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It’s the time of the year where we look back at all of the cool stuff that’s been happening in our lives. For us beer people, it’s time to give a little thanks for all of the cool stuff that’s been going on with the St. Louis beer scene.  We’ve been moving at a warp speed over the past few years, so it’s good to give thanks for how good we currently have it.

It’s amazing to me to think of all of the great places we have to drink awesome craft beer in St. Louis.  It’s also awesome to know that there are more places on the way.  One of those places is Basso, located at 7036 Clayton Avenue.

This space isn’t your typical basement bar as this will truly be one of the most elegant places to have a beer in St. Louis. My picture don’t do this location justice, it’s just a beautiful location.  Basso opens on December 17th.  Check out the photos and the beer menu below:

  • Le Baladin
  • Il Chiostro
  • Grado Plato
  • Birrificio L’Olmaia
  • Pecan Nut Brown
  • 2nd Shift El Gato Grande IPA
  • Six Row Double IPA
  • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale
  • Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
  • Schlafly Pale Ale
  • Schlafly Klsch
  • Civil Life American Brown
  • Boulevard Nut Craker Ale
  • Founders Centenial IPA
  • Founders Dirty Bastard
  • Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
  • Ska Modus Hoperandi IPA
  • Magners Irish Cider
  • St. Bernardus Prior 8
  • Blue Moon Belgian White Ale
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Deschutes Obsidion Stout
  • Six Row Porter
  • Founders Porter
  • Left Hand Milk Stout NITRO
  • Morgan Street Honey Wheat
  • Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier
  • Peroni
  • Radeberger Pilsner
  • Sam Adams Winter Lager
  • Stella Artois

Too many people tell me that I remind them a bit of Ron Swanson.  This is an amazing and yet completely undeserved compliment.  But one area where Ron and I see eye to eye is our love of breakfast.  I cannot even begin to describe how much I love breakfast.  It’s easily my favorite meal of the day.

One of the best places to get breakfast (or lunch) in St. Louis is the newly opened Half & Half restaurant in Clayton.  If you haven’t been, I’m now giving you yet another reason to go: Starting this weekend, Half & Half will have a beer menu.

And this isn’t your standard run-of-the-mill beer menu, this is a pretty great selection of beers.  Half & Half is owned by Mike Randolph who also started The Good Pie.  Any beer fan worth their salt knows just how great the beer selection at TGP has been in the past and Half & Half is no different.  Here’s the list:

  • Hanssens Oude Kriek
  • Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse
  • Edelweiss Weissbier
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA
  • St. Bernardus Abt 12
  • Green Flash Hop Head Red
  • North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
  • Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout
  • Green Flash Double Stout

As you can see, Mike Randolph has done a great job of selecting beers that he think will pair best with some of the breakfast and lunch items available on their menu. “I always imagined this restaurant as a place where you could have a burger and two beer lunch.”

While a burger and beer sounds awesome, my inner-Swanson will stick with the Steak and Eggs and a stout.

growlers.gifSnow may be on the ground this morning, but we’re only a few days away from spring.  A new season means a new beer menu at Growlers Pub.   Here’s a look at the new beers hitting the list:

  • Avery White Rascal (Draught)
  • Lagunitas Pale Ale (Draught)
  • Augusta Saison (Draught)
  • Grand Teton Howling Wolf (Draught)
  • Ranger IPA (Draught)
  • Tank 7 (Draught)
  • Firestone Double Jack IPA (Draught)
  • Schlafly Dry Hopped APA (Draught)
  • Southern Tier Unearthly
  • Southern Tier Jah-Va Coffee Stout
  • Southern Tier 2x IPA
  • Southern Tier Iniquity
  • Breckenridge Vanilla
  • Widmer Brothers Drifter Pal Ale
  • Dundee IPA
  • Bells Pale Ale
  • Crown Valley Big Bison Ale
  • Nectar Ales Hemp Ale
  • Nectar Ales Red Nectar
  • Great Divide Denver Pale Ale
  • Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
  • Goose Island 312
  • Crispin Hard Cider
  • Schlafly Pilsner
  • Big Sky Trout Slayer
  • O’dell’s Easy Street Wheat
  • Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat
  • Tallgrass Ale
  • Point Cascade Pale Ale
  • Grand Teton Bitch Creek
  • Anchor Steam
  • Arcadia Sky High Rye
  • Bridgeport IPA
  • Dixie Jazz
  • Fox Barrel Currant Cider

While it’s completely awesome to see Tank 7 and Double Jack making the list, I’m sorry to see a couple of favorites like Lagunitas IPA and Founders Red’s Rye departing.

