Heavy Hops Ep. 060: Tasting Into The Future (Mike Schallau/Is/Was Brewing)

This week we catch up with Mike Schallau, co-owner and brewer of Is/Was Brewing, an artisanal producer of rustic, farmhouse-inspired ales based in Chicago.

We explore two of Mike’s first blended mixed fermentation beers: Levain and Bend Towards Daylight. In discussing the construction and intention of these beers we learn more about Mike’s symbiotic approach to creating these living beers. Is/Was recently celebrated its two year anniversary; and Mike reflects on learnings from this early part of his company’s evolution, how he approaches commercial descriptions, and his brief foray in black metal.

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Episode Art and HH Logo By: Bryn Gleason

This episode was edited by Esben Willems at Studio Berserk in Gothenburg, Sweden

Music by: Sam Cangelosi

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