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HopCast Episode 262

Episode 262: Lord Rear Admiral & Arcade Brewery Final Level

Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In episode 262 Brad and Ken dive into two different Midwest Extra Special Bitters. First up is from the behemoth that is 3 Floyds Brewing; it’s their 6.5% ABV Lord Rear Admiral. Shocking enough this isn’t crazy hopped up, something you would typically  see from Three Floyds in many of their beers.Brad and Ken follow up the Lord Rear Admiral with the 6.3% ABV Final Level from Arcade Brewery. It’s great to compare these two beers; one from a brewery that has been around for years and the other from a newer brewery in Chicago. Plus, its fantastic to see a couple ESBs on the shelves next to all those IPAs.

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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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Cask Night

Cask Night At SmallBar Division

Cask Night

Join us Thursday January 17th, 2013 for Cask Night at Small Bar Division. Proudly presented by Small Bar, Beer Mapping and Hop Cast.

3 Floyds Zombie Dust
Solemn OathKidnapped by Vikings
Half AcreDaisy Cutter
Oskar BluesDales Pale Ale
Jolly PumpkinMaracaibo Especial

There will also be thirty tickets available for a VIP session from 5:00 – 7:00. Each guest will get 2 drink tickets for cask ale, access to a nice food spread and a chance to mix and mingle with brewers from Three Floyds, Half Acre and Solemn Oath.

VIP Session tickets available on Brown Paper Tickets

HopCast Episode 170

Hop Cast – Episode 170: Jinx Proof & Surly Smoke

After a couple big beers in the previous episodes Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski decide to dive into a couple lagers for episode 170. First up is Jinx Proof from 3 Floyds. This continental-style pils was brewed in collaboration with Jinx Proof tattoo in Washington D.C. At 5.10% ABV it’s the kind of beer that you can sip on pretty much all day. Next up, Ken and Brad move onto a bit bigger of a beer. The 8.2% ABV Surly Smoke. This beer is Lager-brewed, like any true Baltic Porter. Made with smoked malts from Bamberg, Germany, the home of Rauchbiers, then mellowed by oak-aging. Maybe not a beer to sip on all day but this would be a great beer with some food straight from the grill.

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Hop Cast – Episode 141: 3 Floyds Alpha Klaus & Struise / Mikkeller

In this episode of the Hop CastKen Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski decide to dig deep into Brad’s cellar and find a couple beers that likely should have been consumed a long time ago. Many craft beer fans with a cellar have run into this issue where a beer somehow got over looked in their cellar and missed it’s prime drinking time. Ken and Brad are calling this a #CellarFail. When cellaring beers sometimes you really never know what is going to happen with some beers and they can end up tasting bad if left too long or actually pretty good. The first beer they tried was the 2008 3 Floyds Alpha Klaus. This 6.0 % ABV Christmas Porter is always very hop forward and although all the hops were gone it still tasted rather good. It’s very likely the large amount of hops really helped preserve this beer. The second beer they open up is another one that was heavily hopped. It’s the double IPA Struise and Mikkeller collaboration. Not really sure how this one even got put into the cellar since it was a double IPA. This 9 % ABV beer also lost most of that hop flavor the Hop Cast loves but still was very enjoyable.

Why not dive into the dark corners of your cellar and see what #CellarFail or #CellarWin might be waiting for you. Thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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Hop Cast – Episode 124: Rabbid Rabbit & Captain Lawrence Barrel Select Series #1

In episode 124 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are tasting a couple beers from two breweries always doing interesting things and pushing the boundaries. The first one they open is an aged Rabbid Rabbit from Three Floyds. This farmhouse ale comes in at 9% and hides that 9% very well. It’s not a classic farmhouse ale but a great interpretation that a lot of people could get behind. They then follow the Rabbid Rabbit up with Captain Lawrence’s Barrel Select Series #1. This is an american wild ale coming in at 7.5%. Both of these were very different beers but worked well back to back.

