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label_sumpIt takes a balanced hand to create beers with special adjuncts. Too little and you can’t even enjoy a specialty beer, too much and it become overwhelming. It’s also equally important to pick the right ingredients, finding that harmony between the base beer and the adjuncts is crucial. If you have any interest in how these beers are created, it’s always nice to learn from the experts.

If learning more about this very special talent the you’ll need to head out to Dressel’s Pub on Tuesday, February 2nd for a Perennial Sump Blending Event. Starting at 7PM you’ll have a chance to talk to two experts in the field of blending beer and coffee, co-owner of Perennial Artisan Ales Phil Wymore and owner of Sump Coffee Scott Carey.

You’ll have your chance to blend from the following beers:

  • Perennial Imperial Stout (base beer)
  • Perennial Blue Label Maman
  • Perennial Abraxas
  • Perennial Sump

Tickets for this very limited event at $50 each and include a guided beer and coffee blended session with beer flights and appetizers.  You can make your reservations by calling 314-631-1060 or emailing mary@dresselspublichouse.com.

label_sumpOver the past year or so, much to my wife’s chagrin, I’ve taken on another vice: coffee. While we’re all aware of how many awesome breweries we have in town, you may not be aware of how many small artisinal coffee roasters we have in town as well.

One of those delicious coffee roasters is Sump. For the past few years Perennial Artisan Ales has worked with Sump to create the delicious Sump coffee stout. Perennial is releasing this delicious beer tonight and here are all of the details:

Join us today for the debut of 2016 Sump Coffee Stout! For this year’s batch that is being packaged for distribution, Scott and Phil selected a bean from Colombia. This Fair Trade, Organic bean has notes of sweet caramel, ripe fruit and cinnamon which meld harmoniously with our rich Imperial Stout. This year, we have also packaged a variant for tasting room release only, using a bean from Burundi. The Burundi variant is slightly more subtle with citrus notes and a refined sugar sweetness. For both beers, we recommend drinking the bottles fresh, as coffee is delicate and tends to fade quickly with age.

Bottles of both Sump Coffee Stout and the Burundi variant will go on sale at 4:00PM and will be $17 each. Bottle limits will be determined at 4:00PM. We will also sell draft pour tickets ($6 each) starting at 4:00PM. However, these will not be redeemable until the time of the official draft release, 6:00PM. Scott and Marz from Sump will be joining us to present this year’s batches. We can’t wait to share them with you.

label_BA_sumpDo you want the good news or the bad news?  I’ll give you the bad news first, though it’s not exactly earth-shattering. The release of Perennial Artisan Ale‘s Sump Coffee Stout, which was originally supposed to occur this Thursday, has been pushed back a week.

What’s the good news?  Well, you now have one more week to prepare your liver for an epic Sump release that will occur next Thursday, January 15th.

Beginning at 4PM next Thursday, bottles of Sump, the delicious coffee stout made with coffee from Sump Coffee, will be available for purchase ($17/bottle with a two bottle limit).  Draft pours of Sump will begin at 6PM along with a live Kyoto Sump Coffee blending.

As an added treat, also beginning at 4PM Perennial will be putting on some of their big stout hitters to please your palate.  The line-up includes:

2014 Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout
2014 Coffee Abraxas
2014 Barrel-Aged 17 (Mint Chocolate Stout)
2014 Abraxas
Perennial/New Belgium Salted Chocolate Stout

Now, isn’t that worth waiting an extra week for?  Here’s the official email from Emily Wymore at Perennial regarding the delay:

We at Perennial Artisan Ales regret to announce that we will be delaying the release of 2015 Sump Coffee Stout until Thursday, January 15th. After tasting the first batch, Phil, Cory and Scott have decided to reformulate the blend prior to packaging and release. As always, it is both Perennial and Sump Coffee’s top priority to present the best product possible. We appreciate your support and understanding in this decision and look forward to sharing our final product with you all.

