On episode 281 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder have a special guest joining them; Chad Boesdorfer. Since there was a special guest, the guys figured they’d step up the ABV a little bit. So, for this episode they are bringing out the Barleywines. The American Barleywine is one of the strongest of the beer styles. A beer of this strength and complexity can be a challenge to the palate, so it’s nice to have a third person to decode these delights.
First up, the guys open the 10.5% ABV American-Style Barley Wine from The Fort Collins Brewery. This beer was brewed entirely with Columbus hops and then dry-hopped with El Dorado for a heavy but balanced mouth-feel. Following up this beast is the 11.0% ABV, Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company. There was a time when the guys seemed to be drinking a lot of AleSmith beers and it’s nice to give them a re-visit.
Remember to share Barleywines with friends! Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!