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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.

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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.

What’s on Tap! 5/29/2014

I left last week’s What’s on Tap! post off with some promises to find out more about some special tastings that are happening at The Brown Derby International Wine Center in June.  One of those features my brother, Joe Stange, the Thirsty Pilgrim himself.

In case you missed last week’s post, Joe just published his second book about Belgian beer, The Good Beer Guide to Belgium, co-authored with Tim Webb.  His first was Around Brussels in 80 Beers, co-authored with Yvan De Baets.  It will be an interesting conversation with a guy who really loves Belgian beer.

Anyway, I did get some more details about this tasting.  This will be Friday, June 27th from 4-7pm.  Joe will be pouring and discussing some hand-selected Belgian beers and will have some signed copies of The Good Beer Guide to Belgium on hand.  It’ll be a very good chance to chat about Belgian beer with a man who has made the study of Belgian beer his life for several years.

Some other highlights for the near future:

Tomorrow: 

  • Complementary Beer Tasting from 4-7pm at the Brown Derby Wine Center with Eric Carter.  [EDIT] Springfield Brewing Company will be there, allowing you to taste their beer, and their Anniversary Stout will be on draft.
  • Mother’s and Moxie Cinema Present Friday Flix in Mother’s Brewing Company’s Backyard.  This month’s flick is Old School.  Show starts around 8:30.  It’s $5 to get in, 21 and older only, please.  Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and whatnot and come settle in for some wrestling in kiddie pools.  I don’t know that it will happen, but it might.  And Hormann meats will be selling their fare.

Friday, June 6th:

It’s First Friday, which means you’ll find all manner of art and beer-related fun in downtown Springfield.

  • First Firkin Friday @ Mother’s Brewing Company – This month will feature a Grow Cukes not Nukes firkin with Honeydew in it.  Big Pop’s Seafood will also be parked outside for your dining pleasure.  Tasting room opens at 4, so get there early to ensure you’re in line when the firkin gets tapped.
  • Mother’s Sandy tasting at Arts & Letters – Mother’s Brewing Company will be at Arts & Letters to support local art and offer you a chance to sample some Sandy from 7-9pm.  While you’re there, check out some new work by Gary Bedell.  Arts & Letters is located at 214 S Campbell in downtown Springfield.

Saturday, June 7th:

[EDIT] – Macadoodle’s Bark & Brew Fest – 12pm-3pm, Macadoodles is hosting a dog-friendly craft beer tasting to benefit Greyhound Pets of America – Springfield.  Make sure your dog is on a leash, and $10 will get you in to sample beer, listen to live music, take your chance to win prizes, and nom on some vittles.  1455 E Independence.  For more info, call (417) 883-9000.

Project B.A.B.E. (Big A$$ Beer Event) – Springfield Brewing Company is launching a new annual event to celebrate great beer, local artists, live music, and tasty food.  The event will feature live music and local artists, as well as some kick-ass tacos and Benissimo Gelato.  It’ll run from 2pm to 8pm in the SBC parking lot located on Market Street.  Tickets are $5 each, kids 12 and under get in free.  There may even be some cocktails featuring Missouri Spirits House.

Other odds and ends:

  • White River Brewing Company is putting together a 12 person team for a float trip/river clean up on the James River.  If you’re interested in participating, email elonzo@whiteriverbrewingco.com.
  • Enterprise Park Lanes is currently hosting a Craft Beer Bowling League weekly.  You can get more information about how you can bowl and drink great beer at the same time by phone at 417-883-0511 or by e-mailing Chris at enterpriseparklanes@yahoo.com.  The featured brewery for June is White River Brewing Company.
  • White River Brewing Company is also kicking off a snapchat scavenger hunt that will be held the second to last week of June.  The registration form should be up on their site next week.  The event will be a photo scavenger hunt sponsored by the brewery.  Details will be located on their website shortly.

That about does it for What’s on Tap! this week.  If you have a craft-beer-related event you’d like featured, simply reach out to me via the Contact Us form, and I’ll make sure to get it posted for you.

Stay thirsty, Springfield.

The Rundown #5

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.

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.

Springfield Brewing Company:
It’s your last chance to try Quencher in the Rye.  It went fast, but they’ll be changing out that tap this week.  They’ve also switched up their tap list significantly in the past week or so.  In addition to their four mainstays (11-Point Pilsner, Paul’s Pale Ale, Walnut Street Wheat, and Hop Lobster), they also have the following:

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.

No word on what will take the spot of the Quencher in the Rye when it goes off later this week.  What SBC beer do you hope takes its spot?  Comment below with your favorite SBC beer.

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.

Brown Derby Wine Center:
Our friends down at the Wine Center have some great stuff coming out 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.
  • Rogue Voodoo Doughnut – Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale housed in a wonderfully pink bottle.
  • Odell Tree Shaker Peach Imperial IPA – Peachy IPA? Yum.
  • Odell Footprint Ale
  • Free State Stormchaser Summer IPA
  • Stone Saison – Summer release.  Very delicious Farmhouse ale.

Other Quick Hits:
Santa Fe Freestyle Pilsner will be out next week.

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 tomorrow 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.

