With one episode away from episode 100 Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski celebrate episode 99 of the Hop Cast with Mars Sanford. In this episode the three of them continue the fruit theme featured in episode 98 and open up the 21st Anniversary Belgian Strong Ale Brewed with Old Vine Zinfandel Grape Juice from Karl Strauss Breweries. Both Ken and Brad were not that familiar with Karl Strauss but there is a good chance that after 21 years the folks in San Diego may know them well. This Belgian Strong Dark Ale comes in with an ABV of 10.4 %. They then follow up the Karl Strauss with another Belgian Strong Dark Ale from the other side of the United States, the N'or Easter from Captain Lawrence. Captain Lawrence is out of New York and has been putting out one great beer after another. The N'or Easter was a trade sent from beer reviewer Hoptopia. Continuing with the beer theme, the N'or Easter features elderberries... not a berry that Ken or Brad are familiar with. Even with such a unique berry the 11% ABV N'or Easter didn't disappoint. Belgian Strong Dark Ales might not be something you usually reach for in the summer but on a mild night they are often very refreshing.

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