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HopCast Episode 231

Episode 231: Against The Grain Kentucky Ryed Chiquen and Bo & Luke

It’s time to head down to the south for episode 231 of the Hop Cast. In this episode Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up two beers from the Kentucky brewery, Against The Grain. First up is the 8.6 % ABV Kentucky Ryed Chiquen. This is an Amber ale brewed with rye malt and aged in rye whiskey barrels. This is a great tasting brew (once you get passed the feathers) from Against The Grain. Next up is the 13 % ABV Bo & Luke. This is one big beer that will surely sneak up on you.

Cheers! And thank you for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 181

Episode 181: The Bruery Cuir & Melange Number 3

Reaching into the cellar Brad pulled out a couple tasty beer for him and Ken to sample in episode 181 of the Hop Cast. This 14.50% ABV Old Ale from The Bruery made for their 3rd Anniversary, packs a punch. This beer was created by racking each anniversary beer on top of the remains from the previous year. The particular version Brad and Ken opened is 25% bourbon barrel aged. This is a beer to be shared with friends and if you do take it on alone you might not be standing afterwards. But 14.50% isn’t enough for the Hop Cast so Brad and Ken then reach for the 15.50% Melange Number 3. The Melange Number 3 is a blend of Black Tuesday, White Oak and Papier. Smelling heavily like whiskey, this beer is going to get you drunk. Sip this one and take your time. Both of these are big beers from The Bruery and after a year to two in the cellar are still hitting you with a lot of flavor.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 165

Episode 165: A Discussion With Pete Crowley On Cellaring

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski sit down with Pete Crowley in the barrel room of Haymarket Pub & Brewery. After a long stout tasting with a group of friends the three of them recall some of their favorites and discuss the issues with cellaring beers. For them the stand out beers of the night were mainly the fresher or newer beers. Most of the cellaring didn’t improve the beers. Pete shares why cellaring your beers really isn’t the best idea for a lot of beers. Although they may age for five to ten years in the bottle you are going to lose some of the qualities that the brewer wanted to achieve when they first brewed the beer.

While cellaring beer can be a fun experiment, it doesn’t always produce great results. Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Below is the list of beers we sampled at the Stout Tasting that night.

2010 Bruery Black Tuesday
2011 Bruery Black Tuesday
2009 Surly Darkness
2008 Surly Darkness
Firestone Walker 15
2007 BCS
2011 BCS
2011 Coffee BCS
BCS Rare
Barrel Aged Santas little helper
2008 KBS
2011 KBS
2011 CSB
Brew Dog Paradox
2010 Big Eddy Rye
2010 Big Eddy BBA
Old Rasputin 14
Nebraska Brewing Black Betty
2008 Dark Lord
2009 Dark Lord
2010 Dark Lord
2011 Dark Lord
2011 Brandy Dark Lord
2011 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord
2009 Black-Ops
Heartwood
Fitgers Bourbon Barrel Aged stout
Jackie o’s Kopi Luwak

Hop Cast – Episode 164: Eugene, Weegene & Hugene

In episode 164 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are at The Farmhouse bar in Chicago. They had a rare opportunity to sample Revolution Brewing’s Eugene, Weegene & Hugene outside of the brewery. Eugene is the standard robust porter that you’ll usually find on tap at the brewery. Hugene is a humungous Imperial Porter brewed using the first runnings of wort from a huge mash yielding the darkest and highest concentration of fermentable sugars. And finally Weegene is brewed using the 2nd runnings of wort after collecting the super concentrated liquid to brew the Hugene Imperial Porter.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Hop Cast – Episode 162: Hair Of The Dog Doggie Claws

In episode 162 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder dig deep into Brad’s cellar and pull out 10 years of Doggie Claws from Hair Of The Dog. This 11.5 % ABV Barleywine was first first brewed by the Portland brewery, Hair of the Dog in 2001. Brad didn’t have a bottle of that very first years Doggie Claws but the ten years start at 2002 and move up to the most current release from this past holiday. It was great to see how this beer changed over time and to speculate on how the recipe might have been adjusted from year to year. If you’re hiding any bottles in your cellar for that special occasion, you’ll see that we didn’t come across any major issues with any of the years which was pretty surprising and amazing for such a big vertical.

