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Episode 157 – Dogfish Head – Theobroma vs Ska – Decadent

Rundown of the Chicago Beer Society’s Brewpub Shootout. Plus – Is Sprecher making a hard root beer?

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Episode 156 – Schlafly – Rye Bock vs Lakefront – Fixed Gear

Special Guests: Matt Brynildson, John Bryan, and Rob Salitore from Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

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Episode 155 – Capital – Autumnal Fire vs Firestone Walker – Abacus

Special Guest: Jeff Miller. Jeff talks with us about the inner workings of Tenth and Blake.
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Episode 154 – Brouwerij Bavik – Wittekerke vs Allagash – Interlude

Steve and Arata do a 4-way gueuze blind tasting.
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1st Annual Chicagoland Beer Festival Awards

1st Annual Chicagoland Beer Festival Awards, presented by BeerDownload and Chicago Beer Geeks (CBG’s version here).

The Categories:

Best for Beer Noobs
Chicago Beer Fest at Union Station
Held twice this year, 3/31/12 and 10/6/2012
Organized by Drink Eat Play

Best for Beer Geeks
Festival of Barrel Aged Beers (10th Anniversary)
At the Bridgeport Art Center on 11/17/12
Organized by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

Best for Hooking Up
Beer Hoptacular
At the Chicago Riverfront Theater on 11/10/12
Organized by Jam Productions

Best Charity Festival:
Festiv-ale
At Carmichael’s Steakhouse – Warehouse on 9/14/12
Organized by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Best Neighborhood Festival
Oak Park Microbrew Review
Marion Street in Downtown Oak Park on 8/18/12
Organized by Seven Generations Ahead

Best Members Only Festival
Chicago Beer Society Picnic
Super secret location on super secret date (not really)
Organized by the Chicago Beer Society

Best Festival You Didn’t Remember Afterward
Brew Ho Ho
Secret event location (yes really) on 1/21/12
Organized by Chef Won Kim

Best Bar-specific Festival
Belgian Fest
At Goose Island Clybourn on 9/9/12
Honorable Mention: The Village Tap – Local Tap Takeover 9/6/12

Best New Festival
The Mash Tun Festival
Bridgeport Art Center – held twice – 5/19/12 and 10/5/12
Organized by Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar

Best Series Event/Festival:
Tap This
At Fischman Liquors – Thursday Nights, Summer 2012

Honorable Mentions

*) Best One Time Only Event/Festival
Revolution Brewing – Kedzie Brewery Grand Opening
Chicago Craft Beer Week Closing Party – 5/25/12

**) Best Outdoor Garden/Cocktail party without cocktails, just beer
Beer Under Glass
Chicago Craft Beer Week Opening Party – 5/17/12
The Garfield Park Conservatory

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Episode 153 – Smuttynose – Zinneke Imperial Stout vs Harpoon – Leviathan Imperial IPA

Special Guest: Nkosi White from Chicago Beer Geeks. The Chicagoland Beer Festival Awards. Full awards list here.

 

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Episode 152 – Rogue – Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale vs Goose Island – Bourbon County Coffee

What really is a craft brewery? The Brewers Association blacklists a number of brewers as being “non-traditional” – August Schell responds forcefully. BA removes original list, replaces it with this. Also – we sample Kona beers. Another blind tasting episode.

 

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Episode 151 – Anchorage – Bitter Monk vs The Bruery – White Oak

Special Guest: Katie Kadlec. Westvleteren XII being sold…in the US?!? Reyes Beverage buys Windy City Distribution.

 

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Episode 150 – Two Brothers – Northwind vs Speakeasy – Double Daddy

Special Guests: Jim and Russ Klisch from Lakefront Brewery. We talk with the brothers about the brewery’s 25 year history, and how they fit into the larger history of the craft beer scene.   Other topics include discussion of trademark law and craft beer (no more Cascadian Dark Ale?), the state of beer today, and what’s coming up for Lakefront in the future.

 

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Episode 149 – Russian River Brewing Company – Consecration vs Rogue – Morimoto Obi Soba Ale

Were you at Zwanze day? Off Color Brewing. Beery places in Austin. The CBS Fall Tasting. Volunteers at fests?

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