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Beer In Front

75 EpisodesProduced by Dave ZalatorisWebsite

A podcast about some old school beers and new classics. Also I’ll have a weekly rant about annoying stuff.

75 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Alaskan Smoked Porter

November 19th, 2021


Good show this week where I'll have the 2021 Smoked Porter from the Alaskan Brewing Company as the Beer In Front. I also talk about good beers from …

The St Louis Episode

November 10th, 2021


This week I sat down with Brian over at Three One Pour to discuss the St Louis beer world. We had a Rhu Bee brewed by Earthbound in collaboration …

Alarmist Brewing Angel Of Fire

November 4th, 2021


Good show this week where I'll have a wonderful roasted lager from Alarmist Brewing in collaboration with the Chicago Brewseum. I'll also have some …

Moose Drool & Strive Seek Find

October 27th, 2021


This week I sat down with my good friend Chance Whitmore from the Strive Seek Find Podcast and we talked about his show and enjoyed a See You …

Craft Beer Marketing Awards

October 20th, 2021


Awesome show this week. I interviewed Jim McCune and Jackie DiBella from the Craft Beer Marketing Awards and discussed the awards and craft beer marketing. The Beer In Front this week was Focal Banger, and I had some …

From The Land Of Sky Blue Waters

October 13th, 2021


Going back to a macro this week with the beer refreshing Hamm's. I also enjoyed offerings from Off Color, Mad Swede, Bissell Brothers, and …

Funkytown Brewing Hip Hops and R&Brews

October 7th, 2021


Great show this week where I have the flagship beer from Chicago's newest brewery Funkytown and it's a winner! I'll also have a chat with one of the co-hosts of the terrific Drunk Theory podcast Kelli Madden! There are …

Pabst Blue Ribbon

September 30th, 2021


This week I'll feature PBR as the Beer In Front plus some great beers from Alarmist, Lake Effect, Short Fuse, Alaskan, and Mad Swede. 

Thanks to Chance for the Mad Swede! 

1971 In Music Part II

September 26th, 2021


In Part II of 1971 in Music, I'll discuss some great records of the best year in Rock & Roll history along with some friends. 

Playlist Wars

Conyngham Brewing Shipwreck Stout

September 22nd, 2021


This week, I'm having one of the best beers I've had in Shipwreck Stout from Conyngham Brewing, Thanks to David Carey for this one. I'll also discuss other beers that friends have sent me and you know there are Jagoffs …

1971 In Music Part I

September 18th, 2021


1971 was an incredible year in popular music. On this Part I of II, I'll chat about some great albums with:

Camille Conte

Noah Sherry

Lauren & …

Kelly KFM Meyer How NOT To Start A Brewery

September 16th, 2021


Great show this week where I talked to Kelly KFM Meyer. Kelly is the former owner of the New Braunfels Brewing Company in Texas. He is the author of the book How NOT To Start A Damn Brewery and hosts a podcast with the …

Katie Camlin/KC Bier Co

September 9th, 2021


Great show this week where I shared a Dunkel with Katie Camlin with the KC Bier Co. I also talk about some area beers, have Robert The Bruce as the …

Alaskan Brewing Midnight Haze

September 2nd, 2021


I'm back from my Summer Hiatus and have a solid show for you. I'll have the new Alaskan Brewing Midnight Haze as my Beer In Front. I chatted last …

E14 Interview

August 26th, 2021


On this special show, I sat down and talked with Heath from the E14 Podcast. Heath and his wife Jamie are the Sailors Voice and you can check them out wherever you listen to podcasts! 

Blaq & Soul

July 30th, 2021


Wonderful show this week where I talked with Toni and April from Blaq & Soul about their organization and had the awesome 2nd Shift Brewing …

Pilsner Urquell

July 22nd, 2021


Good show this week where I go way back and have the classic Pilsner Urquell as the Beer In Front. I'll also talk about beers from Hidden Hand, Old Irving, Beachwood, and Astronomy Aleworks. Plenty of Jagoffs this week …

Old Irving Brewing As Time Goes By

July 15th, 2021


This week I'll have a new beer as my Beer In Front. Old Irving's As Time Goes By is a good one, it's a barrel aged Belgian Quad and is worth picking up if you can find it! I'll discuss the beer twitter meetup in Chicago …


July 8th, 2021


This week I'm going for the gusto and having a Schlitz as the Beer In Front. Schlitz was my favorite amongst the macros I've had and it's worth trying out! I'll talk about upcoming projects with the great E14 Podcast, I …

Miller High Life

July 2nd, 2021


Normal show this week where I have the classic Miller High Life as the Beer In Front. I'll have some good beers from Oscar and Rod that they sent me and there are a few weeks of Jagoffs to catch up on!


