What’s on tap! 06/27/2014

First, off, let’s start with the most urgent event.  Joe Stange, Co-author of The Good Beer Guide to Belgium and Around Brussels in 80 Beers, will be at the Brown Derby Wine Center today from 4-7pm sharing some hand-selected Belgian Beer Samples.  It’ll be educational, delicious, and– best of all– free.

Good Beer Guide to Belgium Cover
Good Beer Guide to Belgium, by Tim Webb and Joe Stange

Once you’ve done that, you can head over to Mother’s Brewing Company for their Friday Flix event, co-sponsored by The Moxie Cinema.  Tonight’s feature is Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.  Escape to Bat Country with Hunter S. Thompson on a mad journey through Vegas and drug-induced hazes.  Needless to say, you need to leave the kiddos at home.  This event is 21+ only.  Entry is $5 at the gate, and the show starts at 8:30 or so.

July 3rd, your Mother’s will be at Macadoodles in Branson for a beer tasting from 5-7.  If you have plans to be at the lake for the weekend of the 4th, this is a good way to get that started.  Check out Macadoodles online for more info.

On July 5th, join the folks at 2nd Shift Brewing Company in New Haven, Missouri for 2nd Shift’s Beerfest.  Runs from 1-5pm at the Cedar Creek Center, and will feature a large list of guest breweries sampling their wares.  Breweries include Mother’s, Schlafly, O’Fallon, Perennial, One Trick Pony, Six Row Brewing Company, Boulevard, Tallgrass, Rock Bridge, Morgan Street, Augusta, Square One, and many more.  If you’ve never been to New Haven, Missouri, this is a perfect reason to go.The address is Cedar Creek Center, 1401 Olive Road, New Haven, MO 63068.  For more information, call the brewery at 573-237-3421.  Designated drivers will be free.  Tickets are $30, but check out 2nd shift’s website for more info.

Don’t forget SGF Craft Beer week starts on July 13th.  It will be a week full of craft-beer related events all over town.  I’m working on compiling a list of events as quickly as possible.  It all culminates in the Craft Beer Bash downtown the following Saturday.  That event will feature all of the local breweries and a lot of craft beer flowing freely on Springfield’s Park Central Square.  Gird your loins.

In the meantime, whet your appetite with this list of SGF Beer Week events from Mother’s.

 

The Rundown #9

The latest in beer releases and local and regional beer news.  It’s the RUNDOWN!

Mother’s Brewing Company is releasing Super Doozy! very soon.  I mentioned it last week, but it’s sitting in warehouses now and you can expect to see it within the next two weeks.  A super-citra-hopped blast, this is a limited batch, and probably won’t last long.

In addition to their planned release of Super Doozy!, I also have an updated tap list for their tasting room:

  • Training Wheels (Session IPA)
  • Table Saison
  • High Plains Drifter (American Pale Ale)
  • Chocolate Thunder (Porter)
  • Grow Cukes, Not Nukes (Cucumber Saison)
  • Doozy (Double IPA)
  • Thing 2: Rye Saison
  • Holy Mole (Chili Beer)
  • Sexual Healing (Nitro Stout)
  • MO Cider

White River Brewing Company has Jam Up Blackberry Ale out and about.  Look for it on tap and in bottles around town.

Springfield Brewing Company says they don’t want to spoil the surprise, but watch for a new seasonal out very soon, as well.  I don’t have an update on it this week, unfortunately.

Brown Derby Wine Center:

Eric wanted me to remind you of their special guest for the Complimentary tasting on Friday.  Joe Stange, Co-Author of Around Brussels in 80 Beers and The Good Beer Guide to Belgium will be at the Wine Center pouring and discussing some hand-picked Belgian delights as part of his Good Beer Guide book tour.  Check out his blog at The Thirsty Pilgrim.

