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Due to technical difficulties, last week’s label review wasn’t able to stay posted. In the words of the website administrator “It’s too awesome to stay up because it may crash the internet.” I certainly wouldn’t want that to happen. So hopefully this review is much less awesome so it will stay up long enough for people to read it. Today we breakdown the label for Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.

Bell's Two Hearted Ale

That’s it? The words “Two Hearted Ale” and a fish. Have you ever been fishing? It’s boring. I mean, really fucking boring. First of all, fish only eat between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. It’s impossible to catch a fish other than during this time period.

So there you are, waking up at 4:30 a.m. to get on a boat. Boats were invented for people to ski behind and get naked on, but you’re getting on a boat before the sun is even up and will be doing neither. More than likely it’s cold out too and you have to put on a jacket. I should repeat that: YOU’RE ON A BOAT WEARING A JACKET! That makes no sense.

You might be saying, “But Jason, you can drink beer while you’re fishing!” And to that I say, “Quit talking to yourself dipshit, I can’t hear you.” Yes, you can drink beer, but I can think of 230 better situations to drink beer. Drinking a beer while getting your prostate checked would be preferable to this.

After an hour and a half of casting and reeling in, casting and reeling in, you finally get a bite. HOLY SHIT I GOT ONE! You start to real it in like you just landed a giant swordfish. This thing is going to be huge! There it is! It’s a….fucking 6 ounce sunfish. Two hours on a cold boat, no boobs, and all you got was and a 6 ounce fish that’s the pigeon of the fish world.

We are now left with the words “Two Hearted Ale.” Did they use two hearts in brewing the beer? I’m no cannibal, but it would be pretty cool to drink a beer made of hearts. Problem is, I don’t know what kind of flavors to expect out of cardiac muscle. It would probably end up tasting like chicken.

While there may be a significant population of recreational fishers and/or cannibals, I am neither. If I ever wanted to be completely bored while drinking beer, I’d buy this. However, under normal circumstances, I’m going to choose a beer with a label more interesting.

3.5 / 10 on the Buyability Scale™.

stable_128x126.jpgYou have to give it to The Stable’s beverage manager Jerad Gardner, he’s not one to rest upon the 2008 Best Beer Selection award from the Riverfront Times, he’s always trying to push the envelope. So it should be no surprise that his newest creation tugs at the beer geek’s heart.

Starting this Friday, Jerad begins a series of events he calls “Firkin Fridays.” Over a number of different Fridays, Jerad will be bringing in different cask ales from different breweries around the nation. This Friday, July 17th, beginning at 6PM, you’ll have a chance to purchase pints of Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale cask ale.

Many of us have been begging for more cask ale in the St. Louis area and Jerad, as always, has been listening.

It was an amazing sight. It was awesome to see about 30 or 40 beer nerds descend on 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar last Friday night, kill a cask in about an hour and a half and then move on to their next beer adventure. At one point while pouring a Two Hearted, Jake, the owner of 33, looked at me and said, “You know, this is all your fault!” I can’t say I wasn’t a little proud.

As for the beer itself, my girlfriend and some people in the forum picked up a metallic taste and a bit of oxidation in the first few beers. I’m lucky to say my palate didn’t pick this up, but I will say that as the night progressed the beer got better. I don’t know if that’s because I had 3 or 4 beers or if the beer actually did get better, but it was pretty fulfilling. It was very cool to see everyone show up and have a great time.

Thanks again to Dylan, Jake and Mike at 33 for putting this on. Hopefully this becomes a more regular thing.

schlafly3color.gifI’ve been informed that Brennan Greene will be tapping a cask of Vanilla Coffee Stout at the Schlafly Tap Room tonight.  Drew Huerter emailed me with some info about the cask:

Freshly ground Kaldi’s Coffee and split vanilla beans were added directly to the cask for a chocolately, aromatic and fascinating version of our Coffee Stout. Only two casks made, so it will not likely last for long. 

Couple this cask with the cask of Bell’s Two Hearted being opening this evening at 33 Wine Shop tonight and it makes for a very good weekend for being a beer drinker in St. Louis.

casktwohearted.gifOne of the things I was most excited about when I was invited to join the Schlafly crew at the Great Taste of the Midwest was the opportunity to taste one of my all-time favorite beers in an entirely new way, cask Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale. But let’s be honest, a little 2 or 3 ounce pour just doesn’t really cut it. Sure it’s a nice little sample, but cask beer deserves to be in a pint glass.

