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SixRow_logoIt probably makes me an ultra beer nerd, but not only do I have a favorite hop variety, but I also have a favorite adjunct grain. (Let’s be honest, have two ingredients probably doesn’t make me a huge beer nerd, but devoting an entire website to beer probably does.)

My favorite hop is Centennial and my favorite adjunct is rye.  So, one has to guess that Six Row Brewing Company‘s newest creation, the Centennial Rye has to be right up my alley, right?  Let’s look at the description and find out:

Much like an American-Style wheat beer, light, crisp, and refreshing, but with a twist-the use of rye malt, adding a nice, almost tart character to this seasonal brew. Unlike an IPA, it uses its namesake hop, Centennial, to add a citrus and grapefruit finish without overpowering the subtle spiciness of the rye. Perfect for warmer weather! (ABV: 6.5%, Bitterness Units: 27 IBUs, Color: 5 SRM, Original Gravity: 13.7 Degrees Plato)

Rye? Check.
Centennial hops? Check.

For those of us that love that spicy rye flavor and that floral Centennial hop aroma, it sounds like a real winner.  This beer is on tap right now, so head on in to Six Row and let everyone know what you think in the comments.

This Fall will see the release on what will be the definitive book about brewing in St. Louis when St. Louis Brews: 200 Years of Brewing in St. Louis 1809-2009 hits store shelves.  This hardbound, full color book will feature over 330 pages detailing the history of beer and its importance to the St. Louis region.

This book was researched and written by local brewing historians Don Roussin, Kevin Kious and Henry Herbst.  (Henry will also be a featured player at this years St. Louis Craft Beer Week where he will be hosting a discussion about the History of Craft Beer in the United States.)

If you’re interested in obtaining a copy of this book be certain to buy your signed copy here or you can also pay by check via this PDF.  I have a feeling this will be on a lot of local beer nerd’s Christmas lists come this fall.



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Not only am I excited about the huge number of people coming to the party at the International Tap House tonight, but so are the owners Brad and Sean.  But let’s just lay down a few nuggets of information before this kicks off tonight.

While Brad and Sean are confident that everything is going to go smoothly and that they’re ready to open, please remember that this is the first night they’re going to be serving people.  So, please have some patience as there is always the possibility things don’t go smoothly.  Remember your first day on the job, now what if you had 170 people descend upon you at once?

While I’ve never had any sort of problem with anyone from here in the past, this is also a much larger group than we’ve had in the past.  We’re all adults, so I shouldn’t have to say this, but I’m going to anyway.  Everyone please be cool.  We’re all here for a good time and to hang out with other beer nerds.  This is a very special opportunity for us and I don’t to ruin any future chances because someone is being a dick.

If you didn’t RSVP, please don’t crash.  While I’m extremely encouraged and excited about the enthusiasm for this party I don’t want a good time ruined by having a ton of uninvited people there.  This place will be open on Sunday, feel free to stop by then.

There is going to be paper up on the windows the entire evening.  Brad and Sean don’t want people driving by thinking they’re open.  So if you drive up and it looks dark, that’s why.

One last thing, be safe and be smart. If you’ve had too much, find a ride. We want you around for the next party. I’m very nervous excited for this event and can’t wait to see everyone tonight.

It was an amazing sight. It was awesome to see about 30 or 40 beer nerds descend on 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar last Friday night, kill a cask in about an hour and a half and then move on to their next beer adventure. At one point while pouring a Two Hearted, Jake, the owner of 33, looked at me and said, “You know, this is all your fault!” I can’t say I wasn’t a little proud.

As for the beer itself, my girlfriend and some people in the forum picked up a metallic taste and a bit of oxidation in the first few beers. I’m lucky to say my palate didn’t pick this up, but I will say that as the night progressed the beer got better. I don’t know if that’s because I had 3 or 4 beers or if the beer actually did get better, but it was pretty fulfilling. It was very cool to see everyone show up and have a great time.

Thanks again to Dylan, Jake and Mike at 33 for putting this on. Hopefully this becomes a more regular thing.

stlhopslogosmall.gifI dropped a little nugget of information in last week’s anniversary post, but it’s time to let the cat out of the bag. On October 24th at 6:30PM, STL Hops will be having it’s First Anniversary Party in the Schlafly Tap Room Cellar. I don’t think there is a better place to have a beer nerd party than surrounded by brewing equipment.

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets and the cost is $13.76. Why $13.76? Because with the BPT service fee, the exact cost of the ticket is $15. All of the proceeds for this event will be donated to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Your ticket will include beer and snacks. Right now I have confirmations from the following brewers on beer:

  • Schlafly
  • O’Fallon
  • Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
  • Boulevard
  • Buffalo Brewing
  • Morgan Street

Keep checking back on this post because I’m working on not only getting a bunch of brewers but also a bunch of swag as well. Also, only 55 tickets are being made available, so get them while you can.

Purchase tickets HERE.

lost-abbey-jpg-smaller.jpgTomme Arthur is the head brewer of Lost Abbey/Port Brewing company out of San Diego. In his most recent blog posting, he drops this little nugget of info toward the end:

Post Great American Beer Festival, it looks like we will turn our attention to the Midwest and seek out some distribution in the greater Chicago area. We have been looking at this market long enough and it is time to move some beer towards the Great Lakes. If all goes well, you might even see some Lost Abbey beers on the shelves in time for Christmas. That won’t suck.

While this does not immediately affect us in St. Louis, all of the beers we currently see in Southern Illinois got there because of Chicago and some faithful beer nerds who made sure they make it down our way. So while there is no guarentee we’d see these beers in our area, the idea that it could be possible does not “suck.”

I can’t believe it’s already been a year. I started this site a year ago basically to sound off about beer and also provide a little information for beer lovers in the area. I know I’ve said this a ton of times, but I’m really amazed what this site has become. It’s not longer just a single crazy beer nerd and some of his ramblings, but 385 posts and 1400 comments later this place has become a full-fledged community of beer enthusiasts. I’m really proud of the site and the people who have come aboard for the fun. So, I thank everyone who has stopped by and added something to this community. Thank you.

Now, what’s missing? Is there anything you’d like to see more of? Is there something else that could be done? I’m always up for suggestions, ideas, and criticism and would like some feedback on what could be done to make STL Hops more valuable to you. So feel free to let lose, I’ve got thick skin.

Also, two other little notes that will hopefully be of some interest to some of you. First, the STL Hops Anniversary party will be on October 24th at the Schlafly Tap Room, the total cost will be $15 per person and all proceeds will be donated to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. I’ll have more information about this event to all of you soon. The second item is that I’m in the middle of finishing a new logo for STL Hops which means I may have some swag for people to buy (at cost) in the near future.

Once again, thank you for making this first year so successful.