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HopCast Episode 204

Episode 204: The Alchemist Heady Topper & Dogfish Head Burton Baton

In episode 204 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski crack open a couple IPAs. It’s been a while since they’ve featured an IPA on the Hop Cast which is a bit of a surprise. First up is the Heady Topper from The Alchemist. This 8 % ABV IPA is currently the number one beer on beeradvocate and for good reason, it’s delicious. What’s surprising is how different this beer is in the can, then when it was poured out into a glass. The Alchemist does recommend drinking it from the can but we had to test this for ourselves. Next, Ken pulls out a 5 year old Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery that had been hidden away in his basement. This beer really shouldn’t of been aged for this long but it was interesting to see how well it held up over the years. Remember when you drink those IPAs, the sooner the better.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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HopCast Episode 165

Episode 165: A Discussion With Pete Crowley On Cellaring

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski sit down with Pete Crowley in the barrel room of Haymarket Pub & Brewery. After a long stout tasting with a group of friends the three of them recall some of their favorites and discuss the issues with cellaring beers. For them the stand out beers of the night were mainly the fresher or newer beers. Most of the cellaring didn’t improve the beers. Pete shares why cellaring your beers really isn’t the best idea for a lot of beers. Although they may age for five to ten years in the bottle you are going to lose some of the qualities that the brewer wanted to achieve when they first brewed the beer.

While cellaring beer can be a fun experiment, it doesn’t always produce great results. Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Below is the list of beers we sampled at the Stout Tasting that night.

2010 Bruery Black Tuesday
2011 Bruery Black Tuesday
2009 Surly Darkness
2008 Surly Darkness
Firestone Walker 15
2007 BCS
2011 BCS
2011 Coffee BCS
BCS Rare
Barrel Aged Santas little helper
2008 KBS
2011 KBS
2011 CSB
Brew Dog Paradox
2010 Big Eddy Rye
2010 Big Eddy BBA
Old Rasputin 14
Nebraska Brewing Black Betty
2008 Dark Lord
2009 Dark Lord
2010 Dark Lord
2011 Dark Lord
2011 Brandy Dark Lord
2011 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord
2009 Black-Ops
Heartwood
Fitgers Bourbon Barrel Aged stout
Jackie o’s Kopi Luwak

Hop Cast – Episode 162: Hair Of The Dog Doggie Claws

In episode 162 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder dig deep into Brad’s cellar and pull out 10 years of Doggie Claws from Hair Of The Dog. This 11.5 % ABV Barleywine was first first brewed by the Portland brewery, Hair of the Dog in 2001. Brad didn’t have a bottle of that very first years Doggie Claws but the ten years start at 2002 and move up to the most current release from this past holiday. It was great to see how this beer changed over time and to speculate on how the recipe might have been adjusted from year to year. If you’re hiding any bottles in your cellar for that special occasion, you’ll see that we didn’t come across any major issues with any of the years which was pretty surprising and amazing for such a big vertical.

Hope you enjoy this very special episode and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Hop Cast – Episode 148: Dogfish Head Olde School

Its time for a little vertical tasting in episode 148 of the HopCast. Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski have been sitting on these two bottles of Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine for quite a while. They picked up the 2004 and 2008 bottles while they were out at the Dogfish Head brewery a few years ago. This beer was a perfect example of what proper cellaring can accomplish. Keep an eye out for this beer, its usually available in November. Olde School is around 15% ABV so when you are ready to taste it, either cellared or fresh, make sure to share some with others!

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