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StL Area beer tripping
« on: December 23, 2021, 04:32:59 PM »
Trying to do a few beer stops today. Starting with Stubborn German.

Downtown Waterloo is old time-y looking but seemingly empty. A cool bar, a bbq joint, old school pharmacy, one shop, a park, and this brewpub

The pub is well decorated, has a cool cellar space, and very inviting. No food and lots of bourbon.

I have a flight: 5 German style beers and their 12% blueberry coffee imperial stout.

The lagers are well lagered but I’m not fan of the hopping. Not sure why these Saaz hops taste so different to me. The Dark Lager for some reason has diacetyl but everything else is well made.

The big stout is for the modern day fans but still works for me.

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2021, 05:05:46 PM »
Maybe they're Americanized Saaz?
https://hopheadfarms.com/classic-noble-hop-with-an-alpha-kick/

What's next on the itinerary? :popcorn:

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2021, 05:08:58 PM »
Maybe they're Americanized Saaz?
https://hopheadfarms.com/classic-noble-hop-with-an-alpha-kick/

What's next on the itinerary? :popcorn:
I should have mentioned that around the corner is another brewpub 😁.

Hopskeller. Just got a sampler and a Chicago style dog. Will update as soon as try them.

Sad to hear about these Americanized Saaz hop. To me, the basic lager was very lemon, which is not what I typically associate with Saaz. But, I could also be very out of practice recognizing hop flavors.

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2021, 05:22:27 PM »
When you have a hard time telling apart a lager from an ale, it’s not a good sign. A local warned me this place isn’t worth it. He was right. Nothing is off but everything is thick and syrupy for the style. They made a spruce and juniper beer but I can only taste sweet sugars. The London Lager (is this an actual historic thing??) and marzen are so underattenuated compared to what I just drank. At least the English brown tastes like a brown ale with American yeast and too much malt sweetness.

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2021, 05:23:57 PM »
I’ve never waited so long to be served a hot dog.

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2021, 05:29:19 PM »
When you have a hard time telling apart a lager from an ale, it’s not a good sign. A local warned me this place isn’t worth it. He was right. Nothing is off but everything is thick and syrupy for the style. They made a spruce and juniper beer but I can only taste sweet sugars. The London Lager (is this an actual historic thing??) and marzen are so underattenuated compared to what I just drank. At least the English brown tastes like a brown ale with American yeast and too much malt sweetness.

Probably just a clone of this:
https://www.meantimebrewing.com/beers/core-beers/london-lager/

Bleh on the beers. Hope the hotdog is better! :pickle:

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2021, 05:34:14 PM »
You're about 20 min from Lieferbrau which actually looks decent.

https://goo.gl/maps/Txhc49YebGCHYfGW8

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Millpond was the good one:
https://goo.gl/maps/zh11YUGs9JSGRsrQ9
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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2021, 06:58:50 PM »
Just left Millpond, decent.

Going to Heavy Riff in StL.

The hotdog was shit. Not the shit but just shitty. Fuck that place.

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2021, 08:44:20 PM »
Finishing off at an old standard. Going to Schlafly.

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2021, 10:01:36 PM »
Civil Life, Urban Chestnut, 2nd Shift, Perennial, Side Project would be my top beer picks for St. Louis. Eat pizza at Union Loafers, that's the most important thing to do in that town. 
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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2021, 11:32:39 PM »
Civil Life, Urban Chestnut, 2nd Shift, Perennial, Side Project would be my top beer picks for St. Louis. Eat pizza at Union Loafers, that's the most important thing to do in that town.
My in laws are in StL, so I have done most of the beer things here. The new visits today were in Illinois. I agree with the beer spots you mention. But as an NY’er, I can definitely say that there is no worthwhile pizza around here  :P

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2021, 12:35:34 AM »
Just left Millpond, decent.

Going to Heavy Riff in StL.

The hotdog was shit. Not the shit but just shitty. Fuck that place.

Millpond contract brews for other startups? Sounds like Pilot Project here. “Brewery incubator” model.

Let’s just say i’ve never had a decent “Chicago-style” anything in central IL. There’s great food here and there, but so much crap also.

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2021, 11:37:44 AM »
Millpond contract brews for other startups?
They brew homebrew recipes.

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2021, 11:39:31 AM »
This was my second time visiting Heavy Riff and its a pretty decent brewery. I'd add it to the recommendation for breweries in the town.

Schlafly was great, it was nice to be at a place that had a normal selection of styles and no lactose in sight.

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2021, 05:08:50 PM »
Civil Life, Urban Chestnut, 2nd Shift, Perennial, Side Project would be my top beer picks for St. Louis. Eat pizza at Union Loafers, that's the most important thing to do in that town.
My in laws are in StL, so I have done most of the beer things here. The new visits today were in Illinois. I agree with the beer spots you mention. But as an NY’er, I can definitely say that there is no worthwhile pizza around here  :P

 :rolleyes:

This isn't provel bullshit



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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #15 on: December 25, 2021, 06:20:00 PM »
Dayum :drool:

The only pizza i’ve had in STL was Cugino’s, sadly it was provel :bs:

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2021, 03:34:07 PM »
Update? :popcorn:

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2022, 01:02:35 PM »
Update? :popcorn:
oh, that was it. Had one day of beering. But... new post in different region.

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2022, 01:11:31 PM »
:kickrock:

So you're beer tripping elsewhere now? :popcorn:

TIL: There's a Höfbrau outside of East Saint Louis, huh.

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2022, 09:18:59 PM »
:kickrock:

So you're beer tripping elsewhere now? :popcorn:

TIL: There's a Höfbrau outside of East Saint Louis, huh.
I’ve been to that spot. The beer is really amazing and the location is surprising. Perhaps planning for the future.

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2022, 10:47:35 AM »
There are a lot of breweries in the region, just saw this one in Collinsville: Old Herald. Sounds like it was named after a newspaper. :mellow: Basic styles, but could be good, who knows.

https://www.oldheraldbrewing.com/menus/

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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2022, 12:21:31 AM »
There are a lot of breweries in the region, just saw this one in Collinsville: Old Herald. Sounds like it was named after a newspaper. :mellow: Basic styles, but could be good, who knows.

https://www.oldheraldbrewing.com/menus/
There are a good deal of breweries outside of StL County I haven't visited yet.  TBH, I really want to go back to Stubborn German.

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Re: StL Area beer tripping
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2022, 09:43:59 AM »
There are a lot of breweries in the region, just saw this one in Collinsville: Old Herald. Sounds like it was named after a newspaper. :mellow: Basic styles, but could be good, who knows.

https://www.oldheraldbrewing.com/menus/
There are a good deal of breweries outside of StL County I haven't visited yet.  TBH, I really want to go back to Stubborn German.

Many years ago I went to maybe the worst brewery i've ever been to. It was north of STL, "Grafton Winery & Brewhaus". They had "light", "dark", and a blend of the two: "brown". Total junk. They serve their beers a week after brewing, not sure how that works. Recent reviews also mention they have dirty draft lines. So don't waste your time on that one... ;)

Old Bakery in Alton is pretty good, i've only had their packaged beer and fest samples though.