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HopCast Episode 89

Episode 89: Pisgah Brewing

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are in Black Mountain, North Carolina at Pisgah Brewing in episode 89 of the Hop Cast. Jason Caughman, co-owner of Pisgah Brewing was kind enough to show them around the brewery and join them for a drink. Jason explains the organic philosophy of the brewery and why their organic beers are some of the best you’ll find. Jason also opened up a 2008 Cosmos to share with Ken and Brad. The Cosmos is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and was definitely a treat. If you’re in the area be sure to visit Pisgah Brewing they have live music, a fire pit and a great game room, as well as outstanding organic beers..

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Beer Of The Month – December

2 Turtle Doves

The holiday music is playing and the shopping has begun so that could only mean one thing, December is here. Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski went back and forth on this months beer selection. There are so many great holiday beers to choose from. They decided to go with something that takes the idea of what a holiday beer can be to the next level. Without further ado, the December beer of the month is the 2 Turtle Doves from The Bruery. The Bruery just recently showed up in the Chicago area and Ken and Brad have been enjoying just about everything they have gotten their hands on. And the 2 Turtle Doves is no exception.

Now watch out before you try taking on this holiday beer alone. This Belgian Strong Dark Ale comes in at 12.0% ABV, not something to be taken lightly. The 2 Turtle Doves pours out a dark chestnut, almost espresso with a very thin tan head, that quickly resides. Just a little lacing on the glass which seems about right for such a high alcohol beer. As this beer warms up the alcohol in the nose is more pronounced. There are some nice dried fruit smells, maybe dates or figs; along with toasted malts and chocolate and a hint of carmel. This is the type of beer that you just want to taste to see what else is going on. And when you finally do, the taste is fantastic! That sweet dried fruit comes through right away but there is also that rich chocolate flavor, not a sweet chocolate but a roasted nutty chocolate. Finally a light alcohol in the finish to warm you up inside. Although the alcohol comes out it isn’t a burn instead it’s very smooth and leaves a nutty and woody taste in your mouth. A well balanced beer throughout. Definitely unique and makes for a perfct holiday beer for yourself or as a gift. Open one of these after dinner with your family, it could be the perfect end to the night.

Happy Holidays from the Hop Cast!

Hop Cast – Episode 67

In episode 67 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski sit down with Sarah Huska and the brewer / owner of 21st Amendment, Shaun O’Sullivan. Shaun is in the Midwest for the official release of the Monk’s Blood cans and the Hop Cast is getting some pre-release samples. Shaun shares some of the back story about the process behind Monk’s Blood and also what 21st Amendment has in the works.

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