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Some people travel far and wide for cask beer. We’ve been really lucking in St. Louis as of recent as cask beer has become a regular part of our beer landscape. It doesn’t make it any less exciting when a new cask gets cracked open.

For those of you that might have missed out on the awesomeness that was the cask of Green Flash Brewing West Coast IPA that was available during St. Louis Craft Beer Week well, you have another opportunity to taste this hop monster.

This Friday, September 2nd beginning at 4PM, Cork Wine Bar in downtown Ferguson will be tapping a cask of this west coast hop behemoth.  I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty great way to start off a long weekend.  Head on out there and help to drain the cask.

UPDATE: Due to a SNAFU with getting registration with the state of Missouri, this event has been postponed. They’re hoping to reschedule for next week. Stay tuned!

For 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.

Two years ago 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 past January, Jim Leabig won a competition held by the GBS and the prize was to brew with O’Fallon for the GABF Pro-Am Competition.  What did Jim come up with?  A little beer he’s calling the Brown EyePA

Jim describes the beer as such:

A big American Brown Ale brewed to IPA thresholds for ABV and hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Caramel and robust chocolate notes provide the foundation for a charge of Summit, Cascade and Simcoe kettle hops. The beer is then dry-hopped for 5 days with larger dose of Simcoe to satisfy the hop lovers.

OG 1.063
ABV 6.8%
IBU 65
SRM 21

The launch party for this beer will be held at the newly opened Exit 6 Brewery on Thursday, September 8th from 4PM until the keg blows. Sounds like a great opportunity to try a new local collaboration.

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

  • Bombay Wine and Spirits (08/24/11)
    • Avery Karma
    • Avery White Rascal
    • Blue Moon Summer Honey
    • Goose Island Sofie
    • Goose Island Pepe Nero
    • Brouwkot Kalle
    • Brouwkot Netebuk
    • Contreras Valeir Extra
    • De Dochter Van De Korenaar Courage
    • Gaverhopke Singing Blond
    • Het Alternatief The Bitter Truth
    • Hof Ten Dormaal Amber
    • Left Hand 400Lb Monkey
    • Left Hand Sawtooth Ale
    • Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
    • Samuel Adams Imperial White
    • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
    • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
    • Stillwater Existent
    • Ska Mexican Logger
    • Ska Hoperandi
    • Stone IPA
    • Stone Levitation Ale
    • Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
    • Stone Pale Ale
    • Stone Ruination Ale
    • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
    • Twisted Pine Billy’s Chilies
    • Twisted Pine Hoppy Boy IPA
    • Twisted Pine Raspberry Wheat
    • Weston Drop Kick Ale
    • Weston Brew Labs IPA
    • Weston Brew Labs Hot Papper Ale
  • Starrs (08/25/2011)
    • Pyramid Juggernaut
    • Breckenridge Autumn Ale
    • Guinness Black Lager
    • Breckenridge Lucky U IPA
    • Hofbrau Oktoberfest 5 L Can
    • Bell’s Octoberfest
    • Sierra Nevada Tumbler
    • New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin
    • Shiner Oktoberfest
    • Buffalo Bill Pumpkin Ale
    • Magic Hat Hex
    • Life and Limb
    • Lagunitas Lucky 13
    • Shipyard Pumpkinhead
    • Stevens Point Oktoberfest
    • New Belgium Hoptober
    • Hofbrau Oktoberfest
    • Sam Adams Octoberfest
    • Charleville Half Wit Wheat 6 pk btls
    • Green Flash West Coast IPA
    • Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison
    • Sierra Nevada Southern Hemiphere Harvest (Found 2 Cases!)
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2011
    • Boulevard Collaboration Number 2
    • Stone Russian Imperial Stout
  • Wine and Cheese Place (New Ballas) (08/26/11)
    • Guiness Black Lager
    • Breckenridge Lucky U IPA
    • Napa Smith Organic IPA
    • Napa Smith Pale Ale
    • Napa Smith Wheat
    • Cathedral Square Forbidden Fruit
    • Menebrea Top Restaurant Blond 35
    • Menebrea Top Restaurant Amber 75
    • Avery Maharaja Ipmerial IPA
    • Great Divide Belgian Yeti
    • Weihenstephaner Festbier
    • Hofbrau Oktoberfest 5Ltr Keg
    • Hofbrau Oktoberfest 6pks
    • Abita Pecan
    • Sierra Nevada Tumbler
    • Southern Tier Creme Brulee
    • Schlafly Oktoberfest
    • Buffalo Bills Pumpkin
    • Shiner Oktoberfest
    • Spaten Octoberfest
    • Charleville Mucho Hoppo
    • Shipyard Pumpkin Ale
    • New Belgium Hoptober
    • Sam Adams Oktoberfest

