From Portangelo to Tarasenkolsch – here are your St. Louis Blues Brews

Beer Of The Week

You never know what you’ll find on Twitter. Sometimes you run into a tweet that is just so damn clever you want to knock yourself upside the head because you didn’t think of it first.

Now granted, I have no graphic arts skills, so I can’t beat myself up to bad for not coming up with this awesome tweet from Kathy Polo @katyapolo, a freelance graphic designer, lover of good beer and good hockey.

I tweeted Kathy asking for her permission to use her graphic and she agreed. So in her honor, I thought we’d turn her idea into a real St. Louis 6’er, by matching her beer selection with one created right here in the land of the Blues.



Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 9.52.05 PMJake Pale Alen
| St. Louis Pale Ale | Ferguson Brewing Company

STYLE: Pale Ale
ABV: 5.10% STYLE: Pale Ale
ABV: 5.10%
IBU: 40

A golden American style pale ale using Cascade hops at four different points in the boil. Well balanced with a malty mouth-feel and a hoppy citrus bite.

You could say Jake Allen is also well balanced. He has been a huge part of the St. Louis Blues success this season as part of a tandem with Brian Elliott. When one goalie was down, the other had to be up. Allen, the ultimate teammate, has balanced his role as starter and back up like a pro.


Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 10.11.28 PMAlex Porterangelo | Baltic Porter | Morgan Street Brewery

STYLE: Porter
ABV: 9.4% STYLE: Porter
ABV: 9.4%
IBU: 30

Full bodied and boozie, this European high gravity winter beer is new to this years lineup. The appearance is a cloudy bronze, with combination of raisin, port wine and caramel flavors.

Like the delicious heaviness of this porter, Alex Pietrangelo is logging heavy ice time in the Blues playoff run. Pietrangelo leads the rush at times and has a goal and five assists in the playoffs for a team savoring its first victory in the second round since 2002.

 


Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 10.12.05 PMDavid Dopplebockes | Oxnbrau | Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

STYLE: Dopplebock
ABV: 8.0%
IBU: 22

David Backes is a beast of hockey player. Putting his body into the game like few others could. So it was a no brainer to pair him with a beer described by it’s brewer as an “Ox.” When considering the physical attributes of an Ox, one might use similar words to describe this traditional Doppelbock. While we can’t get into the details of why, we can say it’s quite likely you’ll also enjoy this Lager Bier for its sweet & malty character.

 


Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 10.12.18 PMVladimir Tarasenkolsch | Kolsch | Deslogetown Brewing Company

STYLE: Kölsch
APV: 5.0%
According to the German Beer Institute, Kölsch is one of only a handful of traditional German ales and is the local brew of the city of Cologne (“Köln” in German). It is one of the palest German beers made. This Kölsch gets its characteristic, slightly fruity flavor from its own special ale yeast, with which the brew is cool-fermented at a much lower temperature than traditional ale but not as cool as lager yeast. Light and crisp, just like Vladimir’s slap shot.

 


Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 10.12.27 PMJaden Schwarzbier | Jaden’s Schwartz | Square One Brewery

STYLE: Lager
ABV: 5.90%
We couldn’t make this up even if we wanted to. According head brewer David Wohldmann, while they were brewing their Schwarzbier (a dark, German Lager) they started to think about names. “Then I realized that my favorite player would be coming back to the Blues soon. I then remembered Mandi Schwartz’s foundation and thought I’ll ask Jaden if I can name my beer after him and donate a portion of the proceed from every pint to his sister’s charity. Thanks to the St. Louis Blues, I got word that Jaden loved the idea.

Then the beer was mentioned on the NBCSports broadcast on March 6th and I was floored: https://vimeo.com/157965338

 


Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 10.12.36 PMSteve Ottertoberfestbier | Ocktoberfest | Schlafly

ABV: 5.5%
IBU: 25
Regrettably, you may have to ask your favorite Schlafly employee to dig bit for this one, as it’s only available between September and October.
This Oktoberfest is a traditional Bavarian Märzen with a toasty malt aroma and slight caramel taste. This rich, amber lager is balanced by the use of German noble hops, while the lager yeast ferments cold and slow, creating a smooth, crisp beer.


 

 

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