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If I had to guess, I’d say that Matt Thenhaus is finally living his dream. If you don’t know Matt, you’ve surely seen him around town if you’ve ever darkened the doorways of places like The Royale, Schlafly Tap Room, or Blueberry Hill.

Matt also has run the blog Sacred Beer for the past few years. Matt is one of the pillars of the local beer community. So when he told many of us that he was partnering with a few folks to open up his own bar, we were happy for him.

The effort of all of the work and time Matt has help put in is the new Fortune Teller Bar on Cherokee. This is a beer and cocktail focused bar featuring an eclectic mix of old school German beers along with some of the solid hits from breweries in the US. Beers are only available in bottles at the moment, but draft beer should be online very soon.

Open at 4PM Monday through Saturday, this should be a new spot on your craft beer gauntlet. Check out some of the photos below:

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale’s Matt Thenhaus hosts an event where he guides you through the wonderful world of beer styles and beer history. This week he’ll be featuring an event he calls: “An Evening with Stone Brewing.” Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

If you’ve been paying attention, you already know the deal. But if you’re unfamiliar with Stone, it’s time to drink the Kool-Aid! These crazy Californians have got it bad for the hop, and work to harness its power to destroy the scourge of bland beer forever. Using the American IPA as their canvas, the mad geniuses of San Diego create expressionist works of high-octane, hop-heavy madness that have sent American craft beer drinkers into paroxysms for years.

These notorious beers have just hit Missouri for the first time, and they’ve already been the cause of much celebration. Keep an eye out around town for different styles, but join us tonight for a few of their year-round classics.

 

Arrogant Bastard Ale
Cali-Belgique IPA
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
Ruination IPA

As Matt is extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable this is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer we have available in St. Louis.

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale’s Matt Thenhaus hosts an event where he guides you through the wonderful world of beer styles and beer history. This week he’ll be featuring an event he calls: “The Misunderstood Adjunct” Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

Throughout the craft beer revolution, the word “adjunct” has been used derisively to identify ingredients–usually cheap rice and corn–used by industrial brewers to lighten a beer’s flavor to the point of tastelessness. Tonight we look at another side of these “unmalted fermentables”–e.g. honey, wheat, oats, dark sugars and, yes, rice and corn–that have always been used by brewers to enhance rather than dilute a beer’s flavor. The creative use of adjuncts contributes to some exceptional beers from some of the world’s most highly regarded breweries.

As Matt is extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable this is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer we have available in St. Louis.

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale’s Matt Thenhaus hosts an event where he guides you through the wonderful world of beer styles and beer history. This week he’ll be featuring an event he calls: “Springtime for Germany: Bockbier” Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

Beer is, at its core, a balancing act between malt and hops. With bock beer, hops don’t stand a chance.

Simply put, bock is German lager with a heftier malt bill. This greater amount of malted barley in the recipe adds more body, sweetness and alcohol to the finished beer. Ranging from pale gold to dark brown, bock beer has been traditionally brewed to be drunk in the springtime.

Different varieties of bock exist, and tonight we will feature three distinct types. Maibock is a honeyed, golden quaffer that’s just a skosh bigger than a standard helles lager. Doppelbock brings the noise with dark malts and a bigger boost in booze. Weizenbock melds the characteristics of a yeasty, unfiltered Bavarian weissbier with the malty goodness of bock.

 

Who says hopheads have all the fun?

As Matt is extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable this is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer we have available in St. Louis.

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale’s Matt Thenhaus hosts an event where he guides you through the wonderful world of beer styles and beer history. This week he’ll be featuring an event he calls: “Beyond Green Beer: Ireland” Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

In 2011, Mardi Gras and St. Pat’s celebrations happen just a week apart. Someone’s making a lot of money on beads. But really, what better way to pass the late-winter doldrums than back-to-back drinking holidays? This week, we take you beyond the usual and spotlight other beers from the Emerald Isle.

As Matt is extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable this is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer we have available in St. Louis.

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale’s Matt Thenhaus hosts an event where he guides you through the wonderful world of beer styles and beer history. This week he’ll be featuring an event he calls: “American Stout” Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

Along with IPAs, full-flavored stouts help define American craft beer in the 21st century. Tonight we’ll enjoy a bit of the black’n’roasty, including Bell’s Expedition, Founders Breakfast, Schlafly Coffee, and O’Fallon Cocoa Cream draughts and Dark Truth, Old Rasputin, and Wake Up Dead bottles.

As Matt is extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable this is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer we have available in St. Louis.

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale’s Matt Thenhaus hosts an event where he guides you through the wonderful world of beer styles and beer history. This week he’ll be featuring an event he calls: “Hop Harvest” Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

Not just tongue-scraping Imperials, but real fresh hop aroma and flavor. Grapefruit, pine needles–you know: WEST COAST. We’ll also have the place to ourselves due to the kitchen being closed for equipment replacement.

Hop Harvest from Founders on draft; the Fresh Hop Ale on draft from our friends at Schlafly; and the Northern Hemisphere Harvest Bomber Bottles from Sierra Nevada.

As Matt is extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable this is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer we have available in St. Louis.