Episode 69 Schlitz

This week I’m going for the gusto and having a Schlitz as the Beer In Front. Schlitz was my favorite amongst the macros I’ve had and it’s worth trying out! I’ll talk about upcoming projects with the great E14 Podcast, I Like Beer Podcast, and Da Beer Bros Podcast as well! 

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Episode 68 Miller High Life

Normal show this week where I have the classic Miller High Life as the Beer In Front. I’ll have some good beers from Oscar and Rod that they sent me and there are a few weeks of Jagoffs to catch up on!

Taste Of The 11th District

If you listen to the podcast, you’ll know that this week Beermiscuous located at 2812 N Lincoln Ave in Chicago is having a special Taste Of The 11th District. 10% of the sale of great local beers like Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter, Begyle’s Blonde, Dovetail’s Hefeweizen, and Metropolitan’s Flywheel will go to the Common Pantry in the district.

The promotion will run through Monday, July 5th so when going to your in-laws for a BBQ this weekend and you know they’ll have bad beer, stop over to Beermiscuous to support a local business, local breweries, and most important, our community members. Just make sure that your brother in-law goes and buys his own 4-pack and doesn’t drink all of yours!

Begyle Blonde Ale

Begyle’s Blonde Ale is a crowd pleaser that everyone can enjoy. Locally sourced Midwest honey is used in the Blonde Ale and adds a nice sweetness to this. It is a 5.4% ABV with 20 IBU’s. Nice clean aftertaste and would be perfect on a nice day outside!

Dovetail Hefeweizen

The Hefeweizen from Dovetail is another terrific beer that everyone can enjoy. You get the banana/clove taste in this true to style Hefeweizen that is very refreshing on a Summer day. This clocks in at 4.8 ABV so you can enjoy more than one of these.

Metropolitan Flywheel

Flywheel Pilsner from Metropolitan is their version of the classic German Pilsner and this one is really good! Flywheel has a wonderful spicy aroma from the hops, the flavor is spot on with the hops sharing space with the bread like flavors from the malt. Drinking this makes me wish my father were still alive so we could enjoy this one together! Flywheel has an ABV of 5.5% with 40 IBU’s.

Half Acre Daisy Cutter

Batting cleanup is Daisy Cutter from Half Acre. Daisy Cutter belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Chicago craft beer! 12 years after it first came out is still as wonderful as it was when you first had it. This is a West Coast Style Pale Ale and has the pine/citrus notes that made you fall in love with the Pale/IPA style years ago. Daisy Cutter weighs in with 5.2% ABV and has 60 IBU’s.

All 4 of these beers are outstanding! There is something for everyone in this mix-pack and everyone from a non beer snob to a fanatic will be able to enjoy this one! The promotion runs through next Monday, July 5th so head over to Beermiscuous and pick some up!

Illinois Representative Ann Williams

This week I’m very happy to have on Illinois State Representative Ann Williams. She is currently serving her 6th term as State Representative of the 11th District on Chicago’s North Side. The district includes the Chicago neighborhoods of West Lakeview, Roscoe Village and Northcenter, and parts of Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood and Ravenswood Manor. We discuss our city and state as well as 11th District breweries, Twisted Hippo, Half Acre, Begyle, Dovetail, Corridor, Burning Bush, Metropolitan, and coming in the fall, Hop Butcher. I’ll have Begyle’s Coffee and Vanilla Flannel Pajamas as my Beer In Front. 

Next week from June 28th-July 5th, Beermiscuous located at 2812 North Lincoln Avenue will have a Taste of the 11th District with beers from Half Acre, Begyle, Dovetail, and Metropolitan. A Proceed of this sale will be donated to the Common Pantry. Please stop in and support a great local business and some local breweries while helping neighborhood members. 

Episode 65 Braxton Brewing – Storm

This week I’ll have a Cream Ale from Braxton Brewing called Storm as my Beer In Front. This came courtesy of Rod J from @RodJBeerVenture

I’ll also talk about some good beers from Old Irving Brewing, Sew Hop’d and others. 

Sew Hop’d Brewery Stan’s Amber

Stan’s Amber is an American Amber Red Ale from Sew Hop’d Brewery located in Huntley, Illinois. Stan’s has a great dark red/brown color with a wonderful sweetness to it in the aroma and flavor. They use Centennial and Cascade hops however this is listed with 28 IBU’s so the sweetness from the malt is the overwhelming flavor here. The can says it’s not too sweet and I’ll respectfully disagree here, I feel the sweetness makes this a good one and I’ll be consuming more of Stan’s Amber in the near future. This is a 5.9% ABV beer and goes down nice and easy and I could see this complimenting a nice meal at dinner. I picked this one up at Beermiscuous and I’ve been a fan of everything I’ve had from Sew Hop’d so far. My Huntley friends, there is More than one place in Huntley to go to, you better start going to Sew Hop’d!

Anchor Steam

Tonight I’m having an Anchor Steam. The company and style have been around since 1896 and this is the classic American craft beer first bottled in 1971. This is a can from before the rebranding and was canned 8 months ago so it’s not entirely fresh however this will probably be the last time I have this from the old school packaging so I couldn’t pass it up.

Anchor Steam has a beautiful dark golden color from the use of the caramel malts. The aroma for me is all malt here, I’m not getting hop aroma here at all. The taste is more of the same where the first impression is the sweetness from the malt, there is a slight bitterness at the end from the Northern Brewer hops Anchor uses for this beer. I’m getting a very slight bitter aftertaste at the end from this but by all means it’s not overpowering. The carbonation was a little lacking here but I’m going to attribute this to the age of the can, Anchor Steam is still a solid beer choice provided you have one that is fresh! I gave this a 7.1 out of 10 and looking at past ratings I gave this I had it as high as 7.9.