When hobbies become obsessions, we often like to share what we know and love about them with others. Although we have dedicated the most time learning the ins/outs of beer, brewing, and breweries, we have also extended our knowledge on those things that complement it: bourbon, wine, coffee, food, and cooking. Listen in to Evan, Ryan, Mark, and Dan, and with periodic guests, dissect those crafts that we love to imbibe.
We sit down at Pour Bros. Taproom to listen to Chris of Dagz, a recreational dice game, tell us why his invention is taking over local drinking establishments! He shares his story how he came up with the addictive game and how his brand has grown to fill breweries and taprooms. We share beers of the week, sip on some fresh Henry and Fran Brewing Co. beers, and get stumped on a blind taste test once again. Cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 7/14/2018
This one's for the wood workers!! We sit down with Steve and Caroline with Rocket Wood Studio in Pekin, IL, and learn about how they can turn a milled piece of specialty wood into beautiful and striking bars, table-tops, and custom pieces. They also tour us through their shop where old, vintage tools are hard at work next to some cutting edge technology. And don't forget we sip on some great beers while listening! Then we talk to Tom West of West Dublin Pub, a newly opened Irish style pub in the downtown district of Pekin where their passion is creating a space for the community to gather. Don't forget the incredible hand-crafted bar and tables built by Rocket Wood Studio! We truly enjoyed listening to their stories and sharing a beer!
Publish Date: 7/7/2018
Cheers Provisionists! Evan, Mark, and Ryan explore both the deserved and non-deserved hype in craft beer today and why we need to just enjoy what we are drinking! The conversation was sparked by discussing and sharing what our best beers of 2018 have been thus far and what the latest hype is in the craft beer industry. We also get a little "meaty" talking about how we spent our Father's Days (mostly relaxing and smoking meat) and what we tried that really stood out over the past week. There was even time for a little blind tasting - tune in to find out what it was!
Publish Date: 6/25/2018
Pour Bros. Taproom is a one-of-a-kind craft beer experience located in Peoria Heights, IL. We learn from Nate and Jason how this unique craft beer bar got started and where it's heading next. It was the first in the state of Illinois to bring craft beer enthusiasts a pour-your-own tap wall allowing drinkers to sample from their exceptionally diverse menu of drafts. Pour Bros. Taproom also attracts patrons by offering Saturday live music in their courtyard and have teamed up to offer a much anticipated locally sourced wood fired BBQ called Slow Hand Craft BBQ. Listen in to learn more about why we will be spending more time here than we already do! Cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 6/16/2018
Brewers Nick Babcock and PJ Hoehne of Bearded Owl Brewing sit down with us to talk about their evolution from homebrewing to running a successful craft brewery in the eager market of Peoria. They aren’t shy to try new styles and push the envelope to get craft beer drinkers in central Illinois excited for what’s next. Nick and PJ are looking to forge a new enthusiasm for craft beer locally and they talk about Bearded Owl’s future. Listen in to this episode to learn all about this great new brewery plus celebrations of Dan’s birthday, Phish references and discussions of beer in gas stations. Cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 6/9/2018
It's great to have everyone together again...Evan, Ryan, and Mark talk to Dan while sampling and reviewing Flagler Village Brewery's Barrel Aged S'Mores Stout and More Brewing's Henna Batch #2 Cinnamon Babka. Dan and Mark catch up with Ryan and Evan's time at Dark Lord Day and Ryan decides to suprise us with a blind taste test beer. Cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 6/1/2018
Evan and Ryan take you through 3 Floyds Brewing Co.'s Dark Lord Day 2018. First, along with their friends, they share some amazing beers on the eve of the festival with the highlight being Modern Times' Monster Tones. They also talk about Prairie Artisan Ales' Prairie Dawgs program and sample some their members beers. Then it's off to the festival on Saturday with highlights being the variants, the food, and the camaraderie between festival goers. What was the overall favorite of the day? Listen to find out! Cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 5/22/2018
We talk to John McGarry, Captain and Founder, of Brink Brewing Co. in Cinncinati, OH, on how the brewery got started and how their community focused vision made them one of the most interesting stories in craft beer. John, along with his founding team of Sarah (his wife), Kelly (his brother), Mark (brother-in-law), and Andrew (long time family friend) have not only brought home well deserved hardware for their fantastic beers but built a brewery centered on the neighborhood of College Hill which has embraced them with open arms. Listen in to John tell the story on how it all started with Brink while Mark and Evan sip on a few of their incredible offerings.
Publish Date: 5/12/2018
Evan, Ryan, and Mark venture into new territory where we each take a turn with a blind tasting of beers we each brought. Let's just say, we learned a lot about our palates! Ryan also shares a very special bottle in celebration of his trip to Nashville which included a stop at Bearded Iris Brewing. Mark fills us in on Idyll Hounds Brewing Co. and his trip to Florida and Evan discusses his trip to Austin, TX, and Jester King Brewery. Mark also pulls out a french pressed beer for further confuse us! Cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 5/4/2018
Dan and Evan sit down for another "fireside chat" and recap what's been going good on our beginnings of our podcast. We get to tease Ryan and Mark since they weren't present to defend themselves and venture off topic about Dippin' Dots and becoming a Cicero..no, nope, no, don't say it! We also look forward to what the next episodes have in store for us including many interviews with some our local obsessions! Cheers everyone!!
