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dannosDanno’s American Pub, located at 7895 Watson Rd, 63119, is a bar that has been family owned for about 30+years.  It’s gone through a couple of name changes over the years, but it’s historically been kind of a blue collar bar over it’s history.

When Danno’s co-owner Chris Muether re-opened the bar under a new name this past July, he decided that the neighborhood was ready for an upgrade over the staid beers of the past.  Chris, being a lover of great beer decided to introduce a new beer list that includes more craft and import selections.

It also includes a new monthly series of beer tastings.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 24th from 6:30PM -10PM they will be a sampling of some of the best Porters available in the St. Louis area.   The cost of the sampling is $25 and includes the following:

  • Four 6 ounce tasters, each paired with a separate food course. These courses include a fruit and cheese sampler, a garden fresh salad with walnuts, a main entre featuring beef medallions in a porter-based sauce (or ask for our vegetarian option), and a dessert (paired with Breckenridge’s vanilla porter!).
  • Door prizes for guests, including the chance to win gift certificates to local sponsors and other prizes just for attending! This month Apop Records (on historical Cherokee Street) has offered up a 25$ gift certificate to a lucky guest!
  • A brief history of the beer style presented by beer lover and barman Chris Muether.
  • Live music to wrap up the end of our tasting. This month we’re welcoming back the Dave Stone Trio.

For more details about Danno’s be sure to check out their MySpace page.

Big props to Paul Hayden from the Wine and Cheese Place for discoving this bit of news, but it appears that O’Fallon Brewery has upgraded their liquor(?) license which will allow them to brew beers with higher ABVs.

According to O’Fallon’s co-founder Tony Caradonna, they already have some big plans coming over the next year. And it doesn’t look like he’s kidding. If you look at the image below, you can see that they’ve already registered a Russian Imperial Stout with the U.S. Government. As you can also see below, this will be a draught only item.

While I’m sure everyone, including O’Fallon Brewery, would love to see their beer brewed and bottled back in Missouri, it’s nice to know that contract brewing has given them a bit more breathing room to do some fun stuff like this.  I can’t wait to see what’s ahead.


This week on the STL Hops Twitter

  • You know that you are waiting! The bottling of the 2009 Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout has begun. Look for it as early as next week! (2 days ago)

