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Archive for May, 2010

This week on the STL Hops Twitter

  • Looks like the latest release of the @Schlafly Brewer’s Choice Series has hit Bottleworks. This one is Neil Curtis’ Raw Wheat Weiss Beer. (4 days ago)

Stuff from around the web

  • After yesterday’s discussion about craft beer in a can, be sure to check out
  • Show-Me Beer reviews the canned version of Schlafly Summer Lager.
  • Evan Benn discusses the worst beer in the world in Esquire magazine.
  • Beer and Cigar Reviews taste some O’Fallon 5 Day IPA.
  • A look at breweriana in the Metro East.

Retail Beer Releases

  • Edwardsville BP (5/21/2010)
    • -Mix and Match 6 pk list-
    • Abita Amber Ale
    • Abita Purple Haze
    • Abita Turbodog
    • Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale
    • Avery Karma
    • Avery White Rascal
    • Barley Island Dirty Helen Brown Ale
    • Bass Pale Ale
    • Bell’s Amber Ale
    • Bell’s Oberon Ale
    • Bell’s Pale Ale
    • Big Sky IPA
    • Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale
    • Big Sky Scape Goat Pale Ale
    • Big Sky Summer Honey Ale
    • Big Sky Trout Slayer Ale
    • Bohemia
    • Boulder Cold Hop Ale
    • Boulder Flashback Ale
    • Boulder Hazed & Infused
    • Boulder Mojo
    • Boulder Sweaty Betty Blonde
    • Boulevard Wheat
    • Breckenridge Agave Wheat
    • Corona Extra
    • Corona Light
    • Dos Equis Amber Lager
    • Dos Equis Special Lager
    • Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale
    • Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat
    • Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager
    • Flying Dog Raging Bitch
    • Founder’s Dirty Bastard
    • Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager
    • Guinness Draught
    • Guinness Extra Stout
    • Harp Lager
    • Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
    • He’Brew Messiah Bold
    • Heineken
    • Hoegaarden
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Leffe
    • Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey IPA
    • Left Hand Blackjack Porter
    • Left Hand Haystack Wheat
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Left Hand Sawtooth Ale
    • Magic Hat #9
    • Magic Hat Lucky Kat
    • Magic Hat Odd Notion
    • Magic Hat Wacko
    • Modelo
    • Murphy’s Red Ale
    • Negra Modelo
    • New Belgium 1554
    • New Belgium Abbey
    • New Belgium Fat Tire
    • New Belgium Mighty Arrow
    • New Belgium Ranger IPA
    • New Belgium Sunshine Wheat
    • New Belgium Trippel
    • Newcastle Brown Ale
    • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
    • O’Fallon Wheach
    • Original Sin Hard Cider
    • Ray Hill’s American Pilsner
    • Red Hook Long Hammer IPA
    • Sand Creek Groovy Brew
    • Sand Creek Hard Lemonade
    • Sand Creek Oscar’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
    • Schafly Pale Ale
    • Schalfly APA
    • Schalfly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Kolsch
    • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
    • Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Summer Lager
    • Schlafly Winter ESB
    • Shiner 101
    • Shiner Black
    • Shiner Blonde
    • Shiner Bock (cans)
    • Shock Top Belgian White
    • Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
    • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager
    • Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA
    • Ska Buster Nut Brown Ale
    • Ska Modus Hoperandi (cans)
    • Sol
    • Stella Artois
    • Strongbow Cider
    • Summit Extra Pale Ale
    • Summit Hefeweizen
    • Summit Horizon Red Ale
    • Summit Pils
    • Tecate
    • Victory Hop Devil
    • -Bombers, etc.-
    • Achel Trappist
    • Avery Collaboration Not Litigation Ale
    • Avery Majaraja IPA
    • Ayinger Ur-Weisse
    • Breckenridge Mighty Brown
    • Cathedral Square Abbey Ale
    • Cathedral Square Iglesia Agave Ale
    • Cathedral Square White Ale
    • Chimay Blue
    • Chimay Red
    • Chimay White
