Home Brew Rock Stars Podcast

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Dec 23, 2018

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PODCAST: The End of Year Recap of 19 Home Brewing Episodes and a Sneak Peek at 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! This episode takes a look back at our interviews with the home brewers, brew masters, rock stars and brewing topics we covered throughout the 2018 podcast season. After 19 episodes, more than 20 guests, 40 interviews and 100 beer tastings, it's time to reminisce the highlights of an awesome year.

We also imbibe in a slurry of incredible beer tastings that include a new home brew from Brent, his session hazy IPA featuring Cashmere hops, the traditional scotch ale of Bell's Christmas Ale, and three big boy beers all over 10 AVB with Ridgeway's Insanely Bad Santa, New Holland's Dragon's Milk S'mores and Flying Monkey's Arcadian Groove Imperial Maple Porter.

Episodes recap of 2018 home brewing topics includes:

  • E16 Beer Fitness, Health, Resolutions - Two Brothers, Surly, Founders
    Home Brewer Eric Johnson, music from Go Go Torpedo
  • E17 Taxes, Casks, Beer News - Revolution, Hopslam, Home Brew
    Home Brewer Matt Berthiaume, music from Purple Hell
  • E18 Brewery Startups & Hiccups - Brian Endl of Pig Minds
    Pig Minds founder Brian Endl, music from Minneapolis guitar virtuoso Jon James
  • E19 St. Patrick's Day Beers and Prairie Street Brewing Co
    Master Brewer Steve Lenox with Shawn Steiner, music from Havana Honey
  • E20 March Madness Beer: Cinderella, DMS, Holy City
    Charleston Brewer Chris Brown of Holy City, music from guitarist Bill Dolan/Das Boton
  • E21 Carson Souza - A Midwest Craft Brewing Soundtrack
    Remote show at Pig Minds w/master brewer Carson sSouza, Shane Johnson, +FCB home brewers
  • E22 If It Ferments?! with Homebrewer Mike Coisman
    Mike Coisman talks fermenting anything, music from Minneapolis brood rock band The Phones
  • E23 Big Brew 2018 with Forest City Brewers
    Remote show at the ballpark, Cincinnati Irish Red was Ron Derry, Mike Bohn with his Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Jerry Machula and his Hefeweizen, Mike Coisman beer with Centennial hops.
  • E24 Wanna Quickie? Home Brew Fast Lagers
    A lesson in brewing lagers in half the time, music from Tin Tin Can
  • E25 Best Day Drinking Beers and Brews
    Darin Kolls, music from Maggie’s Dream
  • E26 Great Taste of the Midwest Pre-Fest Podcast 2018
    Guest Corey Kuczynski, music by Brain Kingdom
  • E27 Adjunct Brewing and Ryan Brewing One-Barrel Startup
    Ryan Brewing master brewer, Todd Ryan, music from Crash Kings
  • E28 Pre: Screw City Beer Fest 2018
    Guest Aaron Sleger, mucic from by Stuart Davis
  • E29 Screw City Beer Fest 2018: Mustache Bash
    Interviews with event founds Aaron Sleger and Chris Wachowiak, plus a slew of home brewers from Forest City Brewers talk about their festival beer prep
  • E30 Beards & Beers in the Urban Forest
    Urban Forest founders Alex Cando And Heath Meyers, music by Darwin’s Waiting Room, Five Bolt Main, Alston and Silence is Broken
  • E31 Couples Brewing - Takes Two To Tango
    Hayley Dickinson and David Setiawan, music by Shawm Smith
  • E32 Off Kilter Brewing - Palate Fatigue
    Off Kilter Brewing Founder Jim Goecks, music by Elgin Park
  • E34 Rock-n-Roll Beers on the Tundras
    Brian Mastrangeli and Cory Wicklund of Tundras share beer drinking philosophy and their music

Tune in for the 2019 kick off in January with NEW short episodes and guest from all over this blessed nation!

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Dec 2, 2018

PODCAST: Tundras talk Rock-n-Roll Beers and why craft beer melds well with music.

This episode goes untraditional for the Home Brew Rock Stars crew while perhaps getting to the root of the podcast's namesake, as we feature Brian Mastrangeli and Cory Wicklund from TUNDRAS, a progressive Midwest band with a passion for well-made craft beer. Tundras talk about their musical beginnings, influences and tales of keeping a band relevant. They also share some musings regarding their introduction to the craft beer world, pointing to a well-timed situation where legal drinking age aligns with an American beer invasion. Add to this a love for the British invasion of rock-n-roll and now you've gotten the gist of this episode.

The show kicks off with a segment reviewing a list of beers that were released by rock bands, which could be appropriately named "the good, the bad and the undrinkable". These would include (ratings from Beer Advocate): Badass American Lager from Kid Rock (19/200), Bastards Lager from Motorhead (49/200), Destroyer from KISS (50/200), Australian Hardrock from AC/DC (19/200), *Razor Hoof from High on Fire (91/200), Trooper Ale from Iron Maiden (94/200), *Toxic Revolution from Municipal Waste (196/200) and *Permanent Funeral from Pig Destroyer (199/200). *collaborations with Three Floyds

BEER TASTING! Of course, it's not a brewing podcast without beer. Thanks to five great beer samples form craft breweries that include: Iron Maiden's Trooper Lager, Pig Minds's Royal Bitch Slap, Rogue's Rolling Thunder, Brent's Peruvian Coffee Porter (home-brew) and Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout.

