The Brit and Yankee Craft Beer Podcast
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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), Cellarmaster Mike Lingafelter (The Yankee), and official BJCP judge, brewer, and Finnish export, Mark Naski (The Brewmaster). Nominated for 2007 and 2016 Podcast Awards, we podcast for the love of beer!
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 235-Black Horizon Brewing Company||"This week, the Brit heads down to Willowbrook, IL, and one of 3 breweries that declared the taps open last weekend. Black Horizon Brewing Co. is the passion of three friends, Alex Stankus, Kevin Baldus, and Charles St. Clair. Their space off route 83 in Willowbrook, is large enough for expansion, and plenty of parties! Their initial offerings cover 8 different styles, and from what this consumer could taste, all were spot on and worth trying each and every one. In this show, we talk with Kevin Baldus, who had just finished his equipment cleaning for the day and still in his wellies, and find out some background on their new endeavor. BHBC is well worth a visit we say."||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 234-Tighthead Brewing||"During a week when Chicago was hit hard by rains and flooding, The Brit braved the elements and headed up to the northern suburb of Mundelein, and sat down with owner and brewer, Bruce Dir for a beer and a chat. Tighthead Brewing is one of those breweries who has been open since 2011 and therefore qualifies as well-established and solid. We taste some of their brews while we chat, and we talk about how the brewery has matured and settled over the years, and also consider beer styles and pubs. It's just like sitting down for a beer with a friend - thanks Bruce!"||7/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 233-Everyday Beers||"This week we pull out a number of brews collected from across several states, ones which which we think could be everyday, very drinkable beers. We visit Colorado, Ohio, North Carolina, and of course we had to include one from Illinois. Joining Phil this week is Chuck Fort, assistant brewer at Church Street Brewing, who now seems to have taken over the reins from Mark as our resident smarty-pants and BJCP judge! John Kaworksi from John's Tavern comes by for our last 2 brews. Featured breweries are Bristol Brewing, Sibling Revelry, Prairie Kraft's and Ass Clown Brewing. If you are traveling, check them out!"||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 232-Flesk Brewing 2.0||"Father's Day weekend saw the official opening of Flesk Brewing in their new location in the Icebox Mall in Barrington, IL. Last year, the O'Brien brothers, Will and James, took a hiatus from brewing in their original location in Lombard after 3 years, and decided to reinvent their brewery with an expanded space, and a taproom only approach. Phil catches up with the lads and we chat about their challenges of the move, their history, and their current brews. As a celebration of their new opening, I bring a bottle of their 2015 3rd Anniversary Grand Cru and we check how it has changed from the original bottling. Plus we get the lads opinion on a barrel aged beer from Against The Grain Brewing. Now you've listened, stop by and try their beers!"||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 231-Vacation Report: Mark's Bottles||"This is another show-n-tell edition, and this time Mark brings to the pub some bottles (and one can), that he collected during his recent road-trip. We are headed to Florida and Utah in this show and trying some higher ABV brews. Joining Mark and Phil this week is Chuck Fort, assistant brewer at Church Street Brewing in Itasca, and tavern owner John Karwoski from John's Tavern in Winfield. We taste brews from Barrel of Monks Brewing and NOBO Brewing from Florida, and Squatters Brewing in Utah. This will be Mark's last regular show as he is heading up to the northwest, and Boise Idaho, where he will passing on his brewing expertise to the growing craft beer industry there."||6/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 230.5-Special Edition-Short Fuse Brewing||"In this edition, Phil heads out to Short Fuse Brewing for their soft-opening and manages to corner head brewer Mark Duchow. Who are Short Fuse, what are they brewing, and what is in the future? And we all love their English slant with several brews using that style base. Listen in and then head on down and judge for yourself! Cheers!"||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 230-Vacation Report: The Crowlers||"Phil and Mark are back from their summer travels and both have collected several samples of brewing excellence from across the country. We will be sampling these over the next couple of shows and passing on our opinions as to if these breweries are worth visiting if you happen to head out their way. From Utah to North Carolina and then down to Florida, the lads have selected bottles and crowlers and we're drinking them in the name of the podcast, just for you! In this edition, One World Brewing, Lookout Brewing, Ass Clown Brewing, and Lafayette Brewing feature as we have to pop open the selection of crowlers before their best-by dates, so we stopped by tavern owner John Kaworski's deck and dipped into the cooler. It was a windy day and Phil didn't have his windscreen on the recorder, so apologies for a few 'windy' noises that may be apparent."