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Archive for September, 2008

augbotlogow_barley-small-web-view.jpgLast year was my first time attending the Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival, I called it a “beerventure” which is a pretty accurate description. It’s just a nice time outdoors with beautiful weather in the Missouri Wine Country. This year’s festival is on October 4th from 12PM-5PM, ticket will run you $25. I do ask one thing, as Augusta is about a hour away from St. Louis, please make sure to have a designated driver, it’s the responsible thing to do. Here’s a run down of the breweries in attendance this year:

  • Augusta Brewing Company
  • St. Louis Brewery ~ Schlafly
  • Square One Brewery
  • Buckner Brewing Company
  • Morgan Street Brewery
  • Charleville Vineyard Winery and Brewery
  • Griesedieck Brothers Brewing
  • Anheuser Busch Michelob Specialty Brews
  • O’Fallon Brewery
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Tin Mill Brewing Company
  • Buffalo Brewin

Bring your lawn chairs and your sun screen and be sure to come out. This is my second favorite beer festival in the area and I don’t think you should miss it.

ofallon.jpgDave Johnson emailed me late last night to let me in on some very exciting news, the brewers at O’Fallon Brewery have gotten the go ahead to brew a new seasonal beer. Always interested in brewing a stout, they decided that with cool weather quickly approaching they decided to go with a beer that will provide a winter warmer, a Cocoa Cream Stout. The beer will initially be a draught only product, but hopefully if there is enough enthusiasm we’ll see a bottled product in the near future.

Dave and Brian Owens put their heads together a came up with a recipe that contains Carafa and flaked barley and instead of piloting the new beer out on their homebrew system, they’re going whole hog and brewing a batch on Thursday. As Dave told me about not piloting it out, “That’s the same way we did the 5 Day and it came out OK.” Yeah, I’d say 5 Day IPA came out a bit better than “OK” as it’s now O’Fallon’s best selling beer. This sounds like a great winter beer and I can’t wait to try it.

In Friday’s Round-Up, reader Ryan Russell posted an interesting anecdote describing a possible struggle with trying to find out if he can get the new Budweiser American Ale:

So with this new “Budweiser Ale”, how do we order it in public? Based on my interaction with many, many, MANY local bartenders and waiters (gender neutral), I believe that if you asked, “What kind of Budweiser do you have?” The answer will start with, “Well we have Budweiser, Bud light, Bud Lime…”

“Yes. I know you have A-B products, but which Budweiser?”
“We have the one and only Budweiser.”
“Is it Budweiser Lager or Budweiser Ale?”
“It’s called Budweiser!”
“Which one do you have?”
“Which one what?”
“Which Budweiser?”
“I don’t understand”
“Is it Budweiser Ale or Lager”
“It’s Budweiser, I don’t know whatcher sayingby ale or lager. We have Budweiser beer.”

As humorous as this is, I don’t think Ryan is very far off from the truth, I could see this very conversation happening in many a bar across the St. Louis area. Or how many bars will get this new beer in without informing their staff about it being a different beer and accidentally giving it to a customer thinking it’s the lager with a new label? I guess the solution would be to order the “New Budweiser”, bu you’d have to wonder how quickly that name gets associated with something like New Coke. That’s not really a association you’d be very happy about if you’re Anheuser-Busch.

Provisions Gourmet Market is hosting the 100 Brews and BBQ festival on Saturday, September 27, 2008 from 1-4pm on Provision’s patio. Not only will Provisions be offering food from a number of vendors sampling their products, but will also offer 100 different beers to taste. Here’s a list of the beers Provisions will be sampling:

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  • Michelob Dunkel Weiss
  • Michelob Pale Ale
  • Goose Island Harvest Ale
  • Ray Hills American Pilsner
  • Jacks Pumpkin Ale
  • Hoegarden
  • Czechvar
  • Budweiser American Ale (draft)

Major Brands Table

  • Avery The Reverend
  • Avery Hog Heaven
  • Avery Salvation
  • Avery Red Point Ale
  • Avery 14er ESB
  • Avery The Beast
  • Great Divide Samurai
  • Chimay Cinq Cents
  • Tooheys New


  • Biere de Garde
  • Oak-Aged Barleywine
  • Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
  • Pumpkin Ale
  • Dry Hopped American Pale Ale
  • Oktoberfest

