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microbreweology2We drink a lot of beer around STL Hops, but more than drink, we talk a lot about beer around STL Hops.  Our forums are a constant web of discussion about beer. Beer is a perfect lubricant to fantastic discussions.

With that in mind, St. Louis Public Radio has partnered up with Sauce Magazine to put together a  panel discussion with brewers from Schlafly, Perennial, Urban Chestnut, Four Hands, Six Row, Ferguson, and Civil Life which will be moderated by STL Hops’ very own Eric Hildebrandt.

The event which St. Louis Public Radio is calling Microbrewology, takes place tomorrow, September 25th, from 6:30-8:30PM. Tickets can be purchased here (St. Louis Public Radio members are $10, non-members are $15.)  Light hors d’oeuvres from Nadoz Bakery and Café will be included in the price of the ticket.

These guys love to talk about beer, make sure to go and check out what they have to say.

itap.jpgWith the World Cup in full swing and the International Tap House in Soulard now open, Sauce Magazine has partnered with iTAP to throw a celebration.  Starting today at Noon, iTAP and Sauce will be hosting different cuisines from countries around the world.

The plan is to feature cuisine based upon one of the teams playing in that day’s match.  Here’s the line-up that they have for this week:

  • Monday June 21st, Spain vs. Honduras 1:30 PM… Tapas from Modesto and discounted Estrella Damm and Estrella Galicia
  • Tuesday June 22nd, Greece vs. Argentina 1:30 PM…Greek fare from Olympia and discounted Aris and Quilmes beer.
  • Wednesday June 23rd, Germany vs. Ghana 1:30 PM…Three Monkeys will be goin all German and discounts on all German brews and since Australia is also taking to pitch at the same time Aussie Beers will be cheaper as well.
  • Thursday June 24th, Japan vs. Denmark 1:30 PM…Likely Sushi will be served while Japanese beers in stock will be discounted as well as Carlsberg brews and Dutch brews.
  • Friday June 25th, Spain vs. Chile 1:30PM…Roxane is scheduled to sell Spanish food while the usual Spanish brews will be on discount during the match.

It’s also worth noting that while the Soulard location will be opening at Noon all week, they’ll be opening at 9AM on Wednesday for the USA match versus Algeria.

cslogoLooks like St. Louis has a new brewery opening in their midst.  Cathedral Square Brewery will be opening soon in what used to be the old Playboy Club at 3914 Lindell Blvd.  That location may be familiar to some of our reader as the location of the old City Grille and Brewhouse.

Cathedral Square Brewery has brought on Brian Neville as their brewmaster.  Brian is currently also the brewmaster of Spanish Peaks Brewery, and he’s planning on concentrating on Belgian styles with the new Cathedral Square Brewery.  His first offering, a Belgian Abbey Ale will be available for its first public tasting this Friday, March 13th at Riddle’s Penultimate in the U-City Loop starting at 7PM.

If you can’t make it out to this event, fear not, because according to Sauce Magazine, you’ll soon be seeing Cathedral Square’s beer at some of the usual suspects around the area.  I’m hoping to have some photos and more information about this new venture real soon.  Stay tuned.

crownvalleybrewery.gifThe Ste. Genevieve mainstay Crown Valley Winery is expanding into the brewing and distilling business.  The new Crown Valley Brewery and Distillery will be opening soon and Brewmaster Mark Walters is eager to show off his handy-work.  Mark will be at Spokes Pub and Grill from 1Pm-5PM on Saturday, January 31st.

Mark will be bringing along their first six beers to sample, which are the Sleighbell Spiced Ale, Barnwood Blonde Ale, Old School Pilsner, Big Bison Ale (dubbel), Crown Valley Raspberry Wheat and Worktruck Wheat (hefeweizen).  According to Sauce Magazine, Crown Valley is set to open this spring with a 120-seat taproom and a 150-seat beer garden.

sauce.jpgThis month’s Sauce Magazine features their annual Wine and Beer Guide, detailing some of what’s going on in the world of beer and wine in St. Louis. While one of my favorite features of the guide is a list of St. Louis area breweries and some of the services they offer, they also feature a dynamite interview with Brian Owens, head brewer at O’Fallon Brewery. Here’s a small excerpt:

Owens, however, relishes every minute of the brewing process, especially savoring the early morning. “The best time in my day in any given week is mashing in the first batch of beer during the day. The beginning of the brew. Nobody’s here usually. It’s 5:30 in the morning. It’s quiet. You’ve got the place to yourself. The smell is absolutely wonderful!”

