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Beer Releases and News

  • Andrew from Bon Vivant Wines informs me to some beers he has in his stock:
    • Three Floyds Pride & Joy
    • Capital Wisconsin Amber
    • New Belgium 1554
    • Monchshof Kellerbrau
    • Ayinger Octoberfest
    • Saison Dupont Vieille Provision
  • 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):
    • Samuel Smith Winter Welcome 4pk
    • Haand Nissefar 500ml
    • Delirium Noel 750ml
    • Delirium Tremens 750ml
    • Delirium Nocturnum 750ml
    • Gouden Carolus Noel 750ml
    • Schalfly 2008 BB Imperial Stout 750ml
    • Schlafly 2008 BA Barley Wine 750ml
    • O’Fallon WI Weller BA Smoked Poret 22oz
    • O’Fallon Cherry Chocolate 6pk
    • Rochefort 10 330ml
    • Rochefort 8 330ml
    • Rochefort 6 330ml
    • Sam Adams Chocolate Bock 22oz
    • Sam Adams Winter Lager 6pk
    • Left Hand Warrior IPA 22oz
    • Avery The Czar 22oz
    • Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve 22oz
    • Southern Tier Krumpus 22oz
    • Southern Tier Choklat 22oz
    • Andwerson Valley IPA 22oz
    • Anderson Valley Amber 22oz
    • Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout 22oz
    • Anderson Valley Pale Ale 22oz
    • Flying Dog Double Dog 4pk
    • Odell Isolation 6pk
    • Odell Extra Special Red 6pk
    • Great Divide Hibernation 6pk
    • Mendocino IIPA 6pk
    • Anchor Old Foghorn 6pk
    • Anchor OSA 2008 6pk
    • Anchor OSA Magnums 2008
    • Anchor OSA Magnums 2006
    • Sierra Nevada Celebration 6pk
    • Breckenridge Christmas 6pk
    • Schlafly Reserve Christmas 6pk
    • Goose Island BCS 2008 4pk
    • Goose Island BCS 2007 4pk
  • Hari Patel, of Bombay Wines & Spirits emailed to let us know about some new beers he has in stock:
    • Avery Brewing Old Jubilation
    • Avery Brewing 14’ER ESB
    • Avery Brewing Out of bound stout
    • Bell’s Winter White Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Stout
  • Paul at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton alerts me to some new beers he has in stock:
    • Hook Norton Twelve Days Christmas Ale
    • Mahr’s Christmas Bock
    • Brasserie de la Senne X-Mas Zinnebir
    • Ridgeway Warm Welcome Nutted Brown
    • Haandbryggeriet Nissefar Father Christmas
    • Budweiser – Case of Bud in a Vintage Wooden Crate
    • Kwak Gift Set (4 bottles, Kwak Glass w/stand)
    • Avery The Czar Imperial Stout 2008
    • Unibruoe Tasting Set
    • Southern Tier Krampus
    • Southern Tier Choklat
  • Robin at Provisions Gourmet Market has some new beers as well:
    • Leinenkugels Fireside Nut Brown
    • Boulevard Nutcracker
    • Beers of the World Gift Set
    • O’Fallon Sampler Pack
    • Anchor Chirstmas Ale 2008
    • Shipyard Prelude
    • Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence
    • Avery The Czar Imperial Stout 2008
    • AB Winter Bourbon Cask Ale
    • Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve
    • Hacker-Pschorr Weisse
  • Mike at The Wine and Cheese Place in Rock Hill alerts me to some new beers he has in stock:
    • Odell Extra Special Red
    • Budweiser Case of Bud in a Vintage Wooden Crate
    • Avery The Czar Imperial Stout 2008
    • Brasserie de la Senne X-Mas Zinnebir
    • Haandbryggeriet Nissefar Father Christmas
    • Hook Norton Twelve Days Christmas Ale

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:
    • Founders Brewing – Breakfast Stout
    • Dogfish Head Brewing – 90 min IPA
    • Flying Dog Brewing – Woody Creek Wit
    • Founders Brewing – Crumudgeon
    • Lagunitas Brewing – Pils
    • Lagunitas Brewing – Lucky 13
    • Three Floyds – Alpha King
    • Victory Brewing – Storm King
    • Original Sin – Green Apple Cider
    • Founders Brewing – Reds Rye
    • Two Brothers Brewing – Heavy Handed IPA
    • Stag – Always $1
  • Jerad also let me know about the new beers on the draught list at The Stable:
    • Kasteel Rouge
    • Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale
    • Schlafly APA
    • Bells Two Hearted
    • Charleville Hoptimistic
    • Arcadia London Porter
    • Charlville Half Wit
    • North Coast Brother Thelonious
    • Anderson Valley Hop Ottin
    • Sierra Nevada Celebration
    • Hoegaarden
    • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • North Coast Old Rasputin
    • Left Hand Twin Sister
    • Duchesse de Bourgonge
    • Southern Tier Hoppe
    • Reisdorf Kolsch
    • Michelob
    • Left Hand SnowBound Ale
    • Left Hand Warrior
    • Rogue Shakespeare Stout
    • Arcadia Hopmouth
    • Bells Cherry Stout
  • Dave Johnson of Buffalo Brewing Company posted in the forum to let us know about their current draught list:
    • Rye IPA Cask (most likely only Friday and Saturday, it’s only 5 gallons)
    • Rye IPA
  • Karen McVicker of Cicero’s dropped me a line to let me know about a few new beers they have available:
    • O’Fallon Bourbon Barrel Aged Smoked Porter (bottle)

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

STL Hops is taking the day off (sort of) and we’ll be back tomorrow with the Round-Up. Enjoy your turkey and beer.

