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Archive for February, 2010

This week on the STL Hops Twitter

  • Bell’s Brewery Batch 9000 is now available in St. Louis. Look out for it at your favorite retail beer shop. This is a very limited beer. (about an hour ago)
  • RT: @thegoodpiestl: Next cask, Friday March 5th…Schlafly American IPA. Tapping at 5PM. (about 22 hours ago)
  • It’s that time of year! The boys at 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar have tapped a barrel of Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier. Mmm! Smoky goodness! (2 days ago)
  • Help get growler laws changed in Missouri: #craftbeer #STL #CoMo #KC (3 days ago)
  • A Special Bourbon Barrel-Aged version of the Schlafly Smoked Porter is on tap at The Tap Room. Get it while you can as it won’t be on long! (3 days ago)
  • Bell’s Batch 9000 is still on draught at @bigelosbistro. About twenty-five 8oz pours still available. (6 days ago)

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

  • Provisions Market (02/26/10)
    • Odell Red Ale
    • Founders Double Trouble
    • Flying Dog Garde Dog Biere de Garde
    • Bridgeport Hop Czar
    • Blue Moon Rising Moon
  • Royal Wines and Spirits in St. Peters (02/25/10)
    • Eisenbahn Defumada Smoked Beer
    • Eisenbahn Dourada Goldan Ale
    • Eisenbahn South American Pale Ale
    • Ise Kadoya Genmai Ale
    • Ise Kadoya IPA
    • Ise Kadoya Pale Ale
    • Ise Kadoya Stout
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Bells Porter
    • Woodchuck Spring Cider Limited Release
  • Starrs (02/21/10)
    • Bells Consecrator
    • Boulevard Collaborator Imperial Pilsner
    • Bridgeport Hop Czar
    • Goose Island Matilda Belgium 4 packs
    • Moylans Hopsickle
    • Odell Red Ale
    • Odells Mountain Standard Reserve
    • Rogue John John Barrel Aged Dead Guy
    • Rogue Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager
    • Southern Tier Box of Pales
    • Unibroue Quelque Chose
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (02/26/10)
    • Bells Batch 9,000
    • Cathedral Square Belgian Abbey 22oz
    • Cathedral Square Belgian White 22oz
    • Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball 6pk
    • O’Haras Irish Stout 4 pk
    • O’Haras Irish Red 4 pk
    • Magic Hat Vinyl
    • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (fresh – back in stock)
    • Lagunitas Maximus (fresh-back in stock)
    • Lagunitas 2006 Brown Shugga 22oz
    • Lagunitas 2007 Brown Shugga 6pk
    • Lagunitas 2008 Brown Shugga 6pk

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar (2/23/10)
    • Southern Tier Gemini
    • Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2010
    • Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier
    • Boulevard Single Wide IPA
    • Founders Backwoods Bastard
    • Boulevard Bully! Porter
  • Bigelo’s Bistro (2/24/10)
    • Sam Adams Noble Pils
    • Bells Two Hearted
    • Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
    • Sierra Pale
    • Victory Hop Devil
    • Schlafly Kölsch
    • Boulevard Irish Ale
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Schlafly Extra Irish Stout
    • Schlafly Scotch Ale
    • Blue Moon
  • Blueberry Hill (2/20/10)
    • 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 Scotch Ale
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Stella Artois
    • Strongbow Cider
    • Rolling Rock
    • plus over sixty bottled beers
  • Cicero’s (2/24/10)
    • Arcadia Hop Mouth
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Ommegang Rare Vos
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • La Chouffe
    • St. Bernardus Apt 12
    • Monk’s Cafe Sour Ale
    • Samuel Adams Noble Pils
    • Peroni
    • Newcastle
    • Blue Moon
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Schlafly Coffee Stout
    • Schlafly Scotch Ale
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Boddington’s
    • Guinness
    • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
    • Kasteel Rouge
    • Fullers London Porter
    • Abita Purple Haze
    • Lindemans Framboise
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Tin Mill Doppelbock
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • Maudite
    • Shiner Bock
    • New Belgium Fat Tire
    • New Belgium Ranger IPA
    • New Belgium Mighty Arrow
    • Smithwick’s
    • Pilsner Urquell
    • Deliruim Tremens
    • Woodchuck Amber
    • Anchor Steam Beer
    • Sierra Neveda Bigfoot Barleywine
    • Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
    • Warsteiner Pils
    • Brother Thelonius
    • Maredsous Dubbel
    • Bell’s Hopslam
    • Black Raspberry Mead
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    • Bass Ale
    • Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat
    • Paulaner Hefeweizen
  • Growler’s Pub (Creve Coeur) (2/26/10)
    • Magic Hat Dark As Night Winter Lager (Bottle)
    • Rouge Yellow Snow (Draft) (Creve Coeur Only)
    • Schlafly Scotch Ale (Draft)
    • Samuel Adams Noble Pils (Draft)
    • Goose Island Burbon County Stout (On Draft after Yellow Snow)
    • Plus all of our regular beer on tap and in bottle
  • Iron Barley (02/26/10)
    • O’Fallon Smoked Porter
    • Amalmagated Helles
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Left Hand Widdershins Barleywine
    • 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)
    • Founders Breakfast Stout(Bottle)
    • Weihenstephan Dark Hefe (Bottle)
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale (Bottle)
    • Left Hand Polestar Pilsner (Bottle)
    • Left Hand Black Jack Porter(Bottle)
    • Founders Dirty Bastard(Bottle)
    • Brouwerij Huyge Floris Apple (Bottle)
    • Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB (Bottle)
    • Guinness Draft (Bottle)
    • Rogue Yellow Snow IPA (Bomber)
  • The Royale (2/24/10)
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Griesedieck Bros. Golden Pilsner
    • Guinness Stout
    • Moinette Brune
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly/O’Fallon/New Albion C-1
    • Strongbow Hard Cider
    • Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock
    • Anchor Porter
    • Ayinger Celebrator
    • Boulevard Saison-Brett
    • New Holland “The Poet” Oatmeal Stout
    • St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Schlafly Taproom (02/26/10)
    • Scotch Ale
    • Doppelbock
    • Coffee Stout
    • Belgian Dubbel
    • English IPA
    • Blackberry Cider
    • Pilsner
    • Irish Extra Stout
    • Hefeweizen
    • Pale Ale
    • Dry-Hopped APA
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Cask- American Brown (Cascade)
    • Cask- Barleywine (Columbus) filled 5/1/09

