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Let’s get the disclaimer right out of the way, Green Flash Brewing Company is a brand that I’ll be managing at Lohr.  (Also, I promise that I won’t make this disclaimer part of the story from now on.)  But regardless of my new job, I’ll proudly proclaim that I’m a HUGE fan of Green Flash.

So, I’m happy to report that the initial proclamation about their arrival was absolutely correct and we will begin seeing Green Flash showing up in Missouri during the first week of August.  If this time frame sounds familiar, it’s because this is also the week of St. Louis Craft Beer Week.

What can we expect during this initial roll-out?

West Coast IPA
This West Coast-Style India Pale Ale is extravagantly hopped, full flavored, medium bodied and copper colored. A menagerie of hops is combined throughout the brewing process to impart specific characteristics. Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes, and Cascade for floral aroma. ABV: 7% | IBU’s:95

Hop Head Red Ale
Resinous hop character and bitterness balance the rich carmel malt base. We took it a step further and Amarillo dry-hopped the brew to 45 ibu’s, creating refreshing and savory hop flavors and aromas. Is it red IPA? That’s your call. ABV: 6% | IBU’s: 45

Imperial I.P.A.
San Diego-style IPA, as it has come to be known by many, is super-hoppy, high gravity, yet highly quaffable ale. Our Imperial IPA is created in this new tradition with intense hop flavors and aromas from a unique blend of Summit and Nugget hops. It’s all about the hops! ABV: 9.4% | IBU’s: 101

Double Stout
Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with satin smooth finish. Layering UK Target hops throughout the boil adds pleasant, earthy complexity while higher fermentation temperatures enhance overall flavor with fruity esters. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex. ABV: 8.8% | IBU’s: 45

Barleywine Style Ale
Our American-style Barleywine undergoes a three hour boil to intensify the caramel malts and the enormous Pacific Northwest hop charge. The result is a rich, estery brew with toffee notes and citrus hop flavors layered throughout. Enjoy this brew fresh today or lay it down for aging to see how the flavors of each vintage evolve. ABV: 10.9% | IBU’s: 85

Also expect some very cool goodies to make their way into the area during STLCBW as well. For those of you craving San Diego beer, here’s another fantastic one that will soon be available in St. Louis. I, for one, can’t wait.

So… things have been kind of slow around here.  One part of this is that summer always seems to be a bit slower for beer news.  The other part of this is that I ended my original job and have started a new one.  I’m happy to announce that I’ve accepted a position at Lohr Distributing as the new Craft Beer Manager.

I never dreamed four years ago when I started STL Hops that I’d have a job like this in the biz, but here we are.  It’s very exciting and I’m pretty stoked to start something like this.  But, you may have some thoughts or concerns about me taking on this position, so I’ve put together a little FAQ that will hopefully answer any questions you may have.

What’s going to happen to STL Hops?

Nothing.  I’ve been told by my boss that they don’t want anything to change with the website.  They understand that promotion of craft beer as a whole benefits the entire industry.

So, does this change anything you post?

Not really.  The only thing that may slightly change is that I’ll put up a disclaimer about events or products that I personally manage.  I’m mostly doing that so people don’t think I’m being shady about things.  But otherwise I still plan on posting news and information from all distributors, breweries etc.

Are you selling AB/InBev stuff?

With the exception of Goose Island, which makes awesome stuff regardless of who owns them, no.  My focus will be entirely on the craft brands that Lohr has recently picked up.

Did you sell out?

Well, if you mean by “selling out” that I get to work within an industry I’m extremely passionate about and get to work with many of the folks I’ve established relationships with over the past 4 years, then sure.  But so few of us get to do a job where they’re passionate and excited about what they’re doing, so this isn’t an opportunity I could just pass up.

You haven’t posted anything for the past three days, is this what we can expect from now on?

For the short-term?  Maybe.  I’m starting a new job and I’ve got a lot to learn.  I want to make sure to focus on doing the best job I can.  For the long-term?  No.

Part of the difficulty with STL Hops in the past is that I didn’t get an opportunity to visit locations around the area and talk to them as much as I’d like.  Now, I’ll have more chances to get out and find out what’s going on around St. Louis.

What happened to Cory King?  Is he not working at Lohr anymore?

Cory will be exploring another opportunity which I hope to be able to announce in the near future. He’ll still be a very vibrant part of the St. Louis craft beer scene. In the meantime, he’ll be taking me around and showing me the ropes.

Is there anything else that I should know about?

Yes, there is a good possibility that you could be seeing other people writing for STL Hops in the near future. I’ve said over and over again that this is a community. I can’t continue to keep doing this all by myself. I need to rely on other people to help make this site the best place to find information about beer in St. Louis.