TUNES: We play a quick round of Beer Tag recalling the best and worst and best band names that were featured in Paste and Ranker magazine (who doesn't like Dick Tator and the Tots, or Gringo Star!?). And of course, we have samples of Tundras music sprinkled throughout the show, including samples from their most recent album called Only Bones Inside, available at Tundras Bandcamp ( and on Spotify.

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Oct 28, 2018

PODCAST: The Curious Phenom of Palate Fatigue with Off Kilter Brewing Founder Jim Goecks

This episode features a focus on palate fatigue with no better way to approach the subject than a fun interview with Off Kilter Brewing founder/brewer Jim Goecks. This up-and-coming brewery was born out of a passion for home brewing at Jim's home in South Beloit, IL. Jim shares his knowledge and purposed techniques for brewing malt forward craft beer without the harsh bitterness that has dominated the craft beer revolution. This goal to fill the gap between those traditional American pilsners and hoppier beers that crowd store coolers is no accident, hence the name Off's refreshing!

We also dive into a conversation regarding beer palate fatigue as we imbibe some of Jim's awesome craft beer and relate to the thoughtful character given to his brewing style. "Fatigue is a dangerous thing for a beer lover. It plays with your mind, causing you to question what you know to be true and second guess your old favorites. The symptoms of this weariness are familiar and difficult to avoid, even for the most optimistic craft beer enthusiast" (Beer Advocate-Issue 58).

BEER TASTING! Of course, it's not a brewing podcast without beer. Thanks to four outstanding beer samples from the Off Kilter line-up, all featured at the Off-Kilter Brewing Taproom at Artisan Pub in South Beloit, and two other stellar beers from 3 Sheeps and Toppling Goliath, we can all assure any palate fatigue is a non-issue.

  • Osmosis - An English/American/Off-Kilter fusion made with authentic English malts and a blend of English and American hops aged in charred oak, that's hoppy yet sports a deep golden color.
  • O Doo Ya - A spring/summer seasonal, but not your traditional Belgian-Style Wit, brewed with imagination for those long summer evenings on the back deck.
  • One-Eyed Jack - This porch pounder is a straw colored ale with a rich white head and a complex malt forward flavor that starts with nice barley richness and a hint of white wheat.
  • Bella Brown - Named after Jim's faithful Great Dane, this winter seasonal a complex Brown Ale with a tightly beaded foam head and hints of citrus, clove and coffee.
  • Black Kilt Stout - 3 Sheeps - An extremely rare Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout. This collaboration beer was brewed exclusively for BrewFest Partners at 11% ABV.
  • King Sue - Toppling Goliath - At 7.8% ABV and 100+ IBU this hazy double IPA blasts hints of mango, orange, and pineapple from a lot of Citra hops.

EXTRAS: We play a quick round of Beer Tag called "You be the judge", and in ode to Jim's home brew beer contest experience, put the test Jim and Mike's judging knowledge. Can you beat them? Our music features groovy samples of San Diego inspired pop rock from ELGIN PARK (aka Micheal Andrews), guitar player for acid jazz legends, Greyboy Allstars (Karl Denson/Robert Walter) but is best known for a cover version of the Tears for Fears song "Mad World", which he recorded with Gary Jules for the Donnie Darko soundtrack.

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Oct 15, 2018

Podcast: A rare look at couples brewing from a husband and wife new to all-grain home-brewing.

This episode features fellow home brewers Hayley Dickinson and David Setiawan, a happily married dynamic duo that brews together, as well as many other fun activities. As Hayley filled us in, she takes the assistant brewer role voluntarily and let's David do the heavy lifting, but they both contribute to the process creating an atmosphere of  collaboration and passion that anyone would hope for when couples brewing. Our guests also talk about their own podcast, After We Take Out the Garbage, which is a fun spirited improve on random topics with random guests where just about everything is fair game.

Taste Great! Of course, we all imbibe, first with two home brews from our guests which include a interesting Honey Wheat with some unexpected floral citrus notes and a delightful Rhubarb Pumpkin Ale featuring home grown additives. Both were clean and crisp, leaving a pleasant front-end bouquet and with a subtle after taste. Well done kids! Add beer tastings of a delicious traditional Oktoberfest from Central Waters and Pig Minds Briee Kraut, a non-traditional Oktoberfest that's malty, hoppy na d brings a little zing. Plus a rare sampling of Wisconsin Brewing Co's Bourbonified Depth Charge, a barrel-aged Scotch Ale caramelized with hot curling stones during a super-unique annual summer festival in Verona, WI that the Home Brew Rock Stars team has never missed.

