The HOP: A Craft Beer Podcast

The HOP: A Craft Beer Podcast

By The HOP
Making craft beer inclusive, informative and entertaining! Come grab a drink with Gabriel Aprea and Stephen Humes as they set out to find unique craft beers from around the world. Each week, the hosts will discuss current events within the craft beer industry, provide in-depth beer analysis and, most importantly, have a good time.

Whether you're a home brewer, a craft beer snob, a Bud Light crusher or a wine head, this is the Happy Hour you won't want to miss!
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Round 8 - The Bruery
The boys head to Orange County, CA for some wacky beers on Round 8! The Bruery is a boutique, experimental operation that has been passionately crafting innovative concoctions since 2008. Specializing in barrel-aging with a separate facility, (The Bruery Terreux,) focused on farmhouse-styles, wild ales and sours, this place churns out creative, genre-bending brews on a daily basis. Gabe and Stephen start things off on a sour note and then settle in for dessert. Featured beers: Wit the Funk, Goses are Red and Or Xata. Plus: Do we really need Montana?
57:42
February 20, 2020
Round 7 - Boulevard Brewing
Congrats to the Kansas City Chiefs! Gabe and Stephen commemorate the Super Bowl win by featuring Boulevard Brewing Company out of KC, MO. As one of the largest craft breweries in America and a prominent arm of Duvel Moortgat, Boulevard has been moving beer forward since 1989, combining modern brewing methods with age-old techniques to make “beers for real beer lovers.” (That would be us.) Featured beers: Smokestack Series -- The Calling DIPA and Bourbon Barrel Quad. Plus: Stephen offers a prayer...and what’s a Frumpkin?
1:03:05
February 13, 2020
Round 6 - Ciders!
Cider drinkers! The moment has come. By listener request, Gabe and Stephen sample hard cider in several variations. Cider is an anomalous middle ground between beer and wine, and this episode will feature the best of both worlds. We even found ciders with hops in the brew! Join us for something a little different as we take a tour around some of the best craft cider on the East Coast. Featured: Wolffer No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider, Abandoned Hard Cider’s Hopped Cider and Shacksbury Ping Pong with Modern Times Brewing. Plus: Ding dong, the Peanut’s dead.
59:50
February 6, 2020
Round 5 - Winter Warmers
Grab a blanket, snuggle up by the fire and join Stephen and Gabe as they dive into several beers that are sure to keep you warm in the cold weather. First, we head to Colorado for a visit to Left Hand Brewing, an employee-owned brewery nestled in the Rocky Mountains. Then we head back east to Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY where we sample some of the most authentic Belgian-style ales made in America today. If you like darker beers with a little bit of a fruity twist, this one's for you! Featured beers: Left Hand Raspberry Milk Stout and Ommegang's Three Philosophers (in TWO variations!) Plus: Gabe's got pirate jokes and Stephen's got a Matthew McConaughey impression.
1:02:35
January 30, 2020
Round 4 - Avery Brewing Company
Holy booze, Batman! Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado is known for their unique creations, offbeat concoctions and (most importantly) an impressive amount of barrel-aging. Stephen and Gabe sample three of the most intense and complex offerings out of the barrel-aged series. With ABV levels ranging between 12-17%, everyone was feeling good towards the end.  Featured beers: Rumpkin (2017,) Fimbulvvinter (2017) and the Coconut Porter. Plus, a harsh breakup story from Reddit!
1:06:44
January 23, 2020
Round 3 - Jack's Abby / Dorchester Brewing
Let's take a journey up to the great state of Massachusetts! Stephen and Gabe profile Jack's Abby Craft Lagers and Dorchester Brewing, two thriving craft breweries out of the Bay State. Featured beers: Dorchester Apple Crumb Cake and Jack's Abby Framminghammer. Plus, what can't you drink at an orgy?
59:59
January 16, 2020
Round 2 - Sierra Nevada
This one's for the hop lovers out there! We take a deep dive into one of the oldest and most successful independent breweries in America, Sierra Nevada Brewing in Chico, CA. Featured beers: Celebration Fresh-Hop IPA and Hop Hunter Double IPA. Plus, Stephen offers a unique perspective on Orca Whales!
1:03:41
January 9, 2020
Round 1 - Counterweight Brewing
Welcome to the HOP! In the pilot episode, Stephen and Gabe sit down to sample a collection of beers from Counterweight Brewing in their home town of Hamden, CT. Featured beers: Headway IPA, Proper Pause Brett Table Beer, Slumbering Behemoth Imperial Stout. Plus, a wrong number leads to a lifelong friendship!
1:03:51
January 2, 2020