Eric gave me a list of fun things for you to check out while you’re there (or sooner, if you want some of the hard-to-get stuff):

  • Stone Brewing Company Collective Distortion IPA – Yet another bruiser Imperial IPA from Stone. The use of exotic hops and the addition of elderberries and coriander make it a unique twist on what we all love about Stone. 
  • Stone Brewing Company Stochasticity Quadro Triticale – A Belgian Style Quad brewed with a hybrid malt that comes across with the flavor of wheat and spiciness of rye. It’s lower in sweetness, but rich with flavors mirroring dried fruit, making Quadro Triticale a modern interpretation of one of the most historically sacred styles on Earth. 
  • Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping 2014- This is a personal favorite of mine. Every year Brasserie Dupont releases a small batch, dry-hopped version of their classic Saison. This year, the English variety, Challenger, was the hop of choice, lending floral and citrus notes to an already exciting & rustic brew.
  • Jolly Pumpkin/Anchorage Calabaza Boreal – Two kings of “funk” combine forces to make a saison with grapefruit peel, juice, & peppercorns. This is in very limited supply so get it while you can!
  • We received a very limited supply of Prairie Bomb!, as well as Bible Belt.
  • We also just tapped a keg of Bomb! and Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere.
  • New from Cambridge Brewing is Flower Child IPA. A floral IPA that comes in 6pk cans.
  • Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel Imperial Coffee Stout – One of the top rated coffee stouts on Beer Advocate.
  • Hanson Brothers Beer Company Mmmmhops Pale Ale – This is not a joke. Hanson made a beer.

What’s on Tap! 6/19/2014

There are quite a few fun events coming in in Southwest Missouri in the next few weeks.  From bond-burning parties to a night at the movies, your local craft beer scene is looking like a lot of fun.

Continue reading What’s on Tap! 6/19/2014

The Rundown #8

A lot of interesting news in Craft Beer around here lately.  Let’s get started running it down.

Mother’s Brewing Company is releasing Super Doozy! very soon.  It’s shipping to warehouses next week, and you can expect to see 22oz Citra-hopped bombers showing up in stores shortly thereafter.  To make this big blast of citrus, Mother’s team of mad scientists changed up the recipe a bit.  They added a hefty dose of Citra hops and extended the dry-hopping stage to really pull everything they could out of the hops.  They aged the brew in French oak, as well.  Expect a huge hop nose and big citrus flavor that will only be tamed by the addition of the oak.  It weighs in at 9% ABV and 80 IBUs, but there is much more to hops than IBUs.  The Citra in this beer is not added for bitterness, baby.

In addition to their planned release of Super Doozy!, I also have an updated tap list for their tasting room:

  • Training Wheels (Session IPA)
  • Table Saison
  • High Plains Drifter (American Pale Ale)
  • Chocolate Thunder (Porter)
  • Grow Cukes, Not Nukes (Cucumber Saison)
  • Doozy (Double IPA)
  • Thing 2: Rye Saison
  • Holy Mole (Chili Beer)
  • Sexual Healing (Nitro Stout)
  • MO Cider

White River Brewing Company is releasing Jam Up Blackberry Ale as a summer seasonal this year.  Look for it to start showing up everywhere around southwest Missouri within the next week or two.

Springfield Brewing Company says they don’t want to spoil the surprise, but watch for a new seasonal out very soon, as well.

Boulevard Brewing Company has released a new Sample 12 pack, which includes their Unfiltered Wheat and Single-Wide IPA.  The Single-Wide takes the place of 80 Acre in the box, and is joined by two new tasting room beers, the Ginger-Lemon Radler and an ESB.

The Ginger-Lemon Radler takes the place of Zon as their summer seasonal, and is also available in bottles and you may even find it on tap around town.

You’ll continue to see more summer seasonals than I can possibly list, but look for some new releases from Deschutes and Perennial next month.

Tallgrass Brewing Company recently announced they’re expanding their production with a $5 million new brewery.  O’Fallon is also opening a new brewery, which should be coming online by the end of the year.  Urban Chestnut just opened a new brewery up in St. Louis, so make sure you make it part of your next trip to see a Cards game.

