A Look At Haymarket Pub & Brewery – #6

A few weeks ago Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski were at Haymarket Pub & Brewery for another look at the progress of the construction. Rather than talkng beer, this update is all about the food. Chris Buccheri head chef at Haymarket Pub & Brewery talks about what they have planned and what you can expect to see when you come in to eat. This video was shot a few weeks ago and since that time the kitchen has been installed and grills have been fired up.  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 – Drink Deck Bar Crawl (Bluebird)

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski finish their Drink Deck bar crawl with some delicious food and beer at Bluebird. Bluebird is located on Damen Ave. right next door to Hot Chocolate. Ken and Brad sit down with the beer buyer Jason Baldacci at Bluebird to find out what Bluebird has to offer as well as his recommendations on what to eat and drink. Both Ken and Brad agree with Jason that the wings are a must try, whatever you do, don’t skip them. You really can’t go wrong with whatever you choose, Bluebird boasts an impressive bottle list and a great menu to pair with each one of those beers. If craft beer isn’t your thing, which would be sad… Bluebird also has a nice wine list. Ken and Brad stuck with the beer so you’ll have to take Jason’s word on that.

Drink Deck makes a perfect gift for anyone that is looking to save money and enjoy great craft beer. It allows you to save $10 at each of the 52 locations.

If you order the drink deck now and enter the promotional code HopCast you can save $5 on the order. That’s basically a free beer!

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Hop Cast – Drink Deck Bar Crawl (Villains)

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder continue their Drink Deck bar crawl at Villains. Villains has a very impressive bottle list including some hard to find beers from Shorts Brewing. If Villains had been open while Brad and Ken were attending Columbia this would of been a regular stop for the two of them. The kids going to school over there now don’t know how lucky they are to have such a great bar in the area. If you’re looking to save money and enjoy great craft beer then the Drink Deck is a great deal! It allows you to save $10 at each of the locations.

If you order the drink deck now and enter the promotional code HopCast you can save $5 on the order. That’s basically a free beer!

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Hop Cast – Drink Deck Bar Crawl (Beer Bistro)

Looking to save money and enjoy great craft beer? Then you’ll love the bar crawl that Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are on. They are hitting up three great beer bars in Chicago and using their Drink Deck to save $10 at each location. Their first stop on this three stop bar crawl is at the Beer Bistro in the west loop. The Beer Bistro is a great stop for craft beer and food in Chicago and they are one of the only places in city that we know about that consistently is able to get the Brooklyn Brewery reserve series on tap. If you’re looking for a place to stop in before or after a Blackhawks or Bulls game or overall just a good place to hang out and drink craft beer, then check out Beer Bistro.

If you order the drink deck now and enter the promotional code HopCast you can save $5 on the order. That’s basically a free beer!

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Hop Cast – Vanilla Bourbon County Stout

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are at Goose Island Clybourn with John Laffler talking about the latest Goose Island release; Vanilla Bourbon County Stout. John gives Brad and Ken a bit of insight into what went into making the the Vanilla version of Bourbon County Stout. If you haven’t already seen Vanilla Bourbon County Stout in the store, keep an eye out and pick up a bottle fast because they are not going to last long on those shelves.

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Beer Of The Month – November

This month Goose Island is releasing three different versions of the Bourbon County Brand Stout. The 2010 Bourbon County Brand Stout, Vanilla Bourbon County Stout and the Rare Bourbon County Stout which is aged in 23-year old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrels for 2-years. We figured it was only fitting to make November’s beer of the month, Bourbon County Brand Stout.

Brad and Ken reviewed this great beer back in November of 2008, if you’re looking to see their reactions to it on camera, it’s worth checking out. This beer is a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout that weighs in at 13% ABV and pours black as night. With a one finger of thick dark frothy tan head. A wonderful aroma of coffee and alcohol fill the air mixed with dark chocolate and cherries. Definitely a big punch in the face. When you finally dive in for the sip, the bourbon packs a big kick. But don’t get turned off… have a few more sips. You start to taste the oak, coffee, some dark chocolate and fudge. There is also some toasted coconut and vanilla to round it all out. This is a hot beer but it has a ton of great flavor. It’s a sipper not something to slam like Steve McKenna did in episode 102. Hopefully you won’t spill any because this beer is sticky. Which isn’t a surprise because it’s sweet. This is simply an amazing stout and only gets better with age. So when the latest vintage hits the shelves be sure to pick up a bottle for now and a bottle to age. Darkness, Black Tuesday & Dark Lord may get all the big hype but this beer holds it’s own against any of those.

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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