416. SweetWater Brewing – Happy Ending
Mar03

416. SweetWater Brewing – Happy Ending

I’ve been on a microbrewery tour of St. Louis with my friend Joe all day today.  It’s been a long day, and in fact, I’ve racked up nine new beers today alone, so why not go for an even 10.  We stopped at 4 Hands Brewing near downtown, the International Tap House in Soulard, and Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. near downtown.  We finally headed back to Joe’s house and we decided to play a little pool and finish the...

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415. Ska Brewing – Steel Toe Stout
Mar03

415. Ska Brewing – Steel Toe Stout

My friend Joe and I have been on our somewhat annual tour of St. Louis microbreweries. So far this weekend, we hit Perennial Artisan Ales, 4 Hands, and Urban Chestnut, along with a stop at the International Tap House in Soulard. We’re now at Dressel’s Public House in the Central West End having dinner and a couple more beers. I already had Urban Chestnut Brewing Co’s Zwickel with dinner, and now I’m finishing...

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414. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. – Zwickel
Mar03

414. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. – Zwickel

After a long day of hitting a few St. Louis microbreweries, including 4 Hands and Urban Chestnut, we headed out for dinner at Dressel’s Public House in the Central West End.  Despite having just left Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, this was one of the only local beers on their list I haven’t had yet.  According to UCBC, “Zwickel, our flagship lager, pronounced ‘zv-ick-el’, is an unfiltered, unpasteurized, German...

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413. Urban Chestnut Brewing – Old Tjikko
Mar03

413. Urban Chestnut Brewing – Old Tjikko

We’ve decided to hang out at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company for a while on my mini-microbrewery tour of St. Louis.  We’ve visited a couple places in the last couple days, and my friend Joe and I are making our way through the extensive beer menu here at UCBC.  After getting a sample, I decided to go ahead and get this beer, which is bittered spruce tips.  Accroding to the brewery, it “is an aggressively...

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412. Urban Chestnut Brewing Company – Wolpertinger
Mar03

412. Urban Chestnut Brewing Company – Wolpertinger

After a few beers at 4 Hands Brewing, and a couple more at the International Tap House (ITAP) in Soulard, Joe and I continued our St. Louis microbrewery tour by heading to Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. I finally got a chance to try this new brewery last summer and really enjoyed it. One of their signature beers I tried last time is their Winged Nut, which is made with milled chestnuts. This beer is what they refer to as their...

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411. Stone Brewing – 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
Mar03

411. Stone Brewing – 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

As I’ve mentioned in my last several posts, I’m in St. Louis today doing a tour of microbreweries.  However, we’re currently at the International Tap House (ITAP) in Soulard to enjoy a few more beers and watch the Missouri Tigers in March Madness.  I was looking for something local on tap I hadn’t had yet, but I couldn’t find anything.  This beer caught my eye, and since I hadn’t had it yet, I went...

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410. 2nd Shift Brewing – El Gato Grande AIPA
Mar03

410. 2nd Shift Brewing – El Gato Grande AIPA

After a very successful trip to 4 Hands Brewing (where I had their Reprise Centennial Red Ale, Divided Sky Rye IPA, and Bona Fide Russian Imperial Stout), we headed over to the International Tap House in Soulard (near downtown St. Louis, MO) to watch Missouri play in the NCAA tournament and enjoy a few beers.  My friend Joe said he had enjoyed 2nd Shift’s beers after he went to their 2nd Shift and Friends Festival last year, so...

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409. 4 Hands Brewing – Bona Fide Russian Imperial Stout
Mar03

409. 4 Hands Brewing – Bona Fide Russian Imperial Stout

I’m at 4 Hands Brewing in St. Louis, MO, enjoying a few beers in their tasting room, including their Divided Sky Rye IPA and their Reprise Centennial Red Ale.  My friend Joe just had this beer, and recommended I try it myself.  As a fan of Russian Imperials, I indulged in a third beer here before we headed off to another local microbrewery. According to 4 Hands, “Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a collaborative effort with...

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408. 4 Hands Brewery – Divided Sky Rye IPA
Mar03

408. 4 Hands Brewery – Divided Sky Rye IPA

I’m in St. Louis on a mini tour of microbreweries with my friend Joe. Last night we hit Perennial Artisan Ales, and today, after an incredible lunch at Bogart’s Smokehouse in Soulard, we headed over to 4 Hands Brewery.  I started with their Reprise Centennial Red Ale, which could probably be classified as a red IPA, and decided to move on to their rye IPA offering. Location: Enjoyed in a tulip shaped glass, at 4 Hands...

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407. 4 Hands Brewing – Reprise Centennial Red Ale
Mar03

407. 4 Hands Brewing – Reprise Centennial Red Ale

As I’ve mention in my last few posts, I’m in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, enjoying my semi-annual tour of microbreweries around the city.  We hit Perennial Artisan Ales the night before, and today we are at 4 Hands Brewing in downtown.  This is one of St. Louis’ newest microbreweries, having just opened in December.  They have four core beers on tap, including: Divided Sky Rye IPA, Reprise Centennial Red, Cast Iron...

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406. Green Flash Brewing – Double Stout Black Ale
Mar02

406. Green Flash Brewing – Double Stout Black Ale

As you can see by my last few posts, my friend Joe and I have been out in St. Louis, hitting Perennial Artisan Ales earlier this evening. After enjoying their Vermilion and Abraxas, we headed back to Joe’s place, where he cracked open a Deschutes Black Butte Porter. It wasn’t quite time to call it a night, so Joe dug into his celler and pulled this one out. Location: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, at my friend...

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405. Deschutes – Black Butte Porter
Mar02

405. Deschutes – Black Butte Porter

After a very nice night out at Perennial Artisan Ales, where I had their Vermilion and Abraxas, we headed back to my friend Joe’s house. He dug into his beer stash and pulled this beer out. I checked my list and was amazed I had not yet tried this beer yet (despite my visit to the Oregon Brewers’ Festival, even having brunch at the Deschutes Public House before the festival). Location: Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint...

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404. Perennial Artisan Ales – Abraxas
Mar02

404. Perennial Artisan Ales – Abraxas

After having the Vermilion, my friend Joe demanded we get a bottle of the Abraxas.  He’s had it before and raved about it. It’s an “Imperial Stout aged on Mexican cocoa nibs, ancho chiles, vanilla beans, and cinnamon,” so as you can tell, it’s supposed to have a rich, complex flavor. Location: Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet glass, at Perennial Artisan Ales in St. Louis, MO. Numbers: 10% ABV, ~...

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403. Perennial Artisan Ales – Vermilion
Mar02

403. Perennial Artisan Ales – Vermilion

As I mentioned, I’m in St. Louis for another mini-micro tour with my friend Joe (meaning we hit a bunch of St. Louis’ microbreweries over a weekend, which there have been several new ones in the last year or so.  I got in late, but we had dinner and I had an Oatmeal Brown from 4 Hands.  Now we’re on to Perennial Artisan Ales.  I stopped here very briefly over the holidays and picked up a few beers to go, including...

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402. 4 Hands Brewery – Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown
Mar02

402. 4 Hands Brewery – Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown

I’m in St. Louis this weekend to spend some time with my friend Joe.  The plan is to hit several microbreweries this weekend, as well as trade some homebrew.  I finally made it into town after a long day at work, and we headed out to Milagro Modern Mexican in Webster Groves.  They had several craft beers on tap, and I was looking forward to trying something from one of St. Louis’ newest microbreweries – 4 Hands....

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