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Big thanks for and @Hoptopia for pointing this one out.  In an interview posted on today, Gary Vaynerchuk interviewed Bill Covaleski from Victory Brewing in Pennsylvania.  At the 11:15 minute mark:

Gary Vaynerchuk: What’s the biggest state you’re not in?
Bill Covaleski: What’s the biggest state we’re not in?  We’re hearing a lot from Missouri and we’re not in Missouri.
GV: You’re not in the St. Louis market?
BC: No, we’re not.


GV: So is that because you haven’t found the right distributor or distributors haven’t come to you or you just want to feel it or you’re not ready there with volume?  Where are you at?
BC: Great questions. Basically we utilize the internet to listen to demand and so we’ve been told these are ready audiences. We’ve just had to add some additional capacity for fermentation. And then finding the right wholesalers, these are life-long relationships you really need to do the right thing.

If this means we’re at the tipping point, maybe it’s time for a push from the STL Hops crowd? Call, Email, Twitter, and Facebook them, let them know that St. Louis wants Victory. Just be nice about it, we want them to know we’re passionate, but please be courteous. Here’s the contact info:

Phone: 610-514-7000
Email: Anne Shuniak, Communications
Twitter: @victorybeer
Facebook: Victory Fan Group

This is the time to put the power of STL Hops to work.  Hopefully we’ll find a distributor that wants to pick these guys up.

OK, I think we’ve waited long enough, where is Capital Brewery in St. Louis?  They’ve been registered with the state of Missouri since early March and yet we’re still sitting here waiting for Capital to be made available in the St. Louis area.

There are few better lagers being produced in America than the ones being produced by Capital Brewery and St. Louis, for whatever reason is being left in the dark.  To add insult to injury, our friends in Kansas City have been enjoying Capital for the past few months.

So what gives?  Why hasn’t a local distributor stepped forth to pick up this excellent and sought-after brand?  Has the local market finally begun to suffer from having too many brands?

It would be a shame if this great brewer of lager beers gets passed by because it’s not a über-imperial, barrel-aged,  sour, smoked, dry-hopped, <insert adjective> beer.

itap.jpgFor the past few years, the Great American Beer Festival has held a Brewery/Homebrewer Pro-Am competition where a brewery works with an award winning homebrewer to produce a beer to send to the GABF competition.

Last year the O’Fallon Brewery worked with Jim Yeager from the Garage Brewers Society to select a beer to send to the Pro-Am comp. In the end, Jim Yeager’s Alright Already American Amber won silver at the GABF Pro-Am competition.

This year O’Fallon Head Brewer Brian Owens caught wind of Jim Leabig’s attempts to perfect his IPA recipe and asked Jim if they wanted to collaborate on a beer to send out to GABF.  The result of that collaboration is the Sweet Nectar IPA and you’ll have your first chance to try it this Thursday at the International Tap House Chesterfield.

Jim describes the beer as such:

Sweet Nectar IPA is a hop bomb. The recipe was designed to let the hops shine as much as possible. We utilized a hop-bursting technique where all of the bitterness is derived from late kettle hop additions to bring forth a smoother bitterness and a ridiculous amount of hop flavor and aroma. We used more hops in this batch, 3.5 lbs per barrel to be exact, than have ever been stuffed into our kettle and fermenters. Don’t let the name fool you though. This is a very dry IPA with just enough crystal malt to accent the malt character and not overpower the hops. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Along with Sweet Nectar you’ll also have the chance to try another O’Fallon Brewery collaboration, the C3. The C3 is a hybrid called an American Mild, it’s got a huge hop flavor all while having a low 3.8% ABV.

This party runs from 6:30PM – ??? this Thursday, September 2nd. Sounds like a great opportunity to try some new local collaborations.

I‘d argue that few things in the world pair better than cheese and beer. With that in mind The Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth will be holding a beer and cheese pairing this Thursday, September 2nd from 6pm-7:30pm. Each pairing has been hand selected by Certified Sommelier, Angela Ortmann (STLwinegirl) to show you the excellent possibilities that beer provides when pairing to cheese.

Here’s a list of the beer and cheese pairings:

  • Double creme paired with Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek
  • Aged goat paired with DePreof La Grande Blanche and Boulevard Two Jokers Double Wit
  • Pecorino cheese paired with Sierra Nevada Tumbler Brown and Corsendonk Brown Ale
  • English Cheddar paired with Southern Tier 2XIPA and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
  • Blue Cheese paired with Amager Batch One Danish Barley Wine and Hofstetten Barley Wine

Tickets for this event are $30 and can be made by calling 314-727-8788 or via the TW&CP website.

By the time this goes up, it’s still technically Friday.

