HopCast Episode 173

Episode 173: Vicaris Generaal & Sly Fox Ichor

In episode 173 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open one belgian beer and one belgian style beer. First up is the Vicaris Generaal from a newer belgian brewery Dilewyns. The brewery officially opened in May of 2011 and currently are brewing six staple beers. The Vicaris Generaal is Brad and Ken’s first encounter with this brewery and this 8.8% ABV Abbey Dubbel was excellent. This might be a tricky beer to find at your liquor store but be sure to keep an eye out. Next Brad and Ken open a beer from a brewery they are pretty familiar with Sly Fox. Sadly we can’t typically find them here in Chicago but they are making some tasty beers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Brad and Ken open their Ichor a 10 % ABV Quadrupel. It’s really great to see how the american brewers are butting their own twist on some of these classic styles. You almost never know what you’re going to find when you crack open a bottle of something that the brewers of Belgium have been doing for years and American brewers are trying their hand at. Both beers were tasting good, so if you can find either of these, pick them up.

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HopCast Episode 172

Episode 172: Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter & Pipeworks End Of Days

In episode 172 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by Steve Wyatt as they reach for a couple beers from two local Chicago breweries. The first beer up is Double Daisy Cutter, an Imperial IPA from Half Acre Beer Co. This is the third release of Double Daisy Cutter and it’s always a treat when it shows up. If you’re a fan of the normal Daisy Cutter then the 8.0% ABV Double Daisy Cutter is going to be right up your alley. After that tasty beer from Half Acre Beer Co. Ken and Brad grab the End Of Days from the newest Chicago Brewery, Pipeworks Brewing Company. End Of Days is a 6.1% ABV milk stout that has been aged with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and ancho chilies. The result is a rich chocolaty stout, with just a hint of spice. It’s a good beer from Pipeworks and is a great sign to come from this nanobrewery.

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Beer Of The Month – April

Sometimes you just need a beer that you can drink all day without passing out in the gutter somewhere. A great session beer for a day at the park or grilling out in the backyard. These are often the beers we reach for as the weather warms up and we know we have a long day ahead. That’s why for April we have picked Founder’s All Day IPA as the beer of the month. The All Day IPA is one of the newest bottled beers from Founder’s and is a welcome addition to their line up. Although KBS is tasty, one is all you really need but with the All Day IPA, you just can’t help but have another. When you pour out the All Day IPA you get a lovely golden yellow color with about one finger of head. The fruity hops aroma drifts from the glass. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine let you know you are in for a treat. Those same flavors in the aroma follow in the taste. It’s bright, refreshing, and clean. There is mild bitterness from start to finish on this guy… it does have IPA in the name so it’s not a surprise. It’s packed with a decent amount of hops without knocking that alcohol content out of the park which is what you typically see from most IPAs lately. Now go pick yourself up a six pack and head to the backyard and fire up that grill.

HopCast Episode 171

Episode 171: Vander Mill Hard Apple Cider

Nope those aren’t beers in front of Ken and Brad, but they do contain a good amount of alcohol. In episode 171 of the Hop Cast, Ken and Brad decide to take a look at a couple local ciders. Both of these ciders are from Vander Mill in Spring Lake, Michigan. The first cider they open is the Traditional Hard Apple Cider. This 7 % ABV cider uses a blend of Michigan apples to balance acidity and fresh apple flavors. You’d almost never guess this guy was 7 % ABV. Next Ken and Brad open the 6.8 % ABV Apple Blueberry Cider. Again using Michigan produce, this cider uses Michigan blueberries to add a nice fruity flavor to the cider. Both Ken and Brad have had a few Vander Mill ciders around Chicago but this was the first time they picked up bottles. From how delicious these ciders tasted, I bet it won’t be the last time they reach for ciders at the liquor store. The amount of quality ciders coming onto the market is exciting. Although ciders are something Ken and Brad haven’t explored much. With Vander Mill and a number of other cider makers coming onto the market, you can expect to see them making another appearance on the Hop Cast.

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