Episode 339 – Chicago Hop Leaders
Recent years have seen a surprising emergence of Chicago as one of the top destinations for hop enthusiasts, bolstered by a few well-publicized national medals and hype-inducing haze makers. But there were those that helped reshape our palates in the early days: the local leaders of hops. For this show, we review five hoppy beers (Oops! All Hazy) from some of the original hop-crazy Chicago breweries. Also, we take a seat on the Hot Bench, discuss seasonal drinkers vs. temperature drinkers, slam some Purplesaurus Rex with Dr. Applesauce, use nostalgia as a survival tool, and protect our precious cereals.
Half Acre Beer Company (f. 2006) – Sunset (Double) Vallejo
Revolution Brewing (f. 2010) – DDH Mango Hero
Pipeworks Brewing Co. (f. 2012) – Chasing Extra
Spiteful Brewing (f. 2012) – Diggable IPA
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery (f. 2015) – Tropicamo