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To quote the acclaimed poet of our times, Buster Poindexter, the 2012 St. Louis Microfest was “Hot, Hot, Hot.” No, really, it was pretty awful.  Luckily there was plenty of great beer and plenty of great fun at this year’s festival. In case you weren’t able to make it out, here are a few photos from the festival:

The 2012 St. Louis Microfest is taking place this weekend in Forrest Park. Microfest is the longest running craft beer festival in St. Louis. It’s always a fantastic time festuring a ton of beers from breweries both local and from around the world.

It’s important to remember that last minute changes and additions could be made to the following list, but regardless, you’re bound to find something that’s delicious. Tickets are still available to all sessions, so make sure to visit one of the best beer festivals in the area.

Here’s the list of beers that will be poured this weekend at Microfest:

Abita:

  • Purple Haze
  • Turbo Dog
  • Bock Beer

Anchor Brewing Company:

  • Steam
  • Summer
  • Libery Ale
  • Brekle’s Brown

Arcadia Brewing Company:

  • Hop Rocket

Augusta Brewing Company:

  • Hyde Park Stout
  • Imperial Hefeweizen
  • 1856 IPA
  • Pilsner

Avery Brewing Co.:

  • Czar Imperial Stout
  • Hog Heaven Barleywine
  • IPA
  • Joes Pilsner
  • Karma Ale
  • Maharaja Imperial IPA
  • The Reverend Quad Ale

Bat Creek Brewery:

  • Pike County Pale
  • Machine Shed Stout
  • Midwest Farmers Daughter Ale
  • Flip Nut

Bell’s Brewery:

  • Amber Ale
  • Oarsman
  • Oberon
  • Pale Ale
  • Porter

Big Muddy Brewing:

  • Big Muddy Monster IBA
  • Saluki Dunkeldog
  • Vanilla Stout

Big Sky:

  • Moose Drool
  • Trout Slayer
  • Scape Goat

Buffalo Brewing Company:

  • Buffalo Gold
  • Chili Beer
  • Rye IPA
  • Buffalo Drool

VIP:

  • 50.1 Saison

Blue Moon:

  • Farmhaus Red

Boulder:

  • Hazed and Infused
  • Mojo IPA

Boulevard:

  • Single Wide IPA
  • Unfiltered Wheat
  • Tank 7
  • Smokestack Series
  • Seasonal

Breckenridge:

  • Avalanche
  • Vanilla Porter
  • Agave Wheat

Broadway Brewery:

  • American Pale Ale
  • Porter
  • Cream Ale

Cathedral Square Brewery:

  • Belgian-Style Abbey Ale
  • Belgian-Style White Ale
  • Hail Mary Belgian- Style IPA
  • Iglesia Agave Ale
  • Holy Moly

Charleville:

  •  Hoptimistic IPA
  • Half Wit Wheat
  • Ale Mucho Hoppo

Civil Life Brewery:

  • American Brown Ale
  • British Bitter

Crown Valley Brewery:

  • Big Bison Ale
  • Plowboy Porter
  • Wooden Nickel
  • Farm House Lager

Deschutes:

  • Mirror Pond Pale Ale
  • Black Butte Porter
  • Stoic
  • Twilight Summer Ale

Dixie Brewing Company:

  • Blackened Voodoo
  • Dixie Beer
  • Jazz
Exit 6:
  • Vanilla Cream
  • Ryanes Red
  • IPA

Ferguson Brewing Company:

  • Pecan Brown
  • St. Louis Pale Ale
  • Imperial IPA
  • Hefeweizen
  • Oatmeal Stout

Firestone-Walker Brewing:

  • Double Jack
  • Union Jack
  • Walkers RSV
  • Nectar Ales Help Ale
  • Nectar Ales IPA
  • Nectar Ales Red Nectar

4 Hands Brewing Company:

  • Divided Sky Rye IPA
  • Centennial Red
  • Oatmeal Brown
  • Single Speed Blonde

VIP:

  • Pyrus Saison

Founders Brewery:

  • Red’s Rye

Gambrinus:

  • Shiner Bock
  • Shiner Ruby Red Bird
  • Shiner Bohemian Black

Goose Island:

