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Archive for June, 2013

buffalologo.gifIn news that was not unexpected, but still remains disappointing I’ve been told that Buffalo Brewing Company in Midtown is now out of business. The restaurant and brewery, which has been in midtown since 2008, closed its doors as of end of business on Saturday, June 22nd.

While never making a huge splash in the St. Louis beer scene, Buffalo had two excellent head brewers in Dave Johnson and later Dan Stauder. They also created some homegrown talent with brewers Jerid Saffell and Drew Hurter brewing some beer there. In fact, the Buffalo Rye IPA did quite well during the 2010 and 2011 St. Louis Beer Challenge STL Hops puts on each year.

But out of the ashes arises a new brewery. As was originally reported on STL Today, the brewing equipment will be moving to Granite City where the new Six Mile Brewery and Smokehouse will be opening with new ownership in the near future.

I wish luck to the new owners and hope that the equipment will be used to keep churning out some tasty beer.


Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Ruhstaller 1881 Hop Ranch, Ruhstaller Capt. Black IPA, Excel Citra, Evil Twin Low Life, Nomada Royal Porter, Flying Monkey Amber, and Flying Monkey 4 Finger. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will hold a special Friday beer tasting to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. They’ll be sampling: Perennial / Half Acre Plan B, Perennial Woodside Tripel, Perennila Aria, Ommegang Fleur to Houblon, Ommegang Gnomegang, Stift Engelszell Benno Trappistenbier, Stillwater Cellar Door, Deschutes / Great Lakes Smoked Porter, ‘tSmisje Calva Reserva Valeir Donker, and Hantverksbryggeriet Baronen Barley Wine. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square’s Jerad Gardner will be at the Schnucks Butler Hill from 3-5PM today and Dierbergs Heritage Crossing 1-3PM tomorrow. He’ll be sampling a variety of Cathedral Square’s products. Go on out and say “hi” to Jerad.

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 Jim McGinn from Missouri Beverage, representing Weihenstephan. 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

logo1If you’re looking for the most authentic version of Neapolitan pizza in St. Louis, then you really need to visit The Good Pie. The blistered crust of these pizzas are cooked in a wood-burning oven that reaches over 900 degrees.  This is old school pizza, the original.

Some would argue (like me) that cask beer is old school as well.  Lighter carbonation, a little warmer, it’s the way beer way served for centuries before we had modern conveniences like CO2 draft systems and refrigeration.

Pairing these old school classics together, this Friday, June 28th, starting a 12PM, the Good Pie will be tapping a cask of the New Belgium 1554. They’ll be serving it until the cask runs out or The Good Pie closes.

I believe this is the first cask of 1554 available in St. Louis and you can get Neapolitan Pizza to go along with it! Sounds like a classic pairing.

I’m proud to announce that the fourth-annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week will be returning for 2013. This will be over a week long event beginning on July 27th and culminating on August 4th.

This year’s STLCBW, as always, will be put on by a group of breweries, distributors, restaurants, bars, retail outlets, and beer fans all working together to promote and enjoy craft beer.

Last year we had over 60 events that took place over 9 days.  We had trivia nights, cask events, tap take overs, and beer dinners.  Plans are already in the works for events including St. Louis’s second annual Midwest Belgian Beer Festival hosted by Perennial Artisan Ales, the Herbst Brewing Symposium, and the Schurcipefones Closing Ceremonies at The Bridge. But we’re always interested in hearing your suggestions.

If you’re a restaurant/bar, retail facility, distributor or brewery that would like  please contact me at or

If years of watching PBS as a child has taught me anything it’s that education is a wonderful thing. You know what makes learning even better? Beer.

Global Brew Tap House knows that beer and education are a natural mix so they’ve tapped (pun intended) their own Certified Cicerone Zachary Pohlman to lead beer school classes twice a month at their two locations. The classes run from 6:30-8PM and will cost you $15 which will provide five 5oz samples per person.

Classes take place the first and third Monday of every month at the O’Fallon location and the first and third Wednesday at the Edwardsville location. Each class will offer something new and exciting, here’s a look at next week’s classes:

Monday, July 1 (O’Fallon): Beers of Summer
Sierra Nevada Summerfest
Bell’s Oberon
4 Hands Single Speed
Summit Summer Ale
Anderson Valley Summer Solstice
Wednesday, July 3 (Edwardsville): Cathedral Square Brewery (w/ Jerad)
Belgian-Style White Ale
Belgian-Style Abbey Ale
Repent Rye
Holy Moly
Ave Maria

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 St. Charles (and also now in Wildwood!) 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 feature a Boulevard Tap Takeover offering Sasion Brett, Coffee Ale, Dry Stout, Tank 7, and 80 Acre all on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Crown Valley Strawberry Cider on draft and the Wildwood location will have Goose Island Sofie Paradisi on tap tonight. 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, Wildwood or Webster tonight!

