1. Rick Wildt joins Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski in episode 215 of the Hop Cast. The guys crack open a couple of funky beers in this episode. The first being the Rodenbach  2010 Vintage Oak Aged Ale. This Flanders Red Ale comes in at 7.0% ABV and is Light with an effervescent carbonation that's tart and somewhat dry. Many of you'll be familiar with the Grand Cru from Rodenbach but the oak here really adds something extra. If you can find a bottle and can handle the steep price tag, it's worth picking up. Next up, Ken, Brad & Rick open the Cascade Brewing's Manhattan NW. This bottle was one Brad and Maeve picked up from their recent trip to Portland and smuggled across state lines. As the name suggests this is Manhattan inspired; a sour ale aged in bourbon barrels with cherries and Noyaux. The Manhattan NW comes in at 11.5% ABV so even with how tasty it is you should share with friends.

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  2. In episode 214 of the Hop Cast,  Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are joined by Rick Wildt for a couple brett Saisons. If you haven't had a brett Saison, well you're missing out; get to the store and find yourself a bottle. Brett Saisons are great on some of these warmer summer days, they are refreshing and extremely interesting. First up is the Grassroots Arctic Saison. This was a collaboration beer between Hill Farmstead Brewery and Anchorage Brewing Co. Being one of the first beers the Hop Cast has had from Hill Farmstead, it was a real treat. Next up is the Oak Aged Bretta from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales. Brad and Maeve recently took a trip out to Oregon and stopped by the brewery to pick up this 8% ABV treat.

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  3. In episode 213 of the Hop Cast,  Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by Michal Thiel for a couple tasty Anniversary brews from two great midwest breweries. It's hard to believe both these brewers have been around for so long... First up is the 20th anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus. Whenever you see a New Glarus label, you know it's going to be a great beer but then you see that it's one of their special releases and it's only that much more exciting. This 20th anniversary doesn't disappoint. Next up the three guys dive into the big 16% ABV 16 anniversary ale from Two Brothers. This tasty beer packs a punch so be sure to share with friends.

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  4. In episode 212 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder double down on a couple triples. They've got the Tripel Threat from Cambridge Brewing Company and the Tropical Tripel from De Proefbrouwerij / Cigar City. Brad and Ken decide to jump first into the Tripel Threat, leaving the Tropical Tripel on deck. The Tripel Threat is a Tripel from Cambridge Brewing Company in Massachusetts. This was the first beer Brad and Ken have had from CBC and it was a real treat. Next they dive into the Tropical Tripel, a 9.5% ABV collaboration beer from De Proefbrouwerij and Cigar City. If you can get your hands on either of these, they are well worth it.

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  5. In episode 211 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are kickin it outside, sipping on a couple big IPAs and enjoying the Chicago summer. The first beer they open is the Gigantic IPA from Gigantic Brewing Company. Gigantic Brewing is from Oregon and just started distributing to Chicago. The Gigantic IPA is a 7.3 % ABV American IPA and even though its a gigantic IPA, this one is easy drinking. Next up is the Bitter Biker from Spiteful Brewing, one of the newest nanobreweries to hit the Chicago scene. Stepping it up from the single IPA, the Bitter Biker is a double that's packing a 9.6 % ABV. Watch out! You might not want to bike right after if you take this 22 oz bomber down by yourself. Summer and IPAs, what a great combination.

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