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Normally I wouldn’t devote an entire post to beers getting registered in the state of Missouri, but, it’s late and this is Stone Brewing we’re talking about.

It’s worth pointing out that while all of the beers listed below have been registered with the state government, that doesn’t mean all of these are going to be available in bottles. More than likely it’s just that some of these beers will only be showing up around town on tap during the week of the Stone kick-off.

Rumor has it that we’ll see some vintages of things such as the Stone Old Guardian Barleywine.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, here’s the list of what got registered in the state:

  • Collaborations Highway 78 Scotch Ale (Collaboration between Stone Brewing, Green Flash, Pizza Port Carlsbad)
  • Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard Ale Aged In Oak Barrels
  • Stone Brewing Double Bastard Ale
  • Stone Brewing Double Bastard Ale Chipotle Peppers Added
  • Stone Brewing Double Dry-Hopped Ruination India Pale Ale
  • Stone Brewing Double Dry-Hopped Stone India Pale Ale
  • Stone Brewing Double Dry-Hopped Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
  • Stone Brewing Dry-Hopped Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Stone Brewing Dry-Hopped Double Bastard Ale Simcoe Hops
  • Stone Brewing Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Stone Brewing Stone 14th Anniv Emperial India Pale Ale
  • Stone Brewing Stone Cali-Belgique India Pale Ale
  • Stone Brewing Stone Imperial Russian Stout
  • Stone Brewing Stone Imperial Russian Style Ale Oak Barrels
  • Stone Brewing Stone India Pale Ale
  • Stone Brewing Stone Levitation Ale
  • Stone Brewing Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale
  • Stone Brewing Stone Old Guardian Belgo Barley Wine Style Ale
  • Stone Brewing Stone Pale Ale
  • Stone Brewing Stone Ruination IPA
  • Stone Brewing Stone Smoked Porter
  • Stone Brewing Stone Smoked Porter Aged In Oak Barrels
  • Stone Brewing Stone Smoked Porter Chipotle Peppers Added
  • Stone Brewing Stone Smoked Porter Vanilla Beans Added
  • Stone Brewing Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale

Did you know there are over 1700 breweries in the United States as of 2010?  That’s the largest number of breweries since Prohibition.  It’s almost difficult to keep up.  I’ll admit that when first heard of Nebraska Brewing Company back in October I said, “Who?”

After I had a chance to try some Nebraska beers (in Boston, no less) I quickly said, “When?”  Well, that day has arrived.  Working from a tweet from Nebraska’s co-owner Paul Kavulak, it looks like Nebraska beer will be in St. Louis soon thanks to Lohr Distributing.  Current time frame to getting the beer in the stores should hopefully be 3-4 weeks.

With wins at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, I can assure you that Nebraska is no slouch.  I’ve been told that we’ll be seeing both draught and bottles from NBC.  Here’s a list of some of the beers they’ve been brewing up:

Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout
Black as night and every bit Imperial, this RIS was originally launched to tremendous accolades. Going further, this Stranahan’s Whiskey barrel aged version meshes the rich chocolates, the coffee-like aromatics with the sweet whiskey nose and drying character of the oak. Slightly behind on the palette are the hops – held in restraint by the wonderfully full mouthfeel and broad flavors brought on by the perfect blend of so many malted barley varieties. Ready to enjoy upon release and perfect for extended cellaring.
9.3% A.B.V. 83 IBU

Chardonnay French Oak Hop God
Contained within this bottle is an artful creation which began with our Hop God Belgian-Style IPA, then enhanced by a 6 month maturation in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels. This version of Hop God is a fascinating, big, bold Belgian-style Tripel hopped in very high amounts to concentrate citrus, grapefruit and floral aromatics in the nose. The addition of Chardonnay barrel aging adds further dimension and oak tannins to an already wonderfully complex Ale – bringing to mind tropical fruits and peach. We know of nothing that compares – enjoy!
10.1% A.B.V. 108 IBU

Chardonnay French Oak Melange A Trois
Our first beer in the Reserve Series, Melange A Trois begins with a wonderfully big Strong Belgian-Style Blonde Ale and moves into the extraordinary category through an additional 6 month French Oak Chardonnay Wine Barrel maturation. The essense of Chardonnay permeates while a subtle sweetness remains from the Ale itself. Oak tannins combine to create a fascinating mesh of dry, sweet, and wine-like character. One of our favorites!
10.0% A.B.V.