    • Delirium Tremens
    • Duvel
    • Franziskaner Hefe Weiss
    • Hacker-Pschorr Weiss
    • La Moneuse Special Winter Ale
    • Left Hand Warrior IPA
    • La Chouffe
    • Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot
    • Lindemans Cassis
    • Lindemans Framboise
    • Lindemans Peche
    • Lindemans Pomme
    • Murphy’s Stout (cans)
    • Rogue Shakespeare Stout
    • Weissenohe Monk’s Fest
  • Provisions Market (05/21/10)
    • Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale
    • Marston Pedigree
    • Farnum Hill Dry Cider
    • Anchor Summer
    • O’Dell St. Lupulin
    • Schlafly A IPA
    • Cazeau Tournay Belgian Black Stout
    • Cazeau Tournay Belgian Beer
    • Bell’s Oberon 5 Liter keg
    • Weihenstephan Gift With Glass
    • Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop 2010
    • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
  • Starrs (05/15/10)
    • Bells Oberon 5 Ltr
    • Bear Republic Hop Rod
    • Boulevard Seeyoulatger
    • Odells St. Lupulin
    • Maredsous Triple 4pk
    • Maredsous Dark 4pk
    • Shipyard Summer Ale
    • Stevens Point Nude Beach Wheat
    • Stevens Point Whoe Hog Russian Imperial stout
    • Sierra Nevada Harvest 2010
    • Sierra Nevada Summerfest
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (5/21/10)
    • Affligem Tripel
    • Affligem Dubbel
    • Affligem Blonde
    • Southern Tier Pale Ale
    • Schlafly AIPA
    • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar (05/21/10)
    • Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca
    • Hitachino Espresso Stout
    • North Coast Scrimshaw
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Leipziger Gose
    • Boulder Hazed and Infused
  • Bigelo’s Bistro (5/21/10)
    • Left Hand Chainsaw
    • Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA
    • Sierra Nevada Summerfest
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Bell’s Consecrator
    • Schlafly American IPA
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
    • Ska Modus Hoperandi
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Schlafly Summer Helles
    • Schlafly Kölsch
    • Blue Moon
  • Dressel’s Pub (5/17/10)
    • Arcadia ESB
    • Bell’s Porter
    • Big Sky Moose Drool
    • Guinness
    • Left Hand Polestar Pilsner
    • New Belgium Dark Heather Saison
    • New Holland Mad Hatter
    • O’Fallon Cask 5 Day
    • Odell 90 Shilling
    • Radeberger Pilsner
    • St. Bernardus Tripel
    • Strongbow
  • The Royale (5/20/10)
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Cathedral Square White Ale
    • Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale
    • Griesedieck Bros. Golden Pilsener
    • Guinness Stout
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • O’Fallon Wee Heavy
    • Schlafly Dry Hopped APA
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Strongbow Hard Cider
    • Aecht Schlenkerla Helles
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Boulevard Saison-Brett
    • Crown Valley Old School Pilsner
    • Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss
    • New Holland “The Poet” Oatmeal Stout
    • St. Bernardus Wit
    • Skullsplitter
    • UP NEXT
    • Schlafly American IPA
    • Weihenstephan Hefe-Weiss
  • The Stable (5/19/10)
    • Amalgamated Helles
    • Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout
    • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Founders Dirty Bastard
    • Grand Teton’s Bitch Creek
    • Hofbrau Maibock
    • Lagunitas Wilco Tango Fox
    • Left Hand Fade To Black
    • Moylan’s IPA
    • New Belgium Dark Heather Saison
    • New Belgium Ranger IPA
    • O’fallon Wheach
    • Rouge Kells Irish Lager
    • Rouge XS Imperial Porter
    • Six Row ESB
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
    • Sierra Glissade
    • Southern Tier Hop Sun
    • St. Louis Framboise
    • On Deck At The Stable
    • Southern Tier Mokah 5/20/10 @6:00pm
    • Founders Porter
    • Founders Red’s Rye
    • Ephemere
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Founders Centennial

