Monthly Archives: June 2019

Pubcast 320 – Western State Brews

This edition can be considered a’lost’ edition of the podcast as it was recorded back in March when beer consultant and ex-host Mark Naski, came into town bearing beer gifts, and we didn’t release it then.

Mark lives in Boise ID, and often returns to the Chicago-land area, and on his journey he will stop at various breweries and pick up samples, as well as bringing us the latest offerings from the burgeoning craft beer scene in the Boise area. Joining us on this show were co-host Chuck Fort, head brewer at Church Street TJ Bachorz, and friends of the show Tom Ryan and John Karwoski.

First up, is a brew from Rock Springs WY, and a brewpub called Bitter Creek Brewing.  Alas, the crowler had suffered in the journey out here and we detected some type of off-flavor. With all due respect to the folks at Bitter Creek, we’re taking this one  out of the mix, and we will look forward to tasting something else from them in the future.

However, the remaining brews were varied and interesting, and our second beer produces a chorus from the panel…they won’t quit their day jobs! We chat on ‘best by’ dates and find out what TJ thinks on these and how they are handled in stores. We also discuss cross-contamination in sour production while we sip on the wonderful BA Peach Creek sour from Sockeye. Mark also reveals his life of crime with Abbey yeasts, and dispels the myth that Fins are the happiest people in the world, and how they ‘hate’ the Swedes!

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