Stuff from around the web

  • Buffalo looking to close and new brewery in Granite City.
  • Brewers Guild looking to reimburse those Saturday night patrons.
  • Cory King has a nice write-up in Sauce Magazine.
  • iTAP is throwing a beer garage sale this Saturday.

Retail Beer Releases

  • deVine Wines & Spirits (6/20/2013)
    • Abita Strawberry Harvast Lager
    • Avery IPA
    • Avery Karma Pale Ale
    • Avery The Maharaja Imperial IPA
    • Avery White Rascal
    • Bell’s Kalamazo Stout
    • Bell’s Expedition Stout
    • Bell’s Midwestern Pale Ale
    • Bell’s Oberon
    • Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale
    • Boulevard Long Strange Trip
    • Boulevard Dark Truth Ale
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard The Sixth Glass
    • Boulevard Double Wide IPA
    • Boulevard Grain Storm – Smokestack Series
    • Boulevard Nommo Dubbel – Smokestack Series
    • Boulevard Saisin-Brett – Smokestack Series
    • Chimay Blue and Red 4pks
    • Deschutes The Stoic
    • Founders All-Day IPA
    • Founders Double Trouble (2 Left)
    • Founders IPA
    • Founders Pale Ale
    • Founders Red Rye
    • Four Hands Contact High
    • Four Hands Pyrus Saison
    • Four Hands War Hammer Imperial IPA
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Goose Island Pere Jacque
    • Goose Island Sofie
    • Grand Teton Bitch Creek
    • Grand Teton Sweet Grass
    • Green Flash Le Freak
    • Lagunits Wilco Tango Foxtrot ( Left)
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Lagunitas Little Sumpin
    • Lagunitas Maximus
    • Lagunitas Pale Ale
    • Left Hand JuJu
    • Left Hand Nitro
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Left Hand Sawtooth
    • Left Hand Stranger American Pale Ale
    • Left Hand 400 Ib Monkey
    • Morgan Street Black Bear
    • Morgan Street Golden Pilsner
    • Morgan Street Honey Wheat
    • New Belgium Lips of Faith Pluot
    • Odell Easy Street Wheat
    • Odell Myrcenary Double IPA
    • Odell St. Lupulin
    • Odell Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
    • Perennial Aria
    • Perennial Black Walnut Dunkel
    • Perennial Fantastic Foyage
    • Perennial Plan B
    • Perennial Saison de Lis
    • Perennial Hommel Bier
    • Sierra Nevada Big Foot
    • Stone Enjoy by 7.04.13 (only a few left)
    • Stone Old Guardian
    • Urban Chestnut Sertaozinho Weiss
    • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut Ale
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel Lager
    • Urban Chestnut Schnikelfritz
    • Urban Chestnut STL Hops
  • Randall’s Wines and Spirits (Manchester)(6/20/13)
    • 4 Hands divided sky
    • 4 Hands Contact high
    • Abita Strawberry
    • Anchor Liberty Ale
    • Anchor Steam Beer
    • Arcadia Loch down Scotch Ale
    • Bells Pale Ale
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Boulevard Harvest Wheat
    • Boulevard 80 Acre
    • Cathedral Square Holy Moly
    • Cathedral Square Belgium Abbey Ale
    • Charleville strawberry blonde
    • Charleville Tornado alley
    • Deschutes Black Butte porter
    • Deschutes chainbreaker
    • Goose Island 312
    • Goose Island sofie
    • Great Devide Yeti
    • Founders Imperial stout
    • Founders Double Trouble
    • Founders All Day
    • Leinenkugel’s Shandy bottles and cans
    • Lagunitas lucky 13
    • Lagunitas maximus
    • Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey
    • Left hand Nitro Milk Stout
    • Magic Hat elder betty
    • Magic Hat #9
    • New Belgium La Folie
    • New Belgium Beir Du Ceil
    • New Holland Dragons Milk 22oz & 4pk
    • Odells Woodcutter #6
    • Perennial Plan B
    • Perennial Black Walnut
    • Perennial Sasion de lis
    • Schlafly Summer Helles
    • Schlafly X.I.P.A
    • Ska Nefarioua Ten Pin Porter
    • Sierra Nevada Barelywine
    • Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    • Southern Tier 2x Stout
    • Stone IRS & EIRS
    • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut Ale
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel Lager
    • Urban Chestnut Wolpertinger
    • Woodchuck Summer Seasonal
  • Vineyards Wine & Spirits (Chesterfield) (6/21/13)
    • 4 Hands Brewery Contact High
    • 4 Hands Brewery Chocolate Milk Stout
    • Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA
    • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale–NEW
    • Blue Moon Agave Nectar Ale
    • Boulevard Boss Tom’s Golden Bock
    • Boulevard 80-Acre
    • Boulevard SSS Love Child No. 3
    • Boulevard SSS Grainstorm Black Rye IPA
    • Boulevard SSS Harvest Dance
    • Boulevard SSS Rye on Rye
    • Deschutes Twilight–NEW
    • Deschutes Chainbreaker IPA
    • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
    • Founders Double Trouble
    • Founders Curmudgeon
    • Goose Island Summertime
    • Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
    • Left Hand Wake Up Dead
    • Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale–NEW
    • Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
    • Leinenkugel’s Lemon Berry Shandy
    • Liefmans Cuvee Brut
    • Morgan Street Honey Wheat
    • New Belgium Hoppy Bock Lager
    • New Belgium LOFS Cascara Quad
    • New Belgium Rampant IPA
    • New Belgium Dig
    • New Holland White Hatter–NEW
    • North Coast Class of 88 Barley Wine–NEW
    • North Coast Brewery Le Merle
    • Odells Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
    • Odells Pond Hopper
    • Ommegang Abbey Ale
    • Perennial Plan B–NEW
    • Perennial Peace Offering
    • Perennial Saison de Lis
    • Perennial Heart of Gold
    • Petrus Oud Bruin Ale
    • Redd’s Apple Ale–NEW
    • Sam Adams Longshot
    • Sam Adams Summer Ale
    • Sam Adams White Lantern
    • Schlafly Export IPA–NEW
    • Schlafly American Brown Ale Cans
    • Schlafly IPA Cans
    • Schlafly Helles Summer Lager
    • Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen
    • Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale–NEW
    • Sierra Nevada Hoptimum–NEW
    • Sierra Nevada Summerfest–NEW
    • Stone Enjoy By 7.4.13 IPA–NEW
    • Stone Brewing IPA
    • Third Shift Amber Lager–NEW
    • Tiger Lager Beer
    • Urban Chestnut 8 Pack Sampler
    • Urban Chestnut STL IPA
    • Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz
    • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • Widmer Brothers Reserve Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout ’13

