Billy Brew asks,
"What if you could buy a six pack of the best beers your state had to offer?"
I've limited the choices to packaged beers available in 12oz containers. I am not limiting the choices to only those styles I enjoy or to year round offerings.
In no particular order:
Schlafly Export IPA
- This seasonal offering is an excellent English Style IPA, which can be difficult to find.
Drunk Monkey sez,
"Smell has a malty sweet base with added citrus fruits. The citrus is prominent, but not overpowering. Maybe more of the blossom than the actual fruit. Taste is equally fruity like tangerines. This is very interesting because it is different. Usually citrus flavors are lemon or orange which can easily get unbalanced. This tangerine flavor is bold but not over powering. Nice! It does finish up in the back with some hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is light/medium body and very clean. Very refreshing and quaff-able, even though the higher ABV puts it out of the "session" category."
Boulevard Tank 7
Even our cross-state rival, STL Hops is amazed,
"...you may remember my drunken tweet of, “Tank 7 from Boulevard was well worth the price of Microfest VIP ticket.” While the message may have been sullied by a drunken blogger, it was absolutely accurate. Tank 7 was my favorite beer of the festival and I went back three or four times to keep getting samples.
As many readers of STL Hops know, I’m not a fan of big hop aroma and flavor and Belgian yeast, the combination just doesn’t work for me. But somehow Boulevard found a way to pull it off and make a wonderfully refreshing summertime beer."
O'Fallon Smoked Porter
- Not one of my favorite styles, but it took gold at 2004 GABF.
Marty Nachel, Author, Homebrewer and Chicago Craft Beer Examiner reviewed it for Viewpoints,
"This version of smoked porter is among the best in this country, if not the world."
Boulevard Bully! Porter
- Can you believe in a hoppy porter?
Andy made a video:
Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
- Hey Mom, I learned to like vegetables!
"This show has nothing to do with turkey, but goddamn that Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is good shit."- DJ for GaragePunk.Com comments on Savage Kick podcast #45
Boulevard Sixth Glass
- Ever had a Quaffable Quadruple?
Dallas Craft Beer Examiner, Paul Hightower likes how the name comes from a Hans Christian Andersen parable about the evils of alcohol and he REALLY likes the beer,
"...this is a style known as strong dark Belgian ale, and with one sip you know the difference. Immediately, you can taste an ester-heavy dark roast with a light tartness combined with elements of caramelized sugars, raisins, figs, molasses, chocolate, raspberries… the flavor complexity goes on and on."