Monthly Archives: March 2022

Behind The Pint – Episode 1: Is Craft Beer Really Just Beer?

We begin a new series of podcasts where we try to delve a little deeper into the business of craft beer. We want to go Behind the Pint. To kick us off, we’re asking if Craft Beer is really just beer, or if it’s a marketing ploy that has exploded into an industry.

We have three local Chicago industry experts, 2 brewers and one craft beer guru, on hand to pass opinions and talk about the topic in general.  First up is my co-host for this episode. brewmaster at Hopvine Brewing in Aurora IL, Ken McMullen. Supporting the brewing side is owner/brewer Chris Valleau from Forest Park’s Exit Strategy Brewing. And finally, beer consultant, educator and writer, and international beer judge, Marty Nachel who helps provide the bridge between the brewers and the consumer. Phil ‘The Brit’ Clark asks the questions, and of course we all have something good to drink while we chat, which we list below.

What’s the final verdict on ‘craft beer’ – listen in and find out! Cheers!!

What We Are Drinking:

  • The Brit – Orenda Vol 2, Orenda – Volume 2 (Grape Brandy 2017-2021), 11.0% ABV, Pollyanna Brewing
  • Ken – Double BBA Vlad the Second Mexican Chocolate, Russian Imperial Stout, 14.1% ABV, Hailstorm Brewing
  • Chris –  Corazón, Mexican hot chocolate-inspired Milk Stout, 7.2% ABV, Exit Strategy Brewing
  • Marty – A Little Crazy, Belgian Pale Ale, 6.8% ABV, Revolution Brewing

Play the audio podcast on our players above…or your favorite smartphone podcast app…we have a direct link to iTunes for iPhone users below…and lots of other links on the sidebar, including Spotify!

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Pubcast Special: Pink Boots Society – Chicago Chapter – Brew Day!

Back in February, owner Lisa Gregor from Church Street Brewing Company gave The Brit a call and asked “Wanna stop by?” Alas, for several reasons he couldn’t be there in person but he asked co-host Chuck Fort to man the smartphone camera and we did a Zoom video call!

It’s not as great as we hoped, but we think it gives you a flavor for the fun day these brewing industry stars had. Thanks to the Leadership Squad of PBS for chatting with us, and the resulting brew was a pale ale called Cosmic Nunchucks. It was released in March and there may still be a few cans at local breweries as we publish this page.

I’ve included below the review we did of it with The Midwest Brew Review team. Cheers!