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It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to take another trip into the wonderful world of beer labels. This time, we’ll take a look at the soon to be released 4 Hands Prussia.

 4 Hands Prussia

Ah, Prussia. The good ole days of Germany. Looking back at the history of Germany, it’s really weird that there’s just not much information about what happened with them between 1920-1950. I mean, we all know they lost pretty bad in World War I, but what happened after that? It’s like they hibernated for a while, then built the Berlin Wall and everybody got pissed at them again.

One of Prussia’s most famous kings is mentioned on the side of the label, Frederick the Great. But what was so great about Frederick? Well, one reason is he could make beer. That’s pretty fucking great. He was also a gifted flutist. That’s…something.

Perhaps the greatest part of Frederick is that he was a fully functioning human even though his parents were cousins. His parents’ first two attempts at incest babies didn’t turn out so well and they died early. It makes you wonder, is incest really that bad? I don’t know, scientists are still working on an answer to that.

Well, now that we’re up to speed on the history of Prussia, let’s talk about the rest of the label. Not sure what a Berliner Style Weiss is but 4 Hands thought about that ahead of time and clarified that this is a Tart Wheat Ale. Label makers should take note of this. There are a lot of weird styles out there and some of them are in different languages. Just explain what the hell is in the bottle in English and we’ll be happy.

On the side, 4 Hands even goes the extra mile and tells us what we should eat with this beer. It’s a good thing, though, they told us that picture was eggs benedict, because I don’t think anyone would know what that picture is. They have to be the first person in the history of art to try and draw eggs benedict in black and white, because it’s impossible.

Art Dealer: Hey man, I need you to draw a picture of eggs benedict. In black and white.

Artist: Are you fucking insane? How in the hell am I supposed to convey the intricate layers of eggs benedict in BLACK AND WHITE?!

Art Dealer: Seems like the hardest part would be the hollandaise…

Artist: NO SHIT! Nobody can draw hollandaise in black and white. NOBODY!

We learned a lot today. We learned that Prussia is just another word for “old Germany”. We learned that incest may turn out to be a good thing. We also learned that drawing eggs benedict using only black ink is really fucking hard. Considering this beer is only 3.5% ABV, we can sit back and drink a bunch of these and ponder all that we have learned.

6.8 / 10 on the Buyability Scale™.

This long weekend gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to all of the soldiers that helped make this country what it is. It’s also synonymous with the unofficial kick off of summer. And nothing says summer like BBQ and beer.

Dressel’s Public House has picked up a giant new smoker and in anticipation of summer has created a new menu featuring some tasty smoked BBQ. To celebrate this new menu, Dressel’s will be throwing a little shindig on Monday, May 28th running from 12PM-10PM.

Dressel’s, who’s long been known for their support of cask beer, will have three different casks to help celebrate the start of summer. On Monday, you’ll be able to try casks of the new Homefront IPA from Perennial Artisan Ales, the new Ratsalad from 2nd Shift Brewing, and the Civil Life Bitter.

If you like bluegrass music, Dressel’s will be feature live bluegrass from 2-8PM. All of these make for a great way to start your summer. Check below the break for the new full menu from Dressel’s Pub.

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Hey there beer geeks & beer peeps – What a very busy week from the TTB.  I have quite the list this week.  The TTB have either been dragging there heals or there are lots of beers being brewed early this spring/summer.  Without further ado here are the labels.

  • Bells Lager – Bells Brewing
  • Raspberry Ale – Bells Brewing
  • Human Blockhead – Coney Island Brewing (Impy Bock aged in Buffalo Trace Barrels)
  • Hairy Cow – Charleville Brewing(TWCP Exclusive)
  • Wood Aged DIPA – Great Divide Brewing
  • Nineteen – Avery Brewing
  • Old Embalmer ’12 – Widmer Bros Brewing
  • Frangelic Mountain Brown- Founders Brewing
  • Flanders Fred – Hair of the Dog/De Proef Brouwerij Brewing
  • Prussia – 4 Hands Brewing
  • Ruination 10th Aniv IPA – Stone Brewing Co.
  • Stoney Brook Red – Boston Brewing (Sam Adams)
  • Double Pilsner Single Batch – O’Dell Brewing

While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves (and also now in St. Charles!) to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that they’ve been calling “A Brew You Never Knew.”