||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 229-Illinois Brews for CCBW 2017||"In this show, recorded live at the Church Street Brewing tap room, Phil and Mark select 4 brews from Illinois to celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week which runs from May 18th through May 25th. Joining them once again are Church Street head brewer, T.J. Bacholz, assistant brewer Chuck Fort, beer historian John Bittermann, and CSB owner, Lisa Gregor who keeps us all in check! We have selected 4 brews we think you should try, all from Illinois breweries, near and far, new and well-established. In order of sampling we have Hailstorm, Noon Whistle, newcomer White Rooster, and finally old-timer Two Brothers. Now go sample some Illinois beer and have a great week! Cheers Chicago!"||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 228-Church Street and Tasty Brews||"In this episode, we return to Church Street Brewing in Itasca, nearly 4 years after we first talked to them (Pubcast 107, July 6, 2013), and find out what has changed and taste some of their new brews. Joining Mark and Phil today are head brewer, T.J. Bachorz, assistant brewer Chuck Fort, and halfway through the show Illinois beer glass collector and historian, John Bittermann stops by. Join us for friendly conversation and a sampling session, including what makes white stout white and how it differs from a regular stout. For the comparison, we throw in another can of UK brew from Harveys, their Black Stout. Big thanks to owner Lisa Gregor who also stopped by, and T.J allowing us to record our show, live in the taproom."||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 227-Beautiful Belgium and Bonus Brit Brews||"This week we take another international focus with a quartet of beers from Belgium, and some classic breweries with tough-to-pronounce names, and classic styles we should all be aware of. If you have not tried these, we recommend seeking them out. As a bonus, Phil opens a couple of cans of Brit craft beer he smuggled in from his recent trip to the UK. Plus, Mark surprises us with a bonus -bonus beer from Florida, to represent the good old USA and make a 7-pack this week! Joining Mark and Phil this week, are podcast regulars, tavern-owner John Karwoski, and assistant brewer from Church Street, Chuck Fort."||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 226 - Arundel Brewery, West Sussex, UK||"This edition is a report from the UK that Phil recorded on his recent trip to his homeland. Being a 'southerner', he visited a couple of breweries located in the counties of West and East Sussex, on the off-chance that the brewer may be able to chat. Arundel Brewery came up trumps! I was lucky enough to get some of heard brewer Branden Quinn's time, and he gives us a fascinating insight into the new UK craft beer scene, the history of Arundel Brewery and some of the styles they are producing now. He talks collabs, and we sample a smoked porter which is an exceptional brew. UK Cheers!"||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 225 - Archive Show - Flesk Brewing||"While both the Landlord and Brewmaster are away for a few days, we wanted to play again our interview with Flesk Brewing's Will O'Brien, recorded back in June of 2013. As the O'Brien brothers get ready to open up a full brewery / taproom in Barrington IL, we can hear about their roots and see how their brewing journey began. As we said 4 years ago, we like their beer and we want to follow their story. This show is truly a Brit and Yankee show as this was pre-Mark, and Lingo joins me from the Flesk original location in Lombard, IL. We'll be back in May with all new shows, and hopefully an update from Flesk 2017!"||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 224 - Fruit Beer and More!||"A friend of the show went to Iowa and brought back a couple of fuit-based brews which prompted us to track down a couple more and give us the theme for this edition. Recorded down at Hopvine Brewing in Aurora, with Mark and Phil are Chuck Fort from Church Street Brewing, and Hopvine's very own head brewer, Ken McMullen. Rounding out the guest list is Alex Zapata from Fox Valley Homebrew and Wine Supplies, who has opened up their store right next to Hopvine. We try 5 fruit-based brews, and also three varieties of Ken's Ukranium Krusher, and while we taste and cogitate on these fine samples of Russian Imperial Stout, we have a somewhat confrontational discussion on the beer can labels from Gun Craft."||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 223 - Illinois vs Idaho||"With March Madness behind us we thought it might be fun to match up a couple of breweries from two states beginning with the letter 'I' - Illinois and Idaho. So with a complete arbitrary approach to balance and fairness we select Solemn Oath brewing to stand up against 2 Idaho breweries, Edge Brewing and Sockeye Brewing. The Landlord stands by our Illinois brews, but will the all the taster's agree? Chuck Fort, assistant brewer at Church Street, once again joins Mark and Phil for this episode, recorded at John's Tavern in Winfield."||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 222 - Empirical Brewery||"Empirical Brewery is located in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago and produces scientifically named beers. We had an opportunity to head over to the brewery and sit down with owner Bill Hurley, and brewers Jacob Huston and Julia Davis, get a couple of flights and chat craft beer. Local band Midwestern Lull provided a concert after the interview, and we include a sample track, midpoint in our episode. Beers and Music - what a combo!"