Ultimate 6er | Great beers to hibernate with in St. Louis

Walking down the sidewalk last week with my son, we literally saw a squirrel with an acorn in his mouth. “He’s stocking up for the winter,” said the 12 year old. “How cool would it be to hibernate?”

Wow. ¬†Hibernate. ¬†I could deal with that. ¬†Take off for a few months, do nothing but sleep, eat and drink beer. ¬†But the key to a successful hibernation is that you can’t go out. ¬†Actually I think that is the definition of hibernation.

Six weeks should be enough. ¬†So, we’ll need to choose six beers that are either bottled or canned for proper hibernation storage and get enough of it to last a full week. Sounds like a plan to create an Ultimate hibernation St. Louis 6er.

So, here are our picks for the beers we will be hibernating with this winter. ¬†We’d love to hear what beers you would choose. ¬†Please tell is in the comment section below.

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Southside Stout | Excel Brewing Company

ABV 6. 5 %  | IBU 40

Probably one of the St. Louis area’s most underrated breweries, Excel’s flagship brew center’s their year round menu for a reason – it’s as good at 100 degrees as it as 10 degrees, and that’s what counts here. ¬†Not very heavy and at 6.5% ABV, it’s what we consider a sessionable winter beer. Not as chocolatey and creamy as the rest of our 6er, ¬†but just a solid stout. ¬†Roasted barley and dark caramel malts combine with citrusy American hops creating this Dark American Stout from Breese‚Äôs Southside. (Purchased at Saint Louis Hop Shop)

img_0623Imperial Stout | Schlafly

ABV 10% | IBU 40

St. Louis’ granddaddy brewery is never short on surprises and this one is a sneak attack, a stout that has sort of flown under the radar because until now few have recognized this beer’s true purpose – hibernation. ¬†Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels and aged before being bottled, this is a big beer, thick with bourbon, toffee, chocolate, molasses flavors. Even served cold, this imperial stout is spicy, has a trace of vanilla and a warm finish, perfect for what we need it to do. (Purchased at Clayton Beer Cellar)

img_0630Option #2 | Rock Bridge Brewing Company

9.2% ABV | 30 IBU

Rock Bridge Brewing, located in Columbia, Missouri is new to us but we like we’re tasting here. ¬†This is an Imperial milk stout brewed with coffee beans which give it a rich creamy texture. ¬†A heavy beer a 9%, but heavy also in taste. ¬†Pours rich black with at tan head, and drinks sweet at first but then continues smooth with bursts of chocolate and just hints of the coffee. A really solid stout that should keep us warm for a solid week of our hibernation. (Purchased at Saint Louis Hop Shop)

img_0628Dark Matter | Logboat Brewing Company

6.6% ABV | 25 IBU

A very approachable beer, compared to some of our other heavier hibernations beers, this is the first beer we’ve run across that has its bio right on the can. ¬† “Dark Matter is dosed up with wheat malt to give it a smooth, subtle breadiness and extra body. Hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors meld like thermonuclear plasma. Smoke a brisket and pour a Dark Matter…portals!” ¬†Whoa! ¬†That is quite a description. ¬†It also says it’s a wheat porter, but we didn’t get much wheat flavor, but more chocolate. ¬†They also say it pairs well with candy bars, pudding and peanut butter cookies, which makes sense. ¬†You will like. ¬†(Purchased at Clayton Beer Cellar)

img_0632King Louie |¬†O’Fallon Brewing Company

6.3% ABV | 26 IBU

How did the commercial go? ¬†“Two great tastes that taste great together.” That is the recipe for success for this beer crafted by O’Fallon Brewing in partnership with our town’s premier chocolatier.

Not a very heavy beer, but rather full bodied with full flavor. ¬†Look for a combination of dark and white chocolate flavors, caramel and roasted notes. Bissinger‚Äôs and O’Fallon developed a unique toffee blend¬†with hints of caramelized sugar and¬†vanilla to round out collaboration. ¬†A bit sweet but sessionable.¬†(Purchased at Saint Louis Hop Shop)

img_0625Chocolate Milk Stout | 4 Hands Brewing Co. 

5.5% ABV | — —

This beer quickly became a St. Louis winter beer classic when it debuted back in in 2012. ¬†To us, this beer tastes just like one would expect if you mixed a tall, creamy glass of chocolate milk with your favorite beer. ¬†It’s really that simple really. ¬†¬†This beer pours black and smooth and quickly rewards with bursts of chocolate as you would expect. ¬†It’s sweet, but not too sweet, which makes a second and third or more approachable. ¬†That and the fact that at 5.5% ABV, your hibernation drinking session can go on pretty deep with this one. ¬†Not be missed.¬†(Purchased at Clayton Beer Cellar)