We also do some role reversal with our Beer Tag game and let our guests quiz the hosts. David and Haley did a great job to educate us on the origins of their questions, so right or wrong, we all gained some beer knowledge! As well, musical sound clips were featured from Shawn Smith, a Seattle-based songwriter and performer with several solo albums and tours to his credit, along with at least 3 bands (Brad, Satchel and Pigeonhead) of which all sport other Seattle legends, including Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard. Shawn is regarded as Seattle's best kept secret musician and more recently has hit some hard times so we encourage you all to support his beautiful mind and music HERE.

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Oct 1, 2018

Podcast: Bearded brewers from the new Urban Forest Craft Brewing are featured, plus craft beer tastings from the taproom!

This episode features Alex Cando And Heath Meyers from Urban Forest Craft Brewing as the swing by the bat-cave for an hour of education, fun and full bearded revelry. These brewers are o the cusp of starting the next phase of their careers in making commercially available craft beer, and if the beer list below isn't enough, the excitement from an already exuberant fan base is showing promise before their doors even open.

YOU SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY! Of course, we should mention it was Mr. Mike Sears' B-day, which should go without saying that we drank a little beer to celebrate. Actually we drank a lot! Here's the list from our extensive beer tastings throughout this show, all furnished by Alex and Heath from their soon to be beer menu:

  • Kindred Kolsch 4.9% Clean and delicate and made with traditional German hops.
  • British Golden Ale 5.3% A distinct hop bite with bready maltiness.
  • Whitney 4.3% VanillaCream Ale...listen and learn :)
  • DDH Sugar Skull 5% Hoppy American Wheat Ale brewed with Chinook ad Citra hops.
  • Squish Mitten 7.3% New England IPA with El Dorado, Ekuanot and Eureka hops.
  • O'Chaahky 7% Irish Chocolate Stout Chaahk base beer fermented with Irish yeast strain.
  • Bike Fix 2.5% Grapefruit Radler, kettle soured wheat beer blended with with house Ruby-Red Grapefruit Soda.

We also have some fun with a little Beards & Beer history in a friendly game of Beer Tag in which Heath flirts with a perfect score. Add that Alex (and Heath) are rockstars in their own right and we feature a few sound clips from Alex's storied Nu-Metal career playing bass guitar and touring the world in bands called Darwin's Waiting Room, Five Bolt Main, Alston and Rockford local band Silence is Broken.

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Sep 9, 2018

Podcast: Interviews and Mustaches collide at this year's Screw City Beer Fest 2018

It was perhaps the best Screw City Beer Fest yet with a new location on the rock River in rockford, IL with an excellent performance by founders Aaron Sleger and Chris Wachowiak. The festival featured 15 new breweries (more than 50 total), delish local food, 2 hop companies (sharing hoppiness), one home brew club (that served more than 100 gallons of beer brewed by locals), a beer podcast (complete with free mustaches), a crew of awesome volunteers, drones, lawn games, line dancing, lounging, live music for the more than 2,500 thirsty, festive drinkers. This podcast episode features the Home Brew Rock Stars interviewing festival host Aaron Sleger and the majority of the Forest City Brewers club members (15 total) that brewed and served their special beers. We also interview some craft breweries that include Destihl and Polyanna, as well as the guys from Forest City Hops and Live Wire Hops. And finally, below we have some fun passing out hundreds of free mustaches and take a few pics of festival goers sporting their mustache, or "cupstache" below...#drinkitup  
Sep 2, 2018

Podcast: Aaron Sleger pours on about the upcoming Screw City Beer Fest 2018

In this podcast episode the boys bring back Aaron Sleger for an annual preview of Screw City Beer Fest 2018. with a Top 10 list of "Festiquettes" and  Aaron shares all the important ingredients for this 8th annual beer tasting event, including details about the new location and 15 screw city rookie brewery attendees (at the time of this recording their were 54 total breweries and one home-brew club that will be serving 20 different beers...wonder which club in the "Forest City" that will be?). For our beer tastings, Aaron shares 3 craft beers from the shelves of Artale & C0 that represent 3 of the breweries serving at Screw City this year....beginning with 2nd Shift Brewing's Technical Ecstasy, a Czech-style pils that was lagered for 3 months! Then we get our milkshake on with Astronaut Eye Scream, 8% double IPA from Illuminated Brew Works of Chicago. Finally, we sip away on Barrel-Aged Coffee Break Abduction, an imperial stout from Pipe Works that was aged 20 months in Elijah Craig bbls at 13% ABV...Fuh-can-eh. Kent and Brent lead a another segment of BEER TAG, where they quiz Mike and Aaron on beer slang. Have you ever had a glass sandwich or perhaps you've bitch slapped for Britney Speers? Do you think you can slang? Finally, our music samples come from Stuart Davis, an inventively talented human being that's not only a renowned musician, but also an accomplished artist, writer, actor and podcaster. The samples comes from his 2001 self-titled breakthrough album featuring songs called Rock Stars and Models, Doppelganger Body Donor, Immanence, Dresden and 9 more. His music contributions to the world are an audio wet dream, not to be missed. Share this podcast with your friends (below) and send us your feedback for what you'd like us to talk about on the Home Brew Rock Stars Facebook page. You can now buy our Home Brew Rock Stars stuff on Threadless. Plus...tune in next episode as we share interviews of the brewers and hosts from Screw City Beer Fest 2018! #drinkitup  
Aug 27, 2018

