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8 can’t-miss beers at Urban Chestnut’s Wolpertinger Festival

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. marks its seventh birthday tomorrow, Jan., 21, with its annual Wolpertinger Festival. If you’re unfamiliar with this annual celebration, snag a ticket online tonight or at the door tomorrow (if you can!) and head to UCBC’s Grove Brewery and Bierhall from 1 to 5 p.m. for a hell of a great time highlighted by local beer, UCBC grub, Wolpi the mythological beast and several musical acts.

There are several beers I’m excited to try. As in years past, I’m looking forward to Wolpertinger 2018, UCBC’s anniversary brew; it’s always big, bold, and complex. Fun fact: I hear they will also tap Wolpertinger vintages.

In keeping with another tradition, UCBC has invited a single, non-local brewery to partake in the festivities. This year’s guest is La Cumbre Brewing from Albuquerque, New Mexico. La Cumbre rolls into The Lou with its core lineup, the newest in its Project Dank series and the not-to-miss In the Money DIPA, a 100-percent Citra double dry-hopped double IPA brewed with fresh pineapple and guava. Give me all the pineapple and guava, please.

I’m equally as excited to try La Cumbre’s Malpais, a foreign export stout that has seen its share of awards. I’ll be looking for roasted malts, notes of coffee, a touch of sweetness mid-palate and a lingering bitterness to finish.

Because it’s a beer festival, I’ll be on the lookout for all the thirst-quenching lagers, light-bodied beers and hops. Perennial Artisan Ales is bringing one of its newest releases, Pils, a light-bodied German-style Pilsner with classic notes of Pilsner malt, fruity aromatics and a clean dry finish. Charleville Brewing Co.‘s Long White Cloud hoppy Pilsner and Missouri Beer Co,’s Kölsch will also make their way into my glass more than once.

For those who don’t venture into St. Charles County, I have it on good authority that Missouri Beer Co. will also show up with its BeerSauce Shop collaboration, a barrel-aged Imperial oatmeal milk stout. It’s a lovely, medium-bodied, roasty stout that boasts booze and barrel, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla.

White Rooster Farmhouse Brewing Co. will bring Kairos Remix, a nontraditional Berlinerweisse complete with higher alcohol content, a heavier malt bill, lactose and a secondary fermentation on pineapple and mango. After a wonderful introduction to White Rooster beers at 2nd Shift’s Cask Fest last weekend, I am incredibly excited about everything coming out of this brewery.

Katie Herrera is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine and an account manager at Craft Republic.

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4 big Black Friday beer events in St. Louis

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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After the kitchen is clean and leftover turkey soup is simmering on the stove, seek relief from bargain shopping and imbibe at some of the beer-related events that break up the otherwise consumerist hell we call Black Friday.

In the beer world, Black Friday designates the highly anticipated release of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. This massively rich, boozy, succulent Imperial stout paved the way for barrel aging in American craft beer today. People seek BCS and its variants all over the St. Louis area, and lines form for draft pours and bottles – sometimes immediately after dessert is devoured, as the lines are hours long (of course).

When Black Friday comes, there will be more than just BCS at your favorite local establishments, and there are some awesome events planned to highlight the essence of these gnarly, “probably-shouldn’t-have-eaten-that-pie” black beers.

1. Black Out Friday at Llywelyn’s in St. Charles
This bar not only taps 2015 and 2017 BCS, but it has also decided to throw on Perennial Artisan Ales’ heavy-hitting 2017 Imperial stouts: Abraxas, Fantastic Voyage and 17. Other fun big guys are slated to pour, too, starting at 11 a.m. This is your Black Friday event for big, fun adjuncts.

2. Winter Beer Release at International Tap House in Soulard
ITap pairs its BCS release with the tapping of more than a dozen seasonal holiday beers during this annual event starting at 11 a.m. Look for this year’s BCS and a variant, as well Boulevard Nutcracker Ale, Odell Isolation Ale and Schlafly Christmas Ale at this annual winter beer showcase.

3. Whiskey Scented Santa Release at Charleville Brewing Co. and Tavern
If you’re not feeling the BCS, but you still want big, dark beer, head to Charleville’s new home at 11 a.m. for the draft and bottle release of its barrel-aged Imperial stout, Whiskey Scented Santa. This guy is always a hit with a big whiskey aroma and some booze on the palate underlined by lovely, mellow notes of vanilla and dried fruit. It’s quite limited, so get there early.

4. Beer : Barrel : Time and Derivation Blend No. 8 at Side Project
Perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones who purchased a bottle of Side Project Brewing’s Beer : Barrel : Time 2017 before it sold out online. This blended, barrel-aged, no-adjunct Imperial stout is beautiful, complex and could be St. Louis’ newest Thanksgiving weekend beer tradition. If you missed your chance for a bottle, don’t worry. She is available to sip on-site at The Side Project Cellar and Side Project Brewing all weekend alongside Derivation Blend No. 8.

