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.
This week, Justin and Milos break down how a bartender may assess (or judge) someone based off how they enter the bar and what drink they order. The guys also talk about working on Easter and come up with a brilliant new way of containing the moscow mule.
In honor of April Fools Day, this week Justin and Milos are looking back on some of the better pranks Milos has pulled on people at the bar. There are also a series of 4 or 5 challenges the guys throw down to you. So, if you're feeling bold then it's time to step up and Ice Milos. (Give the episode a listen and that will make way more sense)
Justin and Milos made a trip to up Old Irving Brewing Co. to sit down with a few beers and talk with the head brewer, Trevor Rose-Hamblin! Trevor talks about his history in the industry, turning an interest in homebrewing into a career, how collaboration is key, and what went into building out Old Irving Park’s coolest new spot.
Do yourself a favor and head up to 4419 W Montrose Ave. in Chicago to treat yourself to a bite and a beer at Old Irving Brewing Co.
The man known as Dan returns for a third time to talk with Justin and Milos about his big move to Hollywood! Dan will be the lead bartender/beverage director for The Kimpton Hotel group’s brand new hotel, The Kimpton Everly Hollywood. He discusses building menus from scratch, learning how to create craft cocktails for a new market, adjusting to how things are done on the West Coast, and what he’ll miss most about Chicago.
Good luck, Mr. Rook! We’ll be visiting you for sure.
With only 3 short weeks until Chicago’s favorite holiday, Justin and Millz are getting you prepared for all things St. Patrick’s Day. The guys give an overview of how the holiday is celebrated in the Windy City, Milos talks about what it’s like working behind the pine for 16 hours, they share some stories of St. Patty’s Day past, and Milos gives a few simple tips to help you become your bartender’s best friend during this year’s festivities.
Millz and Justin are getting sexy on this week’s episode, giving you their top 6 places to take your Valentine’s date this year. Of course South Water Kitchen had to be number one but the other 5 are guaranteed to delight. Check out the websites for menus and specials:
This week Justin and Milos get revved up as they breakdown a new product announced at the CES 2017, the PicoBrew! This product allows you to automatically brew 5 liters of craft beer in about 2 hours (plus 7 days for fermentation) and the dynamic duo debate whether it’s a step forward in the industry or if it takes away from the art of homebrewing.
Also, like the shameless fanboys they are, the guys giddily talk about the newest release from Around the Bend Beer Co., Last Matador; a brew inspired by the classic Blood and Sand cocktail.
Millz and Justin decided to tackle the growing insanity that are Bloody Mary garnishes. This leads the duo into a brief discussion about brunch which throws Milos into a white-hot rage. If you’re not aware, The Serb doesn’t like the brunch. They also touch on the realization that they’ve past the point of being drawn to the “Saturday night scene”.
Check out the Thrillist articles referenced in the episode here:
This week, Justin and Milos discuss “manly drinks” versus “girly drinks” and why the concept of gender specific cocktails makes no sense to them. They also continue to try and understand the popularity of the Moscow Mule and everyone’s obsession with the copper mug.
Milos and Justin had a blast recording this week’s episode at the newly opened Tobacco Road Tap Room with the General Manager, Mr. Ben Siemer! The guys discussed what it took to prep for the grand opening, which was December 17th (the night before this episode was recorded). As sleep deprived as he may have been, Ben was a champ and talked about how proud he is of his staff as well as how good it feels to have all the hard work finally pay off.
Make sure to check out Tobacco Road Tap Room at 2249 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
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This week, Milos and Justin are making sure you’re set for this year’s holiday party season. They kick things off by discussing what NOT to do at your company’s holiday party if you want to keep your both your self-respect and your job. The second half of the episode they give a brief guide to bar essentials you’ll need if you’re throwing your own holiday party.
Some fun, popular, and tasty drinks mentioned in this episode are:
- Gin Gimlet
- Corpse Reviver
- White Lady
- Homemade Eggnog ( to order)
- Rum Punch
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