|Brewery: Narrow Gauge|
|Location: Florissant, MO|
|Name of Beer: To The Yard|
|Beer Style: IPA|
Our Thoughts: Hopefully by now you've recovered from your Thanksgiving food-induced coma and are ready for more excellent news from Narrow Gauge. They are canning To The Yard, an IPA brewed with lactose and vanilla. While in the past they've released a peach and pink guava variant of To The Yard, this looks to be a classic "milkshake" IPA without the addition of fruit. This beer style has skyrocketed in popularity due to it's level of intense and juicy hop flavors with minimal bitterness. This style is right in Narrow Gauge's wheelhouse, and having been lucky enough to sample the peach and pink guava versions, we have no doubt this will be nothing less than stellar. Follow their social media feeds for release details.
|Location: Weston, MO|
|Name of Beer: Father Mescan|
|Beer Style: Bog Myrtle Ale|
Our Thoughts: In Medieval Europe, before hops were commonly used in beer, a mixture called gruit was used. This tended to be a proprietary blend of herbs that produced unique flavors and added bitterness to balance the beer. One of the most ubiquitous herbs used was bog myrtle. While having many other uses, including an insect repellant, a sedative and an expectorant, in beer it brings an astringent and resinous hop flavor and can also be use as a partial hop substitute. Weston has chosen to use it in their new Father Mescan bog myrtle ale. We're glad to see Weston hasn't forgotten the long and storied history of beer and is bringing a piece of the past back to life. If you see this on shelves, be sure to grab a bottle and see what beer was like 600 years ago.
|Brewery: Public House|
|Location: St. James, MO|
|Name of Beer: Sticke It Up Your Alt|
|Beer Style: German-Style Lager|
Our Thoughts: It look like Public House is bringing a bit of Old World German beer to St. Louis. Originating in the German city of Dusseldorf, the altbier ("old beer" in German) is a somewhat unique brew. Typically amber to dark brown in color, they strike a good balance between hops and malt flavors with a dry finish. However, they are top fermented like ales but undergo a period of lagering which helps to round out the beer. "Sticke" is a stronger version of altbier, with higher alcohol and a bit more assertive flavors than the traditional style. Public House are no strangers to brewing German styles (and brewing them well), so grabbing a six pack of this should be a no-brainer.