Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by The Beer Genome Project co-creator Shawn Horton for episode 54 of the Hop Cast. Ken and Brad pull out a couple Russian Imperial Stouts they had been saving for this special occasion. The first beer they open and review is the Schlafly Reserve - Imperial Stout from the Missouri brewery Schlafly. This Russian Imperial Stout comes in with an ABV of 10.50%. Special thanks goes out to Jane Heather Kim for this delicious Missouri treat. Ken, Brad and Shawn then follow Schlafly Reserve up with the Old Rasputin XII. This once a year release from North Coast Brewing in California comes special delivery from Maggie Thurman. The Old Rasputin XII has an ABV of 11.20% and and IBU of 75. Big thanks to everyone who supplied Ken and Brad with these great beers and thank you for watching.
Scott Pellman joins Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder for episode 53 of the Hop Cast. The first beer that the three of them review and sample is the Island Red from Roots Organic Brewery in Portland, OR. The Island Red is an organic beer and something fans of Fat Tire should be able to enjoy. Brad and Ken haven't had the best luck with organic beers but this one is a decent one. They follow up the Island Red with the Stone 13th Anniversary Ale from one of their favorite breweries out in California, Stone Brewing. The Stone 13th Anniversary Ale was released on June 29th, 2009 and was only bottled once. It has an abv of 9.5%. So grab one of your favorite beers, organic or not and sit back and watch. Thanks for watching the Hop Cast!
For episode 52 of the Hop Cast, Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski are joined by Scott Pellman at the Daily Planet ltd office. In this episode Ken and Brad decide to go with what they love, a couple of IPAs. The first beer the three of them sample is the Flossmoor "Rye"m & Reason from new head brewer Bryan Shimkos. The Flossmoor "Rye"m & Reason is an American IPA and has an ABV of 7.5%. The second IPA they dive into is the AleSmith IPA. Ken was lucky enough to pick this up at Vintage Estate Wine and Beer on his recent trip to Youngstown, Ohio. The AleSmith IPA comes in at 7.25% ABV. As always the Hop Cast brings it with a couple solid IPAs. Thanks for watching the Hop Cast and stay tuned for even more great episodes.
In Episode 51 Nick Campbell joins Hop Cast hosts Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder for a couple exotic beers. Both beers they sample and review in episode 51 have some unusual ingredients you don't usually see in beer. The first beer the three of them try is the ginger pale ale from Trade Route Brewing. Trade Route Brewing used be called Laughing Buddha, so if you have a bottle, it may say Trade Route or Laughing Buddha, don't worry it's the same beer. As you can guess from the name the ginger pale ale is brewed with ginger and it comes in with an ABV of 5.0%. They follow that up with the Sah'tea which is the latest bottle release from Dogfish Head. Both Brad and Ken were extremely excited to try this one and were happy it lived up to the hype. The Sah'tea is brewed with juniper berries foraged directly from the Finnish country-side and comes in at 9.0% ABV.
The Hop Cast gets sour and silly for episode 50. In this episode Charlie Drews joins Ken Hunnemeder and Brad Chmielewski for a couple american wild ales. The first beer they sample and review Ken enjoyed previously when the Hop Cast was at the Publican. It is the Brabant from Avery Brewing. This murky dark brown wild ale comes in at 8.65 % ABV. They follow the Brabant up with the Beatification from Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, California. Wild ales are known to be sour and the Beatification is like a sour punch in the face. Special thanks goes to the guys from Suds Or Duds for the Beatification, it was a treat to finally try it. But be warned sour beers can take some time to get into, but just like hops when you start enjoying the taste, you wont be able to get enough.