Draft Pick: 2nd Shift's "iBallz" -- Brewed Special for the World Cup -- Delivers Big Flavor

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Richard Haegele
Catching a match a iTap CWE
Welcome to "Draft Pick," a column by Gut Check contributor and craft-beer aficionado Richard Haegele. Periodically, Richard will profile the most exciting new draft being poured in St. Louis, how it was made and where you can find it.

2nd Shift Brewing certainly knows a thing or two about hops, as evidenced by the fantastic India pale ales they make like "Art of Neurosis," "Brew Cocky," and "Ratsalad." So when the folks at the International Tap House (16 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-4827) wanted a hoppy brew to serve during World Cup matches, they tapped the brewery to make them an exclusive beer. The caveat: it had to be sessionable, or low-ABV, so that patrons could drink plenty of it during the games.

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Draft Pick: Bell's "Oberon" is a Glass of Sunshine

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Richard Haegele
Sunshine In A Glass

Welcome to "Draft Pick," a column by Gut Check contributor and craft-beer aficionado Richard Haegele. Each week, Richard will profile the most exciting new draft being poured in St. Louis, how it was made and where you can find it.

At last spring has arrived, bringing song birds, new buds on plants, and those nasty marshmallow "Peeps." But here at Gut Check, we know it's officially spring when Bell's Brewery releases it's acclaimed wheat ale -- "Oberon."

Even though it's technically their summer seasonal, Bell's releases "Oberon" in late March each year to much fanfare. Some bars even celebrated by tapping the beer at midnight on release day (March 24th this year).

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Draft Pick: Perennial's "17" Mint Chocolate Stout

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Richard Haegele
Perennial's 17

Welcome to "Draft Pick," a column by Gut Check contributor and craft-beer aficionado Richard Haegele. Each week, Richard will profile the most exciting new draft being poured in St. Louis, how it was made and where you can find it.

Washing down Thin Mints with a hearty stout is all well and good, but what if somebody could save you a step and and brew a beer that captured the taste of that winning combination? It just so happens that Perennial Artisan Ales (8125 Michigan Avenue; 314-631-7300) brews such a beer, simply called "17." Released around St. Patrick's Day each year (hence the name), "17" is a stout aged on cacao nibs and dried peppermint leaves.

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Draft Pick: 4 Hands' Releases "Cuvee Diable," the Devilish Sister of "Cuvee Ange"

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Justin L. Phillips
Cuvee Diable by 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Welcome to "Draft Pick," a column by Gut Check contributor and craft-beer aficionado Richard Haegele. Each week, Richard will profile the most exciting new draft being poured in St. Louis, how it was made and where you can find it.

Once thought of as a dying style, saisons have enjoyed a bit of a resurgence in recent years. The style, which gets its name from the French word for "season," originates from the French-speaking farms of southern Belgium, where these farmhouse ales were brewed in the cooler months and served to seasonal workers in the warmer months.

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Draft Pick: Square One's "Ochofabuloso" is a Hop Head's Dream

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       The outdoor bar at Square One. | Richard Haegele

Welcome to "Draft Pick," a column by Gut Check contributor and craft-beer aficionado Richard Haegele. Each week, Richard will profile the most exciting new draft being poured in St. Louis, how it was made and where you can find it.

In February of 2006, Square One Brewery (1727 Park Avenue; 314-231-2537) (the distillery would come later) opened its doors at the corner of 18th and Park in a historic building that has been a bar or restaurant since 1883. They only produce beer for on-site consumption at their bar and dining room, so you won't find them anywhere else around town except for an occasional beer festival.

To celebrate their eighth anniversary, Square One recently put on a small party and brewed up a special beer they named "Ochofabuloso." Never ones to turn down a party, Gut Check scooted on down to Square One to try the beers and ask what's up with these crazy names.

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Draft Pick: Schlafly's Milk Chocolate Stout

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Schlafly Milk Chocolate Stout | Richard Haegele

Welcome to "Draft Pick," a column by Gut Check contributor and craft-beer aficionado Richard Haegele. Each week, Richard will profile the most exciting new draft being poured in St. Louis, how it was made and where you can find it.

Initially touted as nutritious beer in the early 20th Century, milk stouts are brewed with lactose -- a milk sugar. Yeast generally loves sugar, which drives fermentation, but it doesn't particularly care for lactose. As a result, the lactose makes it into the final product, and imparts sweetness and creaminess to the beer.

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Draft Pick: Perennial's IPA #8

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       The Ocho. | Richard Haegele

Welcome to "Draft Pick," a column by Gut Check contributor and craft-beer aficionado Richard Haegele. Each week, Richard will profile the most exciting new draft being poured in St. Louis, how it was made and where you can find it.

Oh, IPA is IPA, and Brett beer (fermented with Brettanomyces yeast) is Brett beer, and never the twain shall meet. Usually.

A small but growing number of breweries, however, have been making IPAs fermented exclusively with strains of the Brettanomyces, a wild yeast typically associated with Belgian styles like lambics and saisons. Perennial Artisan Ales (8125 Michigan Avenue; 314-631-7300) recently tackled the style with the latest entry into its IPA series, IPA #8.

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