Nebraskadian Black Ale
There has been much talk and controversy lately over a fairly new adopted style of beer featuring the blackness of a stout and the hop character of an IPA. We’re bucking both the naming trends of a “Cascadian Dark Ale” and “India Black Ale” and calling our newest Brewer’s Choice beer “Nebraskadian Black Ale”. Perfect for the dead of winter, this beer was made with a unique, seasonally offered malt called Black Prinz which gives the beer plenty of darkness in color but with a very restrained roastiness. We also threw in a generous helping of Simcoe hops that we’ve been carefully hoarding for just the right beer. The result is wonderfully piny and slightly floral to the nose, sweet and fruity at first on the palate and then a bit drier, with hints of chocolate and a finish that balances again towards the hops.
9.0% A.B.V. 88 IBU

EOS Hefeweizen
This medium to full-bodied beer, pale to amber in color, is most accurately described as a Bavarian wheat beer. The aroma and flavor of this unfiltered beer is decidedly fruity and phenolic — a big word for a brew that tastes like cloves, nutmeg or sometimes vanilla with banana-like esters.
4.8% A.B.V. 10 IBU

Hop God
A beautiful golden crossbreed of a Belgian Tripel and a West Coast IPA. A remarkable explosion on the palate with spiciness, tropical fruit, and a firm citrus bitterness that will leave you begging for more!
9.0% A.B.V. 101 IBU

Lohr’s Cory King has said that he’s interested to hear what STL Hoppers would like to see from Nebraska in St. Louis. So, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

stlhopswikiHere we go, this is what this tournament is all about, the Final Four.  This year’s competitors have fought long and hard to get where they are.  What’s even more impressive is that we have four different breweries represented in this year’s competition.

In one match-up we have the obvious favorite Schlafly American IPA going up against the new-comer Urban Chestnut Hopfen.   The AIPA/Hopfen match-up is truly a battle of new world versus old world hops.

With the second match-up we have last year’s runner-up, the Buffalo Rye IPA up against Six Row Brewing’s first final four contender, the Extra Pale Ale.  Two breweries that are literally blocks from one another going head to head.  That’s what a local beer challenge is all about.

Who will reign supreme?  That’s up to you. Get going and vote for your favorite beers!  Voting for this round ends on Sunday night.

Round Dates:

Final Four – Thur Mar 31
Championship – Mon Apr 4

So, good luck to everyone and have fun! (If you can’t see the poll below, click on this link to visit the website hosting it.)

In the past, I’ve joked around and said that Oakville is kind of a beer wasteland in St. Louis. The reality is, there are more than a few places in the metro area that have severe craft beer droughts. Well, the good news for all of you St. Charles and St. Peters people is the city of Cottleville will soon be awash in craft beer.

Exit Six Pub And Brewery is the newest craft beer bar in St. Louis that will not only feature approximately 50 craft beers but also in-house brewed beer as well.  This new craft beer destination will be located at 5055 Hwy N in Cottleville.

Exit Six is the creation of local homebrewer and Garage Brewers Society president, Jeff Britton.  One of Jeff’s first moves was to bring on former Mattingly and Buffalo Brewing Co brewer Jerid Saffell as his head brewer.

“We will be brewing an Amber IPA called Ryanes Red and a vanilla bean infused cream ale for sure,” according to Jerid. Other styles are still in the air, but Jerid promises that future styles brewed on their 1bbl system will be “emphasizing hops.”

The current plan is to have 20 beers on tap, with 5 or 6 beers being crafted in house.  Jerid says, “The remaining taps will be filled with the likes of Stone, Firestone Walker, Bells, Founders, Schlafly, etc.”

Following what’s become a very popular local model, Exit Six will not be offering any food, outside of “snacks such as pretzels, popcorn, and pub mix.”  But you will be able to order or carry in any food you’d like.  Jerid says that they’re looking to create a neighborhood bar.  “This will be a mellow, laid back bar with just a few tv’s to catch the local game, a jukebox at a moderate level,” and most importantly for a lot of us,  “No smoking.”

The current plan is to have Exit Six open by June 1st, and if their slogan of “No Compromise Brewing” is any indication, I don’t think any of us will be disappointed.

 

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 will be hosted by Tim Suprise of Arcadia Brewing Company out of Battle Creek, MI. This will be your chance to discuss and sample a number of beers from Arcadia. 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 Cicerosbeerschool.com.

itap.jpgWhat if you created a red beer, but it wasn’t just red, it was very red.  What would you name it? Well, the guys at the International Tap House have a beer so red, it’s Sofa King red.  Say that name fast, just don’t say it in polite company.

It’s important to note that while this awesomely named beer will be nicknamed Sofa King Red at iTap, you’ll find it at Schlafly named as “American Red.”  Probably for the best that they didn’t try and push that name through the government.

This beer is a collaboration with Schlafly brewer Brennan Greene and former iTap manager Cory King.  Cory provided the idea, Brennan tweaked the recipe, Cory came up with the dry-hopping schedule, and the owners of iTap said, “Make it red!”

That’s a collaboration at its finest.  So, when can you get this bloody beer?  How about starting at Noon on Thursday, March 31st at iTap.  It’s a red beer to celebrate some redbirds coming out that day.  They’ll be throwing a party to celebrate this release with free hot dogs and nachos available at iTap Soulard during the baseball game.

If you can’t make it out to Soulard, this beer will be available at both iTap locations starting on Thursday.  Get out and try this very special really red beer.  It’s not just good, it’s Sofa King good.

Oh Sunday, I remember you well.  You were the day before everyone went absolutely crazy over some non-local craft beer news.   You were the day when the Urban Chestnut Brewing Company 2011 Hopfenfest. You were also the day where I met a Hop Queen and an fantastic beer writer.

Basically, what I’m saying was, you were awesome.  For those of you that didn’t attend, here are a few photos of the 2011 Hopfenfest.