Episode 216 – Top IPAs Blind
The most beloved and influential American IPAs of the last decade are being churned out in record volume, yet the juicy beers are getting all the hype while diluting the meaning of the very style. We reignite our love for six of the country’s most-revered IPAs that are now all available in grocery stores all over Chicagoland – and we do it in the dark.This blind tasting will once-and-for-all determine our completely arbitrary opinions about the best IPA that even your weird coworkers have heard of – and we are totally surprised by the results. Because we’re Chicagoans, we also spend a lot of time playing, “Is this Anti-Hero??” and expose our general ineptitude at guessing beers. Craig makes a bad suggestion for March Madness, Ryan tries to break the Baba Yaga’s Craig curse, and we talk about our favorite Aerosmith-inspired shooting game. Oh and there’s misheard 311 lyrics, a simple request about a Frasier shirt, a fact check for the English majors, and our memories of sitting out in the Quad. And all this content is stuffed into the shortest episode we’ve released in over a year, so turn your playback speed back down to “1x” and enjoy!
Beers Reviewed, Blindly (in order of appearance on the show)
Surly Brewing Co. – Furious
Bell’s Brewery – Two Hearted Ale
Cigar City Brewing – Jai Alai
Maine Beer Company – Lunch
Ballast Point Brewing Company – Sculpin
Revolution Brewing Company – Anti-Hero
Thanks to Beer on the Wall for gathering up the freshest beers available to make this show possible!