For those of you making your way out to the Saturday sessions of the 2011 St. Louis Microfest, I’m here to tell you that you’re in for some very special treats. Tomorrow will provide your first chance to try a few beers which have never been served in St. Louis:
Goose Island Indira – (Look for it Saturday afternoon)
A farmhouse ale brewed with lemongrass and lemon thyme added to the whirlpool. Indira has lots of interesting stuff happening with the combination of spices, herbs and citrus character all blending with the saison yeast and hop varieties.
ABV – 6.8%, Hops – Perle and Sorachi, Malt – Pale, Pilsner, Wheat, Carapils and some Rye
Goose Island Big John – (Look for it Saturday evening)
An Imperial Stout with crazy amounts of roasted barley and an addition of cacoa nibs. Tremendous chocolate aroma and flavor!
ABV – 11.5%, Hops – Columbus, Malt – 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roasted Barley, De-bittered Black
Nebraska Brewing Company Infinite Wit
A light-bodied Belgian wheat beer brewed with Organic Orange Peel and Organic Coriander. Light and refreshingly crisp with a mild fruity/citrus character.
4.5% ABV, 9 IBU
Nebraska Brewing Company Cardinal Pale Ale
Our Pale Ale is deep golden in color and characterized by a floral/citrus-like aroma, with medium maltiness and low bitterness.
5.75% ABV, 29 IBU
Nebraska Brewing Company India Pale Ale
Our India Pale Ale has a pronounced hop bitterness and wonderful hop aroma. The taste immediately gives away the high hop characteristics with malt aspects playing second fiddle to this fantastic example of the style.
6.5% ABV, 65 IBU
Nebraska Brewing Company Hop God
A beautiful golden crossbreed of a Belgian Tripel and a West Coast IPA. A remarkable explosion on the palate with spiciness, tropical fruit, and a firm citrus bitterness that will leave you begging for more!
9.0% ABV 101 IBU
I’ve also been told that one of the Nebraska Brewing Company’s Reserve Series will be making an appearance as well. But no exact information about when or what. Guess you’ll just need to keep your eyes peeled for that one.
Edit: Just received word that the Reserver Series beer that will also be poured at the Microfest Saturday session this weekend is the Black Betty:
Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout
Black as night and every bit Imperial, this RIS was originally launched to tremendous accolades. Going further, this Stranahan’s Whiskey barrel aged version meshes the rich chocolates, the coffee-like aromatics with the sweet whiskey nose and drying character of the oak. Slightly behind on the palette are the hops – held in restraint by the wonderfully full mouthfeel and broad flavors brought on by the perfect blend of so many malted barley varieties. Ready to enjoy upon release and perfect for extended cellaring.
9.3% ABV, 83 IBU