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All of you lucky people who happen to own a kegerator and are looking for another option for local beer, I’m happy to report that Hill Brewing Company has begun selling kegs of beer to go.  Hill Brewing will be offering up both ½ and ¼ barrels of all ten beers they have on tap.

Here’s a look at their current line-up:

  • Blonde Ale
  • Classic American Pilsner
  • Belgian Wit
  • Bavarian Hefeweizen
  • American Pale Ale
  • Irish Red
  • Pecan Brown Ale (Real Pecans are used in the mash)
  • Munich Dunkel
  • Imperial IPA
  • Chocolate Stout

For those of you without a kegerator, fear not. Hill Brewing is currently working on getting a license to distribute their beers, so you may be seeing Hill Brewing popping up at your favorite bar or restaurant soon.

I know for a lot of beer enthusiasts, staying local is a very big part of drinking great beer. It’s always nice to see another brewery expand the selection of great St. Louis beers.

When I started my great journey of beer all I kept hearing was, “You have to visit Corral Liquors!” After hearing this from at least 6 or 7 people, I was beginning to wonder, “Can this place live up to the hype?” After my first visit, I can enthusiastically say, yes.

Store: Corral Liquors
Address: 3304 Nameoki Rd., Granite City, IL 62040 (Map it)
Phone: (618) 451-9116
Selection: Over 400 beers.

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Photo courtesy Porcelain Monkey Garage

Corral Liquors houses one of the largest beer selections in the metro area, providing a large variety of beers that you can’t find in Missouri. We had a user in the forum asking about where to find the best mix-a-six selection in St. Louis and a number of users (including me) said that Corral provides the largest variety of beers that can be bought in singles.

Corral also offers a large variety of beer in kegs, just be certain to call first to find out what’s available. Corral may be a little out of the way if you live on the western side of the river, but it’s a fantastic place to find some gems.

averysmall.jpgI was in Champaign, IL on business last week and I decided to stop into The Blind Pig and have a pint or two (or three.) One of the first things that caught my eye on the list was that they had Avery‘s Maharaja on draught. Which got me to thinking, where is our draught Avery?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to have Avery now available in St. Louis, but why are we limited just to bottles? Is it a supply issue from the brewery? Is the local distributor not interested in bringing in kegs? Is there not enough local interest? I don’t know the answers to these questions but I’d love to find out. Is anyone from Major Brands or Avery able to step up and answer some questions for us?

question_mark.jpgA reader of STL Hops sent me an email, but it seemed like the kind of question that may help a lot of people in the area, so I decided to answer it here. If I get enough of these questions, maybe we can make this a regular feature. We can call it Uncle Mike’s Mailbag! OK, maybe not. Anyway, on to the question.

Nate writes in: “Just curious if you know where in Saint Louis I can go and get some specialty beers (such as Sam Adams, Killian’s, etc.) in kegs? I just bought a kegerator, and am dying to fill it with something. If you know of any places, please let me know. Thanks!”

First of all, thank you for providing me content on a Monday morning, it makes my day just that much easier. To answer your question, just about any liquor/beer store will order kegs for you from their distributor. I know for a fact Lukas Liquor will help you to order the keg of your choice. If you’re on the eastern side of the river (or you’re looking for beer that isn’t distributed in Missouri) Corral Liquors in Granite City will order some for you as well. If you’re looking for something a bit more local, you can also rent kegs of Schlafly beer at either the Tap Room or the Bottleworks.

I would check with any of the Beer Stores that I’ve featured on the round-up and see what they can do for you.

The Wine and Cheese Place
Lukas Liquor
Corral Liquors
Bon Vivant Wines
Randall’s Wine & Spirits

Let me also add that even if you don’t have a kegerator the Holidays are the perfect time of year to rent a keg of beer. Why serve your friends and family cans and bottles if you can give them the gift of draught beer? (It’s also usually cheaper in the long run.)

If you have any other questions or comments feel free to email me at mike@stlhops.com.