HopCast Episode 134

Episode 134: Westvleteren 12 & Rochefort 10

In episode 134 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by Charlie Drews to taste one of the most sought after beers in the world, Westvleteren 12. But before jumping into that one they open two bottles of the Rochefort 10. Both had been aging for different lengths of time and it was very fun to see how the beer evolves. Both the Westvleteren 12 and the Rochefort 10 are Belgian Quad’s made by Trappist monks. The Rochefort 10 is an excellent beer; its more easily available and one that you should be able to find at most higher end beer stores. After enjoying the Rochefort 10, the three of them open two bottles of five year old Westvleteren 12. This beer has a lot of hype around it since most people in the states have a difficult time getting their hands on it. After five years in the bottle it still tasted great and is worth trying (if you can get it). Be sure to share with friends.

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HopCast Episode 133

Episode 133: 21st Amendment Brewery

While in San Francisco for the Craft Brewers Conference, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder had a chance to sit down with brewer / owner Shaun O’Sullivan at 21st Amendment. Over a year ago Shaun O’Sullivan was in Chicago and was on episode 67 of the Hop Cast talking about the new release of Monk’s Blood. This time Brad and Ken got to hang out in Shaun’s town and taste the awesome beers 21st Amendment has on tap. During the episode Shaun O’Sullivan shares some stories about the brewery and talks about the latest beer release from the brewery, Bitter American. 21st Amendment isn’t available in Illinois but it is available in many other states. So if you live in or are visiting one of those states, grab a can for us.

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Hop Cast – Episode 132: Untappd

In episode 132 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski sit down with Untappd co-founder Tim Mather to talk about his highly successful service and craft beer. The three of them open a couple beers that Ken and Brad picked up at a corner liquor store in Santa Monica. The first one is the Highway 78 Scotch Ale which is a collaboration ale from Stone Brewing, Green Flash and Pizza Port. They follow that beer up with the Islander IPA from Coronado Brewing. While the three of them taste these great beers they talk about Untappd and what Untappd has planned for the future. Be sure to follow Ken and Brad on Untappd and keep up with what they are drinking. Thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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HopCast Episode 131

Episode 131: Bison Brewing

While in San Francisco for the Craft Brewers Conference, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder had a chance to sit down with Daniel Del Grande from Bison Brewing. Daniel is the perfect guest to have on for the first episode of April since it is organic beer month. The three of them sample four different beers from Bison Brewing; the Imperial Brown, Chocolate Stout, Belgian-Style Scotch Ale and an IPA. Bison is an all organic brewery and is working hard to push the benefits of using organic products. Daniel expains why he chose to go organic and how the beer community can make just as quality a product with organic ingredients.

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Hop Cast – Episode 130: New Brew Thursday

In this episode of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are in California at The Bruery. Joined with them at The Bruery are John Holzer and Stephen Johnson from New Brew Thursday. This episode was filmed a few days before the Craft Brewers Conference so most of the staff of The Bruery were busy getting ready for that. So Ken and Brad weren’t able talk to anyone there. Lucky for them John and Stephen know a thing or two about The Bruery and are huge fans and advocates of the California beer community. Which made them the perfect people to share a beer with and talk about what The Bruery has going on. We also talked to them about other great things happening in their state.

Going to The Bruery tasting room was a treat, they are offering up some great beers that you aren’t likely to see in bottles. If you’re lucky enough to be there when a food truck rolls up you can eat some great food and drink some excellent beer right next to a barrel of Black Tuesday.

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