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HopCast Episode 83

Episode 83: Saint Arnold Elissa IPA & Divine Reserve #7

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by Brian McCauley in episode 83 of the Hop Cast. Since Brian used to live in Texas, Ken & Brad figured it was time to open up a couple Saint Arnold beers. The first beer the three of them open is the Saint Arnold Elissa IPA. This American IPA has an ABV of 6.60%. A good solid IPA, not as bitter as a lot of American IPAs which makes it very easy to drink. They then move onto the Divine Reserve #7, a 8.4% Weizenbock. Saint Arnold Brewing Company is Texas’ Oldest Craft Brewery and they are doing some excellent things. If you come across their beers they are worth trying.

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HopCast Episode 82

Episode 82: Perfect Storm & Black Tuesday

In episode 82 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Anthony Stagno to sample some rather rare beers with high ABVs. The first one the three of them jump into is the one Anthony brought with him, the Perfect Storm from Pelican. The Perfect Storm is an English Barleywine with an ABV of 13.5%. The 2009 Perfect Storm is Pelican’s 2008 Stormwatcher’s Winterfest Barleywine, aged in 1998 Evan Williams Bourbon Barrels. After the Perfect Storm three of them savor the final drops they then move onto The Bruery’s Black Tuesday. The Black Tuesday is an Imperial Stout with an ABV of 19.5%. This might be the highest ABV beer Brad and Ken have featured on the Hop Cast. While enjoying this delicious black treasure, Anthony shares the story of how the name Black Tuesday came to be.

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HopCast Episode 59

Episode 59: New Holland Ichadob Ale & Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

In Episode 59 Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are ready for halloween and are enjoying a couple pumpkin beers. They start off the episode enjoying Ken’s pumpkin porter homebrew that he had stashed away. They follow that up with the New Holland Ichadob Ale. This beer is usually pretty easy to find at your local beer store in the midwest. It comes in at 5.5% ABV which makes it a good session ale.Ken and Brad follow the Ichadob Ale up with Pumpkin Ale from Schlafly. This 8.0% ABV pumpkin gift came from Hop Cast fan Steve Wyatt. The Schlafly Pumpkin Ale packs some great flavors and is highly recommended, if you can find it. Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski would like to wish everyone who watches the Hop Cast a Happy Halloween!

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HopCast Episode 50

Episode 50: Brabant & Beatification

The Hop Cast gets sour and silly for episode 50. In this episode Charlie Drews joins Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski for a couple american wild ales. The first beer they sample and review Ken enjoyed previously when the Hop Cast was at the Publican. It is the Brabant from Avery Brewing. This murky dark brown wild ale comes in at 8.65 % ABV. They follow the Brabant up with the Beatification from Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, California. Wild ales are known to be sour and the Beatification is like a sour punch in the face. Special thanks goes to the guys from Suds Or Duds for the Beatification, it was a treat to finally try it. But be warned sour beers can take some time to get into, but just like hops when you start enjoying the taste, you wont be able to get enough.

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HopCast Episode 49

Episode 49: Tyskie, the Okocim Mocne and Perla

Steve joins Hop Cast hosts Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder for episode 49. In this episode they aren’t just drinking beer, they are drinking Pivo. That’s right its the Polish beer episode of the Hop Cast! Now this might not be the sort of craft beer that Brad and Ken are used to drinking, but every once and awhile they do step down from their high horse. The three of them drink and review three different polish beers. They look at the Tyskie, the Okocim Mocne and the Perla. Who knew Poland had more to offer then just the Okocim? Grab a perogie and a beer and join Brad, Ken and Steve for a Polish taste adventure!

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HopCast Episode 47

Episode 47: Old Aberration & Alaskan Barley Wine

For episode 47 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined once again by Steve. Steve told Brad and Ken that he had never had a barelywine; so Brad decided to pull out a couple big guys from the cellar for them to enjoy. In this episode they sample and review the Old Aberration, a bottle from Goose Island’s 20th Anniversary Cellar Collection. The second beer they wet their pallets with is the Alaskan Barley Wine from the Alaskan Brewing Company. Both these beers come in at over 10 % ABV, which isn’t something to be taken lightly.

