A Visit to the Schlafly Tap Room

schlafly beer - barrelThis originally was published by The Alcohol Professor. If you’re in St. Louis and love beer, you gotta check this place out.

A visit to a craft brewery’s tap room is like a vacation in itself – especially if said tap room is as cozy and fun as Schlafly’s tap room in downtown St. Louis.

Opened in 1991, Schlafly’s was the first brewery tap room to open in St. Louis after Prohibition. While in town recently for a Monday Night Football game, a friend and I decided to have lunch at Schlafly and to take in the surroundings, along with some beer. It was a good decision, for several reasons.

For starters, I counted 16 brews on tap, from standards like Kolsch and the Pale Ale to a blackberry cider and a couple of cask ales. That’s a lot by comparison to most microbreweries I visit – I’m accustomed to choosing from between 8 and 10, or maybe 12 for a slightly larger craft brewer. …

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A Falls City Sneak Peek: Hipster Repellant

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The “Hispter Repellant” IPA was, indeed, a little angry.

I took my dad to the Falls City Beer tasting room over the weekend and got a nice surprise: As if free samples of good Louisville beer wasn’t enough, we also got a tour of the brewing facilities and a sneak-preview taste of a new IPA that is, at least internally, being dubbed “Hipster Repellant.”

Hipster Repellant (which may or may keep its name when released to the public) is a special brew made to be available at Louisville-area Liquor Barn locations. While it had just been kegged and therefore was a tad over-carbonated when Falls City’s Rob Haynes poured the samples, the nose on this beer is outstanding.

“It’s a little angry,” he said, referring to the over-foam. When I mentioned the nose, he said, “I just want to huff it.” Indeed. It has less of a hop bite than the nose suggests, but there is still plenty there — I’d guess it at around 60 or 65 IBU. It’s crisp and smooth, with a creamier mouthfeel than I expected — although that very well could have been pushed along by all the foam.

We also tried a couple of other new-ish ones now on tap at the tasting room:

Kentucky Waterfall APA (6.6 percent ABV, 40 IBU): Straw-colored, mildly cloudy and crisp, this drinks like a great summer beer. My dad isn’t what you’d call a hop-head, and he really liked this one. It’s surprising this one is 6.6 percent alcohol, because on the palate and nose it could pass for a session beer. It’s a solid entry.

502 APA (5.5 percent  ABV, 55 IBU): Of course I had to try this one, simply because of the name; maybe this can be the official beer of 502Brews.com. Made with Amarillo hops, this one is a brilliant orange color, very dry on the finish, crisp and lager-esque. I could drink this stuff all day.

Here are some pics I shot of the brewing equipment and other odds and ends:

Falls City Beer at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

louisville beer - falls cityI’m not a University of Louisville Cardinals fan, but I am a fan of Louisville beer. Therefore, I am quite happy that Falls City Beer is now available at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

I haven’t been to a game this season, so I didn’t even realize it until Falls City sent out the announcement via its e-newsletter and a tweet this morning. But you need to know where to look: You can get Falls City Pale Ale near Gates 9 and 1 (Stands 1 and 23) during football games.

Usually, the stuff being carried around in tubs and even on draft at the concessions stands consist of corporate swill and corporate swill light, so this is a fine development. Cheers to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Speaking of Falls City Beer, another new brew has been unleashed. Here’s the description from the Falls City e-newsletter:

Falls City Kentucky Waterfall APA: This new APA features Cascade and Simcoe hops giving it a piney and citrusy hop character.  A mild malt backbone adds hints of caramel and toffee.  6.6% abv, 40 IBUs.

Another Weekend of Louisville Beer (and More) …

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New Albanian’s Pickman’s Ale: Mildly hoppy. Sessionable. And great with beer cheese.

I got around this past weekend. I was actually in search of cider for a story I’m working on for another website, but I really like hoppy more than fruity. So I made it a point to have some Louisville beer along the way.

My first stop, on Saturday afternoon, was at New Albanian Brewing Company. I was in search of Gale’s Hard Cider, by way of Thomas Family Winery, but there were no bottles left (drat!). Instead, I tried a New Day South Cider, which wasn’t bad at all. Then I cleansed my palate with some breadsticks and had a (NABC) Pickman’s Ale, which is one I don’t believe I have tried before. I’m an APA guy, so I couldn’t resist, and it didn’t disappoint.

