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Wet and looking for a brew in Bloomington

I find myself in Bloomington tonight with an hour to spare…. You know I am going to hit a brewery! It would be especially nice if I could hit one that I have not tasted before!

I yelped it…. Keg Grove is two miles away. Through a torrential downpour…. I head across town to try some of the young breweries flavors. I pull in and sit in my car as rain dumps by the gallons.

Looks pretty dead inside…. I check Yelp. They are closed. Argh! It’s cool. There are other breweries in town. I look up Little Beaver. CLOSED! How about White Oak? CLOSED! Well, I know Destihl is open, but by now, I am down to about 60 minutes.

HyVee! It’s like angels called down with the suggestion. It’s close and won’t take much time to get served. Oh and they have an Electric car charging station I can use for my Prius Plugin.

It’s still dumping rain btw. I head to HyVee and park in the electric parking. I hop out of the car in the rain and discover that these charging stations are a new variety that I do not have in my google wallet. I’m properly damp when I jump into the car to download the correct ap and secure my paypal account to it. I leap out with a quickness and smash my phone up against the interface, hoping that physical brutality will assist in making this charge port work more quickly. Nope. After it goes through the faux authorization animations…. it finally makes the distinctive click that comes when a charging station has released its charge “fill nozzle”. We are live and charging.

To say that I am wet after this side adventure in an understatement! I’m soaked!

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I step inside to HyVee and drip up to bar. Look at that…. They have the local brews! Destihl, Little Beaver, White Oak and Keg Grove! Why…. Why was this not my first stop?

I start with a Keg Grove, Any Direction you Choose. It’s an IPA that satisfies for a cold beer on a crappy night. Unfortunately though it’s small brewery blandness underwhelms and I am not sure I would order it again.

Next up, Little Beaver, Puh Puh Puh. It’s an American Porter. If you advertise American Porter… I expect some hops. I am hoping for for Revolution “Eugene”. Instead.. I am getting something akin to Bent River Stout. To it’s credit, for a small batch porter, it’s pretty flavorful. The more I drink it, the more I appreciate its complexity. Not a bad brew.

Let’s take stock of the night. If it’s early in the week, skip the small breweries in town. They are working their day jobs! If it’s dumping rain, skip the charging station. You won’t get enough juice out of that charger to make a soaking wet shirt worth your while. If you find yourself in need of the local flavors, get to HyVee! They have a beer selection that is completely centered on the local guys. That is pretty cool and it’s obvious that someone is doing their job at the grocery store!

Cheers,

Groucho

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 Special Edition – Stone Jerkemon Go

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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 89 – Post Election Brews

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We had a beer sent to us… And we drank it.

Corporate Shills?  Not us.  This is one of those rare times when we try out a beer that has been sent to Beer Report Studios.  It sounded interesting and was close enough to justify a little “pimping” by the show.  You should be able to find Linalool at any liquor depot in the Northwoods of the upper Midwest.  It appears to be readily available.  Enjoy.

As the picture implies… Politics are a key subject to this show.  But, you all should be thanking Groucho for the “post” editing.  We clocked in a show that was 70 minutes before the chopping began.  The politics of the minute were not compelling enough to listen to for me… So I sure as shit was not going to lay that on you!  Your welcome!  Just know this.  We are both Independents and hope that both sides can work together to get something done in this country!

Beers on the show:  Pearl Street Brewery Linalool, 10 Barrell Brewing Company JOE IPA, St Peters English Porter.

On the show:

  1. Why Groucho does not shill.
  2. Mudvayne talk until Groucho shuts CHUD down.
  3. 2016 Election Commentary.
  4. Beer Advocate.  Shoot me now!
  5. Podcasting makes us self righteous beer snobs?
  6. Groucho’s Trail Repair.
  7. Tantric?  Is that a sexual thing?
  8. Studio A memories.
  9. End of politics talk for the year!

