CAKE and Revolution and Beer

On this show we’re joined by Max Morris of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), as well as by our good friend Michael Henderson who is now the record-holder for the longest foreclosure in U.S. history. Catch CAKE this weekend. IT’S FREE AND IT’S AWESOME.

Our featured beer was Metropolitan Brewing’s Arc Welder Dunkel Rye Lager.

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Rascal Martinez on Revolution and Beer Artist Spotlight

rascal1On this very special show we explore the songwriting of Rascal Martinez, a fresh new singer/songwriter from Nebraska. You may have heard him on the show before, but his new album, The Original Acoustic Sessions, is powerfully inspired. If you like music from the heart, you’ll find this exclusive interview soul-southing. For those who grew up listening to Buddy Holly or Johnny Cash, and you wonder what happened to music…

We highly recommend you getting a copy of  Rascal Martinez’s new album: The Original Acoustic Sessions.

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Old Single Mom Pays Us a Visit

The_Original_Acoustic_SessionsWell, WC found a hell of a stand-in for this show. While I was out being an old single dad, he replaced me with the amazing Old Single Mom (btw, she’s not that old). The balance is great and she definitely provides a much needed perspective on the issues that were discussed. We also played some amazing new tracks from Rascal Martinez’s new album: The Original Acoustic Sessions.

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Hell Yeti! Beer of The Week

So the temperature has again been on that train this week. My mental vision of Mother Nature is looking less like a nurturing, stern matriarch, and more like Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka character during the boat tour in his factory.

When having to ride this Bipolar Vortex, or whatever it’s called, I can’t tell you how great it is to be a block away from Miller’s Pub in the Loop every evening (except for those nights when I don’t have enough time or money to stop-in). Back when I was starting up this whole project with WC, I wondered-in one day because I’m always drawn to the word pub. This place stands way out ahead of the downtown bar pack for several reasons:

  1. They have an impressive set of taps (and bottle list), with some fairly rare brews for this area of town.
  2. They have my favorite burger, their Greek Burger.
  3. They match the glass with the beer.
  4. The kitchen is open to 2am; and the bar to 4am.

This is NOT standard for downtown Chicago. The Greek/Irish fare makes it a full-on trove of indulgence for the over-worked soul seeking comfort on the southern border of hedonism. You’ll likely not have to wait more than 20 minutes for a table, which you kill in luxury, even standing then whole time, with one of the brews you can select from a detailed beer & spirits menu (yes, they list ABV). You also couldn’t pick a more scenic place to have to wait either. The dark wood and stained glass décor is enough to get lost in for the wait.

On one recent suicide-mercury-dive evening, I stopped-in for the usual—I kid you not they are rinsing the glass for me before I’ve passed the coat rack. They’re the only stop on any of my routes that has the Hercules Double IPA from Great Divide. I’m literally hooked on this sweet, caramelly potion of malts, hops and floral aromas. It’s 10% ABV, the strongest they have on tap by a couple of percentage points, and one will handily rinse away the toils of the day. Everyone I have one with winds up hooked too, and there’s nothing else there that quite does it for me…

…that is until I met the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout.

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Now, those who know me are quite aware of my skepticism of Branding; which is something I have some knowledge of, but DAMN, Great Divide gone done it again. I haven’t been disappointed by anything they’ve put out yet. This is a thick, chewy meal in a glass that pours like lava. It’s like the breakfast you wish you’d had at the start of your day—on a winter snow day that is, but I digress. This species of Yeti is a Russian Imperial Stout (9.5% ABV) so dark it almost stains the glass. Miller’s poured this roast beast in a tulip glass from the tap. The finish is piney, and quite bitter, but overall this is the kind of thing I like to drink when it’s cold out.


SIZES: 22oz and 5 gal kegs

Unfortunately, the presence of the Yeti at Miller’s didn’t last long, and it vanished as quick as it came. Only two days later I returned to have another pass, and it was gone.

