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growlers.gifIf I were to come up with another headline for this post, it would probably be, “American Brewers In, Unibroue Out!”  Almost one half of the all the beers Growlers Pub is now offering on this Spring’s beer menu are brewed in the USA.  Now this isn’t to say this is a bad thing, American brewers are some of the best in the world and are given more freedom than any other country in the world to brew any number of styles.  I just thought it was worthy of mentioning.

The most disheartening thing about this newest list is the complete exclusion of Unibroue.  One of the best breweries in Canada gets snubbed over a few more Pilsners added to the list.

I realize it’s summer, so I’m not advocating they add Maudite to the list, but Apple Éphémère or Blanche De Chambly would make wonderful summertime additions.  Here’s the new selections:


  • Samuel Adams Seasonal
  • Schlafly No. 15
  • New Belgium 1554
  • Peroni
  • New Belgium Mothership Wit
  • Boulevard Dry Stout
  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Shock Top Belgian White Ale
  • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA


  • Miller High Life
  • Flying Dog “Tire Bite”
  • Abita Amber
  • Retro Red American Amber
  • North Coast Pranqster
  • Ommegang Hennepin
  • Samuel Adams Irish Red
  • ODells Indian Pale Ale
  • ODells 90 Schilling
  • ODells East Street Wheat
  • Breckenridge Avalanche
  • O’Fallon Wheach
  • Goose Island Honkers Ale
  • Red Hook ESB
  • Land Shark Lager
  • Kona Longboard Lager
  • Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale
  • Boddington Pub Ale
  • Paulaner Hefeweizen
  • Paulaner Salvator Dopplebock
  • Hofbrau Original Lager
  • Wittekerke Witbier
  • Lindemans Pomme
  • Bavik Pilsner
  • Carlsberg Lager
  • Elephant Lager
  • Zatech Pils
  • Moretti La Rosa

Some quick thoughts:  First, I don’t see it on their website, but is AB distributing Peroni now?  The reason I ask is that I think I’ve seen it on draught at 3 or 4 restaurants I’ve been to recently.  It’s not good enough to stand on it’s own, I assume it’s one of the type of beers to get a big marketing push as of recent.  Also, I love a Belgian Wit as much as anyone, but do we really need 5 different Wits on the menu?  Doesn’t that seem a bit high?

Good to see 5 Day IPA on draught, though I’ve heard that it wasn’t available at the Creve Coeur location the other day.  Also nice to see Hennepin, but HOLY CRAP, they want $11.25 for it?!  That’s outrageous, it’s one thing to charge $11.25 for Ommegang’s Three Philosophers, which carries a premium price at retail, but Hennepin doesn’t.  In fact it’s usually about $5-6 bucks retail while 3P is about $9 bucks.  That’s gouging at its finest and frankly, it’s pretty insulting.  Though, I’m pretty sure Growlers doesn’t care about real beer enthusiasts anyway.

wheach.jpgSpring is here and Summer is fast approaching. One of the great things about Summer in St. Louis is the arrival of Wheach from O’Fallon Brewery. O’Fallon pairs their everyday Wheat beer with a bit of peach to provide an easy drinking Summertime beer. I personally like this beer with a hot dog and some friends enjoying some ladder ball.

Currently the beer is only available in specialty beer stores, but will be available at all retailers on April 1st.

Last November Schlafly worked with the Ritz-Carlton to put on a event to celebrate the release of their Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout and Oak Aged Barley Wine. Unfortunately, I had prior commitments and was unable to attend. I’ve now received word that a new beer dinner has been scheduled for April 4th at 7PM at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton. Rhett Haynes, the Wine Director at the Ritz, was kind enough to send over the menu (which is still tentative at this point):

First Course:

Cauliflower Leek Veloute
Lobster Fritters, Chili Coriander Sambal

rcschlafly.jpgSummer Kolsch

Second Course:

Cured Salmon Carpaccio and Farfellini Salad
Sweet Pea Coulis, Toasted Crostini

Dry Hop American Pale Ale

Third Course:

Gruyere Glazed Tenderloin of Beef
Purple Potato Croquette, Black Tiger Shrimp Skewer
Spiced Mustard Jus

Raspberry Hefeweizen

Dessert (TBD)

Oatmeal Stout

The cost of the event is $60 per person not including tax and gratuity. There event will also include a reception in the Wine Room which will then be followed by dinner in the Grill.  Reservations are required and can be made by phoning 314-863-6300 x433.

first_customers_picture.jpgThanks to the wonderful weather we’ll be experiencing this weekend, Augusta Brewery has decided to take advantage of it and open its doors this Sunday.  If you’re never been to Augusta Brewery, you’re in for a real treat.  They have a wonderful patio area and delicious beer to boot.  Here’s their official weekend info:

Due to the break in the weather, Augusta Brewing will be open this Sunday

March 2nd, from 11am to 5pm.

Please make a note of the following ~ the Boone Bridge will be closed Westbound – but eastbound should be fine. You can get to Augusta from 44 through Washington (Hwy 47/Hwy 94) and you can reach Hwy 94 from I-70 or the Page extension! See the article below for all the details

Our Hours this weekend:

Friday & Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

It’s supposed to be 60 degrees on Sunday, seems like the perfect time to go out and drink some beer.