Thanks to Pearl Street Brewing for donating the Linalool.  10 Barrel beer was picked up at random liquor store in Colorado.  St Peters picked up at Friar Tuck in Peoria IL.

Linalool IPA

https://www.10barrel.com/

http://www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk/

 

TBR 86 – Crowler

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Groucho comes back from San Diego and brings back some fresh Stone Brewing Beer.  Not Arrogant Brewing…  That would be confusing.  Wait a second… That is confusing!  What the Hell are they doing out there in Escondido with the brewery names???   Thats for a different show.

Anyway.  Groucho brings back a “crowler” of Stone Brewing Ripper IPA. Its a great way to start a new string of shows!

This show was recorded on International Podcast Day, September 30th 2016.  For whatever that is worth!

On the show:

  1. Crowler???
  2. Groucho has been spending time with other podcasts.  Sorry CHUD.
  3. San Diego Homecoming of sorts?
  4. Groucho cant pour a beer!
  5. Kevin’s excuses to abandon us do not hold water.
  6. Flashback…  Dude Night Podcast and some TBR history.
  7. Stone Brewing Restaurant is great for kids.
  8. Lost Abbey Tequila Farmhouse Ale.  Amazing.  Seek it out.
  9. Groucho’s love of the 5oz sample.
  10. 32 North Brewing gets us a beer on the house.
  11. Little Miss Brewing.
  12. Groucho has forgotten how good a Pliny is.
  13. Watermelon Dorado gets bashed again…  Sorry… Cant refrain.
  14. International Podcast Day 2016 – Wave your freak flags people!
  15. Podcast life skills.
  16. Political Talk.  Debate Talk.
  17. “Trump was on coke” says the Chud.
  18. Election predictions?
  19. We wind the show up in politics…  Sorry!
  20. Chud doesn’t dig the Stone as much as Groucho.

Thanks for listening!  New show from live in the Ale Smith Brewery with Hogdawg coming soon!

TBR 85 – Stephen Hale of Schlafly Brewing Company

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Groucho sits down with Kevin (Harvest Cafe), Kyle (RJ Distributing Cicerone) and Stephen Hale (Schlafly Brewing Company Brewer) at the Harvest Cafe before their beer dinner with Schlafly Brewing.

This one starts off a bit slow…  I think that comes with Groucho not having warmed up with several beers and doing the show at the end of the night as we normally do.  Stephen Hale from Schlafly is probably one of the best guests we have ever had on the show, and its a shame we only had 39 minutes of interview time.  Next time we are gunning for that 4 hour show about all things happening in the brewing world.

Heres the biggest shame in this episode…  Its recorded before dinner.  You cant even imagine how good Chef Terry’s dinner was.  It was one of the best “beer” dinners I have done with any brewery or restaurant.  That is saying a lot.  Kudo’s to Harvest Cafe’s Kevin for putting on an excellent event and bringing together The Beer Report, Kyle and Stephen for this show.

On the show:

  1. The Kilt!
  2. Owning the St. Louis market.
  3. Lawn mower beer.
  4. Kolsch Education.
  5. Glassware talk.
  6. Groucho slams Watermelon Dorado by Ballast Point.  See, I didn’t edit this out Kyle!
  7. Beer Bubble!
  8. Distribution Philosophy.

You can get Schlafly beers at most decent liquor stores in Illinois and parts of the Midwest.  Yeah, Stephen spelled it out… We are special here…  And some of you cant get their stuff!

Theme song as always by Too Much Joy.  “Drunk and In Love”.  Better than any top 40 song of the same name.  Word is… Tim Quirk and the boys were recording a few weeks ago.  This could be a glorious year if we hear something new from them.  www.toomuchjoy.com

TBR 80 – The Harvest Cafe Show

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Groucho gets the invite to hang in Delavan at Harvest Cafe and taste a couple of great Point Brewing beers to get us ready for Summer…  Then Kevin rolls out some secret beers and a massive BBQ plate to round everything out!