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

    • deVine Wines & Spirits (11/20/2009)
      • Avery IPA
      • Avery Salvation
      • Avery White Rascal
      • Bell’s Christmas Ale
      • Bell’s Best Brown
      • Boulevard Fresh Hopped Nut Cracker
      • Boulevard Saison Brett
      • Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale
      • Coney Island FreakToberfest
      • Founders Breakfast Stout
      • Founders Red Rye
      • Founders Pale Ale
      • Founders Centennial IPA
      • Founders Dirty Bastard
      • Hebrew Jewbelation 13
      • Left Hand Widdershins
      • Left Hand Warrior IPA
      • Leinenkugel’s Fireside Nut Brown
      • Magic Hat Roxy Rolles
      • New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek
      • Pyramid Thunder Head
      • Sierra Nevada Celebration
      • Shipyard Prelude
      • Southern Tier Pumking Imperial
      • Van Twee Brewmasters Edition
      • Whole Hog 6-Hop IPA
    • Starrs (11/19/09)
      • Anchor Christmas Ale
      • Bells Christmas 2009
      • Bells Java Stout
      • Bells Double Cream
      • Bells Cherry Stout
      • Bells Sparkling Ale
      • Bell Winter White
      • Bells Rye
      • Bells Two Hearted 5 Liter Can
      • Blue Moon Full Moon Winter Ale
      • Delirium Noel 2009
      • Boulevard Nutcracker Ale 2009
      • Founders Breakfast Stout Batch 1
      • Founders Dry Hopped Pale Ale
      • Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness Quart
      • Lakefront Brewery Fuel Cafe Coffee Flavored Stout
      • Lakefront Brewery IPA
      • Laughing Dog Dogzilla Black IPA
      • Laughing Dog Alpha Dog Imperial IPA
      • Mendocino Imperial IPA Winter Ale
      • New Belgium Two Below
      • New Belgium Frambozen 2009
      • N’Ice Chouffe
      • Odells Isolation Ale 2009
      • O’Fallon Chocolate Cherry Chocolate
      • Schlafly Barleywine Style Ale 2007 & 2008
      • Sierra Nevada Big Foot Ale
      • Sierra Nevada Celebrations Ale 2009
    • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (11/12/09)
      • Anderson Valley Winter Solstice
      • Magic Hat Howl Black
      • Magic Hat Fest of Fools
      • Includes No9, Howl, Odd Notion American Sour, and Lucky Kat IPA
      • Bell’s Rye Stout
    • Whole Foods Galleria (11/20/09)
      • Left Hand Fade to Black 6pk
      • Avery DuganA 22oz
      • Bell’s Rye Stout 6pk
      • Bell’s Christmas Ale 6pk
      • Bell’s Expedition 6pk
      • Bell’s Sparkling Ale 6pk
      • N’Ice Chouffe 750ml
      • Bell’s/DeProef Van Twee 750ml
      • Dupont Avec Les Bons Vouex 750ml
      • Left Hand Warrior 220z
      • Delirium Noel 750ml
      • Gouden Carolus Noel 750ml
      • Rogue Yellow Snow 220z
      • Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve 22oz
      • Boulevard Seeyoulator 750ml
      • New Belgium Transatlantic Kriek 22oz
      • New Belgium La Folie 22oz
      • New Belgium Biere de Mars 22oz
      • New Belgium Le Fleur Misseur 22oz
      • Anchor Our Special Ale 2009 6pk
      • Anchor Our Special Ale 2008 Magnums
      • Anchor Our Special Ale 2007 6pk
      • Anchor Our Special Ale 2006 Magnums
      • Schalfly Christmas Ale 6pk
      • Schalfly Winter ESB 6pk
      • Schlafly Coffee Stout 6pk
      • New Belgium 2* Below 6pk
      • New Belgium Frambozen 6pk
      • Great Divide Hibernation 6pk
      • Avery Jubilation 6pk
      • Boulevard Nutcracker 6pk
      • Mendocino Imperial IPA 6pk
      • Odell Isolation 6pk
      • Samuel Smith Winter Welcome 550ml
      • Scaldis Noel 330ml & 750ml

      Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

        • 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar (11/17/09)
          • Hitachino Nest White Ale
          • Founders Red’s Rye
          • Left Hand Oktoberfest
          • Great Divide Fresh Hop
          • Bell’s Double Cream Stout
          • Boulevard Tank 7
        • Bigelo’s Bistro (11/19/09)
          • Sam Adams Winter Lager
          • Boulevard Nutcracker
          • Boulder Hazed and Infused
          • Founders Breakfast Stout
          • Sierra Nevada Celebration
          • Sierra Nevada Pale
          • Schlafly ESB
          • Avery DuganA IPA
          • Boulevard Wheat
          • Lagunitas IPA
          • Founders Red’s Rye
          • Blue Moon
        • Blueberry Hill (11/18/09)
          • Anchor Steam Beer
          • Bass Ale
          • Blue Moon Belgian White
          • Boulevard Wheat
          • Bud/Bud Light
          • Guinness Stout
          • Magic Hat #9
          • New Belgium 1554
          • New Belgium Fat Tire
          • O’Fallon 5-Day IPA
          • Pabst Blue Ribbon
          • Schlafly Hefeweizen
          • Schlafly ESB
          • Schlafly Pale Ale
          • Stella Artois
          • Strongbow Cider
          • Samuel Adams Imperial White
        • Cicero’s (11/20/09)
          • Arcadia Sky High Rye
          • Ommegang Abbey Ale
          • Goose Island Matilda
          • La Chouffe
          • St. Bernardus Prior 8
          • Rogue Double Dead Guy
          • Samuel Adams Winter Lager
          • Peroni
          • Newcastle
          • Blue Moon
          • Left Hand Milk Stout
          • Schlafly Coffee Stout
          • Schlafly ESB
          • Schlafly Hefeweizen
          • Schlafly Pale Ale
          • Boddington’s
          • Guinness
          • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
          • Kasteel Rouge
          • Fullers Porter
          • Abita Purple Haze
          • Lindemans Framboise
          • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
          • Boulevard Tank 7
          • Bud Light Golden Wheat
          • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
          • Maudite
          • Shiner Bock
          • New Belgium Fat Tire
          • New Belgium Fall Wild Ale
          • New Belgium 2 Below
          • Smithwick’s
          • Pilsner Urquell
          • Deliruim Tremens
          • Woodchuck Amber
          • Anchor Steam
          • Sierra Neveda Celebration
          • Franziskaner
          • Warsteiner
          • Old Rasputin Stout
          • Maredsous Dubbel
          • Bell’s Double Cream Stout
          • Black Raspberry Mead
          • Odell Isolation Ale
          • Belhaven Scottish Ale
          • Avery Old Jubilation
          • Bass Ale
          • Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat
          • Warsteiner Oktoberfest
        • International Tap House (11/17/2009)
          • Guinness
          • Boddingtons
          • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
          • Lindeman’s Framboise
          • Gulden Draak
          • Chimay Tripel
          • Radeberger
          • Brother Thelonious
          • Spaten Oktoberfest
          • Rogue Dead Guy
          • Hofbrau Dunkel
          • Blvd Wheat
          • Founders Breakfast Stout
          • Founders Centennial IPA
          • Belhaven Twisted Thistle
          • Moinette Brune
          • Houblon Chouffe
          • Racer 5
          • Schlafly APA
          • Tommy Knocker Rye Porter
          • Great Divide Fresh Hop
          • Left Hand Milk Stout
          • New Holland Poet
          • Popering Hommel Ale
          • HeBrew Lenny’s RIPA
          • Tucher Hefe
          • So Tier Hoppe
          • Scaldis
          • Crown Valley Old School Pils
          • New Belgium 2 Below
          • Arcadia Sky High Rye
          • Wittekerke
          • O’Fallon Pumpkin
          • Bells Two Hearted
          • Reissdorf Kolsch
          • Delirium Tremens
          • So Tier Harvest Ale
          • Tripel Karmeliet
          • ABT 12
          • Up Next: Left Hand Widdershins,Great Divide Titan, N’Ice Chouffe, Scaldis Noel
        • Newstead Tower Pub (11/15/09)
          • Griesedieck Golden Pilsener
          • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
          • O’Fallon O’Town Brown
          • Schlafly Pale Ale
          • Schlafly APA
          • Schlafly Coffee Stout
          • New Belgium Mothership Wit
          • New Belgium Lips of Faith Fall Wild Ale
          • Boulevard Single Wide IPA
          • Boulevard Smokestack Tank 7
          • Charleville Explicit APA
          • Arcadia Sky High Rye
        • The Royale (11/17/09)
          • Boulevard Tank 7
          • Founders Breakfast Stout
          • Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blue
          • Griesedieck Bros. Golden Pilsner
          • Guinness Stout
          • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
          • Schlafly Hefeweizen
          • Schlafly ESB
          • Strongbow Hard Cider
            • GUEST BOTTLES
          • Anchor Porter
          • Arcadia Jawjacker
          • Boulevard Pilsner
          • Boulevard Saison-Brett
          • New Holland “The Poet” Oatmeal Stout
          • St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

          Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

          • Buffalo Brewing Company (11/17/09)
            • Buffalo Drool (10-24)
            • ESB Dry Hopped with Goldings (10-7)
            • Buffalo Gold
            • Buffalo Trace Bourbon Oak Extra Stout (11-16)
            • Roggenbeir (11-10)
            • Chili Beer (11-2)

          Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

          I’ve made a change in how the beer tastings will be listed in the Friday Round-Up, it’s going to be a week’s worth of tastings starting with the Friday that the list is posted. So if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at

          Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be having a tasting featuring Magic Hat Howl, Magic Hat Kitty Kat, Magic Hat Odd Notion Sour Ale, Left Hand Fade to Black, and if it arrives tomorrow, Boulevard Harvest Dance Wheat Wine. Additional information can be found at their blog.

          Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at

          So I’ve teased it in the forums a bit, but I thought I’d let you’d know what to expect tomorrow at the STL Hops Anniversary Party!

          While I plan on bringing a few tasting glasses, it would be best if you brought your own tasting glass.  Also as you’re going to see in a second, we’re going to have a lot of beer.  A lot of beer. First thing, be safe.  If you need a ride, let someone know.

          Second, bring along an empty, sanitized growler for the end of the night.  Once again, I plan on bringing a few extra growlers, but not a lot.  I can’t promise you’ll fill the growler, but I’m thinking it’s going to be pretty likely.