On Thursday, January 15th, the release event will proceed as planned.

 

4handsThere has been so much great beer that’s been released this month that it’s almost impossible to comprehend. But the best may be saved for last as 4 Hands Brewing releases two amazing barrel-aged imperial stouts this month.

Beginning this Monday, December 15th, 4 Hands will begin selling tickets for $16.99 each that will guarantee you a bottle of either Madagascar or Volume 1 when each beer is released later this month. You’ll be able to purchase up to six 22-ounce tickets of each beer depending on availability beginning on Monday which will guarantee you some of this delicious beer.

Here’s a description of both beers:

Volume 1 is a 10.5% ABV Russian imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels with cacao nibs and single-origin Colombian coffee. Madagascar is a 9.3% ABV imperial milk stout aged in bourbon barrels with whole vanilla beans. Both offer bold, unique flavor profiles perfect for pairings throughout the holiday season.

Volume 1 will be released on Sunday, December 21 at 12PM, and Madagascar will be released on Sunday, December 28 at 12PM. If you can’t make it to pick up your beer on either day don’t fret, your tickets will guarantee you bottles to pick up all the way until Saturday, January 3rd.

300140-250Barrel-aged beers are the current darlings of the craft beer scene. It seems like everyone is doing them. Some places do them better than others and one of those places is Stone Brewing Co. To show off their barrel-aging prowess, Stone has partnered with International Tap House in the Central West End to put on a very special event.

On Tuesday, December 10th iTAP will be pouring 2013 Stone Russian Imperial Stout, 2013 Stone RIS Aged in Templeton Rye Barrels, and also Templeton Rye Whiskey. That’s right, you’ll get a chance to try the regular stout, the barrel-aged version, and also the whiskey that was in one of those barrels.

Want to go? Well, tickets are now on sale through Brown Paper Tickets.  Your $20 ticket will get you an 8oz pour of both of the beers listed above along with a 2oz pour of the whiskey. There will be two sessions (6:30PM and 8:30PM) available for your enjoyment. This is a great opportunity to enjoy this beer and all of its parts in one sitting.

sohaWe could possibly have one of our hottest days of the year today, but that doesn’t stop you from enjoying some awesome stouts. Let’s be honest, nothing satisfies like a big, black beer.

Tonight, beginning at 7PM, South Hampton Bar and Grill will be serving up two of the biggest, blackest beers around. You’ll get a chance to enjoy 4 Hands Brewing Company Bona Fide Imperial Stout and also Bell’s Brewery Black Note Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout.

If you haven’t had these beers, here’s the descriptions for you:

Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a collaborative effort with Goshen Coffee, a local fair trade coffee roaster. This beer is big, bold, and in your face. Bona Fide pours black as night with a smooth mouth feel. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, with nuances of vanilla. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years. 9% ABV / 65 IBU’s

Black Note Stout blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout and ages the combination in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The resulting harmony of flavors captures the finest features of all three components: malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso & dried fruits, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout and bourbon aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark. 11.5% ABV

Seems like Illinois is getting all of the fun stuff as of recent. And why not? When you have a venue like Bigelo’s Bistro that has put forth a time of time and effort to put on some great beer events, they should be one of your first options when thinking about releasing a new beer.

Unfortunately for Illinois, this will be your first and only chance to enjoy Cathedral Square‘s Barrel-Aged Holy Moly on that side of the river. This is very highly allocated beer and it won’t be released in Illinois this year.  So, being the good guy he is, Cathedral’s Jerad Gardner will be bringing over a few bottles of BA Holy Moly to Bigelo’s on Tuesday, October 16th to sample beginning at 6PM.

Here’s Jerad’s description of the beer:

Imperial stout aged in Buffalo Trace barrels for 4 months. 9.5%ABV.  Going to be on draft and 22oz bottles at the end of October. 

I know Jerad has been very proud of this beer, so make sure to take some time to visit Bigelo’s and try out this tasty concoction.