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This Fall will see the release on what will be the definitive book about brewing in St. Louis when St. Louis Brews: 200 Years of Brewing in St. Louis 1809-2009 hits store shelves.  This hardbound, full color book will feature over 330 pages detailing the history of beer and its importance to the St. Louis region.

This book was researched and written by local brewing historians Don Roussin, Kevin Kious and Henry Herbst.  (Henry will also be a featured player at this years St. Louis Craft Beer Week where he will be hosting a discussion about the History of Craft Beer in the United States.)

If you’re interested in obtaining a copy of this book be certain to buy your signed copy here or you can also pay by check via this PDF.  I have a feeling this will be on a lot of local beer nerd’s Christmas lists come this fall.

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picture-017.jpgTonight, Tuesday, March 31, from 4p.m. to 7p.m, the Creve Coeur location of Granite City Food and Brewing will be hosting one of the founders of Granite City Food and Brewing, Steve Wagenheim.  This is a good opporunity to ask some questions of Steve and their facinating brewing process.

Also be sure to check out my interview with GCFB’s brewmaster Larry Chase from last year.

Despite some overnight snow, Spring is here and that means it’s time for a new beer menu at Growlers Pub. Unfortunately I missed the tasting for this event so I had no idea what I was in store for, let’s see how Growler’s did:
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Draught

  • Tennet’s
  • Magic Hat #9
  • New Belgium Blue Paddle
  • New Belgium Seasonal
  • Budweiser American Ale
  • Boulevard Lunar Ale
  • Boulevard Single Wide IPA
  • Unibroue Chambly Noire

Bottle:

  • Flying Dog Tyre Bite
  • Abita Turbo Dog
  • Pyramid Hefeweizen
  • Woodchuck Pear Cider
  • Woodchuck Amber Cider
  • Ommegang Witte
  • Anderson Valley Boont ESB
  • Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold
  • Anderson Valley Barney Flats
  • Odell Easy Street Wheat
  • Odell 90 Shilling
  • Bell’s Amber Ale
  • Longhammer IPA
  • Avery Salvation
  • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
  • Bear Republic Racer 5
  • Great Divide Denver Pale Ale
  • Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
  • Sam Adams Boston Lager
  • Sam Adams Cherry Wheat
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Meantime London Porter
  • Meantime IPA
  • Warsteiner Pilser
  • Lindeman’s Peche
  • Maredsous Dubbel
  • Maredsous Tripel
  • Heineken Keg Can
  • Fraoch Heather Ale
  • Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA

I’ll be honest, in the past I’ve made Growler’s a bit of a whipping boy.  While I don’t think I’ve ever been unfair, I do think that I may have unfairly picked on Growler’s a bit too much.  They’re not the only bar in town that puts together some subpar beer lists on occasion.

But then again, I don’t see those restaurants touting that they have the best beer list in town. Which is something that simply isn’t true anymore (if it ever was.)  But, I will say that this list update is certainly a step in the right direction.

It’s refreshing to see some of the transgressions I mentioned in the past have been resolved, such as the lack of Bear Republic and Great Divide.  The lack of Unibroue on draught has finally been fixed as well.

But I have to begin to wonder, are they fixing these problems too late?  I mean, with places like iTap and The Stable consistantly bringing in new beers and breweries is there any chance to win back the hearts and minds of beer nerds in St. Louis?

So here we are, we’re at the STL Hops St. Louis Beer Challenge Final Four.  We have three favorites versus an underdog that has fought it’s way into the final four.  This second to final round features O’Fallon’s 5 Day IPA going up against Schlafly’s Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.  The other final match provides Schlafly’s Dry Hopped APA against Charleville’s Hoptimistic IPA.

Could we see a Schlafly vs Schlafly final game or could we see O’Fallon’s 5 Day IPA take on Schlafly’s APA for a battle of the hops?  Perhaps the upstart Charleville will power through another round and make it’s way into the Championship match up.  Well, we’ll find out on Thursday who will be one match away from the STL Hops St. Louis Beer Challenge Championship.  Get voting!

(If you can’t see the poll below, click on this link to visit the website hosting it.)

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (3/27/09)
    • Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2006
    • Olfabrikken Porter
    • Dieu du Ciel Derniere Volante Blonde Abbey
    • Hofbrowerijke Hofblues Stout
    • Panil Barriquee Sour #9 – 2007
    • Panil Barriquee Sour #10 — 2008 Riserva
    • Jenlain Ambree
    • Isle of Skye Wee Beast
    • Mikkeller Black Hole Stout
    • Bell’s Oberon
    • Ridgeway Bitter
    • Amager Bryghus Sundby Danish Stout
    • Avery Brabant Barrel Aged Wild Ale #1
    • Schlitz Gusto 1960s Formula
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Rock Hill) (3/27/09)
    • Olfabrikken Porter
    • Panil Barriqque Sour
    • Avery Brabant Barrel Aged Wild Ale #1
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Ballwin) (3/27/09)
    • Olfabrikken Porter
  • Whole Foods Town & Country (3/27/09)
    • Avery Maharaja
    • Avery Brabant
  • Provisions Market (3/22/09)
    • Avery The Maharaja Imperial IPA Batch #9
    • Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hopped IPA
    • Southern Tier IPA 6 Pack
    • Southern Tier Phin & Matt’s Extraordinary Ale 6 Pack
    • Southern Tier Porter 6 Packs
    • Left Hand Oaked Aged Imperial Stout 2009
    • Southern Tier Jah*Va Imperial Coffee Stout
    • Val-Dieu Grand Cru Abbey Ale
    • Kerisac Normandy Hard Cider
    • New Beligium Mighty Arrow
    • Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen (in 12oz/6pks)

