Imagine throwing yourself a birthday party in your own house, using all 70,000 feet of your available home and inviting 35 of your bestest friends and several thousand others just for fun. That is exactly what Urban Chestnut Brewing Company will be doing January 21.
This isn’t just any birthday party my friends. The annual Wolpertinger beer festival is really UCBC giving a loving hug to its hometown and comrades in the craft brewing community. It was a celebration of life, beer and creativity.
Aside from the the release of this year’s version of Wolpertinger.
The highlight of the day is a chance to try beer from UCBC’s special guest brewer. Last year’s guest was Bell’s Brewery from Kalamazoo. This year, UCBC is welcoming their friends from La Cumbre Brewing Company from Albuquerque, New Mexico!
We reached out to Cory Campbell at La Cumbre, to find out what exactly they were bringing with them to St. Louis.
Elevated IPA | ABV: 7.2% | IBU: 100
I’m going to go out on a limb and say this award winning beer is a tad bit hoppy, thanks to the EIGHT hops that go into it. Elevated includes Hallertauer Herkules (CO2 extract),
CTZ, Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, and Nelson Sauvin.
Elevated earned a gold medal at the GABF in the category of American-Style India Pale Ale as well as a bronze medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup. A 100 IBU pretty much says it all.
Project Dank |ABV: 7.5% | IBUs: A LOT
You have to love the honesty of a very bitter beer.
Another award winner, Project Dank took home the bronze medal for American Style IPA in 2o13. Project Dank is just that; a project. It’s an ever changing expression of La Cumbre’s hoppiest endeavors. Each recipe is different, featuring different hops and hopping techniques. One thing will remain common…HOP INSANITY.
Once again, a hop is the star, with the bill varying but generally a combination of Chinook, CTZ, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, Sorachi Ace, Meridian, and a host of Southern Hemisphere varieties.
A Slice of Hefen | ABV: 5.4 | IBU: 15
They call this one a traditional take on a Bavarian classic.
Poured into a 23 oz. Hefe glass, this beer is served mit hefe with a voluminous white head. The aroma is everything we love in the style; clove, banana and vanilla. The body is rich and creamy, yet finishes fairly dry and is as refreshing as any beer you’ll drink here or anywhere else. By popular demand, this beer is now a year-round offering.
Malpais Stout | ABV: 7.5% | IBU: 60
They called this one a meal in a glass. And of course, another award winner, bringing home two awards. It was named the 2011 GABF Silver Medal winner in the Foreign Style Stout category, as well as a Silver Medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup.
Brewed with 7 different malts, you should be ready for a full onslaught of creamy stout intensity. Broadly in the style of a Foreign Extra Stout, this is their heaviest and most intense year-round offering.
Red Ryeot | ABV 6.5% | IBUs: 75
They call this one, a malted magic hop bomb.
Rich caramel and toasted malts team up with flaked rye and march to the beat of a big but balancing bitterness only to be overtaken by an onslaught of American hop aroma and flavor.
You want a tame and subservient, spineless beer that takes orders well and doesn’t challenge anything or anyone? This ain’t it!
When: Sunday, January 21st, 2018 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Grove Brewery & Bierhall (4465 Manchester Ave 63110)
Tickets are available online, or in person at the Grove Brewery & Bierhall and the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten for $40 until the day of the event.