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Retail Beer Releases

  • deVine Wines & Spirits (10/28/2010)
    • CIDERS
    • Crispin Brut
    • Crispin Original
    • Crispin Honey Crisp
    • Crispin Saint
    • Crispin Lansdowne
    • Fox Barrel Black Current
    • Woodchuck Amber
    • Ace Pear
    • BEERS
    • Abita Satsuma Harvest
    • Abita Pecan Harvest
    • Arcadia London Porter
    • Ass Kisser Double IPA
    • Bell’s Oarsman
    • Boulevard Nut Cracker
    • Big Sky Powder Hound
    • Cathedral Square Hail Mary IPA
    • Corsendonk Brown Abbey Ale
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Founders Porter
    • Founders Curmudgeon
    • Goose Island Sofie
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Grand Teton Black Cauldron
    • Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness
    • Grand Teton Sweetgrass APA
    • Guinness Foreign Extra
    • He’Brew Lenny’s RIPA 4pks
    • Hofbrau Hefe
    • Lagunitas Lucky 13
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
    • Lagunitas Little Sumpin
    • Left Hand Dragon’s Milk 4pk
    • Moylan’s White Winter Lager
    • Rogue Chipotle Ale
    • Rogue Oregasmic Ale
    • Shiner Cheer
    • Ska Modus IPA
    • Ska Euphoria Pale Ale
    • Ska Decadent Imperial IPA
    • Steven’s Point St. Benedict’s
    • Wychwood Hobgoblin 6pks
    • Wychwood Scarecrow
  • Culinaria – A Schnucks Market
  • Starrs(10/25/2010)
    • Goose Island Fleur 2010
    • Guiness Foriegn Extra
    • New Holland Mad Hatter
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
    • Magic Hat Winter Howl 2010
    • Shiner Holiday Cheer Peach Pecan
    • Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale 24 ounce
    • SKA Euphoria
    • Scaldis Noel Belgian Spiced Ale
    • Point St. Benedicts Winter Al
    • St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (10/29/10)
    • Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA
    • Magic Hat Howl
    • New Belgium 2 Below
    • Schlafly Coffee Stout
    • O’Fallon Sticke it to the Man Sticke Alt
    • Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Wet Hop Ale
    • Sierra Nevada ESTATE Wet Hop Ale
    • Founders Red’s Rye Bottled 10/25
    • Founders Breakfest Stout
    • Grand Teton Black Cauldron
    • Grand Teton Home Coming
    • Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness
    • Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
    • He’Brew 14th Anniversary
    • He’Brew Vertical Anniversary Pack w/glass and candles
    • Moylans White Christmas
    • Bells Expedition Stout 2010
    • Bells Double Cream Stout
    • Bells Cherry Stout
    • Bells Third Coast Old Ale
    • Goose Island Fleur 2010

