1. Hop Cast - Episode 264: Berghoff DortWunder Lager & Winter Ale


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    Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. On episode 264 of the Hop Cast, Brad and Ken picked up a mix pack of Berghoff Brewery beers. This mix pack was perhaps a little old and on the shelf awhile since one of these beers was a Winter beer. The first beer the guys dive into is the DortWunder Lager, a 5.5% ABV Dortmunder Lager. Being a tad passed its prime, this one still felt like a solid beer. Although it was a bit old the guys could still tell this is something that would be good on a warm summer day and is probably pretty tasty when fresh. Next up, just in time for the summer is the 7% ABV Winter Ale. Drinking this Winter Ale was surprisingly better than you’d think it would be in June. Let this be a lesson to you, make sure to take a look at dates on beers or packages if it’s possible before purchase. Cheers & thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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    • Hop Cast - Episode 258: Kavorka & Blot Out The Sun


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      Welcome to the Hop Cast, where Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their love of craft beer with the world. In this weeks episode, Brad and Ken dive into two different Midwest Imperial Stouts. First up is the 11.5 % ABV Kavorka from the Naperville brewery, Solemn Oath. This beer is a winter release from Solemn Oath and is thick, chewy and viscous with a complex malt profile comprised of roasted barley, dark chocolate, molasses and dark fruit with a light, piney hop balance. Brad and Ken follow up the Kavorka with the 10.40 % ABV Blot Out The Sun from 3 Floyds Brewing. Even though Blot Out The Sun is lower in alcohol than the Kavorka, this beer still packs a very big punch. With it being so cold out in Chicago, there is no better way to warm up then with a big-ass local stout. Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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      • Hop Cast - Episode 255: Vertex IPA & Falco IPA


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        In episode 255 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are back at it with a couple new IPAs. First up is the 6.30% ABV Vertex IPA from DESTIHL Brewery. Everyone seems to go nuts for DESTIHL Brewery at different festivals, especially their sour beers; you'll always see a line for them. It's nice to see them also doing an easy drinking IPA. Following up this tasty local IPA, Brad and Ken move on to the 7.00% ABV Falco IPA from Evil Twin Brewing. The story behind Evil Twin is very interesting and if you haven’t read about it, be sure to do a little research and give them a try next time you see them.      Thanks for watching the Hop Cast. Cheers!

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        • Hop Cast - Episode 254: Brown Note & Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale


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          Be warned, episode 254 is full of great fart jokes as Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder crack open a couple Brown Ales. Ok, now that we’ve peaked Gary Gulley’s interest... First up, Brad and Ken try The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery. This is a 5% ABV English Brown Ale that has one of the most ridiculous labels you’ll find. Following up this brown beauty, Brad and Ken open up the Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale. This was a beer Brad picked up recently at BlizzCon 2014.  The Thunderbrew Anniversary Ale was brewed for World of Warcraft's 10 year anniversary by Bottle Logic Brewing. This is an Imperial Brown ale, not something you see very often but at 7.5% ABV this beer packs a bit of a punch. Cheers and thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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          • Hop Cast - Episode 252: La Loca Juana & La Loca Juana Hermosa Pelirroja


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            Welcome to the Hop Cast! On episode 252, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder share their very limited Spanish language skills as they enjoy a couple Spanish Craft beers. These were picked up on a recent trip to Spain by friends Mike Messaros and Alice Oglethorpe. Both of these beers are from Cervezas Juana la Loca. First up is the La Loca Juana a "European Pale Lager" coming in at 6.0% ABV. They then follow up the Pale or beautiful blonde with the Amber ale. The La Loca Juana Hermosa Pelirroja is an Amber ale coming in at 5.5 % ABV, just slighting less than the Blonde. Both of these beers were very tasty and a real treat to try something that you don’t typically see on your local shelves. Cheers! And thanks for watching the Hop Cast.

