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globalBreaking into your Saturday afternoon to let you know of something awesome going down in Illinois today. At 4PM today, Global Brew Tap House in both Edwardsville and O’Fallon will be tapping Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. If you don’t know about this monster, here’s a description:

Clocking in at 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, it’s easy to see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads! 120 Minute IPA is boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops.

We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles — some to enjoy and some to age.

This is a big beer, so make sure to have a spotter and a designated driver. I may have interrupted you Saturday, but it’s totally for you own good.

globalIf years of watching PBS as a child has taught me anything it’s that education is a wonderful thing. You know what makes learning even better? Beer. Global Brew Tap House knows that beer and education are a natural mix so they’ve tapped (pun intended) their own Certified Cicerone Zachary Pohlman to lead beer school classes twice a month at their two locations.

The classes run from 6:30-8PM and will cost you $15 which will provide five 5oz samples per person. Classes take place the first and third Monday of every month at the O’Fallon location and the first and third Wednesday at the Edwardsville location. Each class will offer something new and exciting, here’s a look at this week’s classes featuring Dogfish Head Brewing:

Wednesday, February 5 (Edwardsville)
Namaste
Piercing Pils
60 Minute IPA
Sixty-One
Hellhound on My Ale

Wednesday, February 12 (O’Fallon) Namaste
Piercing Pils
60 Minute IPA
Sixty-One
Hellhound on My Ale

norrebro-bryghus-old-odense-ale.pngOne way to avoid the hop shortage when making beer is to make a beer without hops, called a gruit.  Dogfish Head Brewery, a favorite around STL Hops land and a brewer of many unusual beers, has teamed up with Danish brewery Nørrebro Bryghus to brew a special beer based on a “15th century pre-hop era gruit ale recipe from the town of Odense.”  The beer contains star anise, blackthorn berries, maple syrup and herbs.

Only a single case made it’s way into St. Louis and Paul from the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton was the only place to get it.  If that didn’t make it difficult enough to obtain, the case only contains 9 bottles.  This is a one time only release of a very special beer, so if this sounds like your thing I wouldn’t wait too long to pick this up.

We have a new thread in the Forum titled, “What did you drink last night?” It gives everyone a chance to discuss what beers they enjoyed the night before and maybe even brag a little bit. As I was typing up a monster post for the thread, it occurred to me it would probably make a decent post on the main blog as well. So here’s a little of my weekend drinking:

Friday
Two Hearted: Had kind of a crappy day, so I started off with an old favorite. Unfortunately I had it at Growler’s and I was having a poor time there.
Green Flash Hop Head Red: Came home and popped open one of the three beers I picked up while in Champaign. I was looking for their West Coast IPA, had to settle for this instead. Nice beer, but didn’t really live up to the “Hop Head” moniker. Could have standed a bit more bitterness, but it was still a nice beer.
DFH Indian Brown Ale: Picked this one up because of a comment someone said about this beer on another message board I post on. He compared it to dishwater. I saw that it picked up good ratings on BA (I know it’s not the end-all be-all of ratings, but it’s a quick go-to) and decided to try for myself. I’m very glad I did, it has a very pleasant hop aroma that matches well with the roasted malts.
Founders Red Rye: If this was available in Missouri, it may usurp Two Hearted as may go-to beer.

Saturday
Schlafly Weiss Bier: I volunteered working the Art of Food event and as such we got free Schlafly Weiss. I had about a billion glasses before the night was over. I really enjoyed it and wish they would sell this stuff in the bottles they currently label as a hefeweizen.
De Proef Reserve Signature Ale: After AoF ended, we were beat and decided to get a drink. We hit up 33 Wine Bar as the laid back atmosphere suited our desire to relax. Dylan recommended this, but I wish I could remember more about it.
Péché Mortel: Forgetting this was not a 750, I was planning on sharing this with a friend, oops. I remember this being very pleasant, but that’s about it.
Bad Idea: I don’t remember what it was, but it was not a good decision by me to order one last beer at last call. So we’ll just go with the name “Bad Idea.” Let’s make it clear though, the beer was not at fault.

