Hop Cast – Episode 158: 5 Years Later & Bell’s 25th Anniversary Ale

In episode 158 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder decide to open a couple Anniversary Ales. First up is a beer they got from Lee Williams, AKA Hoptopia. It’s the Captain Lawrence 5 Years Later Ale. Brewed with five different malts and five hop varieties; this deep, dark and hoppy 10% ABV ale is meant to be enjoyed with friends. Next up, they love on the Bell’s 25th Anniversary Ale. This strong 8.50% ABV amber ale carries on the Bell’s tradition of flavorful, balanced beers. Brewed with 100% Michigan-grown barley. Both Brad and Ken would recommend opening up this bottle if you have one in the cellar, it is tasting excellent.

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Hop Cast – Episode 157: FOBAB 2011

In episode 157 Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are at The Ninth Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers. This festival is held once a year and if you’ve seen the last couple years episodes, you know how great it is. Ken and Brad had a blast this year! It was great to see so many people excited for craft beer. This years Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers featured over 170 beers from over 50 different breweries. Ken and Brad again attended both the day and night sessions, clocking in over 10 hours of drinking. The two of them took a few breaks from sampling these fine beers to talk with Hop Cast fan and craft beer lover; Mike Rybinski. As well as talking with brewer Mike Rybinski about his new project. They chatted with Steve Hamburg, the man in charge of making sure everyone has a chance to taste these rare beers and they even managed to grab a few minutes with the man behind this festival, Pete Crowley.

FOBAB continues to evolve and get better every year. Hope you enjoyed seeing the coverage from the event and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Hop Cast – Episode 156: Hoptacular

For the second time Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are at the Aragon Ballroom for the beer Hoptacular. In this episode Ken and Brad sample a ton of great beer and even find a few moments to talk with a few brewers / owners. They even wander into the midwest distillers room where they sample some fine local spirits. If you made it out to this years Hoptacular we hope you had a great time and if you missed it, be sure to keep your eye out for the next one.

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Episode 155: Lefthand Milk Stout On Nitro

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are at SmallBar Fullerton drinking Lefthand Milk Stout in episode 155. Ken and Brad are always enjoying beers from the bottle and on tap but its hard for them to pass up having beer off of nitro. Lucky for them SmallBar had one of their favorites, the Lefthand Milk Stout. Grab yourself a pint and find out what makes a nitro beer different from your normal Co2 beer on tap.

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