Episode 308 – middle brow.
Following the story of middle brow has been a privilege for us, as their generosity and selflessness has been pretty well-documented during years of limited production and no actual brewery to call home. But within the last year or so, middle brow has won a gold at FoBAB, bought a few foeders, and opened their cozy brewpub “bungalow,” which recently won the designation of best pizza in the city by Chicago Magazine. And their status as a brewer of elegant and inspired wild ales – like their signature bread – is on the rise. So handsome Pete from middle brow dropped us off a box of beer (and bread!) to catch up on what our old friends have been up to, and we are objectively impressed. Also, we talk about dumb Chicago food traditions, dream up a GueuZero, conduct a Challenge Butter Cultural Butter Challenge, plead for that Chocolate IPA, and envision vengeful beer ghosts.
For You (Wild lager blend)
Bloom (Co-fermented wine beer hybrid brewed w/ 40% frontenac gris grape juice)
Solarium (Mixed-culture solera saison)
Other People (Co-fermented wine beer hybrid w/ negroamaro wine juice)
Neighborhood (Farmhouse w/ locally-captured yeast and Midwestern grains)