Anyway, it’s long on kick (6.5 percent ABV), medium on hops (52 IBU) and just what I needed to go with NABC’s spicy beer cheese. It has a burnt orange color, thin head, medium hop nose, just a touch of citrus tone and a quick hop bite that gets there before you expect it to. The hop flavor then continues to emerge drink after drink. Thumbs up.

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Pick a beer. Any beer.

On Sunday, I watched some football with my pal Greg and had a flight over at Buckhead Mountain Grill in Jeffersonville, where Tisha Gainey always has a kick-ass selection. It’s always fun to use Buckhead’s Craft Beer App, in any case, scrolling through what’s on tap, separating the ales from the lagers and whatnot. I worked my way up the hops ladder (after tasting one Angry Orchard Cider) with Upland Campside Session Ale (4.5 percent ABV, 50 IBU); Daredevil Liftoff IPA (7.2 percent ABV, 72 IBU); Sun King Bitchn’ Camaro (8.7 percent ABV, 89 IBU), and Stone Ruin Ten Imperial IPA (10.8 percent ABV, 110 IBU).

I let Greg have a taste of the Stone Ruin. Here was his reaction: “That grabbed a hold of my whole mouth! Holy shit!” After that, he said, “I’m going back to my Miller Water.”

Yeah, I couldn’t taste anything by the time I finished off that flight. I also went a bit outside the region with the Stone Ruin, but I figured it was the perfect way to cap off a hop orgy like that one. Glad I only had four-ounce pours of those, though. Yikes. I bet Greg wishes he didn’t even have the one sip.

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Apocalypse Brew Works Irish Red Rapture: So smooth and creamy, it’s like bathing in a pool of kittens.

A bit later, still on a quest to find ciders I could write about, we wound up at O’Shea’s Irish Pub in the Highlands. There, I was greeted by something on a different part of the beer spectrum, but also one of my first loves: an Irish red ale. But not just any Irish red — it was an Apocalypse Brew Works Irish Red Rapture. How could I resist? And luckily, my palate had been wiped clean by tasting samples of cider.

At 5.9 percent ABV and 26 IBU, it looks like a brown ale, and even has coffee on the nose. It’s so creamy and malty. This is the kind of beer I typically go for in fall and winter. I wrote in my notes, “Leah rules.” Obviously, I was referring to brewer Leah Dienes.

After that, I went home and watched football. And fell asleep in the process. Totally worth it.

New Louisville Beers at Apocalypse, Falls City

apocalypse brews - louisville beer blogHad a couple pints at Apocalypse Brew Works over the weekend. Leah Dienes just keeps on brewing up tasty Louisville beer.

ABW Hop Project: Cluster (4.6% ABV, 42 IBU) is Apocalypse’s APA of the moment. It’s another classic summer ale that has just enough bitterness to let you know it’s there, but is smooth-bodied and sessionable. This one pours a cloudy, dark orange – it was almost red. Of course, I drank it from a plastic cup in the not-too-well-lit Apocalypse tap room, so that probably influenced my vision. I liked it so much that I had two of them.

Speaking of APAs, while I haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet, Falls City announced the release of 502 APA. If you’ve read this blog before, you know I’m an APA guy, and this one sounds pretty nice.

Here’s the description from Falls City: “This American Pale Ale is the next beer in our single-hop APA series.  We used only Amarillo hops in this beer giving it strong citrusy characteristics with hints of orange peel and grapefruit.  A mild, toasty malt backbone helps to balance out the bitterness.”

Kenny Rogers returns with his new album You Can’t Make Old Friends released on October 8th

Digital review copies available upon request

Grammy-award winning Kenny Rogers continues his brilliant creativity with his new album You Can’t Make Old Friendsset for release on October 8th. Being the first country album since Water & Bridges in 2006 he stretches his artistry into new musical territory. He brings these fresh new tracks with his classic sounds by collaborating genres to tell his great stories through rock and roll, soul, gospel, southern rock, zydeco, and sounds of the Southwest.  Rogers even ads those old friends to the record like Dolly Parton, collaborating a brand new duet.

