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Goose Island opens Salt Shed Pub (Episode 948)

I visited Goose Island Beer Co.’s soon-to-open Salt Shed Pub (1357 N. Elston) on what turned out to be a perfect night for having a 312 on the river. Let’s get this out of the way: Goose has found the…

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Bullet to the Heart at Flipside Brewing (Episode 848)

Bullet to the Heart (Draven and Audrey) joined me for this episode recorded at Flipside Brewing (7144 W 183rd Tinley Park). Flipside owner Erik Pizer jumped in the car to share some of his food menu and talk about the…

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Metal! Beer! Tacos! Cats! ‘Feed the Beasts’ fundraiser preview at Soundgrowler (Episode 817)

Feed the Beasts is hosting a metal-themed cat rescue benefit at Soundgrowler Brewing Co. (8201 183rd Street Suite P, Tinley Park) on February 18 (5pm start). I’m joined by Nicci and Dan, the kind souls behind Feed the Beasts, as…

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Local Motive & Badcandy at Eris Brewery and Cider House (Episode 757)

First off, I swear it wasn’t my idea to put the dudes in the front seats and the women in the backseats. I knew it was going to be terrible optics. Dammit. This episode was a blast. I was joined…

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Liv Warfield (Prince/NPG) eats sandwiches in car; plays SPACE on Tuesday (Episode 726)

For this episode, I’m joined by the fiercely talented Liv Warfield. Liv’s a powerful solo artist who is perhaps best known as a member of Prince’s backing band, New Power Generation (NPG). We talked about her time and memories with…

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Is Wolfden Brewing haunted? (Episode 674)

Is Wolfden Brewing haunted? There’s an awful lot of lore around the 170 year-old house to support that belief. Wolfden GM Kyle Brauch joined me to talk about the unexplained phenomena at Wolfden, as well as the brewery’s “Murder Den”…

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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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Helping Illinois craft breweries: The Nonessential Project (Episode 507)

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild is the focus of a live streaming event happening tomorrow night (12/1/20, 7pm CT). “The Nonessential Project” is a musical supergroup of local artists who are devoting their time and talent to raise funds for…

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‘Righteously good’ conversation with Jace Rhea of Church Street Brewing (Episode 381)

Car Con Carne supports local independent breweries! Joining me tonight is Jace Rhea of @churchstbrew. “Righteously good beer” deserves a righteously good podcast episode! Car Con Carne is sponsored by C&H Financial Services

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Let’s talk about beer and immigration! Old Irving Brewery and immigration lawyer Fiona McEntee (Episode 246)

Trevor Rose-Hamblin (owner/head brewer, Old Irving Brewery and Fiona McEntee (owner, McEntee Law Group) are on the show for a so-crazy-it-just-might-work balance of immigration law information and beer talk. We recorded the show in advance of the Trotter Project Beer…