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Episode 89 – Founders – Harvest Ale vs Haymarket – Saison

Invitational and disqualified beers report. Bike the breweries report. CBS prices on eBay. Smokehouse Brewpub in Minneapolis.

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Episode 63 – Southern Tier – Über Sun vs Flying Dog – Gonzo Imperial Porter

Tasting and thoughts on Rogue John John Ale. Flying Dog Raging Bitch label approval problems. Other Firestone Walker beers. Beer futures with Fifty Fifty? Haymarket riot reenactment. A great matchup for this round.

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Episode 52 – Victory – V-Twelve vs Schlafly – Imperial Stout

BeerDownload on location at the new Haymarket Pub and Brewery in Chicago.  Special Guests: Pete Crowley, Oscar’s Pardon Belgian Pale Ale, Mother Jones Trappist-style Dubbel, First Chance American I.P.A., and Ombibulous Double IPA.

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Episode 49 – Tyranena – Bitter Woman in the Rye vs O’Fallon – Smoke

Special Guest: Rodney Kibzey. Sam Adams Longshot Competition. Sam Adams People’s Choice beers and results. Haymarket has finally opened. Very old beer. An IPA goes up against a Smoked beer.

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Episode 46 – Lagunitas – Imperial Stout vs St Bernardus – Pater 6

Some great opening black ales from Cigar City and Stone/21st Amendment/Firestone Walker. Beers by mail from Luekens Liquors. Soon to read: Dethroning the King thanks to beernews.org. Beer Menorah from Shmaltz. Updates from Haymarket and Pipeworks. An Imperial Stout faces off against another Belgian.

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Rock Bottom and Gordon Biersch: Two Become One

Major news in the chain brewpub world, Rock Bottom Brewery and Gordon Biersch announced today that they are merging. The new company will be called CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries, Inc and oversee more than 200 individual locations. They said they will be keeping the brands intact, and though they haven’t specifically said, hopefully the individual style of brewing at each location as well.

The ability to streamline their supply chain is the obvious reason to create this monster, but as we all know, beer ingredients aren’t exactly cheap either. We can only hope that buying double the quantity of specialty grains and other ingredients could lead to more experimentation of great beer styles (and maybe keeping prices down??? – nah).

The BeerDownload staff and friends have spent many fine evenings at various Rock Bottom and Gordon Biersch locations, especially the Downtown Chicago location, who’s former brewer, Pete Crowley is soon to open Haymarket Brewery on Chicago’s West side.

More here: http://www.craftworksrestaurants.com/press.html

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Episode 42 – Stone – Russian Imperial Stout vs Southern Tier – Jah-va

Opening beers courtesy of Webmaster Ben, Dogfish Head Squall 90 Minute IPA and Regular 90 Minute IPA. More beers from FOWBAB. Review of Bangers and Lace. Beermenus.com. More about Firestone Walker. Two stouts go head to head in this week’s round.

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Episode 31: Dark Horse – Boffo Brown vs Founders – Porter

Special guest Melissa. Oak Park Microbrew and Food Review review. Update on Haymarket. Founders Nemesis coming soon! Mini pub crawls. A Brown ale vs a Porter.

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Beer Download Episode 18 – Stoudts Double IPA vs Weyerbacher Insanity

Gordon update. Pete pays up. Goose Island event at Hopleaf. Sausage Fest. Haymarket opening date set. Whisky Point Road. A double IPA vs a Barley Wine.

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