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civillife-stlhopsI don’t know how, but I’ve tricked another brewery into collaborating with us here at STL Hops.

A few of us mentioned to Jake and Dylan at The Civil Life Brewery that we’d love to do a collaboration beer with them sometime. Jake, being the affable fellow he is, and Dylan, being the lovable, stalwart brewer he is, were up for brewing up something cool with us.

Naming a beer is harder work than one would think. During this great revolution of beer in America, there are a lot of breweries which means a lot of new beers are getting named. So, coming up with something unique can be tough.

But not as tough as being a brewer. It’s a sweaty, wet, and sometimes backbreaking job to brew beer. I know first-hand as I, along with Eric, Carl, and Troy helped to brew this collaboration with our friends at Civil Life.

Us all being fans of Civil Life, we wouldn’t want to much with the program too much. Their takes on traditional English and German styles are too pretty to mess with. So we all quickly agreed that a traditional bock not only fit Civil Life but gave us something big to enjoy during the winter.

Luckily for all of us, Troy Meier, the Supreme Overlord of the STL Hops Homebrew Club, has an award-winning recipe for a bock. So Troy sat down with Dylan and they hammered out and scaled up Troy’s recipe. And after almost two month, the Gordian Knot Bock is now ready.

You can get your first taste of this starting today at Civil Life.  It will also be available around town as well.  Here are some of the accounts that have brought in the beer:

Amsterdam Tavern
Baileys Range
The Bridge
Exit 6
Stacked Burger Bar
International Tap House
Mike Duffy’s Kirkwood
Nick’s Pub
Quincy Street
South Hampton Bar and Grill
Ryders Tavern
Side Project
Tick Tock Tavern
Three Monkey’s
Triumph Grill

While I’m really proud of this beer, the coolest part is this would have never happened if not for the continued support of the STL Hops community for our local brewers. Thank you one and all, and happy holidays to everyone.

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale’s Matt Thenhaus hosts an event where he guides you through the wonderful world of beer styles and beer history. This week he’ll be featuring an event he calls: “Springtime for Germany: Bockbier” Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

Beer is, at its core, a balancing act between malt and hops. With bock beer, hops don’t stand a chance.

Simply put, bock is German lager with a heftier malt bill. This greater amount of malted barley in the recipe adds more body, sweetness and alcohol to the finished beer. Ranging from pale gold to dark brown, bock beer has been traditionally brewed to be drunk in the springtime.

Different varieties of bock exist, and tonight we will feature three distinct types. Maibock is a honeyed, golden quaffer that’s just a skosh bigger than a standard helles lager. Doppelbock brings the noise with dark malts and a bigger boost in booze. Weizenbock melds the characteristics of a yeasty, unfiltered Bavarian weissbier with the malty goodness of bock.


Who says hopheads have all the fun?

As Matt is extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable this is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer we have available in St. Louis.

gbb.jpgDave from O’Fallon let’s me know they’re kicking off the re-release of Goat’s Breath with an event that almost sounds like it requires a Toga:

Join us this Thursday, January 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Rumple’s Pub (221 North Main Street in St. Charles) for the OFFICIAL kick-off of our re-introduction of Goat’s Breath Bock. Enjoy great beer and food, visit with the brewers and meet our mascot, “Cooter,” the goat! (For real!)

If you haven’t tried it, Goat’s Breath Bock is a malty clean beer that you almost wouldn’t expect is an ale. So not only do you get a chance to try it, but you get to hang with Cooter the Goat. Sounds like a hell of a time.

This “non-conformist Bock ale” is now available if you look hard enough (though I hear it’s at the Bogey Hills Dierbergs and The Wine & Cheese Place.) I’ll let O’Fallon brewer Dave Johnson describe it:

It is a non-traditional bock brewed with our house Kolsch yeast and fermented cold.It’s brewed with 8 different malts and 2 hops. It’s a deep ruby red with a big malt aroma and flavor.

I had a chance to try it today (right from the bright tank) and that’s a pretty spot on description. It’s got a lovely malt character that’s well balanced with the hops. Not too sweet, with a very clean finish. Here are some pictures for your enjoyment.



This is right out of the bright tank with no additional carbonation. The Front.



The Side. The Beer.