Illinois Representative Ann Williams

June 23rd, 2021


This week I'm very happy to have on Illinois State Representative Ann Williams. She is currently serving her 6th term as State Representative of the 11th District on Chicago’s North Side. The district includes the …

Special Episode 1 - Education

June 20th, 2021


This is a totally different type of show for me, no beer, no jagoffs, just a topic I wanted to talk about. To help me, I talked to Oscar from The Everything Show and Lauren from the Beer'd Al Podcast about education. …

Braxton Brewing Storm Cream Ale

June 17th, 2021


This week I'll have a Cream Ale from Braxton Brewing called Storm as my Beer In Front. This came courtesy of Rod J from @RodJBeerVenture

I'll also talk about some good beers from Old Irving Brewing, Sew Hop'd and …

Revolution Brewing Lucia

June 10th, 2021


This week I'll have Revolution's Lucia as my Beer In Front. Lucia is a Dry Hopped Spelt Saison named after labor activist Lucy Gonzalez Parsons. To …

Wayup Apertivo Spritz

June 2nd, 2021


Excellent show this week where I talk to Phil Muscatello from the Stocks For Beginners and Shares For Beginners Podcasts and we'll talk investing strategies and breweries from the Sydney Australia area. I'll go outside …

Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale/Micro Break Podcast

May 27th, 2021


Good show this week! I had the classic Anchor Liberty Ale as my Beer In Front. I spoke with Michael J Maione from the Micro Break Podcast and that was a fun time. Michael had a beer from Flying Fish and I had the …

Things We Don‘t Say

May 20th, 2021


This week I'll have the Mikerphone Brewing version of the Things We Don't Say collaboration as my Beer In Front. I'll also discuss the big beer news …

Two Brothers - Cane and Ebel

May 12th, 2021


Big Episode 60 this week! I'll talk about some health issues, have a Cane And Ebel for the first time in years. That was still a really good beer! I'll also call out some Jagoffs that aren't the usual ones I name.


Lagunitas IPA

May 5th, 2021


This week I have the old school IPA from Lagunitas as my Beer In Front. I have been having some health issues so I didn't have other beers however …

Heady Topper/Bills & Brews Babes

April 29th, 2021


Great show this week! I spoke to the women behind the Bills and Brews Babes website and Instagram feed. By all means you should check them out! I …

Astronomy Aleworks Return of the Citra Rye IPA

April 22nd, 2021


Good show this week as I'll have a great one from Henderson, Nevada called Return of the Citra Rye IPA from Astronomy Aleworks. @GrandpaBeer was kind enough to send his BIF my way to try. I also had a conversation with …

Saint Bernardus Prior 8

April 15th, 2021


Good show this week or a bad show if you liked the interviews and chats. I'll have the wonderful St. Bernardus Prior 8 as my Beer In Front. I'll also …

Guinness/Amethyst Heels

April 8th, 2021


Great show this week! I'll speak with Ruvani DeSilva, you may know her as Amethyst Heels from social media. We talk about her writing and the Austin, Texas beer scene. I'll go way back in the day and have a Guinness …

(Your) Beer In Front

March 31st, 2021


This week I was taking off to get the 2nd shot and decided to turn the show over to you! Now, my wife and I managed to get the shot early, but this was too good of a show to let sit so here are 15 amazing people …

Dovetail Rauchbier

March 24th, 2021


This week I go way outside my comfort zone and have Dovetail's Rauchbier. Dovetail makes world class lagers and this one was no exception. I'll have a conversation with Curt from the Half Hour Bros podcast plus you know …

Beer‘d Al Podcast Part 2

March 19th, 2021


I'll wrap up my interview with Lauren from the Beer'd Al Podcast on the show and if you ever wanted to hear a very nice polite woman call someone a …

Saison DuPont/Beer‘d Al Part 1

March 17th, 2021


Great show this week as I have part 1 of my conversation with Lauren from the Beer'd Al Podcast! That was a great talk and I think you'll enjoy it and the Beer'd Al Podcast as well! The Beer In Front is the classic …

Fat, Drunk, and Stupid Part 2

March 12th, 2021


On this show, I'll continue the conversation with Rob from the Fat, Drunk, and Stupid podcast. It was nice to shoot the breeze with him, he's really good guy. I'll also have a Daisy Cutter as my Beer In Front!


