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HopCast Episode 246

Episode 246: Staghorn & Afterburner

In episode 246 of the Hop CastBrad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are ready for Oktoberfest! The two of them open up a couple midwestern Märzen / Oktoberfest’s. First up is the 6.25% ABV New Glarus Brewing Company, Staghorn Octoberfest. It’s always a real treat when anyone outside of Wisconsin can get their hands on some beer from New Glarus and even more of a treat when it’s as good as the Staghorn. Next up, Brad and Ken go local with the 5.5% ABV Metropolitan Brewing, Afterburner. Afterburner is one of the newest beers you’ll find from Metropolitan. From a brewery that focuses on all lagers, you’d expect this one to be tasty and it doesn’t disappoint. Oktoberfest is one of the best beers in the world, for one of the best parties in the world. Be sure to grab yourself a liter and enjoy the party!

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HopCast Episode 227

Episode 227: Saison Renaud & Thumbprint Saison

Happy New Year! Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are kicking off the new year with episode 227. In this episode they open a couple Saisons. First up is the Saison Renaud from Mystic Brewery in Massachusetts. This 6.5% ABV Saison pours a cloudy pale straw with a huge frothy white head. Next is a Saison from the Midwest; New Glarus’ Thumbprint Saison. If you’re not familiar with New Glarus’ Thumbprint or Unplugged series you need to fix that. These limited / seasonal releases are always great and only available in Wisconsin… like everything else from New Glarus.

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HopCast Episode 213

Episode 213: New Glarus Anniversary Strong Ale & Two Brothers 16th Anniversary Ale

In episode 213 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by Michal Thiel for a couple tasty Anniversary brews from two great midwest breweries. It’s hard to believe both these brewers have been around for so long… First up is the 20th anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus. Whenever you see a New Glarus label, you know it’s going to be a great beer but then you see that it’s one of their special releases and it’s only that much more exciting. This 20th anniversary doesn’t disappoint. Next up the three guys dive into the big 16% ABV 16 anniversary ale from Two Brothers. This tasty beer packs a punch so be sure to share with friends.

Congratulations to both these breweries on all their success and thanks for watching the Hop Cast

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HopCast Episode 169

Episode 169: Galaxy White IPA & R&D Golden Ale

In episode 169 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder explore a couple of beers with Brettanomyces. The first beer they open is the Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company. This White IPA was brewed with 100% Galaxy hops, kumquats, coriander & peppercorns. Then fermented in French Oak Foudres and Bottle conditioned with Brett. This was Brad and Ken’s first experience with Anchorage Brewing Company and if this is the sort of stuff we can expect from them, we are all going to be in for a real treat. Next Brad and Ken open a bottle of New Glarus Brewing’s R&D Golden Ale. This 7% Belgian Pale Ale is funky and refreshing. If you’re a fan of slightly funky beers this one is fantastic and makes for something that you just can’t get enough of.

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Hop Cast – Episode 98

In episode 98 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are kicking it outside with Josh Koenigs. The three of them decided to go with a style that isn’t featured that often on the Hop Cast, the Fruit Lambic. The first beer they opened was the Black Raspberry Reserve from Sly Fox Brewing. This beer was brewed with German Pils and Wheat malts and Tradition hops, with 1 lb. of red and black raspberries per gallon of beer. On a nice warm night this 8.0% beer is perfect to share with friends. The three of them follow up the raspberries with some cranberries. They open the Cranbic Ale which is part of New Glarus Brewing’s Unplugged series. Unfortunately they only had one 12 oz bottle for the three of them to share. This one was delicious and highly sought after. Don’t pass up a beer just because it was brewed with fruit because as you can tell from these two, it can turn out to be great.

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Ken & Brad’s Ten Favorite Midwest Craft Breweries

Here are Ken & Brad’s ten favorite midwest craft breweries and the towns they are in.

1. Three FloydsMunster, Indiana
Three Floyds is located just 30 minutes outside of Chicago in Muster, Indiana. These guys love the big beers. Three Floyds knows how to really bring the hops in their beers though they may be most famous for their Russian Imperial Stout, Dark Lord that tops many lists as one of the best beers in the world. Dark Lord bottles are sold only on ‘Dark Lord Day,’ the last Saturday in April where you are sure to find Brad and Ken and several thousand other fellow beer lovers in line and having a good time. Besides being an excellent brewery, they also have a brew pub that is cranking out some seriously tasty food. Don’t think you can come to Chicago and not make a trip out to see these guys

Episodes Featuring Three Floyds – Episode 3, Episode 12, Episode 23, Episode 39, Episode 66, Episode 74, Episode 75

2. Bell’sKallamazoo, Michigan
Bell’s was the first Michigan brewery to serve beer by the glass to the public. With over 20 years of brewing, Larry Bell has built a nationwide reputation with Bell’s Brewery. They played and are still playing a significant role in changing the craft beer landscape of the nation. They continue to produce a large variety of excellent beer and that’s why they are one out our favorites.

