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HopCast Episode 290

Episode 290: Bell’s Roundhouse IRA & Hailstorm Southside Irish Red

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Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

On episode 290 of the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with a couple Red Ales. The first can the guys open up is the South Side Irish Red, a 5.50% ABV Irish Red Ale from Hailstorm Brewing Co. Then the guys move onto the Roundhouse IRA, a 7.5% ABV Red Ale from Bell’s Brewery. It’s always nice to have a new beer from a great brewery like Bell’s but this beer is 7.5% ABV and it goes down a little too fast, so watch out!

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HopCast Episode 289

Episode 289: Half Acre Tuna & Toppling Goliath Tsunami

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Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

On episode 289 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up two low ABV tall boys. It is always fantastic to see such well renowned breweries releasing crushable beers, especially as the weather is warming up. The first can the guys open up is the Half Acre Beer Company Tuna. This is a 4.5% ABV American Pale Ale and was previously called Golden Tuna before it was released in can. Half Acre continues to do no wrong with this release and this will likely become a main stay beer for both Brad and Ken. The question still remains if it pairs well with Tuna…

After the Half Acre Tuna, BradKen reach for a can from a brewery that recently entered the Chicago market; Toppling Goliath. Toppling Goliath pseudoSue has been a talked about beer for a couple years now and it’s nice to see they aren’t just a one hit wonder. The Toppling Goliath Tsunami is a 5.0% ABV American Pale Ale that is smooth, and has a very easy finish.

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HopCast Episode 287

Episode 288: Noon Whistle Cozmo Pale Ale & Coronado Easy Up

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Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

On episode 288 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up a couple of canned craft beers. First up the guys open a can from a new-ish Illinois brewery, Noon Whistle. This can is their year round 5.0% ABV Cozmo Pale Ale. The falconer flight hops in this beer give off a very easy grapefruit nose. Although the brewery isn’t in Chicago, it’s a pretty easy drive for anyone looking to check out the space and it’s right next to the Whirlyball in Lombard, so that’s an extra bonus. After the Cozmo Pale Ale, Brad & Ken reach for a can from a brewery they are rather familiar with from out in California, Coronado. Chicago’s beer scene has exploded and sometimes these out of state breweries can get skipped over, which is too bad because Coronado’s Easy Up Pale Ale is excellent. Coming in at 5.2% ABV, the Easy Up has a bright hoppy taste that just makes you want to enjoy some afternoon drinking at the beach.

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HopCast Episode 287

Episode 287: Wiseacre Gotta Get Up To Get Down & Stone Xocoveza

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Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

On episode 287 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder try to warm up with a couple of stouts. Their first beer is from Wiseacre Brewing, a brewery that the guys are extremely excited to see arrive in Chicago. Wiseacre Brewing is brewing out of Memphis, TN but the brewer cut his teeth here in Chicago and has been on the Hop Cast a number of times. The guys dive into a can of Gotta Get Up To Get Down, a 5.0% ABV Coffee Milk Stout. If you’ve been watching the Hop Cast for awhile then you know that these guys love their coffee almost as much as their beer. Here the coffee is bold but not overpowering, making for a beer you can knock back quickly. Following up Wiseacre Brewing, Brad and Ken open up a couple bottles of Stone Brewing’s Xocoveza, an 8.1% ABV Mocha Stout. This beer was one that Brad remembered having last season and it was nice to see it back and in a wider release.

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HopCast Episode 286

Episode 286: 5 Rabbit Cerveceria Chinga Tu Pelo & Prairie ‘Merica

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Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

On episode 286 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are getting into the election spirit by… drinking. Both of these beers have a political or American theme to them so it made for a perfect combination. First up the guys open 5 Rabbit Cerveceria’s Chinga Tu Pelo, a 4.8% ABV American Blonde Ale. “Chinga Tu Pelo” which translates to “F**k Your Hair,” features a can with Donald Trump’s signature blonde hairstyle. This beer is solid, nothing fancy and nothing that you’ll find too objectionable. Following up the Blonde Ale, the guys move onto the Prairie ‘Merica from Prairie Artisan Ales. ‘Merica is a single malt, single hop Farmhouse Ale coming in at 7.5% ABV.

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HopCast Episode 285

Episode 285: Schlafly Beer Hop Trial SMaSH Pack

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Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

On episode 285 of the Hop CastBrad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder  do something a little fun and different on this episode. The guys open up four beers from Schlafly Beer’s new Hop Trial SMaSH Pack. This is an experimental new variety pack featuring four distinct hops. The four beers are Hallertau Blanc (floral), Bramling Cross (spicy), Enigma (fruity), and Eureka! (piney). It’s really neat to try the same beer and see how a single ingredient can have a huge affect on it.

