HopCast Episode 176

Episode 176: Beer Under Glass

The Chicago Craft Beer Week kicked off at the Garfield Park Conservatory with the event, Beer Under Glass. Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski we able to check out the event and even managed to chat with a few of the local brewers about projects that are under way. All of you home brewers should recognize our first guest, Randy Mosher. Randy talks about the great news that 5 Rabbit has signed a deal on a brewery facility in southwest suburban Bedford Park, just a mile from Toyota Park. They hope to be up and brewing later this year if everything goes as planned. Speaking of new facilities, Ken and Brad were able to grab Josh Deth to talk about the opening of the Revolution Brewing production brewery. Revolution Brewing is going to make a big impact on the Chicago beer scene with its new facility. After a few more beers, Ken and Brad spoke with John Barley of Solemn Oath, the newest Chicagoland brewery to open it doors. They currently have four beers that you’ve probably seen popping up around Chicago. These guys are out in Naperville so all you beer lovers out there in the burbs now have another place to grab some great craft beer.

Beer Under Glass was the perfect way to kick off Chicago Craft Beer Week. Next year, if you see this event listed on the website, be sure to grab tickets. Its one of those events you don’t want to miss.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Hop Cast & New Brew Thursday

Hop Cast & New Brew Thursday

During the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski had the opportunity to be on an episode of New Brew Thursday with Stephen Johnson and John Holzer. The four of them sip on some delicious 3 Floyds Zombie Dust, an amazingly hoppy pale ale. If you haven’t seen any other episodes of New Brew Thursday be sure to check these guys out.

 

HopCast Episode 175

Episode 175: Beer Belly

While Brad Chmielewski and Ken HunnemederCraft Brewers Conference they had a chance to meet up with a few friends in L.A. One of those people was Jimmy Han, owner of Beer Belly, one of L.A.’s newest craft beer bars. They recently just celebrated their one year anniversary and have been killing it. Offering a nice option of beers on draft and some really tasty eats like duck fat fries topped with duck skin cracklins. If you’re looking for a place to grab a craft beer, then Beer Belly is a great option and worth the trip. If Brad and Ken were in L.A. more often you’d certainly find them bellied up to the bar at Beer Belly.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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HopCast Episode 174

Episode 174: Guide To 2012 Chicago Craft Beer Week

The kick off of Chicago Craft Beer Week is just days away and there are a few things to know about the week. Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share a beer with one of the volunteer organizers Jonathan Surratt to go over a few details of the 11 day festivities. One of the important items to note are the special lanyards with maps you’re able to pick up at participating neighborhood venues that can be used to track all the locations you visit. Even if you don’t bother with the maps and stickers you’re still going to find a ton of great beers featured around the city. With around 200 participating venues and 160 featured beers to try, it’s going to be a fun 11 days.

If you’re using twitter or Google+ be sure to use the hashtag #CCBW and share all the fantastic venues you’re visiting and beers you’re drinking. We couldn’t be more excited. Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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White Labs

Hop Cast At White Labs

During the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski had the opportunity to visit White Labs for a private event they were hosting. White Labs makes and sells yeast for homebrewers as well as breweries offering a ton of different yeast strains for you to brew with. At the laboratory they have beers on tap highlighting different yeast strains available so you can see how each one effects the beer differently.

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