#34: Black Friday

Happy Black Friday everyone!  Ryan, Evan, Brett, and Michael share thoughts on the annual Thanksgiving share hosted by Ryan.  We blind taste different years of WeldWerks Brewing's Medianoche barrel aged stout, enjoy some Open Spaces by Side Project Brewing, and discuss how we are out to get our allotments of Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.  Chicago's FOBAB (Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers) also just finished and we review winners and how great it is for the city.  Cheers!!



Publish Date: 11/23/2018




Recent Episodes

Part 2 of our first anniversary episode explores the "provisions" side of our passions.  First up are our favorite dishes or foods and how they are prepared from sous vide to reverse searing alongside our best sides enjoyed.  Then we debate our best non-beer drinks of the year with great bourbons such as the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection bourbons and the Jefferson's Reserve 16 Year but not forgetting wines and cocktails.  Enjoy this all provisions episode sharing our best of 2018!!



Publish Date: 1/15/2019


We celebrated our birthday in this episode by reviewing our favorite beers and breweries of 2018.  While sipping on some Framboise Du Fermier by Side Project Brewing and Mornin' Delight by Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. we see how each of us ranks the best beers we had in 2018.  Then we move on to discuss those breweries and brewers who made waves and impressed us in 2018.  It was great to be back recording at Pour Bros Craft Tap Room and sharing pints with friends while we celebrated the last year of recording!  Stay tuned for part 2 to be released soon!!



Publish Date: 1/8/2019


Mark, Evan, and Ryan are joined by Andy (and other friends!) to dig in to the Abbott Annual Christmas Share.  We start off by a couple of vanilla bombs by 3 Floyds Brewing and Forager Brewery.  We are sure to test our palates with a couple of blind tastings but also wreck our palates on one of the more interesting beers of the night.  Lots of other big beers from Perennial Artisian Ales, Toppling Goliath Brewery, Side Project Brewing, Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen, J Wakefield Brewing, Funk Factory Geuzeria, and Shared Brewing.  No great beer was left untested as we enjoyed this special holiday gathering to share our best beers, cheers!!!



Publish Date: 12/28/2018


Midwest beers and specifically Chicago beers are getting a lot of buzz lately so we asked fellow Chicago beer enthusiast Rick to join us.  We dive in head first on some Side Project Brewing Beer:Barrel:Time, one of the best non-adjunct stouts we have all ever tasted.  Then we get into how and why Chicago is THE destination for craft beer; offerings tasted come from Hop Butcher For The World and Hailstorm Brewing Co.  It was great to have Rick join us for this all out love affair for Midwest and Chicago beers.  Cheers from P+P!!



Publish Date: 12/22/2018


Ryan and Evan are joined by lambic fanatic Bryan for some talk about the traditional Belgian style of Lambics.  Like tart, dry, funky, and rustic beers?  What's a coolship and spontaneous fermentation?  Some of the traditional Lambic breweries have been around since before the First World War and their techniques are steeped in tradition.  We discuss what makes these beers unique and why you can't call it a Lambic unless brewed under specific guidelines.  On the docket are beers from Cantillon, Side Project, and Boon Brewery.  Cheers!!



Publish Date: 12/7/2018


Daniel and Evan talk Thanksgiving and how best to enjoy the day, especially if you are a craft beer enthusiast.  We discuss our favorite dishes and how we best enjoy the day with libations whether it wine, cocktails, or beer.  Thanksgiving is about getting together and enjoying great food, drink with a little fun with the family.  Cheers from P+P!!



Publish Date: 11/17/2018


Ryan, Evan, and Mark sit down with Brian Buss, head brewer of Industry Brewing Co. located in Peoria, IL.  We learned more about his transition from seasoned home brewer to his position at Industry where he crafts his own twists on classic styles.  His crushable beers are a reflection of his approach to craft beer which focuses as much on the beer as the conversations and people he drinks them with.  This was highlighted by the beers we sampled including his saison, double IPA, red ale, and porter.  Tune in for our time with Brian and hear him construct his "Ideal 4-pack"!  Cheers!!



Publish Date: 11/5/2018


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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