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.
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.