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Chicago, IL


WBEZ's podcast covering craft beer and related culture. Hosted by Andrew Gill, Alison Cuddy and Tim Akimoff, episodes are recorded on location around the Midwest and include interesting guests including brewers, artists and craft beer lovers. New episodes are posted every other week.






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Brewing outside the lines with Mountain Brew and Scratch Brewing (Episode 75)

We talk with Tim Matson, the author of Mountain Brew a guide to illegal homebrewing in 1970s Vermont. We also talk with the owners of Scratch Brewing, a brewery in the middle of a Southern Illinois forest obsessed with foraged ingredients. We discuss the first craft beer cruise and the results of the #dirtylines movement in Boston. We also hear calls from listeners and celebrate winning the Best Beer Podcast for a second year from the North American Guild of Beer Writers. To find out about...

Duration: 00:57:03

Is Not Your Father's Root Beer actually beer? Part 2 (Episode 72.5)

The conclusion of our investigation into Small Town Brewery's Not Your Father's Root Beer. We get lab results back from White Labs and talk with representatives from the TTB and the Brewers Association about how they distinguish between beer and flavored malt beverages.

Duration: 00:15:20

Is Not Your Father's Root Beer actually beer? (Episode 72)

We try to figure out what's going on with the alcoholic root beer taking the craft beer world by storm- Small Town Brewery's Not Your Father's Root Beer.

Duration: 00:17:28

Liz Garibay shares history through beer (Episode 70)

We talk with historian Liz Garibay about her recent trip through Europe tracing the impact of different beer styles on their place of origin. (Read about her exploits at #StoryofBeer on Twitter). We drink Summit Pilsener and Ommegang Fleur de Houblon. We also discuss ABInBev's new $1.7 billion investment in U.S. production and new claims that breweries are the hottest startups around. https://twitter.com/hashtag/storyofbeer?src=hash&vertical=default&f=tweets

Duration: 00:54:53

63 - Cooking with beer with Jackie Dodd, The Beeroness

We learn how to use beer to make food that actually tastes good from Jackie Dodd, aka The Beeroness. We also sample a product we mentioned in episode 61- Bud Light Mixx Tails. We try the Hurricane variety. We clear our palates with fresh Spiteful IPA from Chicago's Spiteful Brewing. In beer news we discuss the dispute between Bell's Brewery and Innovation Brewing, Three Floyds and White Flame Brewing settling out of court and the UK adding the price of craft beer to their list of economic...