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logo.gifMaybe the guys at CAMRA have finally gotten to me and programed my brain in my sleep to really believe it, but I’m pretty obsessed with cask beer. The slightly warm, slightly flat that always brings more than a slight smile to my face. One of the problems with cask is that it’s pretty hard to find in St. Louis. For the longest time it was basically available at either the Tap Room or Iron Barley (and from what I gathered Square One on rare occasions.) But now it looks like we have another location for “true” ale:

Dave Johnson from O’Fallon Brewery emailed me to let me know that cask 5-Day IPA is now available at Dressel’s Pub. Cask beer at a Welsh pub? Sounds like a winning combination to me.

I think this may be the last big beer “festival” for a little while, unless someone can prove me wrong (and I hope you do.) So who else is planning on hitting on the Schlafly Belgian Beer and Musselfest tonight? I’m pretty excited to try some of these beers they’re going to have to offer. On to the Round-Up:

Stuff from around the web

Beer Releases and News

  • Andy from Whole Foods let’s us know about some new beer he has in his stock (and remember if you don’t see it on the shelf, be sure to ask for it):
    • Nogne O Imperial Stout 500ml
    • Nogne O Porter 500ml
    • Lemp Lager 6pk
    • Southern Tier Heavy Weizen
    • Mendocino Cast of Hawks Mixed 12pk
  • Paul at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton alerts me to some new beers he has in stock:
    • de Dolle Ara Bier
    • Southern Tier Heavy Weizen
    • BrewDog Rip Tide Twisted Merciless Stout
    • BrewDog Paradox Macallan 1987 Stout
    • St. Louis Peche
    • St. Louis Framboise
    • Schlitz Beer (whopping $5.99 / 12pk cans)
    • Blue Moon (22oz)
    • Stella Artois (22oz)
    • Dundee Honey Brown
    • Portland MacTarnahans Black Watch
    • Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Style Weisse
    • Portland MacTarnahans Amber
    • Warsteiner Radler
  • Mike at The Wine and Cheese Place in Rock Hill alerts me to some new beers he has in stock:
    • de Dolle Ara Bier
    • Magners Irish Cider
    • Southern Tier Heavy Weizen
    • BrewDog Rip Tide Twisted Merciless Stout
    • BrewDog Paradox Macallan 1987 Stout
    • Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Style Weisse
    • Schlitz Beer
  • Robin at Provisions Gourmet Market has some new beers as well:
    • Nils Oscar Barley Wine
    • Nils Oscar Kalasol
    • Nogne IPA
    • Nogne Stout
    • Achel Trappist Bruin
    • Achel Trappist Blonde
    • Mikkeller Stateside IPA
  • Jerad Gardner, of the Rotten Apple lets me know about his most current draught selection. If you haven’t been to the Rotten Apple, take the time to visit:
    • Alpha King
    • Gaffel Kolsch
    • Lagunitas Gnarly Wine
    • Lagunitas Lucky 13
    • Hardcore Cider
    • Lefthand Chainsaw
    • Stag
    • Dogfish 90 min IPA
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Founders Dirty Bastard
    • Two Brothers Domaine Dupage
    • Allagash White
  • Jerad also let me know about the most current draught selection at The Stable as well:
    • Sleeman’s Cream Ale
    • North Coast Old Rasputin
    • Schlafly Schwartz
    • Duchess De Bourgone
    • Riessdorf kolsch
    • Michelob
    • Hoegaarden
    • Schrimshaw Pils
    • Bells Two Hearted
    • Red Seal
    • O’Fallon Smoke Porter
    • Kostriker Schwartz
    • O’dells 5 barrel pale ale
    • Charleville Half Wit
    • Charleville Hoptimistic
    • Arcadia Hopmouth
    • Ayinger Brau Wiesse
    • Kasteel Rouge
    • La Chouffe
    • Unibroue Maudite
  • Joe Billhartz of Specialty Import Distributing Co. let me know of some beer over in Illinois. Contact your favorite beer store to see if these are available:
    • Lost Coast Raspberry Brown
    • Dogfish Head Black & Blue (Limited)
    • Two Brothers Dog Days (almost gone)
    • Hoppin Frog Silk Porter
  • Joe Billhartz also let me know that Rotten Apple is supposed to get Founders Rübæus on draught soon. Also Erato on Main is getting 90 Minute on draught soon as well!

