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HopCast Episode 190

Episode 190: Castelain Two Brothers Diversey & Lill(e) & Flanders Fred

This is a really neat episode, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski crack open two beers that were each collaboration beers. Both had an American craft brewery teaming up with a well respected brewery in Europe. The first beer they crack open is the Castelain Two Brothers, Diversey & Lill(e); a 6.3 % ABV Bière de Garde. This beer was brewed in Benifontaine and is a collaboration between Nicholas Castelain of Brasserie Castelain and Jason Ebel of Two Brothers. The name Diversey & Lille is a riff on Chicago’s first brewery, Diversey & Lill (a Franco-American collaboration that dates back to 1833) and Lille (the capital of the North of France and a city near the Castelain brewery). An interesting beer in taste and history. Worth picking up if you can still find a bottle. Next Ken and Brad open the Flanders Fred. If you’re a fan of the Hop Cast, you can probably guess who might of been behind bringing this beer from Hair Of The Dog. Legendary brewer, Alan Sprints of Hair Of The Dog joined Dirk Naudts at De Proef to create this unique bottle conditioned beer. Flanders Fred is a blend of Flanders-sourced lambic with a collaboratively-brewed version of the famous Hair Of The Dog Fred. Really delicious and at 7.0 % ABV is a nice one to sit back and sip on and not leave you passed out on the ground.

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HopCast Episode 188

Episode 188: Revolution Oktoberfest & Bridgeport Witch Hunt

The seasons are changing, the harvest and pumpkin beers are in full swing. That’s why in episode 188 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are cracking open a couple great seasonal beers. The first beer they open is the Oktoberfest from Revolution Brewing. Revolution recently opened up their production brewery where they have been packaging 20 oz bombers and cans of their delicious treats. Brad and Ken really should have their steins out for this beer to truly get into the spirit. Next the two of them open the Witch Hunt from Bridgeport. This is a 5.8 % harvest ale that’s sweet and somewhat spiced. Making for a perfect treat as the weather is getting cooler.

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HopCast Episode 168

Episode 168: Jubel 2010 & Miskatonic Dark Rye

In episode 168 of the Hop Cast Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski reach for a couple beers from the Pacific Northwest. The first beer is the Jubel 2010 (Once A Decade Ale) from a brewery Ken and Brad are very familiar with Deschutes. This 10% American strong ale had been hanging around in Brad’s cellar for a few years and might a bit past it prime. But the beer has really held up very well especially after Ken and Brad have had so many cellar fails lately. The Jubel was tasty but likely was a lot better when it was fresh or with less age on it. After the Jubel Ken and Brad crack open a bottle of Miskatonic Dark Rye from Captured By Porches Brewing Company. This 5.6 % ABV Rye Beer is 56% Organic and labeled as vegan. Ken explains how beers can be labeled as vegan and why many other craft beers aren’t or can’t be vegan. This was a really tasty beer from Captured By Porches Brewing Company and you can count on Brad bringing some more bottles back from Portland, OR on his next trip. Seems like you can always count on some great beers from the Pacific Northwest.

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Hop Cast – Episode 53

Scott Pellman joins Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder for episode 53 of the Hop Cast. The first beer that the three of them review and sample is the Island Red from Roots Organic Brewery in Portland, OR. The Island Red is an organic beer and something fans of Fat Tire should be able to enjoy. Brad and Ken haven’t had the best luck with organic beers but this one is a decent one. They follow up the Island Red with the Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from one of their favorite breweries out in California, Stone Brewing. The Stone 13th Anniversary Ale was released on June 29th, 2009 and was only bottled once. It has an abv of 9.5%. So grab one of your favorite beers, organic or not and sit back and watch. Thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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Hair Of The Dog

Recently my finacee and I were in Portland, Or visiting with family. Portland has so many different breweries and its almost overwhelming. The two of us have visited Portland a number of times and we’ve been able to make it to most of the breweries around town. Including Lucky Lab, Roots, Hopworks, Rogue, Deschutes… the list could go on and on. On our most recent trip we decided to check out a few breweries we hadn’t made it to especially since new ones are opening all the time. This time the spot that was highest on my list to visit was the Hair Of The Dog brewery. We had just missed the 2009 FredFest the weekend before. But that didn’t stop us from setting up a time to visit the brewery. Recently Hair Of The Dog has become my favorite brewery. My love affair with them started about a year ago on my last trip to Portland, Or. Being from Chicago you almost never see a beer from Hair Of The Dog unless you are at an event and some generous person brings a bottle to share. Hair Of The Dog makes powerful, delicious beer. The 2008 Doggie Claws is amazing and one of my favorite beers; I’m having a hard time not drinking the ones I have in my fridge. I also think if Alan the brewmaster ever did any sort of Russian Imperial it would probably blow away the Darklord. So in other words I was extremely excited to be visiting Hair Of The Dog and seeing where the magic happens.

You have to call before you visit Hair Of The Dog and see if Alan, the brewmaster is going to be around to give a tour. He isn’t at the brewery brewing every day like many of the other larger operations, so you have to work around his schedule. We set a time in the late afternoon to stop by the brewery. Finding the brewery is sort of tricky, you either have to know the Portland road system very well or use the directions on the Hair Of The Dog website. Once we finally found the place we pulled up to see the door of the brewery open and ready for us to enter. As you walk in it is sort of like walking into someone’s very large garage. Barrels are piled all around and off in the back you can see all the brewing equipment. The size of the place is less than half of the newly opened Metropolitan Brewery in Chicago. When we walked in further we found Alan stirring the brew kettle, he was on his first batch for the day with three more to go. Alan finished what he was doing and then welcomed us to his brewery. The tour started and ended almost at once, you basically walk around in a small circle and Alan explains what everything is. My favorite part of the “tour” was being able to see all the barrels he had and what was being aged in each one. After Alan showed us around the brewery we stepped up to his bar to try what he had on tap. He gave a little history about the brewery and talked about each of his beers. Alan had five beers for us to sample; Greg, Fred, Blue Dot, Ruth, & the 2008 Doggie Claws. The Greg was the only one I had not had and one of the more unique beers I have had recently. He doesn’t use any hops in the Greg, only squash.

Overall it was great to visit the brewery and I greatly appreciate Alan for taking time out of his day to show me and the finacee around. If you’re in Portland or just visiting and you love beer, be sure to make the time for Hair Of The Dog.