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.
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.
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.
Be warned, episode 254 is full of great fart jokes as Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open a couple Brown Ales. Ok, now that we’ve peaked Gary Gulley’s interest...
First up, Brad and Ken try The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery. This is a 5% ABV English Brown Ale that has one of the most ridiculous labels you’ll find. Following up this brown beauty, Brad and Ken open up the Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale. This was a beer Brad picked up recently at BlizzCon 2014. The Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale was brewed for World of Warcraft's 10 year anniversary by Bottle Logic Brewing. This is an Imperial Brown ale, not something you see very often but at 7.5% ABV this beer packs a bit of a punch.
Happy Holidays! On episode 253, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder check their stockings to see if Santa dropped them off anything tasty. This year they must have been on the “nice” list because their stockings were full of beer. They each got a couple of bottles of New Belgium Brewing's Accumulation and Dark Horse 4 Elf. First they start with the New Belgium Brewing's Accumulation, a 6.2 % ABV White IPA. Following up the IPA, they move onto the Dark Horse 4 Elf. The 4 Elf is a 8.75 % ABV Winter Warmer that should get you into the holiday spirit.
Happy Holidays and thanks for watching the Hop Cast.