UPDATE 6/20/2014: Brown Derby Wine Center:

  • We received a very limited supply of Prairie Bomb!, as well as Bible Belt. We also just tapped a keg of Bomb! and Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere.
  • New from Cambridge Brewing is Flower Child IPA. A floral IPA that comes in 6pk cans.
  • Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel Imperial Coffee Stout – One of the top rated coffee stouts on Beer Advocate.
  • Hanson Brothers Beer Company Mmmmhops Pale Ale – This is not a joke. Hanson made a beer.

The Rundown #7

Welcome to The Rundown. Each week, we’ll post new beer releases, special editions, and seasonals that you can find here in Springfield. If a beer has not yet been released, we’ll also let you know the release date when we can.

Boulevard Brewing Company

Boulevard’s Love Child No. 4 will be out this week.  The Love Child series is Boulevard’s venture into barrel-aged beers using Brettanomyces and Lactobaccillus cultures.  Funky, sour, fruity, and fun, the Love Child No. 3 included beer aged from 16 months to nearly six years.  Another portion spent 11 months in steel tanks, souring on the lacto.

Also, stay tuned for information about the upcoming release of their Radler.  I understand there will be at least one launch event in the Springfield area for it.

Leaky Roof Meadery

Our friends down at Leaky Roof may only have two of their meads at local taps, but if you’re willing to jog on over to Buffalo, Missouri, you can taste each of these fine beverages:

  • Dog house: Sour Cherry Cyser 6.5% abv
  • Spooklight: Pumpkin Pie Metheglin 6.5% abv
  • Gandy Dancer: Mead 6.5% abv
  • Berry Picker: Mixed Berry Melomel 6.5% abv
  • High Dry and Dusty: Dry Ginger Metheglin 6.5% abv
  • KCC&S: Cyser 6.5% abv
  • B&C: Buckwheat varietal honey with Sour Cherries 9% abv
  • The Intruder: Traditional Cyser 12% abv
  • Blueberry Cyser 6.5% abv

Brown Derby International Wine Center

New on tap: Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break – This is an imperial stout brewed with chocolate, coffee, and almonds, and is then “dry-doughnuted”. That’s right, they throw glazed doughnuts into the beer during fermentation. What does this do exactly? I’m not quite sure, but it tastes excellent. We are very fortunate to receive one of only a few kegs that came to the state.

Stone Enjoy By 7-4-14 IPA – Brewed not to last! This devastatingly dank double IPA is meant to be consumed with 35 days of the bottled on date. In bottles and going on tap today!

Can it! Cans are the hottest trend going in craft beer at the moment and we’ve got a lot of new brews in said format:

  • Kirkwood Station Blackberry Wheat & IPA – New to the area from Kirkwood Missouri; These tasty and refreshing brews come in 4pk cans making them perfect for summer fun. (Not to be used as a floatation device)
  • Rock Bridge Saison & Rye You Lil’ Punk IPA – Saison in a can? Saison in a can. These guys are representing Columbia, MO and with a Saison and a Rye IPA, they are taking on styles that have yet to be seen during a Missouri float trip.
  • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale in cans! Need I say more? No, but I will. These babies are fresh as can be and they are in short supply. Stock up now or there will be a hollow abyss in one (or both) of your hearts this summer.

Mother’s Brewing Company

Our friends over at Mother’s may not have anything brand new in their tasting room this week, but there is plenty to sample down there, especially if you haven’t been down in a while.  Check out last week’s Rundown for the full list.

The Rundown #6

Welcome to The Rundown.  Each week, we’ll post new beer releases, special editions, and seasonals that you can find here in Springfield.  If a beer has not yet been released, we’ll also let you know the release date when we can.

Springfield Brewing Company:
In addition to their four mainstays (11-Point Pilsner, Paul’s Pale Ale, Walnut Street Wheat, and Hop Lobster), they also have the following:

Day Pack (An Easy Drinking Ale) – I’ve not tried this yet, but SBC reports that it is “just right for hot summer days and backyard barbecues.  Day Pack Ale is the perfect blend of flavor, restraint, balance, and drinkability.”

