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Irene and I made our way down to the newest Amalgamated Brewing venture, The Stable, for Saturday night’s grand opening. I’ve been to a few grand openings as of recent and for the most part they’re usually low-key events. The opening of The Stable was anything but. We walked in and the place was packed, filled to the brim with people either waiting to get a beer or waiting to get a table.

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The Stable
1821 Cherokee Street (Map It)
St Louis, MO 63118
(314) 771-8500

 

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Beer

If The Stable doesn’t win some sort of award next year for best beer selection in a restaurant in one of the local magazines, I may just have to give up hope for this town. The devotion to beer that everyone involved with The Stable has is just mindblowing. With over 20 hand-picked draught choices and another 15 in bottles, The Stable proves that having the largest selection doesn’t necessary mean you have the best selection. Two other extremely encouraging tidbits I picked up was that this will be a rotating selection, so that beer you had on your first visit may not be there on the second. Also, they’ve made the promise that you’ll see no beer with the word “Light” in the name.

 

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Food:

Not content with just pizza and beer, The Stable offers a full line of sandwiches and also some interesting starters. I had the steak special and Irene tried the cajun carbonara. While my steak was cooked perfectly to temperature, I found it a bit tough and not very moist. But I was in the mood for beef so it satisfied my craving. Irene’s carbonara was the winning dish between our two. The spiciness of the andouille helped to balance the richness of the cream sauce. The pasta itself was also very well received as it still had a bit of chew to the noodles, almost just shy of al dente.

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Intangibles:

This place is pretty gorgeous. If you’ve ever been to the Lemp Mansion you’ll know that it’s almost like stepping back in time to when the mansion was full of Lemps. The Stable does a good job of taking a lot of the feel from the Lemp Mansion and continuing it in this new spot. The updated wood features along with some of the other features keeps you in a very particular mindset. Irene couldn’t stop looking around and saying “wow.” They also feature a “patio” area featuring a second bar which seems less finished and much more sparse. I’ll be interested to see if it gets updated as well.

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I’m really excited about the future of The Stable, some time to work out some opening kinks I think it could quickly become the best beer restaurant in St. Louis. Let’s hope that the crowds I saw on opening night think the same as me and keep filling the place up.

I was over at the Rock Hill Wine and Cheese Place on Friday and was pleasantly surprised to see a whole new expanded beer selection now available. I emailed Paul to find out the details and he informed me that they added about 150 beers at Rock Hill to bring the total up to around 460. Not too shabby for a friendly neighborhood wine store. (Paul also let me know Clayton W&C is up to 720 beers in stock!)

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Sorry for the small Round-Up today, everything just seems relatively quiet on the beer front in St. Louis.

Stuff from around the web

  • Neat write-up about the Rotten Apple.
  • Don over at OatSoda reviews the Export IPA from Schlafly.
  • If you’re Green and like beer, Schlafly is the place for you.
  • More information on the upcoming Stable opening.
  • CraftBrewRadio interviews Tom Schlafly.

Beer Releases and News

  • Paul at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton alerts me to some new beers he has in stock at the Clayton and Rock Hill locations:
    • Hitachino Nest XH Matured in Sake Casks
    • Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale
    • Thiriez Extra Dry Hopped French Farmhouse Ale
    • Inveralmond Brewery Blackfriar
    • Orkney Dragonhead Orcadian Stout
    • Mendocino White Summer Ale

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

I shouldn’t have been shocked when Jerad Gardner, the beverage manager for the Rotten Apple, sent me over an another beer list for The Stable that also included bottles, but I was pretty bowled over. Not only will they have an impressive draught list, but some great bottle beers as well. The Stable is open for bar service now and will be opening full service either Friday or Saturday from what I’ve been hearing. Give them a call to find out for sure. Oh and Jerad also let me in on a little surprise, see if you can find it in this new list:

Draught

  • stable.jpgSchlafly Schwarzbier
  • North Coast Scrimshaw Pils
  • Reissdorf Kolsch
  • North Coast Red Seal Ale
  • Hoegaarden
  • Duchesse De Bourgogne
  • Lefthand Milk Stout
  • North Coast Old Rasputin
  • Sleeman Cream Ale
  • Unibroue Maudite
  • O’Fallon 5 Day
  • La Chouffe
  • Kasteel Rouge
  • Bell’s Two Hearted
  • Arcadia Hopmouth
  • Ayinger Brau-weisse
  • Bell’s Oberon
  • Schalfly Hefe
  • Kostritzer Black Lager

Bottles

  • Great Divide Hercules
  • Great Divide Yeti
  • Chimay Grande Reserve
  • Southern Tier Unearthly Imperial IPA
  • Hebrew Brewing Lenny’s RIPA
  • Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
  • Weihenstephan Brewing Hefe
  • Rogue Brewing Shakespeare Stout
  • Rogue Brewing Imperial Pale Ale
  • New Belgium Fat Tire
  • Cantillion Iris
  • Boulevard Brewing Double Wide IPA
  • Budweiser
  • Miller High Life
  • Stag

I would have liked to get these photos up on Wednesday, but there was no way that was happening after the night we had. I didn’t end up getting home until 11:30PM and 6:00AM was awfully early yesterday morning. But I did remember to pull the photos off the camera this morning and so I thought I’d share them with everyone who couldn’t attend.

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First of all, I want to thank Doug and Mike Mattingly for letting us invade their restaurant, they provided a great place for us to hang out, eat some pizza and drink some great beer. If you haven’t been out to Mattingly’s yet, get the Corsica pizza, it’s just awesome. Thanks also to Drew for providing a sampling of some of his awesome homebrew, it just gets us all the more excited when he’s finally able to get brewing some of his own beer.

And finally, thank you to everyone who showed up for this event. We’ll have one of these again soon, promise.

If you’re not all festivaled (yes, I did just make up a word) out yet then Saturday, June 28th is your next chance to get yourself a sampler glass and enjoy some Missouri beer.  Westport Plaza is hosting a Beer and Brat Festival from Noon-6PM next Saturday to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.   Here is a list of the breweries who are attending:

  • Schlafly
  • Buffalo Brewing
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Alandale
  • Boulevard
  • Griesedieck
  • Gruhlke
  • Ray Hill

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 dollars at the door.  Not too many things go better together than beer and brats.

Just a reminder, in case you forgot, the first STL Hops Meet-Up is tonight at Mattingly Brewing Company (3000 S. Jefferson [map it]) at 6:30PM. Here’s the original post about the event:

I plan on buying the pizza, you guys are on the hook for your own beer. After we get done with eating, drinking and talking we’ll probably move upstairs to Mattingly’s private room to do some beer sampling. So this is your chance to bring some homebrew or maybe some beer you’ve been sitting on waiting for a special day, etc. Mattingly’s new head brewer, Drew Huerter, will also be bringing some beer for you to sample so you can see what’s in store for Mattingly.

Mattingly is being extremely generous opening their doors up and even allowing us to bring some of our own beer. So I’m asking for just three things: first, buy a lot of beer on Tuesday night (and please be responsible about it, I’ll have a DD and so should you). Second, if you could drop me an email or even leave a comment for this post if you’re attending to give me a good idea of how many people are planning to attend it helps Mattingly get idea of how much space and help will be needed. Third, don’t make this your only visit to Mattingly. They’re opening their place up for us, we need to show the love back.

I’m pretty excited about tonight’s event, I hope everyone else is too!