So, is there anything I’ve missed?  Is there anything you’re concerned about or something I didn’t touch on?  If you have any comments, questions, or concerns please feel free to email me if you want to discuss them in private or leave in the comments below.

If I haven’t made this clear, I’m pretty excited about this job and I honestly believe it’s only going to make STL Hops a better site in the long run.

This week on the STL Hops Twitter

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (06/24/11)
    • BFM Abbaye de St. Bon Chien Grand Cru Strong Sour Double Wooded
    • Cains Liverpool Dark Mild — CANS
    • Cains Liverpool Finest Bitter — CANS
    • Alvinne Cuvee d’Eerpigny in Oak
    • Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze
    • Mikkeller Big Worse Red Wine Barrel
    • Xbeeriment Madraz IPA
    • Xbeermient Hopheimer
    • Renaissance Double India Pale Ale
    • Beer Here Nordic Rye Ale
    • Nogne Two Captains IPA
    • Argullons Pura Pale
    • Argullons Bruno Pale Ale
    • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja – new batch
    • Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
    • Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut Down Ale
    • Bat Creek Heartland Wheat
    • Boulevard Saison Brett 2011 Batch #3
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • O’Fallon Black Hemp
    • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
    • O’Fallon Wheach
  • Wine and Cheese Place (New Ballas) (06/24/11)
    • Lagunitas Undercover Shut-down
    • Bells Oberon 5 Liter Keg
    • O’Fallon Wheach
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • O’Fallon Black Hemp
    • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
    • Boulevard SS Saison-Brett 2011
    • Bat Creek Hartland Wheat
    • Mikkeller Big Worse
    • Odell St. Lupilin
    • Big Sky Montana Mixer 12 pk
    • Big Sky Summer Honey
    • Big Sky IPA
    • Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy
    • Twisted Pine Raspberry Wheat
    • Twisted Pine Billie’s Chilies
    • Shipyard Summer Ale
    • Arcadia Whitsun Ale
  • Vineyards Wine & Spirits (Chesterfield) (06/24/11)
    • Goose Island 312
    • ODells Double Pislner
    • Schlafly Helles Summer Lager
    • Bell’s Oberon
    • Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale
    • Great Divide Titan IPA
    • Stone Brewing Bastard Ale
    • Stone IPA IS BACK!!!
    • Schlafly American IPA

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • Iron Barley (06/18/2011)
    • Cathedral Square Belgian Abbey Ale
    • Grand Teton Sweetgrass APA
    • Left Hand Milk Stout on Nitrous
    • 6 Row Strong Porter
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Stone Brewing Company Arrogant Bastard Ale
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickle Helles
    • Goose Island Honker’s Ale
    • Left Hand Polestar Pilsner
    • Warsteiner Dunkel
    • 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)
    • Tucher Hefe Weiss (Bottle)
    • Bear Repiblic Hop Rod Rye (Bottle)
    • Weihenstephan Dark Hefe (Bottle)
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale (Bottle)
    • Stone Ruination IPA(Bottle)
    • Left Hand JuJu Ginger Ale (Bottle)
    • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (Bottle)
    • Bell’s Oberon(Bottle)
    • Great Divide Wild Raspberry Ale (Bottle)
    • Steven’s Point 2012 Black Ale (Bottle)
    • Brouwerij Huyghe Floris Apple (Bottle)
    • Guinness Draft (Bottle)
    • Avery White Rascal Witbier (Bottle)
    • Griesedieck Brothers Pilsner (Bottle)
    • Aecht Schlenkra Smoke Marzen (Bottle)
    • Fox Barrel Black Currant Cider (Bottle)
    • Redstone Meadery Nectar of the Hops
    • Redstone Meadery Sunshine Nectar
    • Redstone Meadery Black Raspberry
    • Guest Beers
    • Firestone Walker Nectar IPA (Bottle)
    • Rogue Somer Orange Honey Wheat (Bottle)
    • New Belgium Somersault Ale (Bottle)
  • The Royale (6/21/11)
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard Two Jokers
    • Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager
    • Founders Dirty Bastard
    • Guinness Stout
    • Harviestoun Old Engine Oil
    • Nectar IPA
    • North Coast Old Rasputin nitro
    • Schlafly American IPA
    • Schlafly Bavarian Weissbier
    • Strongbow Hard Cider
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • GUEST BOTTLES
      • Bell’s Oberon
      • Founders Red’s Rye
      • Leipziger Gose
      • Murphy’s Stout (can)
      • Rogue John John Juniper (22oz)
      • Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale (22oz)
      • Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry Ale (19oz)
      • Schlafly Summer Lager (can)
      • Ska Mexican Logger (can)
      • Ska Modus Hoperandi (can)
      • Stone Ruination
      • La Trappe Quad

