HopCast Episode 271

Episode 271: Piece Brewery Memories of Now & Festivus

Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

On episode 271 of the Hop Cast, it’s December 23rd and it’s Festivus. To celebrate Festivus we have the perfect beer on this episode, Festivus Ale from Piece BreweryBrad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder make a trip down the street to Piece Brewery on North Avenue to pick up a couple growlers to celebrate this fabulous day. The first growler they dive into is the Memories of Now, a collaboration beer between Piece’s Jonathan Cutler and Matt Brynildson, the brewmaster of Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, California. It was Brynildson’s first time brewing on the system that he helped install for Piece in 2001. After a glass or two of the Memories of Now, the guys move onto the 8.0 % ABV Belgian Dark Ale known as Festivus. This is a beer that the guys always make a special trip to try at Piece every year.

This episode is a true Festivus miracle, cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 270

Episode 270: Mountain Livin’ Pale Ale & Brickstone Pale Ale

Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

On episode 270 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder reach for a couple cans of Pale Ales. The first can the guys open up is Mountain Livin’ Pale Ale from the Crazy Mountain Brewing Company. This 6.0% ABV American Pale Ale isn’t what many of us have grown to expect from our Pale Ales lately. Typically they are aggressively hopped but the Mountain Livin’ Pale Ale isn’t that crazy. Instead this beer is very light and sweet. Following up this Colorado Pale Ale the guys move onto an APA from a local brewery. The BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery’s Pale Ale does have that punch of hops that many of us have come to expect from our APAs. Coming in at 6.25 % ABV this beer is very easy to drink and before you know it, you’re already onto your second can. Over the years BrickStone has been making some great beers and winning a number of awards, it’s one of the places that is worth a visit if you’re looking for something outside Chicago.

Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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