Each Wednesday, Llywelyn’s will feature a single beer on draught that may have been overlooked or in some cases is the only draught version of that beer in town. It’ll be a chance to re-visit an old favorite or even discover something you’ve never had before.

This week Llyweyln’s in Webster will be featuring the Urban Chestnut STL IPA on draft. While the St. Charles location will be serving up Charleville Ale Mucho Hoppo So, if you’re looking for something special without all of the lists and missed opportunities, make sure to stop into Llywelyn’s in St. Charles or Webster tonight!

Columbia reminds me a lot of St. Louis 5 years ago or so. Lots of great beer around town, but not so many people that you have to rush out to get something as soon as it’s tapped or else you miss out. Almost everyplace has at least a couple of craft offerings, including places where it’s almost a given you’ll end up on one or more CoMo excursions (Shakespeare’s Pizza for example).

The newest arrival is Rock Bridge Brewery, which has no tasting room or pub, but has beers on tap around town that are definitely worth seeking out. The Farmer’s Daughter, a rye saison with green peppercorns which I finally found after much searching at 44 Stone Public House, was fantastic and hopefully a sign of more good things to come from them.

Broadway Brewery
The young up and comer of the Columbia brewpubs. They recently completed an expansion into the space next door, so there is a lot more seating than there used to be, which is great because we’ve had a couple long waits for tables there in the past. Their creamy & slightly smokey porter is a highlight and they usually have multiple IPAs on tap along with a core lineup that changes seasonally and a couple of guest taps (Founders Cerise and Civil Life American Brown were on last time I was there).

Although I haven’t been, Sunday brunch seems to be a good choice, as they are one of the few beer-y places open. Dinner here is a good option too, with ingredients coming from a couple different Missouri farms – one owned by one of the brewery’s owners. I’ve had the butternut squash & bacon pizza, the smoked trout pizza, and a lamb burger and all were good to great.
Sample of available beers- Barleywine, Rye Pale Ale, Ginger Chocolate Stout, Alt, Pinnacles IPA

Flat Branch Pub & Brewing
When I first started making regular trips to Columbia, I remember eating/drinking here often and thinking it was pretty good. Lately when I’ve gone, the beers have seemed really off. On our most recent trip, my wife even remarked that everything tasted “like buttered popcorn”. Maybe they had a couple bad batches, maybe we’re just hyper sensitive, excuses, excuses.

It also seems like their tap list was pretty much the same as it was 9 years ago. Then again, they are constantly packed, so what do I know? It is pretty cheap for a brewpub, with 18oz pours going for $4, and 10oz for $3.
Sample of available beers-Oil Change Stout, Brown Ale, Ed’s IPA, ESB, Alt, Dark Wheat

Beer Bars
Forget Columbia, this might be the best restaurant beer list in the state. Six taps, most of which were Missouri beers – including Schlafly, Perennial, and Civil Life – and an extremely well thought out bottle list split into Belgian-style ales, Pale Ales/IPAs, Lagers, Stouts/Porters, and Other. The food here is fantastic also, and they do have lunch service (with awesome fries as a bonus), so it is a great logical first stop if you get into town early on a Friday or something.
Sample of available beers-Boulevard Saison Brett, 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze, Avery Rumpkin, Firestone Walker 15, Mikkeller Sur Monk, O’Fallon BDS

McGinty’s Pub
A small dive bar at the corner of Old Highway 63 and Stadium Boulevard, McGinty’s recently upgraded their taps to 22. I’ve been here twice now, and while it seems to be a mostly locals-downing-BMC-type of place, the tap diversity makes it a nice stop if you happen to be in the area. I stopped in at 3:30 on a Friday and had the whole outdoor patio to myself for about an hour. They serve everything in chilled shaker glasses, which isn’t ideal, but I was able to get a non-chilled glass after I asked. They also have karaoke, if that’s your thing.
Sample of available beers-Avery Czar, Perennial Saison de Lis, Bell’s 2 Hearted, Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, Green Flash Barleywine, 6 Row DIPA

44 Stone Public House
No idea why I waited as long as I did to make it out to this place. If you’re in town, make it a point to go. Only 12 taps, but there were no misses in that list and they had a nice complement of about 35 bottles/cans listed on chalkboards (with prices!) on the wall. A huge draw for me is the either full pour or 5 oz pour for their draft beers, with the smaller portions costing about $2.

