HopCast Episode 187

Episode 187: Dryhop

It’s great to see so many new breweries opening in Chicago. In episode 187 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski check out one of the newest ones getting close to opening; Dryhop. Ken and Brad got a chance to chat with owner Greg Shuff and head brewer Brant DubovickDryhop is planning to open in Lakeview early in 2013; right now the space is totally empty but the guys plan on going forward fast. You can try some of Brant’s beers right now because he’s been busy doing collaboration brews with some of the other brewpubs in Chicago like Haymarket Pub and Atlas. Be sure to seek out those collaboration beers out to help hold you over until their opening this winter.

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HopCast and Monthlys

As you might have seen, Monthlys has discontinued selling all products and services on their website. If you were signed up for the Beer Of The Month clubs that the HopCast was involved with we want to thank you for giving it a try and we hope you enjoyed some of the beers you received. If you are still signed up for Beer Of The Month club, all orders that were placed with Monthlys will be directly fulfilled by Clubs of AmericaClubs of America was previously handling all our beer shipments, and Monthlys and the HopCast were helping to promote and assist in the choosing of the beers.

Right now, moving forward we will not be involved with Clubs of America and have no say in the beers getting shipped to the subscribers nor will we be reviewing the beers shipped out to members. We had a good experience working with Monthlys and hope they were able to introduce some new beers to everyone as well as introduce a handful of new people to craft beer.

HopCast Episode 186

Episode 186: Milwaukee Brewing Booyah & Hop Happy

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are sticking pretty local with episode 186, cracking open a couple beers from our friends to the north at Milwaukee Brewing Company. The first beer they open is the Booyah, a 6 % ABV farmhouse. This might be a little different then some farmhouse ales you’ve had in the past but don’t let that turn you off. The Booyah is sweet and has a good amount of tropical fruits in the aroma and taste. Overall a clean and balanced beer. Next, Ken and Brad follow up the Booyah with Milwaukee Brewing’s Hop Happy IPA. This 7.50% ABV IPA is a very drinkable IPA, you should have no problem drinking this one all day. Both these beers are pretty tasty, everyday drinking sort of beers. They’re not panty droppers but they are solid, worth checking out.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 185

Episode 185: Triverius & Perennial Violet

In episode 185, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by friend of the show, John Burkett. Knowing how much JB loves Belgian Beers, the three of them open a couple interesting ones in this episode. The first one they open is the Triverius from Brouwerij De Graal, a 6.80 % ABV Witbier. Brad scored this gem in his Rare Beer Club subscription and it was definitely a treat to try. After the Triverius, Ken and Brad open the Violet from Perennial Artisan Ales in St. Louis. Perennial is one of the newer breweries to come onto the scene here in the Midwest. The Violet is a 9 % ABV Belgian-Style tripel brewed with pluots. If you didn’t know, Brad’s a big fan of pluots so this beer was one he was looking forward to. Since Perennial just starting shipping beers here in Chicago, this was one of the first ones Ken and Brad have been able to try and it’s not going to be the last. In the future, I’m sure you’ll see more beers from Perennial on the Hop Cast.

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