Rhinegeist & FDS Podcast Part 1

March 11th, 2021


Good show this week I'll have part 1 of my interview with Rob from the Fat, Drunk, and Stupid podcast. Part 2 will come out later this week. Rob is a …

Old Style & Rod J Beer Ventures

March 4th, 2021


This week, I'll sit down and chat with the great Rod J from Rod J's Beer Ventures. Since it is a special edition of the show, I'm going back to the beginning and having an Old Style Lager as my Beer In Front!


Jeremy Banas and Celis Beer

February 25th, 2021


This week I had a great talk with Jeremy Banas author of the new book Celis Beer Born in Belgium, Brewed in Texas. Mr. Banas did a great job telling the story of Pierre Celis and the Celis Brewery. For anyone interested …

Beer And The Baker

February 17th, 2021


What a great show this week! I'll be talking to Liz from The Beer And The Baker. We had Maple Deth from Revolution as a virtual Beer In Front and …

18th St Best Patio Pils

February 11th, 2021


This week I'll have Best Patio Pils as my Beer In Front. I'll also have solid choices from Saint Errant, Revolution, and Storm Creek!


Ballast Point Sculpin

February 4th, 2021


On this Curse Free episode, I'll have an old favorite Sculpin from Ballast Point as the Beer In Front. Plus I'll discuss a Non-Alcoholic IPA from …

3 Floyds People Power

January 28th, 2021


This week, the Beer In Front will be People Power from 3 Floyds. This is a sparkling ale brewed with black tea that I really enjoyed. I'll also talk …

Weekend Jagoffs 01/22/21

January 22nd, 2021


All Jagoffs, no beer. They are coming out of the woodwork, so I whipped up a quick bonus episode of Jagoffs Of The Week.


Bell‘s Hopslam

January 20th, 2021


This week I'll talk about the upcoming election, the call for a $15 minimum wage, and have the great Hopslam from Bell's. Shoutout to Bex @BexGoos …

Duvel and The F-Word

January 14th, 2021


This week I'll have the classic Duvel as my beer in front plus great beers from Hop Butcher, Saugatuck, Tangled Roots, and Haymarket!


Casa Humilde La Doble

January 8th, 2021


This week I'll have the killer La Doble from Casa Humilde. Outstanding beer, by all means pick this one up! And you know I'll be fired up about what went down Wednesday in DC.


Best of 2020 and Pliny The Elder!

December 31st, 2020


This week I recap 2020 with my favorite beers and biggest Jagoffs of 2020 plus I'll have the wonderful Pliny The Elder as my beer in front!




December 23 2020 - Goose Island 2020 BCBS Proprietor's

December 24th, 2020


Happy Christmas Eve Eve! This week I'll have the great 2020 Prop from Goose Island as my BIF, I'll also talk about great beers from Cellermaker and Penrose.

#Craft Beer



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December 17 2020 - Revolution VSOD

December 18th, 2020


What a great beer! Beer of my year no question. I'll have this plus discuss a good one from the Bruery in California.

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12/10/2020 Great Lakes Christmas

December 10th, 2020


This week I'll have the fabulous Christmas Ale from Great Lakes as my Beer In Front. I'll talk about beers I liked this week from Brooklyn, El …

12/02/2020 - Anchor Christmas

December 3rd, 2020


This week the Beer In Front will be the classic Anchor Christmas. I'll also talk about some great beers from More and Goose Island! Shoutout this week goes to the Love Is Lit show! @loveislitpod

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November 19 2020 - Seipp's Extra Pale Pilsner

November 19th, 2020


This week I'll have the Pre-Prohibition Extra Pale Pilsner from Seipp's. I'll ramble on about Thanksgiving and talk about some beers from Ravinia, Bells, Pipeworks, Cinderlands, and Alarmist!

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November 11 2020 - Speedway Stout

November 11th, 2020


This week I'll have plenty to say about the election plus have the fabulous Speedway Stout as my Beer In Front.