The exception to this when we were there was beers like Avery Mephistopheles and Ommegang Seduction at about $4/5oz, which is reasonable for a 15%+ stout (a little puzzling for the Ommegang though). There is a pretty nice whisky selection too, if you’re into that, with multiple Islays and Speysides and a couple of Irish whiskeys. We only had a couple things off the appetizer menu, but what we had was very good.
Sample of available beers-Founders Dirty Bastard, FW Double Jack, Schlafly AIPA, Civil Life British Bitter, Samichlaus Doppelbock

Better selection than most grocery stores, but not as good as something like TWCP or Friar Tuck. They also do in-store tastings and it’s really close to 44 Stone, so you can pop in before or after.

Rangleine Liquor & Arena Liquor
Arena is just south of campus on Providence, and Rangeline is about a mile and a half north of I-70 in a strip mall, these sister stores offer a good selection of both cold & warm craft 6ers, and a decent selection of bombers/750s. Sometimes you have to be a little careful of old stock, the flipside of that being that it’s a good place to find some things that have been sold out for a while elsewhere.

This week on the STL Hops Twitter

Stuff from around the web

  • Interesting interview with Jim Koch in the Wall Street Journal.
  • Simpsons BBQ likes the Pi Common from Schlafly.

Retail Beer Releases

  • deVine Wines & Spirits (5/18/2012)
    • 2nd Shift Unicorn Killer Saison
    • 2nd Shift El Gato
    • 2nd Shift Cat Spit Stout
    • 2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit
    • Avery 18th Anniversary Wood Aged DIPA
    • Bell’s Oberon
    • Bell’s Two Hearted IPA
    • Corsendonk Brown Abbey Ale
    • Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale
    • Deschutes Hop Henge IPA 22oz.
    • Deschutes The Stoic 22oz.
    • Deschutes Inversion IPA 6pks
    • Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale 6pks
    • Deschutes Black Butte Porter 6pks
    • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
    • Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA
    • Firestone Walker Reserve Porter
    • Founders Double Trouble
    • Green Flash Imperial IPA
    • Green Flash Palate Wrecker
    • Green Flash Saison Diego
    • Green Flash Barleywine
    • Green Flash Trippel
    • Green Flash Hop Head Red
    • Green Flash West Coast IPA
    • Green Flash Rayon Vert Pale Ale
    • Goose Island Juliet 22oz. 2btls
    • Goose Island Summertime
    • Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot
    • Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy 12pks
    • Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy 6pks
    • Nebraska Barrel Aged Reserve Melange A Trois 750ml
    • Nectar Hemp Ale
    • Nectar IPA
    • Odells Mountain Standard Double Black IPA
    • Odell Myrcenary Double IPA
    • O’Fallon Kite Tail Summer Ale
    • O’Fallon Wheach
    • Perennial Plan B
    • Perennial Heart of Gold Wheat Wine
    • Perennial Hommel Bier
    • Shipyard Applehead
    • Six Row Whiskey Barrel Porter
    • Six Row Whale Ale
    • Six Row Porter
    • Six Row Double IPA
    • Six Row Honey Weiss
    • Steven’s Point Nude Beach
    • Steven’s Point 6 Hop IPA
    • Stone Double Bastard Ale
    • Southern Tier 2x Double Milk Stout
    • Southern Tier 2x IPA
    • Sierra Nevada HOPTIMUM 4pks
    • Sierra Nevada Summerfest Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 12pk Cans
    • Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA 4pk Cans
    • Tallgrass Sampler 8pks
    • Tallgrass Oasis IIPA 4pks
    • Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale 4pks
  • Starrs (5/16/2012)
    • Anchor Summer
    • Linny Summer Cans
    • Linny Summner Btls
    • Hoffbrau Maibock
    • Magic Hat Elderberry
    • Odells St. Lupulin
  • Vineyards Wine & Spirits (Chesterfield) (05/18/12)
    • Widmer Brothers Oatmeal Porter
    • Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
    • Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale
    • Summit Dunkel Weizen
    • Sierra Nevada Summerfest
    • Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
    • Anchor Steam Beer
    • Avery Karma Ale
    • Avery Collaboration Not Litigation Ale Batch #6
    • Bat Creek Brewery Heartland Wheat
    • Bat Creek Brewery Pike County Pale Ale
    • Bat Creek Brewery Machine Stout
    • Bell’s Oberon
    • New Belgium Dig Pale Ale
    • New Belgium 1554
    • New Belgium Lips of Faith 2012 La Folie Sour Brown Ale
    • Shiner Dortmunder
    • Deschutes Black Butte Porter
    • Deschutes Inversion IPA
    • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
    • Founders Cerise
    • Founders Double Trouble
    • Founders Dirty Bastard
    • Founders Red Rye Pale Ale
    • Goose Island Summertime
    • Goose Island 312
    • Goose Island IPA
    • Odell Myrcenary
    • Odell IPA
    • Schlafly No. 20 Vol. 4 Southern Hemisphere IPA
    • Schlafly Export IPA
    • Schlafly Oak Aged Barley Wine
    • Schlafly Yakima Wheat
    • Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Helles Summer Lager
    • SKA Decadent Imperial IPA
    • SKA Modus Hoperandi IPA cans
    • Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Stout
    • Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale
    • Stone Imperial Russian Stout
    • Stone Brewing Old Guardian
    • Stone Brewing IPA
    • Left Hand Sawtooth Ale
    • Six Row Whale Ale
    • Kräftig Lager
    • Kräftig Light
    • Acme IPA
    • Acme Pale Ale
    • Green Flash West Coast IPA
    • Green Flash Le Freak
    • Green Flash Double Stout
    • Southern Tier 2X IPA
    • Southern Tier Pale Ale
    • Timisoreana Beer
    • Lvivske Mitzne Lager

