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Illinois’ first NA brewery, Go Brewing, celebrates Dry January (Episode 808)

It’s Dry January, and I think a lot of us are working toward GO BREWING’s mantra of “Less alcohol, fewer calories… more productive tomorrows.” Go Brewing is the first low-alcohol or NA brewery in Illinois, and I’m joined by Go…

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Skeleton Key Brewery visited by the Spectral Silhouette (Episode 795)

Skeleton Key Brewery (8102 Lemont Road in Woodridge) is a fantastic craft brewery with a variety of inventive and delicious beers. That’s where this episode was recorded, as co-owner Paul Slayton and I were joined by musician Henry Scherrer (The…

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The future of non-alcoholic beer is… delicious. Meet Jeff Stevens of Well Being Brewing (Episode 692)

Non-alcoholic beer was stigmatized for decades. Problem was, most NA products weren’t worth drinking. The craft beer revolution’s led to companies like Well Being Brewing, which for the past 5 years has been leading the way for non-alcoholic beer. Joining…

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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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The superheroic life and music of the man behind V is for Villains (Episode 643)

Live streaming is back on Car Con Carne! We’re live from Temperance Beer Co. (2000 Dempster) in Evanston! Joining me for today’s chat is the delightful Mr. Agitator of V is for Villains. Will he enjoy a Greenwood Beach Blonde…

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Beer and BBQ: Fire and Smoke BBQ Company at Mikerphone Brewing (Episode 635)

What an episode! I’m joined today by Mikey Kay of Fire and Smoke BBQ Company and Mike Pallen of Mikerphone Brewing in Elk Grove Village. Over mouth-watering BBQ from Fire and Smoke, we talk about the state of business for…

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The breweries of the Dixie Highway Brewery Trail (Episode 595)

It’s a celebration of the Dixie Highway Brewery Trail’s second anniversary. Joining me to talk about the south side’s craft brewing business are Alan Cromwell from Blue Island Beer Company, Amy and Steve Camp from Evil Horse Brewing and John…

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Evanston’s Temperance Beer Co. talks community, music and fire pits (Episode 579)

Temperance Beer Co. founder Josh Gilbert joins Car Con Carne to talk about the craft brewery scene and Temperance’s new “Where I’m From” beer. Support Temperance: 2000 West Dempster in Evanston Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry

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Craft beer for mental health: THINGS WE DON’T SAY IPA (Episode 574)

Even more reasons to enjoy a delicious IPA: Hope for the Day Partnerships Director Joel Frieders joins me to talk about Hope for the Day’s “Things We Don’t Say” IPA initiative. Car Con Carne is sponsored by Siren Records McHenry

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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…