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UPDATE: Due to a SNAFU with getting registration with the state of Missouri, this event has been postponed. They’re hoping to reschedule for next week. Stay tuned!

For the past few years, the Great American Beer Festival has held a Brewery/Homebrewer Pro-Am competition where a brewery works with an award winning homebrewer to produce a beer to send to the GABF competition.

Two years ago the O’Fallon Brewery worked with Jim Yeager from the Garage Brewers Society to select a beer to send to the Pro-Am comp. In the end, Jim Yeager’s Alright Already American Amber won silver at the GABF Pro-Am competition.

This past January, Jim Leabig won a competition held by the GBS and the prize was to brew with O’Fallon for the GABF Pro-Am Competition.  What did Jim come up with?  A little beer he’s calling the Brown EyePA

Jim describes the beer as such:

A big American Brown Ale brewed to IPA thresholds for ABV and hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Caramel and robust chocolate notes provide the foundation for a charge of Summit, Cascade and Simcoe kettle hops. The beer is then dry-hopped for 5 days with larger dose of Simcoe to satisfy the hop lovers.

OG 1.063
ABV 6.8%
IBU 65
SRM 21

The launch party for this beer will be held at the newly opened Exit 6 Brewery on Thursday, September 8th from 4PM until the keg blows. Sounds like a great opportunity to try a new local collaboration.

itap.jpgFor the past few years, the Great American Beer Festival has held a Brewery/Homebrewer Pro-Am competition where a brewery works with an award winning homebrewer to produce a beer to send to the GABF competition.

Last year the O’Fallon Brewery worked with Jim Yeager from the Garage Brewers Society to select a beer to send to the Pro-Am comp. In the end, Jim Yeager’s Alright Already American Amber won silver at the GABF Pro-Am competition.

This year O’Fallon Head Brewer Brian Owens caught wind of Jim Leabig’s attempts to perfect his IPA recipe and asked Jim if they wanted to collaborate on a beer to send out to GABF.  The result of that collaboration is the Sweet Nectar IPA and you’ll have your first chance to try it this Thursday at the International Tap House Chesterfield.

Jim describes the beer as such:

Sweet Nectar IPA is a hop bomb. The recipe was designed to let the hops shine as much as possible. We utilized a hop-bursting technique where all of the bitterness is derived from late kettle hop additions to bring forth a smoother bitterness and a ridiculous amount of hop flavor and aroma. We used more hops in this batch, 3.5 lbs per barrel to be exact, than have ever been stuffed into our kettle and fermenters. Don’t let the name fool you though. This is a very dry IPA with just enough crystal malt to accent the malt character and not overpower the hops. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Along with Sweet Nectar you’ll also have the chance to try another O’Fallon Brewery collaboration, the C3. The C3 is a hybrid called an American Mild, it’s got a huge hop flavor all while having a low 3.8% ABV.

This party runs from 6:30PM – ??? this Thursday, September 2nd. Sounds like a great opportunity to try some new local collaborations.

img_0233You had your chance to try it.  You saw the photos.  You loved it.  Well, the judges at the Great American Beer Festival loved it also.  The collaborative effort between local homebrewer Jim Yeager and O’Fallon Brewery became Alright Already Amber and it came out of the GABF Pro-Am competition with a Silver Medal.

Over 72 entries were received in this competition from 21 different states.  This is a huge accomplishment and I want to congratulate Jim and everyone at O’Fallon for winning this award.  I don’t know if this beer is still available anywhere, hopefully someone can chime in and let us know if people can still sample this.