwaukee WI, Grand Madame Brandy Barrel Aged, 11.5% ABV 64:02 - Metal Monkey Brewing, Romeoville IL, Silverback, 11.4% ABV 74:02 - Lake Effect Brewing, Chicago IL, Loch Effect, Barleywine aged in single malt Islay whiskey barrels, 13% ABV 88:29 - Riverlands, Hopvine collaboration - A Wicked Googly, English Barleywine, 10% ABV
February 6, 2020
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 324-O Canada, Do We Like Your Beer?
"This is a bittersweet episode - the last one for TJ from Church Street before he heads out to Colorado, but the first in the pub studios for head brewer Eric Bramwell from Riverlands Brewing. The Brit and ex-tavern owner John Karwoski complete the panel for a show that samples 9 Canadian craft beers! Yup, the lads were up for the challenge so we said go for it! We suggest a listen over a couple of days because when these boys chat brewing, they know what they are talking about. So it's bon voyage TJ and we raise a glass from the Great White North in your honor. Cheers!"
August 16, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 323-Chris, Brett and Bill of Blind Pig Brewing
"We head downstate to the university town of Champaign IL, and there we find 3 Blind Pigs...actually there are 4 locations, but there are 3 owners and brewers that we chatted with! The Brit teamed up with Ken McMullen to visit with another ex-Brit, owner Chris Knight, to find out about starting an English pub in Illinois, and then a production brewery. Brewpub brewer Brett Updyke joins us, and then one of the pioneers of the craft beer explosion, Bill Morgan, gives us his views on brewing craft beer. All that while being jet-lagged after returning from Japan! Great beer, great conversation...cheers!! "
August 9, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 322-Vacation Beers-Indiana and Ohio 6-pack
"We are back from our vacation and we've brought beer! The Brit drove out to New York state via Canada, and returned through the Midwest, picking up some selections of brews along the way. In this show, TJ and Chuck from Church Street Brewing join Illinois beer historian John Bittermann down in the pub studios and we sample a 6-pack of brews from Indiana and Ohio. Plus TJ has some exciting career news that puts Chuck in the hot seat! All this and brewing and beer chat provide a bumper episode to make up for missing a couple of weeks. Cheers!"
July 26, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 321-Sunday at Sew Hop'd
"Our last show for a couple of weeks as the Landlord is headed out on vacation, but it's a great interview with the team behind Huntley's new brewery, Sew Hop'd. Last Sunday was pretty warm, but we sat on their patio, sipping their brews and chatting to Katie Hofmann, Scott Busam, and Doug Vandewalker. The brewery is setup in half of the Union Sewing Machine building, and that theme follows through. From the awesome tap handles and flight trays, to the excellent and classic brews, you won't be disappointed when you head out for a visit! Thanks to those guys for sweating it out with us...cheers!"
July 3, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 320-Western State Beer
"It's one of our missing shows, recorded back in March, where we get together with Chuck Fort and TJ Bachorz from Church Street, friend of the show Tom Ryan, and beer consultant Mark Naski in from Boise ID. He brought a plethora of brews from out West, so we try a few and arbitrarily pass judgement on their quality. Whatever the result, they all show that there is a thriving craft beer scene out there, and should be explored!"
June 7, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 319-The Hop Review: Tom White and Jack Muldowney
"A different show this week as we use the wonders of technology to bring together two of the three lads behind the online beer journal, The Hop Review. It's also the first time we have a certified Cicerone on the show! With my co-host, Ken McMullen in Naperville, Tom White in Grand Rapids, Jack Muldowney in Chicago, and The Brit in the pub studios, it's a fascinating conversation as we interview the interviewers. Find out how they get to talk to some of the biggest names and influencers in the brewing industry, and learn about their backgrounds. If you have not already subscribed, do so now! And of course, it wouldn't be a pubcast without some brews to drink, so find out what they are this week. Cheers!"
May 31, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 318-Black and Gray Brewing
"We are back to our usual weekly schedule with this edition, and The Brit headed out to East Dundee to visit with the Two Chris's at Black and Gray Brewing. Only 3 months old, this brewery and taproom surprised us with their great location, and the quality of the brews. Chris Kennedy is the owner/brewer and brewer Chris Contesso completes the team, who are producing classic styles on a small 2-barrel system that are guaranteed to please every palate. This show is truly an outside broadcast as we recorded it on their delightful patio, on a warm and sunny early evening. We loved every minute of the company, conversation, and especially the brews. Head out there as soon as you can, and tell them we sent you! Cheers!"
May 24, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 317-BUG Reports: MyGrain, Sketchbook, Goose Island
"This is the final report from BUG, and we finish up our week with a visit from Dan Rosenberg of MyGrain Brewing, Sean Curry from Sketchbook, and Dan Floyd from Goose Island. The Brit loses his co-hosts in the melee of people, but everyone has had a great time, and we all get home safely! We hope you all had a good time during this CCBW, and got out to visit a new brewery. Cheers!"
May 16, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 316-BUG Reports: Oswego Brewing, Riverlands Brewing, Energy City
"Day 5 finds The Brit chatting with Marc Wilson from Oswego and a sneak peak of their Anniversary brew, fellow Spurs supporter Dave Marck from Riverlands, and Dave Files from Energy City."
