The Beertender: What to Drink This Fall
(Don't forget that STL Hops posts beer lists for quite a few local establishments.)
Ayinger Weizenbock (Brauerei Aying, Germany): Long considered one of the greats, Ayinger makes definitive German beers, so anything new from them should be snapped up immediately. Ayinger has brewed a rare style of beer that combines the fruity refreshment of a traditional weissbier with the malty, warming heft of a bock. Super drinkable. Look for the 17-ounce bottle with the happy goat on the label.
Schlafly Hop Harvest (The Saint Louis Brewery, St. Louis): This year, many American breweries are putting out pale ales that have been hopped with fresh, whole-leaf hops straight from the fields. (After the hop shortage of a few years ago, I guess they're all going a little crazy.) What this practice does is imbue the beer with a greener, grassier, stinkier hop character that is just about the freshest-tasting beer experience you can have. Look for beers labeled Fresh Hop, Wet Hop or Hop Harvest from any local craft brewery or from nationals like Sierra Nevada. Schlafly's version is all citrusy and peachy and absolutely delicious. Draught only.