 

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • Cicero’s (8/22/11)
    • Gouden Carolus Lucifer
    • Crispin Original Cider
    • Bass Ale
    • Schlafly Volumn 3 Belgian Citrus Wit
    • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
    • Bell’s Amber Ale
    • Unibrou Raftman
    • Blue Moon
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Bud Light
    • Cathedral Square Abbey Ale
    • Delirium Tremens
    • Fitz’s Rootbeer
    • Franziskaner
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Arcadia Nut Brown Ale
    • Firestone Walker Walkers Reserve Porter
    • La Chouffe
    • Saison Dupont
    • Guinness
    • Lefthand Milkstout
    • Lindeman’s Frambroise
    • Maredsous
    • Maudite
    • New Belgium 1554
    • New Belgium Fat Tire
    • New Belgium Ranger IPA
    • Nectar IPA
    • Newcastle
    • Odell St. Lupulin XPA
    • O’fallon 5 Day IPA
    • O’fallon Wheach
    • Old Rasputin Imperial Stout
    • Pilsner Urquell
    • Reissdorf Kolsch
    • Charleville Tornado Alley Amber Ale
    • Urban Chestnut Schnikelfritz
    • Sam Adams Somer Ale
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Shiner Bock
    • Smithwick’s
    • Tall Grass Buffalo Sweat
    • St. Bernardus Prior 8
    • Stone Arrogant Bastard
    • Stone IPA
    • Warsteiner Pilsner
    • Woodchuck Amber Cider
    • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
  • The Royale (8/26/11)
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard/Deschutes White IPA
    • Founders Centennial IPA
    • Guinness Stout
    • North Coast Grand Cru
    • North Coast Old Rasputin nitro
    • Piraat
    • Schlafly Biere de Garde
    • Schlafly Bavarian Weissbier
    • Schlafly Kolsch
    • Strongbow Hard Cider
    • Urban Chestnut Apotheosis
    • Urban Chestnut Schlossturm
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • GUEST BOTTLES
      • Avery Joe’s Pilsner (can)
      • Bell’s Pale Ale
      • Corsendonk Pale
      • Founders Porter
      • Founders Red’s Rye
      • Grimbergen Blonde
      • Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza (22oz)
      • New Belgium Mothership Wit
      • Odell 90 Shilling
      • Ommegang Witte
      • Reissdorf Kolsch
      • Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry Ale (19oz)
      • Schlenkerla Marzen (17oz)
      • Ska Modus Hoperandi (can)
      • St. Bernardus Abt 12
      • Stone Imperial Russian Stout (22oz)
      • Uerige Classic Alt
  • Three Kings Public House (08/25/11)
    • Guinness
    • Blue Moon
    • Boulevard Pale Ale
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard Collaboration #2
    • Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat
    • Samuel Adams Oktoberfest
    • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
    • Schlafly 2010 Bourbon Imperial Stout
    • Avery Karma
    • Avery White Rascal
    • Avery Maharaja
    • Avery 18th Anniversary-Dry Hopped Rye Saison
    • Stone IPA
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • Stella Artois
    • Strongbow
    • Odell Myrcenary
    • Goose Island Sofie
  • The Wine Tap (08/26/11)
    • (223 e. Main Street, Belleville, IL)
    • ON TAP:
      • Anchor Christmas Ale 2010 “Christmas in August” Spiced Porter
      • Sierra Nevada “Tumbler” Autumn Brown Ale
      • Lost Coast “Tangerine” Wheat Ale
      • Piraat Belgian Strong Ale
      • Goose Island “Sofie” Belgian-Style Ale
      • Southern Tier “Creme Brulee Stout” Imperial Milk Stout| NITRO
      • Blue Moon Belgian White
      • Guinness Stout
    • FEATURED BOTTLES:
      • North Coast “Scrimshaw” Pilsner
      • North Coast “Red Seal” American Pale Ale
      • Anchor Steam, Steam Ale
      • Founder’s “Centennial” IPA
      • Buffalo Bills “Orange Blossom” Cream Ale
      • Rogue “Dead Guy” Heller Bock
      • Samuel Smith Organic Apple Cider
      • Unibroue Maudite Belgian Strong Dark Ale
      • Chimay, White, Red, Blue 750ml
      • Sierra Nevada/New Clairvoux Abbey Collaboration: “Ovila” Abbey Dubbel 750ml
    • NEW BOTTLES:
      • Duvel Belgian Strong Ale
      • Lagunitas “Czech Pils” Pilsner
      • Cacupa Honey Amber Ale
      • Bear Republic “Racer 5″ IPA (22oz)
      • Rogue “Mom’s Hefe” Belgian-Style Blonde Ale (22oz)

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

 

 

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: Hanssens Oude Gueuze, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, Charleville Half Wit Wheat, Bells Oktoberfest, and Sierra Nevada Tumbler. 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.

Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates.

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.Breckenridge Lucky U IPA

I have to be honest, I don’t know very much about Catholic saints. I mean, I know what they are, but I couldn’t name more than five to save my life (and all five that I’d name would be hospitals or churches.) While I did know that the city of St. Louis was named after Louis IX of France, I wasn’t aware he was also our patron saint. You learn new things every day.

It turns out that on the Catholic liturgical calendar, August 25th is the Feast day of Louis IX. A Feast Day, for those of you, like me, who didn’t know is a celebration of specific saints. While the Royale was inspired by the Catholic holiday to put on an event, their focus is more on the local and less on the religious.

Today, starting at 5:30PM, the Royale will be throwing an event celebrating all things St. Louis. Specifically for us beer guys, they’re put together one humdinger of an event. They’ve invited out all of the St. Louis city breweries that will open or have opened in 2011 to create special beers to honor this great city of ours.  Here’s a list:

Urban Chestnut Apotheosis Farmhouse Ale
Perennial Artisan Ales Peach Cardamom Blonde
The Civil Life Brewing Co. (Pilot Batch)
4 Hands Brewing Co. (Pilot Batch)

The UCBC beer is a French-style Saison which will be available on draught and also they’ll have a very special cask. The neatest part about the cask? It was dry-hopped with local hops from a St. Louisan’s backyard. There will also be a keg of Schlafly‘s always delicious Bière de Garde available as well.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate and honor St. Louis by drinking some of the best beers the city has to offer.


Were you aware that St. Louis Brewery brews over 40 different styles of beer? That’s a hell of a lot of styles, in fact I’d guess that Schlafly is one of the few breweries in the nation that tackles that many different styles in a single year. Why do I bring this up? Well, the 2011 Schlafly Hop in the City is upon us again and with it brings the opportunity to taste every single style of beer Schlafly produces.

This year’s festival not only offers live music and food, but also this year’s special festival beer, brewed for the first time ever at Schlafly, a Spicy Golden Ale. Here are the details for Hop in the City, direct from Schlafly’s website:

HOP IN THE CITY 2011
Saturday, September 17 – Noon-5:00 p.m.
The Schlafly Tap Room

TICKETS are $25 in August, $30 in September and $35 day of the event (see Schlafly Website for Info).
ONLINE ticket sales available HERE.

The boys over at The Civil Life Brewing Co. have been pretty quiet as of recent. But that’s usually what happens when you’re in the final throes of opening a new brewery. I’m happy to announce that Jake Hafner, Mike Bianco, and Dylan Mosley finally have some news to share.

Here’s a line-up of the beers that we can expect from the Civil Life in the very near future:

British Gold, or as we call it: “Bling!” – Its an English Special Bitter with a nod to Hook Norton Brewery. Mike came up with the final recipe that balances American Centennial bittering hops against floral East Kent Goldings. English malt and yeast, STL water. Bright gold and hoppy!

American Rye Pale Lots of Rye malt stacked up against Chinook and Centennial. Spicy and Round like Cartman but not as divisive. American Yeast meets English and German base Malts.

German HefeGerman Yeast, North American Spring and Winter Wheats, Hallertau Hops. We fermented on the warmer side of this yeasts spectrum so that classic Bread, Banana, and Clove combo shows through. Tasting this one progress through fermentation has been awesome.

English ESBFull on Fuggle attack. Heavy floc yeast, Marris Otter, and STL water. Some EKG because nobody wants to live in a world without Goldings. A deeper, spicer beer than the Bling.

American Brown – Yeah Brown! Guess what? Brown Malt. Cascade does it. Cascade will always have spot near my heart – over by my liver. This brown was modestly structured to bring roastiness/chocolatism/and coffeeonics into divine harmony and make S&P upgrade the USA’s credit rating. Time will tell.

It’s interesting to note that all of these beers fall between 4.8-5.7% ABV, something Dylan calls their “sweet spot.” Also, there is a good chance you’ll not see all of these beers on opening night, but they’re definitely styles that will be available soon after opening, along with “237 other types of beer” they’re also looking at.

That brings up the final question of: “When is opening night?” In true Civil Life fashion, that’s something the boys are still keeping close to their vest.

Edit: For more information on Civil Life’s new logo, be certain to check out their very amusing blog post here.