I received an email from Dan Kopman, the VP of St. Louis Brewery last week and I thought it posed an interested thought, what’s my ultimate list of local beers? Here’s the email:

Just a quick thought (run on sentence to follow). I saw a posting about your perfect beer list or something like that. Moving on from that idea and as a big believer (instilled in my beer DNA from my early days at Young’s in London) that freshness is the key and that locally made is the key to freshness, what would be your perfect list for a bar with say 4 to 6 taps and then some bottles, of locally made beer including what AB makes in StL? I ask this with Heritage Fest approaching and many retailers looking to feature local beers during that week.

I thought this was a clever idea and really gave me something to ponder. Unfortunately a lot of my local favorites are seasonal so I’ll actually be making two lists, the first list will be of beers that are available year round and the other list will be comprised of my favorite local beers. Also remember, I made these choices based on beers that are actually distributed in St. Louis just so people don’t think I was looking to shun local craft brewpubs. The lists are after the jump.

Year Round Availability:

  • Schlafly – APA
  • Schlafly – Oatmeal Stout
  • Schlafly – No. 15
  • Anheuser-Busch – Amber Bock
  • Anheuser-Busch – Michelob
  • Anheuser-Busch – Ray Hill’s Pilsner (Though I don’t know that this is brewed in St. Louis.)
  • O’Fallon Brewery – Smoked Porter
  • O’Fallon Brewery – 5 Day IPA
  • O’Fallon Brewery – Wheat
  • Griesedieck Bros – Premium Golden Pilsner

I these beer choices provide a wide swath of not only different beer styles (with just a little overlapping) but also an impressive offering of just how much talent we have in St. Louis. I guess the additional of Budweiser could have been included, but my guess is that Dan wanted to give people a taste of things they possibly may have never sampled before.

Mike’s Ultimate St. Louis Beer List

  • Schlafly – Cask APA
  • Schlafly – Oatmeal Stout
  • Schlafly – No. 15
  • Schlafly – Barrel Aged Bourbon Imperial Stout
  • Schlafly – Barrel Aged Barley Wine
  • Schlafly – Pumpkin Ale
  • Anheuser-Busch – Michelob Marzen
  • Anheuser-Busch – Ray Hill’s Pilsner
  • Anheuser-Busch – Michelob Chocolate Lager
  • O’Fallon Brewery – Barrel Aged Smoked Porter
  • O’Fallon Brewery – Cask 5 Day IPA
  • O’Fallon Brewery – Goats Breath Bock

I’m sure this might be the hotly debated list, but really these are just my personal favorites of local beers. They offer me something really memorable and something that I always look forward to. (Though I do think I cheated little bit with the Schlafly Cask APA.) Am I missing something? Did I forget someone (I really hope I didn’t.) What are your thoughts?