HopCast Episode 240

Episode 240: Temperance Beer Company

In episode 240 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder head out to Evanston, Illinois to visit Brewmaster Claudia Jendron at Temperance Beer Company. Claudia shares several of her great beers that she’s brewing including Gatecrasher, Smittytown & Restless Years. Right now you can find Gatecrasher in cans around Chicago but be on the look out for more very soon. Claudia let’s us know a little bit about each beer and why she decided to go with cans over bottles. We also get the inside scoop on where some of the names come from for the beers and why the local community is so important to Temperance.

Being around for such a short time, it’s awesome to see a a Chicagoland brewery doing so well. Be sure to head up to Evanston and check them out.

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HopCast Episode 239

Episode 239: Virtue Estate Series: Nichols & Virtue Percheron

Forget beer, it’s cider time! In episode 239 of the Hop CastBrad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open two bottles from the Michigan Cidery, Virtue Cider.

First up is the 6.8% ABV Virtue Estate Series: Nichols. Virtue’s Estate Series ciders are a salute to partnering farmers. Each cider represents a true expression of a single grower’s finest fresh apples, with little impact from yeast, and fermentation without barrel aging. The Nichols uses Apples sourced from Nicols Farm & Orchard of Marengo, IL. Next up is the 5.5% ABV Percheron. Percheron Cidre Fermier is dedicated to the big, beautiful horse of Normandy. Like its French cousin, it bares the unmistakable scent of the farm, a strong body, and a gentle finish. We love what Virtue is doing and it’s a real treat to have their ciders because it really makes you re-think what cider is.

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