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Hop Cast – Episode 75

For episode 75 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are at Three Floyds once again but this time with Lincoln Anderson the Minister of Propaganda for Three Floyds. Lincoln shares a little background about Three Floyds and what they have going on. He also shares some info about the much anticipated 2010 Dark Lord Day. What came as a surprise to Ken and Brad was the length of time before the event that they brew Dark Lord. If you are in the area, make sure you make it out to Munster, Indiana to check out what Three Floyds and Three Floyds Pub has to offer.

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Beer Of The Month – September


We hate to say it but fall is coming whether you are ready for it or not. With changing seasons comes new beers, so this month Ken and Brad decided to pick a beer to help usher in the coming cold weather. The Hop Cast September beer of the month is the Moloko Milk Stout from Three Floyds. If you watch the Hop Cast often you know that Brad and Ken are huge Three Floyds fans so its really no surprise for them to pick one of Three Floyds beers as a beer of the month. The Moloko recently just started appearing on the shelves again. It is usually available for three to four months in the fall to early winter. When you pour out the Moloko it is pitch black with a small one finger chocolaty brown head. Coffee and sweet chocolate notes begin to erupt from the glass. In addition there are some nice overtones of vanilla and caramel adding nice depth. Don’t be scared if this beer is a little too sweet at first. The sweet malts and sugar hit you right off. But immediately that Inteligencia coffee kicks in and washes out the heavy sweet taste. The bitter tasting coffee is combined with a dash of hops to help balance the entire beer out. For a 7% ABV this beer isn’t too heavy but it does leave your mouth feeling silky and creamy after every sweet sip. If you’re lucky enough to pick up a bottle while it is available, you can easily enjoy it alone or share it with friends. Another great beer from Three Floyds!

A Look At Dark Lord Day 2009

This years Three Floyds Dark Lord day was much better then last year. I’m not just saying that because Ken & I ended up leaving with some bottles of Dark Lord this year. The line to buy Dark Lord moved so much quicker. We ended up getting there at about 12:00, Don and Mitchell Radlund had gotten there before us and already had a place in line. Ken and I dropped off the beer we brought to trade and share and ran off to get a sample of the Dark Lord 09. The golden ticket allowed a free Dark Lord sample of the 09 version. The line for this took about 30 minutes to make it through and that was around 12:30 pm. At that time they hadn’t tapped any of the guest beers so the choices were Dark Lord or the standard Three Floyds line. So I could understand why everyone was in that line. Once we finally had our Dark Lord we got back in the main line to share the samples. The beer was great! Much more drinkable and more balanced then last years. While drinking the sample we traded a few beers and bought some tamales from a lady selling them. If you didn’t get tamales from this lady you should feel lucky, some of the worst I have ever had. But it was food and I didn’t want to wait in the food line until after I had bottles of Dark Lord in my hands. The line was moving pretty quickly. Maeve and Mitchell said they would hold our spot in line while Ken, Don and myself went to buy some Popskull. Having a separate place to buy the other beers was a great idea. There was no line for this so it was very easy to walk up and get a few other beers you wanted to pick up that day. At this point our spot in line was only about 100 people away from the Dark Lord bottles… I quickly ran back to the car to drop off some of our stuff and then as soon as I got back they were walking in to buy Dark Lord. All of us got out Golden Ticket limit of four bottles. They had a lot more people taking cash and giving out beer this year which I think was helping the line move faster. Dark Lord was now in hand and it was time to drop it off at the car and enjoy some more of the festival.

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The beer continued to flow all day. Along with the Dark Lord 09 sample we were able to sample the oak-aged and Vanilla Bean 2009 Dark Lord. These were on tap at the same place as the guest beers. The guest beer area was in a terrible location and was just a crowed mess. Some of the guest beers we were able to try were the Vintage Harvest Ale, Canadian Breakfast Stout and Oak-Aged with cherries Behemoth. I didn’t get to try any of the Stone beers which was a bummer, but there was so much other stuff I don’t think I missed it. One of the worst lines we stood in was the line to get into the brewpub but the payoff was huge. Inside the Three Floyds brewpub they had the 2008 Dark Lord and the Vanilla Bean and oak-aged version of that. Unfortunately the Vanilla Bean 2008 was gone by the time we got in. But the oak-aged 2008 was fabulous. They also had a ton of other beers inside to try… I could see why this line was so long and moved so slow. Around 4:00 / 5:00 pm they started selling more Golden Tickets to buy more Dark Lord. I still had some cash so figured I would grab another four to trade and share with people. In the end I walked away with a good amount of Dark Lord. Very happy with this years event. Three Floyds stepped it up big time after the disappointment of last year.

Something Three FloydsThree Floyds should think about is moving the food tent and line away from the brew pub line. All the lines got very confusing at points, something to separate things might of helped. Next year I might hang out and drink and then just grab my beer before I leave. No real need to wait in the line when you have a golden ticket.