||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 221 - A Little Irish, A Little Illinois||"We always know that the pub is a place where friends drop in for a chat and a pint, and in this episode we have a couple of friends drop by to sample some brews with us. Mark is away traveling out West, so I've brought in assistant brewer from Church Street Brewing, Chuck Fort, John Karwoski and Matt the physiotherapist to help me try a few Irish brews, and a few Illinois brews. We sample the latest Guinness variety pack, and from our home state, Brickstone, Werk Force, and Cademon. "||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 220-3 Girls from Missouri||"This episode welcomes the original Cellarmaster and the 'Yankee' in Brit and Yankee, Lingo, back to the pub. We have some special brews to taste and compare from 2nd Shift Brewery out of St. Louis, MO. We pop the tops of 3 girls - Katy, Grace and Annabelle - and get Lingo acquainted with a new style. As Lingo really likes the darker styles, we manage to get a bottle of the original Abraxas from Perennial Artisan Ales, which none of us has actually had the pleasure of trying yet. We find out that all they say is true about this great Imperial Stout, that regularly makes the top 100 lists of many a craft beer blog."||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 219-Back in the Pub with Heroes!||"After a month's break, the Landlord is back and as the professional recommendation was no alcohol for 4 weeks, tonight will be the first brews since January 23! We have two honored guests in the pub completing our panel of tasters; John Bitterman who is always willing to beg, borrow, and steal to enlarge his Illinois breweriana collection, and a man who always keeps us and himself supplied with unique brews, a craft brew aficionado from sensible consumer perspective, my pal Tom Ryan. It's a packed show including a taste of real Finnish Sahti, a blind review of Revolution's League of Heroes limited 12-pack release, a quick visit out to Cademon Brewery in Genoa where brewer Andrew Nordman has risen like a phoenix thanks to a successful crowd-funding effort, and bonus beer review from Blue Blood Brewing in Lincoln, Nebraska."||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 218-Archive Interview-Oskar Blues 2010||"While sifting through our archives after moving our website hosting, we came across this archive brewery interview, recorded in 2010 at the Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, CO. They were young and upcoming at that time, and their production facility and tap room showed that the future was very bright for this now well-established brewery. Next edition we'll be back in the pub with more news and reviews from the craft beer world. Cheers!"||2/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 217-Special Edition-St. Louis Brews||"This special edition of the Pubcast found Mark and Phil down in St. Louis once again, and we visited our favorite store for great Missouri craft beers, The Wine and Cheese Place, and had a great conversation with Kevin Burdge, their resident beer, wine and whiskey expert. An old friend of Mark's, Kevin is a world of knowledge when it comes down to the craft brewing scene in the St. Louis area and Missouri beyond. We sample a gose from Crane Brewing, touch on the upcoming Centennial Beer Festival, and generally wallow in great beers and conversation."||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 216-Taster's Choice||"With the boom of the craft beer industry there have sprung up little enclaves of enthusiasts who get together to taste and share a plethora of brews, commonly known as a bottle share. We head out to Lunar Brewing in Villa Park, where on the 3rd Monday of every month a small group gets together to share their love of the craft beers. Co-host Mark Naski participates in this tasting and invited Phil along, provided he bring beers to share! We talk with some of the club members and get a feel for what makes craft beer so popular these days. Plus, while at Lunar, we get to taste some of their new brews on draft, including Unidentified Flying Hopject. We've added a bonus tasting on the end of this edition, where we try a very-much hard to find can of Midnight Squeeze, a New England black IPA, and a collaboration from Mikerphone and Werk Force Brewing."||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 215-Metal Monkey Plus One Year||"Metal Monkey Brewing opened their doors on Jan 30, 2016 down in south suburban Romeoville. Nearly one year on, head brewer Dan Camp and the rest of the Monkeys are getting ready to hold their 1-year Anniversary party. We were here last for a podcast at the opening, and since then Dan and crew have settled in and started to produce some really solid brews. We discuss where they've been and where they are going, and hit a couple more topics like Shower Beer and what's the best container for selling draft beer. Plus we sample some of the Monkey beers we haven't tasted before and of course, pass our opinions."||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 214-New Year, New Beers||"Our first show for 2017, and it's out with some old beers and in with some new. Phil brings 3 local brews that are new (well at least 2 are), and Mark shows up with a couple of older bottles he picked up in 2016. First up we have a classic Belgium Trappist beer, then it's back to Illinois for our next three; a robust porter from Algonquin's Scorched Earth Brewery, and two barrel-aged first editions from Alter Brewing in Downer's Grove, and Metal Monkey in Romeoville respectively. We finish up with one of the most expensive beers we have tasted, a 2016 barrel-aged winter ale from Fremont Brewing."