One small oddity I noticed on the full list is that they’re only doing 8oz pours of Boulevard Tank 7. As it’s an 8% ABV beer, I can totally respect that they want smaller pours. But what makes it so confusing is that they’re offering full 20oz pours of the 9.5% ABV Double Jack from Firestone Walker.

Probably not a price issue as well, Boulevard Tank 7 kegs are very inexpensive in comparison with some other craft beers. Just weird.

But still, nice to see some new beers in for those of us that frequent Growlers on a regular basis. New menu starts today, go and check it out.

The weather has warmed considerably over the past month, which must mean that it’s time for a Beer Menu change at Growlers Pub. Let’s take a look at what’s new:

  • Kilkenny Irish Ale
  • Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat
  • Schlafly Kolsch
  • Crown Valley Worktruck Wheat
  • Charleville Tornado Alley Amber Ale
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA
  • New Belgium Skinny Dip
  • Boulevard Single-Wide I.P.A.
  • Lagunitas IPA


  • Flying Dog Double Dog Double Pale Ale
  • Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter
  • Pete’s Wicked Ale
  • Ommegang Abbey Ale
  • Moylan’s Tipperary Pale Ale
  • Tommyknocker Alpine Glacier
  • Grand Teton Sweetgrass IPA
  • Goose Island Matilda 22oz
  • He’brew Messiah Bold
  • Dundee Original Honey Brown Lager
  • Bell’s Oberon Ale
  • Boulevard Pilsner
  • Rogue Brutal Bitter 22oz
  • Rogue Mocha Porter
  • Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen
  • Arcadia Hopmouth Double IPA
  • Point Beligan White
  • Ray Hills American Pilsner
  • Avery Red Point Ale
  • Avery White Rascal
  • New Holland Full Circle
  • Southern Tier Iniquity Imperial Black Ale
  • Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
  • Bass G
  • Fuller’s London Porter
  • Old Growler Curim Gold
  • Hoegaarden
  • Chimay Red Cap
  • Chimay White Cap
  • Moinette Blonde
  • St. Bernardus Abt 12
  • St. Bernardus Prior 8
  • Czech Rebel
  • Negra Modelo

As a self-proclaimed hophead, I have to say I’m a big fan of this draught list.  Is it the best list of draught beers I’ve ever seen?  No, but for those of us that frequent Growlers Pub and love hops, we have more than just a single draught IPA option now. I’ve been told that last Fall’s addition of Red’s Rye was a big hit, maybe they’re seeing an upswing on people wanting hoppier beers.

I also enjoy the additional local beer options from Crown Valley and Charleville.  I think people are looking for new local alternatives to what they’ve had in the past, so it’s nice seeing some more local love.

As far as the bottles go, I think there have been some excellent American craft beers added.  Understandably, some of the porters and stouts of the winter have made room for some lighter beers for summer.  It’s also nice seeing some great Belgian beers like St. Bernadus Abt 12 back.

All in all, I think that Growlers is making a genuine push to put together some better beer menus. I think there is some work left to be done, but I think this is a fine start at getting back into a craft beer nerd’s heart.

The weather has cooled considerably over the past few weeks, which must mean that it’s time for a Beer Menu change at Growlers Pub. Let’s take a look at what’s new:

  • Boulevard Porter
  • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
  • Founders Red Rye
  • Bass
  • Tin Mill Sky Scrapper
  • Hofbrau Hefe
  • Big Sky Moose Drool


  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  • Sierra Nevada Porter
  • Maredsous Blonde “6”
  • Koning Ludwig Hefe
  • Fullers ESB
  • Fullers 1845
  • Flying Dog Old Scratch
  • Berghoff Sundown Dark
  • Berghoff Pale Ale
  • Bell’s Porter
  • Ayinger Ur-Weis
  • Tommyknocker Pick Axe
  • Tommyknocker Maple
  • Tommyknocker Imp Brown
  • Southern Tier IPA
  • Southern Tier Porter
  • Saison Dupont
  • Phin & Matts
  • New Holland The Poet
  • New Holland Sundog
  • Moylan’s Kilt Lifter
  • Moylan’s Irish Red
  • New Holland Mad Hatter
  • Lion Stout
  • Founders Porter
  • Founders Dirty Bastard
  • Founders Centenial
  • Sam Adams Imperial White
  • Monks Café Flemmish
  • Gulden Drak
  • Big Sky Trout Slayer
  • Big Sky Scapegoat
  • Big Sky IPA

While the draught list as a whole still leaves a bit to be desired (really guys, do we need 1/6th of your list devoted to some sort of wheat beer?) and the dropping of Single Wide IPA makes me a bit sad. But the addition of Red’s Rye is a fine consolation gift and makes this guy very happy.

