HopCast Episode 198

Episode 198: Firestone Walker In Chicago

We couldn’t be happier to see the entire Firestone Walker Brewing portfolio available in Chicago. For the last few months only the larger format or private reserve beers like Parabola and Wookey Jack had been available, but now everything from Pale 31, Velvet Merlin to Abacus are on the shelves in Chicago.

To celebrate this, Matt Brynildson and some of the FireStone Walker crew were in town at a number of launch parties. Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder met up with Matt at the South Loop Binny’s to chat about the Chicago launch and learn a little more about what Firestone Walker has planned.

One of Ken’s favorite beers is Double Barrel Ale and Matt shares with us the unique story that goes with DBA.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast! What’s your favorite Firestone Walker Brewing beer?

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FOBAB 2012

2012 Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer Documentary

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Mark Skala, BeerFX & Chicago Beer Geeks put together a great documentary on FoBAB. If you haven’t seen it already, check it out. You’ll see many of your favorite Chicago beer people interviewed. We’ve been lucky enough to attend FOBAB since 2008 and have recorded an episode at the event every year since 2009. It’s truly an amazing event and if you haven’t experienced it, this documentary will surely get you interested.

HopCast Episode 197

Episode 197: Anchor Porter & Six Row Porter

In episode 197 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski warm up with a couple delicious Porters. With all the big IPAs and Russian Imperial Stouts the Porter sometimes flies under the radar.

First up Ken and Brad open the 5.6% Anchor Porter from San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company. This is one solid porter that you could use as a benchmark for all other porters. After the Anchor Porter Ken and Brad crack open the Six Row Porter. Six Row just recently started distributing to Chicago from St. Louis and it’s always great to welcome a new midwest brewery to the shelves.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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Cask Night

Cask Night At SmallBar Division

Cask Night

Join us Thursday January 17th, 2013 for Cask Night at Small Bar Division. Proudly presented by Small Bar, Beer Mapping and Hop Cast.

3 Floyds Zombie Dust
Solemn OathKidnapped by Vikings
Half AcreDaisy Cutter
Oskar BluesDales Pale Ale
Jolly PumpkinMaracaibo Especial

There will also be thirty tickets available for a VIP session from 5:00 – 7:00. Each guest will get 2 drink tickets for cask ale, access to a nice food spread and a chance to mix and mingle with brewers from Three Floyds, Half Acre and Solemn Oath.

VIP Session tickets available on Brown Paper Tickets