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Archive for March, 2010

Welp, they’re at it again. Brewers from Schlafly, O’Fallon Brewery or New Albanian Brewery gathered together, this time at New Albanian, to put their mash paddles together and brew up another collaboration batch.

This time they’re brewing up a Smoked Belgian Dark Strong Ale that will be aged in “to be announced” Indiana and Missouri wine barrels and will also be infused with smoked figs. I don’t think anyone can accused them of not trying to do some interesting stuff with these collaboration beers.

Here’s a run-down of the beer recipe:

Malts: Castle Pale, Weyermann Rauch, Castle Biscuit, Briess Smoke, Castle Aromatic, Castle Special B
Adjuncts: Belgian dark candi sugar, Brewer’s Crystal, Molasses
Mash Hops: Mt Hood, Crystal
Kettle Hops: Magnum, Slovenian Celeia
O.G. 1097
IBU: currently calculated at 44, will degrade and be around 20 once it’s released

For more information about this beer, be certain to check out New Albanian’s Potable Curmudgeon blog.  Big thanks to New Albanian’s Jared Williamson for sending along the photos and information.

Today’s an exciting day if you’re a fan of some big, black beers.  Starting today you should be able to find both the Goose Island Night Stalker Imperial Stout and the Sierra 30 – Fritz And Ken’s Ale, a 30th Anniversary collaboration stout from Sierra Nevada and Anchor Brewing.

Here’s some of the information I could dig up about each beer:

Night Stalker:
Brewmasters Notes:
A heavily-hopped imperial stout, Night Stalker is a heavyweight of a beer. It delivers a formidable punch of hops and rich roasted malt notes to the nose in a silky body that’s as dark as night.

Recipe Information:
Style: Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 11.2%
International Bitterness Units: 60
Color: Midnight
Hops: Mt Hood, Simcoe
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roasted Barley, De-Bittered Black

Serving Suggestions:
Preferred Glass: Snifter
Preferred Serving Temperature: 40º
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle over 5 years

Sierra 30 – Fritz And Ken’s Ale
Fritz Maytag, owner of San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company, is regarded as the godfather of the craft brewing movement. Fritz agreed to guest brew this very special ale with us in honor of our 30th anniversary. As a nod to the robust black ales that seduced both Fritz and Ken in the early years, we bring you this Pioneers Stout, a rich and roasted ale, perfect for aging, and worth of your finest snifter. Enjoy!

Fritz Maytag has always had a passion for knowledge. As a child in Iowa, he learned early about the wealth of information available to him at his local library. Maytag chose to donate to the Butte County Library system, which is library district local to Chico, California-home to Sierra Nevada Brewing.

Beer notes:
Style: American Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.20%

Tanglefoot Steakhouse will be hosting a Schlafly beer dinner this Saturday, March 27th from 6PM to 10PM.  This four course meal will include a different Schlafly beer for each course.

This meal will set you back $24.99 (excluding tax and gratuity) per person.  Here’s a look at the menu:

1st Course
Spring Greens Salad
Mixed Greens, Candied Almonds, Sundried Cranberries, Cherry Tomato, Asiago and Hot Bacon Dressing
Served with Schlafly Kolsch

2nd Course
Shrimp & Scallop Brochette
Chargrilled Gulf Shrimp and Diver Scallop, Caramalized Onion Polenta, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis
Served with Schlafly Export IPA

3rd Course
Filet of Tenderloin Napolean
Pan Seared Filet, Maryland Crab Cake and Grilled Asparagus with Rosted Baby Potatoes, Cabernet Demi and Bearnaise.
Served with Schlafly Hefeweizen

Schlafly Barley Wine & Chocolate Fondue Bar

For more information about this dinner, please contact Tanglefoot at 636-931-7373.

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 Imperial Witbier. Jerid gives us a description of the beer:

Tonights peek features a big malt body from 2 malts, Vienna and Wheat and Magnum hops to balance. Fermented with our house belgian yeast and spiced with fresh crushed Corriander, Curacao Orange Peel and Lime Zest. 8% A.B.V., served in snifters.

Here’s a look at what to expect over the next week:

3/31 – Dark Days IPA

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 Chris Lennert from Left Hand Brewing. Chris will be on hand to discuss and sample some of their beers including Sawtooth, Polestar, Milk Stout and 400lb Monkey. 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

itap.jpgWhat’s that?  You haven’t visited the newest brewery in the metro area?

Well, tonight at 6PM you’ll have your chance as Six Row Brewing Company will be serving their beers at the International Tap House.  Not only will you have a chance to try out their Kolsch, Extra Pale Ale and the Wee Heavy, but you’ll also have a chance to meet head brewers Evan Hiatt and Jason Henry.

Is great beer and great company not enough to entice you out?  Then what about the fact that this is also a “keep the glass” event?  The first pint of Six Row beer will be served in a Six Row glass that you’ll get to keep (while supplies last, limit one glass per person.)

Great beer, great brewers and a free glass?  Sounds like you no longer have an excuse not to visit.

Southern Illinois and South County people rejoice, there is a location to get some of the Illinois beers you’ve been craving since the closure of Bon Vivant Wines.  U-Gas Convenience Store has begun dabbling with offering craft beer at their newest location in Waterloo, Illinois.

Is it the biggest selection in Illinois?  No.  This is a new world for U-Gas and I think they want to gauge the support for this. But they are offering up things like Dogfish Head, Ska and Hoppin’ Frog.  I know that they’re looking at possibly bringing in some other things this week.

If you want to have them expand their selection, then you need to go buy some beer from this store.  Waterloo is only about an additional 8 minutes from the JB Bridge, so if you were previously a fan of Bon Vivant, this is about your best choice for some great beer in this area.

Full Disclosure: This store is being managed by my brother Andrew Sweeney.  While I will not personally benefit from any additional sales from this store, he possibly could. But great beer is still great beer and I thought people in this area would like to know about this store.