New Belgium

  • Abbey
  • Blue Paddle
  • Mothership Wit

Boulevard Table

  • Boulevard Bob’s 47
  • Smokestack Long Strange Tripel
  • Smokestack Saison
  • Smokestack Sixth Sense
  • Smokestack Double Wide IPA
  • Smokestack Saison Brett
  • Smokestack Bourbon Barrel Quad

O’Fallon Table

  • 5-Day IPA
  • Pumpkin Ale
  • Smoked Porter

Missouri Beverage Table

  • Left Hand Milk Stout
  • Left Hand Polestar Pilsner
  • Left Hand Deep Cover Brown
  • Southern Tier Imperial Hoppe
  • Southern Tier Imperial IPA Un*Earthy
  • Southern Tier Oat Imperial Oatmeal Stout
  • Mikkeller Stateside IPA
  • Nogne #100
  • Nogne Imperial Stout
  • Haandbryggeriet Dark Force
  • St. Bernardus Abt 12
  • La Senne Stouterik
  • Dieu de Ciel Peche Mortel
  • t’Smisje Blonde
  • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
  • Bear Republic Red Rocket
  • Jolly Pumpkin E.S. Bam
  • Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza
  • Vapeur en Folie
  • Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12yr
  • BrewDog Paradox Speyside
  • Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier
  • Moosbacher Kellerbier
  • Kasteel Rouge
  • Unibroue Blanche de Chambly
  • St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat
  • Schneider Aventinus

Bell’s Brewery – Jim O’Connor

  • Hell Hath No Fury (very limited)
  • Oberon
  • Best Brown
  • Amber
  • Pale Ale
  • Two Hearted
  • Kalamazoo Stout
  • Porter
  • Third Coast Beer

Glazer’s Table

  • Erdinger Hefe Dunkel
  • Erdinger Hefe Weissbier
  • Fuller’s ESB
  • Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2007
  • Duvel Belgian Ale
  • Maredsous Dubbel “8”
  • Maredsous Triple “10”
  • Ommegang
  • Ommegang Witte
  • Ommegang Rare VOS
  • Ommegang Three Philosphers
  • Strongbow Cider
  • Woodchuck Cider Amber
  • Woodchuck Dark and Dry
  • Woodchuck Pear
  • Ayinger Brau-Weisse
  • Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
  • Lindemans Cuvee Renee
  • Lindemans Pomme
  • Lindemans Kriek
  • Samuel Smith Organic Tadcaster Porter
  • Samuel Smith IPA
  • Spaten Optimator
  • Spaten Oktoberfest
  • Zatec Bright Lager
  • O’Dells 5 Barrel Pale Ale
  • O’Dells 90 Shilling
  • O’Dells IPA
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
  • Rogue Chocolate Stout
  • Rogue Hazelnut Brown
  • Rogue Shakespeare Stout
  • Sierra Nevada Anniversary

Beer and Cheese Pairing Table

  • Murphy Red Beer paired with Cahill’s Farm Vintage Irish Cheddar
  • Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen paired with Carr Valley Cranberry Chipotle Cheddar
  • Chimay Cheese paired with Chimay Cinq Cents Ale
  • New Belgium 1554 Black Ale paired with Grafton Maple Smoked Cheddar
  • Eisenbahn Defumada Smoked Lager paired with Havarti with Caraway
  • Schlafly Pale Ale paired with Red Dragon (Cheddar Mustard Seed)
  • Warsteiner Dunkel paired with Tilsiter cheese from Germany

