Friday, January 16, 2009
"The International Bitterness Units scale, or simply IBU scale, provides a measure of the bitterness of beer, which is provided by the hops used during brewing. An IBU is one part per million of isohumulone — the higher number, the greater the bitterness.
The bittering effect is less noticeable in beers with a high quantity of malt, so a higher IBU is needed in heavier beers to balance the flavor. For example, an Imperial Stout may have an IBU of 50, but will taste less bitter than an English Bitter with an IBU of 30, because the first beer uses much more malt than the second. The technical limit for IBU's is around 100, others have tried to surpass this number but there is no real gauge after 100 IBUs when it comes to taste threshold." http://www.beeripedia.com/
153 IBUs Southern Tier Un*Earthly Imperial IPA
120 IBUs Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
115 IBUs Alvinne Gaspar ***
112 IBUs Avery The Maharaja Imperial IPA (seasonal, due in March)
100 IBUs Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA
90+ IBUs Bear Republic Hop Rod
85 IBUs Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
69 IBUs Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
65 IBUs Great Divide Titan IPA
56 IBUs Bell's Two Hearted Ale
37 IBUs Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
We stock all the beers in red, I have included some other famous "bitter" beers for reference that are not currently available in St. Louis.
*** Not many people know this one.
Alvinne Gaspar...$4.49 / 11oz
"Probably the hoppiest beer in Belgium!
Alc./Vol.: 8% alc/vol
Malt: Pilsner, Pale, Chocolate, Wheat
Hops: Challenger, Saaz, East Kent Goldings
Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, bottle-conditioned
Aroma: Fruity with strong hoppy aroma
Flavor/Taste profile: Spicy, malt-sweet, hoppy-bitter palate, with a very very long dry & bitter finish." -- brewery
For the tasting tonight, we will taste tonight 1/16/09 at Forsyth starting at 4:00
Southern Tier Gemini
Curim Gold Irish Wheat
Panil Bariqquee Oak Aged Sour Red
Mendocino Imperial IPA
Baird Kurofune Porter
Next week -- one of the most anticipated releases each year is
Trouble is, it’s become nearly impossible to find a true, traditional Sour Red, even in the place where the style was born. The spate of Sour Reds turning up here now leaves most drinkers crying in their beer. They’re too damned sweet! Crass commercialization has brought even the generally recognized ‘classics’ of the style to their knees. They’re pasteurized, and sometimes laced with sugar or artificial sweeteners to make them appealing to the less-discerning beer drinker. The traditional complexity, character, and dryness are missing in action.
But now comes Panil Barriquée, and not a minute too soon. Barriquée is the only all-natural, traditionally-made example you will find today, and it comes from, of all places, Italy. This masterpiece is ‘triple-fermented.’ Primary fermentation is in stainless steel. The deep earthy, sour character results from three months of maturation in cognac barrels from Bordeaux(?), followed by re-fermentation and further aging in the bottle. Barriquée is not pasteurized or filtered, and no sweeteners are added, so it is uncompromisingly dry and complex, and endlessly interesting." -- importer
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Yeast: Bavarian Lager
Malts: Two Row Pale, Munich, Bonlander, Caramel
Hops: Strisselspalt, Chinook
Bitterness Units: 16
Alcohol ByVolume: 7.5%
Leinenkugel's 1888 Bock...$6.89 / 6pk
"We've tapped our family's original bock recipe to create Leinenkugel's 1888 Bock, which features a robust head that seizes the rich aroma of toasted the caramel malts. The flavor of this full-bodied brew is heavily defined the Munich malts and teh 20 to 25 day cold lagering process which creates a smooth, toasted malt flavor. 1888 Bock also features caramel, pale and two-row chocolate malts while cluster hops add a touch of citrus character." -- brewery
Bitterness: 18 IBU
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Scotch Series Continues
We are going to try some rare and different scotches.
we will taste these....
Michel Couvreur Scotch Whisky (12 year-old)...$59.99
Michel Couvreur "Clearach"...$36.99
Michel Couvreur Pale Single Single...$89.99
Michel Couvreur Scotch Grain...$36.99
Michel Couvreur Special Vatting...$99.99
Michel Couvreur PX 18 year-old...$41.99
Pigs Nose Scotch...$31.99
Sheep Dip Scotch....$35.99
read about Michel Couvreur - click here
read about Pig's Nose and Sheep dip - click here
Seating is limited
Call 314-727-8788 for reservations
Monday, January 12, 2009
A word about the weekly specials...
Because of our computer system, the prices in the computer do not change until Monday after we close. So if you come in on Monday for the specials, make sure you mention they are on sale to the checker so they can change the price. (The added bonus is that the previous week's special still ring out at the sale price on Monday -- last week's and this week's both on sale!)
Beers not currently available in Missouri for assorted reasons...
Felinfoel Double Dragon
hopefully they will come back soon.