1. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In episode 262 Brad and Ken dive into two different Midwest Extra Special Bitters. First up is from the behemoth that is 3 Floyds Brewing; it's their 6.5% ABV Lord Rear Admiral. Shocking enough this isn't crazy hopped up, something you would typically  see from Three Floyds in many of their beers. Brad and Ken follow up the Lord Rear Admiral with the 6.3% ABV Final Level from Arcade Brewery. It's great to compare these two beers; one from a brewery that has been around for years and the other from a newer brewery in Chicago. Plus, its fantastic to see a couple ESBs on the shelves next to all those IPAs.

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  2. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken are joined once again by Sergio Salgado. Sergio joins the guys and brings along with him a few beers from Modern Times. This time they are sampling three beers from the Monsters' Park series. Monsters' Park is an Imperial Stout coming in at around 12 % ABV. The guys start off with the normal Monsters' Park but then quickly move onto the Monsters' Park Aged In Bourbon Barrels and the Monsters' Park Aged In Rye Barrels. Everyone seemed to have their favorite but damn these were great beers! Sadly we can’t get Modern Times beer here in Chicago but if you ever see any of their stuff, be sure to pick it up.

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  3. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken are joined by a special guest who you’ve probably seen before, Sergio Salgado. Sergio joins the guys and brings along with him a couple beers from Modern Times. The first one they open up is the Palace of Cracked Heads a 9% ABV Wild Ale.  This beer is a Red wine barrel-aged nectarine Sour. After 11 months in Red wine barrels, they added 50 lbs per barrel of fresh, organic, heirloom nectarines, which spent 5 months in the barrels before bottling. Next the three of them dive into the Rampart Junction. Rampart Junction is Modern Times Red wine barrel-aged peach sour. Again after 11 months in Red wine barrels, they added 50 lbs per barrel of fresh, organic, heirloom peaches, which spent 5 months in the barrels before bottling.

    Damn! These were some great beers and it’s sad we can’t get Modern Times beer here in Chicago.

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  4. We’ve got a special guest on episode 257 and he brought along beer! Jake Williams joins Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder on this all Allagash episode. Jake recently went back home to Maine and brought these two delicious beers back for the Hop Cast. First up, the three guys open the Hugh Malone Ale, a 7.8 % ABV Belgian Style IPA. Allagash Brewing Company will donate $1 from every bottle of Hugh Malone Ale sold to local community gardens and The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners. So you’re drinking for a good cause when you pick this one up. Next, they move onto the 5.7 % ABV, Farm To Face. Farm To Face was brewed as a Pale Ale and fermented in stainless with their house yeast. After primary fermentation, pediococcus and lactobacillus were added along with 3 pounds of peaches per gallon. This beer is fantastic and it’s very sad that this was the only bottle we had.

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  5. In episode 255 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are back at it with a couple new IPAs. First up is the 6.30% ABV Vertex IPA from DESTIHL Brewery. Everyone seems to go nuts for DESTIHL Brewery at different festivals, especially their sour beers; you'll always see a line for them. It's nice to see them also doing an easy drinking IPA. Following up this tasty local IPA, Brad and Ken move on to the 7.00% ABV Falco IPA from Evil Twin Brewing. The story behind Evil Twin is very interesting and if you haven’t read about it, be sure to do a little research and give them a try next time you see them.     

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