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It’s time for another additional for Know Your Styles. This week’s style, the Belgian Dubbel, is being brought to you by Brad Mock. Brad is a local homebrewer with the St. Louis Brews. If you attend the meeting, he’s one of the guys that brings you beer and food, which means you should always be nice to him. Also, a thanks to Paul from The Wine and Cheese Place for supplying beer for this feature. Without further ado, the Belgian Dubbel.

Belgian Dubbel

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What you should be smelling: Malty sweetness is the tops for this style. Since it’s slightly towards the darker end of styles, you may pick up some caramel flavors, but never roasted or burnt. Fruit flavors are often found that would be similar to raisins or plums, but also banana, apple or even dried cherries. On top of the sweetness and fruit, you might get some spiciness accented with clove, pepper, or perfume like notes. It shouldn’t have a very discernible hop aroma. Lastly, you may smell alcohol. Though this style isn’t the highest on the ABV ladder, the alcohol has a tendency be apparent in the aroma and flavor. The only notes were that the St. Bernardus had a very sweet and pleasant aroma when poured and the Chimay was slightly yeasty.

What you should be seeing: The first thing I saw was that the two Belgian beers blew over once I took the cap off. That speaks to the high carbonation associated with this style. While the BJCP lists the color as dark amber to copper, I found the true Belgian samples had a straight brown color with no hints of red. The commonality is the head, which is long lasting creamy off-white. The New Belgium was clear, but the other two had a slight haze. Again, the BJCP guidelines list the style as clear.

What you should be tasting: Once again, this style’s flavor is very similar to its aroma. You should find very malty sweet with the added complexity of the fruity esters, spiciness and alcohol. I think it’s a little like raisins soaked in spiced rum. You may find a hint of bitterness, but it shouldn’t last into the finish. The St. Bernardus was spicier, the Chimay more like candy alcohol and the New Belgium was old, stale fruit.

How you should you be drinking this: If you follow the traditions of the brewers making these beers, you will be drinking from a goblet. The large opening at the mouth allows more of the complex aroma to escape than a regular shaker or a tulip. Dead cold is not how to drink these. All of the flavors and aromas are more appreciated closer to 45-50 degrees. Also note…after drinking all three in a short time for the sake of the assignment, I advise drinking them sitting down.

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What you should be buying: In addition to the ones I sampled, others listed for the style available in the area include Westmalle Dubbel and Corsendonk Abbey Brown. I’d like to try Russian River Benediction, Flying Fish Dubbel, Lost Abbey Lost and Found Abbey Ale, and Allagash Double. Be sure to ask your local beer store clerk for your options.

Related Styles: Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Belgian Quad

It was an amazing sight. It was awesome to see about 30 or 40 beer nerds descend on 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar last Friday night, kill a cask in about an hour and a half and then move on to their next beer adventure. At one point while pouring a Two Hearted, Jake, the owner of 33, looked at me and said, “You know, this is all your fault!” I can’t say I wasn’t a little proud.

As for the beer itself, my girlfriend and some people in the forum picked up a metallic taste and a bit of oxidation in the first few beers. I’m lucky to say my palate didn’t pick this up, but I will say that as the night progressed the beer got better. I don’t know if that’s because I had 3 or 4 beers or if the beer actually did get better, but it was pretty fulfilling. It was very cool to see everyone show up and have a great time.

Thanks again to Dylan, Jake and Mike at 33 for putting this on. Hopefully this becomes a more regular thing.

buffalologo.gifIf you’re looking to recuperate from stuffing your face on Thanksgiving or from fighting people to try and get that last Dancing Fun-Time Elmo, maybe you deserve a sort of cold one.  On Friday afternoon at Buffalo Brewing Company, head brewer Dave Johnson will be cracking open a delicious cask of Buffalo Rye IPA.

According to Dave, the cask has been “triple hopped” with CTZ, Simcoe, and Cascade.  This is probably one of the best beers being made in St. Louis right now, so this is an excellent opportunity to try it in a very special way.

mattingly.gifIt’s been a long road for Mattingly Brewing Company, but it looks like there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. Starting this Wednesday, November 26th at 6PM and every Wednesday until they’re up to full production, Mattingly will be hosting a “Peek-a-Brew” event that will be previewing small batches of just some of the beer that will soon be offered on premises:

  • November 26th – Witbier on draft
  • Dec 3rd – Brown Ale on draft and a very hoppy American IPA on cask.
  • Dec 10th – Belgian Golden Ale on draft and second cask of American IPA.

