Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dream Team Sixer



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:

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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."

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Boulevard Tank 7
- World-Class.

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."

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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."


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Boulevard Bully! Porter
- Can you believe in a hoppy porter?

Andy made a video:



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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

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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."


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Quaffing on Sunshine





This is an excellent value: A 22 oz bomber can be had for about six bucks including tax at Cosentino's Downtown Market.

Demolition has everything you expect from a fine Belgian golden ale for half the price of the imported versions. The commemoration on the bottle explains the name, "...to honor the brave soles who kept our brewery open while wrecking balls tore down the mall around us."

"Demolition" also is a fitting description of the effect this concoction had on me. It is a billowy blonde brew, with aromatics and citrus in the nose, sweet fruit on the tongue and a surprisingly spicy finish.

I'm sure I heard the sounds of harps and strings as I poured the final drops of that second glass. Not long after, the 7.2% wrecking ball of an ABV made short work of my higher brain functions.





Saturday, February 12, 2011

I'm Not Jealous





Dear Boulevard Chocolate Ale Consuming Cocksuckers,

Due to a series of unfortunate events (furnace went out), I lost track of the fact that 2.8.2011 was the release day for the Boulevard Chocolate Ale. By the time I realized my oversight on 2/9, it was really too late. Of course you Cocksuckers are keenly aware of this fact.

I called around anyway and was told a certain Hy-Vee was getting a delivery on 2/11. On Friday I called the Hy-Vee and confirmed they had it and planned to begin selling it at 1:00, but over 100 people lined up at 11:00 AM. They already sold the entire stock to the first 41 Cocksuckers.

Some of you Cocksuckers said that Central States website/Facebook had info about who had it on tap. O'Dowd's in Zona Rosa, some Cocksuckers said. So on the evening of 2/12 I called O'Dowd's and the pleasant little hostess laughed and said I was the fifth call they had received about BCA. Of course, you Cocksuckers had already drained their kegs.

I am a big fan of the long ago discontinued HBO series Deadwood. I had it on my Amazon wishlist. When Amazon sent me an e-mail last week with a one time offer of the complete Deadwood series on DVD for 50% off, I bought it. Did any of you Cocksuckers get the complete Deadwood series for 50% off? I didn't think so.

Minksy's Pizza has a great Italian steak sandwich with fries for $6.29. They also carry a very hard to find Vatted Scotch: Sheep Dip. I went there and ordered the sandwich to go and while I waited, I had a Smithwick's along with a shot of Sheep Dip, something I like to call, I'm not Jealous, you Cocksuckers.

As I write this, I have finished the sandwich, which I washed down with a Sam Adams Noble Pils. After I publish this post, I am going to open a bottle of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, which will leave my stock at two 12 oz bottles. If any of you Cocksuckers want to trade, send me an e-mail.