Sunday
DFH 90 Minute:We decided to hit The Rotten Apple as sort of a present to ourselves after AoF. Bill and Ellie had not yet gone and Bill was keen to try a draught 90 Minute. We agreed that it’s a completely awesome beer, but it’s honestly not that much different than drinking it out of a bottle. But we wouldn’t turn it down if it was offered to us.
Founders Rubeaus: This was my original reason for going up to the Apple. I really enjoyed this beer out of a bottle so I wanted to try it on draught. Unlike 90 Minute, this was is very different on draught. I found that the bottled version was a bit sweet and edged closer to a raspberry soda whereas the draught version reminded me more of a beer.
Three Floyds Alpha King: The American India Pale Ale that’s trying to disguise itself as an American Pale Ale. I wish I would have had this before the 90 Minute, because it almost seemed like an APA after the DFH offering.
Founders Dirty Bastard: An obvious Americanized version of a Scottish Ale, but a damn good one. It had a very thick, almost creamy mouthfeel and plenty of caramel sweetness that was never overwhelming.
Avery The Beast: Jerad then started breaking out some beers from in the back. The first was this 14.9% monster from Avery. The nose contained a big raisiny malty aroma along with some hot alcohol as well. The taste was sickenly sweet, in fact I think this beer is the reason why the word “cloying” was invented. Not my cup of tea.
Jolly Pumpkin Noel De Calabaza: I actually had this one a couple of weeks ago at Erato and at that time I remembered the previous bottles I’ve had seemed more sour. I don’t know if my palate has adjusted to these funky/sour beers, but this beer was no exception. It had plenty of funk, but not much of the sour I remember from previous bottles. Still a great beer though.

My liver is glad the weekend is over.

Normally I’d save this info for Friday, but I thought I’d give you guys a quick update:

  • Chris at Randall’s Wine & Spirits in Fairview Heights has just received Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA in stock. This IPA has 120 IBUs, 21% ABV and 450 calories per 12 oz serving. Chris let me know that the amount that came to Southern Illinois is extremely limited, so pick this one up ASAP.
  • Paul from Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton received a ton of special export beers in yesterday:
    • GERMANY
      • Aventinus Vintage 2004 (only 250 cases made)
      • Gosebrauereri Leipziger Gose (in traditional flask bottle with long thin neck)
      • Schneider Hopfen Weisse
      • St. Michaelsburg Kellerbier 16.9oz
    • BELGIUM
      • Glazen Toren Jan de Lichte 25.4oz
      • Glazen Toren Cuvee Angelique 25.4oz
      • Brouwerij De Regenboog ‘t Smisje Blond 11.2oz
      • Brouwerij De Regenboog Dubbel 11.2oz
      • Brouwerij De Regenboog Grand Reserva 11.2oz
      • Brouwerij De Regenboog Catherine the Great 11.2oz
      • Alvinne Gaspar 11.2oz
      • Alvinne Podge 11.2oz
      • Alvinne Extra IPA 11.2oz
      • Vapeur Cochonne 25.4oz
      • Strubbe Ichtegem Grand Cru…11.2oz
    • ENGLAND
      • Harvey A.leCoq Extra Stout 11.2oz
    • SCOTLAND
      • Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12yr Highland Park Cask…$6.99
      • Harviestoun Ola Dubh 16yr Highland Park Cask…$7.99
      • Harviestoun Ola Dubh 30yr Highland Park Cask…$13.99
    • SWITZERLAND
      • Franches Montagne Abbay de St. bon Chien 2007 25.4oz
      • Franches Montagne Cuvee du 8eme 25.4oz
      • Franches Montagne Cuvee du 7eme 25.4oz
    • MALTA
      • Farsons Lacto Milk Stout 11.2oz
    • ITALY
      • Baladin Wayan 25.4 oz
      • Baladin Xyauyo 16.9oz
      • Piccolo Birrificio Seson…25.4oz
      • Como Malthus Birolla…16.9oz
      • Beba Molto Molto 16.9oz
    • ARGENTINA
      • Otro Mundo Golden Ale
      • Otro Mundo Red Ale
    • WALES
      • Tomos Watkin Lovely Ale
      • Tomos Watkcin OSB (old style bitter)

Some of these beers have some great stories which Paul has up over at the Wine and Cheese Place Blog.

dfh90ipa1.JPGIf you didn’t see it yesterday, Ian from the RFT linked to an article in the New York Times talking about some of the Imperial/Double/Crazy IPAs that some breweries are doing right now. While almost none of the beers listed on their taste test are available in St. Louis (with maybe the exception of the Great Divide beers) many of these are available just across the river in Illinois.

If you’ve never had the chance to try their choice for the best Imperial IPA, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, you need to make your way over the river quickly. It’s a wonderful beer that packs a wallop of in your face hops, but backs it up with a tasty malt backbone.