Well, I’m happy to announce that on Friday, November 21 at 5PM, 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar will be cracking into a cask of Bell’s finest beer, Two Hearted Ale. This will be available until the cask blows, so I wouldn’t dawdle getting down to 33, because I know I’m going to have my fair share of this beer. I want to thank Jake, Dylan and Jim O’Connor of Bell’s for making this event happen, this is very exciting stuff for the St. Louis beer community.

We have a new thread in the Forum titled, “What did you drink last night?” It gives everyone a chance to discuss what beers they enjoyed the night before and maybe even brag a little bit. As I was typing up a monster post for the thread, it occurred to me it would probably make a decent post on the main blog as well. So here’s a little of my weekend drinking:

Friday
Two Hearted: Had kind of a crappy day, so I started off with an old favorite. Unfortunately I had it at Growler’s and I was having a poor time there.
Green Flash Hop Head Red: Came home and popped open one of the three beers I picked up while in Champaign. I was looking for their West Coast IPA, had to settle for this instead. Nice beer, but didn’t really live up to the “Hop Head” moniker. Could have standed a bit more bitterness, but it was still a nice beer.
DFH Indian Brown Ale: Picked this one up because of a comment someone said about this beer on another message board I post on. He compared it to dishwater. I saw that it picked up good ratings on BA (I know it’s not the end-all be-all of ratings, but it’s a quick go-to) and decided to try for myself. I’m very glad I did, it has a very pleasant hop aroma that matches well with the roasted malts.
Founders Red Rye: If this was available in Missouri, it may usurp Two Hearted as may go-to beer.

Saturday
Schlafly Weiss Bier: I volunteered working the Art of Food event and as such we got free Schlafly Weiss. I had about a billion glasses before the night was over. I really enjoyed it and wish they would sell this stuff in the bottles they currently label as a hefeweizen.
De Proef Reserve Signature Ale: After AoF ended, we were beat and decided to get a drink. We hit up 33 Wine Bar as the laid back atmosphere suited our desire to relax. Dylan recommended this, but I wish I could remember more about it.
Péché Mortel: Forgetting this was not a 750, I was planning on sharing this with a friend, oops. I remember this being very pleasant, but that’s about it.
Bad Idea: I don’t remember what it was, but it was not a good decision by me to order one last beer at last call. So we’ll just go with the name “Bad Idea.” Let’s make it clear though, the beer was not at fault.

Sunday
DFH 90 Minute:We decided to hit The Rotten Apple as sort of a present to ourselves after AoF. Bill and Ellie had not yet gone and Bill was keen to try a draught 90 Minute. We agreed that it’s a completely awesome beer, but it’s honestly not that much different than drinking it out of a bottle. But we wouldn’t turn it down if it was offered to us.
Founders Rubeaus: This was my original reason for going up to the Apple. I really enjoyed this beer out of a bottle so I wanted to try it on draught. Unlike 90 Minute, this was is very different on draught. I found that the bottled version was a bit sweet and edged closer to a raspberry soda whereas the draught version reminded me more of a beer.
Three Floyds Alpha King: The American India Pale Ale that’s trying to disguise itself as an American Pale Ale. I wish I would have had this before the 90 Minute, because it almost seemed like an APA after the DFH offering.
Founders Dirty Bastard: An obvious Americanized version of a Scottish Ale, but a damn good one. It had a very thick, almost creamy mouthfeel and plenty of caramel sweetness that was never overwhelming.
Avery The Beast: Jerad then started breaking out some beers from in the back. The first was this 14.9% monster from Avery. The nose contained a big raisiny malty aroma along with some hot alcohol as well. The taste was sickenly sweet, in fact I think this beer is the reason why the word “cloying” was invented. Not my cup of tea.
Jolly Pumpkin Noel De Calabaza: I actually had this one a couple of weeks ago at Erato and at that time I remembered the previous bottles I’ve had seemed more sour. I don’t know if my palate has adjusted to these funky/sour beers, but this beer was no exception. It had plenty of funk, but not much of the sour I remember from previous bottles. Still a great beer though.

My liver is glad the weekend is over.

bellsoberon.jpgFor a long time the St. Louis area has had to endure a world without draught Bell’s beer.  It looks like out metro-wide nightmare is over.  Dave from Beer, Wine and Whiskey is reporting that Bell’s Oberon has been sighted at the Central West End location of Llywellyn’s Pub.  While Oberon may not be my favorite beer in the world, does this mean that beers such as Two Hearted (which may be one of my favorite beers in the world) will be far behind?  Let’s hope not.