||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 213-Christmas Surprises!||"This week we welcome not one but two of Chicago's fine brewers to a show that dives deep into the Brit and Yankee fridge to pull out some bottles that have been at the back of the shelves and need tasting. Chris Valleau from Forest Park's Exit Strategy Brewing and Marc Wilson from Nevins Brewing Co. visit the pub studios, and join John Karwoski from John's Tavern, and together with Phil and Mark bring a couple of their own brews to top and tail the 4 selections on review. Noon Whistle, Edge Brewing, Pollyanna and Stone are featured brews."||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 212-'Tis the Season...||"As we head into the rush of the holiday season, the pubcast crew decided we should highlight some seasonal ales and winter warmers that we think would be good for experienced and new craft beer drinkers to try. It seems to be the spiced ales that come in for most of the attention, but we are trying to look at a couple of other brews that could be good alternatives to those heavy stouts we looked at last week. This edition is what we consider our Brit and Yankee Christmas party, and joining Phil and Mark is friend of the pubcast and certified consumer,Tom Ryan, Chuck Fort, assistant brewer at Church Street, and as we are recording live at John's Tavern in Winfield, publican and owner John Karwoski rounds out our trinity of tasters. It's a seasonal six-pack and we chose our top 2 at the conclusion on our tasting session."||12/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 211-Stout Brews, Stout Fellas||"As we missed a week for Thanksgiving, we are back with a bumper edition. Heading into the dark winter days, we select 6 hearty stouts that we think are good selections for either go-to or treat beers from the dark side. Joining Mark and Phil is Chuck Fort, assistant brewer from Church Street. As all the beers are great in their own right, we won't be rating them, but instead we select our top 2, based solely on personal preference. To break up the stout session, we cleanse our palate with a short interview with Brandon Wright, head brewer at Plainfield's Werk Force Brewing. He won a gold medal at FOBAB 2016 for his Beautifully Broken, in the Fruit Beer category, and we caught up with him to find out all about his win and the beer."||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 210-Adjunctivitis: A Brewer Panel Discussion||"This episode sees Mark and Phil heading down to Blue Nose Brewery in Hodgkins, IL, to join up with Tim Hoerman from 51st Ward Beer Company and Andrew Nordman from Cademon Brewery, for an intense discussion on beer adjuncts. Tim threw down the brewing gauntlet to Andrew one day to have him come and discuss his love for brewing with adjuncts. They made it interesting by each of them brewing an opposite beer-Andrew to provide a base beer, and Tim one with adjuncts. It's a lively and interesting insight into how brewers think, and we hope you enjoy it despite a slight amount of echo provided by the cavernous environs of Blue Nose."||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 209-Nevin's Brewing Co.||"This edition focuses on a conversation with NBC Brewmaster Marc Wilson. Phil and Mark visited with Marc on National Learn to Homebrew day, when Marc was entertaining the Spent Grain Society at Nevin's brewery in Plainfield. We arrived in time for a firkin of Wishful Thinking being tapped and then sat down to talk with the GABF Bronze medal winner to find out more about Marc the brewer, and to taste some of his flagship beers. Listen in following our interview with an interview with Ian Webster, president of the Spent Grain Society, who with some of the members was brewing up a batch of porter for Learn to Homebrew day."||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPubcast from The Brit and Yankee-Show 208-Special Edition-The 2016 Saison||"Tim Hoerman from 51st Ward Beer Co, and Kevin Salvi from Bucket List Brewing got together on the first day of the Cubs 2016 season and put a saison into a red wine barrel. On Oct 29th, ahead of Game 4 of the World Series, they bottled this in flip-top bottles and added a Cubs blue wax seal. Phil headed down to Blue Nose Brewing in Hodgkins, IL., where the lads were bottling their offering. We hear from the brewers, and then Phil heads off to find co-host Mark Naski for his opinion."||10/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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The Brit and Yankee is a good time listen, the like of which iis not seen often in the podosphere. A variety show, with musc, tours, interviews it is as close to being down at the local as you can get without being down at the local. Download the show, pull out an ale, set up your darts, whip out your ipod, and create a pub in your own home!
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This isn't just another podcast about beer and beer drinking. Phil and Mike (aka Lingo) do a great job on production, content, and humor. I love the audio tours and the talk with Dave G. Keep up the great work! R U Listening?
Best pubcast in and around the city of Chicago! Love it, guys!