Hop Cast – Episode 160: 4 Calling Birds & Fantome de Noel

The holidays are here and for episode 160 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are sitting down in front of the tree for some liquid holiday cheer. The first beer they open up is the 4 Calling Birds, the latest holiday beer from The Bruery. This tasty Belgian Strong Dark Ale comes with a big ABV at 11.00% and should be shared with friends and family. The second beer they open up is the Fantome de Noel. This Saison also comes in with a big ABV, 10%. Unfortunately Brad and Ken picked off DMS in this beer so they weren’t really able to enjoy it but don’t let this discourage you from picking up a bottle from Fantome.

Instead of milk and cookies this year, why not leave Santa a delicious beer. Happy Holidays from the Hop Cast and thanks for watching.

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Hop Cast – Episode 159: Excelsior! ELEVENTH & Excelsior! TWELVE

In episode 159 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder reach into the depths of the cellar to pull out another couple Anniversary beers. This time the two beers are both from Ithaca Beer Co. in Ithaca, NY. Brad and Ken weren’t that sure on the years that these two bottles were released, but since the thirteen was recently retired and likely the fourteenth is on the way that would put the Eleventh at coming out in 2009 and the twelve at 2010. The first one they opened was the Eleventh which was a malt beverage with coffee. The coffee used was locally roasted Sumatra coffee beans. After that little pickme up Brad and Ken crack open the Twelve, a 10% Quadrupel. If you are holding on to either of these beers in the cellar Brad and Ken would recommend opening them up now, they didn’t hold up that well for them. It’s a risk you always take when cellaring.

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