Raise your hand if you think 2015 was a good year for St. Louis craft beer?
Okay, you can put them down now. We agree, 2015 was a very good year for beer in St Louis. But that beer has been drunk and now it’s time to look forward. The wizards who make the beer we love have been planning for 2016 for months, so we went to them to find out what they have planned and what they are most excited about releasing this year.
We are excited about several things in 2016! We will be coming out with some new releases including a cream ale, black ipa, double ipa, saison (two versions). We are also excited about is getting into distribution and having 2 to 3 bottles on hand in the taproom. Right now we have our anniversary beer in bottles but will be looking to expand that this year.
But if there was one thing we are most excited about it’s releasing our Belgian style dubbel, Clown Assassin, in bottles. It will be coming out in early February. — Matt Recess
While we have multiple releases this year, both brand new and returning beers, we believe that the introduction of our new Grapefruit IPA has to be our most anticipated release of 2016. Grapefruit IPA launched at the start of 2016 and will be available year round. This beer is a drinkable 5% ABV IPA brewed using fresh grapefruit puree. The unique aspect of this brew comes from the puree actually being fermented with the beer. This adds a true juicy grapefruit flavor that plays well alongside the Pacific Northwest hops. This beer is great for the hop lover and for the new-to-craft drinker.
Right after Grapefruit IPA comes another brand new beer, our Double Bean Blonde Ale. Double Bean Blonde Ale will launch in mid-March and will fall into our Special Release line of beers. Double Bean Blonde is special because it features ingredients of both coffee and chocolate, however what sets it apart is its blonde color. These flavors are usually associated with darker beers like stouts and porters, but this beer has a much lighter body than those styles, and of course a much brighter color. — Schlafly Brewing
Charleville Brewing Company