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itap.jpgWe’ve gotten a lot of casks over the last few years in St. Louis, and without a doubt most of them have been hoppy. Which is great if you like hoppy beers, but what if you’re in the mood for something different.

Without a doubt, tonight’s cask at the International Tap House in Soulard is different. Being the lovable schnorrers they are, Brad and Sean (owners of iTAP) begged Odell to give us something cool and Odell lovingly obliged.

Tonight, beginning at 6PM, iTAP will be tapping a cask of The Meddler, an Oude Bruin. Needless to say, this is a very special cask. Here’s the description from Odell’s website:

A resurrected style from the Flemish region of Belgium, The Meddler oud bruin is a crafty concoction, comprised of several generations of brown ales, barrel aged and blended. Wild yeasts, Lactobacillus, and Brettanomyces meddle with the brew for over 18 months creating complexity and depth of flavor. Hints of malty sweet chocolate and vanilla toy with a hauntingly sour finish. Intricate yet balanced, The Meddler will leave you craving more of the mysterious brew.

Not sure if we’re going to see this one in bottles in the St. Louis area, so this may be your only chance to try this beer in town. Get your butts up to iTAP tonight and help to drain this cask.

Next in our series of label reviews that are not really reviews, but more the ramblings of an insane person: Odell IPA.

Odell IPA

Before I start this review, let’s make one thing very clear: the name of this brewery is Odell Brewing Company. Not O’Dell, Odell’s, or Oh”’Dalez’s. I never understood how hard it is for people to get this right. If I ever started a brewing company, I would name it Triskaidekaphobia Brewing, just to piss people off. The coolest part of this brewery is that all our beer would come in 13 packs.

I love this label right away because I don’t have to read the fine print to find out what kind of beer it is. “INDIA PALE ALE” it says. It doesn’t get more clear than that. They didn’t even bother with a stupid name like “Knuckle Sandwich” or “Hopfather” or “Rusty Trumbone.” It’s really annoying to have to google “rusty trumbone” just to find out about a beer.

Another great part of this label is the clear born on date. If you’re making an IPA and every bottle is not stamped with the date the beer was placed inside that bottle, FUCK YOU! A fresh IPA is always a better IPA and not knowing how old it is pisses me right off. Even worse are the few breweries that put on some kind of cryptic code that even John Nash can’t crack. Assholes.

The man riding the elephant like he’s an African cowboy got me thinking about a picture I saw recently of a 2 year-old and her mom riding an elephant at the circus. My first thought was “Circuses are still a thing?” Then I’m wondering, what kind of idiot would allow their child to ride on the back of a 20,000 pound wild animal?

I realize people have been riding elephants for thousands of years, but have you seen those videos where the elephants freak the fuck out? I mean, I can barely stay calm with a bunch of damn kids at Chuck E. Cheese, and I’m a rational human being. Elephants have a short fuse and could go elephant on you at any point. It’s best just to avoid the circus all together because you only come home with nightmares.

This label has two great things going for it, clearly marking what’s inside and when it was made. Even if part of the label made me think about clowns, which scare the shit out of me, I’m going to be confident in what I’m getting when I buy this, so sign me up.

8.2 / 10 on the Buyability Scale™.

itap.jpgDid St. Louis Craft Beer Week start and no one told me?  Between Microfest and Lauren Salazar’s visit, next week is shaping up to be one of the biggest weeks for craft beer in quite some time in St. Louis.

Including the New Belgium party on Wednesday, the International Tap House has two more events that will be taking place next week:

O’Dell Myrcenary Cask (Soulard): Thursday May 5th, 7pm
If you haven’t had this Double IPA from O’Dell Brewery you are missing out on one tasty treat. What’s better than this beer on draught? Hopefully this beer poured from a cask! We will find out for sure on Thursday May 5th at 7pm when we tap the cask! To top it off you can keep an O’Dell pint with the purchase of an O’Dell beer.

Kentucky Bourby Showdown (Soulard and Chesterfield): Saturday May 7th
Put on your best hat for the iTAP version of the Kentucky Derby or as we’ve dubbed it “The Kentucky Bourby”. It’s a can’t miss showdown between two Kentucky studs…Founders Kentucky Bourbon Stout vs Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Enjoy the horse race while enjoying two incredible stouts. Both beers will be on tap at 1pm.

Mycernary is one of my new, favorite double IPAs, so a cask of it is awesome news. Couple that with what’s gotta be one of the last kegs of KBS in St. Louis and you have a hell of a week of beer drinking.