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HopCast Episode 289

Episode 289: Half Acre Tuna & Toppling Goliath Tsunami

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

On episode 289 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up two low ABV tall boys. It is always fantastic to see such well renowned breweries releasing crushable beers, especially as the weather is warming up. The first can the guys open up is the Half Acre Beer Company Tuna. This is a 4.5% ABV American Pale Ale and was previously called Golden Tuna before it was released in can. Half Acre continues to do no wrong with this release and this will likely become a main stay beer for both Brad and Ken. The question still remains if it pairs well with Tuna…

After the Half Acre Tuna, BradKen reach for a can from a brewery that recently entered the Chicago market; Toppling Goliath. Toppling Goliath pseudoSue has been a talked about beer for a couple years now and it’s nice to see they aren’t just a one hit wonder. The Toppling Goliath Tsunami is a 5.0% ABV American Pale Ale that is smooth, and has a very easy finish.

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HopCast Episode 287

Episode 288: Noon Whistle Cozmo Pale Ale & Coronado Easy Up

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

On episode 288 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up a couple of canned craft beers. First up the guys open a can from a new-ish Illinois brewery, Noon Whistle. This can is their year round 5.0% ABV Cozmo Pale Ale. The falconer flight hops in this beer give off a very easy grapefruit nose. Although the brewery isn’t in Chicago, it’s a pretty easy drive for anyone looking to check out the space and it’s right next to the Whirlyball in Lombard, so that’s an extra bonus. After the Cozmo Pale Ale, Brad & Ken reach for a can from a brewery they are rather familiar with from out in California, Coronado. Chicago’s beer scene has exploded and sometimes these out of state breweries can get skipped over, which is too bad because Coronado’s Easy Up Pale Ale is excellent. Coming in at 5.2% ABV, the Easy Up has a bright hoppy taste that just makes you want to enjoy some afternoon drinking at the beach.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 179

Episode 179: Lazy Magnolia Brewing Deep South Pale & Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale

Episode 179 of the Hop Cast features a couple beers Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder haven’t heard much about since the beers aren’t available in Chicago. Lazy Magnolia was Mississippi’s first package brewery since Prohibition. Guess everyone in Mississippi must have been drinking all the beer so there wan’t a need to ship it out of state. It’s great to see Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company being the first and helping get more craft beer into peoples hands. The first beer Brad and Ken open is the Deep South Pale Ale. The Deep South Pale Ale is a 5.21 % that’s very well balanced. Not your typical hopped up Pale Ale that we tend to see on the shelves these days. This is a great year round beer that might not be right for a 100 degree day but for any other occasion, works just fine. Following up the Deep South Pale Ale is the World Beer Cup winner, Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale. This 4.39 % ABV English Brown Ale isn’t as an extreme flavor as you’re expect. It’s not your Winter Warmer backed with heavy roast and spice. Instead the pecans are used just like grain and provide a nutty characteristic and a delightful depth to the flavor profile. Both of these beers were tasty and should be able to be enjoyed by the beer nerds out there or first time craft beer drinkers.

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HopCast Episode 228

Episode 28: Yazoo Brewing Hefeweizen & Yazoo Pale Ale

Join Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski in episode 28 of the Hop Cast as they serve up another part of their fifty part series, this time sampling two beers from Tenseness. Ken and Brad review two beers from Yazoo Brewing, their Hefeweizen and the Yazoo Pale Ale. This episode wouldn’t have been possible without Ken’s friend and Hop Cast fan Stacy.

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