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HopCast Episode 174

Episode 174: Guide To 2012 Chicago Craft Beer Week

The kick off of Chicago Craft Beer Week is just days away and there are a few things to know about the week. Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share a beer with one of the volunteer organizers Jonathan Surratt to go over a few details of the 11 day festivities. One of the important items to note are the special lanyards with maps you’re able to pick up at participating neighborhood venues that can be used to track all the locations you visit. Even if you don’t bother with the maps and stickers you’re still going to find a ton of great beers featured around the city. With around 200 participating venues and 160 featured beers to try, it’s going to be a fun 11 days.

If you’re using twitter or Google+ be sure to use the hashtag #CCBW and share all the fantastic venues you’re visiting and beers you’re drinking. We couldn’t be more excited. Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Hop Cast – Episode 95

In Hop Cast episode 95 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Sarah Huska for a couple of very interesting beers. The first one they jump into is the Hop Crisis from 21st Amendment. This was a gift sent from Shaun O’Sullivan for the Hop Cast to try on the show. The Hop Cast was told that the Hop Crisis is a triple IPA but it’s currently listed on Beer Advocate as a double IPA with an ABV of 11.80%. If you’re looking for a high AVB hop bomb then this one is right up your alley. The three of them then move onto the XXX Black Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing. The beer style name “Black IPA” has been under some debate for several months. So Jonathan Surratt jumps in while filming this episode to give his two cents on the naming convention of this style of beer. It’s important to note that since filming this episode the Brewers Association announced a new style name yesterday for this kind of beer. Its now called the American Style India Black Ale. Whatever your opinion may be on the new name, this style is great and the XXX Black Double IPA is one tasty beer.

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