This week on the STL Hops Twitter

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

    • Provisions Market (08/27/10)
      • Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy
      • Twisted Pine Honey Brown
      • Southern Tier Harvest Special Ale
      • Southern Tier Pimpking
      • Buffalo Bills Pumpkin Ale
      • Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autum Nutbrown Al;e
      • Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin
      • Shipyard Pumpkin Ale
      • Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood Aged Dbl IPA
      • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
      • O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale
      • Samuel Adams Oktoberfest
      • Hofbrau Oktoberfest
      • Ayinger Oktoberfest
      • Schlafly Oktoberfest
      • Left Hand Sawtooth Ale
      • New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale
      • Paulaner Oktoberfest
      • Ska Buster Nut Brown Ale
    • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (8/27/10)
      • Tap Room 21 Lager
      • Tap Room 21 Pale Ale
      • Tap Room 21 Amber
      • Hitachino Nipponia
      • Southern Tier Pumking

      Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

        • 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar (08/25/10)
          • Ichtegem’s Grand Cru
          • Mikkeller Revolution Cat Cream Ale
          • Ommegang Witte
          • Anchor Steam
          • North Coast Scrimshaw
          • Schlafly #15
        • Bigelo’s Bistro (8/26/10)
          • Boulevard Tank 7 Saison
          • Schlafly Octoberfest
          • Bell’s Two Hearted
          • Lagunitas Little Sumpin
          • New Belgium La Folie (4pm on 8/28)
          • Lagunitas Gnarleywine
          • Schlafly India Brown Ale
          • Six Row Whale
          • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
          • Rogue Shakespeare Stout
          • Schlafly APA
          • Blue Moon
        • Blueberry Hill (8/26/10)
            • Schlafly Oktoberfest draught
            • Michelob Amber Bock draught
            • O’Fallon Wheach cans
            • O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale bottles
        • Cicero’s (8/25/10)
          • Blanche de Bruxxelles
          • North Coast Red Seal
          • Founders Dirty Bastard
          • Arcadia Sky High Rye
          • Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin
          • Bell’s Oberon
          • Houblon Chouffe
          • Goose Island Matilda
          • Big Sky Moose Drool
          • Gulden Draak
          • Monks Cafe
          • Newcastle
          • Blue Moon
          • Left Hand Milk Stout
          • Schlafly Helles Lager
          • Schlafly Kölsch
          • Schlafly Hefeweizen
          • Schlafly Pale Ale
          • Old Rasputin Imperial Stout
          • Guinness
          • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
          • Reissdorf Koelsch
          • Ayinger Celebrator
          • Woodchuck Pear
          • Lindemans Framboise
          • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
          • Boulevard Tank 7
          • Cathedral Square Abbey Ale
          • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
          • Maudite
          • Shiner Bock
          • New Belgium Fat Tire
          • New Belgium Ranger IPA
          • New Belgium Skinny Dip
          • Smithwick’s
          • Pilsner Urquell
          • Deliruim Tremens
          • Woodchuck Amber
          • Lefthand Oktoberfest
          • Sierra Neveda Summer Fest
          • Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
          • Warsteiner Pils
          • New Hollands Dragons Milk
          • Maredsous Dubbel
          • Boulder Hazed and Infused
          • Unibroue Ephemere
          • Bass Ale
          • Sam Adams Oktoberfest
          • Shock Top
          • Goose Island 312
          • Hofbrau Oktoberfest
          • Fitz’s Root Beer
          • Bud Light
        • Pi (Delmar) (08/27/10)
          • Lagunitas ‘Little Sumpin’ Sumpin Ale (Wheat Beer) — Limited Allocation!
          • Anchor Steam Beer
          • North Coast’s ‘Scrimshaw” Pilsner
          • Schlafly ‘Tap Room’ Witbier — ONLY @ pi delmar!
          • Bell’s Oberon
          • Six Row Kolsch
          • O’Fallon ‘Hemp Hop’ Rye
          • Pabst Blue Ribbon
          • Charleville ‘Hoptimistic’ IPA
          • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
          • Boulevard ‘Tank 7′ Saison Farmhouse Ale
          • Boulevard Single-Wide IPA
          • New Belgium ’1554′ Black Ale
          • O’Dell 5-Barrel Pale Ale
          • New Belgium ‘Mothership’ Wit
          • O’Dell ‘St. Lupulin’ XPA
          • Schlafly Dry-Hopped APA
          • Avery ‘Salvation’ Belgian-Style Golden
          • Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen
          • New Belgium Lips of Faith ‘Belgo’ IPA
          • Coming Soon… Stevens Point ‘Whole Hog’ Raspberry Saison, O’Dells 90 Schilling, & California Cider Co. ‘ACE’ Pear Cider’
        • Pi (Kirkwood) (08/27/10)
          • Schlafly Irrationale (Kolsch)
          • Schlafly Hefeweizen
          • Schlafly Pale
          • Schlafly Pilsner
          • Schlafly Oktoberfest
          • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
          • New Belgium Ranger IPA
          • New Belgium 1554
          • Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale
          • Bell’s Oberon
          • O’Fallon 5-Day IPA
          • O’Fallon Wheach
          • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
          • Six Row Extra Pale Ale
          • Six Row Whale
          • Charleville Hoptimistic
          • Goose Island Honkers Ale
          • Bard’s Gluten Free (Bottle)
          • Buckler N/A Lager (Bottle)
        • Pi (Central West End) (08/27/10)
          • Schlafly Pale Ale
          • Schlafly Oktoberfest
          • Schlafly Hefeweizen
          • Schlafly Ale 3.14 (Kölsch)
          • Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale
          • Bell’s Oberon
          • New Belgium Ranger IPA
          • New Belgium Lips of Faith Belgo IPA (Bottle)
          • New Belgium Lips of Faith Dark Kriek (Bottle)
          • Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca (Bottle)
          • Southern Tier Oatmeal Stout (Bottle)
          • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye (Bottle)
          • Schlafly Summer Lager (Can)
          • New Belgium Fat Tire (Can)
          • Bard’s Gluten Free (Bottle)
          • Buckler NA Lager (Bottle)
        • The Royale (8/25/10)
          • Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA
          • Boulevard Tank 7
          • Founders Dirty Bastard
          • Griesedieck Bros. Golden Pilsener
          • Guinness Stout
          • Houblon Chouffe
          • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
          • Schlafly APA —> Oktoberfest
          • Schlafly Hefeweizen
          • Strongbow Hard Cider
          • GUEST BOTTLES
            • Bell’s Two Hearted
            • Boulevard Saison-Brett
            • Founders Double Trouble
            • Fuller’s ESB
            • Murphy’s Stout (can)
            • North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
            • O’Fallon Pumpkin
            • Scaldis
            • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
            • Schlafly Pumpkin
            • Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
            • Skullsplitter
            • Weihenstephaner Festbier
        • The Stable (8/25/10)
          • Amalgamated Altbier
          • Amalgamated Helles
          • Amalgamated Rauchbier
          • Amalgamated Zoigl
          • Arcadia Hop Rocket
          • Avery IPA
          • Bells Oarsman
          • Bells Winter White
          • Bell’s Two Hearted
          • Bell’s Oberon
          • Blvd Tank 7
          • Cathedral Square White Ale
          • Charleville Half wit
          • Founders Cerise
          • Founders Reds Rye
          • Lagunitas Lucky 13
          • Left Hand Milk Stout
          • New Holland El Mole Ocho
          • New Holland Mad Imperial Hatter
          • Odell IPA
          • Ommegang Abbey Ale
          • Ommegang Rare Vos
          • Raderberg Pilsner
          • Rogue St. Rgue Red
          • Shiner Bock
          • Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi IPA
          • Ska Buster Nut Brown Ale
          • St.Louis Framboise
          • Strongbow
          • Tucher Hefe
          • Unibroue Ephemere

          Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

            • Schlafly Taproom (08/27/10)
              • Pale Ale
              • Hefeweizen
              • Oatmeal Stout
              • Pilsner
              • Oktoberfest
              • Kolsch
              • Dry-Hopped APA
              • Pumpkin
              • Witbier
              • C3 – American Mild
              • Spiced Belgian Ale
              • Blueberry Cider
              • Cask- APA
              • Cask- American Brown

              Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

              Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be holding their weekly Friday beer tasting. Here’s just a couple of beers that they’ll be tasting this afternoon: Tap Room 21 Amber Ale, Tap Room 21 Lager, Tap Room 21 Pale Ale, and O’Fallon Wee Heavy. 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 Single

              mattingly_84x128.jpgAfter the sudden closure of Mattingly Brewing Company back on July 1st, one of the most popular questions was, “What’s happening to all of the beer that’s just sitting at Mattingly?”  Well, I received word yesterday that The Stable has formalized a plan to acquire the remainder of beer from Mattingly Brewery.

              On Wednesday, September 1st from 6:00 – 9:00 pm The Stable will be putting on an event where they’ll be serving up Mattingly beer.  I’ve been told that Drew Huerter will be picking out what beers thet Stable will be serving and Doug Mattingly will be on hand. Beer will be $3 a pint and $10 pitchers.

              As the Stable’s Brad Wheeling puts it, “We are really excited about being able to do this. It would have been a shame for all the hard work and effort that went in to creating their beer go to waste. ”

              Even after the event on September 1st, it’s probably going to be likely that The Stable will still have a lot of Mattingly beer on hand.  They’ve exploring the possibility of  other events in the near future.  For those of us that didn’t get a chance, this will be a great way for us Mattingly fans to give them a proper farewell.