It’s shaping up to be a pretty quiet week here at STL Hops (blame Halo 3) but I’m going to do what I can to provide some content (I can’t promise it’s going to be insightful or interesting, but I’ll do what I can.)

But in the meantime I had a pretty interesting beer related weekend here’s a quick rundown:

Cruised over to Whole Foods on Friday evening in the hopes that I’d get to introduce myself to Andy (the beer buyer) and maybe pick up some Great Divide, but unfortunately he wasn’t there. But I did get a chance to talk to Mike at Whole Foods who is not only a beer fan but also works at St. Louis Wine and Beermaking. Got to chat with him for a little while about all things beer and homebrewing and got to pick up a bottle of Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout.

After that we decided to have dinner at Wm. Alandale Brewing Company. Had the good fortune to meet Daran Churovich the chief brewer at Alandale, we got to have a nice discussion about his beers and brewery. He also informed me that they’ll have two new seasonals coming out to celebrate their Fall Harvest Festival: Chocolate Stout and Pumpkin Ale. I’m hoping to set up some time in the future to interview Daran and get his thoughts on the local beer scene.

On Saturday I braved the traffic at Telegraph and 255 (stupid construction) to make my way over to Columbia, IL to visit Andrew Traughber at Bon Vivant Wines. I just have to say that Bon Vivant is a craft brew mecca for those in Southern Illinois and South County. While Andrew may not have the hundreds of beers that Coral or Lukas have, he makes up for it with a wonderful selection of hard to find beers in Missouri. Here’s a list of what I picked up:

  • Three Floyds – Behemoth Blonde Barleywine
  • Three Floyds – Brian Boru Old Irish Red
  • Jolly Pumpkin – Oro De Calabaza
  • Brasserie d’Achouffe – Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
  • Ommegang – Ommegeddon
  • Ommegang – Three Philosophers
  • Sam Adams – Imperial Pilsner
  • Dogfish Head – Raison D’etre
  • Dogfish Head – Festina Peche
  • Sierra Nevada – Anniversary Ale

If you’re in the area (or just want to make a special trip) make sure to stop by Bon Vivant and say “hi” to Andrew.