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Drew with his Mom and Dad.

Of all of the people I’ve met during my time of writing STL Hops, one of the coolest people I’ve gotten to hang out with has to be Drew Huerter. For those that don’t know, Drew was the head brewer at the now defunct Mattingly Brewing Company and also a brewer at Schlafly.

So, it’s with a bit of sadness that I announce that Drew will be leaving St. Louis and heading onto bigger things in Texas.  Drew passed along a letter to everyone that I couldn’t edit even if I wanted to:

“I don’t know how I’m gonna tell you,
I can’t play with you no more”
– Led Zeppelin, That’s the Way

I certainly didn’t expect this, not now, at least. Things are just now starting to take a turn for the magnificent. The tide of ignorance and apathy I’ve fought since 2004 is waning, and faster by the month. I certainly never expected to leave at the turn of the tide. Yet tides are a funny thing. The currents and winds of this life have charted my next course, and the currents bring me to Dallas, Texas in their time of great thirst. I suppose I should start earlier…

  • 1983 – The first batch of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine is released. Drew Huerter is born. Coincidence?
  • September 1984 – Drew’s father, Dan wins 1st place for American Style Lager in the National Homebrewing Championships
  • September 13, 2004 – Drew turns 21 years old
  • September 19, 2004 – Drew attends his first beer festival, HOP in the City, and before the session ends has a fully crystallized fantasty of one day working for Schlafly.
  • December 20, 2004 – Nexus of the universe, two generations of Huerters seize the day and venture into the Rager’s homebrew shop (yes, those Ragers, of the IBU formula) and assembled the ingredients to make about 5 gallons of American Amber. It turns out well.
  • June 16, 2005 – Drew gets his first homebrewing ‘setup’ finished and makes an open fermented Weissbier, and it is drinkable. It is brewed and fermented in the Moolah Temple Apartment 3H.
  • July 1, 2005 – Drew goes completely off the deep end with his third batch, a 15% ABV Oak Aged, Dry hopped Belgian Dark Strong ale with staggered sugar additions. There are still a few bottles of ‘Recurring Fantasty’ stashed away.
  • December 22, 2005 – First homebrewing award received for Chocolate Coffee Vanilla Imperial Stout with 100+ IBUs of Centennials in the HHHC Spice/Herb/Veggie category.
  • April, 2006 – Narrow miss for the medals in Category 23: Specialty Beers at NHCs for Imperial Oatmeal American Brown, finishes 5th due to ‘lack of oatmeal flavor’.
  • September 11, 2007 – Drafted to the big leagues at the Morgan Street Brewery. Aside – some guy starts a St. Louis centric beer website around this time.
  • March 18, 2008 – Brought into the rotation at the Schlafly Taproom.
  • December 31, 2008 – First full production batch of Mattingly Brewing Company Beer reaches the taps: BrightSide Belgian White.
  • July 1, 2010 – Mattingly Brewing Company closes after releasing over 75 different beers. Burn Ward Wheat relased.
  • February 9, 2011 – Drew’s Last Day at the Schlafly Bottlworks.

To be on the front lines of the Craft Beer Revolution with such a passionate bunch has been an absolute blast. Brewing for and drinking with the members of this community has been outlandishly rewarding, fun and fulfilling.

So it is both with a heavy heart, but a soaring spirit that I take flight from this wonderfully weird flock. My incredibly patient and wonderful wife, Julie, and I will migrate south for the foreseeable future. The good news is that I will be building out and will be running a new production brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing Company. Yes, we will be bottling. Yes, the lineup will be ambitious, creative, daring and boundary pushing. The opportunity had to be progressive and vast to lure me away from the city and the community that have made me feel so welcome. This will be nothing less.

Anyway, I am honored to take a great risk in the path blazed our forefathers at Sierra Nevada, Boulder Brewing, Widmer, Goose Island, New Albion, Anderson Valley, Anchor, Bell’s, Boston Beer and countless other pioneers. I will miss this community, this family, dearly, but I can only hope to cultivate such a caring and passionate group of beer lovers as I’ve been lucky enough to call friends, here in St. Louis.

Cheers and beers,
Drew Huerter

PS Schlafly 20th Anniversary Volume #4? I have doubts that will be my last collaboration in this town!

Drew also let me know that the ‘Swan Song’ Belgo-American Rye IPA collaboration that he did with Dave Johnson at Buffalo should be tapped today.

A hearty good luck from me, Drew, I know we all look forward to trying some of your amazing creations in the future.

mattingly_84x128.jpgAfter the sudden closure of Mattingly Brewing Company back on July 1st, one of the most popular questions was, “What’s happening to all of the beer that’s just sitting at Mattingly?”  Well, I received word yesterday that The Stable has formalized a plan to acquire the remainder of beer from Mattingly Brewery.

On Wednesday, September 1st from 6:00 – 9:00 pm The Stable will be putting on an event where they’ll be serving up Mattingly beer.  I’ve been told that Drew Huerter will be picking out what beers thet Stable will be serving and Doug Mattingly will be on hand. Beer will be $3 a pint and $10 pitchers.

