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Archive for January, 2010

This week on the STL Hops Twitter

  • RT: @TWCPBeer: IT IS HERE — the @Boulevard/Orval Collaboration just hit at The Wine and Cheese Place – Forsyth – (less than a minute ago)
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA should be hitting stores in Missouri on Monday. If you need it sooner, it should be available in Illinois today. (3 minutes ago)
  • Exclusive photos and info about Dave Bailey’s newest venture: Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar. (about 16 hours ago)
  • Looks like Hammerstones is offering the @Schlafly Quad for $1/glass until the keg runs dry. Talk about easy ways to fall off your bar stool! (about 17 hours ago)
  • Wisconsin brewery @Tyranena’s Brewing may be thinking about coming to Missouri. How about sending them a tweet to let them know we’re here. (a day ago)
  • My mistake, there will not be cask of the a C1 Collaboration Beer at the iTap/STL Hops Select Party, it’s going to just be a standard keg. (5 days ago)
  • RT @Ericstl6: Just got official word that the New Belgium Ranger IPA hit Major Brands warehouse yesterday. Looks like everything is a go. (5 days ago)
  • RT: @bigelosbistro Bell’s Hopslam and Schlafly Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout now on Tap (6 days ago)

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

  • Bon Vivant Wines (1/29/10)
    • Goose Island Mild Winter
    • New Belgium Ranger IPA
  • Lukas Liquor (01/28/2010)
    • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
    • New Belgium Mighty Arrow
    • O’Fallon Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter 2010
    • Schlafly Irish Style-Extra Stout
    • Grand Teton Sheep Eater Scotch Ale
    • Arcadia Hop Rocket
    • Bell’s Hopslam
    • Bell’s Expedition Stout
    • Bell’s Rye Stout
    • Bell’s Java Stout
    • Bell’s Double Cream Stout
    • Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad
    • Boulevard Saison Brett
    • O’Dells Woodcut #3
    • O’Dells Mountain Standard Reserve
    • O’Dells Bourbon Barrel Stout
    • Flying Dog Horn Dog Barleywine
    • Founders Backwoods Bastard
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Founders Double Trouble
    • Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
    • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
    • Lagunitas Pale Ale
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Lagunitas Maximus IPA
    • Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest
    • Southern Tier Choklat
    • Fraoch 20th Anniversary Ale
    • Olfabrikken Jule Ale
    • Sam Smith Yorkshire Stingo
    • Dieu du Ceil Solstice D’Hiver
    • Piraat Tripel IPA 9L Bottle! It’s Huge!!!
  • Starrs (01/25/09)
    • Arcadia Hop Rocket
    • Bells Hopslam 2010
    • Blue Moon Grand Cru
    • Odells Woodcut 3
    • Odells Mountain Standard Reserve
    • Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout
    • Southern Tier Choklat
    • Stevens Point Whole Hog 6-Hop IPA
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (01/28/10)
    • Lakefront Big Easy Imperial Maibock
    • Left Hand Bomber Mix Pack w/glass
    • O’Fallon Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter 2010 (Four Roses Edition)
    • New Belgium Might Arrow
    • Schlafly Irish Export Stout
    • Grand Teton Sheep Eater Scotch Ale

