Pubcast 401 – The Brewers Palette of Hop Harmony at Tonality Brewing

Mundelein IL is home to Tighthead Brewing, who have been around for over 12 years, and now joining them is one of our newest Illinois breweries, Tonality Brewing. Tony Bena is co-founder and head brewer, and the podcast crew headed up north to find out more about TBC and sample some of his current tap list. Set in a building which they have completely gutted and renovated, TBC also features a full restaurant menu, and an ‘artistic’ theme that changes from month to month.

The Brit and co-host Ken McMullen (Fox Republic Brewing) visited on a Monday when the taproom was closed, and talked with Tony about his brewing roots and the dynamics of starting a brewery.  Then the conversation somehow turned to T-shirt quality and merch. We hear Tony’s views on adjuncts, why he loves coffee and his dislike for Rauch beers, the dart league at TBC, and we find out what he likes to listen to while he’s brewing.

We found the tap list to be solid and classic, and while we couldn’t try the food on this visit, we think it is worth a trip out there based on the menu options and beer quality. Cheers!

Beers Sampled:

  • Analog Kolsch, Kölsch, 5.7% ABV
  • Ruby Amber Waves, Amber ale,  5% ABV
  • Dubbel Damage, Belgian Dubbel 6.9% ABV
  • Crepuscular, Russian Imperial Stout, 12% ABV
  • Minted Crepuscular, Russian Imperial Stout with mint, 12% ABV

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