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • Bigelo’s Bistro (5/17/12)
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Schlafly Summer Lager
    • Bell’s Oberon
    • Boulevard Rye on Rye
    • Boulevard Wheat
    • Charleville Hoptomistic
    • Boulevard Zon
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
    • Sam Adams Norse Legend
    • Ofallon Wheach
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
  • Cicero’s (5/17/12)
    • Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA
    • Arcadia Cocoa Loco Stout
    • Arcadia Porter
    • Arcadia Whitsun
    • Bell’s 2 Hearted Ale
    • Bass Ale
    • Unibroue Blanche de Chambly
    • Angry Orchard Crisp Cider
    • Blue Moon
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard Boss Tom’s
    • Civil Life British Bitter
    • O’fallon Kite Tail
    • Delirium Tremens
    • 4 Hands Single Speed
    • Fitz’s Root Beer
    • Franziskaner
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Guinness Dry Stout
    • La Chouffe
    • Lindeman’s Peche
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Lienenkugel Summer Shandy
    • Lindenmans Framboise
    • Magic Hat #9
    • Magic Hat Elderbetty
    • Maredsous
    • Founders Curmudgeon
    • Unibroue Maudite
    • 2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit
    • New Belgium Blue Paddle
    • New Belgium Sommersault
    • New Belgium Fat Tire
    • Newcastle Brown
    • North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout
    • Odells 90 Schilling
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • Perennial Black Walnut
    • Pilsner Urquell
    • Reissdorf Kölsch
    • Chimay Tripel
    • Samual Adams Summer Ale
    • Schlafly Summer Lager
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Schwarzbier
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Shiner Bock
    • Six Row Vanilla Porter
    • Smithwick’s
    • St. Bernardus Abt 12
    • Charleville 1/2 Wit Wheat
    • Urban Chestnut Wolpertinger
    • Woodchuck Amber
    • Warsteiner
    • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
  • Pi (Central West End) (5/15/12)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common stlye beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Schlafly Summer Lager
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Ale 3.14 (Kölsch)
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Four Hands Divided Sky Rye IPA
    • Civil Life Black Lager
    • Lips of Faith Fresh Hop (Bottle)
    • Lips of Faith Grand Abbey Cru (Bottle)
    • Stone IPA (Bottle)
    • New Belgium Fat Tire (Can)
    • Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi IPA (Can)
    • Avery ‘Joes’ Pilsner (Can)
    • Original Sin Gluten Free Cider (Bottle)
    • Bard’s Gluten Free (Bottle)
    • New Grist Gluten Free (Bottle)
    • Buckler NA Lager (Bottle)
  • The Royale (5/14/12)
    • 4 Hands Reprise Centennial Red
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Civil Life American Brown
    • Founders Curmudgeon
    • Founders Red’s Rye
    • Guinness Stout
    • North Coast Old Rasputin (nitro)
    • Schlafly American IPA
    • Schlafly Yakima Wheat
    • Strongbow Hard Cider
    • Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
      • Anchor Brekle’s Brown
      • Arcadia Whitsun (can)
      • Bell’s Oberon
      • Founders Dirty Bastard
      • North Coast Red Seal
      • Odell Myrcenary
      • Paulaner Salvator
      • Schlafly Summer Lager
      • Sierra Nevada Torpedo (pint can)

