#17: Bearded Owl Brewing

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




Recent Episodes

We welcome Kyle to the podcast to talk a couple basic styles of beer.  While we sip on some vintage 3 Floyds beers, we discuss a couple classic German stlyle beers you should check out and harken back to when IPAs were actually bitter.  Our beers today come from Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, and Bear Republic Brewing Co. in addition to a great sour from Fonta Flora Brewing outta North Carolina.  Our beers of the week come from The Veil Brewing Co., Saugatuck Brewing, and Side Project Brewing.  This is an episode that certainly paid hommage to those beers that have paved the way!!



Publish Date: 8/18/2018


Evan and Dan discuss summer and why its such a great time for beer!  Our favorites for the week come from Pipeworks Brewing Co. and Short's Brewing Co.  We talk about our favorite beers for summer which include pale ales, session IPAs, and Kolsch style which pair with the best of summer acitivities.  Listen in to why we all head towards Michigan for our summertime fun and how their inviting culture of beer and summertime fun is perfect!  Cheers from P+P!!



Publish Date: 8/11/2018


Evan and Ryan sit down to talk about Ryan's recent trip to the Boston area and sip on some fresh Treehouse Curiosity 50.  We also discuss listener questions and have fun with another blind tasting.  Finally, we get the privilege to sample a special beer from a very special brewery...it's about meow time!  Cheers from P+P!!



Publish Date: 7/28/2018


You like meat?  Then this is the episode for you!  Mark, Bryan, and Evan collaborate on a meal for the meat lovers.  As we crack some great beers from Bearded Owl Brewing and Bearded Iris Brewing, we get down to how we constructed a BBQ and smoke centric dinner including smoked chicken wings, pork belly burnt ends, and smoked beef ribs (wow they are huge!).  We share our personal tips on BBQ and smoking, what kind of sides we love the most (the pimento cheese dip is tops), and also discuss what brews we like to pair with our offerings.  Enjoy our first huge dive into the provisions side of our obsessions, cheers!!



Publish Date: 7/21/2018


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


The Show

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.

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