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Either through public demand or divine intervention, the Black IPA has made an unexpected comeback in 2021, and We. Are. Here. For. It. We snagged the first five Black IPAs we could to tap into the cultural zeitgeist, and Craig learns to stop worrying and love the style. We discuss why the style lost favor with the beer buying public, and speculate on where they may be going. Also, we consider which singers deserve their half birthdays recognized and nearly touch Dick Biondi with a roman candle.
Tonight, we have the story of five breweries local to Chicagoland who opened amidst a global crisis, and the five beers that lifted the spirits of two weary beer reviewers. It’s ABV Chicago with your Local News - new breweries and new beers with your old friends, Ryan and Craig. First, we open with a few surprising new buttons, then to one person’s battle cry for ska; and later, a lactose-free label? You won’t believe your ears. Then at 10, it’s the new series: Jaws of Justice.
Bock to Basics
The bitterly cold winter months call for rich and bready lagers, and the bock beer is ready to swaddle you in warming flavors. For this show, we try five very different bock beers that speak to the diversity of the style and contribute to the sudden inebriation of the hosts. We uncover the history of bocks while acknowledging the vast differences between substyles, but we can’t resist driving the bock pun thing into the ground. Listen for Craig’s surprising personality test!
We’ve long sought out the strange and elusive beers of Connecticut’s Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores - or OEC Brewing, informally - so we have a ritualistic orientation with six beers from their little secret society. There’s a lot to love from this diverse lineup - not the least of which is that one of them comes in a freaking blue bottle. Also, we explore our legal options in a trademark dispute, let the funk do the talking, and play two games about stock symbols and airport codes. For Asgard!
Revolution: Straight to the Ryeway
We send off this season’s Deep Wood series by opening up some of their finest ‘wines. Big on barrel variation, this lineup of barleywines and ryewines features a few of the best things Revolution has ever done with these styles - and our rankings diverge quite a bit. We speculate on the next Deep Wood lineup, fail at recreating Honey Nut Cheerios, zoom in on physical pictures, praise the “Rock N’ Roll Racing” soundtrack, and discuss fonts for a solid ten minutes.
7 Year Surprise
This year is our seventh as a podcast, and because we couldn’t throw a party like we usually do, we’re bringing the drunken fun inside your head holes. It’s certainly a nostalgia fest at times here as we relive our epic anniversary parties at Beermiscuous, but we made this one more interesting by dropping off some blind local beers to our remote recording spaces. We have six entries, with each host contributing three heavily wrapped beers.
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5 Star Beer Podcast
Always entertaining and covers a wide range of beer styles, themes and blind tastings. Also appreciate the monthly cultured butter reviews. Craig and Ryan are great guys to virtually drink some beer with during these Covid times.
Fantastic Beer Podcast
Entertaining weekly podcast going over a variety of different styles and subjects in the world of beer with more emphasis on the vibrant Chicago beer scene. I’ve listened for about a year now and doing so has introduced me to local breweries in Chicago and parts of the Midwest that I didn’t know even existed. Craig and Ryan continue to make it interesting with their wit and banter as well as the games and end of show beer ratings. A fun listen every week.
5 bottle caps
These guys are hilarious. They make my commute to work almost enjoyable. Now, I my not agree with their awkward taste palettes all the time but that honestly doesn’t matter. They review a wide selection of beer and always keep it interesting, even a table beer show was fun. Cheers.