HopCast Episode 154

Episode 154: Cincinnatus and Olde Rabbit’s Foot

In episode 154 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are sipping on a couple tasty bourbon barrel beers. First up is the Cincinnatus from Listermann Brewing. This guy backs a ton of flavor for a 9.5% stout. The bourbon really comes through more like something you’d expect from a larger ABV beer. Overall quite enjoyable, but that bourbon lingers and turns into quite a sipper. Brad and Ken then follow up the Cincinnatus with the three way collaboration that is Olde Rabbit’s Foot. This beer is from three breweries in North Carolina; Old Hickory, Duck-Rabbit and Foothills. In the past there have been issues with a few bad bottles of Olde Rabbit’s Foot but this one was tasting pretty good. Both Brad and Ken would recommend opening up a bottle if you have one in the cellar.

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HopCast Episode 153

Episode 153: Pumpkin Lager Beer and Pumpkinhead Ale

In episode 153 Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are ready for halloween and are enjoying a couple pumpkin beers. They start off the episode enjoying Lakefronts Pumpkin Lager. This beer comes in at 6% ABV and is pretty easy for us to track down here in the midwest. Ken and Brad follow the Pumpkin Lager up with Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard. This 5.1% ABV pumpkin gift came from Hop Cast friend and fan Jake Williams. If you’re looking for a seasonal pumpkin beer that’s not exploding with pumpkin flavor or spices then this it the beer to try. Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski would like to wish everyone who watches the Hop Cast a Happy Halloween!

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HopCast Episode 152

Episode 152: Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are doing another vertical tasting in episode 152. This time they visit three years of Terrapin’s Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout. It was fantastic to get to try three years of this beer, big thanks for Donald Monroe for sending them to us. Each year proved to be very different then the other and shows that when you’re cellaring your beers you don’t always know what you’re going to get. If you live in an area of the country that Terrapin distributes, make sure you grab one of these up.

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Beer Of The Month – October

When October hits and those jack-o-lanterns start appearing in your neighbors window, the idea of a pumpkin beer just seems right. Unfortunately Pumpkin beers can be hard to find, a lot of the pumpkin beers have already come and gone and the shelves are now getting full of winter warmers and christmas ales. Luckily we were still able to still find a few Pumpkin beers left on the shelves here in Chicago and that’s why for the October beer of the month we have picked Lakefront’s Pumpkin Lager. If you’re a fan of pumpkin you are going to love this one. It’s what you want to taste without getting a ton of extra cinnamon and cloves. Sure all those heavy spices are there but it really has a solid balance. This pumpkin lager pours out a nice orange color with a foamy off-white head. The aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon erupt from your glass. The first taste is like pumpkin pie but then its picked up with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Finally it finishes with a decent amount of malts that wash away all those spices and makes you want to go back for another swig to remember what you had. This might not be a beer you want all the time but it’s perfect to sip on while you’re carving a pumpkin or watching the leaves change.