CHUD is home with the Chudlette and could not make the recording!  Hopefully, this is one of very few shows ever recorded without him!

Also on the show is Kyle from RJ Distributing.  He is the second Cicerone in the Peoria area.  We enjoy some banter between Kyle and Kevin later in the show as they discuss tap politics.

The show is over an hour!  Sorry.  You do need to stick around and hear about selfies with Auggie Busches exhumed body.  Just saying.

Beers on the show:  Point Brewing Session pale Ale, Point Brewing Siesta Key Pale Ale, Goose Island Sophie, Deschutes Disadent 2015 Reserve,  New Holland Vinilla Chia Dragons Milk.

On the show:

  1. Cicerone program.
  2. Fresh beer!
  3. Julian (Spell?) dates.
  4. Two week old beer!
  5. Porch Pounder???  Who coined that one?
  6. Cuban party with these Point beers?
  7. Kevin is the king of hugs!
  8. Groucho’s history lesson on his first visit to Harvest Cafe.
  9. Bourbon Barrel GI mistakenly priced.
  10. Shoutouts to local small bars…   Haynes on Main, Maquets and Kemps.
  11. No CHUD tonight!
  12. Kevin’s BBQ life lessons.  Make your kid the “Mop Boss”.
  13. Harvest Cafe fresh spring produce.
  14. The farm to table.  The real deal!
  15. The middle of everywhere…  Delavan IL.
  16. Bacteria!  The endless battle!
  17. Drink with your nose!
  18. Cheers Amy.
  19. Groucho gets to Soapbox.
  20. Fat Tire 25th Anniversary Beer Dinner at Harvest Cafe.  Mark your calender’s.  JUNE 21ST!!!! (Groucho, take your foot out of your mouth!)
  21. Sentimental Beer.
  22. Coor’s Banquet Beer gets a shout out!
  23. Kevin will not let the show end!!!!   More beer!
  24. BBQ Night at the Harvest Cafe!
  25. Halibut served with smashed Potatoes and local Ramps garnished with edible flowers.
  26. Kevin is becoming a foodie.
  27. Pork “Three times”.
  28. We all miss Grandpa Johns in Peoria.
  29. Kemp’s in Lexington talk edited out to protect ourselves from litigation!
  30. Kevin’s love for Notre Dame.
  31. Breakfast at Harvest.
  32. Jess, one of our “Number Ones”.
  33. Have you ever had a bad beer event…  Kevin answers all.
  34. Beer-tap wars.
  35. August Busches dead body would move some Budweiser at Harvest Cafe.
  36. Re-Grand Opening of the Exchange on April 9th!  Come down and check it out!
  37. THANK YOU HARVEST!
  38. THANK YOU KYLE from RJ Distributing.

Beers on the show are mostly Kevin’s private selections saved up for this dinner.

See you at the 2016 Peoria Jaycee’s Beerfest!

TBR 79 –

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Welcome to 2016!

Groucho and CHUD sit down with an extra special bottle of 2013 DeStihl St Dekkera Excommunie Quatre.  From Barrels:  136, 138, 139 and 140.  Thanks to Shane!

On the show:

  1. We are fresh out of ideas…  We posted some questions on the Facebook page asking for ideas.
  2. Sours are the new IPA’s???
  3. Groucho’s tweet war.  @peorialawyer will get a tweet from Groucho in 3 years.
  4. CHUD…  Still like that Trump guy?
  5. Lemmy is dead!
  6. Glenn Campbell documentary.
  7. State of craft beer after the revolution.
  8. January 29th… Get with Groucho and CHUD at the VIP area and lets talk craft beer!
  9. New Brewery/PUB in Peoria…  Groucho gets flamed for being skeptical.
  10. A new podcast in Pekin!!!! Drunken Lullabies!
  11. Don’t make me sue you!