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heavyriffWhile Heavy Riff Brewing has been open for about a month, they haven’t been able to pour their own beer. Until today.

I’m happy to tell you that beginning today at 2PM, Heavy Riff Brewing will be debuting two beers. Owner Jerid Saffell explains the beer:

Velvet Underbrown – 6.2% and 30 IBU’s. This is a balanced and smooth brown ale featuring both lactose and golden naked oats. Very toasty with a dark chocolate note and very subdued hop character.

Super Session Hoppy Wheat – 4.8% and 18 IBU’s. Don’t let the IBUs fool you on this one off wheat beer. We took a moderate gravity wheat beer and dry hopped the bejeezus out of it with Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic hops. The result is an aroma featuring prominent citrus, melon and tropical notes. Moderate bitterness with tons of hop flavor and a nicely balanced wheat character make this an incredibly sessionable hop bomb.

Tonight is also their “vinyl night” bring in your favorite vinyl and they may spin it. Vintage Vinyl has also given them a $50 gift certificate which they’ll be giving away. Head up to Heavy Riff and try out their new beers!

heavyriffAre you ready to drink? Are you ready to rock? Judging by the amount of people who keep asking, the fans are ready to bring down the house and ready for Heavy Riff Brewing to open its doors. Well, I have good news, after what’s seemed like forever, I’m happy to announce that Heavy Riff will be open on Monday, September 16th.

And if you think it’s seemed like forever to you, just imagine what it’s felt like for owners Jerid and Justin Saffell? They certainly had a few setbacks that couldn’t be helped, but it’s time to stop looking back and now we can all look forward to them having their doors open.

For those of you that may not remember, Jerid brings plenty of professional brewing experience as he was assistant brewer at Mattingly Brewing Company, brewer at Buffalo Brewing Company, and cellerman at Highland/Kirkwood Station Brewing.

Located in the heart of Dogtown (6413 Clayton Avenue) Heavy Riff is looking to create a neighborhood brewery in an area that really bands around the businesses in the area. The Saffell brothers are looking to eventually feature 8-10 taps of Heavy Riff beers, Missouri wines, and locally made Dogtown Pizzas along with some simple snacks such as artisan cheese/sausage plates.

Heavy Riff beers will not be available right when the doors open, but the first beer Velvet Underbrown, an oatmeal milk brown, should hopefully be available 10 days after opening with another yet to be named hoppy lighter beer available 10 days after that. We will also see some casks eventually as well.

As their brewery is not quite up and running so Heavy Riff will be working with some of their local comrades to create their beers including Excel Brewing and Charlville Brewery. In the meantime Heavy Riff will be featuring some kickass beers from local and regional breweries and a beautiful tasting room in a great neighborhood. Hours will run 2PM-12AM Mon-Wed and 12PM-12AM Thurs-Sat.

Oh, and they’ll have free shuffleboard and great music. This was worth the wait.

After 2011’s amazing run of new breweries opening in St. Louis, it almost seemed like it would be too good to be true to see another brewery opening this year. Well, I’m happy to announce that 2012 will see another new brewery open in St. Louis: Heavy Riff Brewing Company.

Located at 6413 Clayton Avenue in Dogtown, this new brewery will be owned and operated by brothers Jerid and Justin Saffell. For those of you that may not remember, Jerid brings plenty of professional brewing experience as he was assistant brewer at Mattingly Brewing Company, brewer at Buffalo Brewing Company, and cellerman at Highland/Kirkwood Station Brewing.

Jerid’s current target date is to have Heavy Riff open is August 1st, 2012 and will operate similar to how many new local breweries have: with a small tasting room featuring 8-10 taps of Heavy Riff beers, Missouri wines, and locally made Dogtown Pizzas along with some simple snacks such as artisan cheese/sausage plates. While small-scale distribution is definitely in the future plans, the current focus will be to get the tasting room up and running.

With a name like Heavy Riff, you know that music will be a big part of the atmosphere. Both Justin and Jerid have eclectic tastes in music and will even be featuring a “Bring a Record” allowing people to bring in their own vinyl which will be given a spin. But Jerid knows that while music is important, it’s not going to interfere, “Despite our love for great tunes we do not plan on having live music simply out of respect for the surrounding community and our commitment to keeping the noise level comfortable enough to maintain a civil conversation.”

While the flagship beers are still being decided upon, you can be certain you’ll see classic examples of many of Jerid’s favorite styles including “several Belgian ales and stupidly hopped west coast style beers.” Not surprisingly, we will also see barrel aged, sour, and cask beers as well.

The brewhouse for Heavy Riff will be unique in that it will feature not only a 7bbl brewing system, but also a 1.5bbl pilot system for small batches. “The 1.5 bbl size is much larger than what most breweries use as a pilot system and this was done on purpose. If we do a special beer we wanted to have enough kegs of it around to last more than just 1 evening. This will give everyone an opportunity to come out and see what were up to instead of just those who could make it on the night the beer was released,” according to Jerid.

Be sure to follow their progress on Facebook and on Twitter over the next few months as we all await this exciting new brewery.