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • Blueberry Hill (1/27/09)
    • 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 Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter
    • Pabst Blue Ribbon
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Coffee Stout
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Stella Artois
    • Strongbow Cider
    • Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale
    • plus over sixty bottled beers
  • Cicero’s (1/24/10)
    • Arcadia Hop Rocket
    • Ommegang Rare Vos
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • La Chouffe
    • St. Bernardus Prior 8
    • Rogue Mocha Porter
    • 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
    • Charleville Explicit APA
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • Maudite
    • Shiner Bock
    • New Belgium Fat Tire
    • New Belgium Fall Wild Ale
    • New Belgium Mighty Arrow
    • Smithwick’s
    • Pilsner Urquell
    • Deliruim Tremens
    • Woodchuck Amber
    • Anchor Steam
    • Sierra Neveda Pale Ale
    • Franziskaner
    • Warsteiner
    • Brother Thelonius
    • Maredsous Dubbel
    • Bell’s Oarsman Pilsner
    • Black Raspberry Mead
    • Monk’s Cafe Sour Ale
    • Belhaven Scottish Ale
    • Gulden Draak
    • Bass Ale
    • Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat
    • Paulaner Hefeweizen
  • International Tap House (1/28/2009)
    • Guinness
    • Boddingtons
    • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
    • Old Rasputing (nitro)
    • Lindemann’s Framboise
    • Chimay Tripel
    • Scrimshaw Pils
    • Avery IPA
    • O’Dells 5 Barrel Pale Ale
    • Arcadia Hopmouth
    • Maudite
    • Warsteiner Pils
    • Radeberger Pils
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Bitburger
    • La Chouffe
    • Tripel Karmeliet
    • Hoptimistic
    • Boulevard Wheat
    • Weihenstephan Hefe
    • Paulaner Hefe
    • Moinette Bruin
    • Racer 5
    • Hoegaarden
    • Bells Sparkling Ale
    • PranQster
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Schlafly APA
    • Trois Pistoles
    • Charleville APA
    • New Holland Pilgrims Pale
    • Grand Teton Black Cauldron
    • Avery Czar
    • O’Fallon Russian Imperial Stout
    • Tin Mill Doppelbock
    • Delirium Tremens
    • Bells Two Hearted
    • ABT 12
    • Reissdorf Kolsch
    • Scaldis Noel
    • Up Next: Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown, O’Fallon Whiskey Barrel Aged Porter, Founders Centennial IPA, Rogue Yellow Snow…
  • Iron Barley (01/29/10)
    • O’Fallon Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter
    • Amalmagated Rauchbier
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Alt Beer – Iron Barley’s Recipe Freshly Brewed From Amalmagated Brewery
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Boulevard Irish Ale
    • Goose Island Honker’s Ale
    • Griesedieck Golden Pilsner
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA on Cask
    • Warsteiner Dunkel
    • Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale
    • Boulevard Smokestack Saison (750 ml)
    • Boulevard Smokestack The Sixth Glass (750 ml)
    • Boulevard Smokestack Long Strange Tripel (750 ml)
    • Boulevard Double Wide IPA (750 ml)
    • Tucher Hefe Weiss (Bottle)
    • Wychwood Hobgoblin English Brown Ale(Bottle)
    • Odell IPA (Bottle)
    • Founder’s Breakfast Stout(Bottle)
    • Weihenstephan Dark Hefe (Bottle)
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale (Bottle)
    • Left Hand Polestar Pilsner (Bottle)
    • Left Hand Black Jack Porter(Bottle)
    • Founder’s Dirty Bastard(Bottle)
    • Brouwerij Huyge Floris Apple (Bottle)
    • Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB (Bottle)
    • Guinness Draft (Bottle)
    • Delerium Noel (Bottle)
    • Left Hand JuJu Ginger (Bottle)
    • Gouden Carolus Noel (Bottle)
    • Bell’s Winter Ale (Bottle)
    • Rogue Yellow Snow IPA (Bomber)
  • The Rotten Apple (1/24/10)
    • Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
    • Original Sin
    • Founders Red’s Rye
    • Hebrew Jewbilation
    • Victory Prima Pils
    • Bell’s Expidition Stout
    • Founders Porter
    • Stag
    • Woodchuck Oak Aged Cider (Bottle)
    • Mamma Mia Pizza Beer(Bottle)
    • Modus Hoperandi (Can)
  • The Stable (1/27/10)
    • Amalgamated Rauchbier
    • Amalgamated Helles
    • Amalgamated Zoigl
    • Arcadia Hopmouth IPA
    • Arcadia Hop Rocket
    • Anchor Christmas 09
    • Bell’s Two Hearted IPA
    • Bear Republic Racer 5
    • Charleville Hoptimistic IPA
    • Founders Dirty Bastard
    • Founders Red’s Rye
    • Hebrew Lenny’s RIPA
    • Kasleel Rouge
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
    • New Holland The Poet
    • New Holland Mad Hatter IPA
    • North Coast Old Rasputin Nitro
    • Odell IPA
    • Schlafly APA
  • Buffalo Brewing Company (01/26/10)
    • Buffalo Drool (1-6-10)
    • Buffalo Gold
    • RYE IPA (01-26-10)
    • Chili Beer (01-26-10)
    • Buffalo Red (12-20)
    • Hefewiezen
    • Coming soon Buffalo Tail IIPA!!!
  • The Highlands Restaurant & Brewing Company (01/28/10)
    • IPA
    • Scottish Ale (80 Shilling) NEW (11-30)
    • Brown Ale
    • Marzen Lager (1-8-10)
    • Platinum Blonde
    • Sugar Creek Light Lager
    • Blackberry Wheat
    • British Pale Ale (11-4)
    • NEW Oatmeal Stout (01-08-10)
    • NEW Dopplebock (01-18-10)
    • All day Happy Hour on Sundays, $2 Tuesdays
  • Schlafly Bottleworks (01/26/10)
    • No. 15
    • Hefeweizen
    • Oktoberfest
    • Pale Ale
    • Pilsner
    • Dry-Hopped APA
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Christmas Ale
    • Irish-Style Extra Stout
    • Scotch
    • Blackberry Cider
    • Coffee Stout
    • Saison
  • Six Row Brewing Company (01/26/10)
    • Kölsch
    • Honey Weizen
    • Whale
    • Extra Pale Ale
    • ESB
    • Porter

