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sq1r-y-cropped-small-web-view-150x150Time flies when you’re brewing beer.  Square One Brewery and Distillery is turning eight years old and plans on celebrating by throwing a party today, Wednesday, February 26th beginning at 4PM.

Square One will be throwing quite the shindig by offering up free giveaways, appetizers and drink specials during the party. Titillating, isn’t it?

But the fun doesn’t stop there, they also will be featuring Barrel Aged Barley Wine, (a 2012 vintage Barley Wine which has spent the last 12 months in a bourbon barrel), Barrel Aged Septangential (their 2013, 7th Anniversary Lager, which has also spent the last 12 months in a bourbon barrel) and Ochofabuloso (their 8th Anniversary Ale, an American dark, dry-hopped IPA.)

Do me a favor, just don’t try and have eight glasses of Ochofabuloso today, OK?

acbw_badge2Chances are if you visit this blog you know that May 13-19 is American Craft Beer Week.  If you did not know this, don’t feel bad, Six Row Brewing Company and Square One Brewery have you covered. Here’s a look at the events happening at these two locations this week:

Square One:

Monday through Friday May 13-17 from 5-7 pm Dr. John Witte will be the guest bartender at Square One Brewery and Distillery.

Enjoy a few pints (try our Maibock, Saison or Our GAL or any of your year round favorites) and pick the brewers brain. Wish John a happy brewers birthday (April 27 was 19 years professionally brewing in St. Louis) and you will get $1.00 off your purchase of any logo glassware.

Saturday May 18 Square One will host its monthly beer and spirits school-with a twist. This month will feature a beer and cheese tasting, hosted by Dr. Witte, along with the usual history lesson and brewery tour. Class is limited to the first 25 who call the restaurant to register and begins at 11 am. A handful of spots are still available.

Six Row Brewing:

All week long we’ll be pouring Llewellyn’s Pretender to the Throne Hoppy Wheat, a beer brewed just for the Llewellyn’s Pubs and available exclusively at their six St. Louis area locations and, for a limited time only, at Six Row’s pub.

Monday, May 13: Killer Whale Returns! After a half-year hibernation, our big, beautiful barleywine resurfaces once again. On tap when we open at 4PM, on the 13th.

Tuesday, May 14: Amarillo dry-hopped cask of Red Eye. Our session Red IPA, cask conditioned with Amarillo hops, available from open to close at a special price of $4/pint.

Wednesday, May 15: Belgians are back! Ambree (our Belgian Single) and our 3rd Anniversary Tripel will be on tap from open to close.

Thursday, May 16: Baumann’s Bacon Porter cask, tapping at 4PM. Don’t miss this rare and popular delicacy. Our regular draft Porter will be back on tap, after a brief hiatus, at the pub as well.

Friday, May 17: TGIPA! All IPAs are $4, including our DIPA, Red Eye and selections from our single dry-hop DIPA series including Simcoe, Mosaic, Warrior, and several others, rotating on tap throughout the day, from open until close.

Saturday, May 18: Stout Saturday! We’ll be serving our Export Stout, Russian Imperial Stout and Oak-aged Sour Export Stout (aged over a year in oak barrels). All Stouts are $4/glass or try all 3 in a specially priced Stout Sampler, from open to close.

sq1r-y-cropped-small-web-viewTime flies when you’re brewing beer.  Square One Brewery and Distillery is turning six years old and plans on celebrating by throwing a party on Wednesday, February 22nd beginning at 5PM.

Square One will be throwing quite the shindig by offering up free giveaways, appetizers and drink specials during the party. Titillating, isn’t it?

But the fun doesn’t stop there, they also will be featuring their anniversary beer which they’ve named the Sechstastic.  Featuring six different malts, six different hops (which were added at six different times) and a final ABV that will be 12%. The began primary fermentation using their house yeast strain before finishing the beer using a lager strain.

Do me a favor, just don’t try and have six glasses of Sechstastic next Wednesday, OK?

sq1r-y-cropped-small-web-viewEighteen months ago Square One Brewery released a very special beer to help celebrate St. Louis Craft Beer Week, they called it their Sour Cherry Beer. If you didn’t have a chance to try it at the time, here is a description of the beer:

Brewed 3 years ago as a Tripel, then refermented with sour cherries and inoculated with a Belgian lambic blend of yeasts and bacteria.  The beer was left on the cherries and pits for 8 months and then racked off into kegs, half on oak, half all stainless.

Prior to carbonating, we blended the two back together and then blended again with a recent batch of tripel.  Very tart and has sharp cherry flavors along with a hint of nuttiness (from the pit) in the finish.

It was a glorious success. Sour fiends were falling over themselves to try a bit of this beer. A few weeks later there was confirmation that the beer would be bottled and everyone rejoiced.