ABV.: 9.5%



IBUs: 75

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Now Available: Series 2 Episodes from the TV Show

Here we go with episodes 11-17:

Worker-Owned Cooperatives 1- Revolution and Beer 11

Worker-Owned Cooperatives 2- Revolution and Beer 12

Safer Streets with Chris Patterson 1 – Revolution and Beer 13

Safer Streets with Chris Patterson 2 – Revolution and Beer 14

Beer Talk with Chicago’s Own Glunz Beer – Revolution and Beer 15

When ALEC Comes to Town 1 – Revolution and Beer 16

When ALEC Comes to Town 2 – Revolution and Beer 17

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Beer of The Week: Saved from the skunk! Unibroue’s Don De Dieu

IMG_3143One thing I’ve learned in life is, always have a spare. While that is generally not recommended with wives and girlfriends, it comes in handy for beer. Although to be completely transparent I once made two dates with two different women on the same night to see which one was the better of the two. They discovered my little scheme however, and I ended up sitting at a bar alone. Moving on…quickly.

The wife and I headed up to the Lake Superior shore, among the wilds and autumn colors of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. Lately I’ve been on a bit of a Farmhouse Ale kick, and their widely varying palette from some local and national brewers I’ve come to enjoy. As a bit of a foodie and a novice, but competent chef, who spent a number of years in the restaurant business, I have found the depth of a well-crafted Farmhouse Ale works, dare I say, better than most wines of comparable quality. This is not to take away too much from wine. I have had some amazing ones, and I honed my palette for tasting, and acumen for food pairing with wine. That said, I feel I have matured into great craft beer. As I joked with a couple of good friends a short time back, who also evolved strongly to craft beer, “wine is the training wheels to great beer!”

But I digress. Eight hours on the road, and the wife and I were ready for a meal. As she put together a salad of greens and tomato from our garden back home, I tossed a couple of steaks on the grill at our rental overlooking Lake Superior. From the deck, just across the road, and through a silhouetted line of fluttering birch and tall pine, thunderous waves beat one of the most pristine and line beaches on the continent. As the steaks sizzled beneath those cloud brushed treetops, I popped the cork on a highly recommended Prairie Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale from Krebs Brewing out of Oklahoma.

It poured nicely, with a rich, golden color and an inch deep white head, but when I lifted it to my nose it was quickly apparent something wasn’t right. The first taste confirmed, that deeply soured turn indicating a bad or “skunked” beer. I was heartbroken, and this isn’t a shot at Krebs, which as I said, comes highly recommended. It happens. It was just that I cared for this beer in anticipation, protecting it from light (light damages beer), kept it at a stable cool temperature.  As I said earlier, perhaps not too convincingly, I always have back up. With a Prairie Ale in hand I grabbed a bottle of Unibroue’s Don De Dieu, a top fermented Triple Wheat Ale, with a generous 9%ABV-just enough to sweep away the long hours of driving as we settled in for the night.

IMG_3139Truth be told, Unibroue has always been my back up, thanks to their consistently supreme quality and taste. I had been looking forward to sampling Don De Dieu for some time. In the softening light from the surrounding woods it poured to an orange-amber hue with a robust foamy white head. The aroma was of a vanilla sweetness laced with honey n fruit. The taste was rich with a malty-caramel sweetness, deepened with orange and a nutty character that played well with the grilled steak and the earthiness of the salad in a light olive oil and vinegar dressing.

IMG_3135So, alright, the rule of having a back up isn’t always a hard and fast one. Maybe it isn’t that best strategy with women, to say the least. But for beer sometimes it is necessity. So when it comes to having a back up, let’s just say it is a good general rule of thumb and leave it at that.

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Worker-Owned Cooperatives

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Last week’s episode of the Revolution and Beer TV show featured Ricky Maclin and Armando Robles Worker-Owners of New Era Windows (formerly Republic Windows and Doors). Also joining us was Dennis Kelleher, Co-op Consultant and Executive Director of Center for Workplace Democracy. This week, we continue the conversation.

