It’s quiz time in the E&C lounge as Milos tests Justin’s mettle by quizzing him on various topics they’ve covered through the show’s history. Some of the questions include “What goes into a basic cocktail build?”, “What is gin made from?”, and “What do you do when someone’s had a little too much to drink?” Does Justin pass or is his graduation being delayed? Are you able to beat Justin in F&B knowledge? Spoiler alert...probably.
Straight out of the Commons Club at the Virgin Hotel comes Connor Creedon to light the fire that starts boiling Milos’ onions, again. That’s a very confusing way of saying Justin and Milos welcome Connor Creedon, from the Commons Club, to talk about things servers do to piss off bartenders and vice versa. The guys also find out about Connor’s start in the industry and what type of spot he’d open up, if given the opportunity.
Justin and Milos are ecstatic to welcome back not only one of their favorite guests but one of their favorite people of all time, Mr. Jason “Gorgeous Jay” Slaughter! Jay talks with the guys about moving to Las Vegas, working at The Capital Grill, and the differences between the industry scene in Sin City verse The Windy City.
Also, a huge congratulations to Jack Griffith for winning the first ever TBBPE contest. Jack will be receiving some swag at some point this calendar year!
Your favorite Serb and Swede, Milos and Justin, are wining on this week’s episode as they talk about their weekend, deep fried steaks, and 7 lies you may have been told about wine.
This is the last week for the first official TBBPE contest! Thus far there has been only one submission which means one listener is currently the uncontested winner. If you want to take away this person’s guaranteed win you need to submit a visual representation of what you think the characters of Mattga and Meegan look like. It can either be a drawing or a photo of real, live people you’ve encountered while out in the world. Again, if you’ve never heard the dorks describe these two character give a quick listen to Episode 82. Next Monday the guys will announce the winner and that person will get a TBBPE prize!
Back after a 3 week holiday break, Justin and Millz welcome Zack Blazek to the show. Zack talks with the guys about his start in the industry and the state of the Chicago restaurant scene. Also, the first official TBBPE contest is still running. The guys want you to submit a visual representation of what you think their characters of Mattga and Meegan look like; this can be a drawing or a photo of an actual person you encountered out in the wild. If you’ve never heard the dorks describe these two character give a quick listen to Episode 82.
Before they break for a 3 week holiday hiatus, Justin and Milos sit down to discuss holidays at the bar, eggnog recipes from around the world, and they unveil their first official contest with a prize! You’ll have to listen to find out what it is!
Click here for the article on eggnog from around the world!
This week Justin and Milos welcome consultant and co-founder of One Tippler, Paul Tanguay! The guys talk with Paul about working for his family as a youngster, moving to New York, following your friggin’ heart, and #ABT.
Paul wrote a book! Check it out here.
Justin and Milos are very excited about this week’s episode because they got to chat with Pete Ternes, one of the co-founders of Middle Brow Beer Co. Middle Brow is a unique brewing company in that they donate half their profits to local charities. The guys talk about how Pete fell in love with suds, where the idea for the company came from, and what the future holds for Pete and his philanthropic friends.
The fearless hosts known as Justin and Milos sit down to chat about the legendary Black(out) Wednesday, how to spot trouble in a busy bar, and a few tips to keep yourself safe while enjoying your night out this Turkey Day Eve.
This week, Justin and Milos are talking about Milos’ chance encounters with Bill Burr and Alfonso Ribeiro while out drinking. The duo then dig into a GQ article about the secret ingredients of some elite bartenders and Milos shares some of his current, favorite cocktail ingredients.
Check out the GQ article here.
On this week’s episode Milos and Justin are talking about all things wedding: types of bars at weddings, bringing your own beer to a wedding, cocktails you only order at weddings, and the first time Milos threw out a wedding party. Also, Milos calls Justin out for failing to tip a bartender at a wedding even though this has been discussed many times on the podcast.
This week, Milos talks to Justin about how customers sometimes look for recommendations by asking him what he likes to drink after a long day at work. This prompts the guys to discuss how their orders change depending on what they’re doing & where they’re at. Justin then asks Milos what a cocktail list has to include in order to impress him. After some more in-depth cocktail talk the guys wrap up with a story about how Justin was coerced by Johnny Walker Red to put a hole in Milos bedroom door back in college and what alcohols they know they must stay away from...for the good of society.
Justin and Milos are joined this week by hip-hop artist, comedian, actor, and fellow beard wearer, Mikey to the P! The guys talk about Mikey’s time in the bar industry, hosting his open mic at Trophy Room, and the differences in playing larger rooms verse more intimate spaces.
The Serb and the Swede fly solo this week to catch up on how Millz’s new job is going at The Commons Club in the Virgin Hotel. The guys also talk about why the episodes have been coming out so irregularly and the hidden joys of trying to schedule people from the bar industry as guests for the podcast. Our heroes do want to hear from you, though. If you’ve got a topic you want them to discuss or a guest you think would be a perfect fit let them know on any of their social media outlets (they go over them at the beginning and end of the show). Also, if you just want to say “hey,” they always love hearing from the listeners.
Justin and Milos had the pleasure to sit down with Roman Maliszewski, one of the owners of Tapster. If you haven’t been yet, Tapster is Chicago’s first self-serve craft tasting room featuring over 30 taps of beer, wine, cocktails, and more. If you’ve ever been curious to just try a sample of a new brew without committing to an entire pint then this is your spot. They’ve only been open a few months but this is easily one of the guys’ new favorite places in the city.
Check out Tapster’s website by clicking here and definitely pay them a visit at 2027 W. North Ave. in Chicago. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable, and ready for a great conversation.
Finally deciding to use their power for good, this Monday Justin and Milos are chatting with Dan Barrett, a 15+ year industry professional and all-around awesome guy whose dog needs some help. Due to a Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (spinal cord disorder caused by a blocked blood vessel) their dog, Maizy, is paralyzed on her back half. With medical bills piling up, Dan and his family decided to turn to family, friends, and kindhearted beer lovers on the Internet to help raise some funds for their precious pooch. Long story short, when you make a donation to help Maizy you can cast a vote for either Revolution Brewing or Half Acre Beer Company. The logo of whichever brewery has the most votes at the end of the campaign will become Dan’s first tattoo. The guys also talked with Dan about his extensive career in the bar world from hellish openings, to getting shut down via a police raid, to bartending in Spain. Again, awesome guy.
If you’re able help you can donate and cast your vote here: http://bit.ly/helpmaizy
The Serb and the Swede, that is Milos and Justin, are chatting with the brewery manager and brewmaster of Motor Row Brewing, Frank Lassandrello! The guys talk with Frank abou beer for breakfast in Belgium, getting his start at Goose Island, open sit in sessions with blues legends, and what the future of Motor Row Brewing looks like.
If you want to check out a really great family-owned business that makes killer beers you need to swing by 2337 S Michigan Ave for a pint.
This week Justin and Milos are talking about how moral people seem to find their way to the service industries and how much trust people place in bartenders/servers when just handing over their credit cards.
Justin and Milos had the pleasure of sitting down with one of the owners of Villains, Marco Silva, and their Beverage Director, Steve Rodriguez, to talk about how Villains got it’s start, their passion for rare and amazing beer, and why they’re confident enough to put their beer menu up against any other menu in the state. If you’ve never been to Villains you definitely need to check it out and make sure to ask Steve for a beer recommendation.