1. Nerdette podcast co-host Tricia Bobeda fills in for Andrew Gill and Alison Cuddy in this episode. Tim and Tricia talk new Star Trek beer and the changing definition of craft beer while drinking seriously futuristic beer from Giant Brewing Co. And our feature this week is an interview with Lost Abbey’s Tomme Arthur. He’s a well-known figure in the craft beer scene and one of the world’s top brewers.

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  2. Fan #15, Alex Weller sent in these photos from the release party for Lost Rhino Brewing’s Bone Dusters Paleo Ale. It’s a beer made with prehistoric whale yeast! We included his report in episode 37.

     

  3. We talk with the newest leader of the 127-year old Berghoff Brewery, Ben Minkoff. He explains how he’s attempting to convert a Chicago tradition into a craft brewery.
    We sample Berghoff Stock Ale, Solstice Wit, Granola Shambler and others.
    We also discuss beer hoarders, Indiana’s cold beer ban and homebrew competition fakery.

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  4. Donate at http://wbez.org/beer to be entered to win a pair of VIP tickets to the Oak Park Microbrew Review! http://ift.tt/1jM7VIA

     

  5. We spoke with Van Havig, founder of Gigantic Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon when he was in Chicago last December.
    He shares insights on the beer industry from his background as an economist.
    We also discuss new breweries opening in Chicago- including Homaru Cantu’s new project. High end wine forgeries also come up- and how they caught one of the Koch brothers in their snares.
    We drink Heady Topper by The Alchemist and Lakefront Brewery’s My Turn Series: John, a Dark Lager with Cherries. http://ift.tt/1stSwGf

     

  6. We talk with WBEZ’s Alexandra Salomon about her recent trip to Germany where she visited Hamburg’s only craft brewery, Ratsherrn.
    We also discuss the new definition of traditional ingredients by the TTB and Schlafly’s decision not to expand to Illinois after all.
    We drink Rockmill Brewery’s Saison Super. http://ift.tt/1oYQv0S

     
  7. Photos of Ratsherrn Brewery in Hamberg, Germany by Alexandra Salomon.

     

  8. We interview Half Acre president Gabriel Magliaro inside the building they just bought in Chicago’s Bowmanville neighborhood about the brewery’s expansion plans, including the restaurant they’re adding to their Lincoln Avenue location.
    We drink Brewery Ommegang’s Fire and Blood Ale in honor of Game of Thrones.
    We discuss the newly signed Stone Law in South Carolina, Trader Joe’s new venture with Golden Road Brewing and how often drinkers are fooled by “crafty” beers. http://ift.tt/1mlzV6x

     
  9. Photos from our visit to Half Acre Brewing’s new facility, with president Gabriel Magliaro.

     

  10. We sample the music and beer called Rosabi from Dogfish Head and Julianna Barwick. Sound Opinions host Jim DeRogatis joins us to help assess the connection between this music and beer.
    We also talk about mapping the brewer’s yeast genome, brewpub distribution rules in Illinois and remember Rogue Brewing founder Jack Joyce.
    We also drink New Glarus Berliner Weiss. http://ift.tt/1poV1XQ

     

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  12. We interview the head brewer of Firestone Walker, Dustin Krall. He explains how their brewing process compares with winemaking.
    We also discuss the Stone Bill in South Carolina, the community aspect of craft brewing and the ascendancy of craft beer cans as art objects.
    We drink Firestone Walker’s Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA. http://ift.tt/1jHAiMA

     
  13. bobbycaputo:

    Inside: Cantillon – Belgium’s Greatest & Grossest Brewery

    Walk into 99% of the breweries in the United States, and you’ll be greeted with stainless steel conical fermenters, a seemingly limitless supply of sanitizing solution, and equipment that is cared for like the head brewer was Mr. Clean himself. In Cantillon, you’ll find a shit-ton of spiderwebs.

    Started in 1900 by Paul Cantillon, the family-run brewery continuously produces some of the world’s finest beer in an environment that would make a germophobe scream in horror. The brewery is tucked away in a part of Brussels far from tourists, and is full of casks and bottles covered in a thin layer of dust, 19th century machinery, and more spiderwebs than your grandmother’s attic. And that’s exactly how they want it.

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    I love Cantillon a lot, If you ever come across their stuff, I highly recommend picking up a few bottles.

    Beautiful photos of this great Belgian brewery.

     
  14. #StrangeBrews just cracked the top ten in iTunes’ Arts section for the first time! Alton must be getting scared! http://ift.tt/1js6eDn

     

  15. We talk with Todd Haug, the head brewer at Surly Brewing during Dark Lord Day 2014. He’s also an accomplished metal musician and appeared in the David Lynch film “Wild At Heart.”
    We drink Surly Furious IPA as well as Begyle Brewing’s Root Cellar Rye Amber Ale in honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week.
    We also talk about the difficulty of selling packaged beer in Ontario, whiskey pigs and the best “Under 21” redirects on craft brewery websites.
    We recommend three events for Chicago Craft Beer Week. http://ift.tt/1n5prdw