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Hop Cast & New Brew Thursday

Hop Cast & New Brew Thursday

During the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski had the opportunity to be on an episode of New Brew Thursday with Stephen Johnson and John Holzer. The four of them sip on some delicious 3 Floyds Zombie Dust, an amazingly hoppy pale ale. If you haven’t seen any other episodes of New Brew Thursday be sure to check these guys out.


HopCast Episode 170

Hop Cast – Episode 170: Jinx Proof & Surly Smoke

After a couple big beers in the previous episodes Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski decide to dive into a couple lagers for episode 170. First up is Jinx Proof from 3 Floyds. This continental-style pils was brewed in collaboration with Jinx Proof tattoo in Washington D.C. At 5.10% ABV it’s the kind of beer that you can sip on pretty much all day. Next up, Ken and Brad move onto a bit bigger of a beer. The 8.2% ABV Surly Smoke. This beer is Lager-brewed, like any true Baltic Porter. Made with smoked malts from Bamberg, Germany, the home of Rauchbiers, then mellowed by oak-aging. Maybe not a beer to sip on all day but this would be a great beer with some food straight from the grill.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Hop Cast – Episode 141: 3 Floyds Alpha Klaus & Struise / Mikkeller

In this episode of the Hop CastKen Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski decide to dig deep into Brad’s cellar and find a couple beers that likely should have been consumed a long time ago. Many craft beer fans with a cellar have run into this issue where a beer somehow got over looked in their cellar and missed it’s prime drinking time. Ken and Brad are calling this a #CellarFail. When cellaring beers sometimes you really never know what is going to happen with some beers and they can end up tasting bad if left too long or actually pretty good. The first beer they tried was the 2008 3 Floyds Alpha Klaus. This 6.0 % ABV Christmas Porter is always very hop forward and although all the hops were gone it still tasted rather good. It’s very likely the large amount of hops really helped preserve this beer. The second beer they open up is another one that was heavily hopped. It’s the double IPA Struise and Mikkeller collaboration. Not really sure how this one even got put into the cellar since it was a double IPA. This 9 % ABV beer also lost most of that hop flavor the Hop Cast loves but still was very enjoyable.

Why not dive into the dark corners of your cellar and see what #CellarFail or #CellarWin might be waiting for you. Thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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Hop Cast – Episode 124: Rabbid Rabbit & Captain Lawrence Barrel Select Series #1

In episode 124 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are tasting a couple beers from two breweries always doing interesting things and pushing the boundaries. The first one they open is an aged Rabbid Rabbit from Three Floyds. This farmhouse ale comes in at 9% and hides that 9% very well. It’s not a classic farmhouse ale but a great interpretation that a lot of people could get behind. They then follow the Rabbid Rabbit up with Captain Lawrence’s Barrel Select Series #1. This is an american wild ale coming in at 7.5%. Both of these were very different beers but worked well back to back.

Brad and Ken thank you for the continued support of the Hop Cast. Thank You for watching.

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Beer Of The Month – March

Hopefully you’re not drinking that green beer this St. Patrick’s Day because there are a lot better options to celebrate with. At the Hop Cast we love to celebrate with a great Irish Red Ale like Conway’s Irish Ale, a Smithwick’s or even Three Floyds Brian Boru. Brian Boru is an old favorite over here at the Hop Cast and our Camera Girl / Editor, Maeve can’t get enough of it.

Before opening this up to taste, you have to take a look at the bad ass label. Mr Brian Boru himself in his celtic gear, drinking beer out of a giant horn. The Brian Boru pours a dark copper with ruby highlights. A slight small head that leaves a good amount of lacing in the glass. The sweet delicious aroma of hops begins to pour out of the glass. This is a Three Floyds beer so you’d expect a heavy dose of hops. As it starts to warm up more malts begin to come out. The taste not surprisingly is heavily hopped but it’s very well balanced too. Caramel with a citrus sweetness up front and a touch of bitterness in the finish. The malt comes through in the aftertaste to bring it all together. If you’re looking for more of a toasted Irish Red this might not be what you’re looking for. But hop heads will have no trouble putting away maybe ten of these because Brian Boru is one drinkable beast.

Ken & Brad’s Ten Favorite Midwest Craft Breweries

Here are Ken & Brad’s ten favorite midwest craft breweries and the towns they are in.