Four Course Memorial Day Challenge – Part V

Memorial Day has come and gone, and so has our first ever Food Pairing Challenge.  We at Beer Buzz were honored to have such great competitors in our first ever challenge, and think the results turned out incredibly well.

The theme of this Memorial Day challenge was grilling.  Our competitors, Hy-Vee‘s Chef Marty Lowry and Frankaboutfood.net‘s Frank Reiter, were provided four beers around which they were asked to design a menu.  The beers were provided in order of the courses, and they were asked to center their menu around a barbecue being held to celebrate the holiday.

Here’s a summary of the play by play, with the winner of each round.  At the end of the post, vote on the competitor you felt had the best Overall Menu.

Continue reading Four Course Memorial Day Challenge – Part V

Four Course Memorial Day Challenge, Part II

Yesterday, we launched our Memorial Day Food Challenge with Hy-Vee Stores‘ Chef Marty Lowry and FrankAboutFood.net‘s Frank Reiter.  For the first course and background on the challenge, click here.  

Beer #2: Boulevard Brewing Company Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Frank says:

Boulevard Tank 7 can be a bigger beer at 8.5% ABV. However, it is also a Saison, or Farmhouse Style Ale, which are typically dry, crisp, and refreshing. After all, Saisons came about as a thirst quencher for farm hands! Tank 7 has the typical crisp, dry character, while still supporting a nice, lightly sweet fruitiness. This very subtle fruit note will balance the slightly acidic tang of the vinaigrette in this salad. The crisp Saison yeast will also work well with the refreshing mint component of the salad, as well. This salad is a great make ahead dish, that can be prepared the day before, and provides less stress on the day of your backyard BBQ!

Marty says:

For the second course, I have redesigned ceviche to suit our grilling theme. Grilled sea scallops provide their own delicate sweetness, alongside the bolder pineapple, in a blend of Latin and island flavors. Both the dish and the Boulevard Tank 7 pairing manifest themselves in a blend of sweet and spicy, light but earthy, as we move forward to our principal plate.

Recipes follow after the jump.

Continue reading Four Course Memorial Day Challenge, Part II

The Rundown #4

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.

Mother’s Brewing Company:
If you went to The 4th Ever Mother’s Day Fest, you got to try quite a few different beers, but some highlight include the Grow Cukes not Nukes saison and our old friend, Doozy.  Here’s a list of what’s cooking 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)

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

White River Brewing Company:
Buck Hollow should finally make it out of the brewery door in bottles this week after a setback resulting from an incorrect shipment of bottles. You may have already seen it around SW Missouri, as it’s on draft in a lot of places and going fast.

WRBC is planning on going all out this summer entertaining you as well as quenching your thirst.  They are planning a Snap The Tap Snapchat Scavenger Hunt event, a Cool Pool Party, and are currently recruiting for their bowling team in the Enterprise Lanes Craft Beer Bowling League.  For more info about any of these events, email elonzo@whiteriverbrewingco.com.

Springfield Brewing Company:
In addition to their flagship beers and their bottled Anniversary Ale (Berry Stout), you can find three specialties on tap. Hellbender Hellerbock, Del Fuego, and The Quencher in the Rye.

The Brown Derby Wine Center:
Resident Beer Expert Eric Carter sent us a welcome update to the happenings over at The Brown Derby International Wine Center.

They have a limited quantity of Big Muddy Brewing located in Murphysboro, Illinois. There is a Blueberry Blonde, India Brown Ale, Galaxy IPA, and a Vanilla Stout and they are being sold exclusively at the Wine Center.

Evil Twin just released The Porthole blueberry saison and Femme Fatale Blanc, which is a Nelson Sauvin-hopped IPA with brett added.

For you watermelon lovers, the Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat has returned for the summer, and should be available in cans shortly.

Keep your eyes on our What’s on Tap posts for updates on a big New Belgium tasting coming in June.  It will be a rare opportunity to try some exceptional beers that you may not get to try otherwise.

Also, here is a current tap list from our friends in the Derby Deli with some notes from Eric:

  • Cathedral Square Repent Rye (They reformulated this to drink more like a rye DIPA. Very nice)
  • Mikkeller 1,000 IBU (bruiser)
  • Mother’s Chocolate Thunder (Porter brewed with Askinosie cocoa nibs and is pushed with nitrogen)
  • Mother’s Doozy!
  • Evil Twin Ryan and The Beaster Bunny Saison
  • Evil Twin Ron and The Beast Ryan (same Saison but fermented with Jolly Pumpkin Brettanomyces)
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack
  • Founders Imperial Stout

Boulevard Brewing Company:
It’s time for the annual release of Boulevard’s Saison with Brett, and it’s out in stores now.  If you’ve had it, you know it’s delicious.  If you haven’t, it’s a must-have.

Also coming out from Boulevard is a beer called Entwined.  It’s a malt beverage brewed with Muscat grape juice intended to be a beer/wine hybrid.  I don’t know what it’s like yet myself, but I’ve come to trust Boulevard’s “experiments” most of the time.

Brewery Ommegang:
One last note for this week: Ommegang’s new Hop House Pale Ale (Belgian IPA) is out.

Also, their Rare Voss, Three Philosophers, Gnomegang and seasonal Fleur de Houblon are now in 4pks.

Questions or suggestions?  Reach out to us through the Contact Us page.