civillife-stlhopsI don’t know how, but I’ve tricked another brewery into collaborating with us here at STL Hops.

A few of us mentioned to Jake and Dylan at The Civil Life Brewery that we’d love to do a collaboration beer with them sometime. Jake, being the affable fellow he is, and Dylan, being the lovable, stalwart brewer he is, were up for brewing up something cool with us.

Naming a beer is harder work than one would think. During this great revolution of beer in America, there are a lot of breweries which means a lot of new beers are getting named. So, coming up with something unique can be tough.

But not as tough as being a brewer. It’s a sweaty, wet, and sometimes backbreaking job to brew beer. I know first-hand as I, along with Eric, Carl, and Troy helped to brew this collaboration with our friends at Civil Life.

Us all being fans of Civil Life, we wouldn’t want to much with the program too much. Their takes on traditional English and German styles are too pretty to mess with. So we all quickly agreed that a traditional bock not only fit Civil Life but gave us something big to enjoy during the winter.

Luckily for all of us, Troy Meier, the Supreme Overlord of the STL Hops Homebrew Club, has an award-winning recipe for a bock. So Troy sat down with Dylan and they hammered out and scaled up Troy’s recipe. And after almost two month, the Gordian Knot Bock is now ready.

You can get your first taste of this starting today at Civil Life.  It will also be available around town as well.  Here are some of the accounts that have brought in the beer:

Amsterdam Tavern
Baileys Range
The Bridge
Exit 6
Stacked Burger Bar
International Tap House
Mike Duffy’s Kirkwood
Nick’s Pub
Quincy Street
South Hampton Bar and Grill
Ryders Tavern
Side Project
Tick Tock Tavern
Three Monkey’s
Triumph Grill

While I’m really proud of this beer, the coolest part is this would have never happened if not for the continued support of the STL Hops community for our local brewers. Thank you one and all, and happy holidays to everyone.