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Episode 274 – Old BCBS vs Rare BCBS vs New BCBS Part 2

Special Guest: Tim Faith from Goose Island. Talking all sorts of Bourbon County Brand Stout. PART 2!!!

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Episode 273 – Old BCBS vs Rare BCBS vs New BCBS

Special Guest: Tim Faith from Goose Island. Talking all sorts of Bourbon County Brand Stout.

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FOBAB 2015 Results

These are the results of the 2015 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers competition, the 13th anniversary of the event, held on November 20th and 21th, 2015. The event is run by the Illinois Craft Brewer’s Guild and held this year at the UIC Forum in Chicago. The National Wood Aged Beer Competition is judged by a panel of industry experts prior to the public sessions. Each beer is judged on the basis of how that underlying style reflects the expression of wood and/or barrel character. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded in 12 categories as well as “best of show.”

This year there were 363 entries from 157 different breweries.

In 2014 there were 275 entries from 112 different breweries, 2014 results here.
In 2013 there were 213 entries from 95 breweries, 2013 results here.
In 2012 there were 173 entries, 2012 results here.
in 2011 there were some entries, 2011 results here.

BeerDownload’s picks for Best of Show this year:
#1 – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project – l’Brett d’Cherry (1108)

Official FOBAB 2015 Best Of Show
#1 – Destihl Brewery – Dosvidanya Russian Imperial Stout (116)
#2 – Gigantic – Pipewrench (510)

Category 1 – Strong Porter Stout (previously called Classic Porter/Stout) – 46 entries (2014 was 11, 2013 was 11 entries, 2012 was 12 entries)

#1 – Destihl Brewery – Dosvidanya Russian Imperial Stout (116)
#2 – Bell’s Brewery – Expedition Stout (???)
#3 – Revolution Brewing Kedzie – Deth’s Tar (135)

Category 2 – Specialty Strong/Porter Stout (previously called Strong Porter/Stout) 36 entries (2014 was 36, 2013 was 33, 2012 was 21)

#1 – Spiteful Brewing – Malevolence Chocolate Caliente (233)
#2 – Brickstone Brewery – Barrel Aged Dark Secret With Raspberries (210)
#3 – Lagunitas Brewing Company – The Picante Perro (221)

Category 3: Barleywine/Wheatwine – 33 entries (33 in 2014, 16 in 2013, 2012 was 16)

#1 – Spiteful Brewing – Spiteful Barley Wine (328)
#2 – Lakefront Brewery – Barrel-Aged Organic Beerline Barleywine (318)
#3 – 7venth Sun Brewery – Vultures From The Past (303)

Category 4: Classic Beer Style (previously called Classic Styles (not higher than 7% abv)) – 26 entries, (2014 was 32, 2013 was 16, 2012 was 11)

#1 – Half Acre – Gin Pony (417)
#2 – Metropolitan Brewing – Wooden Dynamo (418)
#3 – Flix Brewhouse – Carmel – B.A. Chillaxed Mild (410)

Category 5: Strong Pale Beer (previously called Strong/Double/Imperial Pale Beer) – 27 entries (2014 was 15, 2013 was 21, 2012 was 21)

#1 – Gigantic – Pipewrench (510)
#2 – Nebraska Brewing Company – Barrel Aged Hopanomaly (517)
#3 – Rock Bottom Chicago – Cherry Fizz (520)

Category 6: Strong Dark Beer (previously called Strong/Double/Imperial Dark Beer) – 35 entries (2014 was 32, 2013 was 29, 2012 was 24)

#1 – Free Will Brewing Co. – Black Friday (612)
#2 – Revolution Brewpub – Working Mom (623)
#3 – Fremont Brewing – Bourbon Abominable (613)

Category 7: Fruit Beer – 13 entries (2014 was 26, 2013 was 11, 2012 was 14)

#1 – Shoreline Brewery – Imperial Raspberry (710)
#2 – Goose Island Brewpubs – Cherry Run (702)
#3 – Werk Force Brewing Co. – Water On Mars (927?!)

Category 8: Specialty/Experimental (previously called Experimental Beer) – 29 entries (2014 was 32, 2013 was 20, 2012 was 18)

#1 – MKE Brewing Co. – Gin Barrel Aged O-Gii (814)
#2 – Listermann/Triple Digit Brewing – Chickow! (813)
#3 – Solemn Oath Brewery – Limousine of the Damned (823)

Category 9:  Wild Beer/Brett (previously called Wild Beer (Brett)) – 27 entries (2014 was 19 entries, 2013 was 12, 2012 was 9)

#1 – Penrose Brewing Company & 18th Street Brewery – Wild 18 (919)
#2 – Perennial Artisan Ales – Savant Beersel (920)
#3 – Oakshire Brewing – Frederic C. Noir (916)

Category 10: Wild Beer (Acidic) Sours (previously called Wild Beer (Acidic)) – 45 entries (2014 was 30, 2013 was 35, 2012 was 27)

#1 – Avery Brewing Company – III Dolia (1008)
#2 – Off Color Brewing / Central State – Whiskers (1027)
#3 – New Belgium Brewing – Le Terroir (1024)

Category 11: Wild Beer (Acidic) Sours with Fruit (new category for 2015) 26 entries

#1 – The Lost Abbey – Veritas 015 (1122)
#2 – Trinity Brewing – Red Swingline on Apricots and Peaches (1123)
#3 – Avery Brewing Company – Raspberry Sour (1106)

Category 12: Cider/Perry/Mead – 19 entries (2014 was 9, new category in 2013 with 9 entries)
#1 – Virtue Cider – Percheron (1218)
#2 – Apple Knocker – Hard Knocks (1204)
#3 – Sonoma Cider – Dry Zider (1213)

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Episode 272 – Anchor – Anchor Steam Beer vs Coors – Coors Banquet

After Rare Day, it’s time for something more sessionable.

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Episode 271 – Oud Beersel – Oude Kriek vs Boon – Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait

It’s a Kriek Off!

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Episode 270 – Slapshot – Citra Madness vs Revolution – Fist City

All of the Kolsch

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Episode 269 – Evil Twin – Sour Bikini vs Almanac – Farm to Table Citra Sour

Beware of the temperature probe.

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Beer Temple Insider’s Roundtable

Check out this excellent new show put together by Chris Quinn from The Beer Temple. Steve and Matt have both been on a handful of times, and Steve will be joining the roundtable this evening at 8. Listen live on Lumpen Radio, or catch the roundtable podcast on itunes. Cheers!

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Episode 268 – Revolution – Oktoberfest vs Metropolitan – Oktoberfest

Two Chicago Oktoberfest beers face off.

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Episode 267 – Half Acre – Akari Shogun vs 3 Floyds – Gumballhead

Two hoppy wheat beers go head to head.

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