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
Mark and Evan welcome Bryan back to the podcast to share his experiences at the Southern Grist Brewing 3rd Anniversary. We sample some beers he and our friend Spartan enjoyed from the festivities and how Nashville represents "the new South" with its elevated cuisine. Our big props go out to Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.'s lagers and we highlight how their customer service shines when confronted with a cooler full of craft beers. They graciously provided the amazing lagers we sampled on the recording and we get to tell you why they are the go-to German beer style brewers in the region. Cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 3/9/2019
What a topic Mark, Ryan, and Evan discussed surrounding the issue of limited quantities of released beers and how breweries handle it. Central to this is Floodland Brewing and how they handle keeping their beers out of the secondary market. You may side with the brewer or with the consumer on this but we find this a great example of the controversy of the secondary market. We did enjoy a Holy Mountain sour (where the Floodland brewer was before he started his own brewery), 4 Hands Brewing Madagascar Uganda variant, and some blind pours which challenged our palates. Don't miss this one! Cheers Provisionists!!
Publish Date: 2/23/2019
Daniel and Evan discuss the recent release of RateBeer's Top 50 Brewers. It's a fun list to go through but there is a lot more, especially with big beers full acquisition of RateBeer, to discuss about the rating sites methods and results. We both sip on a beer from a top 50 brewery including ones from Half Acre Beer Co. and Maine Beer Co. and dive into the pros and cons of RateBeer and what it tells us about craft beer. Cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 2/9/2019
Ryan and Evan discuss their first craft beer introductions and the breweries that first influenced their passion for craft beer. We also discuss the beers we drink during these bleak winter months and sip on some of the beers we are most excited about which include some sours, lambics, and spontaneous fermented country beers. Cheers from P+P!!
Publish Date: 1/26/2019
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
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.