          We received a ton of swag this year, in fact, it’s not all in the photo.  If you see a single beer glass in the photo, you can automatically assume we have multiples. Oh, and I couldn’t even fit everything into the photo.

          Some of the items in the photo will be raffles, some will be silent auctions. So bring some money along (a check book wouldn’t hurt for the silent auction) with you as this is for a great cause, Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

          Now, here’s a list of the beers/breweries that I know are confirmed for the party at this point:

          • Schlafly Cask (Not sure what cask yet, but I think we can assume something hoppy.)
          • Founders Old Curmudgeon courtesy of Missouri Beverage
          • Boulevard Single Wide IPA
          • Bell’s Two Hearted 1/2 bbl, courtesy of Bell’s.
          • A case of each, La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek courtesy of New Belgium Brewery
          • Morgan Street Brewing
          • Buffalo Brewing
          • Highlands Brewery
          • Maybe More?

          Here’s a list of the places that have provided prizes for tomorrow night’s event:

          If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email (my email address is in the Contact page), I’ll try and answer it when I free up some time. Can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow night.

          stlhopslogosmall.gifSorry about the delay on this, I’ve been literally driving around all afternoon to pick up beer and prizes for tomorrow night’s party.

          So, I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the STL Hops 2nd Anniversary Party is Jill Koehler! Congrats to Jill and thank you everyone for entering.

          I once again want to thank everyone for selling out this event. It’s very exciting to see how passionate people are about beer in St. Louis and this event is proof that people care not only about beer, but also about helping stray animals. Thank you all once again.

          Coming later today, I’m going to list all of the prizes we’ll have to offer for the raffles and silent auctions for the party.

          Full Disclosure: I was paid to create and maintain the beer selection at Niche, Taste by Niche, and Brasserie by Niche.  While I do think the information provided below is completely newsworthy and relevant to the St. Louis beer scene, I thought you should know this up front.

          Now that we have that bit of legal mumbo jumbo out of the way, here is the beer list that is currently in place at Chef Gerard Craft’s newest restaurant, Brasserie by Niche.

          Schlafly Kolsch
          Griesedieck Bros. Golden Pilsner
          Saison Dupont
          Founders Reds Rye

          Tripel Karmeliet (12oz)
          La Fin du Monde (12oz)

          Westmalle Trappist (12oz)

          Belgian Dark Strong
          Chimay Grand Rvs. (750ml)
          McChouffe (750ml)

          Biere de Garde
          Castelain Blonde (11.2oz)
          Oro De Calabaza (750ml)

          Jenlain Blonde (330ml)

          Blanche De Chambly (12oz)
          Hitachino White (12oz)

          Flanders Red
          La Folie (22oz)

          French Lager
          Kronenbourg 1664 (12oz)

          European Lager
          Stella Artois (12oz)

          Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale (11.2)
          Cantillon Iris (375ml)

          American Beers
          Avery Ellie’s Brown (12oz)
          Schlafly Oatmeal Stout (12oz)
          O’Fallon 5-Day IPA (12z)

          French Cider
          E Dupont Cidre Bouche (375ml)

          Just in case you’re curious how the list got to the way it is, here’s a bit of a brain dump: Chef Craft wanted a beer list that was more conducive to a French Bistro. So it relies heavily on French/Belgian styles and a couple of European beers. I’ve thrown a few American craft beers on for those who aren’t crazy about Belgian beers.

          Is the list going to be in a state of flux? I hope it’s always in a state of flux. I think the draught list will be the most actively changing list. As you can see, there are three Belgian/French style beers and three American beers on draught, which is how I’d like to keep it, but time will tell. At this moment, the Griesedieck Pilsner will be a mainstay and I think the Schlafly Kolsch will also stick around all the time. Both are clean, easy drinking beers with a continental feel.

          I can see a stout or porter eventually arriving on the draught list. But it would mean something like Red’s Rye coming off. In the meantime Schlafly Oatmeal Stout and Ellie’s Brown Ale are currently available in a bottle. I chose the Maudite because it is “dark” but provides a malt sweetness that is never cloying and finishes quite dry. It’s not quite a stout, but I think it’ll pair up to some food quite nicely.

          Keep an eye out, we’re going to have changes coming to Niche and Taste as well.