This week, Milos and Justin give some updates about all the stuff happening in 2019 and Milos recounts the trip he won to Louisville to taste some top notch bourbon. Also, a big shout out to Tanya Smolenski for trying the beer blind taste test we did on Ep. 100 and getting 50% right! To say we’re not jealous would be a lie; well done!
Milos and Justin welcome the voice of The Barbacks, Rob Ballmaier, to the show...technically for the second time (you’ll hear more about that in the episode). The guys talk about Rob’s brief stint in the industry as well as how he single handedly became the barbershop quartet we know as the The Barbacks and created the theme song you hear each week.
2018 has been one hell of a year and 2019 is shaping up to be even better. This week, Justin and Milos discuss some big changes in the year ahead and look back at some of the fun they’ve had in the last 365 days.
As December rolls on the Serb and the Swede are chatting about drinking within your means, the annual mess that is the TBOX Bar Crawl, and Christmas pop-up bars.
It’s Thanksgiving week again and Justin asks Milos to share a few cocktail recipes that’ll wow the guests at your holiday dinner party! The guys also delve into a little bit of cooking talk before wrapping things up with a discussion on keeping down the cost of cocktails.
Milos and Justin start this week by answering a question from a fan from Australia about pub trivia here in the United States. The guys then talk about CBD-infused cocktails making their way to Chicago and why they think this is the new, hot trend.
This week, Justin and Millz are super excited to welcome the Manager of Culinary Innovation for McDonalds, Chef Mike Haracz! The guys talk about how Mike got his start in cooking, rethinking his career path in culinary school, and what it’s like working for Ronald himself. This episode is extra special not only because Justin and Milos lived on McDonalds through college but because Mike’s been a good friend since high school so it was great catching up.
The Serb and the Swede, that’s Millz and Justin to you, are back for another round of shenanigans! This week the Milos infuriates Justin by informing him that a water sommelier is a thing. The hosts also talk about the rise of Oktoberfest in Chicago and the trend of pop-up bars and restaurants.
This week the dynamic duo, Milos and Justin, talk about fads in the industry. Specifically they talk about rum, bourbon, tequila, and the move away from plastic straws. Justin also makes a heartbreaking plea to you, the listener, to help him track down Planters Cheez Balls!
With your best interests in mind, Milos and Justin break down their thoughts on bartending schools. Are they worth your time? Will they help you get a job? What could you do instead and also save a boatload of money? Check it out and remember, these two dorks got your back.
It’s finally here! 100 EPISODES!! In a celebratory centennial episode, Milos and Justin bring back a TBBPE all-star guest, Devin Szymanski, to catch up on some stories and help them with their very scientific blind beer taste test. Can the guys tell the difference between Miller Lite, MGD, Bud Light, and Coors Light? Can you?
In a shorty episode before the 100th Episode Taste Test Extravaganza, Milos and Justin talk about a film screening coming up at the Virgin Hotel for Dave Navarro’s new documentary called Mourning Son and the cocktail Milos created for the event. The guys also discuss drink trends and they prep for what they’re calling their “official” 100th episode next week where they’ll do a blind taste test of Miller products vs Budweiser products vs Coors products with a very special all-star guest.
For tickets to Dave Navarro’s film screening click here.
Back after another brief hiatus, Milos and Justin, the Serb and the Swede, recap what they’ve been up to over the last three weeks! This includes Justin recounting his vacation to Sonoma, CA and everything he learned about wine - spoiler alert, it’s not a ton. Milos also talks about his trip to the exotic land of Tampa, FL.
Just in time for Independence Day, Milos and Justin are helping make sure your backyard cookout U.S.Amazing. The guys go through a list of different foods you may choose to kiss with an open flame and give their suggestions for the best beer pairings. Who says you can only pair wine?!
Elijah Darden, quite possibly, has the most diverse and unique background of any guest Milos and Justin have welcomed on the show. This week, Elijah regales the lads with stories including the time his parents grounded him for joining the military, going through butler school (yes, it’s a thing), becoming a sommelier in his mid-twenties, and eventually becoming a Portfolio Specialist for Brown-Forman & Rémy.
Milos and Justin chat with each other in the E&C Lounge at Elephant & Castle about happy hour in Chicago and in Illinois. 2 years ago Illinois repealed the happy hour ban which had been in effect for 26 years but has it made much of a difference? Do happy hours do what they’re intended to do? The guys ask the questions and share their thoughts. Our hosts wrap things up with a brief discussion about the loss of Anthony Bourdain and the importance of reaching out to someone if you feel isolated or depressed. You can always call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
This week is a special episode as Milos and Justin loaded up their gear and made their way down to Crown Point, Indiana to chat with the owners of the newly opened Provecho Latin Provisions, Chris Pappas and Nick Papamihalakis. It wouldn’t be hyperbolic to say this was one of the best conversations the guys have had on the podcast so far. Chris and Nick graciously chatted with our hosts about their backgrounds, their philosophy of running a business, and why they decided to open a Latin inspired oasis in the Crossroads of America.
True to form, Justin and Milos discuss the Royal Wedding and what they think the drink situation was like at the reception. The guys also talk about how cocktails are recipes and why it’s uncouth to ask a bartender to add extra booze to your drink.
After 2 years of adding photos to their vision boards Milos and Justin finally got the elusive Alain de Courtenay as a guest! This week the gents are talking with Alain about working at State and Lake, what role social media plays in the F&B industry, and how to balance art with working full time in a bar. Also, you’re going to want to stick around until the end to hear Justin’s special birthday surprise for the birthday boy, Milos.
You’ve undoubtedly lost sleep wondering what it would be like to join Justin or Milos for a night out on the town. Well, you’re in luck because this week the guys are talking about what it’s like when they go out. What are their habits, their routines, and how do their nights unfold.