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Hop Cast – Episode 109: 10 Barrel Brewing Apocalypse IP & Half Acre / 3 Floyds Shewolf

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are once again in the backyard enjoying the Chicago summer and drinking some fine IPAs. In episode 109, they try the Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. a brewery neither one of them had tried before. This was a beer that Brad picked up while he was in Portland. Out of Bend Oregon, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. seems to have a good thing going. At 6.5% the Apocalypse IPA doesn’t knock your socks off with hops but is an easy drinking ale. They then move onto the Shewolf thats made by two of their favorite local breweries. The Shewolf was a collaboration between Half Acre and 3 Floyds. The aroma on this beer is amazing, it smells like a fresh bag of hops. Another winner from Half Acre and Three Floyds! They both seem to have some great stuff in the works and hopefully some more collaborations up their sleeve.

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Dark Lord Day 2010

Roughly 8,000 beer drinkers from around the country gathered at the 3 Floyd’s brewery on Saturday for Dark Lord Day 2010. I was one of those craft beer drinkers who headed to Munster, Indiana to buy and consume the once a year release of the Dark Lord, a Russian Imperial Stout. I ended up getting to 3 Floyd’s about 10:30 am and had to park the car at the park on the other side of Calumet Ave; it was a good 5 minute walk from the brewery. I had been seeing the photos all morning on twitter of the chaos that was happening but it didn’t compare to seeing it first hand. When I walked up I saw two lines going both ways in front of the brewery on Indiana parkway. The past two years there had been one line that was the bottle line. Not sure why two lines happened this year, it didn’t make much sense since there was only one place to buy bottles. I was under the impression that if you had golden tickets there was no reason to wait in line for bottles because you were guaranteed beer (before 5 o’clock). So I went towards the sample line to get one of my free samples of Dark Lord that came with my golden ticket. Finding that line proved somewhat difficult because every line seemed to collide with one another. The entire parking lot at 3 Floyd’s seemed to be a huge cluster fuck of a line. Once I finally figured out where the sample line was I was surprised to find that they were only letting you get one beer at a time even if you had two tickets. Which made it really difficult for people getting some for their friends beers that were waiting and saving their spot in the bottle line. You could either get your free Dark Lord sample or pay $5 for the oak aged Dark Lord. You couldn’t get another beer unless you wanted to get back in line. The sample line was taking at least 10 – 15 minutes so I wasn’t in the mood to get back in line right away. Throughout the day I was only able to get one of my free samples that came with the Dark Lord golden ticket. The line was just too long and I was never able to make my way back over there but at least I got to try it once before buying the bottles. I understand that they also had the Vanilla Dark Lord earlier in the day to sample but they only had the Oak Aged Dark Lord when I was in line. The Oak Aged was excellent.

Seeing the chaos that was happening it seemed like it would be a good idea to get in the bottle line with the folks I came with. It would at least give us a place to stand. I ended up walking around a lot talking with people and bringing back guest tap samples to the folks in line. The guest taps were right next to some of the bathrooms and it made it hard to tell what line we were in most of the time. If neighboring businesses are cool with people parking in their lots I would think it would be a geat idea to put the toilets over there next year. Get them away from the beer and reduce the lines from colliding at every turn.

Ken had biked to Dark Lord Day from Chicago and didn’t get there until about 1 pm so we really didn’t get a chance to shoot that much video, just a few quick things. But we were able to talk with a lot of great people that day and share some excellent beer. Once we finally made it through the line to buy our allotment of Dark Lord they had changed the limit from four bottles a golden ticket to three. That didn’t make much sense because you would think 3 Floyd’s would of known how many tickets they sold and would of done the math accordingly. I did hear someone say something about counterfeit tickets floating around, which I don’t know if its true or not. Counterfeiters, really? I’m always surprised at the lengths people will go to get good beer. Hopefully 3 Floyd’s will fix this next year and maybe have some sort of barcode. The golden tickets are great and I’d hate to see that go away. I for one do not want to have to get there at 4 am just to get in line to be sure I am able to buy bottles.

In the end, I was able to get my bottles and I had a lot of fun during the wait. There were some issues with this years event but it had maybe two times the amount of people then last year. I’m not an event planner and I wouldn’t want to be responsible for organizing an event on this scale but there were some major issues that I hope they look into for next year. Add some signs, spread out the lines and make sure people are not cutting in. If you made it out to Dark Lord Day this year, I hope you enjoyed yourself like I did. See you next year!