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HopCast Episode 277

Episode 277: Haymarket

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

On episode 277 of the Hop CastBrad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder have ventured out of Illinois to check out the new Haymarket Brewery that will be opening in Bridgman, Michigan. Joining them on this episode are a couple of guys you might be familiar with Pete Crowley and John Neurauter. It seems like the guys have been in this situation before when they watched Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago come together over five years ago. This is a big step for Haymarket as they grow and expand into distribution. Soon more people outside of Chicago can finally enjoy some of their award winning beers.

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HopCast Episode 273

Episode 273: Neapolitan Milk Stout & Absence Of Light

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

On episode 273 of the Hop CastBrad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are back and opening a couple Midwest Milk Stouts. First up the guys dive into the Neapolitan Milk Stout from Saugatuck Brewing Company in Michigan. This 6.0 % ABV beer is one you need to try at least once. Overall, it’s pretty amazing that they are able to get all three flavors to come through in this beer. Following that up the guys move on to a 7.10 % ABV Milk Stout from 4 Hands Brewing called Absence of Light. This is their new and improved Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout and still packs all the same flavors you loved. 4 Hands has several Milk Stouts they brew so they must be doing something right.

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HopCast Episode 239

Episode 239: Virtue Estate Series: Nichols & Virtue Percheron

Forget beer, it’s cider time! In episode 239 of the Hop CastBrad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open two bottles from the Michigan Cidery, Virtue Cider.

First up is the 6.8% ABV Virtue Estate Series: Nichols. Virtue’s Estate Series ciders are a salute to partnering farmers. Each cider represents a true expression of a single grower’s finest fresh apples, with little impact from yeast, and fermentation without barrel aging. The Nichols uses Apples sourced from Nicols Farm & Orchard of Marengo, IL. Next up is the 5.5% ABV Percheron. Percheron Cidre Fermier is dedicated to the big, beautiful horse of Normandy. Like its French cousin, it bares the unmistakable scent of the farm, a strong body, and a gentle finish. We love what Virtue is doing and it’s a real treat to have their ciders because it really makes you re-think what cider is.

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HopCast Episode 210

Episode 210: B. Nektar Meadery Necromangoco & Zombie Killer

In episode 210 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Sergio Salgado. In this episode the three of them crack open some mead or honey wine… yes you heard that right. Both of these tasty beverages are from B. Nektar Meadery in Ferndale, Michigan. To start off they open the Necromangocon, a 6% ABV mango & black pepper honey wine. Next they move on to one of Brad’s families favorites, the 6% ABV Zombie Killer Cherry Cyser. A cyser is a blend of honey and apple juice fermented together.

A bit of a departure from what you usually see on the Hop Cast but being able to explore new and different beverages can really open you up to some new flavors. Both of these are fantastic and worth picking up if you can get your hands on them, we know they tend to disappear from shelves fast.

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Beer Of The Month – April

Sometimes you just need a beer that you can drink all day without passing out in the gutter somewhere. A great session beer for a day at the park or grilling out in the backyard. These are often the beers we reach for as the weather warms up and we know we have a long day ahead. That’s why for April we have picked Founder’s All Day IPA as the beer of the month. The All Day IPA is one of the newest bottled beers from Founder’s and is a welcome addition to their line up. Although KBS is tasty, one is all you really need but with the All Day IPA, you just can’t help but have another. When you pour out the All Day IPA you get a lovely golden yellow color with about one finger of head. The fruity hops aroma drifts from the glass. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine let you know you are in for a treat. Those same flavors in the aroma follow in the taste. It’s bright, refreshing, and clean. There is mild bitterness from start to finish on this guy… it does have IPA in the name so it’s not a surprise. It’s packed with a decent amount of hops without knocking that alcohol content out of the park which is what you typically see from most IPAs lately. Now go pick yourself up a six pack and head to the backyard and fire up that grill.

HopCast Episode 171

Episode 171: Vander Mill Hard Apple Cider

Nope those aren’t beers in front of Ken and Brad, but they do contain a good amount of alcohol. In episode 171 of the Hop Cast, Ken and Brad decide to take a look at a couple local ciders. Both of these ciders are from Vander Mill in Spring Lake, Michigan. The first cider they open is the Traditional Hard Apple Cider. This 7 % ABV cider uses a blend of Michigan apples to balance acidity and fresh apple flavors. You’d almost never guess this guy was 7 % ABV. Next Ken and Brad open the 6.8 % ABV Apple Blueberry Cider. Again using Michigan produce, this cider uses Michigan blueberries to add a nice fruity flavor to the cider. Both Ken and Brad have had a few Vander Mill ciders around Chicago but this was the first time they picked up bottles. From how delicious these ciders tasted, I bet it won’t be the last time they reach for ciders at the liquor store. The amount of quality ciders coming onto the market is exciting. Although ciders are something Ken and Brad haven’t explored much. With Vander Mill and a number of other cider makers coming onto the market, you can expect to see them making another appearance on the Hop Cast.

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