So i rewent down to st. louis... had some family taking the trip and decided to tag along... jen and josh.
Not having a car in that city is tough.
So. More bailey's... revisited the american and tried the southern... both good, but i can't quit the american.
After that, i went to the comic show down there and jen and josh did 4 hands and perennial... as i had done them before i was curious to see what their impressions of the two places would be and their consensus was interesting.
Perennial had interesting mashups of style versus innovation, whereas 4 hands had great technical style for the styles being executed... if they called it a ipa, it didn't stray from being an ipa... milk stout was a milk stout.
The comic show down there was a bust, crapulent dealers room meets no major comic sponsors meets lame panels... i forget how spoiled i am here in chicago. Shit's like the auto show here, everyone in attendance and dressed to the nines.
So three hours later i met back up with them and tried square one brewing and scottish arms.
Square one was... just okay, but the neighborhood was cool and shops around it were cool. The beers there were sort of lack luster... there was a brown with maple syrup added... not to the boil, not to the secondary... to the keg. Everything was sweet, all their beers had a sweet quality which was sorta off putting, some styles were executed okay, but nothing was really a blowaway good.
After that... scottish arms.
Great bar, great food, kickass service... totally recommended.
Skirt steak for me, haggis, fish and chips, bangers and mash... and a scottish egg.
Had a fullers esb on handpull... so clean, so good.
Josh made reservations for this place and i thought that was fecicious, until i had their food. It's in your best interest to call ahead to make reservations. Seriously.
Oh and as a nightcap... we went to civil life.
Civil life was great. Kinda homebrewy beer, but good in a homebrewy way... one of those places that's got a new system and is still getting the hang of it... but the vibe there and the people are what sells this place...
Outside tables are long and there's a couple of windows to order beer from without having to go back inside from the outside. Clutch...
Dart Stube. Clutch.
Upstairs seating, along with a upper area with books for overlooking the brewery and contemplating beer whilst overviewing the domain. Really clutch. Great place for locals and outsiders.
I had the scottish ale, porter on cask and the vienna and all were clean and good. Decided this was the place to buy swag at... soccer shirts for 10 bucks more than their t's. Saved me from buying the schafly hockey jersey the next day.
My traveling companions started to wain in the sense that we started at 7 am and it was 9 pm. So i called it a night.
Stayed at the hyatt by the arch again... cheap priceline, but not as cheap as last time. The weather was nice, 51 was the high... the next day was the snow day...
So snow day...
Started round 10ish... Rooster. Again. (the nice part about going to a place and enjoying food spots the first time is you seem like an expert the next time you go with folks that haven't been.)
Crepes and French toast later... off to schafly. Did 2 tasters, beers were clean, but too cold right off. So as said walked around the bars and the upstairs and let things warm up.
The place is really huge, so if you go, wander with your pint. It's worth your time.
After that... Hopfenfest over at urban chestnut... and a really great presentation with a german hops grower. Got to try three different hops i hadn't had before... the seitz hops were awesome. terrior was tasty and i can think of things to work with it. Really great beer tasting... 5 tickets and a bottle ticket. you got 6 oz samples of 5 beers, a glass, a bottle of the seitz family hop farm beer, limited to 1500 bottles and some pub special food. bratwurst and weisswurst that was really tasty... spent a while lingering didn't realize pappy's closed at 4... wicked burn...
tried their imperial stout again and the booziness that i had experienced last time was SO gone, super balanced and damn tasty... after that... it was a fuckaround with traffic and weather... and things closed on sunday so back to the hotel... first time i've gotten rest on a vacation before.
Early start and morning shooting.
Meetup with jen and josh for a quick stop at perennial. josh had questions for stuff with phil and i was just extra baggage. Phil Wymore is a generous and awesome human, a good person to know in any situation, but imperative to know in the STL beer scene. He beered us up hard. with takehome stuffs.
Counted around 30ish people in the ditch on the way back up 55 to home... but a good short long run to the stl yet again.
i'll edit pics into this post...
but for now that's the two cents...
dunno if i'll have a next one before tt fest... but one can hope