Publish Date: 4/28/2018
Sara, owner of The Spot Coffee, invites us to her shop to talk about our favorite morning beverage. She gives us insight on what makes her place so special and how it all started. Also joining the conversation are brothers Tristan and Mitch from CxT Roasting Company where we get schooled on the process of roasting coffee beans. Don't worry, we were able to enjoy plenty of coffee beers in the process and help bridge the divide between our two favorite liquids: beer and coffee. Cheers and enjoy!!
Publish Date: 4/14/2018
Dan and Evan discuss strategies and tips to make the best of your upcoming beer festival. We sip on some newly available beers to our area from Old Nation Brewing Company while we help with the proper way to prepare and have an awesome time at the next beer event you attend. Go to hoppedupnetwork.com to catch all of our episodes and other great podcasts about craft beer! Also head to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with our musings, cheers Provisionists!!
Publish Date: 4/7/2018
Evan Skypes in with Ryan to get his take on Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.'s Assassin Day 2018. It's cold, windy, and full of dedicated beer enthusiasts from around the world seeking out the whiskey barrel aged imperial stout. Sounds like all is well with the 2018 edition of the beer with lots of viscous dark fruit flavors. We also hear from friends waiting outside the brewery as they wait to get tastes of the much anticipated variants which included coffee and coconut. Thanks to our support from the Hopped Up Network, go check our the newest episode and all our great partners! Cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 4/1/2018
Shooting from the hip on this episode where Evan, Mark, Ryan, and Dan talk about beers and college basketball teams. We taste pastry stouts from Angry Chair Brewing and More Brewing Co. and sample sours from Casey and Jester King. No direction here other than letting us do what we do best: comradery between four passionate beer guys trying to get through a podcast before we are stranded by a spring snowstorm! Cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 3/25/2018
Ryan and Evan geek out in the nerdiest way possible as they dissect J. Wakefield Brewing's "It Was All A Dream". We provide a little background on the Miami based brewery while taking listener questions and sharing our favorite beer and food pairings. From the simplest of beers to the big barrel aged adjunct stouts to your cellared barleywines, we provide some pearls on how you can intellectualize the most complex of beers. Cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 3/17/2018
Dan talks to Evan about his experience at the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival held at Fifth Third Ballpark near Grand Rapids, MI. He talks about the best beers and biggest surprises in addition to what makes it such a great event. We sip on some Michigan beers while we talk about what makes Michigan such a great beer state. Cheers from P+P!
Publish Date: 3/9/2018
Evan, Mark, Ryan and special guest Bryan get you schooled on making a great charcuterie board so guests are never disappointed. Bryan certainly drops knowledge on how to best pair meats, cheeses, and accoutrements with our beers while we crack a Side Project La Ruche. Then we dip into the "milkshake" IPA style where Tired Hands are the leaders and others follow suit such as Bearded Iris Brewing "Mood Ring". We also enjoy breaking down a blind taste test provided by Ryan. Beyond that, we talk local beer projects and events such as the new Bearded Owl release just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Thanks again to Bryan for his input and we look forward to next time when we interview Dan on his experience at the recent Great Michigan Beer Festival in Grand Rapids. Cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 3/6/2018
Join Evan, Ryan, and Mark for a (more or less) live recording of a homebrewing crash course! We brew a NE style IPA and crack some Aslin and Side Project/Casey beers while we walk through some of the integral steps of the brewing process. Also included is a shout out to Ss Brewtech and Rufus Teague for enhancing our experience with brewing and smoking meat. Included for your listening pleasure are neighbors driving by, garage doors opening, equipment banging, and kids screaming upstairs! Looking forward to the finished product, cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 2/20/2018
The entire crew is together for a dive into beer destination vactions (beercations). First, we review the best beers we drank this week and what's going on in craft beer at the moment. Then we taste beers from Oregon breweries deGarde and Great Notion, California breweries Bottle Logic and SARA, and taste brews from Hill Farmstead and Trillium. It's good to have everyone together! Cheers from the P+P Crew!!
Publish Date: 2/10/2018
Dan joins Mark and Evan (we missed Ryan today) for a dive into the Hazy IPA craze. East coast, West coast, and no coast hazy IPAs are sampled. Where are the best ones brewed? Why are these so good? Is there fatigue setting in on this style? From Treehouse to Monkish we look at why we love this style and where the good ones are. Lots of coverage on some local breweries such as Bearded Owl and Triptych. Also a brief sample of some locally roasted coffee and destinations for the "Beercation". Cheers from the P+P crew!!
Publish Date: 1/29/2018
On our pilot episode we spend much of our precious beer time tasting and talking about some great bourbons. We cover using a french press to create your own pastry stout. Finally we taste one of the pastry stouts from Angry Chair Brewing, Imperial German Chocolate Coffee Cupcake stout. Shout outs to some local establishments here in Peoria include Whiskey City Architectural Salvage, Bearded Owl Brewing, and Industry Brewing. Brief topics include meat smoking and beer-cations (beer destination vacations). Cheers from the P+P crew!!
Publish Date: 1/7/2018