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each other in the E&C Lounge at Elephant & Castle about happy hour in Chicago and in Illinois. 2 years ago Illinois repealed the happy hour ban which had been in effect for 26 years but has it made much of a difference?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.
After a botched attempt at recording this episode Justin and Milos dug deep, and made it happen for their beloved listeners. With Spring just around the corner (some people say it’s allegedly here), and Summer not too far behind, the guys wanted to make sure your next party goes as smoothly as possible so they’re discussing the fine art of batching cocktails.
Milos and Justin are beyond excited to welcome one of the owners of Flapjack Brewery and an all-around awesome dude, Mr. Paul Macchione! The guys talk with Paul about his introduction to homebrewing, starting a brewery with his brother, if he sees being a brewer as an art form, and dealing with armchair critics.
Make sure you pay Flapjack Brewery a visit at 6833 Stanley Ave in Berwyn, IL!
Milos survived Saint Patrick’s Day...barely. This week he and Justin recount their observations from the day dedicated to the patron saint of getting shitfaced. The guys also talk about Milos’ experience helping to open the new restaurant/bar in Crown Point, IN called Provecho! They discuss everything from training an brand-new staff to lessons a F&B industry veteran can still learn after working on a project like this.
The one and only Amber Graham (aka GrahamCracker 9Volt) is the guest of honor on this week’s episode! Justin and Milos talk with Amber about her time in the bar world working from a college spot to a catering company to fine dining. Before the crew warps up they’re joined by Jaimee Rosko, one of Amber’s co-hosts on a new podcast they’re launching called “Rough Sesh”. We’ll keep you updated on when it finally drops so you can check it out!
It’s mini-sode time! Justin jumps on the mic for a quick 10 minutes to update you on what he’s been drinking, where Milos has run off to, and to give a plug to their base of operations, Elephant and Castle.
Spoiler alert, Milos is helping open a restaurant/bar called Provecho in Crown Point, IN. Doors open on March 13th so check them out!
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.