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar (10/29/2010)
    • Schlafly/Bigelo’s Rye IPA Collaboration
    • Hitachino Nest White Ale
    • Great Divide Fresh Hop Ale
    • Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela (Served Cellar Temp)
    • St. Feuillien/Green Flash Biere De L’Amitie Collaboration
    • Bell’s Best Brown
    • Left Hand Twin Sisters
  • Bigelo’s Bistro (10/29/10)
    • Boulevard Wheat
    • Monk’s Cafe
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Schlafly ’09 Bourbon Imperial Stout
    • Crispin Original Cider
    • Schlafly Saison
    • Schlafly Pumpkin
    • Schlafly Hop Harvest
    • Schlafly/Bigelos Rye IPA
    • Schlafly Pale
    • Founders Curmudgeon
    • Blue Moon
  • Blueberry Hill (10/29/10)
    • SEASONAL & GUEST BEERS
      • Schlafly Oktoberfest draught
      • Affligem Blonde draught
      • Samuel Adams Octoberfest bottles
      • Michelob Original Lager bottles
  • Cicero’s (10/28/10)
    • Arcadia IPA
    • Lagunitas Sumpin Sumpin Wild
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Goose Island Harvest Ale
    • Widmer Drop Top Honey Amber
    • Hobgoblin
    • Bud Light
    • Bass Ale
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard Amber
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Sam Adams Winter Lager
    • Blue Moon
    • O’fallon 5 Day IPA
    • Shiner Bock
    • Bells Porter
    • La Chouffe
    • Gulden Draak
    • Maudite
    • Bitch Creek ESB
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly APA
    • Schlafly Pumpkin
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • New Belgium Fat Tire
    • New Belgium 2 Below
    • New Belgium Ranger IPA
    • Big Sky Moose Drool
    • C3 Colaberation Ale
    • Smithwicks
    • Pilsner Urquell
    • Rogue Dead Guy
    • Newcastle Brown
    • Woodchuck Amber
    • Reissdorf Koelsch
    • Sierra Neveda Pale Ale
    • Hofbrau Hefeweisse
    • O’fallon Sticke to the Man
    • Maredesous
    • Franziskaner
    • Hofbrau Dunkel
    • Saison Dupont
    • Fitz’s Rootbeer
    • Warsteiner
    • Guinness
    • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
    • North Coast Old Rasputin Stout
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Crispin Original Cider
    • Lindemans Frambois
    • Unibroue Ephemere
    • Delerium Tremens
    • COMING NEXT FOUNDERS BREAKFAST STOUT AND ODELL SABOTEUR
  • Eclipse Bar (10/28/10)
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard Wheat
    • Cathedral Square Abbey Ale
    • Charleville Tornado Alley Amber
    • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
    • Schlafly APA
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Bottles and Cans (Just clap your hands)
      • Founders Red’s Rye
      • Founders Breakfast Stout
      • Founders Porter
      • Bell’s Two Hearted
      • Ska Modus Hoperandi
      • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
      • Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood Aged IPA
  • Farmhaus (10/28/10)
    • Avery White Rascal
    • Bells Best Brown Ale
    • Bells Expedition Stout
    • Bells Oarsmen Ale
    • Bells Two Hearted Ale
    • Blue Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale
    • Boulevard Amber Ale
    • Breckinridge Oatmeal Stout
    • Breckinridge Vanilla Porter
    • Cathedral Square Belgian Abbey Ale
    • Cathedral Square Belgian White Ale
    • Crown Valley Plowboy Porter
    • Founder’s Breakfast Stout
    • Founder’s Nemesis
    • Goose Island Sophie
    • Goose Island Pere Jacques
    • Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
    • J.K’s Scrumpy Hard Cider
    • Lagunitas Pale Ale
    • Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin
    • Odell Easy Street Wheat
    • Odell Isolation Ale
    • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
    • Schlafly Dry Hopped APA
    • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
    • Schmaltz He’Brew Messiah Bold
    • Ska ESB
    • Ska Euphoria
    • Ska Steel Toe Stout
    • Ska Modus Hoperandi
    • Shipyard Pumpkinhead
    • Tallgrass Oasis
    • Tallgrass Kold
  • The Gramophone (10/26/10)
    • Guinness
    • Six Row Extra Pale Ale
    • Blue Moon
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • Sierra Nevada Autumn Tumbler
    • Coney Island Sword Swallower
    • Fat Tire
    • Schlafly Octoberfest
  • Iron Barley (10/29/10)
