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HopCast Episode 240

Episode 240: Temperance Beer Company

In episode 240 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder head out to Evanston, Illinois to visit Brewmaster Claudia Jendron at Temperance Beer Company. Claudia shares several of her great beers that she’s brewing including Gatecrasher, Smittytown & Restless Years. Right now you can find Gatecrasher in cans around Chicago but be on the look out for more very soon. Claudia let’s us know a little bit about each beer and why she decided to go with cans over bottles. We also get the inside scoop on where some of the names come from for the beers and why the local community is so important to Temperance.

Being around for such a short time, it’s awesome to see a a Chicagoland brewery doing so well. Be sure to head up to Evanston and check them out.

Cheers! And thank you for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 236

Episode 236: Penrose Brewing

For episode 236 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder head out to Geneva, Illinois to visit Tom Korder and Eric Hobbs at Penrose Brewing Company. Tom and Eric give the low down of what they’ve been up to since the last time we all got together at Hopleaf.

Penrose is doing great for only being open for a few weeks now and is already talking about what’s next. On Sunday there were people waiting outside for them to open and by the time we left to head back to Chicago the taproom was busy with locals drinking and coming in for growler fills.

Eric closes out the episode by giving us a run down of the events they have planned for Chicago Craft Beer Week. So if you haven’t had a chance to try anything from Penrose Brewing yet, Chicago Craft Beer Week is your perfect opportunity.

Cheers! And thank you for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 234

Episode 234: Panic Brewing

For episode 234 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder make a trip up to Panic Brewing’s new space to chat with Gary GulleyPanic just recently secured their space on the north side of the city. Gary tells Brad and Ken all about the journey so far and about some of his plans for the space. Panic doesn’t have any of their own beer yet so the three of them crack open a few favorites as we learn about why everyone should be interested in what Panic is doing. With lots of room to grow, it’s exciting to see what they are going to do.

If you’re in Chicago, be on the look out for Panic Brewing.

UPDATE: Panic Brewing is now Alarmist Brewing. We’ll be sure to check up again with Gary Gulley and do a follow up interview soon about the name change.

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HopCast Episode 203

Episode 203: Penrose Brewing

In episode 203 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder sit down at the Hopleaf with Tom Korder and Eric Hobbs to talk about their new Chicagoland brewery, Penrose. Penrose Brewing will be brewing Belgian inspired beers in Geneva, Illinois. Both Tom and Eric were with Goose Island for a number of years and have a ton of experience with what it takes to make quality and unique beer.

Right now Tom & Eric already have their 40 barrel brewhouse but are dealing with all the fun paperwork that goes into starting a brewery. Their goal right now is to have beer this summer for Chicago and the Fox Valley area. Penrose Brewing will be a production brewery with a tasting room.

I can’t wait until we’re able taste some more of their beers; if the beers we had during the episode are any indication, we have some good beers to look forward to from these guys. If you’re looking to get an early taste of what Penrose is all about, keep an eye out for a collaboration that they’re doing with Perennial Artisan Ales. Welcome Penrose!

Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 202

Episode 202: Off Color Brewing

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder were able to catch up with John Laffler and Dave Bleitner during the Off Color Brewing presents Mischief at Black Rock. This event was the debut for Off Color Brewing. On tap were 4 collaboration beers that they brewed with friends around Chicago.

It’s an exciting time for craft beer in the city of Chicago and Off Color Brewing is planting their flag. This was a truly unique event with the 4 collaboration beers, a great guest tap list, Jell-O shots and beer cocktails.

In this episode, John talks about the plans for the brewery and the goal to initially launch with two, year round beers that they hope everyone is going to enjoy. With the intention that at Off Color, they will approach beer with an avant-grade mindset.

The brewery is coming together and they should be ready to start brewing soon. If you didn’t make it to the pop-up shop event, you’re going to have to wait a little longer before you get to try Off Color beers.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 198

Episode 198: Firestone Walker In Chicago

We couldn’t be happier to see the entire Firestone Walker Brewing portfolio available in Chicago. For the last few months only the larger format or private reserve beers like Parabola and Wookey Jack had been available, but now everything from Pale 31, Velvet Merlin to Abacus are on the shelves in Chicago.

To celebrate this, Matt Brynildson and some of the FireStone Walker crew were in town at a number of launch parties. Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder met up with Matt at the South Loop Binny’s to chat about the Chicago launch and learn a little more about what Firestone Walker has planned.

One of Ken’s favorite beers is Double Barrel Ale and Matt shares with us the unique story that goes with DBA.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast! What’s your favorite Firestone Walker Brewing beer?

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HopCast Episode 187

Episode 187: Dryhop

It’s great to see so many new breweries opening in Chicago. In episode 187 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski check out one of the newest ones getting close to opening; Dryhop. Ken and Brad got a chance to chat with owner Greg Shuff and head brewer Brant DubovickDryhop is planning to open in Lakeview early in 2013; right now the space is totally empty but the guys plan on going forward fast. You can try some of Brant’s beers right now because he’s been busy doing collaboration brews with some of the other brewpubs in Chicago like Haymarket Pub and Atlas. Be sure to seek out those collaboration beers out to help hold you over until their opening this winter.

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A Look At Haymarket Pub & Brewery – #5

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are at Haymarket Pub & Brewery for the fifth look at the progress of the construction. Pete Crowley and John Neurauter go over what has been accomplished since we last stopped in. Walls are going up and the brewing equipment has arrived and the kitchen is coming together. Soon the beer starts flowing and if all goes according to plan you will be able to enjoy one of Pete’s great beers starting December 6th. Ken and Brad will continue to stop by over the next few weeks to see how everything finally comes together.

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Hop Cast – Episode 108: Rick Bayless & Goose Island Marisol

In this episode of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski & Ken Hunnemeder are in Rick Bayless’ backyard for a fiesta. On tap that night was the Marisol, the most recent collaboration between Rick Bayless’ team and Jared Rouben of Goose Island. During the fiesta Brad and Ken were able to chat Jennifer Barozzini to find out why they chose to work with Goose Island on this project. After Rick was done recording his radio show, Brad and Ken were able to catch up with him and Jared Rouben. Rick talked about some of the flavors they were looking to find in the beer and the thought process that went into the brewing of Marisol. Be sure to make it over to Fontera and give Marisol a try, it’s on tap right now.

Thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 105

Episode 105: Pop! Fest

In episode 105 Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are back in the suburbs of Chicago. This time they are at Rock Bottom Warrenville for Pop! Fest. Pop! Fest was the brain child of brewer Davin Bartosch who decided to unleash the world’s first popcorn malt liquor. Rather than only having this one beer on draft he decided to have an event and invite other local brewers to bring a beer to be paired with popcorn. Many local breweries brought different styles of beer that were paired with one of the many flavors that Popcorn Palace’s gourmet popcorn offers.

If you live in the area be sure to make it out to Rock Bottom Warrenville to try this uniquely brewed beer.

Thank you for watching the Hop Cast!

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