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HopCast Episode 184

Episode 184: Foothills Carolina Blonde & Cottonwood ENDO IPA

In episode 184 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open a couple beers from Foothills Brewing Company in North Carolina. You might remember Brad and Ken were at Foothills when they went on the road trip for the Sexual Chocolate release. Well since then, Foothills has begun bottling and packaging more than just the limited release beers from the brew pub. Foothills isn’t distributed here in Chicago, so it was a real treat to try these beers from a great brewery.

The first beer they open is the Carolina Blonde Cream Ale. A Cream Ale isn’t a style you see all that often from breweries, most of them would just do a standard pilsner, so it’s really refreshing to see Foothills doing something different. And refreshing it is, this 4.3% ABV beer is easy to drink and delicious. Following up the Cream Ale, Brad and Ken reach for the hops. The Cottonwood ENDO is a 6% ABV IPA that makes for a great BBQ companion, southern style of course. This is a really well balanced IPA that dosen’t try to be a hop bomb and instead makes for an easy drinking and delicious beer.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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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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Hop Cast – Episode 72

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder bring you some beer information as an intro to beer course in episode 72 of the Hop Cast. The two of them look at the differences between an ale and a lager. They explain that the key difference between an ale and a lager is in the fermentation. Lagers are fermented at a much lower temperature, and usually with a different yeast, than an ale. The lager Brad and Ken picked to drink is the Flywheel from Metropolitan. The Flywheel is classified as a German Pilsner and has an AVB of 5.5%. A Pilsner is a type of pale lager, or in this case a “bright lager”. After this excellent lager Brad and Ken move onto an ale. The ale they picked to talk about is the Third Eye P.A. from Steamworks, it is an American IPA and has a ABV of 6.4%. The important distinction for ales is that they use a top-fermenting yeast and are fermented at higher temperatures and thus ferment more quickly than lagers. Brad and Ken just scratch the surface in the differences of a lager and an ale. Hopefully you learned something and now can know a little more about what you might be drinking. Stay tuned for future beer 101 episodes like this from the Hop Cast.

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