Hey, Springfielders. It’s time for your Rundown. All that’s new and noteworthy in craft beer releases this week.
First up, let’s talk about those cans. Leaky Roof Mead is officially out and about in cans at Hy-Vee, Price Cutter, and Brown Derby stores in SGF. They also have several locations in Branson, Joplin, and Nixa that are selling it. I’d put up a map, but it’s growing too fast to contain in a snapshot. Watch later this evening for an interview with Leaky Roof owner, founder, and head meadmaker (same person), Todd Rock.
Tim at Mother’s Brewing Company let me know that Old School Oktoberfest is out on tap and in six-packs all over the place. In related news, their tasting room lineup looks something like this:
- Super Doozy!
- Holy Mole
- Sexual Healin’
- MO Cider
- Grow Cukes, Not Nukes
- The Outlaw Josey Wales
- Sideshow Bob
- Training Wheels
- Table Saison
- Ales for ALS
- Thing 1: Sum’r Wheat
- Thing 2: Sum’r Wit
Springfield Brewing Company has launched two new beers in the past week. First, they released perennial favorite Bull Creek Brown, which is an extremely well-balanced brown ale and is available on tap at the brewery. They also released I Wanna Rauch, which is a smoked German lager brewed with homebrewer Keith Wallis, who has won the opportunity to brew with SBC twice in a row in the Homebrew ZOO’s Spring Homebrew Competition.
Cathedral Square‘s Ave Maria is in town and if you can get a bottle, you should. It’s a “Belgian Double Abby Ale” aged in Elijah Craig barrels on Morello cherries. Nice.
Eric over that the Brown Derby Wine Center reports they are being inundated with seasonals. Mostly Pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers. To cut through the noise, he offers this succinct guide to some of his favorites.
Before we get to that, however, you should know that they are having a Firestone Walker event tomorrow evening featuring Parabola and Stickee Monkee on tap. Whatever is left from that tasting (and there will be some) will be available on tap on Thursday until it’s gone.
Eric Carter’s Fall Seasonal Guide (abridged)
When I drink a pumpkin ale, or any novelty beer, I want it to be bold, unique, and memorable. Here are a few standouts in my book:
- Schlafly Pumpkin Ale – Pumpkin ale the way it should be. Rich body with a hefty maltiness and ample spices. Our best seller for as many years as there have been pumpkin beers.
- Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash – This one debuted last year and was extremely well received. They’ve hit the nail on the head with a dark, roasty Imperial Stout brewed with pumpkin and spices. If I had a brewery and it was time to make a pumpkin beer, I would rip this one off as closely as I could.
- Southern Tier Pumking – This one is pumpkin pie with the whipped cream on top. I don’t know how they did it, but this is pumpkin pie in liquid form.
With a hundred different Oktoberfests out there it can be tough to choose which one to drink. These are a few that I drink every year:
- Ayinger Oktoberfest – It doesn’t get much better than a true German Marzen. This one has just the right amount of caramelly malts with a kiss of German hops. Not a “one and done” beer, grab a few.
- Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier – This festbier leans more toward the golden side and tends to be a little crisper with more hop notes. I like that it shows that an O-fest doesn’t have to be a Marzen.
- Schlafly Oktoberfest – One of Schlafly’s strong-suits is German-style beer; Their Kolsch is one my all-time favorite beers. Their rendition of the style is very accurate and, coming from STL, it’s about as fresh as you’ll find. I’m thirsty now.
He also reports that they have all of their fall seasonals in the mix six area, so if you can’t pick one, you can pick six.