1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world.

    On episode 278 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder jump into a couple pineapple beers. With summer coming up, it’s always nice to grab a beer that’s refreshing and not just a hop bomb. First up, the guys open the Pineapple Kumquat Berliner Weisse from Perennial Artisan Ales. Brad and Ken have been long time friends with the guys from Perennial and they really make some fantastic beers. This 4.2% ABV Berliner Weissbier is fruity, tart and delightfully refreshing. Following up the Berliner Weissbier, the guys move onto a beer they are very familiar with; Pineapple Sculpin. This 7.0 % ABV IPA is available year round in 12oz bottles and on draft. Ballast Point has been all in on these fruit variations of their beers and it’s always a treat to give a new one a try.

    Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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

    On episode 277 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder have ventured out of Illinois to check out the new Haymarket Brewery that will be opening in Bridgman, Michigan. Joining them on this episode are a couple of guys you might be familiar with Pete Crowley and John Neurauter. It seems like the guys have been in this situation before when they watched Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago come together over five years ago. This is a big step for Haymarket as they grow and expand into distribution. Soon more people outside of Chicago can finally enjoy some of their award winning beers.

    Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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  5. On episode 276 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are heading down to the Lickinghole Creek. Yes, you read that right. The brewery is called Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Virginia. First up, Brad and Ken open up the Magic Beaver, a 5.5% ABV Belgian Pale Ale. This beer was named after the Magic Beaver pond on the farms property. Following up the Magic Beaver, the guys taste 'Til Sunset. Coming in at 4.70% ABV this is Lickinghole Creek’s Session India Pale Ale. This beer is generously hopped with American Centennial and dry hopped again with even more Centennial for a fantastic hop flavor profile.

    Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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