HopCast Episode 123

Episode 123: Ska Sour & Cascade Bourdonic Plague

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are getting funky and sour in episode 123 of the Hop Cast. Joined with them on this taste bud adventure are special guests Charlie Drews and Greer Davis. Both of whom are big fans of sour beers, so this episode is perfect for them. The first beer the four of them open is the Ska Brewing Ska Sour, an American Wild Ale that was only brewed once. This was a rare find since in Chicago we don’t see much from Ska besides the standard cans. They follow up the Ska Sour with a beer Brad picked up in Portland, Or.  The Cascade Bourbonic Plague another American Wild Ale packing a huge punch at 11.5% ABV. Cascade makes some killer sour beers and this one doesn’t disappoint.

Brad and Ken thank you for the continued support of the Hop Cast. Thank You for watching.


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Hop Cast – Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

What better way to warm up in January then with a 2008 Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout. That’s just what Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewskii are doing in this Hop Cast special. And since it’s the Hop Cast beer of the month it seemed like a perfect idea.

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The Hop Cast Application

If you’re looking for a way to stay up to date with the happenings of the Hop Cast then this app is for you! This app features an easy to use interface to watch all the Hop Cast videos available with the ability to search by breweries, and beer names. The Hop Casts main purpose is for Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder to share their love of craft beer with the world. Viewers receive reviews and also get tidbits of information about the brewing process, ingredients, and packaging. They also visit breweries, bars and craft beer events to explore what is happening in the craft beer scene. Now all that is easily accessible from your finger tips.

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Hop Cast – Episode 122: iBrewMaster

In this episode of the Hop Cast Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are chatting with passionate homebrewer and developer Joseph Cannici. Joe created the app iBrewMaster that is available for the iPhone, iPod & iPad. The app offers a ton of great features for all you homebrewers. Including one of the newer features that includes alerts so you know when your tasty creation is ready to move onto the new stage. The app is continuously updated so new features are added all the time. To go along with all this talk about code the three of them are sipping on Ken’s homebrewer; his Expiration Day Milk Stout.

Ken has brewed with the app before and it comes highly recommended for all you homebrewers. Joe is also the creator behind the Hop Cast iPhone & iPod app that will be available soon.

Thanks for watching the Hop Cast and to all you homebrewers out there, keep brewing!

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Burger & Beer Pairing Event At SmallBar

The first Man B Que / Hop Cast / SmallBar burger and beer pairing of 2011 is right around the corner.

This month, the grilling geeks from Man B Que dig into their recipe arsenal and come up with the the Ghostbusters Burger a marshmallow and pecan burger which will be paired with the Left Hand Milk Stout. As always one burger and beer isn’t enough. Man B Que also has their La Cruda Burger a huevos rancheros burger which is paired with Brooklyn Lager . The beer brains at Hop Cast and SmallBar hand picked both of these beers for a perfect meat and beer combination.

Stop by January 27rd from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, and bring your friends! $15 gets you all you can eat sliders and endless glasses of the two featured beers. Limited to the first fifty people. So be sure to get there early.

Hop Cast – Episode 121: Two Brothers Cane and Ebel & Founders Brewing Red Rye

In episode 121 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are at PrimeBar Chicago sharing beers with Patrick Thomas. The three of them sip on rye ales from two great midwest breweries. The first one is the Two Brothers Cane and Ebel. The year round released, Cane and Ebel comes in at 7.0% ABV. Dry and hoppy with a bitter finish, it’s a very well rounded beer. Next they jump over to the Red Rye from Founders Brewing. Coming in just below 7% at 6.9% it’s a little thinner then the Cane and Ebel but a bit more refreshing. A great beer for a warm summer day or just put some more logs on the fire and enjoy one now.

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Beer Of The Month – January

It’s a new year and I have a feeling this year the state to watch for new and interesting craft beers is going to be Michigan. One of my favorite breweries from Michigan is Founders Brewing. They continue to produce amazing beers and almost never disappoint. So the first beer of the month for 2011 is Founders Brewing, Kentucky Breakfast Stout. This beer doesn’t come out till the Spring but I have a few from last years release in the cellar and hopefully many of you out there do too because right now it’s tasting excellent. This stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla and then aged in oak bourbon barrels for over a year. When you pour it out it’s black as night with a small, thin, tan head. The aroma of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla drift from the glass and make the mouth water. Compared to the taste, the aroma is lighter which is nice cause it doesn’t knock you over. Sticky and thick, it hits your lips with the great rich taste of coffee and chocolate. It’s a complex tasting beer that isn’t over powered by the bourbon, the alcohol comes out in the finish but is still pretty smooth. If you’re a bourbon lover you might want a bit more burn but for me its perfect, makes for an easy sipping 11% ABV beer.

If you have one or two in the cellar and are looking for something to warm you up on those cold midwest winter night this beer is perfect for that. If you don’t have any bottles now, stay on the look out so that hopefully you are able to find some when it’s released in a few months.