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Episode 70 – Two Brothers – Red Eye Porter vs AleSmith – Decadence Anniversary Ale

On location interviews with Pete Crowley and Michael Carroll at the Chicago Craft Beer Week closing party. Our review of the week’s events plus analysis of the Dark Lord eBay aftermarket pricing.

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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 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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