If you want to read the whole article, you’re going to need to seek out a free Sauce Magazine, as this article is only available where Sauce is distributed now available online! If you don’t know where to find a Sauce, use the handy-dandy Zip Code feature here.

It looks like next year’s St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival may be getting a bit bigger as it looks like St. Louis will be introducing two new local breweries this year.

The Stable

I mentioned that this one would spring up during my rundown of the Rotten Apple a while back, but now Sauce Magazine has provided some additional information on the new brewery/distillery:

The old Lemp stables will soon be home to the hard stuff, when the Amalgamated Brewing Co., which also owns The Rotten Apple in Grafton, debuts The Stable, a microbrewery, distillery and pizzeria, at Cherokee Street and Lemp Avenue next month. Owners Jesse Jones and Paul Pointer will brew a lager and distill absinthe, grappa, vodka, rum, gin and moonshine (a corn-based liquor) under the brand name Hytest; the spirits will be served at The Stable, and the pair intend to distribute the hard stuff eventually. But Hytest won’t be the only brand at the Benton Park spot; Jones said that other spirits and brews, including local suds, will be available, including a large Belgian selection. There’ll be items for teetotalers, too: handcrafted Neapolitan-style pizza, sandwiches and salads.

Mattingly Brewing Company

Continuing on the St. Louis city brewing trend, it looks like we’ll have another brewery near the old Lemp Brewery:

Both of the Mattinglys have a strong interest in the microbrewery and started with home brewing about seven years ago. The two, who are engineers by trade, started talking about starting a microbrewery around 2003.

“A hobby became a business,” said Doug Mattingly.

They’ve hired a manager for the brewery, Matt McMullen, and are hiring a brewmaster.

When they open, their microbrewery will have the capacity of making batches of 124 gallons at a time. They plan to brew a variety of craft ales, including India pale ale and a stout. Pizza will be a specialty in the microbrewery, which will have a capacity of 50.

“St. Louis some time ago used to be the capital of craft brewing. We think it’s well on its way to being so (again),” Douglas Mattingly said.

Exciting time to be a beer lover in St. Louis.

Thanks to Jim for reminding me about these articles.

It’s 2008, which means it’s time for yet another Reader’s Choice Poll from Sauce Magazine. I think as beer lovers, it’s our duty to try and bestow recognition on places that go above and beyond the standard beer selections of most restaurants. That being said, let’s look at last year’s selection:

2007 Best Beer Selection

  1. Growlers (two locations)
  2. The Schlafly Tap Room
  3. Cicero’s
  4. Tin Can Tavern and Grille

Let’s be honest, it’s a pretty terrible selection of beer restaurants. Growlers list of a lot of light lagers from around the world. The Tap Room makes many fine beers, but they’re all Schlafly beers, and in my opinion one brewery does not a good selection make. Cicero’s is about the only one I can truly support, they also have a very large list, but there seems to be a bit more thought put into it. Lastly, Tin Can is kitsch and more light lagers.

I think this year we can do better, I think we can really promote some of the best beer lists in St. Louis. Let me offer some of my suggestions (in no particular order):

Erato on Main: Oh sure, I’ve sung their love song for quite some time, but honestly this is one of the best lists in St. Louis. Not only do they carry a lot of truly great beer, but they carry a lot of beer you can’t get on this side of the river. Just look at this list from January, wouldn’t you kill to see this list at more local restaurants? Not only that, that’s not the same list that you’ll find if you head over there this weekend. It’s constantly changing, the sign of a place that really loves beer.

33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar: Maybe one of these days I can convince Dylan or Jake to send a copy of their beer list so I can convince those who haven’t yet gone to make the trip to 33. Not only do they offer a large variety of fantastic craft beers, but they also age beers as well. For instance, I enjoyed a bottle of 2006 Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René on Friday evening. They’ve recently upgraded their draught selection from two beers to six, which allows them to offer even more interesting selections like Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier. If that’s not enough, they even sell beer to you to take home at retail prices. No need for paying a premium for something you want to enjoy at home.

Bailey’s Chocolate Bar: You’ll need to look no further than Bailey’s drink list (pdf) to realize why they’re consistently one of my favorite places to get a beer in St. Louis. Sure people go there for the dessert, but I’d argue there are no better desserts than having something like a glass of draught St. Bernadus Abt 12. Not unlike 33 Wine Shop, Bailey’s also goes through the special effort of aging beer, something that sets them apart from any other beer restaurant in St. Louis.

Really there are a number of places that could easily make the list as well, Iron Barley, Harvest, and Mangia Italian come immediately to mind. So take the time, go vote and let’s see a better selection of places that truly love beer and give them the recognition the deserve.