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HopCast Episode 221

Episode 221: Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin & Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin

Halloween is just around the corner and that means fall and pumpkin beers are in full swing. Well, if you can still find them on the shelves… In episode 221 of the Hop CastBrad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder found a couple Imperial Pumpkin Ales from the east coast to sample. First up is the Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.’s Brush And Barrel Series. This 8.0 % ABV Pumpkin Ale comes in one of the fanciest beer boxes we’ve seen in a long time. Next up is the Smashed Pumpkin, a 9.0 % ABV beer from Shipyard Brewing Co. If you’re from Maine, then you’ll be pretty familiar with the Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale. If you’re looking to step it up a bit or just looking for a bottle to share with friends then Smashed Pumpkin might be right up your alley.

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HopCast Episode 153

Episode 153: Pumpkin Lager Beer and Pumpkinhead Ale

In episode 153 Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are ready for halloween and are enjoying a couple pumpkin beers. They start off the episode enjoying Lakefronts Pumpkin Lager. This beer comes in at 6% ABV and is pretty easy for us to track down here in the midwest. Ken and Brad follow the Pumpkin Lager up with Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard. This 5.1% ABV pumpkin gift came from Hop Cast friend and fan Jake Williams. If you’re looking for a seasonal pumpkin beer that’s not exploding with pumpkin flavor or spices then this it the beer to try. Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski would like to wish everyone who watches the Hop Cast a Happy Halloween!

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Beer Of The Month – October

When October hits and those jack-o-lanterns start appearing in your neighbors window, the idea of a pumpkin beer just seems right. Unfortunately Pumpkin beers can be hard to find, a lot of the pumpkin beers have already come and gone and the shelves are now getting full of winter warmers and christmas ales. Luckily we were still able to still find a few Pumpkin beers left on the shelves here in Chicago and that’s why for the October beer of the month we have picked Lakefront’s Pumpkin Lager. If you’re a fan of pumpkin you are going to love this one. It’s what you want to taste without getting a ton of extra cinnamon and cloves. Sure all those heavy spices are there but it really has a solid balance. This pumpkin lager pours out a nice orange color with a foamy off-white head. The aroma of pumpkin and cinnamon erupt from your glass. The first taste is like pumpkin pie but then its picked up with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Finally it finishes with a decent amount of malts that wash away all those spices and makes you want to go back for another swig to remember what you had. This might not be a beer you want all the time but it’s perfect to sip on while you’re carving a pumpkin or watching the leaves change.

HopCast Episode 59

Episode 59: New Holland Ichadob Ale & Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

In Episode 59 Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are ready for halloween and are enjoying a couple pumpkin beers. They start off the episode enjoying Ken’s pumpkin porter homebrew that he had stashed away. They follow that up with the New Holland Ichadob Ale. This beer is usually pretty easy to find at your local beer store in the midwest. It comes in at 5.5% ABV which makes it a good session ale.Ken and Brad follow the Ichadob Ale up with Pumpkin Ale from Schlafly. This 8.0% ABV pumpkin gift came from Hop Cast fan Steve Wyatt. The Schlafly Pumpkin Ale packs some great flavors and is highly recommended, if you can find it. Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski would like to wish everyone who watches the Hop Cast a Happy Halloween!

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HopCast Episode 10

Episode 10: Dogfish Head’s Punkin’ Ale, Jack’s Pumpkin Spice & Pumking

Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder with special guest Charlie Drews show you the true meaning of Halloween in episode 10… pumpkin beers. The three of them evaluate Dogfish Head’s Punkin’ Ale, Jack’s Pumpkin Spice from Anheuser-Busch and Southern Tier Brewing’s Pumking. While they are in season be sure to pick up your preferred pumpkin beer. Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski wish everyone who watches the Hop Cast a Happy Halloween!

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