Craft Beer and brewery reviews, mixed with a little pub chat from The Brit and Yankee Pub Studios located somewhere in Chicagoland, presented by Landlord Phil Clark (The Brit), and co-hosts, Chuck Fort (head brewer at Church Street Brewing), and Ken McMullen (head brewer at Hopvine Brewing). Nominated for 2007 and 2016 Podcast Awards, we podcast for the love of beer!
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 362-Pubcast 362-Big Thorn Farm and Brewery: The Great Outdoors
It is our early Father's Day edition in which we feature a beer that will be released on that day. We return to Big Thorn Farm and Brewery to once again experience the fantastic ambience, and enjoy tasting their magnificent brews. The Brit called on co-hosts Ken McMullen and Chuck Fort to join him outdoors on the Pub deck, and select a couple of bottles that were brought back from this unique brewery. Located in Georgetown, IL., they use natural ingredients and grass-roots brewing methods to produce extraordinary brews with many different flavors. It's about 3 hours to head down there, but once you see the Tree Bar, you will know the trip was worth it...plus they now have fantastic food offerings, so make a day of it! BTW...the bourbon-stout that is being released on June 20, is like no other you have tasted...delicate and balanced and leaves you wanting more. Cheers!
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 361-Pubcast 361-Chris Valleau of Exit Strategy Brewing
Our Memorial Day weekend edition, and we are happy to say it is 'in memoriam' of pandemic year 2020, and how it affected one (and probably many) of the breweries in the Chicago area. We visit with brewmaster Chris Valleau, who together with his wife Katherine, is co-owner of Exit Strategy Brewing located in Forest Park, IL. The Brit and co-host Ken McMullen of Hopvine Brewing, sat down with Chris to look back at how the pandemic year affected them on a personal level, how it changed their business model so they survived to be open today, and how the future looks for them and the craft brewing industry. As usual, we sample some of the brews on tap at ESBC, and we recommend a visit as their patio is large and the beers are great. We finally put 2020 into the history books, and we move on stronger than ever! Cheers!!
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 360-Pubcast 360-Drink Local Spirits with Ed Malnar of Pollyanna Brewing and Distilling
It's an early look at a new venture for Pollyanna Brewing, as we depart from craft beer to visit with podcast chum Ed Malnar and find out all about distilling spirits. The Brit and co-host Ken McMullen discover what all that shiny new equipment is being used to produce, ahead of the official launch date of May 20, which Ed is calling 'Spirits Day'! We did get to sample the American Gin, which is infused with botanicals and we find out how that is done also. Bottoms up!
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 359-Pubcast 359-3-The Barleywine Classic Vol 4 - Part 3
Our final part of the 4th Annual Barleywine classic, and we head to Riverlands Brewing Company for an experiment in keeping beer, which with all due apologies to Riggs Beer Company did not stand the test of time. Luckily, the beer was so good we want it fresh now! Then it's off to Church Street Brewing, and we have the full co-host team back together for a couple of tastings, one from Karetas Brewing Co., and a wrap up where we feature a barleywine from Clairvoyant Brewing Company. This year was challenging, but we had a blast with all our awesome brewing chums! Cheers!
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 359-Pubcast 359-2-The Barleywine Classic Vol 4 - Part 2
We head to two more breweries for part 2 of our 4th Annual Barleywine Classic, to get the brewers to taste and comment on the brews we have selected. This time it's Alex Drayer from D and G Brewing who gets to try a barrel-aged offering from The Forge Brewhouse, who he did a collaboration with last year. Then it's back to Milk Money Brewing, where we present a 'mystery' barleywine to Erik Pizer, and only reveal it is from Black and Gray Brewing after he has tasted it. Did he like it? Tune in and find out!
Pubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 359-Pubcast 359-1-The Barleywine Classic Vol 4 - Part 1
The Brit loves a good Barleywine, and since 2017, we've held an annual get-together to taste and chat about this classic style. Over each year, Barleywines are collected from any brewery that has one, with no particular connection other than we try to focus on Illinois. Our the last celebration was held back in January 2020 at Riverlands Brewing, and little did we know then that it might be a while before we held the next one, or for that matter got together as a group to chat and sample. This year, The Brit had to come up with another approach so that social distancing protocols could be still observed. So instead of gathering together, Ken McMullen and The Brit headed out to 7 breweries and tasted one or two barleywines at each location. Luckily, as we recorded throughout March, restrictions were being lifted, people were getting vaxxed, and we were able to keep our mask wearing to a minimum. In Part 1 we head to Hopvine Brewing for our introduction, then to Werk Force and Oswego Brewing for 2 beers at each. It's a great start, and stay tuned for the next part! Cheers!
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The Pubcast is really fun. The guys really know their beer. Years and years of practice, I assume!
I LOVE THIS PODCAST!!!
I love listening to this podcast, it is very entertaining and I always feel like I have been on a visit with good friends after listening. Phil and Lingo have a great chemistry and they interact as only good friends can. I like listening to shows from the basement bar as well as the visits to breweries and festivals. Could I complain about one thing that I would like to see improved? I would like to hear LOTS more adventures from the Brit and Yankee!! Thanks guys for being awesome!!!!