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Mo’ breweries means mo’ representation at the Great American Beer Festival which was held this past weekend in downtown Denver. While not only being an enormous beer festival it also doubles as a competition for professional breweries.  The St. Louis area did pretty well this year as it had three local craft winners:

  • Category 13: Other Strong Beer (55 Entries) – Silver: Heart of GoldPerennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, MO
  • Category 40: German-Style Schwarzbier (32 Entries) – Bronze: Black BearMorgan Street Brewery, St. Louis, MO
  • Category 84: Barley Wine-Style Ale (51 Entries) – Silver: Barley WineCharleville Microbrewery, Ste. Genevieve, MO

It’s also worth noting that a couple of other Missouri breweries walked away with some awards as well:

  • Category 10: Rye Beer (62 Entries) – Silver: Kyles Baltic PorterFlat Branch Pub and Brewery, Columbia, MO
  • Category 13: Other Strong Beer (55 Entries) – Gold: Reverb PilsnerBoulevard Brewing, Kansas City, MO
  • Category 68: Belgian-Style Witbier (50 Entries) – Gold: ZONBoulevard Brewing, Kansas City, MO

Winning an award at a beer competition takes a little bit of luck but a hell of a lot of skill. Congrats to the boys at Perennial (Phil, Cory, and Jim), Morgan Street head brewer Dustin Chalfant and Charleville head brewer Tony Saballa on their very impressive wins. I’m sure we’ll see even more awards next year.

UPDATE: Due to a SNAFU with getting registration with the state of Missouri, this event has been postponed. They’re hoping to reschedule for next week. Stay tuned!

For the past few years, the Great American Beer Festival has held a Brewery/Homebrewer Pro-Am competition where a brewery works with an award winning homebrewer to produce a beer to send to the GABF competition.

Two years ago the O’Fallon Brewery worked with Jim Yeager from the Garage Brewers Society to select a beer to send to the Pro-Am comp. In the end, Jim Yeager’s Alright Already American Amber won silver at the GABF Pro-Am competition.

This past January, Jim Leabig won a competition held by the GBS and the prize was to brew with O’Fallon for the GABF Pro-Am Competition.  What did Jim come up with?  A little beer he’s calling the Brown EyePA

Jim describes the beer as such:

A big American Brown Ale brewed to IPA thresholds for ABV and hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Caramel and robust chocolate notes provide the foundation for a charge of Summit, Cascade and Simcoe kettle hops. The beer is then dry-hopped for 5 days with larger dose of Simcoe to satisfy the hop lovers.

OG 1.063
ABV 6.8%
IBU 65
SRM 21

The launch party for this beer will be held at the newly opened Exit 6 Brewery on Thursday, September 8th from 4PM until the keg blows. Sounds like a great opportunity to try a new local collaboration.

The Great American Beer Festival was held this past weekend in downtown Denver, while not only being a very special beer festival, also doubles as a competition for professional breweries.  The St. Louis area did pretty well this year as it had two local craft winners:

  • Category 71: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout (23 Entries) – Gold: Hyde Park Stout Augusta Brewing Co., Washington, MO
  • Category 26: Bohemian-Style Pilsener (42 Entries) – Silver: Golden PilsnerMorgan Street Brewery, St. Louis, MO

It’s also worth noting that Flat Branch Pub and Brewery out of Columbia, MO also walked away with two awards:

  • Category 2: American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast (43 Entries) – Silver: American Hefeweizen – Flat Branch Pub and Brewery, Columbia, MO
  • Category 74: Sweet Stout (29 Entries) – Silver: Oil Change Stout – Flat Branch Pub and Brewery, Columbia, MO

Winning an award at a beer competition takes a little bit of luck but a hell of a lot of skill. Congrats to Morgan Street head brewer Marc Gottfried and Augusta head brewer Shawn Herrin on their very impressive wins. Can’t wait to enjoy both of these beers in the near future.

itap.jpgFor the past few years, the Great American Beer Festival has held a Brewery/Homebrewer Pro-Am competition where a brewery works with an award winning homebrewer to produce a beer to send to the GABF competition.

Last year the O’Fallon Brewery worked with Jim Yeager from the Garage Brewers Society to select a beer to send to the Pro-Am comp. In the end, Jim Yeager’s Alright Already American Amber won silver at the GABF Pro-Am competition.

