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.

Episode 61 Things We Don’t Say

This week I’ll have the Mikerphone Brewing version of the Things We Don’t Say collaboration as my Beer In Front. I’ll also discuss the big beer news that surfaced this week, and I’m sure I can dig up some Jagoffs of The Week! 

Hat Giveaway!

I’m going to give away a brand new Beer In Front baseball hat this week. To enter, email me at with the new medical issue I talked about in the show this week. Use “HAT” as the subject on the email, and I’ll pick a winner at random next Wednesday at 12:00 Noon.

Episode 60

Big Episode 60 this week! I’ll talk about some health issues, have a Cane And Ebel for the first time in years. That was still a really good beer! I’ll also call out some Jagoffs that aren’t the usual ones I name. 

Shout-Out this week to the Micro Break Podcast, check that out when you get a chance, it’s a good one!