Thanks again to Maria’s Packaged Goods in Bridgeport for hosting.
Check-out this list of worker-owned coops in Chicago:

1) New Era Window Cooperative
2) Comrade Cycles
3) Sage Community Health Collective
3) Cafe Chicago –
4) MECH Creations (student run coop manufacturing trumpet mouthpieces)

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Revolution and Beer…of the week: Dunkel Weiss Throwdown, Bavaria vs. Chicago


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Debbie_mediumThere’s a great little hidden café beside the English Garden in Munich, Germany, sometimes called the “Naked” Garden. The first time I went to Munich I was all excited to see naked people frolicking in what amounts to a park in the heart of a bustling and historic city. Turns out, most of the naked people are these ex-hippie German guys. Not quite what I expected. Still, the English garden is an amazing place, pressed between the artsy and Bohemian shops of Schwabing and the Isar River. Presiding over nude sunbathers, ad hoc soccer games, picnicking families and strolling pensioners stands the classically inspired Monopteros. It’s always a destination when I visit, the café is the reward.

Munich's English Garden

Munich’s English Garden

Located on the quiet corner of Veterinar Strasse and Konigin Strasse , and shrouded in ivies and small trees, it is suitably insulated from the traffic rush and bustle along Ludwig Strasse. They serve a local Dunkel Weiss in tall, narrow Weiss glasses. this is the birthplace of the Weiss Beer, and though many have tried, that crown has remained properly secure, until now.

Could it be that the center of the Weiss Beer universe has shifted to Chicago? Gasp! Guffaw! Say it isn’t so! And I can hear all my German friends sharpening knives and soaking torches in oil.

Brian and I tried three different dark Weiss beers, and threw in another local traditional Weiss just for fun. The First, a Moosebacher Schwarze Weiss, has long been one of my favorites. It is a rich and mellow weisse, with fruity notes and rich dark malts. keep the lemon, or all the other hipster fruit garnishes. I want to taste the layers and character of a beer. Moosbacher is alw ays enjoyable, enlivening all those great memories of Munich.

Next we had to sample Franziskaner, though despite the pride inherent, it is a little sort of like Munich’s Budweiser. Ouch! Those knives are getting sharper. Lighter in character than the Moosebacher, this deep golden-brown brew, to be fair and accurate, is still a far sight better than Budweiser.

The surprise, the beer that stopped Brian and I in our tracks was not a Bavarian brew, but one from the Northside of Chicago. And to be honest, I didn’t want to like this beer as much as I did, and I certainly didn’t want to like it better than the age old German offerings. I’m proud to say II have tried several dozen Bavarian and German Dark Weiss beers, some made in small establishments and served fre sh as can be, but Spiteful Brewing’s Debbie Downer Dunkel Weizen really stole the show.

The author in Miltenberg, Bavaria

The author in Miltenberg, Bavaria

It packs a punch at 7%ABV. Rich with roasted malts with hints of plum and pair, extra black malt adds Debbie Downer’s extra depth. Perhaps not a traditional Weiss, Spitefuls offering is sort of like bell bottoms were to straight-legged slacks of the 50’s, not entirely original, but revolutionary just the same. The color was as dark as night, and though it didn’t hold the lacing quite as well as it’s Bavarian cousins, the depth of flavor certainly made up for that.

Just for fun, though now three beers into our little survey Brian and I weren’t quite as focused as when our little experiment began, we checked out Two Brother’s Edel Weiss. Not dark, but rather a crisp golden color with a thick white head, this offering from a great suburban Chicago brewer was fruity and pleasant, and on a par with the best German contemporaries.

Catch WC Turck and Brian Murray only at Watch us every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., and Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m., on Chicago Cable Channel 19. Please don’t forget to Like us on Facebook.