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            • Hop Cast - Episode 250: Sublime Ginger & Shady Character


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              This is episode 250, yeah that’s right 250 episodes of the Hop Cast! In this show Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder explore a couple of beers from the Chicago Brewery, Forbidden Root. The first beer they open is the Sublime Ginger a 3.8 % ABV Herbed / Spiced Beer. Sublime Ginger starts with a dry and creamy wheat beer, then fresh botanicals are added plus a splash of key lime juice for a tangy flavor with a delicious bite of ginger. Next up is Forbidden Root’s Shady Character a 6.7 % ABV American Porter. The botanicals in this beer are black walnuts, licorice, roasted chestnuts, star anise and tellicherry pepper. This beer packs a ton of flavor that’s unique and tasty. What Forbidden Root is doing is fantastic and you really need to try to get your hands on these beers. Cheers & Thanks for watching the Hop Cast!

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              • Hop Cast - Episode 249: Penrose Brewing P2 & Southern Tier 2XONE


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                Hey Craft Beer fans, it’s time for a new episode of the Hop Cast. In episode 249, Brad Chmielewski & Ken Hunnemeder open up a couple Pale Ales. First up is the P2, a 5.54% ABV Belgian Pale Ale from our good friends at Penrose Brewing. This has been a go to beer for Brad and Ken lately; it’s juicy, finishes dry and is very easy to drink. Next Brad and Ken move onto the 2XONE, a 8.1% ABV American Pale Ale. It’s been awhile since we’ve had anything from Southern Tier Brewing Company on the Hop Cast and this was a nice treat. They are a fantastic brewery, making some great beer. These 2 beers were both pretty different which shows how varied and vast the Pale Ale category can be. Cheers and thanks for watching and supporting the Hop Cast.

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                • Hop Cast - Episode 248: beer Hoptacular


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                  Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are back at the Aragon Ballroom for another beer Hoptacular. In this episode Ken and Brad sample a ton of great beer and even find a few moments to talk with a few great local beer folks. Including Claudia Jendron the Brewmaster at Temperance Beer Company, Chris Tourre from Arcade Brewery, and Lisa Zimmer from MillerCoors. If you made it out to this years Hoptacular, I’m sure you had a great time and if you missed it, keep your eye out for the next one. Cheers! Thank you for watching the Hop Cast.

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                  • Hop Cast - Episode 246: Staghorn & Afterburner


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                    In episode 246 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder are ready for Oktoberfest! The two of them open up a couple midwestern Märzen / Oktoberfest’s. First up is the 6.25% ABV New Glarus Brewing Company, Staghorn Octoberfest. It’s always a real treat when anyone outside of Wisconsin can get their hands on some beer from New Glarus and even more of a treat when it’s as good as the Staghorn. Next up, Brad and Ken go local with the 5.5% ABV Metropolitan Brewing, Afterburner. Afterburner is one of the newest beers you’ll find from Metropolitan. From a brewery that focuses on all lagers, you’d expect this one to be tasty and it doesn’t disappoint. Oktoberfest is one of the best beers in the world, for one of the best parties in the world. Be sure to grab yourself a liter and enjoy the party! Thanks for watching the Hop Cast. Cheers!

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                    • Hop Cast - Episode 245: Midwest Belgian Beer Fest


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                      In episode 245 of the Hop Cast, Brad Chmielewski and Ken Hunnemeder take a trip down to St. Louis for the Midwest Belgian Beer Fest. The Third Annual Midwest Belgian Beer Fest was put on by Perennial and Side Project and this was the first time it wasn’t at the Perennial brewery. This year the festival kicked off St. Louis Craft Beer Week and took place at the Moto Museum. We had a blast! The fest featured over forty breweries from across the Midwest and a few beyond that as well. Over the afternoon we ran into a ton of great brewers we know from Chicago and even had a chance to grab a few of them on camera to chat about the event. Be sure to keep an eye out for this event next year because it just continues to get better and its definitely worth checking out.

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