HopCast Episode 170

Hop Cast – Episode 170: Jinx Proof & Surly Smoke

After a couple big beers in the previous episodes Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski decide to dive into a couple lagers for episode 170. First up is Jinx Proof from 3 Floyds. This continental-style pils was brewed in collaboration with Jinx Proof tattoo in Washington D.C. At 5.10% ABV it’s the kind of beer that you can sip on pretty much all day. Next up, Ken and Brad move onto a bit bigger of a beer. The 8.2% ABV Surly Smoke. This beer is Lager-brewed, like any true Baltic Porter. Made with smoked malts from Bamberg, Germany, the home of Rauchbiers, then mellowed by oak-aging. Maybe not a beer to sip on all day but this would be a great beer with some food straight from the grill.

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HopCast Episode 169

Episode 169: Galaxy White IPA & R&D Golden Ale

In episode 169 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder explore a couple of beers with Brettanomyces. The first beer they open is the Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company. This White IPA was brewed with 100% Galaxy hops, kumquats, coriander & peppercorns. Then fermented in French Oak Foudres and Bottle conditioned with Brett. This was Brad and Ken’s first experience with Anchorage Brewing Company and if this is the sort of stuff we can expect from them, we are all going to be in for a real treat. Next Brad and Ken open a bottle of New Glarus Brewing’s R&D Golden Ale. This 7% Belgian Pale Ale is funky and refreshing. If you’re a fan of slightly funky beers this one is fantastic and makes for something that you just can’t get enough of.

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Fixed Gear

Beer Of The Month – March

Everyone seems to be getting out there on their bikes since the weather is un-seasonably warm. There is no better way to cap off a great bike ride then with a tasty beer. That’s why for this month we’ve picked Lakefront’s Fixed Gear for the beer of the month. This 6.5 % ABV American Red Ale is a new six pack offering from Lakefront and we couldn’t be happier. Originally you could only find this in 22 oz bombers, as far as we know. Which isn’t very bike riding friendly. You all know that the Hop Cast loves beers and bikes so a beer named after biking is perfect. Only thing better would be if this was in the can, but we’ll take it. When you pour this out you’ll notice a pale amber color; lighter then you’d find from a typical American Red Ale. Piney hops drift from the glass which isn’t a surprise because this guy was aggressively dry hopped. Hopefully you like hops because this guy drinks like an IPA; the Cascade and Chinook hops dominate. You’ll also find a nice toasted malt and carmel that tries to balance out some of those hops. If you’re a hop head you’ll find this beer very easy to drink and even easier if you just finished a long bike ride.

HopCast Episode 168

Episode 168: Jubel 2010 & Miskatonic Dark Rye

In episode 168 of the Hop Cast Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski reach for a couple beers from the Pacific Northwest. The first beer is the Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from a brewery Ken and Brad are very familiar with Deschutes. This 10% American strong ale had been hanging around in Brad’s cellar for a few years and might a bit past it prime. But the beer has really held up very well especially after Ken and Brad have had so many cellar fails lately. The Jubel was tasty but likely was a lot better when it was fresh or with less age on it. After the Jubel Ken and Brad crack open a bottle of Miskatonic Dark Rye from Captured By Porches Brewing Company. This 5.6 % ABV Rye Beer is 56% Organic and labeled as vegan. Ken explains how beers can be labeled as vegan and why many other craft beers aren’t or can’t be vegan. This was a really tasty beer from Captured By Porches Brewing Company and you can count on Brad bringing some more bottles back from Portland, OR on his next trip. Seems like you can always count on some great beers from the Pacific Northwest.

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