  • 312 Urban Wheat
  • Honker’s Ale
  • IPA
  • Summertime
  • Matilda
  • Sofie
  • Bourbon County Stout
  • Juliet

Grand Teton Brewing Company:

  • Grand Teton

Granite City Food and Brewery:

  • Northern Light
  • Bock
  • IPA
  • Seasonal

Great Divide Brewing Company:

  • 18th Anniversary Double IPA
  • Chocolate Yeti Imperial Stout
  • Claymore Scotch Ale
  • Colette
  • Hoss Rye Lager
  • Nomad Pilsner

Green Flash:

  • Green Flash:
  • Double Stout
  • Hop Hed Red
  • Imperial IPA
  • Barleywine

Kirkwood Station:

  • Blackberry Wheat
  • IPA
  • Brown Ale
  • English Pale Ale
  • Rye APA
VIP:
  • Maibock

Lagunitas:

  • Maximus
  • Seasonal
  • Little Sumpin
  • IPA

Leinenkugel:

  • Summer Shandy
  • Big Eddy Wee Heavy
  • Berryweiss

Left Hand Brewery:

  • 400lb Monkey

Little Yeoman:

  • Spring Ale
  • American Pale Ale

MacTarnahan’s:

  • Spine Tingler

Magic Hat:

  • # 9
  • Elder Betty
  • IPA

McCoy’s Public House:

  • Newcomb’s IPA
  • Quadrupel
  • Farmhouse
  • Ginger Shandy

McSorley’s:

  • Irish Black Lager
  • Irish Pale Ale

Morgan Street Brewery:

  • Honey Wheat
  • Golden Pilsner
  • Maibock
  • Black Bear

Nebraska Brewing:

  • Cardinal Pale Ale
  • Infinite Wit

New Albanian Brewing Company:

  • Oaktimus (Oak aged Hoptimas)
  • Imperial IPA
  • Yakima Rye IPA
  • Jaxon Barleywine
  • Elsa Von Horizon
  • Imperial Pilsner

New Belgium Brewing:

  • Fat Tire
  • Ranger IPA
  • Somersault
  • Shift
  • Belgo
  • Black Ale
  • Abbey
  • Abbey Grand Cru
  • Biere De Mars
  • Coco Mole Ale
  • Prickly Passion Saison
  • Trippel

VIP

  • La Folie or Mo Betta Bretta

Odell Brewing Company:

  • 90 Shilling
  • IPA
  • Double Pilsner

VIP:

  • Myrcenary

O’Fallon Brewery:

  • Gold
  • 5-Day
  • Hemp Hop Rye
  • Kite Tail
  • Firkin
  • Wheach

VIP:

  • Belgian Dark Strong

Ommegang:

  • Belgian Pale Ale
  • Abbey (Dubbel)
  • Three Philosophers

VIP:

  • Art of Darkness

Perennial Artisan Ales:

  • Hommel Bier
  • Saison de Lis
  • IPA #2
  • Black Walnut Dunkel

Public House Brewing Company:

  • Bird and Baby Mild
  • Hide and Seek Hefeweizin
  • Tire Swing IPA
  • Revelations Stout

Pyramid:    

  • Apricot Ale
  • Curveball Blond Ale
  • Buffalo Bill’s Alimony Ale

Rogue Ales and Spirits:

  • Chatoe Dirtoir Black Lager
  • Chipotle Ale
  • Mom’s Hefeweisen
  • Good Chit Pilsner

VIP:

  • XS 12PA

Sam Adams:

  • Noble Pils
  • Blackberry Wit Bier
  • White Water IPA
  • Angry Orchard Crisp

Schlafly:

  • Pale Ale
  • Hefeweizen
  • Kolsch
  • Dry-Hopped APA
  • American IPA
  • Raspberry Hefeweizen
  • Summer Lager
  • Yakima Wheat

Scratch Brewing Company:

  • Hen of the Woods Biere de Garde
  • Maple Sap Dubbel
  • Honeysuckle Blonde
  • Sumac Witbier
  • Roasted Dandelion Root Stout
  • Not-So-Pale Basil Ale
  • Bourbon-Oaked Root Beer

