growlers.gifIf I were to come up with another headline for this post, it would probably be, “American Brewers In, Unibroue Out!”  Almost one half of the all the beers Growlers Pub is now offering on this Spring’s beer menu are brewed in the USA.  Now this isn’t to say this is a bad thing, American brewers are some of the best in the world and are given more freedom than any other country in the world to brew any number of styles.  I just thought it was worthy of mentioning.

The most disheartening thing about this newest list is the complete exclusion of Unibroue.  One of the best breweries in Canada gets snubbed over a few more Pilsners added to the list.

I realize it’s summer, so I’m not advocating they add Maudite to the list, but Apple Éphémère or Blanche De Chambly would make wonderful summertime additions.  Here’s the new selections:

Draught

  • Samuel Adams Seasonal
  • Schlafly No. 15
  • New Belgium 1554
  • Peroni
  • New Belgium Mothership Wit
  • Boulevard Dry Stout
  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Shock Top Belgian White Ale
  • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA

Bottle:

  • Miller High Life
  • Flying Dog “Tire Bite”
  • Abita Amber
  • Retro Red American Amber
  • North Coast Pranqster
  • Ommegang Hennepin
  • Samuel Adams Irish Red
  • ODells Indian Pale Ale
  • ODells 90 Schilling
  • ODells East Street Wheat
  • Breckenridge Avalanche
  • O’Fallon Wheach
  • Goose Island Honkers Ale
  • Red Hook ESB
  • Land Shark Lager
  • Kona Longboard Lager
  • Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale
  • Boddington Pub Ale
  • Paulaner Hefeweizen
  • Paulaner Salvator Dopplebock
  • Hofbrau Original Lager
  • Wittekerke Witbier
  • Lindemans Pomme
  • Bavik Pilsner
  • Carlsberg Lager
  • Elephant Lager
  • Zatech Pils
  • Moretti La Rosa

Some quick thoughts:  First, I don’t see it on their website, but is AB distributing Peroni now?  The reason I ask is that I think I’ve seen it on draught at 3 or 4 restaurants I’ve been to recently.  It’s not good enough to stand on it’s own, I assume it’s one of the type of beers to get a big marketing push as of recent.  Also, I love a Belgian Wit as much as anyone, but do we really need 5 different Wits on the menu?  Doesn’t that seem a bit high?

Good to see 5 Day IPA on draught, though I’ve heard that it wasn’t available at the Creve Coeur location the other day.  Also nice to see Hennepin, but HOLY CRAP, they want $11.25 for it?!  That’s outrageous, it’s one thing to charge $11.25 for Ommegang’s Three Philosophers, which carries a premium price at retail, but Hennepin doesn’t.  In fact it’s usually about $5-6 bucks retail while 3P is about $9 bucks.  That’s gouging at its finest and frankly, it’s pretty insulting.  Though, I’m pretty sure Growlers doesn’t care about real beer enthusiasts anyway.