May 15, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 315-BUG Reports: Open Outcry, Noon Whistle, Metal Monkey
"The fun continues with Day 4 of our BUG interviews. It's Wil from Open Outcry, Paul from Noon whistle, and Dan from Metal Monkey. By now the crowd is getting bigger and the samples are starting to show as The Brit tries to maintain an air of decorum...but hey, it's a beer festival and public transportation is readily available!"
May 14, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 314-BUG Reports: Flesk, Tribes, Around The Bend
"It's quick listen today for Day 3 of our BUG reports, and this time we are chatting to James from Flesk, Chet from Tribes, and Dan fron Around The Bend. Amazingly, The Brit finds a milkshake he likes, where there is a balance of fruit and hops!"
May 13, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 313-BUG Reports: Church Street, Werk Force, Motor Row
"Day 2 of our BUG reports, and this time we find TJ from Church Street., Brandon from Werk Force, and Frank from Motor Row. It's Hazy's, BUG beer, and Sour Batch lagers, plus of course the regular guest appearance by the Green Line CTA train!"
May 12, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 312-BUG Reports: Pete Crowley, Haymarket Brewing
"The inaugural event for Chicago Craft Beer Week is the Beer Under Glass festival, held at the Garfield Conservatory. The Brit headed out there and was joined by co-hosts Ken McMullen and Chuck Fort, and waved the mike in the direction of several brewers. We are releasing an episode a day throughout CCBW, and we start with an extended chat with craft beer impresario, Pete 'Pedro' Crowley from Haymarket Brewing. Punctuated by Green Line trains, this recording begins our celebration of a great city of breweries and brewing. Alex Lovingood from Brickstone makes a cameo appearance! Cheers!"
May 11, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 311-Ed's Cider House Rules!
"A little different beverage is the focus of our show this week as we visit with cider-maker Ed Seaman over at Broken Brix in St. Charles IL. Originally the home brew shop and still is, Ed has expanded to being a licensed cidery and winery, plus he has a tap room where you can taste not only his offerings, but awesome craft beer as well. We find out all about cider making and taste a few samples on the way! Ed is the 'apple of our eye' this week...Cheers!"
May 2, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 310-Dan Rosenberg from MyGrain Brewing
"It's a trip down to Joliet and MyGrain Brewing for a great chat with head brewer Dan Rosenberg. An impressive building, an impressive food menu, and best of all, a VERY impressive tap list with something for any taste. We chatted with Dan on his roots, his brewing approach, and sampled some of his great beers. With their first anniversary coming up we also got a post-recording sneak preview of their anniversary release which we can say will be worth grabbing a bottle or two! With the good weather pending, it's definitely worth a trip down there, and we hope we can tee you up for that with this episode!"
April 26, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 309-Bittermann On Tour
"We're back after a short vacation, and in this podcast we welcome someone else who has been on vacation, Illinois beer historian and glass collector, John Bittermann. But John visits breweries on his vacation, and this time he has brought back brews from some of his stops, plus he tells us about those downstate breweries we don't always get to go to. Chuck Fort and TJ Bachorz from Church Street, and beer nerd Tom Ryan, are on hand to help John and The Brit taste them, and there's a rare treat bonus beer to round out the show. Pub chat, good folks, Illinois beer, and a lesson in openign a can from the bottom...what more could you ask for!"
April 20, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 308-Scallywag Brewing
"Coinciding with their Grand Opening, this episode profiles Scallywag Brewing, the latest addition to the ever-growing population of Illinois breweries. This brewpub is located in downtown Westmont, and we sat down with the founding team a couple of weeks before the opening to find out what these scallywags were all about. When you visit, bring your parrot and eye patch...why? Listen in on your trip there, and find out!"
April 5, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 307-Tom Korder: Penrose Brewing, 5 Years On
"This episode is a retrospective interview with Penrose head brewer and co-owner, Tom Korder. Following their recent sell-out 5th anniversary party, we wanted to find out what has changed over those 5 years, and what the future holds for this Geneva IL brewery. The Brit heads to their barrel room and chats one-on-one with Tom."
April 4, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 306-Macushla Brewing
"It's a trip north to Glenview and brewery gem that seems to have slipped under most people's radar, Macushla Brewing. Head brewer David Kelley talks about his passion for the place, the beer, and especially yeast. Ken McMullen joins me on this podcast as guest co-host, and even he learned a few tips on adding honey to a brew. Tune in to hear exactly what Macushla means, and we definitely say you need to stop by and try a few of their beers!"
March 28, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 305-Ike and Oak Brewing
"Recorded on St.Patrick's Day weekend, we visit another of the trending new breweries that have recently opened in the Chicagoland suburbs. Located in Woodridge and the burgeoning Seven Bridges area, Ike and Oak spares no expense to bring good beer and good food to their patrons. The Brit and this time's Yankee, Ken McMullen, talk with owner and official beer taster Ed Randquest, and brewmaster Nathan Tetell to talk about their visions and sample some of their brews on tap. Slainte!"