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 hosting a tasting featuring Lakefront Big Easy Imperial Maibock, Anderson Valley Brother David Dubbel, Anderson Valley Brother David Tripel, New Holland Black Tulip Tripel, and BrewDog Dogma. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cory from deVine Wines and Spirts, located at 2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd, holds a beer tasting every Wednesday evening from from 5PM to 8PM. Each Wednesday will offer up a few new beers for you to taste. Swing on by and check it out.

Next Thursday, February 4th, starting at 6PM, Milo’s Cigar’s and More in Maryville will be holding a beer tasting. This month’s theme is, “Don’t be afraid of big beers.” Stop on by next week and sample some of their ever growing selection of craft beers. More information can be found at their website.

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

itap.jpgThe International Tap House celebrates it’s first anniversary all next week by throwing a series of events. Take a look at this line-up:


  • 1/2 off 1/2 of the taps


  • Chimay and Schlafly keep the glass night…


  • Homebrew Bash – Bring your best brew in one container and share it with the masses


  • Passport Member Appreciation Party –
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA:  iTAP will be the first in St. Louis to have this beer on Draught
  • $1 off everything and a free T-shirt for Passport Members


  • $3.65 select draughts all day long


  • STL Hops Select Party – 35 of our drafts picked by the STL Hops blog members. We’ve been securing some excellent draught beers for this event. There is a really good chance that Hopslam will be on draught once again.  With help from Mike from STL Hops the crew from Schlafly is also setting us up with a very special keg…
  • Free food 4-7pm,
  • Live Music 8-Midnight,
  • We’ll also have a birthday cake and we are going to break open the Big 1.6 Gallon Bottle of Val Dieu Grand Cru!


  • Superbowl Chili cook off – Cook it and have the customers pick the best. Winner gets an iTAP gift certificate! The cook off will start at 5pm…where else would you rather spend Superbowl Sunday? We are also getting a cask of O’Fallon Irish Red.

You may be wondering what 35 taps will be available for the STL Hops Select Party. Well, I’ve been told they’re still working on the final list and I should have it available soon. You better clear your calendar next week because this looks like a great time. Happy birthday iTap!

The Bridge tap house and wine bar is the newest venture from restaurateur Dave Bailey.  If Bailey’s name sounds familiar it’s because he’s also the owner of the hugely successful Bailey’s Chocolate Bar and breakfast/brunch/lunch spot, Rooster.

Not surprisingly, his newest location is just as hip as his last.  With a warm wood vibe including reclaimed tree branches being used as light fixtures, it will easily be one of the most popular bars in St. Louis.

