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I was originally going to just include this in the Friday Round-Up, but this documentary is too good to shove away in a little blurb. Give this a look and give the guy some feedback on what you think.

Schlafly Beer – Documentary from Adrian B on Vimeo.

Stuff from around the web

Beer Releases and News

  • Andrew from Bon Vivant Wines informs me to some beers he has in his stock:
    • Avery Ale to the Chief
    • Breckenridge Autumn Ale
    • Boulder Obovoid Stout
    • Dogfish Head 120 Min IPA
    • Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imp Stout
    • La Rulles Esitvale
  • Paul at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton alerts me to some new beers he has in stock:
    • Norrebro Bryghus La Granja Coffee Stout
    • Norrebro North Bridge Extreme Imperial India Pale Ale
    • Norrebro 2006 Little Korkny Ale Barley-Wine Style Ale
    • Breckenridge Summer Bright
    • Charelville Hoptimistic IPA
  • Lukas Liquor posts on their blog some of the new and special selections they have in stock:
    • Nogne O Pale Ale
    • Nogne O IPA
    • Haandbryggeriet Dark Force
    • Isle of Skye Wee Beast
    • Mikkeller It’s Alive
    • Nils Oscar Imperial Stout
    • Nils Oscar Barley Wine
    • Duyster’s Laterbol Blonde Ale
    • Spaten Oktoberfest
    • Hofbrau Oktoberfest
    • Weihenstephaner Fest bier
  • 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):
    • Odell Double Pilsner 6pk
    • Bells Cherry Stout 6pk 2007
    • Sam Adams Oktoberfest 6pk
    • Southern Tier Pumpking 22oz
    • Rogue Santa’s Reserve 22oz
    • Rogue Chocolate Stout 22oz
    • Hofbrau Oktoberfest 6pk
    • Spaten Oktoberfest 12pk
  • Charmaine at Randall’s Wine & Spirits alerts me to some new beers she has in stock at the St. Louis Randall’s:
    • Mikkeller – It’s Alive!
    • Mikkeller – Monk’s Brew
    • De Molen – Storm & Avery
    • Belzebuth Pur Malt 13%
    • Charleville Hoptimistic IPA
    • Bavik Belgian Pils
    • Daleside Old Leg Over
    • Daleside Monkey Wrench Dark Ale
    • Warsteiner Oktoberfest
    • Hofbrau Oktoberfest
    • Spaten Oktoberfest
    • Blue Moon Pumpkin
  • Mike at The Wine and Cheese Place in Rock Hill alerts me to some new beers he has in stock:
    • Charelville Hoptimistic IPA
    • Norrebro Bryghus La Granja Coffee Stout
    • Norrebro North Bridge Extreme Imperial India Pale Ale
    • Norrebro 2006 Little Korkny Ale Barley-Wine Style Ale
  • 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:
    • Founder’s Brewing – Rubaeus
    • Two Brothers Brewing – Bitter End
    • Lagunitas Brewing – Gnarly Wine
    • Founders Brewing – Reds Rye
    • Victory Brewing – Hop Devil
    • Victory Brewing – Prima Pils
    • Lefthand Brewing – Black Jack Porter
    • Two Brother’s Brewing – Domaine DuPage French Country Ale
    • Pyramid Brewing – Apricot Hefe
    • Breckenridge Brewing – 471
    • Dogfish Head Brewing – India Brown Ale
    • Stag
  • Jerad also let me know about the most current draught selection at The Stable as well:
    • Pilsner Urquell
    • Arcadia Brewing Hopmouth
    • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
    • Bear Republic Racer 5
    • Ofallon Brewing Smoke Porter
    • Charleville Half-Wit Wheat
    • North Coast Scrimshaw Pils
    • Bells Brewing Oberon
    • Kasteel Rouge
    • Houblon Chouffe
    • Charleville Hoptimistic IPA
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Unibroue Blanche De Chambly
    • North Coast Old Rasputin
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Duchesse De Bourgone
    • Reissdorf Kolsch
    • Michelob
    • Hoegaarden
    • Sleeman Cream Ale
    • Bells Brewing Two Hearted
    • Fort Collins Rocky Mountain IPA
  • Kevin at The Wine and Cheese Place in West County has expanded his selection and has added these beers:
    • Charelville Hoptimistic IPA
    • Norrebro North Bridge Extreme Imperial India Pale Ale
    • Weihenstephaner Festbier
    • Becks Oktoberfest
    • Samichlaus 3 liter
    • Nils Oscar Barley Wine
  • Scott from Corral Liqours informs me to some beers he has in his stock:
    • Dogfish Head 120min
    • Dogfish Head 90 min
    • Dogfish Head 60 min
    • Avery Ale to the Chief
    • Avery Kaiser
    • Lagunitus Were only in it for the Money!
    • Victory Saison

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

A few quick beer tastings to tell you about.

Lukas Liquor in Ellisville will be tasting not only draught Koenig Ludwig and La Chouffe, they will also be sampling Weihenstephaner Festbier and Schneider Weisse Hopfen Weisse. This tasting will be on Saturday, August 23 and will run from 1PM-4PM.  You can find more info on their blog.

