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Star Union Spirits in Peru, IL embraces history, delivers award-winning spirits (Episode 728)

The Chicago Rum Fest is this Saturday at Logan Square Auditorium (2538 N. Kedzie). Joining me to talk about the event, as well as their own spectacular line of spirits, are Jeff Yosowitz and Bob Windy of Star Union Spirits….

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The beer! The food! Crushed By Giants redefines what River North can be (Episode 645)

Oh, man. Crushed By Giants rules. I spent the afternoon with Marketing Director Joe Steigerwald, Head Brewer David Kerns and Head Chef Enrique Roman. I got to watch Crushed By Giants in motion, but more importantly, I got to sample…

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Malört: When you need to unfriend someone in person. CH Distillery owner Tremaine Atkinson (Episode 535)

Malört: Turning taste-buds into taste-foes for generations. CH Distillery owner/head distiller Tremaine Atkinson joins me to talk about the most “Chicago” spirit of all.  We also cover plenty of CH history, too.

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Craft brewing with a community focus: Sketchbook Brewing (Episode 533)

I talked tonight with Cesar Marron and Shawn Decker, the managing partners of Sketchbook Brewing Company, about their company history. We went back to the beginning, when they were serving 2 oz. pours in an Evanston alley, and covered everything…

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Whisky, gin, and tequila gifts for all tastes and budgets: Sebastien Derbomez of William Grant (Episode 511)

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” and “kiss my ass, 2020” like the judgement-free comfort of a wonderful spirit. Sebastien Derbomez, brand ambassador at William Grant & Sons, returns to Car Con Carne to make liquor suggestions for your gift-buying needs. Milagro…

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Let’s enjoy a Fistful of Bourbon (Episode 477)

There’s a new bourbon in town, and it’s a damn fistful. Fistful of Bourbon US Ambassador Anthony Bohlinger brings a little “Spaghetti Western” flavor to tonight’s podcast recording. Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H Financial Services. Pegboy celebrates their…

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Beer made by nerds for nerds: Empirical Brewery with Eric Oren (Episode 422)

You deserve a beer. You’ve earned it. On that note, why not make it a New Style Community Lager from Empirical? Eric Oren of the “nerd brewery” joins me tonight to talk about Empirical’s new charitable initiative and the craft…

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Buckledown Brewing in Lyons (Episode 386)

A midwestern work ethic and love for home brewing evolved into the spectacular Buckledown Brewing in Lyons. Head Brewer Ike joins me tonight for #quarantineconcarne! Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H Financial Services.

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Father’s Day gift guide from William Grant & Sons (Episode 385)

Father’s Day is a week and a half away… why not give the gift of spirits? William Grant & Sons brand ambassador Seb Derbomez is here with gift suggestions! Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H Financial Services.

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Passion for beer turned into a business: The history of Spiteful Brewing (Episode 383)

We’re hitting the north side tonight for a chat with Jason from Spiteful Brewing. We chat about the brewery’s history, managing through the pandemic, the support of the community and beers! Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H Financial Services.