#36: Let's Talk Chicago

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




Recent Episodes

The Fox Pub in Peoria celebrated its 6th annual brewfest where Ryan and Evan headed to enjoy some brews on a cool and rainy midwest day.  We ran down the list of some of our favorites of the day including beers from Lil' Beaver Brewery, Wake Brewing, Triptych Brewing, Pollyanna Brewing Company, and Bent River Brewing Co.  Nick of Bearded Owl Brewing shared some of his highlights of the day and we also spoke with Matt Rixner who continues his pursuit to bringing a great draft beer festival to Peoria.  It was a fun and loud time (pardon the background noise, but we were at a festival!!) with many great local and regional brews and fantastic people to enjoy them with, cheers!!



Publish Date: 5/14/2019


Ryan, Evan, and Mark head down to Pour Bros Taproom in the Heights to challenge each other with some more blind tastings.  Each submitted an interesting entry to put our palates to the test.  Our table beer today was Marionberry Table by Holy Mountain Brewing and various offerings from the Pour Bros Tapwall.  We also got to discuss the drama with the big beer brands and why corn is so important to the Midwest.  Tune in and enjoy, cheers from P+P!!



Publish Date: 4/26/2019


Hey Provisionists, new episode is ready and its a fun one!  Mark, Evan, and Ryan sat down to educate our palates on bourbon.  We each brought a bottle and taste tested them against each other.  Three very different bourbons with we do our best to describe how they taste against each other.  Lots of fun so tune in to hear us go through them and what we each brought.  Also enjoyed was a great beer from Fonta Flora Brewery called Local Snacks.  Cheers!!



Publish Date: 4/13/2019


Evan and Ryan team up to taste some cherry wild ales, one from OEC Brewing and the other from Fonta Flora Brewery.  Similar style but very different beers, tune in to see how they stack up.  Also tasted was Honolulu from Asling Brewing Co., a barrel aged stout with coconut and coffee.  We did get a chance to go over our favorite match ups and games for the upcoming basketball tournament so see how we are doing with our picks!  Cheers from P+P!!



Publish Date: 3/31/2019


Here we go!  Mark and Evan were joined by Kyle to sit down and talk to Rob, co-owner of Pour Bros Craft Taproom in Peoria Heights.  Rob has been hard at work booking music for the upcoming season of Saturday night concerts at Pour Bros.  We got to hear what bands are coming and some exciting events on the schedule.  St. Patrick's Day festivities were on the docket as well in the Heights!  Kyle brought a blind tasting beer for the rest of us and we also popped our first barleywine on the podcast, Perennial's barrel aged Vermillion.  Cheers from P+P!!



Publish Date: 3/22/2019


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


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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