I will not be able to attend this Wednesday’s first event, because it’s the day before Thanksgiving and I have a lot of prep to do, but I’m sure I’ll make the one next week. If you happen to attend, please take some pictures or come back with some thoughts.

Stuff from around the web

  • Jess Blumensheid has a write up about the 2008 Schlafly Christmas ale.
  • Eating Well in STL thinks AB’s American Ale is their best beer.
  • The RFT has a few suggestions for AB’s new overlords.

Beer Releases and News

  • Hari Patel, of Bombay Wines & Spirits emailed to let us know about some new beers he has in stock:
    • Odell Brewing Co – Extra Special Red
    • Odell Brewing Co – Isolation Ale
    • Avery – Hog Heaven
    • Avery – Salvation
    • Avery – The Reverend
  • Paul at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton alerts me to some new beers he has in stock:
    • Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence
    • Ommegang Gift Set
    • Left Hand Warrior IPA
    • 2008 Vintage Schlafly Imperial Stout
    • Sam Adams Winter Classic 12pk
    • Shipyard Prelude Special Ale
    • Anchor Christmas Ale Magnums and 6pks
    • Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve
    • Boulevard Nutcracker Ale
    • O’Dells Isolation Ale
    • O’Fallon Chocolate Cherry
  • Lukas Liquor posts on their blog some of the new and special selections they have in stock:
    • Anchor Old Foghorn
    • Anchor Christmas Ale
    • Left Hand Warrior IPA
    • Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale
    • Boulevard Nutcracker Ale
    • Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence
    • Pyramid Snow Cap Ale
    • Odell Extra Special Red
  • Ryan at Randall’s Wine & Spirits alerts me to some new beers he has in stock at the Fairview Heights Randall’s:
    • Shiner – Cheer
    • Sierra Nevada – Celebration Ale
    • Rogue – Santa’s Private Reserve
    • Schlafly – Christmas
    • Weltenberg Kloster – Winter-Traum
    • Gouden – Carolus Red
    • Bluemoon – Brewmasters’ Sampler
    • Goose Island – Christmas Ale
    • Samuel Smith – Gift Packs
    • O’Fallon – We Love Beer-Sampler Pack
    • Boulevard – Nut Cracker Ale
    • Left Hand – Warrior IPA 22 oz.
    • Sam Adams – Chocolate Bock
    • Sam Adams – Imperial Pilsner
    • Red Hook – Double Black Stout 22 oz.
    • Hoeegarden
  • Mike at The Wine and Cheese Place in Rock Hill alerts me to some new beers he has in stock:
    • Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence
    • Ommegang Gift Set
    • Left Hand Warrior IPA
    • 2008 Vintage Schlafly Imperial Stout
    • Anchor Christmas Ale Magnums and 6pks
    • Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve
    • Boulevard Nutcracker Ale
    • O’Dells Isolation Ale
    • O’Fallon Chocolate Cherry
    • Tin Mill Skyscraper

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:
    • Founders Brewing – Breakfast Stout
    • Dogfish Head Brewing – 90 min IPA
    • Flying Dog Brewing – Woody Creek Wit
    • Founders Brewing – Crumudgeon
    • Lagunitas Brewing – Pils
    • Lagunitas Brewing – Lucky 13
    • Three Floyds – Alpha King
    • Victory Brewing – Storm King
    • Original Sin – Green Apple Cider
    • Bear Republic – Racer 5
    • Two Brothers Brewing – Heavy Handed IPA
    • Stag
  • Jerad also let me know about the new beers on the draught list at The Stable:
    • Kasteel Rouge
    • Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale
    • Schlafly Dry Hopped APA
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Charleville Hoptimistic
    • Arcadia London Porter
    • Charleville Half-Wit Wheat
    • Gouden Carolus Cuvee De Kiezer Grand Cru
    • Anderson Valley Hop Ottin
    • Sierra Nevada Celebration
    • Hoegaarden
    • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • North Coast Old Rasputin
    • Left Hand Twin Sisters
    • Southern Tier Unearthly
    • Southern Tier Hoppe
    • Bell’s Best Brown
    • Houblon Chouffe
    • O’Fallon Cocoa Cream Stout
    • Charleville Barleywine
    • Rogue Shakespeare Stout (Nitro)
    • Arcadia Hopmouth
  • Dave Johnson of Buffalo Brewing Company posted in the forum to let us know about their current draught list:
    • Gold
    • Chili
    • Drool
    • Dunkel Rye (roggenbier)
    • Dubbel
    • Sam Huff’s Vanilla Brown
  • Karen McVicker of Cicero’s dropped me a line to let me know about a few new beers they have available:
    • Leffe
    • Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
    • Rochfort 10 (bottle)

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events: