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HopCast Episode 180

Episode 180: Organic Beer

In episode 180 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski go green. Ken and Brad have three beers they are tasting in this episode so it’s a lot to cover in a short amount of time. First up is a beer that they both have heard great things about for awhile, the Honey Basil from Bison Brew. This beer is infused with organic honey for its aromatic sweetness and fresh organic basil to lend a slight herbal note. After the Honey Basil Ken and Brad open an organic German Pilsner from Brauerei Pinkus Mueller. This 5.2 % ABV beer is very refreshing and perfect for these hot summer days. For the final beer in this episode Ken and Brad go a little darker and open a Munich Dunkel Lager. The Lammsbräu Organic Dunkel is in your classic green bottle so it’s can be worrisome that you might get a bad beer. This wasn’t the case here. This might not be what you’re expecting but it’s awesome to see an organic beer in this style. All of these Organic beers are home runs!

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HopCast Episode 170

Hop Cast – Episode 170: Jinx Proof & Surly Smoke

After a couple big beers in the previous episodes Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski decide to dive into a couple lagers for episode 170. First up is Jinx Proof from 3 Floyds. This continental-style pils was brewed in collaboration with Jinx Proof tattoo in Washington D.C. At 5.10% ABV it’s the kind of beer that you can sip on pretty much all day. Next up, Ken and Brad move onto a bit bigger of a beer. The 8.2% ABV Surly Smoke. This beer is Lager-brewed, like any true Baltic Porter. Made with smoked malts from Bamberg, Germany, the home of Rauchbiers, then mellowed by oak-aging. Maybe not a beer to sip on all day but this would be a great beer with some food straight from the grill.

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Hop Cast – Episode 149: Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are still enjoying beers in the backyard on the couch in episode 149. Rather than reaching for more hopped up ales the two of them reach for a lager. This episode they try the Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager from Great Northern Brewing Co. This 4.6 % ABV beer is a nice treat to drink instead of those low quality macro-lager cans which seem to dominate the market. Definitely a beer both Ken and Brad wouldn’t mind seeing on tap in Chicago to cool down those warm summer days. What was really fun about this episode was getting to see if the bottle beer and canned beer taste any different. There are a lot of different factors that could effect the taste of the beers but it was great to see the outcome. Drinking in the back yard, the can makes for the superior choice and is the winner for us.

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Hop Cast – Episode 72

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder bring you some beer information as an intro to beer course in episode 72 of the Hop Cast. The two of them look at the differences between an ale and a lager. They explain that the key difference between an ale and a lager is in the fermentation. Lagers are fermented at a much lower temperature, and usually with a different yeast, than an ale. The lager Brad and Ken picked to drink is the Flywheel from Metropolitan. The Flywheel is classified as a German Pilsner and has an AVB of 5.5%. A Pilsner is a type of pale lager, or in this case a “bright lager”. After this excellent lager Brad and Ken move onto an ale. The ale they picked to talk about is the Third Eye P.A. from Steamworks, it is an American IPA and has a ABV of 6.4%. The important distinction for ales is that they use a top-fermenting yeast and are fermented at higher temperatures and thus ferment more quickly than lagers. Brad and Ken just scratch the surface in the differences of a lager and an ale. Hopefully you learned something and now can know a little more about what you might be drinking. Stay tuned for future beer 101 episodes like this from the Hop Cast.

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