I think the place where the largest strides have been made are in the bottle list. There are some damn fine beers from some damn fine breweries on this list. I count five American IPAs that are on the list. For us hopheads, that’s some great news.

Also nice to see some great porters and stouts on the list as well. I’m also happy to see more of a push for American craft breweries. American brewers are brewing some great beers right now and it’s good to see more of them available.

I think there are some great improvements over the last few beer menus. I think there is some work left to be done, but I think this is a fine start at getting back into a craft beer nerd’s heart.

Despite some overnight snow, Spring is here and that means it’s time for a new beer menu at Growlers Pub. Unfortunately I missed the tasting for this event so I had no idea what I was in store for, let’s see how Growler’s did:

  • Tennet’s
  • Magic Hat #9
  • New Belgium Blue Paddle
  • New Belgium Seasonal
  • Budweiser American Ale
  • Boulevard Lunar Ale
  • Boulevard Single Wide IPA
  • Unibroue Chambly Noire


  • Flying Dog Tyre Bite
  • Abita Turbo Dog
  • Pyramid Hefeweizen
  • Woodchuck Pear Cider
  • Woodchuck Amber Cider
  • Ommegang Witte
  • Anderson Valley Boont ESB
  • Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold
  • Anderson Valley Barney Flats
  • Odell Easy Street Wheat
  • Odell 90 Shilling
  • Bell’s Amber Ale
  • Longhammer IPA
  • Avery Salvation
  • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
  • Bear Republic Racer 5
  • Great Divide Denver Pale Ale
  • Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
  • Sam Adams Boston Lager
  • Sam Adams Cherry Wheat
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Meantime London Porter
  • Meantime IPA
  • Warsteiner Pilser
  • Lindeman’s Peche
  • Maredsous Dubbel
  • Maredsous Tripel
  • Heineken Keg Can
  • Fraoch Heather Ale
  • Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA

I’ll be honest, in the past I’ve made Growler’s a bit of a whipping boy.  While I don’t think I’ve ever been unfair, I do think that I may have unfairly picked on Growler’s a bit too much.  They’re not the only bar in town that puts together some subpar beer lists on occasion.

But then again, I don’t see those restaurants touting that they have the best beer list in town. Which is something that simply isn’t true anymore (if it ever was.)  But, I will say that this list update is certainly a step in the right direction.

It’s refreshing to see some of the transgressions I mentioned in the past have been resolved, such as the lack of Bear Republic and Great Divide.  The lack of Unibroue on draught has finally been fixed as well.

But I have to begin to wonder, are they fixing these problems too late?  I mean, with places like iTap and The Stable consistantly bringing in new beers and breweries is there any chance to win back the hearts and minds of beer nerds in St. Louis?

When I was filling out my 2009 Wishlist about a week ago I was toying with the idea of wishing for a local bar that’s sole focus was nothing but beer.  A megabar offering hundreds of beer choices.

8-door-cooler_1280x960.jpgI decided to leave it off the list because I didn’t want to seem like I was disparaging the local bars and restaurants that actually do put a lot of work into their beer lists and that today’s economics don’t really lend themselves to someone taking on such a monumental task.  So I scrapped the idea as a pipe dream and moved on.

Then a few days later I receive an email from Brad Lobdell telling me about a new bar that he and his business partner Sean are opening in Chesterfield called International Tap House, or iTap for short.  Brad proceeds to tell me that they’re going to be offering 40 taps and 500 bottles.

To top it off, it turns out that it’s going to be a “no smoking” location, you’ll be able to buy beer to take home and EVERY beer will be served in it’s proper glass. Oh and did I mention they’ll have WiFi? It’s almost as if Brad reached into my brain and pulled out my wish.

tap-cooler_1280x960.jpgWhile they won’t be serving any food on premises, they’re working with a couple of local restaurants (currently Surf Dogs, Foodies and East Coast Pizza) to offer deliveries right to the bar.  You just tell iTap what you want and they’ll order it for you.  That’s service.

Brad also sent me a copy of a very preliminary bottle beer menu that’s 20 pages long.  It’s arranged by style and features a short description of the style for those not familiar which each style. The list contains the country of origin, size of the bottle and ABV.

All and all, this is looking up to be a great new spot for beer in St. Louis.   The International Tap House has set their Grand Opening date for February 1st, Super Bowl Sunday.  Stay tuned for more information and photos over the next couple of weeks.

Update: Check here for full bottle list at iTap.