Destihl Brewery

Tonight I had the chance to swing by the new Destihl Brewery on the north side of Bloomington Normal.  I can say with confidence that I have experienced all levels of Destihl to this point.  Matt Potts and his team were very kind to The Beer Report when they first opened the brewpub at Shoppes of College Hills.  One of our greatest moments in TBR history was reporting on a beer brewed with vaginal yeast (Not at Destihl) and watching Matt nearly spit out his beer.  We were there when the production brewery opened and have been amazed and thrilled with the success of the “local guys” as we see their product now line the shelves of our local liquor stores.  

The new Brewery is a natural progression for Destihl.  They have built up gradually, all the while making amazing beers that are becoming sought after nationwide.  Using that momentum, they have spread slowly and steadily across the US and have now built a world class facility.  

World Class?  Um yeah.  I have been a few places over the years.  Destihl is blessed to be in a town that has lots of free space… And it pays off in a facility like this.  Once a cornfield, it has been replaced with aesthetically pleasing open great hall with huge amounts of glass and steel show off the epic space.  This vast cavern was surely the dream of every Viking king making a great-room for his clan.  Every table in the house has you surrounded by tap handles and fermenters.  You know you are in a brewery, but you also know you are in the most modern iteration of what a brewery can be.  When I go to Stone Brewery and Beer Gardens in Escondido California… I am taken by the sheer scale  and bold architecture.  Destihl is no different.  They have strong bold lines in every direction.

The beers on tap are great.  I am a fan of sours and I always will take a draft.  There was a time when that was rare, and I do fully appreciate how spoiled we are in Central Illinois.  For those who do not know the difference…  Sour beers take on a different flavor because of the “wilder” strains of yeast used to brew the beer.  Artisan brewers from Europe have been using an “exposed to the elements” style of brewing for centuries.  Creating local flavors that are literally the taste of that part of the world.  This flavor profile is very different from your traditional lagers or ales.  Some may call them an acquired taste so don’t fear if your taste-buds are taken by surprise.

If you are not a fan of sour beer, Destihl offers everything from Stouts to Ciders.  As with most brewers in the United States, they are willing to make some big and bold India Pale Ales.  They have everything from mild to skull crushing hop flavors.  If you are a “hophead”, you will be pleased.   As in their past locations…. Destihl does not offer other beers on their tap handles.  Years ago that was a bold statement, but as they have grown their selection of beers, it’s not even an issue to find something you like.  (Ask for samples!  They are always willing to give you a taste if you are unsure)

Destihl also offers the newest way to make your beer portable…. The Crowler.  For 9 bucks or so…. Get 20oz of your favorite beer on tap and take it home in a giant can.  The can concept is far superior to those old glass twist top bottles.  No light, no air, nothing is going to ruin your fresh beer.  The crowler, since it is canned, should keep your beer indefinitely.  Drink at your leisure anywhere without the worry of broken glass.  

I did not try any food on this visit.  

It will be interesting to see what is next for our local craft giant.  Will they get so big that they move their headquarters to Chicago like other local industry leaders?  We have to hope not.  This facility and the beers they make are a feather in the cap of central Illinois.  Locals should show this off to anyone who comes to our sleepy little ‘burgs with the preconception that there is nothing to do in the cornfields of Illinois.  

This building stands high above those fields and I am glad to have them here.  

Drunken Lullabies – Drunk at the Movies – UHF


What do you get when you have three guys gather around for a classic Weird Al movie?  You get Drunken Lullabies – Drunk at the Movies – UHF!

Groucho sits in with Dustin “The Voice” and Daryl “The Broadcaster” to watch UHF and drink a bunch of craft beers!

Dustin has been doing a bunch of these psuedo-MST3K podcasts and they are a ton of fun to listen to if you know the movie…  Also a ton of fun if you are participating!  Give his other episodes a listen.

Getting this movie was no coincidence.  I was begging to do UHF.  This movie has become a classic in my house and its one of the few DVD’s that I actually own.  My son uses it as a lithmus test to shake out who he should be friends with.  Its also become a roadmap to what are the essential 80’s movies that he should watch.  If Al parodied it…  We must watch!  Well, except for Ghandi…  We can save that one for a couple years out.

Cue up a copy of UHF and enjoy!


PS… My Victoria Jackson love was a real thing back in the 80’s!

Beers on the show from Aldi, Trader Joes and assorted other places.    Liquid Mechanics and Stone Brewing  beers were killing it!










TBR Special Edition – Hipsters and Pliney

Beers on the show: Russian River Pliney the Elder, Alchemist Brewing Heady Topper, New Galarus No Coast Pale Ale,

Recorded at the “Swinging Single Pad” of Alex and Drews.

