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The Rundown #12

It’s #SGFBeerWeek (Springfield Craft Beer Week, you know).  That means there are ll kinds of fun events for you to go and attend, but there are also some very special beers to be found this week out and about town. Let’s get down to it.

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What’s on Tap! #SGFBeerWeek 2014 – 7/10/2014

Next week is SGF Craft Beer Week, culminating, of course, in the Craft Beer Bash on Saturday, July 19th.  Rather than take up tons of space listing off every event for craft beer week possible, I thought it might make more sense to make it a Google Map for you.

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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.

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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 #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.