HopCast Episode 222

Episode 222: Anti-Hero IPA & Double Dose IPA

It wouldn’t be the Hop Cast if we didn’t do some IPAs every now and then. In episode 222, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Nik White for two tasty IPAs. Nik White is the co-founder of Chicago Beer Geeks and also the co-host of Chicago Beer Pass, so he knows his way around a craft beer or two. The three of them dive into a local IPA first, Anti-Hero from Revolution Brewing. This 6.5% ABV IPA is almost always fresh due to the high demand in Chicago and once you have one, you just might find yourself drinking it all day. Next up is the Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson’s Double Dose Imperial IPA. The Double Dose is one Brad and Maeve brought back from their recent road trip to Vermont. This collaboration creation combines the talents of two breweries into the uniquely delicious 8.5% ABV IPA.

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HopCast Episode 221

Episode 221: Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin & Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin

Halloween is just around the corner and that means fall and pumpkin beers are in full swing. Well, if you can still find them on the shelves… In episode 221 of the Hop CastBrad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder found a couple Imperial Pumpkin Ales from the east coast to sample. First up is the Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.’s Brush And Barrel Series. This 8.0 % ABV Pumpkin Ale comes in one of the fanciest beer boxes we’ve seen in a long time. Next up is the Smashed Pumpkin, a 9.0 % ABV beer from Shipyard Brewing Co. If you’re from Maine, then you’ll be pretty familiar with the Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale. If you’re looking to step it up a bit or just looking for a bottle to share with friends then Smashed Pumpkin might be right up your alley.

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HopCast Episode 220

Episode 220: Cuvée Des Jonquilles & Bière De Belœil

In episode 220 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder venture away from American craft beer for a moment and open two Bière de Gardes; one from France and the other from Belgium. First up is the Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Bailleux in France. This 7.0 % ABV Bière de Garde is fantastic and might leave you running towards this style to stock up. Next Brad and Ken open the Bière De Belœil from Brasserie Dupont in Belgium, it packs a little more of a punch at 8.5%.

The Bière de Garde is an interesting style of beer that can be difficult to define. Bière de Garde is french for “Beer for keeping”. These beers were originally brewed in french farmhouses during the winter and spring with the intention of keeping it stored for a period of time until it matures, usually a few months at least. Originating from the border between Belgium and France. Bière de Gardes are malt focused and can range from blonde to brown in color and tend to have a bit of a cellar character. American brewers and others have been reinterpreting and brewing this style with varied results over the years. Brad and Ken share their findings with you so you can be a better informed drinker next time you’re out and perhaps be more inclined to give this style a try.

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