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Let’s get the disclaimer right out of the way, Green Flash Brewing Company is a brand that I’ll be managing at Lohr.  (Also, I promise that I won’t make this disclaimer part of the story from now on.)  But regardless of my new job, I’ll proudly proclaim that I’m a HUGE fan of Green Flash.

So, I’m happy to report that the initial proclamation about their arrival was absolutely correct and we will begin seeing Green Flash showing up in Missouri during the first week of August.  If this time frame sounds familiar, it’s because this is also the week of St. Louis Craft Beer Week.

What can we expect during this initial roll-out?

West Coast IPA
This West Coast-Style India Pale Ale is extravagantly hopped, full flavored, medium bodied and copper colored. A menagerie of hops is combined throughout the brewing process to impart specific characteristics. Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes, and Cascade for floral aroma. ABV: 7% | IBU’s:95

Hop Head Red Ale
Resinous hop character and bitterness balance the rich carmel malt base. We took it a step further and Amarillo dry-hopped the brew to 45 ibu’s, creating refreshing and savory hop flavors and aromas. Is it red IPA? That’s your call. ABV: 6% | IBU’s: 45

Imperial I.P.A.
San Diego-style IPA, as it has come to be known by many, is super-hoppy, high gravity, yet highly quaffable ale. Our Imperial IPA is created in this new tradition with intense hop flavors and aromas from a unique blend of Summit and Nugget hops. It’s all about the hops! ABV: 9.4% | IBU’s: 101

Double Stout
Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with satin smooth finish. Layering UK Target hops throughout the boil adds pleasant, earthy complexity while higher fermentation temperatures enhance overall flavor with fruity esters. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex. ABV: 8.8% | IBU’s: 45

Barleywine Style Ale
Our American-style Barleywine undergoes a three hour boil to intensify the caramel malts and the enormous Pacific Northwest hop charge. The result is a rich, estery brew with toffee notes and citrus hop flavors layered throughout. Enjoy this brew fresh today or lay it down for aging to see how the flavors of each vintage evolve. ABV: 10.9% | IBU’s: 85

Also expect some very cool goodies to make their way into the area during STLCBW as well. For those of you craving San Diego beer, here’s another fantastic one that will soon be available in St. Louis. I, for one, can’t wait.

So, rumors were floating around about San Diego brewery Green Flash Brewing Company coming to St. Louis earlier this week.  I make every effort to not report about rumors, as it really doesn’t do much good.

But, while I was at the Urban Chestnut launch party last evening, I happen to meet Green Flash’s National Sales Director Jim Kenny who told a group of us, point blank, “We’ll be here by July or August at the latest.”  I think that’s the point where we go from rumor to fact.

Now, I’m not going to hide my excitement for this one.  I loved when we used to get Green Flash in Illinois, but too often it would arrive kind of old and not nearly as enjoyable as when it was fresh.  But when you got some of the fresh stuff, oh man, it was something to behold.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Green Flash, they brew a series they call “West Coast Style” ales.  If you’re a fan of west coast style beers, you’ll be in heaven.    Some of their  year-round offerings include:

West Coast IPA
This West Coast-Style India Pale Ale is extravagantly hopped, full flavored, medium bodied and copper colored. A menagerie of hops is combined throughout the brewing process to impart specific characteristics. Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes, and Cascade for floral aroma. ABV: 7% | IBU’s:95

Hop Head Red Ale
Resinous hop character and bitterness balance the rich carmel malt base. We took it a step further and Amarillo dry-hopped the brew to 45 ibu’s, creating refreshing and savory hop flavors and aromas. Is it red IPA? That’s your call. ABV: 6% | IBU’s: 45

Imperial I.P.A.
San Diego-style IPA, as it has come to be known by many, is super-hoppy, high gravity, yet highly quaffable ale. Our Imperial IPA is created in this new tradition with intense hop flavors and aromas from a unique blend of Summit and Nugget hops. It’s all about the hops! ABV: 9.4% | IBU’s: 101

Double Stout
Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with satin smooth finish. Layering UK Target hops throughout the boil adds pleasant, earthy complexity while higher fermentation temperatures enhance overall flavor with fruity esters. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex.

