The coveted, hard to find beers are not always the ones that taste the best but they do draw a lot of attention. St. Louis has their fair share of unique and rare brews and they range in style from the blended to the bold. What really becomes interesting is how you can actually get your hands on these beers and the prices that customers are willing the pay. Here’s a small but ample sample of the limited edition beer that Saint Louis has to offer.
Perennial Barrel-Aged Abraxas – This imperial aged stout sits in Rittenhouse Rye barrels for a whole year with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks. It’s brewed to have a lingering roastiness but up front it’s filled with exciting flavors to enliven your palate.
4 Hands Brewing Company Cuvee Diable – Another delicious limited release that makes it’s annual debut in the spring. This Saison/Farmhouse Ale has some spice behind it but what gives it it’s unique character and funk is the wild yeast, it’s aging process in wine barrels and tart cherry flavor.
Side Project Pulling Nails – Side project is known for some very interesting beer – so why not blend it with a few more to make an utterly impossible to recreate and funky beer for St. Louisans to pine over. In 2014 it featured a mix of Spontaneous Wild (Lambic-style, native microflora from my family’s farm) – aged 25 months in French Oak White Wine (bright citric acid, mushroomy, musty), Flanders Red – aged 18 months in American Oak Chambourcin Barrels (tart candy, robust oak, big acid, very light acetic, Saison du Fermier – aged 9 months in American Oak Chardonnay Barrels (citrus and orchard fruit, billowy, delicate), and Saison de Rouge – aged 6 months in American Oak Chambourcin Barrels (Amarillo hopped, pear notes, 100% house Brett).