Did you miss us? Sorry about last week, guys. We got a bit busy and had to miss a week, but we have some fun updates for you this week.
First up, the Tasting Room over at White River Brewing Company is nearly done. I had big plans to go take a tour and show you photos, but alas, it was not meant to be. Once they open, we’ll do something like that and show you what you’re missing. In the meantime, here’s a list of things you can look forward to in their tasting room:
- Flights of 5 x 5oz beers.
- The Prongs Pale Ale – This SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) ale will really showcase the hops, and won’t weight you down, as it’s only 5%.
- Barrel Aged beers
- Old Mill on a Sherry Barrel
- Jam Up on another Sherry Barrel
- Copper Creek in a Copper Run Whiskey barrel
- Oak-aged Tavern Creek
- Shadow Rock Stout
- Rusty Oar Imperial IPA
- Maybe a Paw-Paw hefeweizen (if they can score enough pawpaws).
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Mother’s Brewing Company says thanks for making their Oktoberfest in the Ozarks a wildly huge success. They had 3770 people there this year, drinking a record 36.9 barrels of beer, with Old School Oktoberfest being their big seller. Keep an eye out for it in stores, and pick up some Mr. Pumpkin while you’re there.
New beers in the area that are out and about:
- Ommegang Scythe & Sickle – It’s the Fall Seasonal. Brewed with barley, oats, wheat, and rye, it’s all you can expect of a harvest and more.
- Liefman’s Goudenband – Dark ale fermented in open vats and then aged for four to 12 months in a cellar. Mature beer is then fortifies with younger beer. Good for long-term storage, so buy a case and age some for ten years. Expect some apples, rhubarb, cherries, and some nuts and raisins in with the wood flavor of the barrels. Very complex and exciting beer.
- Liefman’s Cuvee Brut – Blend of Oud Bruin and Goudenband from different vintages and then aged with black cherries. Aged for 18 months. Deep reddish brown with some wood and almond in the aroma. Slightly sweet flavors blend with some bitterness and fruit to make a very enjoyable beer.
- La Chouffe – “Don’t waste water. Drink Chouffe.” It’s an unfiltered blond beer which is refermented int he bottle and in barrels. Pleasantly fruity, spiced with coriander and bittered with hops.
- Houblon Chouffe – Belgian IPA first brewed in 2006. Pleasant fruitiness and pronounced bitterness make an excellent combination.
- Anchor BigLeaf Maple – A bit of maple syrup in this brew is intended to set off the malty complexity and hoppiness. It’s a red ale, of course.
It’s not out yet, but I feel it warrants a mention: Ommegang’s Game of Thrones Series continues with Valar Morghulis in early October. I want it, but mostly because I’m a Game of Thrones fan.
Have you spotted a new and interesting beer lately? Let us know what you’ve spotted and where in the comments below or by emailing us at sgfbeerbuzz [at] gmail [dot] com. You can also tweet to me at @sgfbeerbuzz or find us on Facebook.