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At the end of 2011, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Evan Benn reported that Augusta Brewing Company would be expanding their operations to include a new brewpub in Washington, Missouri. This brewpub would take the place of the former Droege’s Grocery Store which was located in downtown Washington.

Rehabbing a 19th century building obviously takes some time, but I’m happy to announce that beginning today, Tuesday, July 17th, the new John G.’s Taproom is now officially open to the public. Located at 109 West Main Street, John G.’s will feature nine Augusta beers on draft and two guest taps.

The only thing this brewpub doesn’t currently have is a brewery. Augusta’s head brewer Shawn Herrin is expecting the new brewing equipment to arrive mid-August which he hopes will bump their current production of 500bbls per year up considerably.

For some interesting photos of the build-out of the new location, be certain to check out the Rediscovering Washington blog. If you head out, let us know what you think in the comments or on the forums.

Someone (I think it was Brad) mentioned the idea a few weeks back about having monthly STL Hops events. Nothing out of the ordinary, just maybe a monthly dinner where we head out to some of our local brewpubs and beer restaurants and sit down to have some dinner and talk some beer. So the first question is anyone else interested in this?

The next question is, if you are interested, where would you like to eat? Just fair warning, I haven’t actually talked to any of these places about us showing up, but if we have a clear winner, I’ll get the ball rolling. We’d probably have these meet-ups on Mondays or Tuesdays as they’re going to be the less hectic days of the week for restaurants.

buf2.jpgI’ve mentioned Buffalo Brewing a couple of times now, but it’s looks like we’re in the home stretch now. According to Dave from O’Fallon Brewery the final inspections are occurring and he hopes to be brewing on Sunday. Wondering what kind of beers they plan on offering? Well lucky for you, Buffalo Brewing now has a website which also provides a quick rundown of their first beer offerings:

Buffalo Gold
Is brewed with premium American barley, wheat and imported hops. This light colored ale has a light malt flavor and smooth finish
5% ABV – 15 IBU

Chili Beer
Our Fun Beer!
Is brewed with highly modified premium American Barley, wheat and imported hops. Our chili ale has a light flavor and subtle spiciness.
5% ABV- 15IBU

Buffalo Drool
Our interpretation of the American Brown Ale. It’s brewed with six American grains and American hops. Our brown ale has a strong malt backbone and slight chocolate flavor, with a hint of hops in the finish
5.5% – 15 IBU

Buffalo Red
It’s brewed with four premium American grains and premium American hops. Our red ale has a strong malt backbone and a high hop flavor.
5.6% – 30 IBU

Buffalo Drool sounds a lot like Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewery in Montana. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Moose Drool, so if Buffalo Drool is anything like it, we’re in for a treat.

Edit: Dave informed me that they’re also be carrying two seasonal beers, starting with a Bavarian Hefe and a Rye IPA.

picture-017.jpg“Welcome to GC!” the friendly hostess said as I walked into the Granite City Food and Brewery located on Olive in Creve Coeur. “GC?” I thought to myself. But it soon became clear that this was an attempt to not confuse us locals with the other GC, Granite City, Illinois, which this new GC has nothing to do with.

picture-012.jpgCreated at the end of the microbeer bubble, Granite City Food and Brewery started in St. Cloud, Minnesota and has gradually expanded its presence across the Midwest. The more interesting thing about GC is that they don’t actually do any brewing on-site at the satellite locations, it’s all done at a central brewhouse and then the cooled wort is shipped to each location where it is infused with yeast and fermentation is the allowed to occur. It’s a patented process they call Fermentus Interruptus.

picture-010.jpgSo how’s the beer? Unfortunately I only had the chance to try one, the IPA. When the server came over to ask what I thought about it, I answered, “It’s ok.” My dining companion started sheepishly laughing as this was not the answer the server was looking for. But I was just being honest. It wasn’t bad by any means, but it’s wasn’t great either. It had a nice hop aroma and a subtle bitterness. It’ll be very palatable to those that have never had an IPA before. But for some of us, it may be a bit lacking.

GC locally carries four beers, Pale Lager, Dopplebock, IPA and an Traditional Stout. picture-014.jpgThe offer a five pull sampler which includes the four listed above and a mixture of the dopple and the lager as the fifth sample. I was very impressed with the beer menus as they offer up a great amount of detail about the beer. From the grain bill and hop selections to the OG and ABV range. It provides plenty of information for those who may know nothing about beer to us beer nerds that really enjoy knowing what the OG of a beer is. The only other thing I’d love to see included would be the addition of knowing how many IBUs are in the beer. I think if they explained IBUs to their customers it would help the customers learn what they like and what to avoid.

Overall it was a pleasant experience and I know I’ll be back to try their full sampling. But I’ll be honest when I say I’m a bit concerned about the future of the restaurant. Let’s not kid ourselves, St. Louis is an AB drinking town. While I think that St. Louisans will go to a brewpub on occasion for the novelty factor, I think for the most part they’re not interested in going to a place where they can’t get their Budweiser. Then again, there are plenty of brewpubs in the area that prove me wrong, I hope GC can do the same.

Correction, it was a Bock and not a Dopplebock as I mentioned before. Hazy memory.

Dave from O’Fallon Brewery reported on the BA forums that there will be a new brewpub opening in St. Louis not too far from the new SLU arena.

Sometime in January “Buffalo Brewing Co.” will be open in St. Louis. The location is at Olive and Compton just behind the new SLU arena in the Parrish Laundry building.
Updates soon.

No Round-Up today, it’s  pretty slow due to the holidays.  It’ll be back next week.  Have a Happy New Year.