It’s been 5 years since Ken and I started the Hop Cast. Truthfully, it doesn’t feel like that at all. When you’re doing a podcast about something you enjoy with friends, time just sort of flies by. More often than not the podcasts are done when we’d be hanging out enjoying beers together anyway, it just so happens we set up a camera and hit record. After 5 years, we’ve released 215 episodes and put out a number of other videos as well. I also try to keep the blog updated regularly with festival reviews and my take on craft beer culture. The most fun comes from being on camera and since the episodes are unscripted and often unedited, you never know what could happen or might get said. Very rarely do we sample the beers before we hit record and the only time we re-shoot something is if we forgot to hit record. Even with the number of beers we have during an evening, it doesn’t happen that often.
After 5 years, the Hop Cast wouldn’t be anything without the people who watch, listen and read what we put out there. You’re the reason Ken and I haven’t stopped. If a week or so goes by when we don’t put out an episode, someone on Twitter usually says something. So thank you for that. We’re drinking for you…
When we’re at a festival or even a bar and someone comes up to Ken and I to say “Hi” it’s amazing. We’re just a couple of guys drinking beer… hardly someone who should be recognized. For me it’s amazing to have such an impact on the craft beer scene, especially here in Chicago. The community of people are great.
“Beer People Are Good People.”
Over the last 5 years we’ve learned a ton about beer, made some great friends in the beer industry, traveled the country and even inspired people to start their own blogs / podcasts. All of which is a bit surreal.
Unfortunately we didn’t shoot a special episode celebrating the 5 years, but we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the show and thank everyone who has been watching. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave us a review if you can.
Now for some fun, with 5 years of videos it’s hard to choose our favorites but I did pick out a few of my favorites in case you missed them. And if you have a favorite episode, I’d love to know.