#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

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Publish Date: 12/7/2018

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Publish Date: 11/23/2018

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Publish Date: 11/17/2018

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Publish Date: 11/5/2018

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Publish Date: 10/31/2018

Ryan and Evan, along with guest host Luke, talk to the brewers of Bearded Owl Brewing, Nick and PJ, about our collaboration brew "Did We Just Become Best Friends?"  This tasty NEIPA turned out to be a melon forward, full bodied, hazy IPA so go get some before it's gone!  We also talked about Bearded Owl's experience at the Great American Beer Festival.  Finally, we sample some great beers from Henry and Fran Brewing and Weldwerks to celebrate stout season.  Cheers from P+P!!

Publish Date: 10/12/2018

Kyle joins Ryan and Evan for our second installment of reviewing classic styles called Beer 102. Evan gives a little background on the annual Oktoberfest event and its origins while discussing amber marzen style lagers with the one that started it all.  Ryan shares a special lambic geuze he recieved from a friend in Belgium and how unique the style really is.  Finally, Kyle gets to crack the OG saison that everyone should try and why it's universally adored.  Thanks for tuning in!  Cheers from P+P!!

Publish Date: 9/21/2018

We are joined with special guest Daniel, who shares with us his love of Chicago beers and we help him push his palate a bit with a big stout from J. Wakefield Brewing and a sour from DeGarde Brewing.  As we sip across the Pour Bros. tap wall, disucssions include the Peoria Beer Mile, our Labor Day adventures, and even avocado toast.  Thanks to Daniel for joining us, cheers from P+P!!

Publish Date: 9/8/2018

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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