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HopCast Episode 269

Episode 269: Citra Ass Down & Big Hundo IPA

Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

On episode 269 of the Hop CastBrad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder reach for a couple big cans of IPAs. The first one the guys crack is the Citra Ass Down from Against The Grain BreweryBrad and Ken have had a number of Against The Grain Brewery beers on the Hop Cast over the years and they are always fantastic. This double IPA coming in at 8.20 % ABV doesn’t disappoint. This is a very hop forward American style IPA. Brewed with Pale, Vienna, Munich and wheat malt for a solid base for all American hops, focusing mainly on the variety “Citra.” Following up this the guys move onto the Big Hundo IPA from Magic Hat Brewing. Many people only know Magic Hat Brewing as the #9 brewery but they have always made some other very solid beers. The Big Hundo IPA is a 9.0 % ABV double IPA, the name comes from the IBUS which clock in at 100. For being 100 IBU’s, this beers isn’t only bitter to be bitter and is balanced fairly well.

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Hop Cast – Yelp Summerfest (Mobile Special)

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder at Yelp Summerfest

This past Friday was the 2009 Yelp Summerfest at the Irish American Heritage Center in Irving Park. Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder made it out to the event to represent the Hop Cast and to enjoy some of the free food and beer. Some of the breweries at the event were Metropolitan, Goose Island, Half Acre, Two Brothers, Harpoon and Magic Hat. Since there were going to be a few local breweries at the event Brad and Ken figured this was a chance to do a few interviews with some more people. When Brad and Ken first got there the first beer they went for was the Metropolitan Flywheel, it seemed like a perfect refreshing way to start of the evening. The plan was to interview a few brewers and see what was happening in the craft beer world. But unfortunately everyone who was pouring the beer was extremely busy all night and didn’t have a chance to talk with the Hop Cast. With 900 + people at the event there were just too many thirsty people. But Brad and Ken did run into Courtney Baldy who is the pastry chef at Three Floyds. Courtney gave a little insight into her love of desert and beer and the kind of things she is doing at Three Floyds. Over all the Yelp event was great. The beers were excellent, especially the Metropolitan Flywheel and the Half Acre Daisy Cutter. There could of been more food since they did almost ran out of pizza at one point. If you have a chance to make it to one of the yelp events do it!

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