Hop Cast – Episode 107: Upright Fourplay & Cascade The Vine

In this episode of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are kicking it outside with homebrewer Brandon Boshers. Brandon supplied most of the ale for the special two year Hop Cast event that was put on a couple weekends ago. The first beer they open is the Fourplay from Upright Brewing. The beer was aged in Pinot Noir barrels with Oregon cherries. Coming in at 5.00%, it was an easy drinking tart and sour Saison. After the Fourplay the three of them dive into something a little bigger, a 9.20% wild ale from Cascade Brewing called The Vine.

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Hop Cast – Episode 106: Oakshire Watershed IPA & Lake Erie Monster

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are outside in the backyard for episode 106 of the Hop Castt. There is something about a nice summer day in the backyard that just screams IPA. And that is just what Ken and Brad are going to do. It seems like it’s been a long time since they featured a couple of fine IPAs. In this episode the first beer they dive into is the Oakshire Watershed IPA from Eugene, Oregon. They then move onto the Lake Erie Monster a 9.10% Imperial IPA from Great Lakes Brewing.

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Highlights From The Last 2 Years Of The Hop Cast

These are a few of the funniest moments and highlights from the last two years of the Hop Cast. This video originally played at the Hop Cast 2nd Anniversary / Drink My Ale Party.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way and all the great people we have met! We’ll keep drinking and hopefully you’ll continue to watch!

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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.

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Hop Cast – Episode 104: Finnegans Irish Pub

Brad Chmielewski are at and Ken Hunnemeder are out in Plainfield, IL with Shannon McGrath at Finnegans in episode 104. The three of them discuss the craft beers that Finnegans Irish Pub offers and some of the events they have going on while sipping on some great beers. The first beer they drink is the Anniversary IPA from Anderson Valley. They quickly knock back that tasty IPA and then move onto the Ommegang Zuur.

It sounds like Finnegans Irish Pub has some great things happening and if you live in the area it’s a must visit.

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Beer Of The Month – July


Hopefully you have been enjoying the fine summer weather and enjoying some great food coming off of the barbecue. When the flames from the barbecue are blazing there is nothing like a refreshing beer to cool you down. This month we pick another canned beer for the summer, the Hell or High Watermelon Wheat from 21st Amendment. Now at first a Watermelon wheat may not sound very appealing but you just need to give this guy one sip to see why it’s a great backyard summer beer. Pouring out a light hazy golden yellow. With a tiny white head that vanishes suddenly. The smell is what you’d expect, rather sugary with heavy watermelon and wheat. Once you taste this it you’ll see why this beer is perfect for July. The wheat is light with a small watermelon back. It’s subtle but very much there. Nothing very complex but really you don’t want too much in this guy. At 4.9% it’s perfect for spending the day hanging out with friends or family without having something that’s going to knock you on your ass.

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!