This year O’Fallon Head Brewer Brian Owens caught wind of Jim Leabig’s attempts to perfect his IPA recipe and asked Jim if they wanted to collaborate on a beer to send out to GABF.  The result of that collaboration is the Sweet Nectar IPA and you’ll have your first chance to try it this Thursday at the International Tap House Chesterfield.

Jim describes the beer as such:

Sweet Nectar IPA is a hop bomb. The recipe was designed to let the hops shine as much as possible. We utilized a hop-bursting technique where all of the bitterness is derived from late kettle hop additions to bring forth a smoother bitterness and a ridiculous amount of hop flavor and aroma. We used more hops in this batch, 3.5 lbs per barrel to be exact, than have ever been stuffed into our kettle and fermenters. Don’t let the name fool you though. This is a very dry IPA with just enough crystal malt to accent the malt character and not overpower the hops. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Along with Sweet Nectar you’ll also have the chance to try another O’Fallon Brewery collaboration, the C3. The C3 is a hybrid called an American Mild, it’s got a huge hop flavor all while having a low 3.8% ABV.

This party runs from 6:30PM – ??? this Thursday, September 2nd. Sounds like a great opportunity to try some new local collaborations.

img_0233You had your chance to try it.  You saw the photos.  You loved it.  Well, the judges at the Great American Beer Festival loved it also.  The collaborative effort between local homebrewer Jim Yeager and O’Fallon Brewery became Alright Already Amber and it came out of the GABF Pro-Am competition with a Silver Medal.

Over 72 entries were received in this competition from 21 different states.  This is a huge accomplishment and I want to congratulate Jim and everyone at O’Fallon for winning this award.  I don’t know if this beer is still available anywhere, hopefully someone can chime in and let us know if people can still sample this.

itap.jpgFor the past few years, the Great American Beer Festival has held a Brewery/Homebrewer Pro-Am competition where a brewery works with an award winning homebrewer to produce a beer to send to the GABF competition.

This year the O’Fallon Brewery worked with the Garage Brewers Society to select a beer to send to the Pro-Am comp.  Jim Yeager’s American Amber was chosen as the winner and you’ll have a chance to try it this Saturday at the International Tap House.

Jim describes the beer as such:

In terms of the beer itself, I think of this one as a really good blend of malt complexity and citrusy american hops (I’m a huge fan of amarillo hops, so expect lots of them!). I don’t think we really have anything quite like this available locally so I’m really interested to see how people like it.

You’ll have a chance to not only try the draught version of the beer, but there will be a double dry hopped (Amarillo and Cascade) cask version available as well.

There will also be some other O’Fallon goodies available as well, including the O’Fallon O’Town Brown Ale (which according to MoBev’s Derek Bean is another beer brewed this year just for a special competition at the GABF) and, one keg of the O’Fallon St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival Fest Beer Dry Irish Stout.

This party runs from 2PM – 5PM this Saturday, August 22nd.  Sounds like a great opportunity to try some new beers from O’Fallon.

While I expressed a bit of dissatisfaction with the Great American Beer Festival, one of the things that would keep me going back to Denver during the GABF is all of the extra activities going on during the festival.  Since Colorado houses over 80 brewpubs and 18 breweries, there is always something to keep you interested during GABF week.

As Irene and I had a very early flight on Sunday morning, we took it relatively easy on Saturday night.  We decided that after eating crappy hotel food for both dinner the night before and breakfast, it was time to get the hell out.  Picking out a restaurant was pretty easy.  Earlier in the day, the 2008 GABF Awards were handed out and Wynkoop Brewing Company had won two gold medals for the B3K Schwarzbier and Wixa Weiss.  And in case you didn’t know, one of the new brewers over at Wynkoop is Charlie Berger, who previously worked for O’Fallon.  Congrats to Charlie!

After dinner, I wanted to show Irene the Falling Rock Tap Room, home to over 60+ taps and a crap-ton of bottled beer.  This was the first place that we went to when Mike Leahy and I arrived in Denver, so it seemed fitting to make it the last place as well.  Nothing quite like having Pliny the Elder on draught the moment you walk into a bar.  I don’t care if it’s not during GABF, any time you’re in Denver, please be certain to check out Falling Rock.