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar (03/25/09)
    • Left Hand Sawtooth
    • Great Divide Titan IPA
    • Left Hand Smoke Jumper
    • North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
    • New Holland The Poet
    • North Coast Old Rasputin
  • Bigelo’s Bistro (3/26/09)
    • Sierra Nevada ESB
    • Bell’s Amber
    • Samuel Adams Boston Lager
    • Three Floyds Alpha King
    • Bigfoot Barleywine
    • Boulder Hazed and Infused
    • Victory Prima Pils
    • Killians
    • Boulevard Wheat
    • Schlafly Extra Irish Stout
    • Schlafly Pale
    • Blue Moon
  • Cicero’s (3/26/09)
    • Magic Hat #9
  • Iron Barley (3/26/09)
    • O’Fallon Smoked Porter
    • New Belgium 1554 Black Ale
    • In-Bev Bare Knuckle Stout
    • New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsner
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Boulevard Maibock
    • Goose Island Honkers Ale
    • Griesedieck Golden Pilsner
    • O’Fallon Cask 5 Day IPA
    • Warsteiner Dunkel
    • Smithwick’s
    • Boulevard Smokestack Saison (750 ml)
    • Boulevard Smokestack The Sixth Glass (750 ml)
    • Boulevard Smokestack Long Strange Trip (750 ml)
    • Tucher Heffe Weiss {Bottle)
    • Belhaven Scotch Ale {Bottle)
    • Paulener Oktoberfest Maerzen (Bottle)
    • O’Dell’s IPA (Bottle)
    • Weihenstephan Dark Hefe (Bottle)
    • Rougue Dead Guys Ale (Bottle)
    • Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock (Bottle)
    • O’Fallon Wheach (Bottle)
    • New Holland The Poet (Bottle)
    • Floris Apple (Bottle)
    • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout(Bottle)
    • Wychwood Hobgoblin (Bottle)
    • Guiness Draft (Bottle)

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Alandale Brewing Company (03/26/09)
    • IPA
    • Amber
    • Bronze
    • Porter
    • Unfiltered Wheat
    • Platinum Blonde
    • O’Fallon Smoke
    • Oatmeal Stout (brewing on sat 3-14)
    • Blackberry Wheat (coming soon)
  • Buffalo Brewing Company (03/26/09)
    • Irish Ale
    • Buffalo Drool
    • Extra Stout
    • The Oracle IIPA
    • Buffalo Gold
    • Maibock
    • Bourbon Oak Extra Stout (coming soon)
  • Mattingly Brewing Company (3/21/09)
    • 1849 Irish Red Ale
    • Homeward Brown Dry Hopped w/ Summit & Mt. Hood
    • BrightSide Belgian White
    • Black Dawn Coffee Porter
    • Homeward Brown
    • Black Sky Stout Porter
    • HOPtimal APA
    • O’Dell 5 Barrel Pale Ale
    • Boulevard Dry Stout
  • Schlafly Taproom (3/26/09)
    • Irish Extra Stout (switching to Barleywine sometime friday)
    • Bock Bier
    • Nitro Irish Stout
    • Belgian Singel
    • Raspberry Hefe (just thursday and most of friday)
    • English IPA
    • Altbier
    • Kolsch (just thursday and most of friday)
    • Hefeweizen
    • Pale Ale
    • Dry Hopped APA
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Cask – American Brown Ale (Cascades)
    • Cask – Dry Hopped APA (Liberty)

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

A couple of quick beer tastings to tell you about.

Provisions Market in Creve Coeur will be sampling a variety of these beers: Samuel Adams Imperial Stout, Samuel Adams Imperial White, Samuel Adams Imperial Double Bock, New Holland Full Circle Kolsch, De Molen SSS London Triple Stout. This tasting will be today and will run from 5PM-7PM.

Chris at the Wine and Cheese Place in Rock Hill will also be holding a tasting tomorrow, the 24th, from 1PM to 4PM. He’ll be sampling these beers: Ølfabrikken Porter, Dieu du Ciel Route des Epices, and Avery Maharaja. Once again, more information can be found at their blog.

If you’re a retail shop and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

This is the big time, we’re down to the Elite 8.  These really are some elite beers too.  With the exception of the Buffalo Rye IPA (Sorry!) and the Mattingly beers that inexplicably got voted out, I think these are some of the best offerings St. Louis has to offer.

I hope you guys are having fun with this.  Next year I promise a more in-depth process with better ranking and better detail.  But in the mean time, I think this has been a lot of fun.

So, get voting in Round 4 and get us down to the St. Louis Beer Final Four.

(If you can’t see the poll below, click on this link to visit the website hosting it.)