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • 4 Hands Brewing Company (05/18/12)
    • Reprise Centennial Red
    • Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown
    • Divided Sky Rye IPA
    • Single Speed Session – Blonde Ale brewed with Elderflower
    • Prunus Saison – French Saison brewed with sour cherries
    • 2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit
    • Civil Life Rye Pale
    • Schlafly AIPA
  • Kirkwood Station Brewing Company (5/18/12)
    • IPA
    • Brown Ale
    • Sugar Creek Light Lager
    • Rye APA
    • English Pale Ale
    • Blackberry Wheat
    • Märzen
    • Dunkelwiezen
    • Maibock
    • Belgian Witte
    • Bohemian Pilsner (5/10/12)
  • Schlafly Tap Room (5/14/12)
    • Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
    • Bière de Garde
    • Apple Pie Cider
    • Yakima Wheat Ale
    • Raspberry Hefeweizen
    • Maibock
    • Organic Pale Ale
    • Belgian Singel
    • American IPA
    • Black Saison
    • Kölsch
    • Summer Lager
    • Hefeweizen
    • Pale Ale
    • Dry-Hopped APA
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Cask American IPA
    • Cask Barleywine
  • Six Row Brewing Company (5/17/12))
    • Centennial Rye
    • Killer Whale
    • Extra Pale Ale
    • Whale
    • Plant No.1 Pilsner
    • Porter
    • Double IPA
    • Honey Weizen
    • Whiskey Barrel Aged Porter (Bottle)
  • Square One Brewery and Distillery (5/17/12)
    • Light Squared
    • Bavarian Weizen
    • Spicy Blonde
    • Park Avenue Pale Ale
    • IPA
    • Single Malt Scotch Ale
    • Maibock
    • East Kent Golding IPA (#6 in the Single Hop IPA Series)
    • Imperial Belgian IPA
    • Irish Stout
    • Maple Stout
    • Swartzenweizen
    • Cask: Single Malt Scotch Ale
    • Coming Soon: American Double Pale Ale, Helles Lager, Taurus IPA
  • Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (5/12/12)
      • Winged Nut – Ale brewed with chestnuts & a Bavarian Weissbier yeast strain
      • Hopfen – Bavarian IPA
      • Old Tjikko- Spruce Ale
      • STLIPA- Double IPA
      • Zwickel- Unfiltered traditional German Helles
      • Thrale’s- Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
      • Schnickelfritz- Bavarian WeissBier
      • Harwood Myth- English Brown Porter
      • O’Florian’s- Irish Dry Stout
      • Bushelhead- Cider
      • Daft- Barleywine
      • Vaclav Pils- Czech Pilsner
      • Oxnbrau- Doppelbock
      • Maximilian- Weizenbock
      • Hanse Bock- Heller Bock

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 in which they’ll be sampling: Perennial Saison de Lis, Perennial Hommel Bier, Perennial Black Walnut Dunkel, and Perennial Heart of Gold. Additional information can be found at their blog.

This Saturday, Wolfbrau in St. Peters continues its “Wolfbrau’s Taste of Beer.” On select Saturdays, Wolfbrau will be featuring a single style or brewery to feature. This Saturday, from 4PM to 6PM, they’ll be featuring Ska Mexican Logger, Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere IPA and Samuel Adems Verloren Gose. For more information, be sure to check out their Facebook page.

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