And then there was silence.

But I just received word this afternoon that Square One has released the bottles of the beer for sale right before the holidays. If you want to have what’s gotta be the first sour beer produced in St. Louis that’s been made available in a bottle, then you better not delay.

Only a limited number of 12oz bottles have been released and when it’s gone, it’s probably gone for good.  Each bottle will set you back $8.95 and is only be available at Square One Brewery. Get it while you can.

sq1r-y-cropped-small-web-viewTime flies when you’re brewing beer.  Square One Brewery and Distillery is turning five years old and plans on celebrating by throwing a party on Monday, February 21st from 4PM to 7PM.

Not only will also be plenty of free giveaways throughout the evening but at 7:00pm they will be offering one final huge grand prize. Titillating, isn’t it?

But the fun doesn’t stop there, they also will be featuring their anniversary beer which they’ve named the Pentabulous.  Featuring five different malts, five different hops (which were added at five different times) and a final ABV that will be 11.5%, it’s a beer they’re calling a “New World Strong Ale.”

Do me a favor, just don’t try and have five glasses of Pentabulous next Monday, OK?

sq1r-y-cropped-small-web-viewSt. Louis will be awash with at least three new breweries in 2011, but the long established breweries aren’t going to let the new guys have all of the fun. Square One Brewery added one new serving tank and two new fermenters to their Lafayette Square location.

According to Square One head brewer John Witte, the new fermenters are not only in place but have already been filled with an Imperial IPA and our Barley Wine. Square One has increased their beer business by 10% this year and the three fermenters they were previously using were, in John Witte’s words, “Limiting.”  Not only will the new equipment allow Square One to produce more beer, but Witte promises new styles in the future as well.

A great option to try out some of  Square One’s most creative beer is their New Year’s Eve Big Beer Dinner. Three or four different courses will be paired with “big” beers from Square One. You can make reservations for this dinner by calling 314-231-2537.

Photos of the new tanks below were provided thanks to the Square One Facebook page.

freshhopFor those of you that need the final push to purchase tickets for the Schlafly Fresh Hop Ale Festival, here’s the list of beers that will be available at the event:

Amalgamated
Amalgamated Harvest Brown
A flavorful brown ale with moderately strong chocolate and caramel flavors balanced by a firm hop character. The beer was hopped in the kettle with Amarillo hop pellets, and then run through a hop back packed full of freshly picked Amarillo hops. Malty and hoppy, this beer is an easy drinking brown!
ABV: 6.5%
IBU:35

Amalgamated Wet Hopped Zoigl
An amber lager with peach-like flavors contributed by the freshly picked Amarillo hops. The fresh hops were added to the mash, and were the only hops added to the beer. This beer is a fresh hop version of our regular Zoigl served at The Stable. Clean, slightly malty, and infused with the goodness of fresh hops, this is a rare version of a rare beer!
ABV: 5.3%
IBU: 10

Square One Brewery & Distillery
New Harvest IPA
Our own unfiltered IPA “dry hopped” with fresh- from-the-harvest Amarillo hops. The hops were given 10 days to condition in the fermenter.
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 115

Six Row Brewing Company
Fresh-Hop Black India Pale Ale
Brewed with 30lb of fresh Amarillo hops from Yakima Valley, lots of nice citrus notes in the aroma and flavor and a slight roasted character from the black malt. Dry finish and is completely black but intensely hoppy.
ABV: 8.1%
IBU: 70

Highlands Brewing Company
Wet-Hopped American Brown Ale
The American Brown Ale is a dark Brown Beer hopped with fresh Amarillo hops. It has a malty, rich, chocolate, caramel, Nutty, and toasty flavor. Brown Ale has a moderate hop flavor, with medium to high bitterness.
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: 30

O’Fallon
Midnight Harvest
Our take on the Fresh Hop Beer was a Black Ale with Rye. We used a total of 40 lbs of hops in this brew which figures out to about 4 pounds of hops per keg. We used 9 pounds of Amarillo hops in the mash, 21 lbs in the hop back, then we dry hopped with 10 pounds of Amarillo pellets. This slightly spicy and fruity ale is a deceivingly drinkable dark ale.
ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 60

Schlafly
Tap Room Hop Harvest Ale
An American Pale Ale wet hopped with 25 lbs. fresh Amarillo (raw hops) and dry hopped with 10 lbs. Amarillo (raw hops) & 5 lbs. Simcoe (hop pellets)
ABV: 6.7%
IBU: 45

Bottleworks Hop Harvest Ale
An American Pale Ale wet hopped with Amarillo hops just days after harvest in Washington. Amarillo hops are related to Cascade hops and contribute a similar citrusy character to this beer.
ABV: 5.6 %
IBU: 43