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HopCast Episode 172

Episode 172: Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter & Pipeworks End Of Days

In episode 172 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by Steve Wyatt as they reach for a couple beers from two local Chicago breweries. The first beer up is Double Daisy Cutter, an Imperial IPA from Half Acre Beer Co. This is the third release of Double Daisy Cutter and it’s always a treat when it shows up. If you’re a fan of the normal Daisy Cutter then the 8.0% ABV Double Daisy Cutter is going to be right up your alley. After that tasty beer from Half Acre Beer Co. Ken and Brad grab the End Of Days from the newest Chicago Brewery, Pipeworks Brewing Company. End Of Days is a 6.1% ABV milk stout that has been aged with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and ancho chilies. The result is a rich chocolaty stout, with just a hint of spice. It’s a good beer from Pipeworks and is a great sign to come from this nanobrewery.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Hop Cast – Bike The Breweries 2010

The first Hop Cast’s Bike The Breweries was a huge success. We biked 16.5 miles and stopped at 10 Chicago breweries over the course of about 10 hours. Thank you to everyone that game out and enjoyed the day with us. We had a group of about 40 great people at one point and by the end of it we finished at Revolution Brewing with about 15.

With the success of this ride we are already looking forward to another ride next year so if you missed this one hopefully you can make it to the next one. As always thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Hop Cast – Episode 109: 10 Barrel Brewing Apocalypse IP & Half Acre / 3 Floyds Shewolf

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are once again in the backyard enjoying the Chicago summer and drinking some fine IPAs. In episode 109, they try the Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. a brewery neither one of them had tried before. This was a beer that Brad picked up while he was in Portland. Out of Bend Oregon, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. seems to have a good thing going. At 6.5% the Apocalypse IPA doesn’t knock your socks off with hops but is an easy drinking ale. They then move onto the Shewolf thats made by two of their favorite local breweries. The Shewolf was a collaboration between Half Acre and 3 Floyds. The aroma on this beer is amazing, it smells like a fresh bag of hops. Another winner from Half Acre and Three Floyds! They both seem to have some great stuff in the works and hopefully some more collaborations up their sleeve.

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HopCast Episode 97

Episode 97: Half Acre Gossamer and Cigar City Jai Alai Cedar Aged IPA

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by Ashley Routson aka The Beer Wench of the famous Drink With The Wench beer blog in episode 97 of the Hop Cast. The Beer Wench was in town for the 2010 Craft Brewers Conference and we couldn’t pass up the chance to get her on the show. The first beer the three of them crack open was the first canned beer from Half Acre Beer Company, Gossamer Golden Ale. An American Blonde Ale coming in at 4.20% ABV which makes for a very session-able beer. They had no problem putting this tall boy away and quickly moved onto the Jai Alai Cedar Aged IPA from Cigar City Brewing. This beer was part of Cigar City’s Humidor Series and has an ABV of 7.5% The Beer Wench had nothing but good things to say about this beer and the guys at Cigar City Brewing.

Both of the beers featured in this episode The Beer Wench is unable to get in California and are also hard to come by if you aren’t in Chicago or Tampa.

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Hop Cast Talks Craft Soda

Half Acre Brewing in Chicago isn’t only making delicious craft beer they are also making small batch craft sodas. You may have had sodas from Goose Island or Sprecher, but the flavors that Half Acre is producing are out there and very original. Ken and Brad was able to catch up with Michael Carroll and talk about some of the crazy and delicious flavor combinations.

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Hop Cast – Episode 79

Ken Hunnemeder & Brad Chmielewski head over to another great Chicago brewery, Half Acre Brewing in episode 79 to talk with Gabriel Magliaro & Matt Gallagher. The day Ken & Brad stopped by the guys were busy bottling the latest Baumé release. Hop Cast was able to catch up with Gabriel in the store front where he shared a little history on how Half Acre came to be and what they have coming up in the future. Gabriel breaks down their bottle release plans along with what you’ll be able to get on tap next at the brewery. After all the bottles were finished being filled Matt was able to spare a few minutes to talk about Half Acre’s delicious beers. Being one of the guys behind the beer, he shared a little insight into the brewing process on a few of their beers.

Make sure you head down to the brewery and get yourself a growler.

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5 Favorite Craft Beers Of 2009

2009 was a great year for us at the Hop Cast and for the craft beer world. There were so many great beers that were released and some really excellent new breweries that appeared on the scene. With 2010 already in full swing the Hop Cast wanted to take a look at the previous year and pick five of our favorite beers that came out last year.

Big Hugs from Half Acre
Sah’tea from Dogfish Head
Torpedo Extra IPA from Sierra Nevada
Monk’s Blood from 21st Admendment
Duck Duck Gooze from Lost Abbey

Also check out and vote for your favorite craft beer of 2009 over at The Full Pint.

Hop Cast – Yelp Summerfest (Mobile Special)

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder at Yelp Summerfest

This past Friday was the 2009 Yelp Summerfest at the Irish American Heritage Center in Irving Park. Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder made it out to the event to represent the Hop Cast and to enjoy some of the free food and beer. Some of the breweries at the event were Metropolitan, Goose Island, Half Acre, Two Brothers, Harpoon and Magic Hat. Since there were going to be a few local breweries at the event Brad and Ken figured this was a chance to do a few interviews with some more people. When Brad and Ken first got there the first beer they went for was the Metropolitan Flywheel, it seemed like a perfect refreshing way to start of the evening. The plan was to interview a few brewers and see what was happening in the craft beer world. But unfortunately everyone who was pouring the beer was extremely busy all night and didn’t have a chance to talk with the Hop Cast. With 900 + people at the event there were just too many thirsty people. But Brad and Ken did run into Courtney Baldy who is the pastry chef at Three Floyds. Courtney gave a little insight into her love of desert and beer and the kind of things she is doing at Three Floyds. Over all the Yelp event was great. The beers were excellent, especially the Metropolitan Flywheel and the Half Acre Daisy Cutter. There could of been more food since they did almost ran out of pizza at one point. If you have a chance to make it to one of the yelp events do it!

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A Brewing Renaissance In Chicago

This New York Times article was passed on to me the other day and I figured it was worth sharing with the Hop Cast audience. The article talks about the rise of craft beer in Chicago. More and more of the beers you see being served are brewed right in Chicago. Just a few years ago, you wouldn’t of seen this, it would of been PBR, Miller and Bud. Only lately has Chicago experienced a brewing renaissance of its own like you have seen over the years in Portland, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Today, local beer is popping up all over town. Now the tap handles read, Goose Island, Half Acre, Three Floyds, Metropolitan, and Flossmoor. The article is worth a read especially if you live in Chicago or if you have plans to visit. One place that the article didn’t mention was Hamburgers Mary’s new Sports Bar and Brewery, located next to the restaurant. They just started brewing beer and currently feature three home brews. Or even Moonshine who has been brewing beer for about a year now. But read the article and look for a Hop Cast review of Hamburger Mary’s beer and Moonshine in the future.