In episode 197 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski warm up with a couple delicious Porters. With all the big IPAs and Russian Imperial Stouts the porter sometimes flies under the radar.
First up Ken and Brad open the 5.6% Anchor Porter from San Francisco's Anchor Brewing Company. This is one solid porter that you could use as a benchmark for all other porters. After the Anchor Porter Ken and Brad crack open the Six Row Porter. Six Row just recently started distributing to Chicago from St. Louis and it's always great to welcome a new midwest brewery to the shelves.
In episode 196 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open a couple Russian Imperial Stouts that you have likely seen at your local beer store. Both of these beers are pretty common and are worth checking out because they are both great. Brad and Ken kick off the episode by diving into one of their favorites, North Coast's Old Rasputin. This 9% ABV Russian Imperial Stout has never disappointed... well unless you drink your entire four pack that night. Next up is the 2010 and 2011 Big Eddy from Leinenkugel. This 9.5 % ABV Russian Imperial Stout might surprise a few of you who have been turned off by Leinenkugel but a good beer is a good beer and Big Eddy is delicious.
In episode 195, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are in the holiday spirit. This year Ken and Brad have gotten each other hand crafted ale as a gift, no surprise there. And what better way to celebrate the holidays then by drinking! Ken and Brad quickly open their gifts and give them a taste. First up is the 5 Golden Rings from The Bruery. This is a big beer coming in at 11.50 % ABV which is bound to make your holiday exciting. Next they open Bière De Noël from Brasserie Thiriez. This 5.8 % ABV is a little more closer to your traditional holiday beer.
Whatever you're drinking this holiday we hope its good! Thanks for watching the Hop Cast.
When it's chilly outside all we really want is a tasty stout to warm us up. That's exactly what's happening here in episode 194 of the Hop Cast. Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Erik Jensen for a couple Midwest Milk Stouts. First up is the Revolution Brewing Company, Mad Cow Milk Stout. This 7.5 % ABV Milk Stout is a smooth and creamy Stout made with lactose. If you live in Chicago you might of been able to pick up a bottle of this and the Very Mad Cow which is the barrel aged version. If the regular version is this good, the barrel aged version must be simply fantastic. Next these three gentlemen move onto the Perennial Artisan Ales, Fantastic Voyage. This 8.8% ABV Milk Stout is brewed with coconut. This beer is well balanced with coconut, lactose and black malts.
There is something about a Milk Stout that just warms you up and brings a smile to your face. Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!
In episode 193 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by Sergio Salgado to taste a couple hoppy Red Ales. First up is Chicago's very own Pipeworks Brewing with their Blood Of The Unicorn. This 8.5 % ABV Amber has a killer label that would lead you to expect something extreme from this one. You'd be right because the hops kick you in the face; if you're a DIPA fan you're going to enjoy this beer. Next they open a bottle Jake Williams brought back for the show from Maine. The Zoe from Maine Beer Co. is a 7.2 % ABV Amber. This is the first beer from Maine Beer Co we're had and it was quite delicious. A much softer hop aroma and taste than the Blood Of The Unicorn.