1. We talk with two guys from Texas who’ve devoted 2014 to visiting breweries all across the United States. They call themselves the Brews Travelers (http://ift.tt/1pRB0sW).
    We also hear from a member of the Society of Two Growlers and a Microphone, Michael De Bonis of WOSU in Columbus, Ohio.
    We discuss the New Belgium PAC and Thrillist’s ranking of all 50 states by the beers they produce. http://ift.tt/1zTigu5

     

  2. We visit the Oak Park Microbrew Review for the second time and catch up with Perennial Artisan Ales, Bent River Brewing and Pipeworks Brewing.
    In our news segment we question Deschutes Brewing about printing a “Best After” date on their barleywine bottles and talk Hobbit beer.
    All that, plus we out Peter Sagal’s secret love of fancy beer. http://ift.tt/1q32vza

     

  3. A bonus to episode 41, Alison Cuddy chats with Drew Fox about some specific beers he’s been working on lately. http://ift.tt/1AkgMes

     

  4. Shannon Cason of Homemade Stories (and The Moth and Snap Judgment) joined us in Gary, Indiana to chat with Drew Fox of 18th Street Brewing.
    This episode we also drink Pipeworks Simcoe Ninja Imperial IPA and Pipeworks Grillz Golden Strong Ale with grilled pineapple.
    News stories discussed include the growth of chain brewpubs, bicoastal brewers’ water woes and sexist beer labels.
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  5. Strange Brews hosts Tim Akimoff and Alison Cuddy sat down and had a beer with J.R. Shirt and Eno Saris, the guys behind www.beergraphs.com. They talk beer data and how technology can help craft beer consumers. http://ift.tt/1rjCcmQwww.beergraphs.com. They talk beer data and how technology can help craft beer consumers. http://ift.tt/1rjCcmQ

     

  6. Jared Rouben (brewmaster, Moody Tongue), Josh Noel (travel, beer & spirits writer, Chicago Tribune)and WBEZ’s Monica Eng (Chewing the Fat) join Strange Brews co-host Tim Akimoff on this episode to talk about food and beer pairings, beer as food and food as beer. http://ift.tt/1r9A82F

     

  7. 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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  8. 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.

     

  9. 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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  10. 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

     

  11. 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

     

  12. 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

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

     

  14. 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

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