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

A few weeks ago Irene and I traveled to Kansas City to see the Cardinals take on the Royals. Not unlike any other city I travel to, I thought I’d take in some of the KC beer culture. The Flying Saucer is a chain of restaurants that specializes in beer, and a lot of it. This location carries over 220 beer selections and I believe almost 100 draught choices.

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Even though there are obviously a lot of chain aspects to the place, it’s actually a really nice location. There is a lot of wood fixtures giving the location a very warm feeling. They also provide couches and lounge area to help provide a very relaxed atmosphere.

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When we arrived on Friday evening after the ball game, the place was hopping, but it was still easy to find a place to sit. The rain came through a few minutes before we arrived and really cooled off the warm summer air. The wide open windows were a lovely touch as they provided a nice breeze throughout the location.

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We tried the food when we returned on Saturday night and it was good, but not great. Good enough for a quick snack or an excuse just to visit. If I have one complaint is that it’s previous obvious that the people working at the place aren’t really “beer people.” Sure they’re friendly, but I had one person (who may have been a manager) tell me that Schlafly had a sour beer. Now, in all fairness this place has only been open since May 5th, but that still isn’t much of an excuse for getting the wrong beer.

Even though it’s a chain I really liked this place. Sure the food wasn’t that great and the service was sub-par, but the beer selection and the ambiance more than made up for it. It’s a really nice spot to sit back with some friends and enjoy some quality beer. If the Flying Saucer landed in St. Louis, I think I’d board the ship.

I get quite a bit of press material from various outlets nowadays and I don’t like passing a lot of it along because I don’t like feeling like a shill.  But I thought due to everything happening in the world of Anheuser-Busch these past few weeks, this special may be of some interest to some people:

What’s on tap now for Budweiser? CNBC takes you inside America’s 130-year love affair with the King of Beers. Now that InBev has agreed to purchase the iconic American brand, CNBC’s “American Originals: Budweiser” offers a first look at the new reality for Bud. Watch CNBC on Thursday, July 17 at 9p/12a ET to see the side of Budweiser you’ve never seen before… the past the present and the future. Click here for web highlights. 

If you happen to catch the special, be sure to share your comments via this post.

mussel.gifI wish I was the first person to point this out, but it is a pretty funny coincidence that the same week that a Belgian brewing conglomerate buys Anheuser-Busch is also host to a Belgian beer festival at the Schlafly Tap Room.  If you’ve never had some of Schlafly’s Belgian offerings, this weekend gives you the perfect opportunity to try them.  Brennan Green sent me over a list of some of the treats Schlafly has in store for this weekend:

  • Grand Cru: 9% abv and made with four different belgian yeast strains and left to age in tank for over four months
  • Witbier: brewed with locally grown Alhambra unmalted wheat (harvested on July 8th) as well as lots of coriander and orange peel
  • ’07 Tripel
  • Biere De Garde
  • Casks of Grand Cru and Biere de Garde

He also let me know that just for this festival they’ll be serving their new Barrel aged Grand Cru, They aged this beer for two and a half months in the bourbon barrels previously used for the Imperial Stout.  Oh, I hear there will be some mussels too.  This “festival” runs on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19th from 5:00 p.m.-Midnight  both days.  There is no cost for the event, just show up and buy some mussels and beer!

grape-vs-grain.jpgSorry for the delay on this, you can blame AB and InBev, but I’m happy to announce that the winner of the autographed copy of Charles Bamforth’s Grape vs Grain is Eric Burnley!

Once again, if you didn’t win, don’t be too upset, I’ve got some more awesome stuff to give away in the near future. So keep your eyes open for more prizes.

ld_bud_inbev_080707_mn.jpgYou may have heard by now, but Anheuser-Busch’s board of directors have approved the purchase of the company by InBev. I’ve given my thoughts on this merger in the past, but I can’t say it’s still not a bit of a sad day. As someone who’s been through a few mergers and lay-offs in my short life, my best wishes go out to all of those people currently working at AB. Feel free to leave your comments about the merger and the impact. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next.

As someone always looking for an upside, maybe we see more beer in St. Louis because of it?