Episodes Featuring Bell’s – Episode 3, Episode 37, Episode 65, Episode 71

3. Founders BreweryGrand Rapids, Michigan
Founders Brewing is talked about constantly in the craft beer community for so many great beers and they just keep coming out with more. More flavor, bigger body, huge aromatics and increased complexity is the goal of Founders and they bring it to you. They continue to push the envelope and that’s what makes them great. Both Ken and Brad are excited to see what they have coming out in the years to come.

4. Boulevard BrewingKansas City, Missouri
Boulevard Brewing is one of the few breweries that Ken and Brad haven’t visited in the midwest. They are a fairly large brewery and also have a rather large distribution area but unfortunately you can’t find their beers in Chicago. Outside of the quality year-round brews they offer, its what they’ve been doing with their Smokestack Series releases that has really made us drink up and take notice.

Episodes Featuring Boulevard Brewing – Episode 15, Episode 56

5. New Glarus Brewing CompanyNew Glarus, Wisconsin
Just on the outskirts of the small “Swisstown” New Glarus, Wisconsin is where you will find the New Glarus Brewing Company. They are perhaps the biggest of the Wisconsin craft breweries and it’s hard to find a bar in Wisconsin that doesn’t have New Glarus beer on tap. They don’t distribute outside of Wisconsin so if you live outside of the state then a road trip is in order! Luckily Ken drives to Wisconsin often enough and brings back beers to share with fellow beer lovers in Chicagoland. As well as excellent year-round offerings, what these guys are doing with fruit is incredible! It will make the ladies and the gents in your life extra happy. Just.. wow!

Episode Featuring New Glarus Brewing Company – Episode 56

6. Jolly Pumpkin Dexter, Michigan
Jolly Pumpkin has a little something different going on there and their beers are not for everyone. Focusing on traditional rustic country style beers they use open fermentation, oak barrel aging, and bottle conditioning. Many of you know that Brad isn’t a huge fan of the sour beers but Jolly Pumpkin is slowly helping him to learn to appreciate that style and the Hop Cast really respects the quality product that Jolly Pumpkin creates.

Episodes Featuring Jolly Pumpkin – Episode 4, Episode 57, Episode 70

7. Surly BrewingBrooklyn Center, Minnesota
If you’re visiting Minnesota and love beer it’s likely you have heard of what Surly Brewing is producing. You’ll find most of their beers in 16 oz cans at local liquor stores throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. If you are willing to brave the weather in Minnesota in October and stand in line early then you get a rare, magnificent taste of their much lauded once a year release, Russian Imperial Stout; they call Darkness.

Episodes Featuring Surly Brewing – Episode 20, Episode 62, Episode 69

8. Goose IslandChicago, Illinois
Goose Island and Chicago sort of go hand and hand. They are widely distributed throughout the majority of states and many people know about their bottled beers including the much loved and praised, Bourbon County Stout. But a trip to Chicago wouldn’t be complete without seeing what else Goose Island has to offer. At the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub you’ll find about 10 beers that are not in bottles and exclusively only available there. They are constantly rotating in new offerings so make sure you stop on by and see what they have on tap.

Episodes Featuring Goose Island – Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 47, Episode 65, Episode 77

9. Two BrothersWarrenville, Illinois
Head directly west of Chicago to Warrenville and check out Two Brothers and their brew pub. Since Warrenville is Brad’s birthplace, Two Brothers holds a special spot in his heart. Two Brothers beers are solid and although with the exception of Hop Juice, many of their beers may not completely blow away the craft beer lover. They are go-to beers; the kind of beers that you can also give to your average beer friends (if you have any) and they are still going to enjoy them. When you need a good, solid beer that isn’t too experimental then a Two Brothers is a dependable choice.

Episode Featuring Two Brothers – Episode 11

10. KuhnhennWarren, Michigan
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is your typical hardware store turned microbrewery story… ok there’s nothing typical about Kuhnhenn. Run by brothers Bret and Eric Kuhnhenn in the small town of Warren, Michigan these brothers have the craft beer community talking. You can find their beers in 12 oz and 22 oz bottles. And if you see them, pick them up because they are pretty amazing. A couple favorites are the Simcoe Silly, Creme Brulee Java Stout & the Solar Eclipse.

Honorable Mention
With so many great top notch breweries in the midwest it was hard to just pick 10. There were a few that almost made the list and we just wanted to give them props for what they are doing.
Half AcreChicago, IL
Metropolitan BrewingChicago, IL
Dark Horse BrewingMarshall, Michigan
Futhermoore BeerSpring Green, Wisconsin

Hop Cast – Episode 56

Brad Stark joins Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder for episode 56 of the Hop Cast. The first beer the three of them review and sample is one straight out of Ken’s keg. It is the Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing. New Glarus is a classic midwest brewery that is rather difficult to find out of the state of Wisconsin. The Stone Soup is a Belgian Pale Ale and has an ABV of 5.3%. After that delicious midwest beer the three of them move onto the Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing. The Double Joker was a trade to Ken from Dale Miskimins and was well worth the trade. Brad and Ken really haven’t experienced too many double Witbier’s but this beer made them want to try some more. The Two Jokers has an ABV of 8.0% and overall just plain rocked! Brad and Ken previously had a couple Boulevard Brewing beers on another episode and those also didn’t disappoint. If you can find any of Boulevard’s beers in your area, we highly recommend giving them a try.

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