But we’re here for the beer, so what does he have to offer?  How about 36 draught selections and soon over 150 bottled beers to choose from.  I’ve also been told that he’ll continue the tradition he started over at the Chocolate Bar by housing beers for aging.

The pricing on beers is very reasonable and growlers will be available for table consumption as well. Bridge isn’t open quite yet, but expect it to be open by February 10th at the latest.

The current draught list, which will be always changing, will be available after the photos and the break.

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stable_128x126.jpgAs one of their final acts in celebration of the IPA, the The Stable will be releasing its first ever IPA tonight, January 28th beginning at 5PM. The hopping on this beer includes Columbus and Cascade which in turn gives it a big “citrus and grass” aroma.

This 6% ABV beer with 60 IBUs had its name picked by a Facebook fan of The Stable and will be revealed tonight at the release party.  I’ve also been informed that the first 50 people to buy tonight’s beer will receive a commemorative pint glass to mark the occasion.

Also of note is that The Stable has begun brewing an Altbier exclusively for Iron Barley restaurant.  The recipe for this beer is Iron Barley owner Tom Coglin’s own creation. Altbiers are brewed with ale yeast, but fermented at temperatures much cooler than ales would normally be fermented at.

If you want to try it out, head over to Iron Barley as it’s the only place this beer will be available.

If you’re an avid reader of Indiana’s beer blog, Hoosier Beer Geek, you may have noticed this little nugget of information in a recent interview they did with Tyranena Brewing Company‘s Stacey McGinnis:

“As far as opening distribution in other states, we have also been contemplating heading into Missouri, however, it’s not really an either-or kind of situation. When the time is right, we will take Tyranena where we feel it will be sold, consumed, marketed and appreciated appropriately!”

That sounds like we have another prime opportunity to bring a top tier brewery to Missouri.  If you haven’t had any of their beers, you’re in for a real treat.  Their Bitter Woman IPA is fantastic, as was The Devil Made Me Do It! Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Porter when I got to try it.

They sound like they’re on the edge, so let’s push them over that edge. It doesn’t take much to sit down a write out a couple of sentences to a brewery letting them know how interested and excited you are to have their product.

Let’s begin our campaign by letting Rob Larson (Founder of Tyranena) and Stacey McGinnis (Front Operations Manager) know how much you’d  love to seeing Tyranena in St. Louis. And for all of those who don’t know what to say, it can be as simple as this:

Dear Rob and Stacey,

I recently read an interview that stated you were interested in coming to Missouri.  I just wanted to send you an email to let you know just how much I’d love seeing Tyranena’s beer in my hometown.

I’ve always found that you guys produced some of the best beer in the Midwest, if not the United States. St. Louis and Kansas City both have rich beer history and your product would only help to continue that image. Please consider coming to Missouri soon!


STL Hops Reader.

Let’s make this happen guys, this is another great brewery I think we’d all love to see in our local bars and retail shops.

mattingly_84x128.jpgThe Mattingly Brewing Company may now be producing full scale productions of beer, but that doesn’t stop them from showing off what’s yet to come. Tonight, Head Brewer Drew Huerter and Assistant Brewer Jerid Saffell will be offering the Dry Hopped Old Harbinger American Barleywine.

Here’s Drew giving a little information about the beer:

Old Harbinger American Barleywine is our entry into the venerable style pioneered by Anchor’s Old Foghorn, Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot, Great Divide’s Old Ruffian, Rogue Old Crustacean and many others.

Old Harbinger is hopped at a rate of 4.1 lbs/bbl to 90 IBUs with Magnum, Summit and fresh ’09 crop Cascade, Willamette and Chinook, and weighing in at at hefty 25.6 degrees Plato (1.109 for you specific gravity types) it is one of the biggest and hoppiest brews yet from the cellars at Mattingly Brewing Company. At 11.8% ABV this is winter warmer of the highest order. *served by the snifter

Here’s a look at what to expect over the next couple of weeks:

1/27 – Dry Hopped Old Harbinger
2/3 – Oak Aged Old Harbinger

Be sure to head out tonight and taste some of Drew and Jerid’s excellent beer.