    • Cathedral Square Belgian Abbey Ale
    • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
    • Left Hand Milk Stout on Nitrous
    • 6th Row Brewing Strong Porter
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • New Belgium 1554 Black Ale
    • Goose Island Honker’s Ale
    • Griesedieck Golden Pilsener
    • Warsteiner Dunkel
    • Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA on Cask
    • Boulevard Smokestack Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale (750 ml)
    • Boulevard Smokestack The Sixth Glass (750 ml)
    • Boulevard Smokestack Long Strange Tripel (750 ml)
    • Boulevard Double Wide IPA (750 ml)
    • New Belgium Ranger IPA (Bottle)
    • Tucher Hefe Weiss (Bottle)
    • New Holland The Poet Oatmeal Stout (Bottle)
    • Weihenstephan Dark Hefe (Bottle)
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale (Bottle)
    • Left Hand Polestar Pilsner (Bottle)
    • O’Fallon Smoke Porter (Bottle)
    • Odells’ IPA (Bottle)
    • Steven’s Point 2012 Black Ale (Bottle)
    • Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale (Bomber)
    • Brouwerij Huyge Floris Apple (Bottle)
    • Guinness Draft (Bottle)
    • “GUEST BOTTLES”**
    • Avery White Rascal (Bottle)
    • Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen (Bottle)
  • The Royale (10/26/10)
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Founders Dirty Bastard
    • Guinness Stout
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • Piraat
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Oktoberfest
    • Schneider Aventinus
    • Six Row Dunkelweiss
    • Strongbow Hard Cider
    • GUEST BOTTLES
      • Aecht Schlenkerla Helles
      • Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen
      • Aecht Schlenkerla Ur-Bock
      • Bell’s Two Hearted
      • Boulevard Saison-Brett 2009
      • Eisenbahn Defumada
      • Founders Nemesis
      • Maredsous 10 Tripel
      • Murphy’s Stout (can)
      • North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
      • Schlafly Biere de Garde (750mL)
      • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
      • Schlafly Pumpkin
      • Westmalle Dubbel
  • The Stable (10/27/10)
    • Amalgamated Altbier
    • Amalgamated Rauchbier
    • Amalgamated Zoigl
    • Amalgamated Wet Hopped Zoigl
    • Amalgamated Harvest Brown Ale
    • Amalgamated Dunkel
    • Bear Republic Racer 5
    • Bells Porter
    • Bells Best Brown
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Bell’s Third Coast Ale
    • Charleville Barley Wine
    • Founders Cerise
    • Great Divide Fresh Hop
    • Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
    • Lagunita IPA
    • Left Hand Twin Sisters IPA
    • Mattingly Dubbel
    • Mattingly Pilsner
    • New Holland Charkoota Rye
    • New Holland The Poet
    • Ommegang Abbey Ale
    • Ommegang Rare Vos
    • Odell 5 Pale Ale
    • Hardcore Cider
    • Schlafly Winter ESB
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
    • Southern Tier Harvest
    • Southern Tier Mokah
    • On Deck At The Stable
    • Monsters Of Beer 10/27/10
    • Starting 11-2-10 IPA Month 20 Rotating Taps
    • Founders Devil Dancer
    • Rogue XS Imperial IPA Cask
    • Bells Two Hearted Cask
      • Across The Pond In Bottles
      • Founders Nemesis
      • Rogue XS Imperial IPA
      • New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek
      • Bear Republic Racer 5
      • Jolley Pumpkin La Roja
      • Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence
      • 1809
      • Skullsplitter
      • Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen
      • Weihenstephaner
      • Left Hand Twin Sisters
  • Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill (10/27/10)
    • Schlafly Octoberfest
    • Spaten Optimator
    • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
    • Sam Adams Octoberfest ( 1/2 barrel left, then Winter Lager)
    • Leinenkugel Octoberfest (last barrel tapped, Fireside Nut Brown on deck)
    • Rogue Dead Guy
    • Woodchuck Amber Cider
    • Shiner Bock
    • Shiner Smokehouse
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Dos Equis Lager
    • Guinness
    • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    • Magic Hat #9
    • Killians
    • Blue Moon
    • Stag
    • Budweiser
    • Bud Light
    • Coors Light
    • Miller Lite