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November 4 2020 - Celebration Ale

November 5th, 2020


This week will be more like the quick hit and run episodes of the past. The Beer In Front this week will be Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. Plus beers from Crystal Lake, Wild Onion, Liquid Love, Hop Butcher, …

October 28, 2020 - Deth's Tar/Beermiscuous

October 28th, 2020


Great show this week! I'll chat with Virginia from Beermiscuous and have the latest 3 of the Deep Wood Series from Revolution!

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October 22, 2020 - The Brewery Travels

October 22nd, 2020


A very special episode awaits when you push play! I will not swear this week, so gather the kids around the stereo! I'll have a chat with Joel Geier from The Brewery Travels, have Rogue's Dead Guy Ale as my Beer In …

October 14, 2020 - Pike IPA

October 15th, 2020


This week I'll have as my BIF Pike IPA from Pike Brewing in Seattle. I'll have some local recommendations from Beermiscious and sample some beer mail from Oscar in California.  


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October 8, 2020 - Fat Tire

October 9th, 2020


This week, I'll have the classic Fat Tire as the Beer In Front, I'll also have a rant about healthcare and have some other good Chicago beers!

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Episode 28 - Eliot Ness Amber Lager

October 1st, 2020


This week, I'll have the fantastic Eliot Ness from Great Lakes in Cleveland. I also had some good stuff from Good City Brewing in Milwaukee, 2 from Casa Humilde, Cigar City, and Soundgrowler. 


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Episode 27 - Oktoberfest

September 25th, 2020


On this episode, I'll have 6 different Oktoberfest beers, plus I'll discuss the great Thundertaker from Revolution. I want to start a discussion …

Episode 26 - Grand Teton

September 18th, 2020


Back from vacation and refreshed and ready for another season of BIF. This week, I'll have 3 different ones from Grand Teton Brewing in Idaho. And you thought I only drank Chicago beers. I'll try to have longer episodes …

Episode 25 - Base, Superstructure, and Maintains And Shapes

September 3rd, 2020


To finish out Season 1, I'll have the 3 beers from the Hop Butcher/Revolution Colab that came out a few weeks ago. I'll discuss the great beers i had …

Episode 24 - Friends Choice

August 26th, 2020


This week, I'll have beers that my friends have hooked me up with this past week. The Beer In Front is the classic Two-Hearted from Bells and there is a lot to annoy me the past few days!

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Episode 23 - Allagash White

August 19th, 2020


This week, my BIF is the splendid Allagash White. Solid beers from Hopewell, Phase Three, Alarmist, Lo Rez, and Other Half. I'm really pissed at the …

Episode 22 - 90 Shilling

August 8th, 2020


On this Episode, I'll have as my beer in front the great 90 Shilling from Odell. That and you know I found stuff that annoys me!

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Episode 21 - Into The Mash with some Demon

July 31st, 2020


This week I talk to the guys behind the really good Into The Mash Podcast Darryl and Sean. I do have to apologize in advance, Darryl's sound levels …

Episode 20 - Pizza Port

July 23rd, 2020


This week I have a Pizza Port Permanent Vacay as my Beer In Front. Have some other good beer plus I'll annoy both political parties by calling them a …

Episode 19 - Moira Rose/Black Is Beautiful/Lo-Cal IPA's

July 16th, 2020


This week my Beer In Front is Revolution's version of Black Is Beautiful, blind taste 4 lo-cal IPA's and discuss our new dog!

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Episode 18 - DFH90

July 9th, 2020


This week, the Beer In Front is the fantastic Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. I'll have some Chicago beers from Pipeworks, Hop Butcher, Hopewell and 5 Rabbit plus did you know, Beyonce isn't Black? According to the Jagoff …

Episode 17 - Arrogant Bastard

July 2nd, 2020


This week I'll have an Arrogant Bastard, a few local beers and say something nice about people. Don't worry, I'm still angry at the end!

@arrogantbastard @18thStreetBrew @RiverlandsBrew

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Episode 16 - No Laws....

June 26th, 2020


This week, I'll have a Zombie Dust as my B.I.F. plus also taste some hard seltzers.

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Episode 15 - Enjoy By

June 18th, 2020


This week I'll discuss Enjoy By from Stone, and have some great beers from my favorite local Chicago breweries.

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