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HopCast Episode 44

Episode 44: Ninkasi’s Spring Reign & Deschutes Red Chair

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by Steve Siwinski for episode 44 of the Hop Cast. In this episode the three of them sample and review a few beers from the fine state of Oregon. The first beer they knock back in the Spring Reign from Ninkasi Brewing. Ninkasi’s Spring Reign is an American Blonde Ale coming in at 6.0% ABV. After that they move onto something Ken and Brad are no strangers to… a nice American IPA. This IPA is the Red Chair from Deschutes Brewery coming in at 6.4% ABV.

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A Look At Dark Lord Day 2009

This years Three Floyds Dark Lord day was much better then last year. I’m not just saying that because Ken & I ended up leaving with some bottles of Dark Lord this year. The line to buy Dark Lord moved so much quicker. We ended up getting there at about 12:00, Don and Mitchell Radlund had gotten there before us and already had a place in line. Ken and I dropped off the beer we brought to trade and share and ran off to get a sample of the Dark Lord 09. The golden ticket allowed a free Dark Lord sample of the 09 version. The line for this took about 30 minutes to make it through and that was around 12:30 pm. At that time they hadn’t tapped any of the guest beers so the choices were Dark Lord or the standard Three Floyds line. So I could understand why everyone was in that line. Once we finally had our Dark Lord we got back in the main line to share the samples. The beer was great! Much more drinkable and more balanced then last years. While drinking the sample we traded a few beers and bought some tamales from a lady selling them. If you didn’t get tamales from this lady you should feel lucky, some of the worst I have ever had. But it was food and I didn’t want to wait in the food line until after I had bottles of Dark Lord in my hands. The line was moving pretty quickly. Maeve and Mitchell said they would hold our spot in line while Ken, Don and myself went to buy some Popskull. Having a separate place to buy the other beers was a great idea. There was no line for this so it was very easy to walk up and get a few other beers you wanted to pick up that day. At this point our spot in line was only about 100 people away from the Dark Lord bottles… I quickly ran back to the car to drop off some of our stuff and then as soon as I got back they were walking in to buy Dark Lord. All of us got out Golden Ticket limit of four bottles. They had a lot more people taking cash and giving out beer this year which I think was helping the line move faster. Dark Lord was now in hand and it was time to drop it off at the car and enjoy some more of the festival.


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The beer continued to flow all day. Along with the Dark Lord 09 sample we were able to sample the oak-aged and Vanilla Bean 2009 Dark Lord. These were on tap at the same place as the guest beers. The guest beer area was in a terrible location and was just a crowed mess. Some of the guest beers we were able to try were the Vintage Harvest Ale, Canadian Breakfast Stout and Oak-Aged with cherries Behemoth. I didn’t get to try any of the Stone beers which was a bummer, but there was so much other stuff I don’t think I missed it. One of the worst lines we stood in was the line to get into the brewpub but the payoff was huge. Inside the Three Floyds brewpub they had the 2008 Dark Lord and the Vanilla Bean and oak-aged version of that. Unfortunately the Vanilla Bean 2008 was gone by the time we got in. But the oak-aged 2008 was fabulous. They also had a ton of other beers inside to try… I could see why this line was so long and moved so slow. Around 4:00 / 5:00 pm they started selling more Golden Tickets to buy more Dark Lord. I still had some cash so figured I would grab another four to trade and share with people. In the end I walked away with a good amount of Dark Lord. Very happy with this years event. Three Floyds stepped it up big time after the disappointment of last year.

Something Three FloydsThree Floyds should think about is moving the food tent and line away from the brew pub line. All the lines got very confusing at points, something to separate things might of helped. Next year I might hang out and drink and then just grab my beer before I leave. No real need to wait in the line when you have a golden ticket.

HopCast Episode 34

Episode 34: Hair Of The Dog Blue Dot & Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski serve up episode 34 of the Hop Cast with two guests and two IPAs. Ken and Brad are joined by Brian Gallagher and Katie Sirles for this adventure in IPAs. The four of them sample and review the Blue Dot from Hair Of The Dog, which was specially brewed for earth day. They then move on to the Imperial India Pale Ale from Green Flash Brewing. Special thanks to Maura and Ted for the special beer from Hair Of The Dog.

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HopCast Episode 29

Episode 29: Pliny The Elder & C-Note

In episode 29 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Shannon DeWolfe for yet another IPA episode. In this episode the three of them sample and review Russian River Brewing’s Pliny The Elder and New Old Lompoc’s C-Note.

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