Bombay Brown – I love this beer.  It’s a slightly different take on the modern IPA.  It’s a darker color and the malts used stay away from the sweeter caramel flavors in order to focus on the more bready, toast-like aromas and flavors offered by brown malt.  The brewery says it’s a bit like having citrus marmalade on melba toast.  It’s a fair descriptor.

Bearded Guard – Bière de Garde is a style of beer traditionally brewed in Northern France, and is the cousin of the Belgian Saison.  This farmhouse ale uses a yeast strain known for producing very nice peppery notes (think black pepper, not bell peppers), while also including some subtle clove-like aroma.  The flavor is more bread-like, finishing with a slight fruitiness.

Brown Derby Wine Center:

Our friends down at the Wine Center have some great stuff available this week, as well.  Here are a few highlights provided by Eric Carter:

  • Boulevard Entwined Ale – It’s the first installment of what’s called their “Backroad Series”.  Based on the concept of blending the arts of brewing and winemaking.
  • Horny Goat Pineapple Hefeweizen & Watermelon Wheat cans – Whether you are mowing the lawn, running the wood chipper, or just relaxing while floating down the river, these Horny Goats will hit the spot. 
  • Odell Tree Shaker Peach Imperial IPA – A hop bomb brewed with fresh Colorado peaches.
  • Odell Footprint Ale –  Ale brewed with an ingredient from each state within their distribution footprint. Oak barrels were Missouri’s contribution. 
  • Free State Stormchaser Summer IPA – Brewed with generous amounts of Crystal, Centennial, and Citra hops for a bright and refreshing summer treat.
  • Founders Devil Dancer – A triple IPA that boasts an ABV of 12%, 112 IBU and is dry hopped with 10 different varieties of hops.  Is this what it’s like to dance with the devil? Probably.

Mother’s Brewing Company:
Doozy is out in four packs, and Sandy is out in six packs.  If you haven’t had Sandy or don’t remember it, it’s a very nice hopped-up wheat beer with some serious grapefruit notes.

Here’s a list of what’s pouring in their tasting room right now (with some notes from Tim Ryan of Mother’s):

Grow Cukes, Not Nukes (Golden Farmhouse Ale infused with cucumbers)
High Plains Drifter (American Pale Ale)
Training Wheels (Session IPA)
Red Rover (Raspberry Golden Ale)
Chocolate Thunder (Porter) side note: We’ve discovered that this one is really good mixed with a Red Rover (1/2 & 1/2)
Thing 1 Rye Lager
Thing 2 Rye Saison
Sexual Healin’ (Nitro Stout)

You can also find their usual delicious fare, including Towhead, Li’l Helper, Three Blind Mice, Sandy, and Doozy in the tasting room, as well.

In the near future, you can expect to see Super Doozy come out in 22oz bombers in mid-June and D’Lila, the super hopped-up wheat, will come out in July.

White River Brewing Company:
Buck Hollow Blond is rolling out throughout SGF and Southwest Missouri right now. It’s a Belgian blonde ale with a Missouri twist.

Look for the release of Jam Up Blackberry Ale in the next month or so.  Also, if you’re looking to do a vertical tasting, I know the Barrels store on South National still has a bottle or two on their shelf, as of this past weekend.  They are moving the Jam Up release date up from Autumn to Summer this year.

Other Quick Hits:

  • Santa Fe Freestyle Pilsner will be out this week.
  • Abita Seersucker Pils – A new summer seasonal from Abita, this promises to be a very crisp, refreshing lager.
  • Perennial Regalia – Perennial is delicious.
  • Tallgrass Brewing Company has a new variety pack out in the area that includes their summer seasonal, Halcyon Wheat.

Happy Hour Live tonight will feature a Cathedral Square tasting at the University Plaza Hotel Lobby.  I would include this in the What’s on Tap! segment tomorrow, but by then it will be TOO LATE!

Tune in Thursday for our What’s on Tap! feature about coming craft beer events in Southwest Missouri.  If you have a Craft Beer Related event you’d like featured, please drop us a line through our Contact Us page.