The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton has moved their weekend tastings to Friday and they’re starting out with a bang. Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM they’ll be tasting Charleville Hoptimistic IPA, Haandbryggeriet Dark Force, Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Weihenstephaner Festbier, Becks Oktoberfest, and Schlafly Oktoberfest. More information can be found at their blog.

Mike at the Wine and Cheese Place in Rock Hill will also be holding a tasting today from 4PM to 6:30. He’ll be sampling these beers: Norrebro Old Odense (Dogfish Head Collaboration, only one bottle remains to let people taste), Norrebro IPA, and Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca. Once again, more information can be found at their blog.

Tasting is a great way to try before you buy.

bear_rep.JPGWell, it’s been a long time since the original post detailing Bear Republic‘s arrival to the St. Louis area, but the day has finally arrived. Starting tonight, you should hopefully be able to find Bear Republic in some of your favorite beer stores around the St. Louis area. Bill from Missouri Beverage has confirmed that Bear Republic should be arriving today at 2PM and hopefully be on some of the store shelves later this evening. There is a possibility we don’t start seeing it until Saturday or even not until Monday. But what’s a few more days at this point?

Here’s a list of beers scheduled to arrive today:

  • Bear Republic Red Rocket
  • Bear Republic Racer 5
  • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
  • Bear Republic Pete Brown
  • Bear Republic Special XPB
  • ear Republic Big Black Bear

tastes-red-black-white-icon.jpgWhile flipping through some of my email I came across a post from Confluence City about Steve Green, one of the finest beer nerds in St. Louis, and an event coming up at The Stable. Turns out that on Tuesday, September 9th, a number of St. Louis restaurants will be participating in Tastes for Tunes, a event benefiting KDHX.

You may be wondering, “What this has to do with beer?” Well, a number of brewpubs and restaurants with great beer lists are participating in this event:

I hope I didn’t leave anyone off of the list, but that’s a great line up of places where you can not only get a good meal, but a great meal as well. Not only that, you’re helping a good cause.

Drew Huerter, brewer extraordinaire, emailed to let me in on a couple of news beers in the area that are very worthy of your attention. Since Drew not only works for Morgan Street, but also Schlafly and Mattingly Brothers, he has his finger on the pulse for all of the cool releases in St. Louis.

Oak Aged Cask Oatmeal Stout at Schlafly Tap Room – That just sounds awesome, doesn’t it? I know I was pretty excited when he first told me about this beer about a month ago, but now it’s finally on cask. Here’s a few words from him about it:

Brennan and I are experimenting with differing toast/char levels and methods with miniature oak staves from Missouri World Cooperage. We are yet to even try it, but are excited nonetheless.

Dark Wheat at Morgan Street – Drew tells me that this beer is back after a seven year hiatus. Sadly, I haven’t made my way down to Morgan Street in quite some time, it looks like I have a great excuse now:

45 IBUs of Mt. Hood and Sterling with wheat, pilsner, crystal and chocolate malts add up to a hoppy, hazy, brown lager. Out of the fermenter is was unlike anything I’ve tasted.

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Way back in May, I posted a photo of the newest addition to the Anheuser-Busch profile, the Budweiser American Ale.  At the time I didn’t really post any thoughts on it.  One, because it was the weekend of the Heritage Festival and I was pretty busy and two, because while trying a beer in the AB tasting room is nice, there’s something nicer about tasting it at your own leisure at your own home.

So a couple of weeks ago I received the press kit from AB containing not only two bottles of Budweiser American Ale, but a pint glass, two Budweisers and the new Budweiser glass as well.  Not to mention it was packaged up in a very nifty box.  It’s amazing what millions of dollars for marketing will get you.

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As for my thoughts on the beer, well I’m going to try and avoid a full fledged review, because honestly my opinion doesn’t really mean much.  The first thing I noticed when I smelled the beer is just how much malt aroma I picked up.  It’s mostly a bready smelling malt, with a bit of caramel aroma as well.  I also picked up a lot of citrusy Cascade as well.  I don’t know if the recipe as been reformulated a bit more or if I just received a really fresh sample but the hops really came through more on this one than it did when I tasted it in May.

The aroma carries right through to the flavor, bready and slightly hoppy, but never overly bitter.  The dry hopping seems to have done it’s job well as you can really pick up that hop flavor without being overpowered by the bitterness. My biggest complaint was the carbonation level, it was far too carbonated for my taste.  I thought it could have a touch less carbonation and it would make for an easier drinking beer on the whole.

I guess my way of fully judging a beer is if I’d ever do one of two things: buy a six-pack of it and/or buy it while I’m in a restaurant.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I’d ever buy a six-pack of it.  That’s not to say it’s a bad beer, in fact it’s a very nice sessionable beer.  But I personally prefer something with just a bit more character.

Now, being this is St. Louis and trying to find a beer in a restaurant that isn’t AB is sometimes I challenge I’d probably say that if this is available at a restaurant with a limited beer selection, I’d probably make this one my first choices. In fact, I’d probably go so far to choose this over Schlafly Pale Ale and New Belgium’s Fat Tire as I think this beer has a bit more character than both of those.

If you haven’t had the chance to try this beer yet, you’ll have your opportunity very soon.  This beer is scheduled to be released on September 15th on draught and  September 29th in bottles.  As soon as I know where this will be available in the area, I’ll post it here.  If you’ve tried the beer, let me know your thoughts.