The Hop Trial variety pack can be purchased at the Bottleworks or Tap Room locations as well as across Schlafly’s distribution area. If you see it, pick it up and have a tasting with some friends.

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HopCast Episode 284

Episode 284: Ryan And The Gosling & Enjoy After Brett IPA

Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

On episode 284 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Brad Stark. Stark has been on the show a number of times and it’s good to have him back to help talk about these Brett beers. First up the guys open up the Ryan And The Gosling, a collaboration beer between Evil Twin and Crooked Stave. It’s been a while since any of the guys had an Evil Twin beer, which is sad because they are always doing some interesting things. This 4.0% ABV beer was brewed at Westbrook Brewing Co ., It’s a 100% brettanomyces with citrus peel and with citrus juice added. Following that good looking beer, the guys move onto another they should have saved for a little longer. But saving beer isn’t all that fun, it’s way more fun to drink it. The Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA says to enjoy after 10.31.16. This is a Brett IPA, a style that hasn’t been as popular in the last couple years but we used to see more often. It says that this beer won’t be fully carbonated until that date on the bottle but the flavor is great. It would be interesting to see how this beer tastes after the date, so if you can hold onto it, do but don’t feel bad if you decide to pop the bottle early.

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HopCast Episode 283

Episode 283: Alarmist Brewing Phobophobia Patersbier & Scorched Earth Exiled Angel

Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

On episode 283 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are cracking open a couple beers from Illinois. Both of these breweries are fairly new and it’s sometimes tricky to keep up with all the great beers they are brewing. If you’re in Chicago you may have had something from these breweries or you may have recently seen the Alarmist Brewing cans in the stores.

First up in episode 283 is the Alarmist Brewing, Phobophobia Patersbier. Coming in at 4.8% ABV a Patersbier is sort of like a lawnmower beer for the Trappist Monks. It’s a perfect beer for all day drinking or just something to cooldown with. This is a really fun beer to see Alarmist Brewing because it’s not something you see from a lot of breweries. Next up, the guys move on to the Scorched Earth Exiled Angel. The Exiled Angel is a Belgian Strong Ale coming in at 7.9% ABV. Not having had much from these guys before, it was a real treat to give them a try.

We love seeing what all our local breweries are up to in Chicago and if you can get your hands on either one of these, they are worth trying. Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 282

Episode 282: Odd Side Ales Wheatermelon & Heavy Melon Ale

Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

On episode 282 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are getting into the spirit of summer with a couple watermelon flavored beers. Fruit themed beers have become very popular ever since the Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit) exploded in popularity. Brewers are always looking for the next smash hit and this summer it seems like a lot of different breweries are looking towards watermelon.

First up in episode 282 is the Wheatermelon from Odd Side Ales in Michigan. As we see in many of these fruit beers, the ABV is rather low which makes them a great session beer. The Wheatermelon comes in at an easy 4.0% ABV. The label on this beer is a bit scary but don’t let that turn you off. It’s a bit on the sweeter side but watermelon is such a light flavor that it’s often hard to pull off in small amounts. Following up the Odd Side, the guys move onto the Heavy Melon Ale from New Belgium. This beer takes a little different approach and is brewed with juicy watermelon and zesty lime peel. Coming in at 5.0% ABV, it’s slightly higher but very crushable.

These are the sorts of beers you might want to dive into on a hot summer day.

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HopCast Episode 281

Episode 281: Fort Collins Brewery American-Style Barley Wine & AleSmith Old Numbskull

On episode 281 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder have a special guest joining them; Chad Boesdorfer. Since there was a special guest, the guys figured they’d step up the ABV a little bit. So, for this episode they are bringing out the Barleywines. The American Barleywine is one of the strongest of the beer styles. A beer of this strength and complexity can be a challenge to the palate, so it’s nice to have a third person to decode these delights.

First up, the guys open the 10.5% ABV American-Style Barley Wine from The Fort Collins Brewery. This beer was brewed entirely with Columbus hops and then dry-hopped with El Dorado for a heavy but balanced mouth-feel. Following up this beast is the 11.0% ABV, Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company. There was a time when the guys seemed to be drinking a lot of AleSmith beers and it’s nice to give them a re-visit.

Remember to share Barleywines with friends! Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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