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Schlafly Taproom (05/14/10)
    • Raspberry Hefe
    • American IPA
    • Dortmunder
    • Maibock
    • Schwarzbier
    • No. 15
    • Kolsch
    • Summer Lager
    • Hefeweizen
    • Pale Ale
    • Dry-Hopped APA
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Cask- Oat Stout
    • Cask- AIPA (Simcoe, Centennial & Columbus)

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be tasting a number of different beers: De Dochter van de Korenaar Embrasse, Hof ten Dormaal Amber, Tournay Black Belgian Stout, Valeir Extra Belgian IPA, and Goose Island Sofie. Plus Paul will be offering up some Three Floyds Gumballhead, which is not available for purchase. 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

Credit: Riverfront Times

One of the benefits to doing tours at the Schlafly Tap Room is that I often get to meet a bunch of people that haven’t been exposed to the huge world that is craft beer.  It’s also interesting to see some of the reactions that take place when I mention that Schlafly has just release their Summer Lager in a can. Sometimes that reaction is joy, but a lot of times it comes across as a sour look.

It’s at that point that I have to stop the tour and clear up their misconception of canned beer.  So, with the addition of more and more canned craft beer coming into the St. Louis area, it maybe it’s time to do it on a larger scale, to explain some of the advantages and disadvantages.  First, let’s lay out some of the things canned craft beer is not:

Isn’t canned beer supposed to be cheaper?
At some point in your life, I’m sure you’ve had to purchase a large amount of macro beer for a party. You’ve quickly noticed that buying canned beer is usually much cheaper than buying beer in bottles. Why is this? It’s simply the economics of scale. When you’re brewing over a 100 million barrels of beer each year, you’re going to need hundreds of millions (and possibly even billions) of cans. When you’re buying that many cans, the price decreases.

Local brewers just aren’t going to have the warehouse space to purchase the hundreds of thousands of cans necessary to drop the price and lower the cost for the beer as a whole. Not to mention the fact that neither brewer is canning these beers locally, they’re currently having the beers contract brewed at Steven’s Point Brewery in Wisconsin. That adds additional shipping and contract costs.

Don’t beer cans use BPA?
You’re right, they do. The companies that currently make beer cans are looking into new can liners that don’t contain Bisphenol A, but if BPA is a concern, then you probably should avoid cans for the time being.

Bleh, beer out of a can tastes like metal!
That’s because you’re committing a cardinal sin when it comes to drinking craft beer, you’re drinking it out of the can or bottle. Think back to the times you had a stuffy nose, remember how everything you tasted was a muted version of what you normally taste? That’s because your sense of taste is completely tied into smell.

When you wrap your lips around a bottle or can, you’re creating a seal that keeps the beer’s aroma from reaching your nose. If you can’t smell, you’re not going to fully enjoy the beer as it was intended. As mentioned above, the can or bottle is merely a transportation device to move the beer from the brewery into your glass.

Now, are there going to be times when you can’t pour it into a glass? Sure, which brings us to one of the reasons canned beer is so great:

This is probably the main reason most craft breweries have begun canning beer. Canned beer can go places bottled beer cannot. The park, beach, pool, float trips; basically any place that bottles aren’t allowed, cans can happily live. They’re just about the perfect summer beer vessel.

This also means that you may on occasion have to drink out of the can. Obviously it’s not the preferred method of drinking your beer, but sometimes you don’t have a choice.

No Light.
Light is probably the biggest enemy of beer. In just a short time, light is the thing that can make that wonderfully hoppy beer you’re drinking turn into something that smells like it came out of the backside of a skunk. This is one of the best places where canned beer excels, because it allows no light to hit your beer as it’s sitting at your favorite retail establishment.

Beer’s other big enemy. Oxygen is a bit of a toss-up as far as cans are concerned. When a brewer purges the bottle with CO2 to remove the oxygen, it pushes all of the oxygen out of a small opening. Cans are a bit more tricky as they have a larger opening which means it’s more difficult to get all of the oxygen out.

But, if most of the oxygen is removed, you’re left with a vessel that is airtight and will keep oxidation to a minimum. Another great aspect of the can.

Cans are lighter than bottles, which means you can ship more at a time, which means you can save extra trips back and forth from the brewery to the distributor. Cans are also easier to recycle and easier to chill down, both huge savings to using energy.

Are cans the ultimate device for transporting beer? That’s really up for you to decide. There are certainly a lot of advantages, but there are some disadvantages as well. Personally, I think they’re pretty swell and I’m always looking forward to more canned craft beer in St. Louis.

SixRow_logoLuciano’s will be holding a beer dinner on May 27th, starting at 6:30PM, featuring beers from Six Row Brewing Company. This five course dinner was designed by Luciano’s Executive Chef/Owner Marc Del Pietro and Head Brewer Evan Hiatt will be there to discuss the beer.

Tickets for this meal will be $40 and reservations (which are required) can be made by calling 314-863-9969. Here’s a list of the courses along with the beer pairings:

Grilled Illinois Peaches, Gorgonzola Pine Nuts, Balsamic Glaze

Seared Sea Scallops, Fennel, Grapefruit, Herb Oil
Extra Pale Ale

House-Made Gnocchi, Spring Garlic,English Peas Cherry Tomatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano

Local, House Butchered Pork Duo
Roasted Pepperonada, Pork Jus


Chocolate And Honey Truffles, Pistachio
Honey Weizen

If you were paying close attention to the STL Hops Twitter account, you might have seen that Ska Brewing out of Durango, Colorado has officially been registered in the state of Missouri.  What does this mean?  Well, it means that Missouri Beverage can begin distributing Ska beers.