Hope you enjoy this very special episode and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Hop Cast – Episode 161: Biere Au Nougat & Mikkeller Hoppy Lovin’ Christmas

In this holiday episode Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski have cozied up in front of the fire for a couple of tasty beers. The first beer they crack open in episode 161 is the Biere Au Nougat from Brasserie Bourganel. Biere Au Nougat lives up to its name in that you’re not going to miss the nougat. This beer is unusual and outside of the holidays might not go over that well with a lot of people. But if you’re in front of the fire with this 5% ABV beer surrounded by smells of holiday cookies in the house then this beer might just work for you. Ken and Brad switch things up after the Biere Au Nougat and go with a highly hopped ale. The Mikkeller Hoppy Lovin’ Christmas. This 7.6% ABV beer wasn’t overly sweet or brutally bitter, has a nice balance. This beer seems to have nothing to do with Christmas besides the name and could easily be right at home with all those summer IPAs.

Thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Hop Cast – Episode 160: 4 Calling Birds & Fantome de Noel

The holidays are here and for episode 160 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are sitting down in front of the tree for some liquid holiday cheer. The first beer they open up is the 4 Calling Birds, the latest holiday beer from The Bruery. This tasty Belgian Strong Dark Ale comes with a big ABV at 11.00% and should be shared with friends and family. The second beer they open up is the Fantome de Noel. This Saison also comes in with a big ABV, 10%. Unfortunately Brad and Ken picked off DMS in this beer so they weren’t really able to enjoy it but don’t let this discourage you from picking up a bottle from Fantome.

Instead of milk and cookies this year, why not leave Santa a delicious beer. Happy Holidays from the Hop Cast and thanks for watching.

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Hop Cast – Episode 159: Excelsior! ELEVENTH & Excelsior! TWELVE

In episode 159 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder reach into the depths of the cellar to pull out another couple Anniversary beers. This time the two beers are both from Ithaca Beer Co. in Ithaca, NY. Brad and Ken weren’t that sure on the years that these two bottles were released, but since the thirteen was recently retired and likely the fourteenth is on the way that would put the Eleventh at coming out in 2009 and the twelve at 2010. The first one they opened was the Eleventh which was a malt beverage with coffee. The coffee used was locally roasted Sumatra coffee beans. After that little pickme up Brad and Ken crack open the Twelve, a 10% Quadrupel. If you are holding on to either of these beers in the cellar Brad and Ken would recommend opening them up now, they didn’t hold up that well for them. It’s a risk you always take when cellaring.

Thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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Hop Cast – Episode 158: 5 Years Later & Bell’s 25th Anniversary Ale

In episode 158 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder decide to open a couple Anniversary Ales. First up is a beer they got from Lee Williams, AKA Hoptopia. It’s the Captain Lawrence 5 Years Later Ale. Brewed with five different malts and five hop varieties; this deep, dark and hoppy 10% ABV ale is meant to be enjoyed with friends. Next up, they love on the Bell’s 25th Anniversary Ale. This strong 8.50% ABV amber ale carries on the Bell’s tradition of flavorful, balanced beers. Brewed with 100% Michigan-grown barley. Both Brad and Ken would recommend opening up this bottle if you have one in the cellar, it is tasting excellent.

Thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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Hop Cast – Episode 157: FOBAB 2011

In episode 157 Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are at The Ninth Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers. This festival is held once a year and if you’ve seen the last couple years episodes, you know how great it is. Ken and Brad had a blast this year! It was great to see so many people excited for craft beer. This years Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers featured over 170 beers from over 50 different breweries. Ken and Brad again attended both the day and night sessions, clocking in over 10 hours of drinking. The two of them took a few breaks from sampling these fine beers to talk with Hop Cast fan and craft beer lover; Mike Rybinski. As well as talking with brewer Mike Rybinski about his new project. They chatted with Steve Hamburg, the man in charge of making sure everyone has a chance to taste these rare beers and they even managed to grab a few minutes with the man behind this festival, Pete Crowley.

FOBAB continues to evolve and get better every year. Hope you enjoyed seeing the coverage from the event and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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