 

Kenny Rogers continues to bring year 2013 with a bang, after the announcement of his induction into theCountry Music Hall of Fame this fall.  Rogers also performed on the main stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival to a colossal audience on the grounds and around the UK as it was televised on BBC.  His Through The Years World Tour has included stops in Morocco, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.

This fall and winter, Rogers’ tour will roll on with more U.S. and Canadian dates, including the Christmas & Hits Through The Years Tour, his annual holiday performances, in late November and December.  In addition, a novel Rogers co-wrote with Mike Blakely, What Are The Chances, is being released today (September 3rd) and Rogers’ New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Luck Or Something Like It, will be released in paperback on September 27th.

 

 **Kenny Rogers – You Can’t Make Old Friends – Track Listing**
1.    You Can’t Make Old Friends (Duet With Dolly Parton)
2.    All I Need Is One
3.    You Had To Be There
4.    ’Merica
5.    Turn This World Around
6.    Dreams Of The San Joaquin
7.    Don’t Leave Me In The Night Time (Featuring Buckwheat Zydeco)
8.    Look At You
9.    Neon Horses
10.  When You Love Someone
11.  It’s Gonna Be Easy Now

 

Also, if you see that Kenny is touring in your area and you would like to interview Kenny about the upcoming show, please let me know. 

 

KENNY ROGERS 2013-2014 THROUGH THE YEARS TOUR DATES
09/14  Oxford, ME – Oxford County Fair – Oxford, ME
09/25  Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium – Concert for Cumberland Heights – Nashville, TN
10/10  University, MS – Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts – University of Mississippi
10/11  Branson, MO – The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
10/20  Charleston, SC – Southern Ground Music & Food Festival – Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island
(Special Guest of Zac Brown Band)
10/26  Pocola, OK – Choctaw Casino
11/09  El Dorado, AR – El Dorado Municipal Auditorium
11/10  Branson, MO – The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
01/23  St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles – The Country Music Cruise 2014
01/13  Carmel, IN – The Center for the Performing Arts – The Palladium

 

KENNY ROGERS 2013 CHRISTMAS & HITS THROUGH THE YEARS TOUR DATES
With Special Guest Linda Davis
12/01  Concord, NH – The Capitol Center For The Arts
12/02  Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort Casino – Event Center
12/03  Englewood, NJ – bergenPAC
12/05  Newark, NJ – Prudential Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
12/07  Newport News, VA – Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center For The Arts
12/08  Morgantown, WV – West Virginia University – Creative Arts Center
12/12  Paducah, KY – Carson Center
12/14  Sault Sainte Marie, MI – Kewadin Casino – DreamMakers Theater
12/16  New Philadelphia, OH – Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas
12/21  Naperville, IL – Pfeiffer Hall – North Central College

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Welcome to the Louisville Beer Blog

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“Mmm. Wholesome, nutritious beer.”

It’s the Louisville Beer Blog, kids. I’m not a brewer; I’m a beer enthusiast who likes to write about it. I’m also the guy who drinks a pale ale he’s never tasted before and says, “I’m not exactly sure how they did that, but it was hoppy and delicious, and I think I want to drink one of these with my next batch of hot wings” … and then orders another one. (I love pale ales with spicy food. Sue me.)

Within this blog, I hope to bring you some humor, a bit of news, reviews of Louisville-area beers, a few interviews, and some guest bloggers as well. For the record, two of my long-time favorite beers in town are Bluegrass Brewing Company‘s APA and Irish Rover Red, which BBC actually brews for the Irish pub for which the beer is named. And have you tried New Albanian Brewing Company‘s Hoosier Daddy? I mean, Elector is probably my favorite from that kick-ass brewery, but I’ve met several folks who haven’t tried Hoosier Daddy. And they should.

Oh, and I recently had my first taste of the Watermelon Crack that Leah Dienes is whipping up over at Apocalypse Brew Works. Yowza.

Anyway, we all love beer, right? Louisville beer especially. Let’s have a little fun with it and see what happens. And we can keep it (mostly) local in the process, because there’s so much good beer to be had within just a few minutes’ drive. I shall look forward to it.

Also, if you have suggestions for Louisville Beer Blog, ideas, beer you want to promote, an itch you can’t quite reach, etc., pleeeeaaaase leave a comment or send me a direct message using this form rightcheer: