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Archive for December, 2007

Sorry about the lack of updates, it’s been kind of slow and I’ve been busy searching for a new job. I hate to use this blog for this, but hey it’s worth a try. If you know of anyone looking for a Windows System Administrator that loves beer, feel free to drop me a line and I’ll be happy to send you my resume.

I promise to get some stuff up tomorrow.

Here’s a link with a little bit of info on this event.

Date: Jan 19, 2008 (Sat)
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cost: nc

Place: Rendezvous Cafe & Wine bar
217 S. Main Street
O’Fallon, MO 63366

Today is my girlfriend Irene’s birthday, so I want to wish a very happy birthday to a woman that puts up with all of my beer discussion, dinners, ramblings, travel, purchases and general insanity. If you’re still shopping for that beer nerd in your life, be sure to check out my choices for 10 beer gifts in St. Louis. Onto the Round-Up:

Stuff from around the web

Beer Releases and News

  • Andrew from Bon Vivant Wines informs me to some new beers he has in his stock:
    • Jolly Pumpkin – Noel de Calabaza
    • Avery – Old Jubilation
    • Great Divide – Samurai Ale
    • Anchor Brewing – Christmas (’06 also available)
    • Brasserie de Blaugies – La Monsuse Winter Saison/li>
    • Brouwerij Het Anker – Gouden Carolus Cuvee Vander Keizer
    • Brasserie St. Feuillien – St. Feuillien Cuvee de Noel
    • Brauerei Weihenstephan – Weihenstephaner Vitus
    • Brauerei Weihenstephan – Weihenstephaner Korbinian
    • Mahrs Bräu – Mahr’s Christmas Bock
    • St. Peter’s Brewery Co – St. Peter’s Winter
    • Greene King / Morland Brewery – Ruddles County Ale
    • Dogfish Head – 90min IPA
    • Dogfish Head – Chateau Jiahu
    • Lagunitas – Lumpy Gravy
    • Duvel (3L Bottle)
  • Paul at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton alerts me to some new beers he has in stock:
    • Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter (4 pk)
    • Flying Dog Double Dog Double Pale Ale (4 pk)
    • Charleville Vineyards And Microbrewery – Half Wit Wheat
    • Beamish and Crawford Plc – Beamish Irish Stout (4 pk)
    • Carlsberg Danmark A/S – Carlsberg Elephant Beer
  • Chris at Randall’s Wine & Spirits in St. Louis alerts me to some new beers sets he has in stock, just in time for the holiday season:
    • Beamish and Crawford Plc – Beamish Irish Stout (4 pk)
    • Carlsberg Danmark A/S – Carlsberg Elephant Beer
  • Chris is also expecting these beers in today at the Fairview Heights Randall’s:
    • Lagunitas – Lumpy Gravy
    • Dogfish Head – Chateau Jiahu
    • Brasserie d’Achouffe – N’Ice Chouffe
    • Pivzavod Baltika / Baltic Beverages Holding – Baltika #4 Original (Dark)
    • Pivzavod Baltika / Baltic Beverages HoldingBaltika #6 Porter
    • Mikkeller – Santa’s Little Helper

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

My good friend Andy at Whole Foods will be co-hosting a Holiday Beer class at Whole Foods.  Follow this link for sign up!

Wednesday, December 196:30 pm to 8:00 pm – $20.00

With Ric Syberg, Culinary Director & Andy Snead, Beer Specialist

Ric and Andy will be serving up Christmas Ales, Winter Warmers, Russian Imperial Stouts and several other great fireside beers. They’ll also be pairing with a variety of chocolates, cheeses, and hors d’oeuvres to compliment these deep, rich, and hearty beers.

beer-326_1280×960.jpgI mentioned in last Friday’s Round-Up that I was participating in a couple of firsts in my short homebrewing career. I was entering my beer for the first time into a competition and I was judging in a homebrew competition for the first time ever. I was a little nervous leading up to the competition. I mean, who am I to judge someone else’s beer? But I was reassured that it’s good practice and all judges had to start somewhere.

beer-341_1280×960.jpgFirst a little background on how a homebrew competition works. Each brewer enters their beer into the competition based on Beer Judge Certification Program’s (BJCP) style guidelines. (The BJCP is kind of a controversial entity for some in the beer world, but that’s another topic all together.) The judges then use the style guideline to determine if the beer submitted fits into the category. Beers are awarded points via five different components: Aroma (12 points), Appearance (3 points), Taste (20 points), Mouth Feel (5 points) and Overall Impression (10 points.) Here’s the score sheet for my Southern English Brown to give you a look at the judging process.

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msb.gifJust in time for these chilly winter nights, Morgan Street brewery has released their Dopplebock. I’ll let Drew do the honor of tell you about this beer:

It’s a rich and full bodied winter warmer with loads of malt character. It’s packed with Pilsner and Munich malts, light brown – dark amber in color and impeccably smooth. If you need a winter warmer without getting bowled over with alcohol, hops or spices a pint of this will do the trick.

Robin’s Beak Brewery & Bistro in Swansea, Illinois opened one weekend in October to celebrate their “pre-opening” and the Oktoberfest holiday. Nothing has been heard of them since.

Now a member of the St. Louis Brews homebrew club reports that that building has been closed, gutted and put up for sale. He also reports that the owner had gotten sick and this may be the reason for the closure.

Can anyone provide any more details?