 

Katie Herrera is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine and account manager at Craft Republic. 

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Four STL breweries medal at Great American Beer Festival

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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 { from left, Side Project bartender Megan Knaus, co-owner and brewer Cory King and brewer Tommy Manning; Perennial Artisan Ales co-owner Phil Wymore and brewer Chris Kinast } 

 

The St. Louis craft beer scene continues to be recognized at the national level. Four area breweries earned medals at this year’s Great American Beer Festival last weekend, Oct. 5 to Oct. 7, in Denver. GABF is one of the craft brewing industry’s largest annual events.

Perennial Artisan Ales took home two medals: a silver in the wood- and barrel-aged strong stout category for Maman 2017, and Perennial also took a bronze in the Belgian- and French-style ale category for Working Title. It’s a familiar feeling for the South City brewery; Perennial has picked up five other GABF honors, including a gold for its Savant Blanc in 2015.

“There were over 2,000 breweries that entered beers in the competition,” said Perennial co-owner Phil Wymore. “It’s a great honor, and St. Louis was really well represented.”

 

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{ Schalfly brand specialist Wil Rogers }

 

Charleville Brewing Co. garnered its second GABF win: a bronze medal for its Barrel-Aged Barleywine in the wood- and barrel-aged strong beer category. Charleville director of operations Tait Russell did not return requests for comment. Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale won a silver medal in the pumpkin/squash beer or pumpkin spice beer category. This is the first GABF win the brewery.

“I think it’s a big deal for anyone who wins a medal there,” said Schlafly founding brewer Stephen Hale. “I would say collectively we’re feeling very good about it. “

Side Project Brewing’s Blended 2017 was awarded a silver medal in the Belgian-style lambic or sour ale category. It was also the first GABF honor for Side Project.

“The GABF is the largest U.S. competition,” said Side Project co-owner Cory King. “To be recognized for pretty much our bread and butter was really cool. We knew there’s be some serious competition in that category, and for ours to take second was pretty awesome.”

Photos courtesy of Perennial Artisan Ales and Schlafly 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern in Lafayette Square

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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{ Charleville director of operations Tait Russell } 

 

After 14 years brewing in Ste. Genevieve, Charleville Brewing Co. has a second home in Lafayette Square. Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern opened its 7-barrel brewery and restaurant at 2101 Chouteau Ave., yesterday, May 16.

As The Scoop reported in October 2016, the new space is a partnership between Charleville co-owners Jack and Joal Russell and Hamilton Hospitality co-owners Paul and Wendy Hamilton. The Hamiltons own the building, as well as surrounding restaurants 21st Street Brewers Bar, Eleven Eleven Mississippi, PW Pizza and Vin de Set.

Charleville director of operations Tait Russell said the 15-barrel brewhouse in Ste. Genevieve will continue to produce the brewery’s core portfolio and seasonal offerings, while the smaller St. Louis brewery will allow his brewing team to play with one-off and limited-release beers. They hope to start brewing in two weeks.

Until then, patrons can grab a pour of 14 Charleville brews, including new offerings like the 2101 Pale Ale brewed with Cascade hops and the Chouteau Common, the brewery’s take on a California common. Four Charleville wines are also available to sip.

Executive chef Ryan Luke developed an extensive menu of comfort food options done with a creative flair, like a lobster corn dog appetizer or chicken curry hand pie. Many dishes incorporate Charleville beer or byproducts of the brewing process like a spent grain soft pretzel or beef patty melt topped with amber ale-caramelized onions.

Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Brunch service takes place on the weekends until 2 p.m.

Take a first look at Charleville’s new St. Louis home:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Hamilton Hospitality, Charleville Brewing to open brewery, restaurant in 2017

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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

From a Benton Park staple moving down the street to a Clayton institution closing doors after 16 years, here’s what went down last week in the STL food scene, in case you missed it.

 

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1. After nearly 10 years at 1900 Arsenal St., Benton Park Cafe is moving – but not too far. Owner Jessica Lenzen is relocating the restaurant to 2901 Salena St. (the former home of Jax Cafe) at the end of October.

2. After 16 years, owner Josh Allen is closing doors at Companion‘s Clayton cafe on Oct. 30. The cafe in Ladue and baking campus in Maryland Heights will both remain open.

 

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3. Pay no attention to the Spare No Rib signs at 2200 Gravois Ave.; Egg is now open for weekday breakfast and lunch in the barbecue joint’s original location.

4. Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Holly Fann has eight delicious deals you need to devour this month on Budget Crunch.

 

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5. Combine the brewing prowess of a Ste. Genevieve staple with the skill and experience of a downtown restaurant powerhouse, and you have Charleville Brewing Co. and Restaurant. The owners of the Ste. Genevieve brewery have joined forces with Paul and Wendy Hamilton of Hamilton Hospitality to open the new concept at 2101 Chouteau Ave., in early 2017.

6. The Cup will close its Chesterfield location at 1590 Clarkson Road at the end of business on Saturday, Dec. 24, to focus on expanding delivery services and distribution.

 

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7. Most St. Louisans won’t be lucky enough to grab a seat at Washington University, but we can post up at these fine establishments with a cold cocktail or beer, watch the debate and engage in some lively – and hopefully civil – discourse.

8. Laurie and Eric Moore are bringing East Coast sweets to Maplewood. Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream is expected to open in the former I Scream Cakes location at 7326B Manchester Road on Nov. 1.

 

The Scoop: Hamilton Hospitality, Charleville Brewing to open brewery, restaurant in 2017

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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Combine the brewing prowess of a Ste. Genevieve staple with the skill and experience of a downtown restaurant powerhouse, and you have Charleville Brewing Co. and Restaurant. The owners of the Ste. Genevieve brewery have joined forces with Paul and Wendy Hamilton of Hamilton Hospitality to open the new concept at 2101 Chouteau Ave., in early 2017.

Co-owner Paul Hamilton said he had just purchased the space across the street from his current Chouteau Avenue establishments (21st Street Brewers Bar, PW Pizza, Vin de Set and Moulin Events) when Charleville director of operations Tait Russell approached him about a partnership for a downtown brewery. “It was serendipitous,” Hamilton said. “I’ve always really liked Charleville and respected them for what they do.”

Russell said after a decade of distributing in the St. Louis area, Charleville wanted to bring a brewing operation to its largest market. “It was important to bring our brand and our beer closer to the population,” he said. “If you can’t bring them to you, bring it to them.”

Charleville’s Ste. Genevieve facility will continue to serve as the base of its operations, with a 30-barrel system pumping out the majority of the brewery’s offerings. Russell said the 7-barrel system at the Chouteau location will let him “be more playful in what we can do with small-batch things,” including exclusive offerings for all of Hamilton Hospitality’s restaurants, like Eleven Eleven Mississippi. Hamilton said the counter-service restaurant will see a menu heavy on appetizers and elevated comfort food dishes.

Customers can get a sneak peek of the new space at the Boar & Brew Barrel-Aged Bottle Release Party Oct. 20. Charleville will pour and sell rare bottles including barrel-aged Box of Chocolates and barrel-aged barleywine, while the team at 21st Street Brewer’s Bar roasts a whole hog for the occasion. More details are available online.

Drink This Weekend Edition: Hoppy Spring at iTap

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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Spring finally looks as though like it’s here to stay. Celebrate its arrival Saturday at International Tap House‘s Hoppy Spring. Beginning at noon, iTap’s locations in Chesterfield, Central West End and Soulard offer up a variety of hoppy libations, including some on cask.

Cask beer has a gentler carbonation level and usually shows a more complex flavor and aromatic profile. Many beers will be available at all locations, but some are specific to each bar. Odds are you won’t safely be able to make it to all three bars in one day, so I’ve tapped a must-try pick from each.

iTap Central West End: Charleville Brewing‘s Ale Mucho Hoppo on cask

A medium-bodied Imperial IPA, Ale Mucho Hoppo weighs in at 9 percent and is a hazy orange color. Upon smelling this beer, you’ll definitely pick up citrus fruit and herbal notes. Serving this on cask nicely rounds out the mouth feel. The earthy, sweeter notes balance out the intensity of the hops. The best part about this beer is that even at 9 percent, it doesn’t come across boozy.

iTap Chesterfield: 2nd Shift Brewing‘s Brew Cocky on cask

I really can’t say enough about the IPAs 2nd Shift puts out, and Brew Cocky is one of its best. This Imperial IPA is a sneaky 9.5 percent thing of beauty. With big aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and mango, along with some caramel sweetness, this one begs you to drink it. Served on cask, the softer carbonation brings out slightly more bitter grapefruit notes and some pine resin.

iTap Soulard: 4 Hands’ Brewing Co.‘s Contact High on cask

Leading the charge as one of my favorite spring releases is Contact High. A 5 percent, hopped-up wheat beer, this one is accessible to both IPA lovers and those who don’t like over-the-top hops. This is not your typical wheat beer. Brewed with orange zest and just the right amount of hops, it’s a citrus lover’s dream.

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