Podcast: Adjuncts are on review with guest Todd Ryan from Ryan Brewing

In this podcast episode we delve into adjunct brewing with Ryan Brewing master brewer, Todd Ryan. The crew discusses the craft beer craze of adjunct brewing in detail. We'll talk about Todd's new start-up one-barrel craft beer system and visit his brewing past from explorations in Europe to Wyoming home-brew roots to the now 2-month opened for public consumption, Ryan Brewing in Roscoe, IL. And of course, we do some beer tastings....this time featuring M-43 NEIPA from Old Nation Brewing Co. in Williamston, Michigan, the first release in Othe “New Orthodox” IPA series utilizing a complex combination of Calypso, Simcoe, Citra and Amarillo hops. Not to outdone, Todd brough 4 fabulous beers from Ryan's Brewing, including his signature Schlopgarten German Hefeweizen, Back in Blackberry PA, a Cherry Apricot Sour and a delicious Kolsch with some steamy influence. Speaking of one barrel systems, we wondered in the real life, does size really matter?...Kent and Brent lead a another segment of BEER TAG, where they offer fact or fiction of different sizes of breweries, beer production, etc. and Mike and Todd have to guess whether the size given for each topic is indeed real or fake. Surprisingly, they both did quite well ... are you a beer know-it-all? If so, how did you do on this episodes beer tag? Finally, much like adjunct brewing, we shared clips from Opal, an American rock band in the 1980s from LA. They were part of the Paisley Underground musical style and come across as a fuzz-drenched infuse of Mazzy Star meets T-Rex. The band's name is derived from Opel, a song by Syd Barrett of early Pink Floyd fame. As is the case with many of our music clip features, Opal is extremely rare and difficult to find so we hope you enjoy the sneak preview of these fuzzy rock classics from our youth. Share this podcast with your friends (below) and send us your feedback for what you'd like us to talk about on the Homebrew Rockstars Facebook page. You can now buy our merch on Threadless (Use this code for free shipping: FREESHIP7180f00a4 ). Plus...tune in next episode as we preview Screw City Brew Fest 2018! #drinkitup  
Aug 5, 2018

Podcast: A preview of 2018 Great Taste of the Midwest Beer Festival with guest Corey Kuczynski

It's August, it's hot, and time for prime beer festival season. On this podcast the boys review the history, do a retrospective and make predictions for this year's Great Taste of the Midwest. We've invited one of our brew buds and GTMW veteran, Corey Kuczynski, to break it all down as we prepare for this year's extravaganza of trending, traditional and tasty craft beer available for consumption (for those that have a ticket) on Saturday, August 11 in Madison, WI. As with every show, we also do some beer tastings....this time from breweries that are regular fixtures at Great Taste. A festival that hosts more than 190 breweries and 1400 beers (not to mention meads, ciders and over 100 cask ales) should provide plenty of choices. Of those we sipped our sponsors double IPA called Always the Hard Way from Pig Minds, and also sampled Founders Backwoods Bastard, New Glarus Coffee Stout and a revisit with Urban Chestnut Stammtisch Pilsner (one of the finest pilsner's on the planet). Speaking of Great Taste beers...Kent and Brent lead a new segment called BEER TAG, where they offer a fun beer name from last year's Great Taste and Mike and Corey have to guess between two breweries to choose the one that brewed it. They didn't do so good, but who really cares...the segment was educating and super fun! Finally, we shared clips of an underground band called Brain Kingdom with clips from their 2005 Nashville studio project called Tacos & Swimming Pools. The album was recorded in just 3 days in a small Sony satellite just of music row, featuring original songs written by Don Peterson with Brent Shelton on bass/guitars and Mike Tarrolly on drums, plus a host of fine local musicians who hung out and joined in when called upon. Share this podcast with your friends (below) and send us your feedback for what you'd like us to talk about on the Homebrew Rockstars Facebook page. You can now buy our merch on Threadless (Use this code for free shipping: FREESHIP7180f00a4 ). Plus...tune in next episode as we preview Screw City Brew Fest 2018! #drinkitup    
Jul 14, 2018

Podcast: Best Day Drinking Beers and tips for home brewing them are reviewed

It's summer, it's hot, and you don't wanna get too filled up in the heat. This podcast reviews the best day drinking beers, tips for drinking light during the day and some ideas for home brewing your own lawn-mower beers! Pucker up as we re-taste Pig Minds Farmango kettle-soured farmhouse ale with and sip on Genesee Cream Ale (New York's oldest brewery). Then we pucker more with Brent's home brew called Pound of Columbus, plus the crew indulges in other day drinker beer tastings from Bell's Larry's Latest Sour, Left Hand Travelin Light Kolsh, and Metal Monkey Bikini Bottom Pineapple Gose, a true monkey pucker if we ever had one:) Talk about a mind puck...Kent and Brent lead a Real or Fake "Day Drinking Beer Trivia" segment and we fool around a bit more with the show theme to explore some best "practices" for starting your drinking before what to ever matters?! We also feature sound clips from a band called Maggie's Dream and their impossible-to-find unreleased album called Elysium.This funky rock, pop, soul group was short lived and led by Menudo vocalist Draco Rosa who filled the vox spot when Lenny Kravitz decided to go solo before the band released their first and highly coveted self-titled album in 1990. Some claim Mr. Kravitz stole a bit on this style while others close to the early daze claim they played of of each other...regardless, it's classic music! Share this podcast with your friends (below) and send us your feedback for what you'd like us to talk about on the Homebrew Rockstars Facebook page. You can now buy our merch on Threadless (Use this code for free shipping: FREESHIP7180f00a4 ). Plus...tune in next episode as we seek out more home brewers and tasty beers! #drinkitup
May 27, 2018

Podcast: How to home brew fast lagers in up to half the time!

