Today in St. Louis drinking | May 22, 2019

Tonight’s writing whiskey: The new bourbon from Switchgrass Spirts, First Batch Bourbon Whiskey

Here is what I found today that every beer and whiskey lover in St. Louis needs to know.

Sad News for Vodka And Whiskey Lovers

… Hate to lead with bad news, but there you go. Two drinking establishments announced today they are closing. Gamlin Whiskey House – announced its closure on May 22. “The weight of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic was simply too much to bear,” the owners wrote on Facebook. The Gamlin brothers, also announced the closing of their vodka and burger bar just down the street, Sub Zero.

 

Now For Some Good News

Square One Brewery & Distillery is open! Located at 1727 Park Avenue in Lafayette Square, Square One is offering indoor & outdoor seating.  Thee are also continuing with call-in or online ordering for curbside pickup.  They now have canned beer and cocktails to go and are open for brunch on both Saturday & Sunday, starting at 10am.

Morgan Street Brewery is also back open. They are operating with the CDC recommendations in place. Seating will offer limited seating, with six feet of table separation. Both the café and patio will be open! They will offer single-use menus, and the staff will be dawning the new fashion: Masks and gloves!

What’s on tap?

In this climate where it feels like pigs are flying, they have just the beer for you, “When Helles Freezes Over”! This new Munich Helles is a flavorful summer lager to help put your cares behind you and make “normalcy” seem like a thing! They’ve also excited to roll out, “Essentials,” a new American Pale Ale, in addition to their gateway Honey Wheat craft-beer, and their award-winning Golden Pilsners, along with some of our Brewmaster’s favorites! Both Honey Wheat and American Pale are available in cans to-go.

Time To Change It up

… a staple in my beer fridge is 4 Hands Brewing‘s Scale of Complexity. I love this beer more than I love my children. Last fall, I got to sit down with Kevin Lemp, owner of the brewery and I got to break the news, that Lemp and his brewers were going to mess with my fav, by changing the hops they use in the recipe every few months. Well, it’s time.

This batch was brewed with experimental hops HBC 344, HBC 522, and HBC 692. The result is a hazy IPA with layers of grapefruit, mango, and peach. Scale of Complexity Experimental Hops is now available!

When Bourbon And Beer Come Together

… Mark your calendar friends. The date is June 3. Stubborn German Brewing Company is a big lover of bourbon, and they are planning a virtual whiskey sampling that night at 7 p.m. via Zoom. You’ll get 8 whiskey samples and the cost is $33. Here’s how it works.

  • Visit the Stubborn German’s Facebook Page and send them a message that you’re interested.
  • They’ll confirm you’re on the list. When they do, you’ll need to make a visit to the brewery to pick up your samples. You can do this between May 27 and May 31.

On June 3, you’ll join the call and taste through the samples. Owner Chris Rahn set up a fine list of distinguished guests like Jackie Zycan from Old Forester, Wes Henderson, founder of Angel’s Envy, and Dr. Pat Heist of Wilderness Trail joining us via Zoom. Spots are limited!

Show Me A Good Time Raffle

… Missing your favorite brewery? They are missing you, too. To help give us all something to look forward to as the Show-Me state begins to slowly open back up again, more than 25 Missouri craft breweries, retailers and suppliers contributed some amazing raffle items including limited edition brewery swag, homebrewing gear, private brewery tours, and tasting packages, and much more. The raffle is being conducted by the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild.

​Tickets will be sold through Sunday, May 24, and can be purchased online. The winners will be announced on Monday, May 25 via email and/or phone call as well as on social media.

Curb Side Update

Just about every brewery is doing curbside pick-up while the work to get themselves open. Here are a few reminders about who is doing what.

The Brew Hub, located at 5656 Oakland Avenue has a bunch of new beers available for pick up for your holiday weekend.

… Your friends at 2nd Shift, busted their butts this week getting the brewery back up to capacity brewing and packaging and now have three fan favorites ready for online ordering and curbside pickup.

… That’s it for now. Hope you found this informative.

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