HopCast Episode 258

Episode 258: Kavorka & Blot Out The Sun

Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken dive into two different Midwest Imperial Stouts. First up is the 11.5 % ABV Kavorka from the Naperville brewery, Solemn Oath. This beer is a winter release from Solemn Oath and is thick, chewy and viscous with a complex malt profile comprised of roasted barley, dark chocolate, molasses and dark fruit with a light, piney hop balance. Brad and Ken follow up the Kavorka with the 10.40 % ABV Blot Out The Sun from 3 Floyds Brewing. Even though Blot Out The Sun is lower in alcohol than the Kavorka, this beer still packs a very big punch. With it being so cold out in Chicago, there is no better way to warm up then with a big-ass local stout.

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HopCast Episode 257

Episode 257: Allagash Hugh Malone Ale & Farm To Face

We’ve got a special guest on episode 257 and he brought along beer! Jake Williams joins Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder on this all Allagash episode. Jake recently went back home to Maine and brought these two delicious beers back for the Hop Cast. First up, the three guys open the Hugh Malone Ale, a 7.8 % ABV Belgian Style IPA. Allagash Brewing Company will donate $1 from every bottle of Hugh Malone Ale sold to local community gardens and The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners. So you’re drinking for a good cause when you pick this one up. Next, they move onto the 5.7 % ABV, Farm To Face. Farm To Face was brewed as a Pale Ale and fermented in stainless with their house yeast. After primary fermentation, pediococcus and lactobacillus were added along with 3 pounds of peaches per gallon. This beer is fantastic and it’s very sad that this was the only bottle we had.

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HopCast Episode 256

Episode 256: The Crisp & Piercing Pils

It’s time for Pilseners in episode 256 of the Hop Cast! It might not be the perfect season for a Pilsener but Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are always down for finding a new great Pils. First up, The Crisp a 5.40 % ABV German Pilsener from Sixpoint Brewery in New York. This beer comes in the new skinny cans from Sixpoint Brewery, which make them perfect for traveling. Next up, Brad and Ken open up the Piercing Pils from Dogfish Head Brewery. It’s been a little too long since there’s been any Dogfish Head beer featured on the Hop Cast. Of course if wouldn’t be Dogfish Head if there wasn’t something a little unique about this beer. The Piercing Pils is a Czech Style Pilsner brewed with a White Pear Tea and with pear juice.

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