Wanna Quickie? This podcast episode features a short "how to" for home brewing fast lagers. With a little more detail to gravity and temperature step acceleration, you could possibly cut your lagers and pilsners down to 4 weeks, give or take depending on how you serve them. Thanks a bunch to those sharp minds at Brulosophy for the Fast Lager experimenting! We also share some tastings of some great lagers from New Glarus (Two Women and Totally Naked), Victory (Home Grown Lager) and Steamworks (Pilsner). Yum! Plus the guest beer of honor comes from our sponsor, Pig Minds which features a 6th anniversary beer called Farmango, a 4.8 AVB  kettle-soured farmhouse ale blended with mangos. More Yum! Talk about quickies...Kent leads a Real or Fake "Speed Trivia" segment and we fool around a bit more with the show theme to explore some unusual "quickie" destinations ... hey, you only live once ... we thinks?! And...catch the interesting vibe from the music in-and-outs of Tin Tin Can, a reverb-soaked Chicago band, as well as some brief history on Nazareth, Tame Impala and QOTSA albums to round out the highlights. Share this podcast with your friends (below) and send us your feedback for what you'd like us to talk about. Plus...tune in next episode as we trek out to the ballpark again with the Forest City Brewers serving their awesome home brews at the Brews on First Beer Festival in Rockford! #drinkitup  
May 8, 2018

Podcast: Big Brew 2018, with a home run line-up of home brewers and an extra innings bottle share!

This home-brew podcast goes remote to Rivets stadium in Rockford, IL with the Forest City Brewers and friends. We took in the sun and fun at the old ballpark to celebrate the largest group brewing event in the world (AHA Big Brew is the 40th anniversary and the farewell to Charlie Papazian, the father of home-brewing!). Home Brew Rock Stars interviewed people that brewed beer for the upcoming Brews On First beer festival on Saturday June 2. And with an impressive bottle share and some baseball meets Cinco de Mayo meets Kentucky Derby, all bets were in. It was an interesting day of four brewers all doing brew-in-the-bag beers, but with 4 unique setups. Leading off with his Cincinnati Irish Red was Ron Derry, who once did a 3-day try-out with the Reds back when the players were "pumped" and the bats were corked. Batting second was Mike Bohn with his Belgian Dark Strong Ale and primed to move the Irishman into scoring position. Batting third was Jerry Machula and his Hefeweizen that's leading the league in RIMS (see pics for this fun brewing setup). And batting clean-up was Mike Coisman switch hitting for the first time with a brew-in-a-bag lawn-mower bee featuring Centennial hops. Good times for all that attended, and for those that chose not to, next year looks to be even more fun, so make plans now so you don't miss out! Next podcast will be another remote occasion at the Olympic Tavern on Wednesday May 16 with FCB, Zak Rotello and friends. #drinkitup  
May 1, 2018

Podcast: Homebrewer extraordinaire Mike Coisman shares his karma and tasty beers and meads.

This podcast episode features a chat with Mike Coisman, a home brew guru thats not afraid to expand his experiences to just about anything that ferments. Mike is a seasoned brewer that takes on beer, wine, cider and meads to the point of overkill, on purpose. His award-winning brews are delightful and story is even better. He share a Pliney the Younger clone brewed on Big Brew Day 2017 (and still chewy good!), as well as an assortment of sumptuous meads and share s some great tips for any homebrewer willing to sit through this fun show. We also put Pig Minds Smokey Scot on the table for a tasting and dive into a Real or Fake: Commercial Beers (or not), while sharing a tasting of Champaign Illinois pride Blind Pig's Blue Pils and finishing off some of Pig Minds new Midwest IPA called Juicy Minds. All this while sampling clips from Minneapolis brood rock band The Phones and their hit album, Back in Time. Oh to be 20 again. Share this podcast with your friends (below) and send us your feedback for what you'd like us to talk about. Plus...tune in next episode as we venture to the ballpark for our annual Big Brew Day with the Forest City Brewers home brew club! #drinkitup
Apr 20, 2018