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • Hendel’s Restaurant(Florissant) (6/20/2013)
    • Cathedral Square Belgian Abbey Ale
    • Charleville Hoptimistic IPA – tapping next!
    • Greiesideick Bavarian Wheat
    • Kirkwood Brewing IPA
    • Schlafly Summer Lager
    • Schnickelfritz UCBC – tapping next!
    • Tannhauser Pale Ale – tapping next!
  • Pi (Kirkwood) 6/21/2013)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common style beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Schlafly Irrationale (Kolsch)
    • Schlafly Raspberry Heffeweisen
    • Schlafly Summer Helles Lager
    • Four Hands Pi Pale Ale (A Pale Ale exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Four Hands Single Speed Blonde Ale
    • 6 Row Whale Ale
    • Avery White Rascal
    • North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
    • Urban Chestnut STLIPA
    • Charleville Oatmeal Stout
    • O’Fallon Wheach
    • Civil Life English Pale Ale
    • Civil Life American Brown Ale
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • New Belgium Ranger AIPA
    • New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale
    • New Belgium Shift Pale Lager
    • Original Sin Hard Cider (Gluten-Free)
    • Windmer Omission Light Lager (Gluten-Free)
    • New Planet Off Grid American Pale Ale (Gluten-Free)
    • Buckler Non-Alcoholic Light Beer
  • The Royale (6/21/13)
    • 2nd Shift Katy
    • Civil Life English IPA
    • Founders Centennial
    • Founders Devil Dancer
    • Founders Double Trouble
    • Left Hand Sawtooth (nitro)
    • Murphy’s Stout (nitro)
    • Original Sin hard cider
    • Perennial Plan B
    • Schlafly X-IPA
    • Schlafly Summer Lager
    • Unibroue Ephemere
    • Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz
      • Bell’s Oberon
      • Deschutes Twilight
      • Green Flash Rayon Vert
      • Odell St. Lupulin
      • O’Fallon Wheach
      • Rochefort 6
      • Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry Ale
      • Schlafly Session IPA (can)
      • Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest (22oz)
      • St. Bernardus Wit
      • Tallgrass Oasis
  • Three Kings Public House (06/15/2013)
    • Deschutes Obsidian Stout (Nitro)
    • Crispin Original Cider
    • Avery Ellie’s Brown
    • Avery White Rascal
    • Budweiser
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Founders All Day IPA
    • Founders Dirty Bastard
    • Goose Island Sofie
    • 4 Hands Contact High
    • Odell Loose Leaf
    • Odell Myrcenary
    • Ommegang BPA
    • Ommegang Fleur de Houblon
    • Schlafly Vienna Lager
    • Widmer 2012 Old Embalmer
    • Widmer 2013 Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout
    • Stone Enjoy By IPA 7-4-13
    • Delirium Tremons
    • Stella Artois

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Six Row Brewing Company (06/21/13))
    • Whale
    • Porter
    • Double IPA
    • Honey Weizen
    • Strawberry Honey Weizen
    • Red Eye (Red IPA)
    • Plant No. 1 Pilsner
    • Killer Whale
    • Columbus Single-Hop DIPA

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events: