HopCast Episode 184

Episode 184: Foothills Carolina Blonde & Cottonwood ENDO IPA

In episode 184 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open a couple beers from Foothills Brewing Company in North Carolina. You might remember Brad and Ken were at Foothills when they went on the road trip for the Sexual Chocolate release. Well since then, Foothills has begun bottling and packaging more than just the limited release beers from the brew pub. Foothills isn’t distributed here in Chicago, so it was a real treat to try these beers from a great brewery.

The first beer they open is the Carolina Blonde Cream Ale. A Cream Ale isn’t a style you see all that often from breweries, most of them would just do a standard pilsner, so it’s really refreshing to see Foothills doing something different. And refreshing it is, this 4.3% ABV beer is easy to drink and delicious. Following up the Cream Ale, Brad and Ken reach for the hops. The Cottonwood ENDO is a 6% ABV IPA that makes for a great BBQ companion, southern style of course. This is a really well balanced IPA that dosen’t try to be a hop bomb and instead makes for an easy drinking and delicious beer.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 183

Episode 183: Flying Bison Rusty Chain & Buffalo IPA

When a box of beer shows up on your doorstep with delicious beers in them there is only one thing to do, crack em open and review ’em on camera. In episode 183 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder got a special delivery of beers from Flying Bison in New York. First up in this episode is the Rusty Chain, a Vienna style Amber. This 5% ABV beer has great flavor. You know how much the Hop Cast likes a good session beer and this one didn’t disappoint!

Brad and Ken then follow up the Rusty Chain with Flying Bisons’s Buffalo IPA. This 5% ABV beer is a combination of two big, classic IPA styles; English and American. Using English pale malts as a base and then layered with three different hop varieties.

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HopCast Episode 182

Episode 182: Two Brothers Take Two and Brown Fox

In episode 182 of the Hop Cast Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski enjoy a couple beers from one of their favorite Illinois breweries; Two Brothers. The two beers featured in this episode are part of Two Brothers 15 Beers for 15 Years series. It’s hard to believe they have been around for 15 years now, that really shows how short of time we’ve been enjoying their beers. For the 15 Beers for 15 Years, Two Brothers is  bringing back 14 of their favorite artisan brews and bottling them. Then they’ll finish off with releasing a brand new 15th anniversary artisan beer. The project will run all summer long with a new release about every few weeks. Sadly, if you’re watching this episode in a year from now you missed out on something great.

It would have been a lot of fun to sample all 15 beers in the series at one time, but we’ve seen how Ken and Brad handled 10 years of Doggie Claws, so that might not be the best idea. Instead Ken and Brad crack open a couple of very unique beers in the series. The first is the Take Two, a Pale Lager with an ABV of 5.2%. This hybrid beer is the fifth release in the series and uses two types of each of the ingredients found in beer; two water sources, two barley types, two hop varieties, an ale yeast and a lager yeast. Next Ken and Brad open the Brown Fox, this English Brown has an ABV of 4.2% and is another very interesting beer. Using eight malts to add depth and complexity, while English hops contribute a refreshing balance to this crisp and drinkable mild, brown ale – a true “session” brew.

What a fun project from Two Brothers! Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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