On episode 270 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder reach for a couple cans of Pale Ales. The first can the guys open up is Mountain Livin’ Pale Ale from the Crazy Mountain Brewing Company. This 6.0% ABV American Pale Ale isn’t what many of us have grown to expect from our Pale Ales lately. Typically they are aggressively hopped but the Mountain Livin’ Pale Ale isn’t that crazy. Instead this beer is very light and sweet. Following up this Colorado Pale Ale the guys move onto an APA from a local brewery. The BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery’s Pale Ale does have that punch of hops that many of us have come to expect from our APAs. Coming in at 6.25 % ABV this beer is very easy to drink and before you know it, you’re already onto your second can. Over the years BrickStone has been making some great beers and winning a number of awards, it’s one of the places that is worth a visit if you’re looking for something outside Chicago.
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