Podcast: Craft brewing chatter from Carson Souza at Pig Minds

Podcst-homebrew-souza-groupThis episode features a remote podcast with Pig Minds Brewing head brewer Carson Souza. We do our best to extract his beginnings and discover out he's been brewing to his own soundtrack, and then some! It's a wild ride through some deep conversation from a bright and rising star in the craft brewing scene. We also do some tasting of his newest beer called Juicy Minds, a clear and clean version of the New England IPA...or perhaps, it's the Midwest IPA?! Add another tasty treat with a very solid Hefeweizen, and we finished the night off with a spicy sipping of Kent's Chipotle Porter home brew (which incidentally, blended fabulously with Carson's Maple Porter...just saying). We also put Pig Minds operations manager, Shane Johnson, to the test with a "Real or Fake - Bands and Brewery Collaborations"...yes, Kid Rock, ACDC, Pearl Jam and Warren Haynes all drop into the trivia fun. Speaking of collaboration beers, we do a fun tasting of Wood-Aged Bitches Brew from DogFishHead, a tribute to Miles Davis famous jazz-fusion masterpiece. This beer is worth seeking out, with notes of sweet roast coffee, and aromas of vanilla, licorice and chocolate. We got wood, too:) All this while our home brew club friends from Forest City Brewers hung out in the brewery for their monthly tasters guild. Share this podcast with your friends (below) and send us your feedback for what you'd like us to talk about. Plus...tune in next episode as we entertain more home brew escapades with Mike Coisman and his beer, cider, mead and wine making processes! #drinkitup podcast-homebrew-souza-3podcast-homebrew-souza-2podcast-home-brew-souza-4bitches-bew-dogfishhead hefe-pig-minds Juicy-mind-pig-minds
Mar 30, 2018


Podcast: It's a March Madness Beer Tasting featuring Cinderella Brews, DMS clues and a trip to the Holy City

hbrs-greenscreen-e20-800This home brew podcast episode features Mike's interview with Holy City brewer Chris Brown and his most famous patron (Pete!).  Chris tells us a little bit about how he got into brewing and what's going down at the Holy City brew scene in Charleston, SC. We also partake in some tastings of some very under-rated beers, including Sparkling Princess from Holy City (Sour IPA), Barroom Hero from Magic Hat (a Pub Ale collab with the Dropkick Murphys), Depth Charge from Wisconsin Brewing Co., One-Eyed Jack from Off-Kilter, and Barrel-Aged Joe Daddy Imperial Coffee Stout from Pig Minds. das-boton-soda-dripAdding to the phi-slamma-jamma is our "Real [not Fake] list of  Cinderella Beers and Brew Cities". PLUS... the Home Brew Rock Stars team delves into D.M.S. in your home brew, how to detect it and some smart tricks on how to prevent it...what is that creamed corn?...gat tha fach outa hare! The show also showcases short clips from a true Cinderella guitarist, Bill Dolan, the whiz kid behind the 90s punked-up funk/jam/rock from Five Styles [Sub Pop] and Heroic Doses. These clips come from a 2009 Das Boton album entitled Soda Drip...BUY IT!!!!! Share this podcast with your friends (below) and send us your feedback for what you'd like us to talk about. Plus...tune in for our next episode as we SMaSH it up with Carson Souza on-site at Pig Minds Brewing Co. Who's in your March Madness Beer Bracket? We pick Loyola-Chicago for the hop smack down...and HAPPY EASTER!!!! #drinkitup Sears-home-brew-podcastjpgbrent-homw-brew-podcast-20kent-home-brew-podcast-20 barroom-hero-podcast depth-charge-podcast Joe-daddy-podcast one-eyed-jack-podcast sparklingprincess-podcast

Mar 17, 2018

Podcast: Steve Lenox & Shawn Steiner from Prairie Street talk St. Patrick's Day Beers and What's Next for Them

e19-prairiest-homebrewrockstarsThis podcast episode features head brewer Steve Lenox from Prairie St. Brewing Co. and his assistant brewer Shawn Steiner, talking about what's next for this young brewery. We also imbibe some Irish style beer, a little St. Patrick's Day history and indulge in some local music from Havana Honey. Tastings feature Central Water Ouisconsing Red Ale, Prairie St. Irish Stout and Feather Eye RyePA (aka Kelly RIPA) and a special home brew feature Nelson Sauvin and Hallertua Blanc hops!!! Adding to the shenanigans is our "Real or Fake: St. Patrick's Day Facts". The Home Brew Rock Stars team throws questions to Steve and Shawn about their craft brewing process and what might be changing in the near future..."can" we say distribution!? We also talk a little about their Pilot Series beers and that process where they brew experimental one barrel beers for their steady patrons to try out, adding a nice option for beer geeks and freaks. Share this podcast with your friends (below) and send us your feedback for what you'd like us to talk about. Plus...tune in for our next episode as we feature South Carolina brews and peeps from Holy City Brewing. A special thanks to our sponsors and friends from Pig Minds Brewing Co. HAPPY ST. PADDY'S DAY PEOPLE!!!! #drinkitup pool-table-home-brew-podcast steve-lenoxprairie-street-brewing-comike-sears-podcastbrent-2-podcastCentralwaters-redale irish-stout-2018 kelly-ripa-prairie=-st
Feb 24, 2018

Podcast: Beer Startups, Brewery Disasters, Pig Minds New England IPA and Jon James