As the Stable’s Brad Wheeling puts it, “We are really excited about being able to do this. It would have been a shame for all the hard work and effort that went in to creating their beer go to waste. ”

Even after the event on September 1st, it’s probably going to be likely that The Stable will still have a lot of Mattingly beer on hand.  They’ve exploring the possibility of  other events in the near future.  For those of us that didn’t get a chance, this will be a great way for us Mattingly fans to give them a proper farewell.

mattingly_84x128.jpgSad news to report this afternoon, I’ve just learned that Doug Mattingly, owner of Mattingly Brewing Company, had decided not to renew their liquor license at this time.  What this means is that Mattingly is closed as of last evening.

This is a real blow for those of us who enjoyed drinking some of the great beer that was being put out by Mattingly’s Head Brewer, Drew Huerter.  So, what happens next?  Well, according to Doug Mattingly, he’d be happy to take on a majority investor or even sell the brewpub outright.

What about all of the beer, like the Funky Friday batch, that’s sitting in the basement?  That’s up in the air as well.  With no liquor license, it means that they can’t legally sell the beer.  So it’s going to just be sitting there until something happens.

With any luck we can find someone who wants to take on the challenge of running a brewpub.  It’ll be a real shame if we don’t see it reopen.

mattingly_84x128.jpgThe Mattingly Brewing Company may now be producing full scale productions of beer, but that doesn’t stop them from showing off what’s yet to come. Tonight is the night many of us have been waiting for. Head Brewer Drew Huerter will be offering an Oak Aged version of his Pale Ryeder Palm Sugar Rye Tripel. Drew provided me with some information about this beer:

The Pale Rider is the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, Death, bringing the last blow of the downfall before the Final Judgment. Our Pale Ryeder is a beer of similarly epic proportions. In the tradition of strong, golden colored ales of the Belgian persuasion being named after the biblical forces of ‘The Adversary’, our Pale Ryeder will sneak up on you. At 9.5% ABV and 35 IBUs, brewed with Pilsner and Rye malts, Thai Palm Sugar, Magnum, Sterling and Styrian Goldings hops, then fermented with our house Belgian yeast culture and aged for four months before release. Please, enjoy savor the Pale Ryeder as if it your last pleasure in the mortal plane, and be responsible enough that it isn’t.

Here’s what’s on tap for next week:

07/07/10 – Per Aspera Pilsner

Be sure to head out tonight and taste some of Drew’s excellent beer.

06/23/10 Mattingly Peek-a-Brew Line Up

mattingly_84x128.jpgThe Mattingly Brewing Company may now be producing full scale productions of beer, but that doesn’t stop them from showing off what’s yet to come. Tonight is the night many of us have been waiting for. Head Brewer Drew Huerter will be offering his Pale Ryeder Palm Sugar Rye Tripel (Dry-Hopped with Styrian Goldings)
. Drew provided me with some information about this beer:

The Pale Rider is the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, Death, bringing the last blow of the downfall before the Final Judgment. Our Pale Ryeder is a beer of similarly epic proportions. In the tradition of strong, golden colored ales of the Belgian persuasion being named after the biblical forces of ‘The Adversary’, our Pale Ryeder will sneak up on you. At 9.5% ABV and 35 IBUs, brewed with Pilsner and Rye malts, Thai Palm Sugar, Magnum, Sterling and Styrian Goldings hops, then fermented with our house Belgian yeast culture and aged for four months before release. Please, enjoy savor the Pale Ryeder as if it your last pleasure in the mortal plane, and be responsible enough that it isn’t.

Be sure to head out tonight and taste some of Drew’s excellent beer.

mattingly_84x128.jpgThe Mattingly Brewing Company may now be producing full scale productions of beer, but that doesn’t stop them from showing off what’s yet to come. Tonight is the night many of us have been waiting for. Head Brewer Drew Huerter will be offering his Pale Ryeder Palm Sugar Rye Tripel. Drew provided me with some information about this beer:

The Pale Rider is the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, Death, bringing the last blow of the downfall before the Final Judgment. Our Pale Ryeder is a beer of similarly epic proportions. In the tradition of strong, golden colored ales of the Belgian persuasion being named after the biblical forces of ‘The Adversary’, our Pale Ryeder will sneak up on you. At 9.5% ABV and 35 IBUs, brewed with Pilsner and Rye malts, Thai Palm Sugar, Magnum, Sterling and Styrian Goldings hops, then fermented with our house Belgian yeast culture and aged for four months before release. Please, enjoy savor the Pale Ryeder as if it your last pleasure in the mortal plane, and be responsible enough that it isn’t.

Here’s a list of what to expect next few weeks:

6/23 Pale Ryeder Palm Sugar Rye Tripel (Dry-Hopped with Styrian Goldings)

Be sure to head out tonight and taste some of Drew’s excellent beer.

mattingly_84x128.jpgThe Mattingly Brewing Company may now be producing full scale productions of beer, but that doesn’t stop them from showing off some of extra special creations.

Tonight Head Brewer Drew Huerter will be offering up the first Black Currant Dubbel.

Here’s what to expect over the new few weeks:

6/16 Oaked Date Dubbel
6/23 Per Aspera Pilsner

Be sure to head out tonight and taste some of Drew’s excellent beer.