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Six Row Brewing Company (06/24/11))
    • Whale
    • Centennial Rye
    • ESB
    • Porter
    • Double IPA
    • Honey Weizen
    • Nebraska Brewing Cardinal Pale Ale
  • Trailhead Brewing Company (06/24/11)
    • Year Round House Beers:
      • Trailblazer Blond Ale
      • Riverboat Raspberry Fruit Ale
      • Trailhead Red American Amber Ale
      • Missouri Brown Ale
      • Old Courthouse Stout
    • Seasonal Selection: Southern German Pilsner
    • Coming Soon: Honey Wheat

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting. Here’s some of the beers they’ll be sampling: Xbeeriment Madraz IPA, Xbeermient Hopheimer Imperial IPA, Nogne Two Captains Imperial IPA, and Agullons Pura Pale. 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 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.

Little history lesson for you, St. Louis was incorporated as a city in 1822.  Twelve years before that Jacques Delassas de St. Vrain opened a brewery in St. Louis.   While de St. Vrain’s brewery may have burned down two years later, the history of brewing in Missouri over the past 201 years has certainly become long and storied.

To help celebrate that history of brewing, the always eager guys at 2nd Shift Brewing are putting on their first beer festival in New Haven, MO which they’ve dubbed the 2nd Shift and Friend 201st Annual Beerfest. The most important part of that title, with the exception of the “Beerfest” part, is “Friends.”

Being a craft brewery means being in a community of brewers that works together to create some great beer. So, 2nd Shift invited out a bunch of great breweries to have a party on July 9th from 12-5PM.  Here’s a list of breweries who plan to attend:

Tickets for this event, which can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets, will cost you $30 in advance and $35 day of. Additional information including address and phone number can also be found via the link to Brown Paper Tickets.

If you’re really looking for the full 2nd Shift experience, they’re also offering a limited number of overnight packages that will include dinner, drinks, a room, and breakfast.  The fee for this package also includes usage of the golf course, swimming pool, and tennis courts.

The cost of the overnight packages, which is in ADDITION to the $30/$35 beerfest ticket, will cost you $100 per person.  I’ve been told that almost all of these rooms have filled up, so if you’re interested make sure to call 573-237-3421 as soon as possible.

This may be one of the most unique festivals that Missouri has to offer, I can’t wait to attend.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is going to make my job a hell of a lot easier. As we’re very close to having three new breweries open in the St. Louis Metro area, I thought this would be a good time to take a look at where they’re at and what’s in store.

Four Hands Brewing Company

Located right outside of Soulard, Four Hands is easily the biggest of the newest three breweries about to open.  With over 12,000 sq foot of space, it’s going to provide for not only a gigantic tasting room, but also plenty of opportunity to expand.  The photo of the book below is actually a ledger they found which was purchased in 1932.

The Civil Life Brewing Company

To be honest, there are actually a few photos missing from the gallery below.  The reason being is that the photos I took could not even begin to do this space justice.  Owner Jake Hafner has created one of the most unique spaces to drink a beer in the United States.  I hope no one is let down by my hyperbole, but I honestly think a lot of jaws will drop when they walk into this space.

Perennial Artisan Ales

This brewery may be nearest to my heart as it’s just a short drive from where I grew up. The most interesting aspect of this location is that it’s divided into three very distinct spaces. One space for the brewhouse, one for cellaring and conditioning, and one for the tasting room.

Not to mention, they also have plenty of room to grow and plenty of room for all of those fun barrels that owner Phil Wymore plans on bringing in.

As you can see, each location is definitely in a different part of the construction process. The current plan is for the Civil Life to be open by mid-July, Perennial open a few weeks after that and Four Hands in early fall.

I know I over-say this, but damn it’s a good time to be a beer drinker in St. Louis.

Get ready to poison your liver and harden your arteries, because it’s time to celebrate the third birthday of Benton Park’s best beer bar, The Stable.  To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Stable is throwing a bash on June 25th starting at 2PM.

What kind of bash, how about one featuring an “authentic low country boil featuring crawfish and shrimp.”  The Stable will be bringing in over 300lbs of crawfish from the gulf coast and it’s going to be all you can eat.

If all you can eat crawfish and shrimp isn’t enough, how about a bacon eating contest? If you think you can take down a pound of bacon the fastest, you’ll be the winner of an 85 Lashes/Amalgamated prize package.

And how about the beer?  A local party deserves local beer.  The Stable will be featuring beers from Missouri breweries all day long for $3.  Here’s a list of just some of the beers that will be available on Saturday:

  • Amalgamated Helles
  • Amalgamated Zoigl
  • Amalgamated Rye APA
  • Charleville Tornado Alley
  • Charleville Half Wit Wheat
  • Charleville Hoptimistic IPA
  • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut

If a bacon eating contest and $3 Missouri beers are wrong, then I don’t want to be right.