  • The Pliney mystique.
  • Beatbox?
  • Whats your favorite podcast Alex?
  • 120 letdown?
  • Shoe Nice????
  • Showry.  Groucho’s YouTube crush.
  • Spotted Cow… Overrated?  Yuengling?
  • Bourbon County night at Maquets.
  • Autocross Talk…  The show takes a turn!
  • Finding a helmet big enough for Groucho’s noggin!
  • No CHUD tonight!


TBR Special Edition – Viva Las Vegas

Beers on the show:  Hop Valley – Citrus Mistress, Founders – Frootwood, Tahoe Mountain – Viejo Rojo.

How does this happen?

Groucho just happens to be driving through Las Vegas the same day that Superfan PJ is flying in for a 2 day work trip???  Kismet according to PJ!

Groucho and PJ hang at the local craft beer bar and have some great beers along with some conversation about Rick Steves, whiskey tastings and cigars.

Show recorded at Rebel Republic in Las Vegas Nevada!


TBR 91 – Beer and Babysitting

Yeah…  Its everything your expecting…  Fun giggles…  Awkward moments…  And a horrible crash.

Then…  Groucho and CHUD run out of beer.

This one is a dandy!  Enjoy!

Beer on the show:  All Day IPA by Founders Brewing Company in a tallboy can!

Two Podcasters and a Baby

Welcome to Episode 90!  Sponsored by

We are at Studio CHUD for a 2 beer show.  We use the stand alone microphone method of recording and get a real good feel for what its like to podcast at the dining room table with a 1 year old in the house!  The Chudlet is a star!

Beers on the show:  Sun King Osiris Pale Ale and Half Acre Gone Away IPA.

On the show:

  1. Trump and Fake News.
  2. Twitter Activism.
  3. Liberal Tea Party?
  4. CHUD says read up on Bolsheviks and Nazis.  He then lays out the story of Osiris of the cuff.  He can do that!
  5. SNL skits with Melissa McCarthy nail it.  The rest of SNL sucks though.
  6. Check out the videos from Drunken Lullabies on our Facebook page.
  7. Podcasts still sucks!  Groucho cant find much to listen too.
  8. Joe Rogan Experience with Henry Rollins.  The best show ever?  CHUD says no.
  9. Jordan Peterson…  Maps of Meaning.  CHUD’s book of the week.
  10. Shout out to JeffryT from the Good Beer Show.
  11. Where was your first beer?
  12. Beer Beer Cars Beer

Sun King provided by Superfan IRISH…  Half Acre picked up at Broadway Liquors in Pekin Illinois!


TBR Special Edition – Stone Jerkemon Go


Here is a gem from the end of last year.  Groucho brought back a couple “Crowlers” from the Stone World Brewing Headquarters in Escondido California last fall.  We drank these beers very quickly after arrival back to Central Illinois .  This is the second show from that night… We got a little rocked and you can tell by the end of this one!

Beer on the show:  Stone Jerkemon Go.

On the show:

  1. Crowler?  Can I get a definition please?
  2. Pokemon Go…  The future of our lives?
  3. The Wally Chair!
  4. TBR on the local radio?
  5. This beer is delicious!  Groucho says its flat after a week… CHUD says its good.
  6. Sweaty Betty.  “This beer tastes like sour corn!”
  7. The Schlafly Beer Dinner was the best beer dinner ever?  Stephen Hale was special guest at Harvest Cafe.
  8. Bloomington Normal News.  Destihl love.  Beercade in Normal?  Fatjacks is not CHUD’s favorite place on the weekends.
  9. Odabed and Issac’s…  Groucho needs to check it out.
  10. Skinny pants?  CHUD loves them!
  11. The hangover prayer vigil.  Worship Stone.
  12. Internet sovereignty?  THEBEERREPORT.COM
  13. Fake News? Oh God! Yes, we talk about it.  Facebook Manipulation of the news for their algorithm testing.
  14. Fish are not screwing because of your antidepressants Seattle!
  15. The Greatest Generation would have kicked your ass!
  16. Groucho is a paid writer.
  17. Dad talk about infants.
  18. Family role models?  Where have they gone?
  19. The new Pee Wee movies is hate filled according to CHUD.
  20. The Amish are multiplying.  So Sayeth the CHUD.
  21. Ron Paul Seed garden would not have helped John Goodman in Cloverfield Lane.
  22. Meandering and dishing on Iron Maiden and other assorted topics fill the show out.

Beer on the show purchased at Stone Brewery.  You owe it to yourself to get there!


TBR Video – Harvest Cafe with Kevin & Kyle

We recorded this show in the Spring of 2016 while Kyle was working for the local beer distributor… Since then, he has taken over kitchen duties at Harvest.

Over the past few months… Groucho has struggled with a computer that would not handle large files like this. So, theres a backlog of video stuff laying around for Groucho’s work, play and family stuff.

The video was taken on a gopro that was setup at the corner of the table… It worked out well, but the sound was pretty muddy. Also, you can hear the hand drier from the Men’s room at that booth.

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