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HopCast Episode 195

Episode 195: 5 Golden Rings & Bière De Noël

In episode 195, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are in the holiday spirit. This year Ken and Brad have gotten each other hand crafted ale as a gift, no surprise there. And what better way to celebrate the holidays then by drinking! Ken and Brad quickly open their gifts and give them a taste. First up is the 5 Golden Rings from The Bruery. This is a big beer coming in at 11.50 % ABV which is bound to make your holiday exciting. Next they open Bière De Noël from Brasserie Thiriez. This 5.8 % ABV is a little more closer to your traditional holiday beer.

Whatever you’re drinking this holiday we hope its good! Thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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HopCast Episode 181

Episode 181: The Bruery Cuir & Melange Number 3

Reaching into the cellar Brad pulled out a couple tasty beer for him and Ken to sample in episode 181 of the Hop Cast. This 14.50% ABV Old Ale from The Bruery made for their 3rd Anniversary, packs a punch. This beer was created by racking each anniversary beer on top of the remains from the previous year. The particular version Brad and Ken opened is 25% bourbon barrel aged. This is a beer to be shared with friends and if you do take it on alone you might not be standing afterwards. But 14.50% isn’t enough for the Hop Cast so Brad and Ken then reach for the 15.50% Melange Number 3. The Melange Number 3 is a blend of Black Tuesday, White Oak and Papier. Smelling heavily like whiskey, this beer is going to get you drunk. Sip this one and take your time. Both of these are big beers from The Bruery and after a year to two in the cellar are still hitting you with a lot of flavor.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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Hop Cast – Episode 160: 4 Calling Birds & Fantome de Noel

The holidays are here and for episode 160 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are sitting down in front of the tree for some liquid holiday cheer. The first beer they open up is the 4 Calling Birds, the latest holiday beer from The Bruery. This tasty Belgian Strong Dark Ale comes with a big ABV at 11.00% and should be shared with friends and family. The second beer they open up is the Fantome de Noel. This Saison also comes in with a big ABV, 10%. Unfortunately Brad and Ken picked off DMS in this beer so they weren’t really able to enjoy it but don’t let this discourage you from picking up a bottle from Fantome.

Instead of milk and cookies this year, why not leave Santa a delicious beer. Happy Holidays from the Hop Cast and thanks for watching.

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Hop Cast – Episode 130: New Brew Thursday

In this episode of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are in California at The Bruery. Joined with them at The Bruery are John Holzer and Stephen Johnson from New Brew Thursday. This episode was filmed a few days before the Craft Brewers Conference so most of the staff of The Bruery were busy getting ready for that. So Ken and Brad weren’t able talk to anyone there. Lucky for them John and Stephen know a thing or two about The Bruery and are huge fans and advocates of the California beer community. Which made them the perfect people to share a beer with and talk about what The Bruery has going on. We also talked to them about other great things happening in their state.

Going to The Bruery tasting room was a treat, they are offering up some great beers that you aren’t likely to see in bottles. If you’re lucky enough to be there when a food truck rolls up you can eat some great food and drink some excellent beer right next to a barrel of Black Tuesday.

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HopCast Episode 82

Episode 82: Perfect Storm & Black Tuesday

In episode 82 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Anthony Stagno to sample some rather rare beers with high ABVs. The first one the three of them jump into is the one Anthony brought with him, the Perfect Storm from Pelican. The Perfect Storm is an English Barleywine with an ABV of 13.5%. The 2009 Perfect Storm is Pelican’s 2008 Stormwatcher’s Winterfest Barleywine, aged in 1998 Evan Williams Bourbon Barrels. After the Perfect Storm three of them savor the final drops they then move onto The Bruery’s Black Tuesday. The Black Tuesday is an Imperial Stout with an ABV of 19.5%. This might be the highest ABV beer Brad and Ken have featured on the Hop Cast. While enjoying this delicious black treasure, Anthony shares the story of how the name Black Tuesday came to be.

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Beer Of The Month – December

2 Turtle Doves

The holiday music is playing and the shopping has begun so that could only mean one thing, December is here. Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski went back and forth on this months beer selection. There are so many great holiday beers to choose from. They decided to go with something that takes the idea of what a holiday beer can be to the next level. Without further ado, the December beer of the month is the 2 Turtle Doves from The Bruery. The Bruery just recently showed up in the Chicago area and Ken and Brad have been enjoying just about everything they have gotten their hands on. And the 2 Turtle Doves is no exception.

Now watch out before you try taking on this holiday beer alone. This Belgian Strong Dark Ale comes in at 12.0% ABV, not something to be taken lightly. The 2 Turtle Doves pours out a dark chestnut, almost espresso with a very thin tan head, that quickly resides. Just a little lacing on the glass which seems about right for such a high alcohol beer. As this beer warms up the alcohol in the nose is more pronounced. There are some nice dried fruit smells, maybe dates or figs; along with toasted malts and chocolate and a hint of carmel. This is the type of beer that you just want to taste to see what else is going on. And when you finally do, the taste is fantastic! That sweet dried fruit comes through right away but there is also that rich chocolate flavor, not a sweet chocolate but a roasted nutty chocolate. Finally a light alcohol in the finish to warm you up inside. Although the alcohol comes out it isn’t a burn instead it’s very smooth and leaves a nutty and woody taste in your mouth. A well balanced beer throughout. Definitely unique and makes for a perfct holiday beer for yourself or as a gift. Open one of these after dinner with your family, it could be the perfect end to the night.

Happy Holidays from the Hop Cast!

Beer Of The Month – November


It’s a new month and its time for Hop Cast to pick their November beer of the month. With the recent release of Surly Brewing’s Darkness and The Bruery Black Tuesday, it seemed fitting that November’s beer of the month should be a Russian Imperial Stout. Since both those beers are tricky to get if you didn’t go to the release parties, Hop Cast decided to choose a beer of the month people should be able to find pretty easily. So for the November beer of the month, the Hop Cast has chosen North Coast’s Old Rasputin. Brad and Ken recently reviewed the Old Rasputin XII on episode 54 with Shawn Horton. Don’t be fooled, just because this guy is in a smaller bottle doesn’t mean it isn’t packing a huge punch. Coming in with an ABV of 9.0% this isn’t a beer you should be drinking all night no matter how delicious it is. The Old Rasputin pours out black as night with a two finger tan head; within a few moments the head slowly starts to reside and leaves some nice lacing with it. The aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and bourbon drift out of the glass. What you smell is what you taste with Old Rasputin. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, with alcohol that will smack you in the face and warm you up. Even though that alcohol is pretty strong, it’s very well balanced and finishes with a coffee bitterness.

You can find North Coast’s Old Rasputin pretty much year round but its perfect for a cold fall or winter day when you’re looking for a beer to warm you up.