BRS-group-podcast-BrianendlThis podcast episode features brewery founder Brian Endl from Pig Minds Brewing Co., covering a gamut of brewery startup topics, and a little history on some brewery disasters. We also do craft beer tastings from the Pig Minds featuring their Dirty Souls New England IPA, their tasty Friends, Family & Forever Belgian Tripel, plus a Bourbon Barrel QUAD from Boulevard and a home brew gusher brewed with gobs of Lemonhead candy. AuContraire_coverThe show features can't miss tunes from guitar virtuoso, Jon James (Minneapolis transplant via Rockford native). Kent and Brent quiz Mike and gBrian with "Real or Fake: Brewing Disasters". Then, the crew throws questions to Brian about brewery startups, some of the hiccups, celebrations and infusing vegan food into a brewpub. If you're thinking of starting a brewery someday, this is a nice retrospect of the good, bad and bright shiny lights on the horizon. Share this podcast with your friends (below) and send us your feedback for what you'd like us to talk about. Plus...tune in for our next episode as we interview Curt Meyers, an entrepreneur of sorts both in and out of the home brewing arena. #drinkitup kent-brent-podcast-beer brian-endl-homebrewrockstars pooltable-group-beerpodcast sears-homebrewbelgian-tripel-pigminds-podcast boulevard-beer-podcastnew-england-ips-podcast
Feb 17, 2018

Podcast: Beer News, Brewery Taxes, Inert vs. Living Ale and Revolution DB VSOD ... 17% ABV

HBRS-17-greenscreenThis podcast episode explores the latest beer news with fellow home brewer guest, Matt Berthiaume, covering a gamut of short discussions with recent beer and brewery news, a history of brewing related taxes and a wrangle about real ale. We also do craft beer tastings from the Revolution Deep Wood Series (Double Barrel VSOD-Very Special Old Deth, Ryeway to Heaven and Straight Jacket), Bell's (HopSlam 2018), Pig Minds (Flap Jacks Maple Porter) and some delish pear-infused IPA home brew. The show features pre-release tunes from the dazed electric 3-piece band PURPLE HELL (Rockford, IL). Kent and Brent quiz Mike and guest Eric Johnson with "Real or Fake: History of Beer Taxes". Then, Mike and Matt face off in a "Drunk Debate" on Inert vs. Living Beer pursuing to agree, or disagree, on whether filtered beer is better than real ale..we'll find out soon enough at the 2018 Day of the Living Ales festival in Chicago on March 3rd (follow up podcast coming!) Share this podcast with your friends (below) and send us your feedback for what you'd like us to talk about. Plus...tune in for our next episode as we interview Pig Minds Brewing Co. found Brian Endl and put him to the test on sharing what part of a brewery start-up really draws out the pain, and the pleasures! #drinkitup   sears-17-podcst    Matt2-17-podcastbrent-17-podcastkent-17-podcastRevolution-VSOD-podcasthopslam-podcastPigminds-flapjacks-17-podcastPear-ipa-homebrew-17
Jan 14, 2018

Podcast: Beer Tips for your new year's fitness, health, resolutions and brewery

HBRS-e16-GS-finalThis podcast episode explodes with 2018 new year's beer resolutions from Beer Advocate forums community, plus brewers fitness tips (equipment) and beer health facts. We also review beer from Two Brothers (In the Flesh), Surly (Hell), Pig Minds (Joe Daddy) and Founders (Blushing Monk-2015). Who knew beer could be so damn good for you? GogotorpedoThe show features pre-release tunes from Blue collar punk rock band Go Go Torpedo (Rockford, IL), including a killer cut from their first single, Ray Gun. Kent and Brent quiz Mike and guest Eric Johnson with "Real or Fake: Light beer has more calories than...?". Mike run through some great tips for home brewers to get their equipment in shape for a new brewing season. And Brent shares "8 ways beer is good for your health". Share this podcast with your friends (below) and send us your feedback for what you'd like us to talk about. Plus...tune in for our next episode as we a review of the new beers coming in 2018, sure to blow the lid off January's fitness, health, resolutions and much more. #drinkitup   blushing-monk-beer-review brent-kent-beer-podcast eric-home-brew-podcast eric-kent-beer-podcast home-brewers-podcast kent-brewing-podcast mike-home-brew-podcast pig-minds-joe-daddy surly-hell-lager-review two-brothers-sours
Dec 30, 2017

New Year's podcast with a 2017 brew review, beer tastings and radical holiday hangover remedies!

