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HopCast Episode 251

Episode 251: Purple Gang Pilsner & Lakefront Brewery Pilo

Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken dive into two different midwest Pilsners. First up is the 5.5 % ABV Purple Gang Pilsner from Atwater Brewery in Detroit, Michigan. This beer was brewed in strict German Tradition and is a steady reminder of the German domination of brewing before and during prohibition. Next, the guys step it up a bit with the Imperial Pilsner from Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The My Turn Series: Pilo comes in at 8.0 % ABV. It’s crisp, clean, and a deceptively big pilsner that packs a definite alcohol punch.

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HopCast Episode 226

Episode 226: Holiday Spice Lager Beer & Santa Vs. Unicorn

The holidays are here and Christmas is… well days away. In episode 226 Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder show you the true meaning of the season, sharing alcoholic beverages. Under the tree they sample a couple of big beers. First up is the 9.4% ABV Holiday Spice Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, yes.. a 9% lager!. This is a spice beer brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, orange peel, and clover honey. Next Brad and Ken open up a new one from Pipeworks Brewing Company, the Santa Vs. Unicorn. This is a 10.00 % ABV American Barleywine or maybe an Imperial Red Ale… or whatever you want it to be, either way it’s another tasty one from Pipeworks.

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder would like to wish everyone who watches the Hop Cast a happy and safe holiday!

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Fixed Gear

Beer Of The Month – March

Everyone seems to be getting out there on their bikes since the weather is un-seasonably warm. There is no better way to cap off a great bike ride then with a tasty beer. That’s why for this month we’ve picked Lakefront’s Fixed Gear for the beer of the month. This 6.5 % ABV American Red Ale is a new six pack offering from Lakefront and we couldn’t be happier. Originally you could only find this in 22 oz bombers, as far as we know. Which isn’t very bike riding friendly. You all know that the Hop Cast loves beers and bikes so a beer named after biking is perfect. Only thing better would be if this was in the can, but we’ll take it. When you pour this out you’ll notice a pale amber color; lighter then you’d find from a typical American Red Ale. Piney hops drift from the glass which isn’t a surprise because this guy was aggressively dry hopped. Hopefully you like hops because this guy drinks like an IPA; the Cascade and Chinook hops dominate. You’ll also find a nice toasted malt and carmel that tries to balance out some of those hops. If you’re a hop head you’ll find this beer very easy to drink and even easier if you just finished a long bike ride.

HopCast Episode 153

Episode 153: Pumpkin Lager Beer and Pumpkinhead Ale

In episode 153 Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are ready for halloween and are enjoying a couple pumpkin beers. They start off the episode enjoying Lakefronts Pumpkin Lager. This beer comes in at 6% ABV and is pretty easy for us to track down here in the midwest. Ken and Brad follow the Pumpkin Lager up with Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard. This 5.1% ABV pumpkin gift came from Hop Cast friend and fan Jake Williams. If you’re looking for a seasonal pumpkin beer that’s not exploding with pumpkin flavor or spices then this it the beer to try. Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski would like to wish everyone who watches the Hop Cast a Happy Halloween!

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Beer Of The Month – October

When October hits and those jack-o-lanterns start appearing in your neighbors window, the idea of a pumpkin beer just seems right. Unfortunately Pumpkin beers can be hard to find, a lot of the pumpkin beers have already come and gone and the shelves are now getting full of winter warmers and christmas ales. Luckily we were still able to still find a few Pumpkin beers left on the shelves here in Chicago and that’s why for the October beer of the month we have picked Lakefront’s Pumpkin Lager. If you’re a fan of pumpkin you are going to love this one. It’s what you want to taste without getting a ton of extra cinnamon and cloves. Sure all those heavy spices are there but it really has a solid balance. This pumpkin lager pours out a nice orange color with a foamy off-white head. The aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon erupt from your glass. The first taste is like pumpkin pie but then its picked up with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Finally it finishes with a decent amount of malts that wash away all those spices and makes you want to go back for another swig to remember what you had. This might not be a beer you want all the time but it’s perfect to sip on while you’re carving a pumpkin or watching the leaves change.