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HopCast Episode 189

Episode 189: Cisco Brewers Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale & Cigar City Brewing Cucumber Saison

In episode 189 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are sipping on a couple Saisons. The first one they crack open is the Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Massachusetts brewery; Cisco Brewers Inc. This is the first time Cisco Brewers has been featured on the Hop Cast so it’s always great to explore a new brewery. This 6 % ABV saision is light and easy to drink and since this one was fermented with Brettanomyces and a Saison yeast in a 50 hectoliter french oak cask, it makes for some interesting flavors. After that funky Saison, Brad and Ken open a beer that they’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about and the reviews seem to be mixed on it. It’s the Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing. Not being able to get Cigar City beers here in Chicago, it’s always a treat to have something from this Florida brewery. The Cucumber Saison is a 5 % ABV which makes it very easy to knock back. The idea of cucumbers in beer might be a turn off but don’t let it scare you away, it makes for a highly enjoyable beer. If this were in cans or 12 oz bottles, it would be a perfect summer lawnmower beer.

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Hop Cast – Episode 135: Saison Athene & Cigar City Papaya IPA

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by two special guests in episode 135 of the Hop Cast; Charlie Drews and Greer Davis. The four of them decide to open up two different beers from a couple Florida breweries. If you’ve been watching the Hop Cast for a while you might remember Brad and Ken were trying to highlight beers from every state in the US. The journey continues in this episode. First up is the Saison Athene from Saint Somewhere Brewing. This beer has an ABV of 7.5% and is incredibility balanced. They then follow the Saison Athene up with the Cigar City Jai Alai IPA with Papaya. Cigar City has a number of beers that use the Jal Alai IPA as the base which always makes for a great starting point. This American IPA has an ABV of 7.5% and isn’t one to pass up if you get a chance.

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