Last Saturday’s Show Notes

The burning question on our minds: Could we get the world back on track if we cancelled the debt of the nations and the global working class? It’s an idea that you hear amidst discussions of solutions to the global economic crisis, and it’s far more historically grounded in reality than you might assume. We’ve been inspired by the writing of those such as David Graeber and Murray Bookchin, as well as the Occupy movement’s work on the debt alleviation issue with Strike Debt and Rolling Jubilee. WC mentioned these campaigns throughout the week last week, and we wanted to get deeper into the broader details and circumstances.

The video below is a wonderful discussion from this year’s Global Uprisings conference featuring David Graeber, along with Silvia Federici (in absentia), and George Caffentzis. I first came across this on ROAR magazine on Twitter. It’s lengthy, but believe me, it’s worth the view. They explore the circumstances of contemporary work environments and the nuances of the debt structure.

Climate and Action

We also discussed the climate talks that took place in Warsaw, and the frustration expressed by attendees of the green movement: We also discussed how the global climate discussion is being coopted by multinational capitalists, and the cycle of such coopting and marginalization of successful or urgent grassroots social justice campaigns. This frustration with the swindling of the dialogue is expressed clearly in this statement from Oxfam‘s Celine Charveriat:

“We need to tell them you are not allowed to make a mockery of this process. We can’t continue to watch in silence. Enough is enough.”

Here in the states we’ve heard many statements on the importance of diversifying our energy supply to include much more sustainable/renewable sources by our politicians, including many from president Obama throughout his presidency; with a spike during both of his presidential campaigns. However, the realities of hydro-fracking and dirty coal are still causing massive destruction to our surroundings, and there seems to be very little political will by our politicians to curb the rapid expansion of these forms of resource extraction.

We then moved on to discuss how we’ve let ourselves get duped by special interests before, and the importance of all working class people to step forward and take more control over this discussion. We also explored the parallels between the climate situation and the debate over guns; and the use of the race card, and how special interests like the NRA are playing the same game when it comes to the development of any sort of rational gun policy. One example would be the recent murder of Renisha McBride, and the counter narrative being espoused by right-wing pundits related to a grossly exaggerated “epidemic” of the violent pranking known as “Knock Out.”

We also expressed a little of our own frustration over mayor Rahm’s privatization parade, and how the “negotiated” solutions often leave us in a soar place, paying more for weaker service and no accountability.


Big Muddy Brewing’s Galaxy IPA

We “sampled” Southern Illinois Brewery Big Muddy’s Pale Ale, brewed with American Cascade hops and the soothing notes of caramel malts. This one finishes with a citrusy and bitter hint that doesn’t linger. We’re endorsing this one for your Thanksgiving after-meal drink. We balanced this just a hint of caramel malt sweetness. A delicious American Pale Ale full of fragrant and flavorful hops.along with a wonderfully dark and caramelly holiday ale.


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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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The Revolution and Beer TV Show – Turn On, Tune In, Drink Up!

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Feminism and Beer – Part 2

On episode 5, Feminism and Beer part 2, We continue with our intelligent, creative, and very classy guests, Paula Kamen, Regina Buccola (@TheLittleProf), and Linda Bubon. Please join us as we continue to explore this topic in a very nuanced matter…with good beer in-hand.

Feminism and Beer – Part 1

On episode 4, Feminism and Beer part 1, we explore an issue that might be considered an odd pick for some straight working-class fellas…but only if you’re afraid of working and organizing alongside. I won’t speak for Turck because it’s not my jurisdiction (I know damn well whose it is;), but as for me; regardless of the nature or breadth of the interaction, I can’t get enough of that spirit.

This may be one of the few informative, and non-awkward (ok, so it’s a little awkward) conversations that you’ll ever witness in a bar on the topic. It can actually can be done, and not likely what you expect.

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Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 P.M.
On Saturday March 30th, we gathered with a much larger and very boisterous crowd at Leadway Bar and Grill, 5233 N. Damen. Joining us for the taping of our 3rd TV show were David Hatch from the People’s Lobby, Kristi Sanford from a Just harvest, Toby Chow from Fair economy Illinois and Michaela Lovegood from IIRON. We had an awesome time discussing corporate tax cheats and the politicians you love them in Illinois–over beer of course.

Special thanks again to Sandra J Alvillar .AGAIN for the beautiful photography. Extra special thanks to Frank, Bianca, and Valentina for the incredible hospitality at Leadway Bar & Grill.

Repeat on Wednesday June 19 at 2:30 P.M.

Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30 P.M.
Episode four: Exploration of Contemporary Feminism, With Real Feminists part 1
Taped at Leadway Bar 4/6/13)
Repeat on Wednesday June 26 at 2:30 P.M.

All shows will be cable-casted on CAN TV network cable channel 19. Includes Comcast and RCN subscribers.

A special thanks to Ben Houston, our producer. Also, to AJ Francisco, our amazing chef. We owe both of them a case.

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Beer Brewing Basics with Brian Richards at White’s Party Store

Bill’s been on the road again in the UP. He got to spend a few moments with Brewer and home brewer Brian Richards at White’s Party Store, 1001 Third Street Marquette Michigan. The talk about home brewing basics, and beer for the warmer months.


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TV Series Launch Party: June 6th

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On June 6th we’ll be previewing our upcoming series on CAN TV. This was a BIGGG project for us, and definitely pushed us outside of our comfort zones again. It has consumed most of our efforts for the last 2 months. We filmed a full season in about a month, and had an absolutely amazing roster of guests. Exhausting? yes. Worth it? HELL YES! So let’s celebrate.

Come join us for local craft beer, food, and conversation; because it’s not about the problem, it’s about the solution…and the beer. Please come be a part of our community and have a say in it.

The party takes place at the lovely Leadway Bar and Grill, located at 5233 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60625.

Time: 7pm-10pm

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