What beers will be coming into Missouri?  Here’s a list that was registered with the state:

  • Ska Brewing Buster Nut Brown Ale
  • Ska Brewing Decadent Imperial IPA
  • Ska Brewing ESB Special Ale
  • Ska Brewing Euphoria Pale Ale
  • Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi India Pale Ale
  • Ska Brewing Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter
  • Ska Brewing Pin Stripe Red Ale
  • Ska Brewing Steel Toe Stout
  • Ska Brewing Ten Pin Porter
  • Ska Brewing True Blonde Ale
  • Ska Brewing True Blonde Dubbel Belgian Style Golden Ale

It’s important to note that while all of these beers were registered with the state, it’s not a guarantee we’ll see them all when the first few shipments of Ska arrive. I’ve been told that some of the beers that we will be seeing are Modus Hoperandi, ESB Special Ale, Buster Nut Brown, and True Blonde.

And don’t worry, we’ll be seeing bottles, cans and draught Ska available in St. Louis. Look out for Ska in the next couple of weeks.

mattingly_84x128.jpgThe Mattingly Brewing Company may now be producing full scale productions of beer, but that doesn’t stop them from showing off some of extra special creations.

Tonight Head Brewer Drew Huerter will be offering up the first week of Hop School with two different dry-hopped versions of theExtra Pale Ale. Here’s Drew with a few words about these two hops:

Our newest round of Peeks will feature our Hop School Extra Pale Ale at 4.5% ABV and 35 IBUs our simple base Pale Ale recipe was designed to be a launching pad for aggressive dry hopping. For these three weeks we will feature two differently dry hopped kegs of HSXPA. Our first two variations are dry hopped with Brewers Gold and Glacier. Brewers Gold is commonly found in Belgian and English ales and possesses a spicy and black currant-like aroma while Glacier is a newer American hop known for its low cohumulone content and more delicate citrus aroma than mainstay American ‘C’ hops, look for orange and tangerine character.

For more information on these hops and more check out the Hop Union Variety Databook:

Here’s what to expect over the new few weeks:

5/26 Hop School Extra Pale Ale (Six different dry hops, two at a time)
6/2 Hop School Extra Pale Ale (Six different dry hops, two at a time)
6/9 Black Currant Dubbel
6/16 Oaked Date Dubbel
6/23 Per Aspera Pilsner

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

This Friday, May 21st, starting at 6PM, Buffalo Brewing Company will be releasing the first in their experimental series that they’ve dubbed the “Open Range Series.”

This is a new series of beers that will, according to new assistant brewer Jerid Saffell, “be spontaneously released throughout the year.” They’re not going to limit their imaginations for these beers and we’ve been promised that they’ll “encompass a vast amounts of styles.”

The first beer to be tapped at 6PM will be the Buffalo Tracks American Wheat. Here’s Jerid’s description of the beer:

Is it a Wheat beer with a hop problem, or a IIPA with an affinity for wheat? You get to be the judge. 4 malts (American 2 Row, Golden Promise, White Wheat, and Honey Malt) set the backdrop at an A.B.V. of 8%. Backing up all that malt are Summit, Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade, and Citra hops packing a whopping 203 calculated IBU punch. This one has been hopped at nearly every phase possible, even in the Mash Tun. Finishing it all off is our clean fermenting house American Ale yeast.

The second beer to be tapped that night will be the Dear Agony Imperial Stout. This is monster of a beer is over a year old. Here’s a description:

This beer packs an 11% punch. Deep chocolate and dark fruit on the palate with a backdrop of hops are the order here. And although it was brewed at 104 IBU’s the much needed storage on a beer this big has left the bitterness as a balancing agent to the malt as opposed to a distinct flavor in the beer. Although much more was brewed, only a 1/6th barrel (just over 5 gallons) will be served at this time.

And if everyone can drink through the Dear Agony, Jerid will also put on his Amy’s Tripel:

A few years ago a good friend of mine passed away suddenly. Each year I brew a Tripel in her honor. This one has been brewed with organic Raw Hawaiin Cane Sugar and Corriander Blossom Honey along with Pilsner and Wheat Malt with the Belgian Yeast culture from Mattingly Brewing. The honey has lended a unique earthy note to the beer which has been nicely balanced by the phenolics of the Mattingly belgian yeast strain. Strong and complex just like the woman it honors. 10% A.B.V. 28 IBU’s