March 21, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 304-Riverlands Brewing
"This episode coincides with Riverland Brewing's opening weekend, and we sit down with brewer co-owners Eric Bramwell and Dave Marks to chat about the journey to opening day. The brewery is a great addition to the growing Fox River corridor and in our view, is a great taproom space to enjoy their brews, which we get to sample and provide our thoughts on the flavors and styles. It's also a media collaboration with Midwest Brew Review, and their video will be released soon. Listen in and then go visit. Cheers!"
March 14, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 303-Lager Louts
"We missed last week, so we are back with a show that takes a look at the lighter side of craft beer - Lagers. Chuck Fort talks about the style and provides his expertise, while The Landlord, and friend if the show John Karwoski, provide their consumer input. We randomly selected 6 lagers from Chicago-area breweries, crack open the cans, and pass arbitrary judgement. It's a refreshing break from hops, haze, or heavy stouts and we think you should keep a 6-pack of at least one of these in your fridge at all times!"
March 8, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 302-Trader Costco
"We've done our share of testing chain store beers, and it seems this time we did it in parallel with the Chicago Tribune, who got their article out before this show...great minds and all that! In this podcast we take the Costco variety pack of 4 styles, add a couple of Trader Joe bombers, and pull in Chuck Fort, Ken McMullen and TJ Bachorz for their views on the quality and taste. Who the base breweries are may have an affect on if they are rated highly or just meh. Listen in and hear our thoughts, but grab a local brew first!"
February 21, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 301-We Heart Beers and Valentine's Day
"It's our Valentine to all you wonderful listeners, and we pull in a couple of romantics to talk V-Day celebrations, and pairings of special dinners and craft beers. We've got Chuck from Church, Ed from Pollyanna, and Tom Ryan from Lemont in the pub studios, making eyes at the Landlord, and supping downs a few Valentine brews. Dan from Metal Monkey and Oliver from Dry City send us a couple of words of wisdom for their Valentines, and The Yankee calls in from Ohio with heart-shaped pizza toppings and a kiss for The Brit! Love you all, kiss kiss!"
February 14, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 300-Pubcast 300! Big Barleywines
"We've made it! 300 podcasts under our belt and we've still only scraped the surface of the craft beer world. In this edition, we take the opportunity to round up some of our regular brewers and consumers for a tasting of Big Barleywines. It's a great evening with Ken McMullen, TJ Bachorz, Chuck Fort, Steve Kamp, Travis Beard, John Karwoski. Tom Ryan and the Pub Staff! Thanks for everyones support to get us to this milestone!"
February 7, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 299-Ryan Wibby, Wibby Brewing
"Wibby Brewing is fast becoming the place to go for classic lager styles, and we call up owner/brewmaster Ryan Wibby to chat with him about his brewery and beers. As we chat, we sample one of their special offerings, a Russian Imperial Lager with 4 variants, called 9-toed Nihilist, the name paying homage to The Big Lebowski. Chuck Fort and Ken McMullen join The Brit for a great conversation!"
January 31, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 298-Wolfden Brewing
"It's a visit to Bloomingdale this week, as we settle down in the Snug at Wolfden Brewing to chat with Kris and Katie Wolf, and discover how they turned a 150-year old house into a brewpub that not only has great beer, but great ambience as well. Listen in, then head out there and experience it all for yourself! Cheers!"
January 25, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 297-The Firkery
"It's the first podcast of the New Year, and we are reporting from a cask ale event from The Firkery, and hosted at Skeleton Key. It's a cavalcade of craft brewing celebrities and friends of the show, all being corned by The Brit. And the tables are turned at the end of the show as the lads from Midwest Brew Review turn their camera on him. Happy New Year folks!"
January 12, 2019
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 296-Central Illinois Brews Pt.2
"Part 2 of our Central Illinois beer show, plus we hear about FOBAB winning Holy Moly, and raise our glasses for our traditional Christmas toast. Finally, we play the Pub's rendition of The Night Before Christmas which we hope will bring the spirit of the season to the entire family. We will see you again after the holidays, so until then Happy Holidays and Cheers!"
December 21, 2018
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 295-Central Illinois Brews Pt.1
"This week we are back in the Brit and Yankee pub, and we have part 1 of a bumper show, which recorded so long we decided to break it up into 2 shows...that, and it's the holidays and the pub staff are swamped with revelers and holiday parties! It's 3 brewers and 3 consumers tasting brews from some of the perhaps lessor-known Illinois breweries that can be found in the Bloomington and Champaign areas of the state, and finding some little gems among them! In this show we have Triptych, Big Thorn, and Blind Pig, and we will continue next week with more and some Christmas cheer!"
December 13, 2018
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 294-Joe Tota: Red Arrow Tap Room
"We have a different episode this week where we visit the Naperville Red Arrow Taproom, and learn about self-serve craft beer. Owner and founder Joe Tota is our host and with my co-host, Ken McMullen, we learn about how it all works and how they embrace independence and support local brweries. Candied bacon strips make a welcome appearance and a great pairing for our samples, while we chat about craft beer topics and trends. If you haven't been to one of their two locations, you need to try it out!"
December 6, 2018