1. Three FloydsMunster, Indiana
Three Floyds is located just 30 minutes outside of Chicago in Muster, Indiana. These guys love the big beers. Three Floyds knows how to really bring the hops in their beers though they may be most famous for their Russian Imperial Stout, Dark Lord that tops many lists as one of the best beers in the world. Dark Lord bottles are sold only on ‘Dark Lord Day,’ the last Saturday in April where you are sure to find Brad and Ken and several thousand other fellow beer lovers in line and having a good time. Besides being an excellent brewery, they also have a brew pub that is cranking out some seriously tasty food. Don’t think you can come to Chicago and not make a trip out to see these guys

Episodes Featuring Three Floyds – Episode 3, Episode 12, Episode 23, Episode 39, Episode 66, Episode 74, Episode 75

2. Bell’sKallamazoo, Michigan
Bell’s was the first Michigan brewery to serve beer by the glass to the public. With over 20 years of brewing, Larry Bell has built a nationwide reputation with Bell’s Brewery. They played and are still playing a significant role in changing the craft beer landscape of the nation. They continue to produce a large variety of excellent beer and that’s why they are one out our favorites.

Episodes Featuring Bell’s – Episode 3, Episode 37, Episode 65, Episode 71

3. Founders BreweryGrand Rapids, Michigan
Founders Brewing is talked about constantly in the craft beer community for so many great beers and they just keep coming out with more. More flavor, bigger body, huge aromatics and increased complexity is the goal of Founders and they bring it to you. They continue to push the envelope and that’s what makes them great. Both Ken and Brad are excited to see what they have coming out in the years to come.

4. Boulevard BrewingKansas City, Missouri
Boulevard Brewing is one of the few breweries that Ken and Brad haven’t visited in the midwest. They are a fairly large brewery and also have a rather large distribution area but unfortunately you can’t find their beers in Chicago. Outside of the quality year-round brews they offer, its what they’ve been doing with their Smokestack Series releases that has really made us drink up and take notice.

Episodes Featuring Boulevard Brewing – Episode 15, Episode 56

5. New Glarus Brewing CompanyNew Glarus, Wisconsin
Just on the outskirts of the small “Swisstown” New Glarus, Wisconsin is where you will find the New Glarus Brewing Company. They are perhaps the biggest of the Wisconsin craft breweries and it’s hard to find a bar in Wisconsin that doesn’t have New Glarus beer on tap. They don’t distribute outside of Wisconsin so if you live outside of the state then a road trip is in order! Luckily Ken drives to Wisconsin often enough and brings back beers to share with fellow beer lovers in Chicagoland. As well as excellent year-round offerings, what these guys are doing with fruit is incredible! It will make the ladies and the gents in your life extra happy. Just.. wow!

Episode Featuring New Glarus Brewing Company – Episode 56

6. Jolly Pumpkin Dexter, Michigan
Jolly Pumpkin has a little something different going on there and their beers are not for everyone. Focusing on traditional rustic country style beers they use open fermentation, oak barrel aging, and bottle conditioning. Many of you know that Brad isn’t a huge fan of the sour beers but Jolly Pumpkin is slowly helping him to learn to appreciate that style and the Hop Cast really respects the quality product that Jolly Pumpkin creates.

Episodes Featuring Jolly Pumpkin – Episode 4, Episode 57, Episode 70

7. Surly BrewingBrooklyn Center, Minnesota
If you’re visiting Minnesota and love beer it’s likely you have heard of what Surly Brewing is producing. You’ll find most of their beers in 16 oz cans at local liquor stores throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. If you are willing to brave the weather in Minnesota in October and stand in line early then you get a rare, magnificent taste of their much lauded once a year release, Russian Imperial Stout; they call Darkness.

Episodes Featuring Surly Brewing – Episode 20, Episode 62, Episode 69

8. Goose IslandChicago, Illinois
Goose Island and Chicago sort of go hand and hand. They are widely distributed throughout the majority of states and many people know about their bottled beers including the much loved and praised, Bourbon County Stout. But a trip to Chicago wouldn’t be complete without seeing what else Goose Island has to offer. At the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub you’ll find about 10 beers that are not in bottles and exclusively only available there. They are constantly rotating in new offerings so make sure you stop on by and see what they have on tap.

