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Episode 70 - ​Frank Lassandrello

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.

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Episode 69 - J & Millz: Round 19

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.

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Episode 68 - Marco Silva & Steve Rodriguez

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.

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Episode 67 - J and Millz: Round 18

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.

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EPISODE 66 - J AND MILLZ: ROUND 16

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)

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Episode 65 - Trevor Rose-Hamblin

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.

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Episode 64 - Dan Rook: Round 3

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.

Episode 63 - J and Millz: Round 16

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.

 

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Episode 62 - J and Millz: Round 15

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:

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Episode 61 - J and Millz: Round 14

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.

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Episode 60 - J and Millz: Round 13

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:

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Episode 59 - J and Millz: Round 12

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.

 

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Episode 58 - Ben Siemer

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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Episode 57 - J and Millz: Round 11

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
  • Sidecar
  • Corpse Reviver
  • White Lady
  • Homemade Eggnog ( to order)
  • Rum Punch

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Episode 56 - Stephanie Maree

Back again at the E&C Lounge, Justin and Milos welcome Stephanie Maree, bartender and manager at High Noon Saloon! The guys talk to Stephanie about working in Wrigleyville during the World Series, the cover charges most bars implemented, making the transition into a management role, and Justin’s every present fear of ordering cocktails.

 

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Episode 55 - J and Millz: Round 10

Back from their holiday hiatus, Milos and Justin talk about what it was like to work Thanksgiving brunch, shortcuts for remembering cocktails, and how Milos created his signature Mud Butt and Wet Cardboard cocktails.

 

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Episode 54 - Eric Eul

From Federales Tacos & Tequila, Eric Eul joins Milos and Justin this week to talk about craft beer, tequila, and getting out of awkward conversations with bar patrons.

 

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Episode 53 - J and Millz: Round 9

Justin and Milos discuss how it’s been at the bar since the Cubs made it to the World Series, Justin brings up an app he found called Drunk Mode and talks about some of the features he likes, and the guys ponder which features they’d put into a The Best Bar Podcast Ever app...if they ever decided to make one.

 

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Episode 52 - Mary Francis Jones

Assistant manager & bartender at The Vig, Mary Francis “MJ” Jones sits down with Justin and Milos this week to discuss the finer points of serving and bartending at a country club, how to pick your words to guests carefully, and Milos’ and her tips for keeping your head above water when you’re slammed behind the bar.

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Episode 51 - Piers Smyth

This week the Assistant General Manager of the ROOF on theWit, Piers Smyth, sits down with Justin and Milos to talk about his start as “the boxing door guy”, how he’s blended his architecture degree with his love love of the industry, and his trip to Ireland to tour the Tullamore Dew distillery!

 

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