Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Beer, Baseball and New Craft Breweries

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Beer, Baseball and New Craft Breweries

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Hip Hops / Evan S. Benn Our beer columnist hosts occasional online chats at Here are excerpts from his most recent discussion about St. Louis Craft Beer Week and more.

- Which came first: St. Louis beer or St. Louis baseball? The St. Louis Cardinals (then the St. Louis Brown Stockings) were founded in 1882. John Adam Lemp started brewing lagers out of his South Second Street brewery in 1840. Beer wins.

- What's the word on the new breweries in Dogtown? That would be the brotherly Heavy Riff Brewing. Keep an eye on its Twitter account for progress updates and new recipes they're working on. (Ed. note: Look for an announcement of a second possible Dogtown brewery to be opening in the not-too-distant future.)

- What's the best craft IPA I can buy here in STL that I may not have heard of yet? I'm not sure if I can come up with anything available locally that you haven't already tried or heard of, but some of my favorite craft IPAs (and maybe a double IPA or two) that you can find on a store shelf right now: Firestone Walker Union Jack, Bell's Two-Hearted, Stone IPA, Schlafly AIPA, Charleville Ale Mucho Hoppo, Odell IPA, Perennial Hommel (a hoppy Belgian-style pale). You may not have had Cathedral Square's Hail Mary Belgian- style IPA, but I recently rediscovered how pleasant of a beer that is. And it's not available in bottles, but Urban Chestnut's Hopfen (Bavarian-style IPA), is one of the best in town.

- Which Wine and Cheese Place barrel-aged beer has been your favorite so far? With the caveat that I haven't tried all of them, my favorite so far has been the first: Schlafly Quadruple aged in a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel.

- I read awhile back that Schlafly was planning to start brewing and cellaring sours. Any idea what kind of progress they've made? Schlafly has been keeping an eye on some funkifying barrel-aged brews since March 2010. At the time, head brewer Stephen Hale promised me they'd be ready "Sometime next decade." Schlafly has a bit more info on its Tap Room brewhouse page. But other than that, it's a patient process, so stay tuned!

- St. Louis has seen a lot of growth in the past few years in quality microbreweries. …

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