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4 last-minute bottles for your beer nerd

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

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If you spent the past three weeks pa-rum-pum-pum-pum-ing and not shopping like most, than you’re probably in need of some last-minute gifts for the host with the most or your Secret Santa. ’Tis the season for vibrant, bright flavors and bubbles (all the bubbles!), but not just in the form of sparkling wine.

Many beers come in large-format bottles, and just like wine, they are meant to be shared. To recreate the festive nature that comes with brut and bubbly, opt for lighter-bodied, tart and funky beers served in a wine glass or Champagne flute. They’re best accompanied with friends, yuletide cheer or a New Year’s Eve countdown.

1. Side Project Rose du Blè
The base, Saison du Blè, showcases lovely tartness and mild funk with an exquisitely fluffy texture from the loads of wheat in the malt bill. Brewer Cory King took this Missouri oak foedre-aged saison and racked it onto Missouri chambourcin grape skins for several months. It not only altered the straw-yellow hue, but also it also produced earthy funk, fruit and a light tannic note. $25. The Side Project Cellar, thesideprojectcellar.com

2. Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett
More like a dream come true, if you ask me. Loads of roasted malt and tart cherry on the nose wake up your senses. This dark sour ale is complete with layers of fruit, chocolate, Brettanomyces funkiness and wood and whiskey from the Leopold Bros. whiskey barrels it slept in before bottling. $21.50, Fields Foods, fieldsfoods.com

3. Goose Island Gillian
One of my first true loves in the sour beer world, this wine barrel-aged farmhouse ale is delightful. A high level of carbonation exudes deliciously juicy notes of ripe strawberry and stone fruit up front, underlined by notes of white pepper. An adequate amount of honey allowed this beer, as fruit forward as it is, to finish dry with just a touch of oak. $24. Friar Tuck in O’Fallon, Missouri, friartuckonline.com

4. Rodenbach Caractère Rouge
This Flanders red ale is aged on raspberries, cherries and cranberries to give it an incredible fruit-forward character that eloquently pairs with the style’s rich malt bill. Funky floral notes, yogurt, light vinegar and fruit dominate the aroma, while a rich berry character evolves across the palate. Bright acidity all the way through leaves the drinker wanting sip after sip. $25. The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, wineandcheeseplace.com

Photo courtesy of Side Project Brewing

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

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Drink This Weekend Edition: 3 Big Black Friday Beers

Friday, November 25th, 2016

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All the Turkey Day leftovers are stored in the fridge, a big pot of turkey stock is simmering on the stove, and you’re contemplating joining in the Black Friday insanity. Or you’re like me: anti-turkey and thus, anti-turkey stock, and more likely to avoid any mall or retail establishment without a strong drink present.

I fully endorse celebrating Black Friday with massive, full-bodied, aggressive Imperial stouts and then perusing the interwebs for fun holiday gifts. Here, three such options to toast a successful Turkey Day and a very happy Black Friday.

Disclaimer: These three options are highly sought after and may be difficult to locate – but for many, this is part of the fun. All three will be available in bottles and draft around the city. Might I suggest a Schlafly Coffee Stout to get the search going?

 

1. Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 2016 (13.8 percent ABV)
For most beer fans, this gnarly bourbon barrel-aged Imperial stout is the reason for the season. BCBS is chewy, sweet and showcases just enough boozy warmth to keep those toes warm in the coldest weather. Her debut on Black Friday gets those beer nerds out of bed in the wee hours of the morning to start prowling store shelves. Look for deep notes of chocolate and barrel undertones of charred oak, vanilla and smoke.

2. Perennial Abraxas (10 percent ABV)
Now that Perennial’s Abraxas Week and accompanying bottle release is over, it’s time to scour the city for bottles and draft. This Imperial stout is bitter, full-bodied and stacked with roasted malt notes and Mexican spice. The dance of the ancho chile peppers, cacao nibs and cinnamon sticks on the palate is the star of this belly warmer.

3. North Coast Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XIX (11.2 percent ABV)
In true Russian Imperial stout fashion, this lady comes forth with a boatload of roasted malt that presents itself as espresso and chocolate on the palate. Throw in some dried fruit and lingering char and vanilla from the barrel as it warms, and you have yourself a good time.

Drink This Weekend Edition: A blockbuster weekend of wine, beer and Bond, James Bond

Friday, November 9th, 2012

It doesn’t matter whether your beverage of the moment is beer, wine or spirits; this weekend is shaping up to be a drinker’s dream.

For oenophiles, oeno-wannabes and Type-A personalities who want to get a jump start stocking up on hostess gifts for the holidays, the Super Wine Tasting at Vom Fass is calling your name. Tonight, from 5 to 8 p.m., you can sample, for free, some 25 different wines from around the world, courtesy of Vom Fass and Ionia Atlantic Imports. Still searching for the perfect bottle? Plunk down $10, and you can taste an additional number of high-end wines, including some by Venge of Napa Valley and acclaimed Luigi Pira of Piedmont, Italy.

Beer bubs, the place you’ll want to be this Saturday is the Edwardsville Fall Beer Festival held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Edwardsville City Park in Edwardsville, Ill. Sponsored by Global Brew Tap House & Lounge, the festival features more than a dozen different beers, including brews by Schlafly, Boulevard Brewing Co., 4 Hands Brewing Co., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and Goose Island. Sample food from Cleveland-Heath, Herzog’s Kitchen, Wang Gang, Papa Murphy’s and The Cup as you enjoy live music and watch brewing demos by East Side Brewers. A portion of the proceeds will support the Glen Carbon/Edwardsville chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Considering that this weekend marks the release of the newest James Bond movie, Skyfall, anyone who prefers his martini shaken, not stirred, ought to head across the river to Bossanova. I wish I could call it The East Side, but alas, the restaurant and lounge is located in Alton, Ill. The martini menu at Bossanova (boasting 20 different martinis) is entirely 007-driven, from movie-inspired sippers like The Goldfinger, The Thunderball and The Dr. No to Bond girl cocktails such as Foxy Cleopatra, Ivana Humpalot, Pussy Galore, and if I keep on going, I’m going to have to go to confession. Bossanova’s menu isn’t a one-weekend-only marketing ploy to get you in the door. It’s all the time. Get you some. (Great, now I have to go to confession twice.)

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