Category Archives: Oktoberfest

Pubcast 205 – Ram On Shaun Berns!

We love putting shows together, but this one was a particular pleasure and a treat for both of us. Following GABF 2016, Mark and Phil sit down with one of the Illinois medal winning brewers, Shaun Berns from Ram Brewery (Schaumburg) to chat about his passion, and taste some of his beers including the Gold Medal winning, Chaos.

We taste his Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Beer, Saison, and the legendary Juicy DIPA ahead of completely luxuriating in Chaos, Chocolate Beer.

Head out to Schaumburg and try his beers – you won’t be disappointed!
Check out all the GABF winners – here

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Pubcast 159 – We’ve hit Rock Bottom!

Continuing with a seasonal theme, in this edition we talk with Rock Bottom brewers Ray Gonzalez and Shanya Polowczak, at the Warrenville location, and discover great things are brewing over there for Oktoberfest.

Also, a new segment, Style of the Week, where we feature a BJCP style each week and learn more about it from Mark Naski.  This edition is Kolsch, and Mark tells us all about the roots of this brew, and we taste Three Floyd’s Calumet Queen as a sample.

All this and we finish with a barrel aged Shipwreck Baltic-style Porter from Arcadia Brewing in Michigan, and agree this is one to put on your tasting list.

Pubcast 158 – Fall Beers and Fall Guys!

It is at this time of year that the annual Fall styles begin to appear. While all the brewers are at GABF, the pub crew plus guests get together and try three October styles, and horror or horrors, one pumpkin ale!
We try Two Brothers Atom Smasher, Church Street Itascafest, Urban Chestnut Oachkatzlschwoaf, and Almanac’s Dark Pumpkin Sour.

Two Brothers Atom Smasher
Two Brothers Atom Smasher
Church Street Itascafest Marzen Beer
Urban Chestnut Oachkatzlschwoaf
Urban Chestnut Oachkatzlschwoaf
Almanac Barrel Aged Pumpkin Sour
Almanac Barrel Aged Pumpkin Sour