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HopCast Episode 220

Episode 220: Cuvée Des Jonquilles & Bière De Belœil

In episode 220 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder venture away from American craft beer for a moment and open two Bière de Gardes; one from France and the other from Belgium. First up is the Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Bailleux in France. This 7.0 % ABV Bière de Garde is fantastic and might leave you running towards this style to stock up. Next Brad and Ken open the Bière De Belœil from Brasserie Dupont in Belgium, it packs a little more of a punch at 8.5%.

The Bière de Garde is an interesting style of beer that can be difficult to define. Bière de Garde is french for “Beer for keeping”. These beers were originally brewed in french farmhouses during the winter and spring with the intention of keeping it stored for a period of time until it matures, usually a few months at least. Originating from the border between Belgium and France. Bière de Gardes are malt focused and can range from blonde to brown in color and tend to have a bit of a cellar character. American brewers and others have been reinterpreting and brewing this style with varied results over the years. Brad and Ken share their findings with you so you can be a better informed drinker next time you’re out and perhaps be more inclined to give this style a try.

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HopCast Episode 190

Episode 190: Castelain Two Brothers Diversey & Lill(e) & Flanders Fred

This is a really neat episode, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski crack open two beers that were each collaboration beers. Both had an American craft brewery teaming up with a well respected brewery in Europe. The first beer they crack open is the Castelain Two Brothers, Diversey & Lill(e); a 6.3 % ABV Bière de Garde. This beer was brewed in Benifontaine and is a collaboration between Nicholas Castelain of Brasserie Castelain and Jason Ebel of Two Brothers. The name Diversey & Lille is a riff on Chicago’s first brewery, Diversey & Lill (a Franco-American collaboration that dates back to 1833) and Lille (the capital of the North of France and a city near the Castelain brewery). An interesting beer in taste and history. Worth picking up if you can still find a bottle. Next Ken and Brad open the Flanders Fred. If you’re a fan of the Hop Cast, you can probably guess who might of been behind bringing this beer from Hair Of The Dog. Legendary brewer, Alan Sprints of Hair Of The Dog joined Dirk Naudts at De Proef to create this unique bottle conditioned beer. Flanders Fred is a blend of Flanders-sourced lambic with a collaboratively-brewed version of the famous Hair Of The Dog Fred. Really delicious and at 7.0 % ABV is a nice one to sit back and sip on and not leave you passed out on the ground.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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