Some of their seasonal offerings like Le Freak and their Barleywine are extremely popular as well. These beers are not for the faint of heart. They’re big, bold, and brash San Diego beers, and I’m extremely excited about their arrival.

First the good news, Greg Koch of the Stone Brewing Company out of San Diego, California will be visiting St. Louis this Thursday, April 15th.  Now, the bad news, he’s not here to announce Stone’s arrival in St. Louis.

Greg will be in town for the local Master Brewers Association meeting (which is not open for the public).  Because he’ll be in town, he’ll be swinging by the Schlafly Tap Room around 10PM, after the meeting lets out.

Now, I know that’s kind of late and it’s a school night, but it would be awesome if a ton of us were to show up to show him just how passionate the St. Louis beer scene is.  I don’t know if it will get it here any faster, but if you’re interested in bringing Stone to St. Louis, I think showing him that we’re a group of diehard beer lovers is only going to help.

At minimum, you may get a Gregface picture taken with him.

lost-abbey-jpg-smaller.jpgSo way back in September STL Hops reported that San Diego brewery Port Brewing/Lost Abbey had may its way into the Chicago market:

While this does not immediately affect us in St. Louis, all of the beers we currently see in Southern Illinois got there because of Chicago and some faithful beer nerds who made sure they make it down our way. So while there is no guarentee we’d see these beers in our area, the idea that it could be possible does not “suck.”

Well, it looks like we had to wait about 6 months,  but some of us finally got our wish.  Andrew from Bon Vivant Wines in Columbia, IL let me know that he’s received his first shipment of beers from the San Diego brewer.  Here’s a list of what’s available:

  • Port Brewing Wipeout IPA
  • Port Brewing Old Viscosity
  • Port Brewing Hop-15 Double IPA
  • The Lost Abbey Avant Garde Biere de Garde Ale
  • The Lost Abbey Devotion Belgian Pale Ale
  • The Lost Abbey Red Barn Farmhouse Saison
  • The Lost Abbey Inferno Belgian Style Strong Ale
  • The Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout
  • The Lost Abbey Carnivale

Had a couple of packages of beer arrive this week, though I’d share some pictures. The first is from my buddy Scotty who lives in Colorado. Luckily for all of us, we’re seeing more and more Colorado beers available in the local area, but Scotty sent me a few that we can’t get here quite yet. I’m sending him some beer from this area he can’t get there. I know that he wanted some Two Hearted and I have some things in mind, but do you have any suggestions?

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  • Bristol Brewing Company – Red Rocket Ale
  • Bristol Brewing Company – Wet Mountain IPA
  • Bristol Brewing Company – Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale
  • Dillon Dam Brewery – Sweet George’s Brown
  • Bristol Brewing Company – Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout
  • Oskar Blues – Ten Fidy
  • Oskar Blues – Old Chub

The other two packages I received this week came from San Diego, CA, specifically from The Lost Abbey. A while back someone alerted me to the Sinners and Saints Club. Each club provides special and often sought after beers each month of the year. Here are January and February’s selections:

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  • The Lost Abbey – Red Poppy
  • The Lost Abbey – Carnevale Ale

I’ll let Tomme describe both for you:

Carnevale Ale- Be one of the first consumers to sample our newest seasonal release called Carnevale Ale. Brewed to mark the Lenten Season before Easter, we expect this to be a great addition to our lineup of Specialty Releases. 

Red Poppy 2007- Our first release of this beer. Brewed in 2006 and aged in French Oak barrels for one year on Sour Cherries and wild yeasts. 

Sorry about the lack of content this morning, but I’ve got a pretty busy day ahead of me.  In fact, the entire week may be a bit hectic, but I’ll do my best to provide everyone with new information all week.