ACTIVISTS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS: If you have a cause to champion, please let us know. We proudly stand with you in the important work of strengthening the grassroots support network for the city of Chicago.

BEER! Catch the Beer of The Week review with 900poundgorilla, along with weekly food pairings for our featured beers by Chef AJ Francisco and Simply Healthy Gourmet author Carole Cooper here. Find all of the great beers we review each week at

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Revolution and Beer…Beer in the News

1. Occupy the Brewery! Are big banks costing you more at the tap?

Vintage-Beer-AdFrom MSN News “Tim Weiner, a global risk manager at MillerCoors, told the committee Tuesday that banks including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and others gave warehouse owners approval to sit on huge stockpiles of aluminum, create artificial shortages and leave prices “inflated relative to the massive oversupply and record production.”
4923865649_fbb402d198_oAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Beer Institute, the cost of a six-pack jumped from $3.92 to $5.05 between 2001 and 2011, the last year for which information is available. However, nearly 40% (or 39 cents) of that increase occurred between 2008 and 2011, boosting six-pack prices by 8.1% during that span alone. There are many factors that affect the price of beer, but doubling the price of aluminum tends to have a more than coincidental effect on what beer lovers pay.”

While Revolution and Beer maintains that bottles are better, which do you prefer?

2. 4000 year old Egyptian king enjoys a cold one

A 4000 year old statue of the Egyptian king, Sekhemka, is causing a dust up between the British and Egyptian government. While we at Revolution and Beer could really care less over the political tug of war over the statue, valued at nearly $3 million Dollars, we thought it was interesting that the king is seated on the throne with a beer. I suppose that is more appropriate than a newspaper??? Almost through in there, King?

3. Quality not quantity.

A man in Murcia Spain died last week during a beer drinking competition, after downing 6 liters in 20 minutes. Hard to believe that could have gone wrong?

4. Dumb and Dumber-er

Just three pints of beer a week can dull your brain by 20%, according to a study by Spanish researchers (Perhaps they could have been on hand for that contest). To prove the findings the researchers pointed out that they set out to actually build a rocket, but started drinking during the testing phase!

5. Dumber-er but Healthier-er
A Greek study showed that a pint of beer daily was good for the heart, increasing arterial blood flow. Referring to the Spanish study, it is not clear yet if being 20% dumber averages out by living 20% longer by drinking beer.

6. Beer vs. Coffee

While both stimulate the brain differently, a study showed that while planning a project at work, Beer was better for the necessary creative process. However, during the execution of the project coffee won out. Revolution and Beer will not rest until there is a craft beer dispenser next to the coffee machine in every office in America!

And that is the news in beer…

Catch WC Turck and Brian Murray only at Watch us every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., and Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m., on Chicago Cable Channel 19. Please don’t forget to Like us on Facebook.

ACTIVISTS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS: If you have a cause to champion, please let us know. We proudly stand with you in the important work of strengthening the grassroots support network for the city of Chicago.

BEER! Catch the Beer of The Week review with 900poundgorilla, along with weekly food pairings for our featured beers by Chef AJ Francisco and Simply Healthy Gourmet author Carole Cooper here. Find all of the great beers we review each week at

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TONIGHT: Democracy Burlesque Shows Us MO LOVE!!

Wanna Do Something Hilarious In Andersonville?

dem-showYou can laugh your ass off, while supporting Revolution and Beer, TONIGHT; in Andersonville. Democracy Burlesque shows us even MORE love than ever before (and they’ve shown a lot). They’ve chosen Revolution and Beer as the “Cause Celeb” for tonight’s comedy performance Schlock & Awe! We’ve been to most of their series this year, and this one is by far our favorite. Nothing is sacred, and “Only the politics are naked.”


Venue: Mary’s Attic
5400 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 784-6969

How Much:

HALF PRICE: Bring a friend and mention Revolution and Beer

$15 admission

$12 for students

Show starts at 7pm ends at 9pm.

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