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St. Louis beer tour, Part 3: Six Row Brewing Company

January 20, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Favorite Bars, Travelin'

After a great visit to the Schlafly Tap Room and an unsuccessful detour to the Morgan Street Brewery — as detailed in Part 1 and Part 2 of my St. Louis beer tour series — it was a new day, and time to find another brewery.

Read all entries from the St. Louis beer tour:
Part 1: Schlafly Tap Room || Part 2: Morgan Street fail(s), and a decent Downtown sports bar || Part 3: Six Row Brewing Company || Part 4: Straub’s (Bringing home some beer) || Part 5: Anheuser-Busch

Six Row Brewing Company - St. Louis

Six Row Brewing Company in St. Louis

One of the best things about visiting St. Louis? The museums in town — from the Saint Louis Art Museum, to the Science Center, to the Zoo — are all free and have some excellent exhibits. (The penguins at the zoo, for example, are not to be missed. Just don’t get too close or they will splash you and soak you to the bone. Trust me on that.)

Well, after a long (and wet) day of museum hopping, it was time for a few cold ones. We headed to Six Row Brewing Company, 3690 Forest Park Ave. in Midtown, just off the campus of St. Louis University.

Located on the grounds of a former Falstaff Brewery, Six Row is an intimate and friendly neighborhood bar that just happens to brew some great craft beer on site.

The building occupied by Six Row dates back to 1910 and housed the administrative offices and reception center for the original Falstaff plant in St. Louis.

Six Row Brewing Company sampler

Get the sampler at Six Row and try 'em all.

When we arrived, a few guys were throwing darts. A few people were at the bar. It was quiet, laid-back and inviting.

So what to drink? I decided to try ’em all.

For $7, you can get sampler of all six beers on tap at Six Row. Samplers are a great way to taste the different styles of beer at any brewpub.

Here’s a quick review of the Six Row offerings:

Kolsch (ABV: 4.6%; 27.1 IBUs): This German-style beer, an ale-lager hybrid, is very light-bodied with a crisp hop bitterness.

Whale (ABV: 5.0%; 31.4 IBUs): Ten malts (yes, 10 malts!) go into this interesting wheat ale-pale ale hybrid, that’s pale copper in color and leaves you with a bitterness on the back of the tongue that lingers.

Double IPA (ABV: 8.4%; 68 IBUs): The strongest of the beers I tried at Six Row, almost two pounds of hops go into each barrel of the Double IPA. The hops add both piny and citrus characteristics to this unfiltered brew.

Six Row Brewing Company brewing equipment

The copper mash tun and brew kettle at Six Row

Porter (ABV: 5.2%; 36.7 IBUs): Chocolaty,  sweet and malty all describe this tasty, strong porter.

Honey Weizen (ABV: 5.2%; 17.5 IBUs): Brewed with honey from Florissant, Missouri, this drinkable wheat beer is not overpowering in its sweetness, which is balanced by Saaz hops.

Belgian Dubbel (ABV: 7%; 22 IBUs): I’m not a huge fan of Belgian beers, but I enjoyed this malty brew, with hints of caramel and fruit flavors.

The food at Six Row is simple, but tasty: sandwiches, soups and salads. I ordered the Steamy Roast Beef & Cheddar, which came with locally-made chips from the Billy Goat Chip Company. I paired that with a porter, which made for a great meal.

Coming next week: In Part 4 of the St. Louis beer tour, I hit the grocery store in search of beers I’ve never tasted.

There’s good beer in Nashville grocery stores

November 16, 2010 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Travelin'

Beers bought at Harris Teeter

Just a portion of my haul from Nashville.

If you’re a Memphian who loves beer and you’re ever in Nashville, check out the selection of craft brews in Nashville grocery stores.

When I was there last week on a work trip, I took a side trip to the Harris Teeter grocery at 2201 21st Avenue South near Vanderbilt.

My friend Brad had recommended Harris Teeter as a good place for beer, and it was a total score. I snagged lots of beer you can’t readily find on Memphis shelves.

Here’s what I brought home for me and my fellow FuzzyBrewers:

• four 6-packs of Sweetwater IPA. (For some reason, I can’t find Atlanta’s Sweetwater beer anywhere in Memphis. The IPA is like an explosion of grapefruit. It’s amazing.)

• one 6-pack of Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale.

• one 6-pack of Yuengling Porter. (Since Yuengling is headed to Memphis, I thought I should try more of Yuengling’s offerings. In Memphis, we can only get the Lager and the Black & Tan. I’d still like to try the Lord Chesterfield Ale.)

• one 6-pack of Starr Hill‘s Dark Starr Stout. (Starr Hill is a brewery in Charlottesville, Va., and I totally bought the beer after seeing the Grateful Dead-inspired label. But it’s quite tasty.)

• one 6-pack of Star Hill’s Festie, which is an Oktoberfest lager.

• one 6-pack of Fort Collins Brewery‘s Rocky Mountain IPA. (In Memphis, you can get tons of Fort Collins beer from New Belgium Brewing, i.e., Fat Tire, but not from the Fort Collins Brewery.)

More later from those of us at FuzzyBrew on what we thought about some of these beers.

Kill the keg for charity at Mellow Mushroom in Germantown

October 19, 2010 By: mike Category: Events, Memphis

If you’re planning on getting a pint after work today, you might stop by the Mellow Mushroom in Germantown.

The ‘Shroom, at 9155 Highway 72, will be hosting its monthly “Kill the Keg” event for charity.

For $7, you buy a Sierra Nevada keepsake glass. And from 5 to 7 p.m., you get free refills of Sierra Nevada Porter, one of the Chico, Calif., brewery’s year-round ales. Proceeds benefit the Memphis Police Association.

Sounds like an excellent deal, and it’s for a good cause. So help kill the keg.