1. 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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  2. In episode 240 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder head out to Evanston, Illinois to visit Brewmaster Claudia Jendron at Temperance Beer Company. Claudia shares several of her great beers that she’s brewing including Gatecrasher, Smittytown & Restless Years. Right now you can find Gatecrasher in cans around Chicago but be on the look out for more very soon. Claudia let’s us know a little bit about each beer and why she decided to go with cans over bottles. We also get the inside scoop on where some of the names come from for the beers and why the local community is so important to Temperance.

    Being around for such a short time, it’s awesome to see a a Chicagoland brewery doing so well. Be sure to head up to Evanston and check them out.

    Cheers! And thank you for watching the Hop Cast!

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  3. In episode 237 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski & Ken Hunnemeder crack open two Midwestern IPAs from two breweries with great track records. First up is the 6.1% ABV Kidnapped By Vikings from Solemn Oath Brewery. Kidnapped By Vikings is bursting with killer fresh hop aroma and a light malty sweetness to balance that dominant hop presence. It's pretty fantastic that this one is finally in bottles; it shouldn't be passed up. Next, they dive into the 9% ABV Double IPA from 4 Hands Brewing Company. 4 Hands War Hammer uses a combination of Pacific Northwest hops to create layers of pungent flavor that should be drank fresh. 4 Hands Brewing recently hit the market here in Chicago so grab some next time you're at the store.

    Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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  4. We’re going small and local in episode 235 of the Hop Cast. For this episode Brad Chmielewski & Ken Hunnemeder open two IPAs from two of Chicagoland’s nano breweries. First up is Flesk Brewing’s Front Toward Enemy. This 7.00 % ABV IPA from Lombard is a solid beer and a nice offering if you’re just getting to know what these guys are up to. Next up Brad and Ken open the 6.5% ABV Falcon Dive IPA from Lake Effect Brewing Company. We might of picked up an odd bottle here because this one smelled a little like yogurt… it wasn’t unpleasant but it was pretty strange.   

    Both these new breweries are worth checking out if you’re in Chicago. Sadly for anyone out of state you might have a hard time getting your hands on these.

    Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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  5. For episode 234 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder make a trip up to Panic Brewing’s new space to chat with Gary Gulley. Panic just recently secured their space on the north side of the city. Gary tells Brad and Ken all about the journey so far and about some of his plans for the space. Panic doesn’t have any of their own beer yet so the three of them crack open a few favorites as we learn about why everyone should be interested in what Panic is doing. With lots of room to grow, it’s exciting to see what they are going to do.

    If you’re in Chicago, be on the look out for Panic Brewing.

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