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HopCast Episode 242

Episode 242: The Hop Garden Local Harvest Pale Ale & Bushel Basket IPA

Welcome to episode 242 of the Hop Cast! On this episode Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Steve Wyatt who brought along a couple beers from The Hop Garden. The Hop Garden is a hop farm and beer company based in Belleville, Wisconsin. They are using their own locally grown hops for the beer, which is brewed at the House of Brews in Madison, Wisconsin. Their first bottles just started showing up in February so it was a real treat to try this new brewery. The first beer the guys open is the Local Harvest Pale Ale, a 5.50 % ABV American Pale Ale. Next up is the second release from The Hop Garden, the Bushel Basket IPA. This beer comes in at 7.3 % ABV and has a hop-load of flavor from the Cascade, Nugget, Columbus and Willamette Hops!

If you’re in Wisconsin, you don’t get much more local then what The Hop Garden is doing. If you see their stuff, give them a try. Cheers! And thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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furthermore beer

Furthermore Beer In Chicago

I’ve been a fan of Furthermore Beer since I first tasted the Oscura at the 2008 Great Lakes Brewfest in Racine.

For the last four years the only way I could get my hands on their beer was by jumping in the car and making a beer run to Wisconsin. Well those days are finally behind me. Starting this week, Furthermore Beer will be available in draft-only at around 25 bars here in Chicago. Joe Collins, Director of Sales at Furthermore Beer told me that Chicago had always been a market they wanted to expand into since the start of the brewery, but had reached a ceiling in production.

Chicago is a large market and we’ve seen breweries have trouble keeping up with the demand in the past so making sure that they’re able to keep up is an important step. Furthermore Beer now has a new contract partnership with Milwaukee Brewing Co. and right now only Fatty Boombalatty is produced there. So hopefully this increase in production will make sure we’ll all be able to have a pint of Fatty Boombalatty whenever we want.

Fatty Boombalatty is the flagship beer at Furthermore Beer and although I do love Oscura, that won’t be available on draft yet… Right now Joe told me that it will be Fatty Boombalatty, Knot Stock and a limited amount of Makeweight that will available just for the launch. But keep an eye out at the stores because come May you’ll likely be seeing a full lineup of bottles.

Furthermore Beer has new beer in the works too like Full Thicket, a Double IPA that’s made with local Wisconsin grown hops.

For now, grab yourself a pint of Fatty Boombalatty or Knot Stock and let’s welcome another Midwestern brewery to Chicago.

HopCast Episode 191

Episode 191: Tyranena BGW The Devil Made Me Do It & New Belgium Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout

In episode 191 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by Jack Danger for some tasty coffee beers and some delicious apple pie. The first beer the three of them open is The Devil Made Me Do It from Tyranena’s Brewers Gone Wild series. This 7.5% ABV Porter is a big ol’ black beer with oatmeal silkiness and an intense coffee aroma that any coffee lover is going to love. This coffee beer makes for an excellent choice to go with your apple pie this Thanksgiving. Next they move on to the New Belgium Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout. This 10% ABV Imperial Stout is the first stout New Belgium has brewed which was very surprising for us to find out. Of course New Belgium does it right and this beer is delicious.

We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season. Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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HopCast Episode 186

Episode 186: Milwaukee Brewing Booyah & Hop Happy

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are sticking pretty local with episode 186, cracking open a couple beers from our friends to the north at Milwaukee Brewing Company. The first beer they open is the Booyah, a 6 % ABV farmhouse. This might be a little different then some farmhouse ales you’ve had in the past but don’t let that turn you off. The Booyah is sweet and has a good amount of tropical fruits in the aroma and taste. Overall a clean and balanced beer. Next, Ken and Brad follow up the Booyah with Milwaukee Brewing’s Hop Happy IPA. This 7.50% ABV IPA is a very drinkable IPA, you should have no problem drinking this one all day. Both these beers are pretty tasty, everyday drinking sort of beers. They’re not panty droppers but they are solid, worth checking out.

Cheers and 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 169

Episode 169: Galaxy White IPA & R&D Golden Ale

In episode 169 of the Hop Cast Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder explore a couple of beers with Brettanomyces. The first beer they open is the Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company. This White IPA was brewed with 100% Galaxy hops, kumquats, coriander & peppercorns. Then fermented in French Oak Foudres and Bottle conditioned with Brett. This was Brad and Ken’s first experience with Anchorage Brewing Company and if this is the sort of stuff we can expect from them, we are all going to be in for a real treat. Next Brad and Ken open a bottle of New Glarus Brewing’s R&D Golden Ale. This 7% Belgian Pale Ale is funky and refreshing. If you’re a fan of slightly funky beers this one is fantastic and makes for something that you just can’t get enough of.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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Fixed Gear

Beer Of The Month – March

Everyone seems to be getting out there on their bikes since the weather is un-seasonably warm. There is no better way to cap off a great bike ride then with a tasty beer. That’s why for this month we’ve picked Lakefront’s Fixed Gear for the beer of the month. This 6.5 % ABV American Red Ale is a new six pack offering from Lakefront and we couldn’t be happier. Originally you could only find this in 22 oz bombers, as far as we know. Which isn’t very bike riding friendly. You all know that the Hop Cast loves beers and bikes so a beer named after biking is perfect. Only thing better would be if this was in the can, but we’ll take it. When you pour this out you’ll notice a pale amber color; lighter then you’d find from a typical American Red Ale. Piney hops drift from the glass which isn’t a surprise because this guy was aggressively dry hopped. Hopefully you like hops because this guy drinks like an IPA; the Cascade and Chinook hops dominate. You’ll also find a nice toasted malt and carmel that tries to balance out some of those hops. If you’re a hop head you’ll find this beer very easy to drink and even easier if you just finished a long bike ride.

Hop Cast – Episode 150: Great Lakes Brew Fest

Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are back on location in Racine, Wisconsin for the 2011 Great Lakes Brewfest. But this year the location has been moved to the Racine Zoo. For the past three years Ken and Brad have been to the Great Lakes Brewfest and recorded an episode each time. The two of them couldn’t miss a chance to go again and being at the zoo this year made it an easy decision. In this episode, they feature some great beers from the state of Wisconsin. Brad and Ken also had a chance to talk with the folks behind a new brewery in Indiana, Devils Trumpet. If you’re in the midwest, the Great Lakes Brewfest is a good time and worth checking out next year.

Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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Hop Cast – Episode 11

In episode 11 of the Hop Cast Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski bring you an I.P.A. battle. They sample and review Tyranena Brewing’s Scurvy from Wisconsin and Two Brothers Brewing’s Heavy Handed from Illinois. Watch and find out who comes out ahead in Ken and Brad’s book.

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