The Hop Cast Application

If you’re looking for a way to stay up to date with the happenings of the Hop Cast then this app is for you! This app features an easy to use interface to watch all the Hop Cast videos available with the ability to search by breweries, and beer names. The Hop Casts main purpose is for Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder to share their love of craft beer with the world. Viewers receive reviews and also get tidbits of information about the brewing process, ingredients, and packaging. They also visit breweries, bars and craft beer events to explore what is happening in the craft beer scene. Now all that is easily accessible from your finger tips.

Download the app from the iTunes Store.

Hop Cast – Episode 122: iBrewMaster

In this episode of the Hop Cast Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are chatting with passionate homebrewer and developer Joseph Cannici. Joe created the app iBrewMaster that is available for the iPhone, iPod & iPad. The app offers a ton of great features for all you homebrewers. Including one of the newer features that includes alerts so you know when your tasty creation is ready to move onto the new stage. The app is continuously updated so new features are added all the time. To go along with all this talk about code the three of them are sipping on Ken’s homebrewer; his Expiration Day Milk Stout.

Ken has brewed with the app before and it comes highly recommended for all you homebrewers. Joe is also the creator behind the Hop Cast iPhone & iPod app that will be available soon.

Thanks for watching the Hop Cast and to all you homebrewers out there, keep brewing!

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Burger & Beer Pairing Event At SmallBar

The first Man B Que / Hop Cast / SmallBar burger and beer pairing of 2011 is right around the corner.

This month, the grilling geeks from Man B Que dig into their recipe arsenal and come up with the the Ghostbusters Burger a marshmallow and pecan burger which will be paired with the Left Hand Milk Stout. As always one burger and beer isn’t enough. Man B Que also has their La Cruda Burger a huevos rancheros burger which is paired with Brooklyn Lager . The beer brains at Hop Cast and SmallBar hand picked both of these beers for a perfect meat and beer combination.

Stop by January 27rd from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, and bring your friends! $15 gets you all you can eat sliders and endless glasses of the two featured beers. Limited to the first fifty people. So be sure to get there early.

Hop Cast – Episode 121: Two Brothers Cane and Ebel & Founders Brewing Red Rye

In episode 121 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are at PrimeBar Chicago sharing beers with Patrick Thomas. The three of them sip on rye ales from two great midwest breweries. The first one is the Two Brothers Cane and Ebel. The year round released, Cane and Ebel comes in at 7.0% ABV. Dry and hoppy with a bitter finish, it’s a very well rounded beer. Next they jump over to the Red Rye from Founders Brewing. Coming in just below 7% at 6.9% it’s a little thinner then the Cane and Ebel but a bit more refreshing. A great beer for a warm summer day or just put some more logs on the fire and enjoy one now.

Thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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Beer Of The Month – January

It’s a new year and I have a feeling this year the state to watch for new and interesting craft beers is going to be Michigan. One of my favorite breweries from Michigan is Founders Brewing. They continue to produce amazing beers and almost never disappoint. So the first beer of the month for 2011 is Founders Brewing, Kentucky Breakfast Stout. This beer doesn’t come out till the Spring but I have a few from last years release in the cellar and hopefully many of you out there do too because right now it’s tasting excellent. This stout is brewed with a hint of coffee and vanilla and then aged in oak bourbon barrels for over a year. When you pour it out it’s black as night with a small, thin, tan head. The aroma of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla drift from the glass and make the mouth water. Compared to the taste, the aroma is lighter which is nice cause it doesn’t knock you over. Sticky and thick, it hits your lips with the great rich taste of coffee and chocolate. It’s a complex tasting beer that isn’t over powered by the bourbon, the alcohol comes out in the finish but is still pretty smooth. If you’re a bourbon lover you might want a bit more burn but for me its perfect, makes for an easy sipping 11% ABV beer.

