HopCast Episode 181

Episode 181: The Bruery Cuir & Melange Number 3

Reaching into the cellar Brad pulled out a couple tasty beer for him and Ken to sample in episode 181 of the Hop Cast. This 14.50% ABV Old Ale from The Bruery made for their 3rd Anniversary, packs a punch. This beer was created by racking each anniversary beer on top of the remains from the previous year. The particular version Brad and Ken opened is 25% bourbon barrel aged. This is a beer to be shared with friends and if you do take it on alone you might not be standing afterwards. But 14.50% isn’t enough for the Hop Cast so Brad and Ken then reach for the 15.50% Melange Number 3. The Melange Number 3 is a blend of Black Tuesday, White Oak and Papier. Smelling heavily like whiskey, this beer is going to get you drunk. Sip this one and take your time. Both of these are big beers from The Bruery and after a year to two in the cellar are still hitting you with a lot of flavor.

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HopCast Episode 180

Episode 180: Organic Beer

In episode 180 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski go green. Ken and Brad have three beers they are tasting in this episode so it’s a lot to cover in a short amount of time. First up is a beer that they both have heard great things about for awhile, the Honey Basil from Bison Brew. This beer is infused with organic honey for its aromatic sweetness and fresh organic basil to lend a slight herbal note. After the Honey Basil Ken and Brad open an organic German Pilsner from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller. This 5.2 % ABV beer is very refreshing and perfect for these hot summer days. For the final beer in this episode Ken and Brad go a little darker and open a Munich Dunkel Lager. The Lammsbräu Organic Dunkel is in your classic green bottle so it’s can be worrisome that you might get a bad beer. This wasn’t the case here. This might not be what you’re expecting but it’s awesome to see an organic beer in this style. All of these Organic beers are home runs!

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HopCast Episode 179

Episode 179: Lazy Magnolia Brewing Deep South Pale & Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale

Episode 179 of the Hop Cast features a couple beers Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder haven’t heard much about since the beers aren’t available in Chicago. Lazy Magnolia was Mississippi’s first package brewery since Prohibition. Guess everyone in Mississippi must have been drinking all the beer so there wan’t a need to ship it out of state. It’s great to see Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company being the first and helping get more craft beer into peoples hands. The first beer Brad and Ken open is the Deep South Pale Ale. The Deep South Pale Ale is a 5.21 % that’s very well balanced. Not your typical hopped up Pale Ale that we tend to see on the shelves these days. This is a great year round beer that might not be right for a 100 degree day but for any other occasion, works just fine. Following up the Deep South Pale Ale is the World Beer Cup winner, Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale. This 4.39 % ABV English Brown Ale isn’t as an extreme flavor as you’re expect. It’s not your Winter Warmer backed with heavy roast and spice. Instead the pecans are used just like grain and provide a nutty characteristic and a delightful depth to the flavor profile. Both of these beers were tasty and should be able to be enjoyed by the beer nerds out there or first time craft beer drinkers.

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