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Pubcast 276 – Illinois World Beer Cup Winners

This week, The Brit headed down to Nevin’s Brewing in Plainfield to meet up with several of Illinois star brewers who won medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup. Held in Nashville this past May as part of the Craft Brewers Conference, this biennial event produced 6 medals, comprising 3 Golds, 2 Silvers, and 1 or 2 Bronze medals, depending on if you include Hamms from Chicago.

We chat first to Marty Nachel who organized the event, and get his perspective on why he decided to get everyone together.

Up next is Half Acre, and beer engineer Matt Gallagher, who tells us about their extra pale ale winner, Tuna.

Nevin’s brewers, Eric Dante Plata and Cory Davidson are the new guard, but Marc Wilson (now Oswego Brewing), is also on hand as it was his original recipe for Hook And Hatchet, but brewed by the lads, got a gold medal.

Craft beer podcaster, Joe Bobbe, presenter of Average Joe’s Above Average Beer Podcast, is also hanging out and we chat about putting together a craft beer podcast.

Finally we talk with Brandon Wright, the head honcho behind Werk Force Brewing, and he tells us about his historical beer, and silver medal winner. What’s a historical beer? Brandon reveals the story behind this unusual style, and then tells us how we can get this brew!

Gold Medals
Hook & Hatchet
Brewery: Nevin’s Brewing Co., Plainfield, IL.
Category43: Vienna-Style Lager

Biere de Voleur
Brewery: Horse Thief Hollow, Chicago, IL
Category 62: Belgian- and French-Style Ale

Brewery: Galena Brewing Co., Galena, IL
Category 88: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
Silver Medals
Brewery: Werk Force Brewing Co., Plainfield, IL
Category 21: Historical Beer
Domaine DuPage
Brewery: Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL
Category 62: Belgian- and French-Style Ale
Bronze Medal
Tuna Extra Pale Ale
 Half Acre Beer Co., Chicago
Category 17: Session India Pale Ale

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Music credits:
Barilicious by Dan Lebowitz
The Hunter and Heavy Hunter by Audionautix are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
Good for Nothing Safety by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
Turkey in the Straw by Shake That Foot