Hop Cast – Episode 90

In Hop Cast episode 90, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder end their road trip at Foothills Brewery for the Sexual Chocolate Release. Sexual Chocolate is the only beer from Foothills you can get in the bottles and its released once a year at the brewery. Brad and Ken had a chance to talk with owner and brewer Jamie Bartholomaus who explains why they do this release. Jamie also talks about how the brewery came to be and what you can expect in the future. Foothills has some excellent beers on tap; if you’re ever in the area make a stop and grab a pint.

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HopCast Episode 89

Episode 89: Pisgah Brewing

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are in Black Mountain, North Carolina at Pisgah Brewing in episode 89 of the Hop Cast. Jason Caughman, co-owner of Pisgah Brewing was kind enough to show them around the brewery and join them for a drink. Jason explains the organic philosophy of the brewery and why their organic beers are some of the best you’ll find. Jason also opened up a 2008 Cosmos to share with Ken and Brad. The Cosmos is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and was definitely a treat. If you’re in the area be sure to visit Pisgah Brewing they have live music, a fire pit and a great game room, as well as outstanding organic beers..

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Hop Cast – Episode 88

In episode 88 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder make a stop at Brick Store Pub for some amazing beer and some great food. Brick Store Pub is well established in the Atlanta area craft beer community. Owner Dave Blanchard was kind enough to sit down with Brad and Ken and talk about all the growth over the last 13 years. Including the recent Belgian bar expansion and the epic bank vault cellar with bottles and vintages from all over the world. Hopefully in the future you’ll see a list of many of these beers that you’ll be able to order at the bar. If you live in Atlanta, you need to head over to Brick Store Pub because Decatur is just a quick 15 minute drive from the city.

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Hop Cast – Episode 87

In episode 87 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski make a stop at Terrapin Beer Company. Spike Buckowski, the head brewer and founder of Terrapin was kind enough to chat about some of the history of the brewery and a few of the great upcoming projects. Its crazy to find out that Terrapin won a gold medal at the 2002 GABF for their Rye Pale Ale with only being a six month old brewery. Terrapin continues to crank out a ton of beers, so many even they have a hard time keeping track. Every couple of weeks you can usually count on seeing a new Terrapin beer at the store or pub. If you happen to see a Terrapin beer, be sure to pick it up because they make some excellent beers.

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Hop Cast – 5 Seasons

While in Atlanta Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder make a stop into 5 Seasons Westside for some good beer and some outstanding food. Executive chef David Larkworthy was kind enough to give them a tour of the brewery and give some insight into what they have going on.  5 Seasons is trying to create a sustainable business by using as much local organic ingredients as they can as well as trying to use the rain water to make the beer. If you’re hungry or thirsty in Atlanta 5 Seasons is a must visit. It’s “Real Food, Real Beer, Real Simple.”

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Hop Cast – Episode 86

In episode 86 of the Hop Cast Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are in Atlanta at the Sweetwater Brewery. The two of them sit down with Steve Farace, the Minister of Propaganda and head brewer Nick Nock to talk Sweetwater beers. Steve and Nick give Ken and Brad a bit of insight into the amount of beers Sweetwater is producing and how quickly they continue to grow. They also talk about some of the great events that Sweetwater has coming up. If you’re in Atlanta its likely you are rather familiar with Sweetwater beers, but for those outside of the area these are some beers worth seeking out.

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Beer Of The Month – March

Hopefully you’re not drinking that green beer this St. Patrick’s Day because there are a lot better options to celebrate with. At the Hop Cast we love to celebrate with a great Irish Red Ale like Conway’s Irish Ale, a Smithwick’s or even Three Floyds Brian Boru. Brian Boru is an old favorite over here at the Hop Cast and our Camera Girl / Editor, Maeve can’t get enough of it.

Before opening this up to taste, you have to take a look at the bad ass label. Mr Brian Boru himself in his celtic gear, drinking beer out of a giant horn. The Brian Boru pours a dark copper with ruby highlights. A slight small head that leaves a good amount of lacing in the glass. The sweet delicious aroma of hops begins to pour out of the glass. This is a Three Floyds beer so you’d expect a heavy dose of hops. As it starts to warm up more malts begin to come out. The taste not surprisingly is heavily hopped but it’s very well balanced too. Caramel with a citrus sweetness up front and a touch of bitterness in the finish. The malt comes through in the aftertaste to bring it all together. If you’re looking for more of a toasted Irish Red this might not be what you’re looking for. But hop heads will have no trouble putting away maybe ten of these because Brian Boru is one drinkable beast.

Hop Cast – Episode 85

Brad Chmielewski & Ken Hunnemeder are on the road in this episode of the Hop Cast. The two of them venture on a six day road trip down south for the Sexual Chocolate release at Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salmen, NC. Along the way they make some great stops and meet up with some fabulous people. A few of the places they visit are Sweetwater Brewery, Terrapin Beer Company, Brickstore Pub, and Pisgah Brewing.

This episode features highlights from pretty much all of the stops, stay tuned for more episodes this month featuring full interviews at pretty much all of the stops Brad and Ken made.

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