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
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
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
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.