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Schlafly Taproom (10/29/10)
    • Pumpkin
    • ESB
    • Oud Bruin
    • Coffee Stout
    • Spiced Belgian
    • 80/-
    • Kolsch
    • Pilsner
    • Hefeweizen
    • Pale Ale
    • Dry-Hopped APA
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Cask- ESB (Simcoe & Chinook)
    • Cask- Oat Stout

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Jim O’Connor from Bell’s Brewery will be on hand at the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton weekly Friday beer tasting. Here’s just a couple of beers that they’ll be tasting this afternoon: Bells 2010 Expedition Stout, Bells 2010 Third Coast Old Ale, Bells 2010 Double Cream Stout, Bells 2010 Cherry Stout, Bells Oarsman, Bells Kalamazoo Stout, and Bells Pale Ale. 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 mike@stlhops.com.

So, in somewhat a hazy memory that can’t be helped by the number of beers I’ve had over the last year, I forgot that Draft Magazine put together a list of the top 150 bars in the United States last January. Unfortunately for St. Louis, our only mention last year was John D. Mcgurk’s Irish Pub & Garden.

No offense to the fine people at McGurk’s, but St. Louis’ beer scene has come a long way, baby. So, to help the writers at Draft Magazine, I’m going to put together a list of 10 bars in the metro area that have made St. Louis a kick-ass destination to drink beer. In no particular order:

The International Tap House (Soulard & Chesterfield)
With over 500 beers available in bottles and over 40 beers available on draught, it’s safe to say that the International Tap House is probably the premiere destination to drink beer in St. Louis. Their ever rotating tap handles will always provide for new beers on draught every time you walk in the door. Not only can you sample a wide selection of the world’s greatest beers at the bar, but you can create a mix-a-six to take home.

Bigelo’s Bistro
When you’re 30 minutes outside of the downtown St. Louis area, you have to offer up something special. Bigelo’s owner Mark Pruitt does his best to not only offer up great local beers, but also to offer up some beers that aren’t available on the Missouri side of the river.

33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar
Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t some über-pretentious wine bar, 33 Wine houses one of the best selections of beer in the St. Louis area. While they might not boast the largest number of tap handles in the metro area, they do a fantastic job of hand picking each of their six tap handles to find new and unusual styles to enjoy. They’re also one of the few locations in St. Louis to offer aged beers and beers at cellar temperatures.

The Bridge
With over 55, The Bridge can now boast about having the largest number of tap handles in the St. Louis area. One of my favorite aspect of The Bridge is the multiple sizes in which you can purchase draught beer. Interested in only a sample? They have a 4oz size available. Want to enjoy a big-ass pour? They have a 20oz size available as well (even 20oz snifters, which is really cool.) And if you really liked the beer, you can even get a growler to go.

Cicero’s
The one-time king of the St. Louis beer scene still ranks among the best places to enjoy a beer in St. Louis. Their devotion includes not only serving unique beers but also providing education about beer. Every Wednesday during the Fall and Spring they offer a beer school where they bring in members of the beer industry to discuss the art of brewing and beer styles. It’s always fun to drink while you learn.

The Good Pie
The Good Pie’s owner, Mike Randolph, makes no bones about being a beer guy. He loves beer. A quick look at their ever rotating draught selection will quickly confirm that while they may not have the largest selection of beer in St. Louis, you can see that it was lovingly picked as some of the best beer available in the area.

1904 Beerhouse
While there always can be a bit of leeriness when a large corporate entity decides to get into the craft beer game, I have to say that the 1904 Beerhouse does it right. Not only do they have a large selection of rotating draught and bottled beer from around the globe, but it’s the only local casino which allows you to buy the beer and play some slots.

The Stable
What began as a stable for the horses that would pull the shipments of beer from the Lemp Brewery at the turn of the century now features one of the most diverse selections of draught beer in St. Louis. If having selections from all over the globe wasn’t enough, The Stable also features it’s own line of handcrafted beers that are made in house.

The Royale
We’re all looking for a place where everyone knows our name. The thing I like the most about The Royale is that it’s probably the place on this list that really caters to its regulars. It’s the place that you’re happy to call your neighborhood bar and unlike most neighborhood bars in St. Louis, it features a kick-ass beer selection.

