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HopCast Episode 166

Episode 166: Barrel Aged Blackout Stout & Firestone Walker 15

In episode 166 of the Hop Cast Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by good friend Charlie Drews. The three of them reach for a couple barrel aged beers Brad has lying around. The first is the barrel aged version of Great Lakes Blackout Stout. The original version is a fantastic beer and is a favorite to order when it’s on tap in Chicago. Sadly this version of Blackout Stout might of been hanging around in the cellar a little too long. But being aged in oak barrels, it makes for a different flavor then you typically see from all these bourbon barrel aged beers. For the second barrel aged beer, they dive into Firestone Walker’s Fifteenth Anniversary. This beer is truly unique, blending together 8 beers; Helldorado, Sticky Monkey, Bravo, Double Double Barrel Ale, Good Foot, Velvet Merkin, Parabola, and Double Jack. If you weren’t able to pick up a bottle when it was released you might have a tricky time getting a taste of this but if you see it or know a friend who has a bottle, be sure to try it if you can.

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Beer Of The Month – March

Last March we picked Three Floyds Brian Boru for the beer of the month. It’s such a phenomenal beer we really could have picked it again. But we know many of you can’t get Brian Boru so we wanted to pick another great Irish Red Ale that many more of you can find on the shelves. For the March 2011 beer of the month we have picked Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale. This is a medium bodied beer which makes it perfect to enjoy with your Irish dinner of corned beef and potatoes. It pours out a copper amber color with a light thin white head. A bready sweetness drifts from your glass with hints of nuts and caramel. When you first take a drink those roasted malts really fill your mouth. There is a small hop bite but it’s quickly covered up with sweetness. It finishes very clean which makes it a perfect dinner beer. You can take a sip to help wash that great meal down and not have something that is going to destroy your taste buds. It’s a very smooth beer to drink and with an ABV of just 6.5% it’s easy to knock a few back. This beer has a broad appeal and should please both the craft beer fans and non-craft beer lovers.

Beer Of The Month – October


October is here and weather is getting colder, any day we could wake up and see snow coming down. With that cold weather there is nothing like warming up with a great porter. Now when most people think of October the first thing that comes to mind is usually pumpkin beers, not porters. Those pumpkin beers are great in small amounts but after awhile many of them can just become too sweet. But a great porter is much more…

So for the October beer of the month we are choosing Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. It’s an outstanding porter from a great midwest brewery. The Edmund Fitzgerald Porter pours out an opaque brownish black with about a two finger tan head. Chocolate and sugar begin to fill the air around the glass. As you get your nose closer to the glass, the coffee and roasted malts begin to cut through the sweetness. A very strong and rich aroma that is likely to suck anyone in. If you loved that aroma the taste is going to be right up your alley. You get coffee and chocolate right at the start. The sweetness doesn’t over power the taste at all, the roasted malts keep it balanced very well. Finishing bitter and dry, making you want to reach for another sip. At just 5.8% ABV, this beer packs a ton of flavor into it. It’s a great tasting beer that’s easy to drink and perfect for the season.

Hop Cast – Episode 18

In episode 18 Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are a little Surly as they try two tasty IPAs from the great state of Ohio. With them for this adventure in fine beers are two special guests from Ohio, Jess and Kevin. The four of them sample and review BuckEye Brewing’s Hippie I.P.A. and BuckEye Brewing’s Seventy-Six. Sorry no Great Lakes in this episode.

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Hop Cast – Holiday Special

The holidays are here and Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are here to show you the true meaning of season, Winter Warmers. In this Hop Cast holiday special they sample and review Great Lakes 2008 Christmas Ale and Goose Island’s 2008 Christmas Ale. Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder would like to wish everyone who watches the Hop Cast a happy and safe holiday!

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