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HopCast Episode 243

Episode 243: Sculpin IPA & Citra Hero

It’s time for some IPAs! In episode 243 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open two different IPAs, one from Illinois and one from California. We’ll see how they stack up against each other and if those west coast IPAs deserve all the hype. Kicking this off Brad and Ken open one of their favorites, the Ballast Point Brewing Company’s Sculpin IPA. Ballast Point hasn’t been in the Chicago market that long but it’s a real treat to have this beer around town, especially now that it’s in cans. This 7.0 % ABV IPA packs a bit of a sting, just like a Sculpin fish.

Next the guys open the Revolution Citra Hero. This 7.5 % IPA has multiple additions of Citra in the brew kettle and then dry-hopped with one pound per barrel of Citra. This series of beers from Revolution are great and you can’t go wrong picking up this one or even Crystal Hero.

Now go grab yourself an IPA! Thanks for watching the Hop Cast. Cheers!

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HopCast Episode 195

Episode 195: 5 Golden Rings & Bière De Noël

In episode 195, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are in the holiday spirit. This year Ken and Brad have gotten each other hand crafted ale as a gift, no surprise there. And what better way to celebrate the holidays then by drinking! Ken and Brad quickly open their gifts and give them a taste. First up is the 5 Golden Rings from The Bruery. This is a big beer coming in at 11.50 % ABV which is bound to make your holiday exciting. Next they open Bière De Noël from Brasserie Thiriez. This 5.8 % ABV is a little more closer to your traditional holiday beer.

Whatever you’re drinking this holiday we hope its good! Thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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HopCast Episode 181

Episode 181: The Bruery Cuir & Melange Number 3

Reaching into the cellar Brad pulled out a couple tasty beer for him and Ken to sample in episode 181 of the Hop Cast. This 14.50% ABV Old Ale from The Bruery made for their 3rd Anniversary, packs a punch. This beer was created by racking each anniversary beer on top of the remains from the previous year. The particular version Brad and Ken opened is 25% bourbon barrel aged. This is a beer to be shared with friends and if you do take it on alone you might not be standing afterwards. But 14.50% isn’t enough for the Hop Cast so Brad and Ken then reach for the 15.50% Melange Number 3. The Melange Number 3 is a blend of Black Tuesday, White Oak and Papier. Smelling heavily like whiskey, this beer is going to get you drunk. Sip this one and take your time. Both of these are big beers from The Bruery and after a year to two in the cellar are still hitting you with a lot of flavor.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 133

Episode 133: 21st Amendment Brewery

While in San Francisco for the Craft Brewers Conference, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder had a chance to sit down with brewer / owner Shaun O’Sullivan at 21st Amendment. Over a year ago Shaun O’Sullivan was in Chicago and was on episode 67 of the Hop Cast talking about the new release of Monk’s Blood. This time Brad and Ken got to hang out in Shaun’s town and taste the awesome beers 21st Amendment has on tap. During the episode Shaun O’Sullivan shares some stories about the brewery and talks about the latest beer release from the brewery, Bitter American. 21st Amendment isn’t available in Illinois but it is available in many other states. So if you live in or are visiting one of those states, grab a can for us.

Thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Hop Cast – Episode 53

Scott Pellman joins Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder for episode 53 of the Hop Cast. The first beer that the three of them review and sample is the Island Red from Roots Organic Brewery in Portland, OR. The Island Red is an organic beer and something fans of Fat Tire should be able to enjoy. Brad and Ken haven’t had the best luck with organic beers but this one is a decent one. They follow up the Island Red with the Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from one of their favorite breweries out in California, Stone Brewing. The Stone 13th Anniversary Ale was released on June 29th, 2009 and was only bottled once. It has an abv of 9.5%. So grab one of your favorite beers, organic or not and sit back and watch. Thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 48

Episode 48: Blue Frog Hefeweizen & DogZilla Black IPA

For episode 48 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Nick Campbell. It’s great to finally have Nick on the show, he has been a fan for sometime and Brad and Ken are both fans of his work. In this episode the three of them sample and review a hefeweizen and an IPA. The first they open is the Hefeweizen from Blue Frog out in California. They follow that up with the DogZilla Black IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing in Idaho. This might of been the first time Brad and Ken have featured a beer from Idaho, it’s always great to see what other states have to offer. So grab a beer, press play and enjoy. Thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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Hop Cast – Episode 32

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder raise their glasses to honor of friends Matt and Kristen in episode 32 of the Hop Cast. Matt and Kristen recently got married and Brad and Ken are opening up celebration beers in their honor. In this episode of the Hop Cast they sample and review Sweetwater Brewing’s Festive Ale and Port Brewing’s Santa’s Little Helper.

Thanks for watching the Hop Cast and congratulations to Matt and Kristen.

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Hop Cast – Episode 22

In episode 22 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined again by Matt Pickett. The three of them sample and review two excellent American Belgian Strong Pale Ales from California. The two beers are Lost Abbey’s Inferno Ale and Russian River’s Damnation.

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Hop Cast – Episode 17

In episode 17 Ken Hunnemeder, Brad Chmielewski and special guest Don Radlund try two delicious beers from the great state of New York. The three of them sample and review a beer from one of their favorite breweries, Southern Tier Brewing Company, their Imperial Cherry Saison and also Mendocino Brewing Company’s Winter Seasonal Imperial IPA. Something that wasn’t mentioned in this episode was that Mendocino Brewing also has a brewery in Ukiah, California.

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