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.
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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