Hop Cast – Episode 137: Black Betty & Olde Hickory Imperial Stout

In Hop Cast episode 137 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are hanging out at Finch’s Beer Company. Before talking with the team at Finch’s the two of them decided to open up a couple imperial stouts from a couple great breweries. They of course shared the stouts with everyone at Finch because these were some big beers and needed to be shared. The first one they open is the Black Betty from Nebraska Brewing. This beer was aged in Whiskey barrels and has an ABV of 9.0%. Sadly this bottle seemed to be infected. According to other reviews online this is supposed to be a great beer so its unfortunate that we had a bad bottle. After tasting the Black Betty they move onto the 10.2 % ABV Imperial Stout from Olde Hickory. This beer is rich and robust with deep notes of chocolate and espresso. Luckily this one wasn’t infected. But that’s always the risk when you are aging these beers in your cellar for years. Sometimes you end up with a great beer and other times you can get burned.

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Beer Of The Month – May

Summer can’t get here soon enough! Even if summer isn’t here yet we can still drink like it’s summer. So for the May beer of the month we have picked Ska Brewing’s True Blonde Ale. This 5.3% ABV Blonde Ale is light and crisp which is perfect for getting in the spirit for the warmer weather. Most of the time you’ll see this beer in a can… got to love those can beers. If you pour it out into a glass you will be presented with a hazy, golden color and just a slight head. The aroma of yeast, lemons and grains drift from the glass and begin to brighten up your day. The full essence of summer fills your mouth when you take that first sip. Flavors of sweet malts, lemon and a slight hop presence brings a smile to the face. Drinking this beer you can easily knock back a few cans and just enjoy the afternoon.

If you’re just looking to get in the summer mood or looking for something to quench that summer thirst then True Blonde Ale from Ska Brewing is an excellent choice.

Hop Cast – Episode 136: Red Poppy Ale & Vuja De

In episode 136 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by Greer Davis to sample a couple interesting sour ales. The first one they open is the Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale, a 5.5 % ABV Flanders Oud Bruin. The Red Poppy is brewed from a brown ale base and then aged in oak barrels for over 6 months with sour cherries. An excellent beer but the price is kind of expensive on this guy so go in with a couple of friends if you want to give it a try. They next move onto the Vuja De from Cigar City Brewing. The Vuja De is a 9.96 % ABV American Wild Ale. Surprising to see such a high ABV sour beer since many of them are around 5 %. The Vuju De is an ale with black currants, locally foraged lemon leaves, hibiscus, cane sugar and elderberries. A very interesting beer from Cigar City. As more breweries get into doing sour beers you can expect us to keep checking them out.

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Hop Cast – Episode 135: Saison Athene & Cigar City Papaya IPA

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by two special guests in episode 135 of the Hop Cast; Charlie Drews and Greer Davis. The four of them decide to open up two different beers from a couple Florida breweries. If you’ve been watching the Hop Cast for a while you might remember Brad and Ken were trying to highlight beers from every state in the US. The journey continues in this episode. First up is the Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing. This beer has an ABV of 7.5% and is incredibility balanced. They then follow the Saison Athene up with the Cigar City Jai Alai IPA with Papaya. Cigar City has a number of beers that use the Jal Alai IPA as the base which always makes for a great starting point. This American IPA has an ABV of 7.5% and isn’t one to pass up if you get a chance.

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