1. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

    On episode 289 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up two low ABV tall boys. It is always fantastic to see such well renowned breweries releasing crushable beers, especially as the weather is warming up. The first can the guys open up is the Half Acre Beer Company Tuna. This is a 4.5% ABV American Pale Ale and was previous called Golden Tuna before it was released in can. Half Acre continues to do no wrong with this release and this will likely become a main stay beer for both Brad and Ken. The question still remains if it pairs well with Tuna...

    After the Half Acre Tuna, Brad & Ken reach for a can from a brewery that recently entered the Chicago market; Toppling Goliath. Toppling Goliath pseudoSue has been a talked about beer for a couple years now and it's nice to see they aren't just a one hit wonder. The Toppling Goliath Tsunami is a 5.0% ABV American Pale Ale that is smooth, and has a very easy finish.

    Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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  2. On episode 284 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Brad Stark. Stark has been on the show a number of times and it’s good to have him back to help talk about these Brett beers. First up the guys open up the Ryan And The Gosling, a collaboration beer between Evil Twin and Crooked Stave. It’s been a while since any of the guys had an Evil Twin beer, which is sad because they are always doing some interesting things. This 4.0% ABV beer was brewed at Westbrook Brewing Co ., It’s a 100% brettanomyces with citrus peel and with citrus juice added. Following that good looking beer, the guys move onto another they should have saved for a little longer. But saving beer isn’t all that fun, it’s way more fun to drink it. The Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA says to enjoy after 10.31.16. This is a Brett IPA, a style that hasn’t been as popular in the last couple years but we used to see more often. It says that this beer won't be fully carbonated until that date on the bottle but the flavor is great. It would be interesting to see how this beer tastes after the date, so if you can hold onto it, do but don’t feel bad if you decide to pop the bottle early.

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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.

    On episode 283 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are cracking open a couple beers from Illinois. Both of these breweries are fairly new and it’s sometimes tricky to keep up with all the great beers they are brewing. If you’re in Chicago you may have had something from these breweries or you may have recently seen the Alarmist Brewing cans in the stores.

    First up in episode 283 is the Alarmist Brewing, Phobophobia Patersbier. Coming in at 4.8% ABV a Patersbier is sort of like a lawnmower beer for the Trappist Monks. It’s a perfect beer for all day drinking or just something to cooldown with. This is a really fun beer to see Alarmist Brewing because it’s not something you see from a lot of breweries. Next up, the guys move on to the Scorched Earth Exiled Angel. The Exiled Angel is a Belgian Strong Ale coming in at 7.9% ABV. Not having had much from these guys before, it was a real treat to give them a try.

    We love seeing what all our local breweries are up to in Chicago and if you can get your hands on either one of these, they are worth trying. Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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  4. On episode 281 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder have a special guest joining them; Chad Boesdorfer. Since there was a special guest, the guys figured they'd step up the ABV a little bit. So, for this episode they are bringing out the Barleywines. The American Barleywine is one of the strongest of the beer styles. A beer of this strength and complexity can be a challenge to the palate, so it's nice to have a third person to decode these delights.

    First up, the guys open the 10.5% ABV American-Style Barley Wine from The Fort Collins Brewery. This beer was brewed entirely with Columbus hops and then dry-hopped with El Dorado for a heavy but balanced mouth-feel. Following up this beast is the 11.0% ABV, Old Numbskull from AleSmith Brewing Company. There was a time when the guys seemed to be drinking a lot of AleSmith beers and it's nice to give them a re-visit.

    Remember to share Barleywines with friends! Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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  5. On episode 280 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder open up a couple American Wild Ales. First up, the guys open the Skully Barrel No. 35 from Paradox Beer Company. This is also known as SALADITOS SALTED PLUM 2015. An 8.0% ABV beer featuring salted and dried plums. Described as a vibrant and piquant beverage meant to stimulate your mind and appetite. Which is perfect for the first beer of the episode. Following up the Saladitos, the guys reach for the Raspberry Sour from a brewery that they are very familiar with; Avery Brewing Company. This 6.5% ABV was aged in oak barrels and is quite different then the beers you usually see from Avery.

    Everyday more and more sour and wild beers are hitting the market. It can sometimes take a while for your taste buds to get used to the flavors but keep exploring and see what you find.

    Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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