3 beers to crush at Third Wheel Day


Head to St. Charles County this Saturday, March 3, for the first Third Wheel Day, a celebration of threes at Third Wheel Brewing. Three bands play throughout the day. Select drafts are $3 a pour. A complimentary toast is made at 3 p.m. And of course, brewer Abbey Spencer debuts three new beers – beers that may not be seen again for some time.


1. Peanut Butter Porter
Peanut butter is a fun ingredient to play with, especially in beers that showcase a bold chocolaty malt bill, like this 7.4-percent robust porter. Heavily roasted malt gives way to rich notes of baker’s chocolate, while the addition of peanut butter adds a subtle, sweet character and a nuttiness reminiscent of brown butter.


2. Mango Hanging Pants
What do you get when you add mango to the super trendy New England IPA Hanging Pants? A hazy, extra juicy, balanced hoppy beer that takes you to the beach. Falconer’s Flight hops lend beautiful citrus and tropical fruit notes that enhance the mango’s sensational texture and brightness in this 6.2-percent brew. Stop at one – or three.


3. Irish Dry Stout
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, this super smooth, crushable beer is true to style with a light-medium body and massive amount of roasted malt. Bitter notes of chocolate – all derived from the malt – are underlined by a hint of fresh tobacco for a 4.8-percent brew that leaves you yearning for all the gold at the end of the rainbow.


Can’t make to St. Peters on Saturday? Check out Spencer’s coffee porter at Tapped in Maplewood Thursday, March 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at its Women in STL Beer event, which celebrates International Women’s Day.


Katie Herrera is STL Barkeep director of beer and account manager at Craft Republic.