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HopCast Episode 287

Episode 287: Wiseacre Gotta Get Up To Get Down & Stone Xocoveza

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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 287 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder try to warm up with a couple of stouts. Their first beer is from Wiseacre Brewing, a brewery that the guys are extremely excited to see arrive in Chicago. Wiseacre Brewing is brewing out of Memphis, TN but the brewer cut his teeth here in Chicago and has been on the Hop Cast a number of times. The guys dive into a can of Gotta Get Up To Get Down, a 5.0% ABV Coffee Milk Stout. If you’ve been watching the Hop Cast for awhile then you know that these guys love their coffee almost as much as their beer. Here the coffee is bold but not overpowering, making for a beer you can knock back quickly. Following up Wiseacre Brewing, Brad and Ken open up a couple bottles of Stone Brewing’s Xocoveza, an 8.1% ABV Mocha Stout. This beer was one that Brad remembered having last season and it was nice to see it back and in a wider release.

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HopCast Episode 275

Episode 275: Fort Collins Chocolate Stout & Arcadia Cocoa Loco Triple Chocolate Stout

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

On episode 275 of the Hop CastBrad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder kick things off with a little coco loco cocktail before diving into a couple different chocolate stouts. The first beer the guys open up is the Chocolate Stout 5.30% ABV American Stout from Fort Collins Brewery. Subtle hop bitterness rounds out the character of roasted barley and chocolate malt in this beer. Fort Collins Brewery has been around for awhile and this is probably the beer you see most often on the shelves from them. Following up the Double, Brad and Ken open up the Arcadia Cocoa Loco Triple Chocolate Stout. Sadly this 7.0 % ABV stout wasn’t the Coco Loco the guys were really wanting. It also didn’t help that it was bottled in 2014. Which shows that you need to be looking at date codes when picking up beer are the store.

Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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HopCast Episode 178

Episode 178: Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout & Peruvian Morning

In episode 178 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder reach for a couple of beers from Wisconsin brewery Central Waters. Just about every time Brad and Ken come across beer from these guys they are always impressed. It’s a shock Central Waters isn’t more well known since their beers are fantastic, especially their barrel aged ones. The first beer Brad and Ken open is a bottle of 2011 Peruvian Morning. This 8.50% ABV American stout probably should not have been aged so long because that coffee flavor faded a bit. If you love coffee in your beer be sure to drink this fresh but know that it can hold up pretty well in the bottle. Recently we learned that the 2012 Peruvian Morning has been voluntarily recalled because of some off flavors so you may be waiting a while to try it fresh. Brad and Ken didn’t noticed anything off in the 2011 besides the faded coffee flavor. Next up, Brad and Ken open the Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout. This American stout packs a bit of a punch at 9.5% ABV. If you’re a fan of Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island, this is another stout you should try.

If you can find either of these or any of Central Waters beer, be sure to pick them up. Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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HopCast Episode 166

Episode 166: Barrel Aged Blackout Stout & Firestone Walker 15

In episode 166 of the Hop Cast Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by good friend Charlie Drews. The three of them reach for a couple barrel aged beers Brad has lying around. The first is the barrel aged version of Great Lakes Blackout Stout. The original version is a fantastic beer and is a favorite to order when it’s on tap in Chicago. Sadly this version of Blackout Stout might of been hanging around in the cellar a little too long. But being aged in oak barrels, it makes for a different flavor then you typically see from all these bourbon barrel aged beers. For the second barrel aged beer, they dive into Firestone Walker’s Fifteenth Anniversary. This beer is truly unique, blending together 8 beers; Helldorado, Sticky Monkey, Bravo, Double Double Barrel Ale, Good Foot, Velvet Merkin, Parabola, and Double Jack. If you weren’t able to pick up a bottle when it was released you might have a tricky time getting a taste of this but if you see it or know a friend who has a bottle, be sure to try it if you can.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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HopCast Episode 165

Episode 165: A Discussion With Pete Crowley On Cellaring

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski sit down with Pete Crowley in the barrel room of Haymarket Pub & Brewery. After a long stout tasting with a group of friends the three of them recall some of their favorites and discuss the issues with cellaring beers. For them the stand out beers of the night were mainly the fresher or newer beers. Most of the cellaring didn’t improve the beers. Pete shares why cellaring your beers really isn’t the best idea for a lot of beers. Although they may age for five to ten years in the bottle you are going to lose some of the qualities that the brewer wanted to achieve when they first brewed the beer.

While cellaring beer can be a fun experiment, it doesn’t always produce great results. Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Below is the list of beers we sampled at the Stout Tasting that night.

2010 Bruery Black Tuesday
2011 Bruery Black Tuesday
2009 Surly Darkness
2008 Surly Darkness
Firestone Walker 15
2007 BCS
2011 BCS
2011 Coffee BCS
BCS Rare
Barrel Aged Santas little helper
2008 KBS
2011 KBS
2011 CSB
Brew Dog Paradox
2010 Big Eddy Rye
2010 Big Eddy BBA
Old Rasputin 14
Nebraska Brewing Black Betty
2008 Dark Lord
2009 Dark Lord
2010 Dark Lord
2011 Dark Lord
2011 Brandy Dark Lord
2011 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord
2009 Black-Ops
Heartwood
Fitgers Bourbon Barrel Aged stout
Jackie o’s Kopi Luwak

Hop Cast – Episode 81

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski were invited over to Goose Island Clybourn for a special coffee tasting with Crop To Cup Coffee. The new head brewer at Goose Island Clybourn, Jared Rouben has some really great things in the works and this is just one of them. Goose Island is taking their Liquid Inspiration Stout and combining it with different infusions of Crop To Cup Coffee and various spices. Some of the varieties already seen on tap since we recorded this episode a few weeks ago at the brewpub involve lemon, vanilla and peppercorn. These seem to be going incredibly fast and you can usually find a new one at least once a week. So head down to Goose Island Clybourn and try the latest coffee and Liquid Inspiration Stout.

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HopCast Episode 36

Episode 36: Black Bear XX & Siberian Night

In Hop Cast episode 36, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski enjoy a couple different stouts. The first beer they sample and review is again, another one thanks to Maggie from Portland, OR and it is the Black Bear XX stout from Alameda Brewing. The Black Bear XX Stout comes in at a ABV of 6.8 % and an IBU of 50. The second beer they sample is a Russian Imperial Stout and it is the Siberian Night from Ohio brewery, Thirsty Dog. The Siberian Night has a ton of flavor and comes in at a ABV of 9.0% and an IBU of 58. Both these beers have won awards at the Great American Beer Festival, so you know its just not Ken and Brad who liked them.

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