greenscreenThis podcast episode focuses on "Best of Brewing in 2017" and a historical look at hangovers and rumored panacea. We also tap into tastings from Founders (Backwoods Bastard), Begyle (Hophazardly), 3 Floyds/Mikkeller (WarPigs Lazurite), Pig Minds (Idol the Lil "Agave" Braggot) + Kent's super-delicious Chipotle Porter home brew. #yummy Home Brew Rock Stars' very own Kent Runte gives us a rundown of some of the popular hops and brewing ingredients used in 2017 by breweries and home brewers alike, including some trends that arose and others to look for in 2018. Mr. Mike Sears follows with the 5 Stages of a Hangover (you don't want to venture in the fifth us!), some general things you can do to alleviate your hangover and readiness to prepare your body for a drinking binge. Mike also reviews an odd, if not hilarious list of international concoctions (dried bull penis, deep-fried canary, etc) to cure your ales from a holiday hangover. Thanks for listening  to our first full year of episodes and we hope you have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! #staywarmhaveahomebrew brent-podcast kent-podcast mike-podcastbegyles-podcastfounders-podcastpigminds-braggot-podcastwarpigs-podcast
Oct 14, 2017
Mead-podcast-group NEW format - This home brew podcast features a long overdue chat with accomplished home brewer Mike Bohn, as we dive into making meads, brew-in-a-bag and Mike's infamous mead-infused Toga Parties. We also do a tasting of Pig Minds' kettle sour, Tart Life and finish it all off with a yummy tasting of B. Nektar - Kill all the Golfers ... that live in a van down by the river. B-Nektar-Kill-All-the-Golfers-Mead-500ML-BTLMr. Bohn gives us some insight to his thoughtful brewing process, as well as sharing 4 tasty meads during this home brew podcast episode, including a sample of his first ever mead, a tart cherry mead that's a super smooth and tipsy sipper at 12 ABV. We also do a short REAL or FAKE segment focusing on historical Toga Party trivia (if you know these you're full of sheet!), and close the show with a discussion regarding the 2018 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Nominees, including the Moody Blues, Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine. It's a Matt Foley motivational  listen, so #drinkitup !!! bnektar-killgolfers homebrew-podcast-mikes kent-brent-beer-podcast meads-sours-bnektar pigminds-sours
Sep 26, 2017

homebrew-octoberfest-podcastAhhh, Octoberfest Beer, that delicious malty sweetness shared once a year. This podcast we taste test 7 different Octoberfest beers from a variety of craft brewers around the USA (see list below). We put Pig Minds' Briieetkraut to the test (an Oktoberfest German Marzen style Lager) with a sound bite from master brewer Carson Souza. ...AND we "talk-over" a bunch of HILARIOUS unedited short interviews with home brewers and craft brewers and beer festival fans...they get a much better "slurry" towards the end...worth the listen and a laugh...Prost!!! Oktoberfest (German pronunciation: [ɔkˈtoːbɐˌfɛst]) is the world's largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Although there are smaller Oktoberfest celebrations all over the world, the main event takes place in Munich, Germany. More than 6 million people attend the city's celebration, making it the biggest beer festival in the world octoberfest-beer-tastingOctoberfest Beer Lineup: O'Dell - Oktoberfest Urban Chestnut - O-KATZ Oachkatzlschwoa New Glarus - Staghorn Octoberfest Buckle Down - Oktoberfest Off Color - Waddle Pig Minds - Briieetkraut Off Kilter - Octoberfest off-color-waddle-octoberfest

Sep 3, 2017
  1-e12-groupshot This podcast episode is all about Home Brew Clubs with an intimate interview with Mike Sears, President and veteran home brewer with the Forest City Brewers. We cover our "Real or Fake" segment with Home Brew Club Names (how good are you?) and drink some tasty craft beers from the likes of 3 Floyds, Toppling Goliath and Pig Minds Brewing Co., as well as a special home brews from a 3 year old barrel-aged home brew collaboration and a haze-bent New England IPA. Eric Jonson sits in to lead our Brewers Talk segment, putting the screws to Mike Sears with some home brew club history and retrospect for how to keep your club relevant, passionate and fun! All while we sip on Toppling Goliath Rover Truck Oatmeal Stout, Pig Minds Talk is Cheap Citra PA (an ode to NYC Ska band The Toasters) and followed by a tasting of 3 Floyds massive hopped Arctic Panzer Imperial IPA with killer artwork from  Tim Lehi. All this and more accompanied by samples of fresh tracks from Rockford-based musician Micky Rosenquist. DRINK IT UP!   IMG_1131eric-1kent-2brent-1 mike-eric-1brent-kentarctic-panzer-wolf-3-floyds rover-truck-toppling-goliath TALKISCHEAP-PIGMINDShome-brew-neipa
Aug 17, 2017
  Group-screwcity-podcast-beerThis podcast episode features the creators of the Screw City Beer Fest, Aaron Sleger and Chris Wachowiak. We preview the their 7th fest which is happening on Sep. 9, 2017 which features 55 breweries, Forest City Brewers and their 16 home brews, and food, music and fun, We also dip back in time to find out how this popular event (it sold out in 22 minutes) got its start and what it took to make it work...and keep it in-demand. The show also includes awesome discussion and tastings of some highly-coveted craft beer from Mikerphone - One Man Wrecking Machine, Pipeworks - As You Wish, Marz - The Machine, Metropolitan  - Heliostat, Pig Minds - Sweep the Leg, as well as some home brew and other libatious donations. All of these breweries will be present and accounted for at this year's Screw City Beer Fest - here's the full line-up. All this and more accompanied by samples of fresh tracks from Rockford-based band, Law & Love. DRINK IT UP! aaron-chris-trump-racist sears-sleger-beer-podcastbrent-kent-home-brew-podcastwachowiak-screw-city aaronsleger-screwcitysears-screwcity-podcast brent-screwcity-podcastpipeworks-asyouwishmarz-hemachinemikerphone-onemanwreckingmachine pigminds-sweepthelegscrewcitybrewfest
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