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Beer Of The Month – January

Just thinking about all the great beers that are going to be poured into craft beer lovers glasses this year makes it hard to pick our first beer to start off 2010. With the holiday season behind us and the future looking delicious we figured we’d start things off with something that represented all the great beers to come throughout the year. That is why for the January beer of the month the Hop Cast has picked Shipyards Prelude. This winter warmer is available from November – December so you better get to the store quick to see if they have any left. But don’t let the winter warmer description fool you since its sometimes listed as a “british style dark pale ale.” It comes in with an ABV of 6.8% which makes it good for a winter day or evening of drinking with friends. It pours out a darker amber / light brown color with a tan creamy head. The aroma is sweet with butterscotch, caramel and molasses, hitting you up front with some winter spices. The taste is much milder and malty then you expect. There is a nice hint of alcohol to complement the spices and the hops come through in the finish with some bitterness to balance it all out. This is a hearty beer in your mouth and could work excellent with some food. Its also very session-able, it goes down easy and isn’t overly spiced. Shipyard did a great job with this winter warmer. If this is the prelude to all the great beers to come this year, then bring it on!

Hop Cast – Episode 71

Episode 71 of the Hop Cast is here just in time for the holidays. Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski snuggle up in front of the fire to share a couple fine Christmas ales  The first beer the two of them crack open is the Bell’s Christmas Ale. This Christmas ale falls under the style of scottish ale and comes in at 5.4% ABV. A solid beer but besides the label you’re not going to find any spices or anything reminding you of Christmas in this beer. Attempting to get more in the Christmas spirit, Ken and Brad go with the Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin’ Frog Brewery . This is a beer both Ken and Brad have been hearing a lot about this season so they were very excited to be able to try it. And it didn’t disappoint, with an ABV of 8.6% it packs a bit of a punch and tastes like fresh out of the oven gingerbread. This beer has Christmas all over it and should get you in the holiday spirit.  If you’re looking for something to go along with your Great Lakes Christmas Ale then this would be a perfect partner. It’s sweet and packs a lot of spice. Happy Holidays from the Hop Cast.

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