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When Mike Leahy from the Rock Hill Wine and Cheese Place sent me an email saying, “We just got a very allocated case of 08 La Folie from New Belgium!” I about fell out of my chair. La Folie is normally a winter release and it’s May. So after a few phones calls I’ve been told this is indeed a small smattering of the 2008 release of La Folie.

I’ve been told that only 8 cases came to St. Louis, so you can probably find them at all of the usual suspects. I don’t know if this will be the year’s only release of this beer (I’d like to think not) but better be safe than sorry if you’re a fan of this beer.

It’s been a long time since I’ve traveled down Watson Road, it’s amazing to see some of the changes. There’s a whole new complex west of the Best Buy and Schnucks, Crestwood Mall is called Crestwood Court (also, it’s interesting that I remember when Crestwood was considered the “nice” mall and South County was the dirt mall, but it seems like they’ve swapped and South County is the nice one now) and the complex that houses Friar Tuck once held a Sport Authority and a Sears store. Anyway, enough of this Andy Rooney-esque rant.

Store: Friar Tuck
Address: 9053 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63126 (Map it)
Phone: 314-918-9230
Selection: “Everything that is offered in Missouri”
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I’ll be perfectly honest, I was really impressed with Friar Tuck when I first walked in. It’s extremely well organized and very visually appealing. I probably should have snapped some photos of the wine section, but hey, this is a beer blog. After talking to a few to the store manager and assistant store manager, I quickly realized these guys were all about beer as well. They talked to me about what they had, what they’d like to see and even asked me what my dream list of breweries not distributed would be.

They claimed they have acquired every beer that’s currently being distributed in Missouri and after quickly looking over their selection, I’m prone to believe them. While the beer on the shelves is very impressive what also got my attention were the massive beer coolers. If I had to take a guess, about 60% of the beer on the shelves was also available cold.

Some other neat areas of mention was the large line of unbranded glassware they have to offer. Bill and I have discussed this quite a bit, and as we’ve gotten older, we’re not as interested in having advertisements on our beer glassware. I’d like to have glassware I can use for everyday use without looking like I’m still in college. Also mentioned was that they’re going to begin selling homebrewing equipment and ingredients as well.

Be sure to stop in and tell them what you think and what you’d like to see. It’s good to have another option in the excellent St. Louis beer retail scene.

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08ibahandle.jpgSchlafly brewers get a very special present from Schlafly when they get married, they get to brew a wedding beer.  Brennan Greene celebrated his wedding over the weekend to his lovely fiance Natasha.  In celebration of this even Brennan designed a India Brown Ale.  It was in his hopes that the beer would pair the nuttiness of a brown ale with the floral bitterness of an IPA.  In my opinion, I think he really succeeded.

It’s a 5.5% beer (so a bit low for a true IPA) but the brown ale really works well with the bitterness and makes for a delicious session beer.  I had 5 or 6 glasses of this on Friday night alone.  Stop in at the Schlafly Tap Room and get this beer as soon as you can (I think they even have a few casks of it as well!) because when it’s gone, it’s gone.

friartuck.jpgThis has been eagerly talked about in the STL Hops Forum, but it looks like the day has finally arrived. Friar Tuck located at 9053 Watson Road in Crestwood is now open just in time for your Memorial Day purchases. The website promotes over 900 beers in each store:

We’re serious about beer! Friar Tuck stocks virtually every beer we can get our grubby hands on. Domestics, imports, micro and craft brewed beers from all over the world. With over 900 different beers in every store, you’ll be serious about beer too.

It’s great to see another store in St. Louis committed to providing fantastic beer choices to us beer nerds. If you check out Friar Tuck, please send along your thoughts. I’m going to try and swing by today if possible.

Thanks to cubby_swans in the Forums for doing the leg work on this one.

Sorry about the really late notice on this one, but for some reason it slipped off my radar. Maggiano’s Little Italy in Richmond Heights will be hosting a beer dinner featuring Schlafly beers tonight, May 20th at 6PM. Here’s the menu for tonight’s dinner:

“Fish and Chips”
Pilsner

Crispy pork shanks, frisee, spring radish, green goddess dressing
Pale Ale

Grilled squab, braised ramps, sorrel mustard sauce
Summer Kölsch

Ballotine of rabbit, quinoa, morels, spiced game jus
Number 15

Chocolate stout souffle, espresso semi-freddo, caramel sauce
Oatmeal Stout

The cost for tonight’s event is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 314-824-2402.

This video is kind of old and really has nothing to do with St. Louis (except you can get delicious Allagash products right across the river) but I thought it was pretty cool:

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Jerad Gardner, the Bar Manager at the Rotten Apple, emailed to let me know that they’ll be hosting a Lagunitas Beer Tasting on Thursday, May 22nd from 6:30PM to 9PM. These are the Lagunitas beers they’ll be sampling:

  • Lagunitas Pils
  • Lagunitas IPA
  • Lagunitas Censored (aka the kronic)
  • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
  • Lagunitas Old Gnarly Wine

Along with the fantastic Lagunitas beers they’ll also be offering an amuse bouche present by the new chef of Rotten Apple’s sister location, The Stable:

  • 1st Course – Orange – Sherry Roasted Crimini Mushrooms Stuffed with Goat Cheese
  • 2nd Course – Jumbo Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon with Ale Mustard Glaze
  • 3rd Course – Beef Tenderloin Brochette with Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce
  • 4th Course – Campfire Caramel and Chocolate Smores

The cost of the event is $25 which includes 5 pints of beer and the appetizers. Only 30 tickets are available and you can make your reservation by calling (618) 786-2798.