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

  • Andrew from Bon Vivant Wines informs me to some beers he has in his stock:
    • Allagash Curieux
    • Cantillon Broucsella 1900 Grand Cru
    • Cantillon Vigneronne
    • Goose Island Harvest
    • Mikkeller It’s Alive
    • Mikkeller Monks Brew
    • Norrebro Old Odense
    • Norrebro North Bridge Extreme
  • Paul at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton alerts me to some new beers he has in stock:
    • Rogue Double Dead Guy
    • Boulevard Bob’s 47
    • Ommegang Ommegeddon Funkhouse
    • Cantillon Saint Lamvinus
    • Iqhilika African Herbal Blossom Mead
    • De Graal Blond Ale
    • De Graal Gember
    • De Graal Speciale
    • De Graal Tripel Hoppy
    • De Graal Triverius
    • Drie Fontein Doesjel Old Lambic
    • Beersel Lager
    • Oppigards Golden Ale Swedish Farmhouse
    • De la Senne Zinnebir Belgian Blond Ale
    • Karmeliet Tripel 4pk
    • Norrebro Bryghus Skarsgaards Porter
    • Norrebro Bryghus Old Odense – The Dogfish Head Collaboration
  • Andy from Whole Foods Galleria 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):
    • MacTarnahan’s Blackwatch
    • Great Divide Samurai
    • Goose Island Harvest Ale
    • Mendocino Oktoberfest
    • Southern Tier Oat
    • Boulevard Bob’s 47
    • Fuller’s London Porter
    • Fullers ESB
    • Belhaven Scotch Ale
    • New Belgium Fat Tire 12pk Cans
  • Mike at The Wine and Cheese Place in Rock Hill alerts me to some new beers he has in stock:
    • Rogue Double Dead Guy
    • Boulevard Bob’s 47

Local Restaurant Beer List Updates

  • 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:
    • Lagunitas Gnarly Wine
    • Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
    • Founders Rubaeus
    • Avery Ale to the Chief
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Jever Pilsener
    • Avery Maharaja
    • Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale
    • Lagunitas Censored
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Lefthand Blackjack Porter
  • Jerad also let me know about the most current draught selection at The Stable as well:
    • Rogue Shakespeare Stout
    • Pilsner Urquell
    • Bear Republic Racer 5
    • Unibroue Blanche De Chambly
    • North Coast Scrmishaw
    • Bells Oberon
    • Kasteel Rouge
    • Houblon Chouffe
    • Charleville Hoptimistic
    • Odell 5 barrel pale ale
    • Charleville Half wit
    • North Coast Old Rasputin
    • Lefthand Milk Stout
    • Arcadia Cereal Killer
    • Reissdorf Kolsch
    • Michelob
    • Unibroue Ephemere
    • Sleeman Cream Ale
    • Bells Two Hearted
    • North Coast Brother Thelonious
    • Arcadia Cocoa Loco
    • Lefthand Twin Sisters
    • O’Fallon Wheach
  • Patrick Thomas of The Shaved Duck drops me a line to let me know about some new beers on his ever updating list:
    • Southern Tier Oat- Imperial Oatmeal Stout
    • Left Hand Twin Sisters- Double IPA
    • Bear Republic Racer 5
    • O’Dells Double Pilsner
    • Schlafly Pumpkin

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, La Chouffe, and Racer 5 but they will also be sampling Schlafly Oktoberfest and Aynger Oktoberfest as well. This tasting will be on Saturday, September 20th 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 which is a great way to start your weekends. Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM they’ll be tasting BrewDog Paradox Islay, Karmeliet Tripel, Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Rogue Double Dead Guy, and Cantillon Kriek Lambic 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: BrewDog Paradox Islay, Samichlaus Original, Rogue Shakespeare Stout, Rogue Double Dead Guy, and Karmeliet Tripel. Once again, more information can be found at their blog.

Tasting is a great way to try before you buy.

My parents live in Oakville, or as I like to call it, “The Wasteland of Beer.” So when I found out about Bon Vivant Wines last year, I could begin to express my joy. Only about a 10 minute drive from 255 and Telegraph in Columbia, Illinois, this short trip makes it an absolute stop for any beer drinker in the area.

Store: Bon Vivant Wines
Address: 123 S. Main, Columbia, IL 62236 (Map it)
Phone: 618-281-3464
Selection: Over 100 beers.

Proving that bigger isn’t necessarily better, owner Andrew Traughber has used his limited shelf space to put together one of the finest beer selections in all of St. Louis. As is common with our friends in Illinois, Andrew is able to stock many things that we can’t find here in Missouri. It wouldn’t be surprising to find Three Floyds, Dogfish Head, Founders and Dark Horse on any visit. As is also common with Illinois stores, Andrew also offers an extensive mix-a-six, allowing you to pick and choose from anything on the shelves.

If you’re looking for anything special that’s not on the shelves Andrew will try and do what he can to get it. From my own personal experience he’s gotten me a case of DFH 90 Minute and a 1/6th Barrel of Founder’s Red’s Rye, that’s what I call service. This may sound like a bit of hyperbole, but I honestly think Bon Vivant is the savior for all of those looking for a great beer in South County.