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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.

In the past, I’ve joked around and said that Oakville is kind of a beer wasteland in St. Louis. The reality is, there are more than a few places in the metro area that have severe craft beer droughts. Well, the good news for all of you St. Charles and St. Peters people is the city of Cottleville will soon be awash in craft beer.

Exit Six Pub And Brewery is the newest craft beer bar in St. Louis that will not only feature approximately 50 craft beers but also in-house brewed beer as well.  This new craft beer destination will be located at 5055 Hwy N in Cottleville.

Exit Six is the creation of local homebrewer and Garage Brewers Society president, Jeff Britton.  One of Jeff’s first moves was to bring on former Mattingly and Buffalo Brewing Co brewer Jerid Saffell as his head brewer.

“We will be brewing an Amber IPA called Ryanes Red and a vanilla bean infused cream ale for sure,” according to Jerid. Other styles are still in the air, but Jerid promises that future styles brewed on their 1bbl system will be “emphasizing hops.”

The current plan is to have 20 beers on tap, with 5 or 6 beers being crafted in house.  Jerid says, “The remaining taps will be filled with the likes of Stone, Firestone Walker, Bells, Founders, Schlafly, etc.”

Following what’s become a very popular local model, Exit Six will not be offering any food, outside of “snacks such as pretzels, popcorn, and pub mix.”  But you will be able to order or carry in any food you’d like.  Jerid says that they’re looking to create a neighborhood bar.  “This will be a mellow, laid back bar with just a few tv’s to catch the local game, a jukebox at a moderate level,” and most importantly for a lot of us,  “No smoking.”

The current plan is to have Exit Six open by June 1st, and if their slogan of “No Compromise Brewing” is any indication, I don’t think any of us will be disappointed.

 

buffalologo.gifNothing says love in brewing like a collaboration.  In this case it’s getting awesome brewers like Drew Huerter, Dave Johnson and Jerid Saffell together to brew up a spicy witbier at Buffalo Brewing just in time for the last few days of August.

This four barrel batch of beer, which features fresh grated orange zest, hand toasted coriander, dried chamomile flowers, and Summit and Hallertau hops was fermented using the Belgian yeast culture from the now defunct Mattingly Brewing Company. According to Jerid, this will be on tap today.

Here’s the stats on this beer:
1.052 OG
16 IBUs
5.0% ABV

This sounds like a perfect treat to sit back and drink while enjoying this wonderful weather we’re having in St. Louis.

This Friday, July 16th, starting at 6PM, Buffalo Brewing Company will be releasing the next iteration in their experimental beer releases that they’ve dubbed the “Open Range Series.”

This is a new series of beers that will, according to new assistant brewer Jerid Saffell, “be spontaneously released throughout the year.” They’re not going to limit their imaginations for these beers and we’ve been promised that they’ll “encompass a vast amounts of styles.”

Two different beers will be tapped at 6PM, including the Lupulin Storm. Here’s Jerid’s description of the beer:

The latest beer in our Open Range series. This one is a 7.5% American Amber Ale hopped only in the late stages with Amarillo and Centennial hops, but still boasting an IBU rating of 51. Further dry hopped with fresh Centennial hops. This is a small batch beer so no growler sales. Served in snifters.

The second beer to be tapped that night will be a cask of Buffalo Head. Here’s a description:

An overhopped American Wheat beer featuring the citrusy Amarillo hop. Dry hopped at over 1lb per barrel. Served in snifters.

If you enjoy the cask, Buffalo Head will also be available on draught with the option to purchase growlers of the draught version if it strikes your fancy. Looks to be another few dynamite beers coming out of Buffalo Brewing.

This Friday, May 21st, starting at 6PM, Buffalo Brewing Company will be releasing the first in their experimental series that they’ve dubbed the “Open Range Series.”

This is a new series of beers that will, according to new assistant brewer Jerid Saffell, “be spontaneously released throughout the year.” They’re not going to limit their imaginations for these beers and we’ve been promised that they’ll “encompass a vast amounts of styles.”

The first beer to be tapped at 6PM will be the Buffalo Tracks American Wheat. Here’s Jerid’s description of the beer:

Is it a Wheat beer with a hop problem, or a IIPA with an affinity for wheat? You get to be the judge. 4 malts (American 2 Row, Golden Promise, White Wheat, and Honey Malt) set the backdrop at an A.B.V. of 8%. Backing up all that malt are Summit, Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade, and Citra hops packing a whopping 203 calculated IBU punch. This one has been hopped at nearly every phase possible, even in the Mash Tun. Finishing it all off is our clean fermenting house American Ale yeast.

The second beer to be tapped that night will be the Dear Agony Imperial Stout. This is monster of a beer is over a year old. Here’s a description:

This beer packs an 11% punch. Deep chocolate and dark fruit on the palate with a backdrop of hops are the order here. And although it was brewed at 104 IBU’s the much needed storage on a beer this big has left the bitterness as a balancing agent to the malt as opposed to a distinct flavor in the beer. Although much more was brewed, only a 1/6th barrel (just over 5 gallons) will be served at this time.

And if everyone can drink through the Dear Agony, Jerid will also put on his Amy’s Tripel:

A few years ago a good friend of mine passed away suddenly. Each year I brew a Tripel in her honor. This one has been brewed with organic Raw Hawaiin Cane Sugar and Corriander Blossom Honey along with Pilsner and Wheat Malt with the Belgian Yeast culture from Mattingly Brewing. The honey has lended a unique earthy note to the beer which has been nicely balanced by the phenolics of the Mattingly belgian yeast strain. Strong and complex just like the woman it honors. 10% A.B.V. 28 IBU’s