As the weather cools for a couple of days, the beer releases are warming up a bit. With SGF Craft Beer Week under our collective belt, we still have some things to look forward to.
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.
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.
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. Mother’s Brewing Company Tasting Room: Chocolate Thunder – Stout brewed with Askinosie Chocolate. Pulp Fiction – Saison with Blood Oranges Imperial Three Blind Mice – Big brother to three blind mice, this one’s big, bold, and delicious. Grow Cukes not Nukes – Cucumber Saison, cool and refreshing with a hint of black pepper from the yeast. Should be out next week. Love Factory #2 – Not out yet, but you should be thinking about it. Launches on May 17th at the 4th Ever Mother’s Day Festival. Springfield Brewing Company: Hellbender Hellerbock – Pale golden bock beer with a healthy helping of fruity hops. Del Fuego! – An SBC favorite, this stout is dosed with smoked Chipotle Meco, Pasilla, Ancho and De Arbol peppers. Don’t fear the heat, though. It’s well balanced and not too spicy. Quencher in the Rye(PA) – A newer addition to the SBC family, this RyePA is crisp and bright with some peppery notes from the hops and rye. White River Brewing Company: Ole Mill Ale – You can still find this in a few stores around town. It’s big, bold and delicious. A big malt backbone and some warming alcohols make this an ideal companion for sipping next to a fire on a chilly spring evening. Buck Hollow Blond – A Missouri take on a Belgian blonde, this should be hitting stores next week. Once I have a firm date, I’ll let you know. Leaky Roof Meadery: Berry Picker – Four berries in a mead? Yes, please. The sweetness of the mead is well balanced by the tart addition of four berries. A very refreshing change of pace for when you want something completely different. (Available on tap only) Around and about town: Boulevard Grainstorm: A “double black rye IPA”, expect big malt, big hops, and the darkness of a storm at night. Big beer. Tallgrass Brewing: Halcyon and new variety packs hit stores this week. Halcyon is a refreshing wheat beer made from Kansas wheat and a healthy handful of hops. Nice citrusy beer, and it comes in cans for your outdoor adventures. Deschutes: Fresh Squeezed will be back in town this week. It’s an IPA made with citra and mosaic hops, lending bright citrus and tropical fruit in large doses without the addition of actual fruit. Not The Stoic is a Belgian dark strong ale (Read: a quadrupel) from a Deschutes. It releases in town next week, so keep a sharp eye out for it. I’m not sure how much will be around. Abita Andygator Doppelbock – This beer looks pretty intense. It’s a high-gravity beer fermented to a dry finish using German yeast and Liberty hops. It’s a clear straw color with a bit of sweetness, bread, and spice, but it finishes dry. It’s back in stores in SGF and now available in 6 packs. Anchor Brewing Company – The California Lager (Part of their Zymaster Series) is out. It’s a single-hop beer that uses cluster hops “from a long line originally grown in California. They are actually doing a lot of local sourcing, using water from Yosemite, their own California yeast strain, and the Cluster hops. Anchor IPA is also out and about town. It’s a well-balanced IPA with a solid malt backbone and an intense hop bitterness. Other Quick Hits:
- Cathedral Square Belgian White is now available in 6 pack bottles
- Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout (seasonal)
- Stone Sprocket Bier (Black Rye Kolsch)
- Sierra Nevada Hoptimum (limited time)
- Founders All-Day IPA (a personal favorite) is coming in 15 pack cans for the same price as 12.
- Odell Loose Leaf Session Ale (session IPA)