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

Paul Hayden from the Wine and Cheese Place dropped me a very brief email letting me know that Bell’s Brewery‘s Batch 9000has just hit the St. Louis area.  Each 1000 batches, Bell’s puts out a very special commemorative beer to celebrate.

The back story on this beer is that Batch 7000 was an Imperial Stout and a beer that many people thought was the best beer Bell’s ever made.  Batch 9000 is a DOUBLE version of Batch 7000.  So, it’s big.

And because it’s big, it’s very limited and very much in demand.  Don’t wait around, this beer isn’t going to last long. For more information about this beer, check out this story from

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 Ron Lindenbusch and Karen Hamilton from Lagunitas where they will be offering up tastings featuring Lagunitas Maximus, Lagunitas IPA, Lagunitas Pale Ale, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, Lagunitas GnarlyWine, and Lagunitas Cappucino. As an added bonus, they’re also going to do a vertical of Brown Shugga vintages! They’ll be tasting 2006-2009 bottles of Brown Sugga. 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.

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.jpgThere are four major ingredients that go into making beer: water, malt, yeast and hops.  If that final ingredient is the one you can’t quite wrap your head around, then maybe you need to make it out to the International Tap House next Wednesday, March 3rd starting at 7PM.

Mikkeller out of Denmark has produced a series of IPAs where each recipe is identical except it features only a single type of hop.  What this allows you to do is see what kind of flavors and aromas that each type of hop can provide to a beer. Each sample of beer will be $3 for a 5oz sample.  Here’s a list of ten beers that will be available for tasting:

  • Amarillo Single Hop IPA
  • Cascade Single Hop IPA
  • Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA
  • Nugget Single Hop IPA
  • Simcoe Single Hop IPA
  • Tomahawk Single Hop IPA
  • Warrior Single Hop IPA
  • Centennial Single Hop IPA
  • Chinook Single Hop IPA
  • East Kent Golding Single Hop IPA

Thanks to Brent in the forums, he’s provided a few other tidbits about this event including the fact that prizes will be given away like iTAP gift certificates, Mikkeller products, and  Hops Direct will be giving away 5lbs of hops!  Also, Brent believes that iTAP will be the only place in the world that is serving all ten of these beers on draught at the same time.

So basically, this is kind of a big deal.  I’d bet this is one of those deals that you may never see come back around again. If I were you, I’d probably head out to iTAP next Wednesday and check this out.

ciceros.jpgDouble your pleasure and double your casks next week at Cicero’s when they bring in, two, count ’em, two casks of Bell’s beer.  As part of next week’s beer school, Bell’s Brewery will be offering up a cask of Two Hearted Ale and Expedition Stout.

This class has been put together to display the difference in cask conditioned beer versus bottle conditioned or force carbonated beer.  It’s an interesting experience that will sure to leave your taste buds very, very happy.

This event will be taking place next Wednesday, March 3rd starting at 5:30PM.  I will warn you that seats are first come, and this class will fill up quickly, so get up their early.

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 their Pinball Blizzard Rye IPA.

Here’s Drew with a little song about the beer:

Ever since I was a young boy
I’ve known the emerald ball
From Willi down to Oregon
I must have smelt them all
But I ain’t seen too much of them
In any harvest fall
This crazy frothing hophead
Sure craves a mean tall pull

Here’s a Pinball Blizzard
This pint, it can’t be missed
A Pinball Blizzard
Its got hoploads by the fist

There ain’t no competition
Can’t taste those Founders and Bells
Taste those cones a poppin’
Obey your sense of smell
Always get a refill
Never spill at all
Those crazy, brash, fun kids
Sure brewed a mean Pinball!

6.6% ABV 66 IBUs brewed with over 6lbs of hops per barrel

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

3/3 – Wheatwine
3/10 – Elderberry Irish Ale

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

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their Winter Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry. It’s perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s school is being hosted by Ron Lindenbusch and Karen Hamilton from Lagunitas Brewing. Ron and Karen will be on hand to discuss and sample some of the Lagunitas beers including the Dogtown Pale Ale, Hop Stoopid, Pils, Hairy Eyeball and IPA. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at