If you have one or two in the cellar and are looking for something to warm you up on those cold midwest winter night this beer is perfect for that. If you don’t have any bottles now, stay on the look out so that hopefully you are able to find some when it’s released in a few months.

Hop Cast – Episode 120: Dogfish Head 60, 90 & 120 Minute IPA

As 2010 comes to a close Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder have made it to episode 120. And what better way to celebrate this milestone then with Dogfish Head’s 120 minute IPA. Rather then only featuring the 120 Minute IPA, Brad and Ken open up and compare the 60 Minute IPA, the 90 Minute IPA and the 120 Minute IPA. It’s great to see how the beer changes from each one. Joined with them on this IPA adventure are special guests Brian Gallagher and Katie Sirles.

Brad and Ken hope everyone has a great holiday and appreciate the continued support of the Hop Cast. Thank You for watching.

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HopCast Episode 119

Episode 119: Weyerbacher Winter Ale & Hinterland Winterland

It’s been almost two months since Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski have sat down to review a couple beers. The two of them have been busy visiting a number of bars and breweries in chicago. Well, there’s no better time then the holidays to share a couple of fine winter ales together. In this episode Ken and Brad exchange gifts of fine crafted ales in front of the Christmas tree. The first beer they open is the award winning Weyerbacher Winter Ale. Coming in at 5.6% ABV this beer isn’t going to knock you on your ass but it does have a nice balanced flavor. The two of them follow that up with a Hinterland Winterland from Greenbay, Wisconsin. Its not technically a winter ale but an American Porter because really there is no better time for a nice porter then when the snow is falling. This beer comes in a pint sized bottle and carries an ABV of 7.5%. Why not bring some delicious craft beer to your holiday gatherings and toast to a great season.

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A Look At Haymarket Pub & Brewery – #7

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are at Haymarket Pub & Brewery for one final look at the progress before Pete Crowley and John Neurauter open the doors. They have just a few more inspections left before the kitchen will be serving up food and the 48 taps will start pouring beer. The earliest you can expect to see doors open is the week of December 13th. But that’s sadly without house brewed beer, you’ll have to wait a few more weeks to taste some delicious Haymarket beer.  There was still some last minute construction going on so please forgive the audio quality in this update. Keep an eye out, you just might see Ken and Brad sitting at the bar when you come in during opening week.

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Hop Cast – Episode 118: Bangers & Lace

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are at one of the newest beer bars in Chicago; Bangers & Lace. Bangers & Lace is located at 1670 W Division and features a huge tap list of over 30 beers. To show Ken and Brad Chmielewski all those wonderful beers on tap is the beer director Ria Neri. Ria talks about her plan behind the beer menu and her goal of turning people on to new beers. When Ken and Brad were in, Bangers & Lace featured six different wood aged beers on tap and something they just started playing around with is the idea of beer and whiskey parings. Eric Hay, the man behind Bangers & Lace’s cocktails talks about why this is a perfect paring. To go with all these great beers you need some fabulous food. Ken and Brad were able to talk a bit about the concept and menu with manager Eric Clarke.

Bangers & Lace is a great spot on Division so be sure not so skip over it. Hope you enjoyed getting a behind the scenes look at Bangers & Lace. As always, thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Hop Cast – Episode 117: FOBAB 2010

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are at The Eighth Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers in episode 117 of the Hop Cast. This festival is held once a year and if you saw last years episode, Brad and Ken had a blast and this year was just as great. The Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers features over 150 beers from 53 different breweries, representing 18 states. Brad and Ken took it up a notch this year by attending both the day and night sessions, clocking in over 10 hours of drinking. They took a few breaks from sampling these fine beers to talk with a couple Hop Cast fans; Deb Turner and Eric Hobbs. As well as talking with brewer and judge Will Turner. They also were able to chat with Matt Yohe from Upland Brewing about the possibility of seeing Upland hitting the Chicago market in the future.

Overall a great festival that continues to evolve and get better every year. Hope you enjoyed seeing the coverage from the event and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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