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company:

  • Pale Ale
  • Torpedo IPA
  • Summerfest
  • Kellerweis
  • Porter

VIP:

  • Hoptimum

Six Row Brewing Company:

  • Whale
  • Porter
  • Double IPA

VIP:

  • Killer Whale

Ska Brewing:

  • Buster Nut Brown Ale

Southern Tier:

  • Backburner
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • 2x Milk Stout
  • Old Man Winter
  • Krampus Helles Lager
  • Raspberry Wheat

Spanish Peaks Brewing Co.:

  • Black Dog Ale
  • Black Dog Honey Raspberry Ale

Square One Brewery:

  • Bavarian Weizan
  • Light Squared
  • Park Avenue Pale Ale
  • East Kent Golding IPA

Stone Brewing Co.:

  • Vertical Epic Ale
  • Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
  • Imperial Russian Stout
  • IPA
  • Levitation Ale
  • Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Ruination IPA

Summit:      

  • Extra Pale Ale
  • Maibock
  • IPA

Tallgrass Brewing Company:

  • Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat
  • Buffalo Sweat
  • Oasis
  • Velvet Rooster  Belgian-Style Tripel
  • 8-Bit Pale Ale

Urban Chestnut:

  • Zwickel
  • Winged Nut
  • Hopfen
  • Schnickelfritz
  • Thrale’s Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company:

  • Drifter Pale Ale
  • Dark Saison
  • Pitch Black IPA
  • Rotator IPA
  • Lemongrass Wheat Ale
  • Barrel Aged Brrrbon ‘11
  • Barrel Aged Brrrbon ‘10

microfest.jpgFor those of you making your way out to the Saturday sessions of the 2011 St. Louis Microfest, I’m here to tell you that you’re in for some very special treats.  Tomorrow will provide your first chance to try a few beers which have never been served in St. Louis:

Goose Island Indira – (Look for it Saturday afternoon)

A farmhouse ale brewed with lemongrass and lemon thyme added to the whirlpool. Indira has lots of interesting stuff happening with the combination of spices, herbs and citrus character all blending with the saison yeast and hop varieties.

ABV – 6.8%, Hops – Perle and Sorachi, Malt – Pale, Pilsner, Wheat, Carapils and some Rye

Goose Island Big John – (Look for it Saturday evening)
An Imperial Stout with crazy amounts of roasted barley and an addition of cacoa nibs. Tremendous chocolate aroma and flavor!

ABV – 11.5%, Hops – Columbus, Malt – 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roasted Barley, De-bittered Black

Nebraska Brewing Company Infinite Wit
A light-bodied Belgian wheat beer brewed with Organic Orange Peel and Organic Coriander. Light and refreshingly crisp with a mild fruity/citrus character.

4.5% ABV, 9 IBU

Nebraska Brewing Company Cardinal Pale Ale
Our Pale Ale is deep golden in color and characterized by a floral/citrus-like aroma, with medium maltiness and low bitterness.

5.75% ABV, 29 IBU

Nebraska Brewing Company India Pale Ale
Our India Pale Ale has a pronounced hop bitterness and wonderful hop aroma. The taste immediately gives away the high hop characteristics with malt aspects playing second fiddle to this fantastic example of the style.

6.5% ABV, 65 IBU

Nebraska Brewing Company Hop God
A beautiful golden crossbreed of a Belgian Tripel and a West Coast IPA. A remarkable explosion on the palate with spiciness, tropical fruit, and a firm citrus bitterness that will leave you begging for more!

9.0% ABV 101 IBU

I’ve also been told that one of the Nebraska Brewing Company’s Reserve Series will be making an appearance as well. But no exact information about when or what. Guess you’ll just need to keep your eyes peeled for that one.

Edit: Just received word that the Reserver Series beer that will also be poured at the Microfest Saturday session this weekend is the Black Betty:

Black Betty Russian Imperial Stout
Black as night and every bit Imperial, this RIS was originally launched to tremendous accolades. Going further, this Stranahan’s Whiskey barrel aged version meshes the rich chocolates, the coffee-like aromatics with the sweet whiskey nose and drying character of the oak. Slightly behind on the palette are the hops – held in restraint by the wonderfully full mouthfeel and broad flavors brought on by the perfect blend of so many malted barley varieties. Ready to enjoy upon release and perfect for extended cellaring.

