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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 214

Episode 214: Grassroots Arctic Saison & Oak Aged Bretta

In episode 214 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Rick Wildt for a couple brett Saisons. If you haven’t had a brett Saison, well you’re missing out; get to the store and find yourself a bottle. Brett Saisons are great on some of these warmer summer days, they are refreshing and extremely interesting. First up is the Grassroots Arctic Saison. This was a collaboration beer between Hill Farmstead Brewery and Anchorage Brewing Co. Being one of the first beers the Hop Cast has had from Hill Farmstead Brewery, it was a real treat. Next up is the Oak Aged Bretta from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales. Brad and Maeve recently took a trip out to Oregon and stopped by the brewery to pick up this 8% ABV treat.

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HopCast Episode 189

Episode 189: Cisco Brewers Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale & Cigar City Brewing Cucumber Saison

In episode 189 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are sipping on a couple Saisons. The first one they crack open is the Island Reserve: Saison Farmhouse Ale from Massachusetts brewery; Cisco Brewers Inc. This is the first time Cisco Brewers has been featured on the Hop Cast so it’s always great to explore a new brewery. This 6 % ABV saision is light and easy to drink and since this one was fermented with Brettanomyces and a Saison yeast in a 50 hectoliter french oak cask, it makes for some interesting flavors. After that funky Saison, Brad and Ken open a beer that they’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about and the reviews seem to be mixed on it. It’s the Cucumber Saison from Cigar City Brewing. Not being able to get Cigar City beers here in Chicago, it’s always a treat to have something from this Florida brewery. The Cucumber Saison is a 5 % ABV which makes it very easy to knock back. The idea of cucumbers in beer might be a turn off but don’t let it scare you away, it makes for a highly enjoyable beer. If this were in cans or 12 oz bottles, it would be a perfect summer lawnmower beer.

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Hop Cast – Episode 76

The Hop Cast has gone wild for episode 76. Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up the caged and corked Weyerbacher Riserva. As soon as Charlie Drews heard the Hop Cast was opening a bottle of Weyerbacher on the show he jumped at the chance to be on… it may be his favorite brewery. The Riserva is aged in oak barrels with red raspberry puree and Brettanomyces yeast. Coming in with an ABV of 11.40% this ale isn’t messing around. Wild ales aren’t something that is featured that often on the Hop Cast so Ken takes the time to explain what makes a wild ale different from a sour ale and how the process has changed over the years. After the Weyerbacher they move onto the Jack D’Or from Pretty Things. Pretty Things is new on the craft beer scene so it was great to try one of their beers on the show. The Jack D’Or is a saison with an ABV of 6.4%. Currently they offer about four beers with Jack D’Or being their flagship beer.

Grab yourself a beer and get wild with the Hop Cast.

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