Category Archives: Farmhouse Ale

Pubcast 354 – Josh Grubbs of Black Lung Brewing

This week we have another audio / video edition, which is rapidly becoming our ‘new normal’ in these Covid-19 times. So, you can choose your viewing or listening option!

Despite those Covid problems, Josh Grubbs is pushing forward with getting his taproom ready to open in 2021. Black Lung Brewing Company is currently producing their beers out of the Zumbier space in Waukegan, but Josh has big plans for his own space in Round Lake Beach and a Kickstarter fund running to help him.

Join The Brit and Hopvine brewmaster, Ken McMullen as we talk to Josh who is in his ‘man-cave’, and we sample his beer. If they are a sign of anything then he’ll be killing it next year!! Cheers!

Update: when we recorded this, BLB had not made their kickstarter goal, but as of Dec 3 it was achieved!

Brews Sampled:

    • Mind of Peace, Saison/Farmhouse Ale, 6.0% ABV
    • Caduceous, Wine DIPA, 8.0% ABV

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Hops Outside: Ep. 26 – Grumpy, Stoned, and Here For Looks

In this July 4th-edition of our virtual happy hour series “Hops Outside”, Ken McMullen and The Brit visit with 3 Chicago-area breweries, who have just released an intriguingly named brew. Seeing this as an opportunity to get them altogether, we have gathered Mik Dempsey and Ben Sampson from Dry City Brew Works, Alex Drayer from D and G Brewing, and JD Heinrich for The Forge Brewhouse for some socially distanced beers and chat!

Their new release, “Grumpy, Stoned and Here For Looks“, is perfect drinking for the summer if you are looking for something with a little bite, a classic profile, and a touch of sweetness. This is a farmhouse ale with honey, and we talk to the lads about the making of it. We learn about JD’s background, and how each of them doing in this phase-4 period, and their expectations for the future.

We had some technical challenges when the Zoom connection drops, and we had to finish the recording from a different device! We persevered and got through it for a fun time with this ‘ménage à brew’!

This edition is video only, and please check out our YouTube channel for more episodes. Cheers!