9.3% ABV, 83 IBU

microfest.jpgI’m happy to announce that the winner of two tickets to the Saturday night session of the 2011 St. Louis Microfest is Bill Cann? Congrats to Bill and thanks to Dave Berkbigler from Grey Eagle Distributors for the passes.

This looks like a great weekend for a beer festival, I hope everyone has a safe, great time.  Be certain to check out the exclusive list of brewers that Evan Benn put up on STL Today.  And thanks again to Dave and Grey Eagle for the tickets.

Be sure to visit next week as we’ll be giving away some other very exciting things here at STL Hops.

microfest.jpgThis weekend is fast approaching and you haven’t bought your tickets to the 2011 St. Louis Microfest yet, have you? Well fear not, because thanks to Dave Berkbigler from Grey Eagle Distributors, I’m giving away two free passes for the Saturday evening session.

Send an email to contest@stlhops.com with the subject of 2011 Microfest, I’ll randomly pick one winner on Thursday, May 5th at 9AM.  A couple of quick notes:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • If you can’t attend, please don’t enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

Also be certain to check out the exclusive list of brewers that Evan Benn put up on STL Today.

The St. Louis Microfest is getting a new logo. But they have a bit of a quandary, they have three slick designs to choose from. Rather than make the decision all themselves, they’ve decided to get your input as well.

The three new logos are below, pick the one you like most and that could be the next Microfest logo and vote in the poll below.  Comments are always welcome.

Which of the new Microfest logos do you like best?

  • Design A (45%, 141 Votes)
  • Design C (45%, 141 Votes)
  • Design B (9%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 310

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Just a reminder, the 2010 St. Louis Microfest is just about a week away.  This year is also very special as STL Hops will have it’s own tent at the Saturday session.  It’ll be a place to hang out with other people from STL Hops and also buy a little swag as well.

Here is a list of the breweries that will have beer at the festival:
microfest.jpg

    • Abita
    • Almar Orchards
    • Arcadia
    • Augusta Brewing
    • Avery
    • Bell’s
    • Big Muddy Brewery
    • Big Sky Brewing
    • Boulder Brewing
    • Boulevard Brewing
    • Buffalo Brewing
    • Sam Adams (Boston Beer Co)
    • Cathedral Square Brewery
    • Charleville Brewing
    • Crown Valley Brewing
    • Cumberland Brewing
    • Dieu de Ciel!
    • Dixie Brewing
    • Fitz’s Root Beer
    • Flying Dog
    • Founders Brewing
    • Goose Island
    • Grand Teton
    • Granite City
    • Great Divide Brewing
    • Strongbow Cider
    • Woodchuck Cider
    • Griesedieck Brothers Brewing
    • Highlands Brewing
    • Jolly Pumpkin
    • Lagunitas
    • Lakefront Brewing
    • Left Hand Brewing
    • Leinenkugel
    • Lemp Brewery
    • Little Yeoman
    • Magic Hat
    • Mattingly Brewing
    • McCoy’s Public House
    • Michelob Brewing
    • Morgan Street Brewing
    • New Albanian
    • New Belgium Brewery
    • New Holland Brewing
    • Odells
    • O’Fallon Brewing
    • Ommegang
    • Pete’s Brewing Co.
    • Pyramid
    • Ray Hill’s
    • Redhook Brewing
    • Redstone Meadery
    • River City
    • St. Somewhere
    • Schlafly Beer
    • 75th Street
    • Sherwood Forest
    • Sierra Nevada
    • Six Row Brewing
    • Ska Brewery
    • Southern Tier
    • Spanish Peaks
    • Square One Brewing
    • Stevens Point
    • Tallgrass Brewing
    • Tin Mill Brewing
    • 23rd Street Brewery
    • Twisted Pine Brewing

      My guess is based on years past the draught vs bottles goes, 60% bottles/40% draft.  But, that’s just a guess.  Be certain to check out the previous post about Microfest for some of this year’s highlights.