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Hop Cast – Episode 158: 5 Years Later & Bell’s 25th Anniversary Ale

In episode 158 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder decide to open a couple Anniversary Ales. First up is a beer they got from Lee Williams, AKA Hoptopia. It’s the Captain Lawrence 5 Years Later Ale. Brewed with five different malts and five hop varieties; this deep, dark and hoppy 10% ABV ale is meant to be enjoyed with friends. Next up, they love on the Bell’s 25th Anniversary Ale. This strong 8.50% ABV amber ale carries on the Bell’s tradition of flavorful, balanced beers. Brewed with 100% Michigan-grown barley. Both Brad and Ken would recommend opening up this bottle if you have one in the cellar, it is tasting excellent.

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Hop Cast – Episode 147: Sixpoint Sweet Action & Bengali Tiger

For episode 147 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Jake Williams. The three of them crack open a few cans from Sixpoint that Lee Williams, aka Hoptopia was nice enough to drop off with us on his way out west. Both of these beers are lower in ABV and meant to be session ales. So you’ll have little trouble knocking back a few of these tall boys and then going about your day. The first beer the three of them open is the Sweet Action. This is an extremely well balanced Cream Ale, which is exactly what you want to see from this style. Next up was the 6.4% Bengali Tiger IPA. After seeing so many hopped up IPAs and Pale Ales it was great to see a beer that was balanced and not overly hopped. Both were decent beers and it makes sense why this brewery has taken off. If you’re in New York, enjoy!

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Hop Cast – Episode 142: Captain Lawrence Smoke From The Oak

In episode 142 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up three Imperial Porters from Captain Lawrence. These three beers come from Hop Cast fan and friend Lee Williams, AKA Hoptopia. Brad and Ken had a hard time deciding which of the these smoke from oak beers to jump into first. But after a bit of a debate they decide to go wine barrel first and then the apple brandy and end it with the rum barrel. It was interesting to see how different these beers were just based on the barrels they were aged in. If you get a chance to check these out you should grab one but at 12.00% ABV we’d recommend you share with several friend

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