Episodes Featuring Goose Island – Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 47, Episode 65, Episode 77

9. Two BrothersWarrenville, Illinois
Head directly west of Chicago to Warrenville and check out Two Brothers and their brew pub. Since Warrenville is Brad’s birthplace, Two Brothers holds a special spot in his heart. Two Brothers beers are solid and although with the exception of Hop Juice, many of their beers may not completely blow away the craft beer lover. They are go-to beers; the kind of beers that you can also give to your average beer friends (if you have any) and they are still going to enjoy them. When you need a good, solid beer that isn’t too experimental then a Two Brothers is a dependable choice.

Episode Featuring Two Brothers – Episode 11

10. KuhnhennWarren, Michigan
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is your typical hardware store turned microbrewery story… ok there’s nothing typical about Kuhnhenn. Run by brothers Bret and Eric Kuhnhenn in the small town of Warren, Michigan these brothers have the craft beer community talking. You can find their beers in 12 oz and 22 oz bottles. And if you see them, pick them up because they are pretty amazing. A couple favorites are the Simcoe Silly, Creme Brulee Java Stout & the Solar Eclipse.

Honorable Mention
With so many great top notch breweries in the midwest it was hard to just pick 10. There were a few that almost made the list and we just wanted to give them props for what they are doing.
Half AcreChicago, IL
Metropolitan BrewingChicago, IL
Dark Horse BrewingMarshall, Michigan
Futhermoore BeerSpring Green, Wisconsin

Hop Cast – Episode 75

For episode 75 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are at Three Floyds once again but this time with Lincoln Anderson the Minister of Propaganda for Three Floyds. Lincoln shares a little background about Three Floyds and what they have going on. He also shares some info about the much anticipated 2010 Dark Lord Day. What came as a surprise to Ken and Brad was the length of time before the event that they brew Dark Lord. If you are in the area, make sure you make it out to Munster, Indiana to check out what Three Floyds and Three Floyds Pub has to offer.

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Hop Cast – Episode 74

For the first episode of 2010, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder venture out to one of their favorite midwest breweries; Three Floyds. The two of them sample a couple Three Floyds beers that you have to make it to the brew pub to try. The first beer they try is the collaboration beer with Jonathan Cutler at Piece Chicago and Three Floyds called Ham On Rye. This rye beer has some amazing flavors and comes in with an ABV of 6.0%. Brad and Ken also have a glass of one of Three Floyds newest American Barleywine, Stay in School. The use of coconut in this beer rocks and makes it a unique, interesting and mighty tasty barleywine. With an ABV of 10.0 % you gotta watch out, cause this is a big beer.

Stay tuned more Three Floyds videos soon.

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Hop Cast – Episode 66


Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are at Small Bar on Division Street in Chicago for a beer pairing dinner featuring beers from Three Floyds. In episode 66 of the Hop Cast Brad and Ken go behind the scenes to see what it takes to prepare a dinner that has a beer to go with each course. Stephen Freshnock joins Ken in the kitchen to talk with Chef Todd Davies about his food plans and thoughts. Brad and Ken also have a chance to talk with Phil McFarland, who helped put the dinner together. Phil talks about future dinners coming up and why beer and food make a perfect combination. If you were able to make it to the dinner, we are sure you didn’t go away unsatisfied. Each course of food was amazing and worked wonderful together with the beer. The Hop Cast highly recommends checking out a beer pairing dinner if you see one coming up near you. Keep an eye out for what Small Bar has coming out.

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Beer Of The Month – September


We hate to say it but fall is coming whether you are ready for it or not. With changing seasons comes new beers, so this month Ken and Brad decided to pick a beer to help usher in the coming cold weather. The Hop Cast September beer of the month is the Moloko Milk Stout from Three Floyds. If you watch the Hop Cast often you know that Brad and Ken are huge Three Floyds fans so its really no surprise for them to pick one of Three Floyds beers as a beer of the month. The Moloko recently just started appearing on the shelves again. It is usually available for three to four months in the fall to early winter. When you pour out the Moloko it is pitch black with a small one finger chocolaty brown head. Coffee and sweet chocolate notes begin to erupt from the glass. In addition there are some nice overtones of vanilla and caramel adding nice depth. Don’t be scared if this beer is a little too sweet at first. The sweet malts and sugar hit you right off. But immediately that Inteligencia coffee kicks in and washes out the heavy sweet taste. The bitter tasting coffee is combined with a dash of hops to help balance the entire beer out. For a 7% ABV this beer isn’t too heavy but it does leave your mouth feeling silky and creamy after every sweet sip. If you’re lucky enough to pick up a bottle while it is available, you can easily enjoy it alone or share it with friends. Another great beer from Three Floyds!