Pi
While everyone knows them for their famous pizza, people may not have realized they have a pretty great selection of beer as well. Not only do they offer up a selection of beers from around the United States, but have also worked with Schlafly to create an exclusive beer only served at the Pi restaurants.


So, here are my thoughts on the tops places to get a beer in St. Louis. This was a difficult list to put together as there were a couple of places that could have made the final few spots.

Let’s just hope that St. Louis makes a better impression than it did last year. What are you picks? What would you change?

SixRow_logoGod, I love everything that’s been happening with the local beer community. It seems like a week doesn’t go by where you don’t have some sort of special event taking place. In this case the Six Row Brewing Company will be holding a special cask event next Thursday, November 4th starting at 6PM.

They’ll be serving up a dry-hopped cask of their of their Double IPA. Here’s a description of the beer:

“Bigger in hop bittering, alcohol strength, and hop character than a traditional India Pale Ale, Six Row Double IPA is sure to please even the most discerning hop-head! Also known as Imperial IPA, this intensely hoppy yet very drinkable beer lets the malty characteristics take a step back allowing the hops to really shine.

Brewed with almost two (2) pounds of hops per barrel and left unfiltered, the Six Row Double IPA showcases the citrusy and piney characteristics of the Columbus, Centennial, and Chinook hops. Served in a 10oz snifter. (ABV: 8.4%, Bitterness Units: 68 IBU’s, Color 8.0, Original Gravity: 18 degrees Plato)”

This may be one of the best beers being brewed in St. Louis right now, but that’s just my humble opinion. It’s just a great time to be a beer fan in St. Louis.

On Tuesday, November 2nd, Dressel’s Public House will be hosting a very special “Meet the Brew” beer dinner which will feature beers and brewers Brendan Mcgivney and John Campbell of Odell Brewing Company. Beginning at 6PM, this four course meal will be paired with four different beers from Odell.

The cost of this meal will be $40 per person (tax and gratuity not included) and reservations will be required. You can make reservations by calling 314-361-1060.  Here’s the menu for the dinner:

1st course: Sauted House Made Gnocchi
Rustic homemade potato dumplings, shredded salt duck confit, roasted butternut squash, ‘Sullivan Farms’ crabapple cream
Beer: Deconstruction Golden Ale

2nd course: Baby spinach Salad
Warm bacon-malt vinegar dressing, julienned Granny Smith apple, house pickled ‘sweet-tart’ cherries, soft brie crostini
Beer: Levity Amber

3rd course: Sweet Chile Braised Short Rib of Beef
‘fall off the bone tender’ beef short rib, Jasmine rice, blistered green beans with soy & honey, pickled red cabbage and carrots
Beer: Saboteur Brown Ale

4th course: Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding
Brioche bread, ‘drunken-date’ custard, whiskey butterscotch sauce, whipped mascarpone cream
Beer: Bourbon Barrel Stout

The Monsters of Beer Festival is happening this Saturday, October 30th at the The Stable. Just to get your taste buds a salivating, he’s a preliminary list of beers that should be available at the festival:

  • Amalgamated Imperial Oktoberfest
  • Amalgamated Double IPA
  • Bell’s Two Hearted Cask
  • Bell’s Double Cream Stout
  • Rogue Imperial XS Stout
  • Six Row Double IPA
  • Arcadia Hop Rocket
  • Avery Dugan A IPA
  • Avery The Reverend
  • Avery Maharaja
  • New Belgium Eric’s Ale
  • Founders Nemesis
  • Southern Tier Pumpking
  • Southern Tier Creme Broulee Stout
  • Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild
  • New Holland El Mole Ocho
  • Founders Breakfast Stout
  • Lagunitas Brown Sugga
  • Founders Nemesis 2009
  • Bell’s 25th Anniversary Ale
  • Brown Kat Kalle
  • Twisted Pine Hoppy Man Imperial IPA
  • Gudelos Imperial Stout
  • Lagunitas Lucky 13 Red Ale

I’ve also been informed that they’ll have a few surprises at the festival, as well. I guess you’re just going to have to show up and see what those surprises are!