The beer

The breweries:

Several of the finest microbrews in Illinois and Missouri will be in attendance at the Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest to personally give you samples of their beers, as well as answer questions and share in the love of good beer!

Big Muddy Brewing, Murphysboro, IL

Brewmaster Chuck Stuhrenburg, a long-time homebrewer, opened Murphysboro’s first production brewery since 1940 in 2009. Although Big Muddy’s first beer, “Kinkaid Wheat,” was initially only offered in a few locations on draft in the town, Stuhrenburg soon began bottling and expanded his distribution on draft and in retail outlets across southern Illinois. The second Big Muddy beer, Saluki Dunkel Dog, became a fast-favorite in the home of Southern Illinois University.

 

Von Jakob Brewery, Alto Pass, IL

As Von Jakob Vineyard, Paul and Rhoda Jacobs have brought exceptional wines to the Southern Illinois area and beyond for over 15 years. They recently introducedVon Jakob Brewery, complete with hand-crafted brews, made exclusively at their Orchard location in Alto Pass, Illinois.

Offering eight styles of beer ranging from a crisp, clean, lightly-hopped American Pilsner to a rich, dark Stout, you are sure to find a beer that delights your palate.

 

Cathedral Square Brewery, St. Louis, MO

Continuing the long tradition of brewing in St. Louis, Cathedral Square is the most recent production-only brewery to sprout up in what has long been known as the nation’s “beer capitol.” Brewmaster Brian Neville brings 15 years of professional experience to the table in producing a number of unique Belgian-style varieties, including their White Ale, Abbey Ale, Iglesia Agave Ale, and Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA. Cathedral Square can be found on tap and in bottles in locations across St. Louis, the Metro-East area and southern Illinois.

 

Charleville Microbrewery, St. Charles, MO

Located in the western part of Ste. Genevieve county, family owned and operated Charleville Vineyards is also home to a bed and breakfast, as well as one of the fasest growing microbreweries in Southeastern Missouri. They currently offer nine styles of ales, lagers and seasonal beers at their own location, as well as on draft and in retail outlets.

 

O’Fallon Brewery, O’Fallon, MO

Founded in January 2000 by Fran and Tony Caradonna, the O’Fallon Brewery is a small manufacturing brewery located in St. Charles County, just north and west of St. Louis, Missouri.

Their 15-barrel brewhouse in O’Fallon produces small batches of beer that take about two weeks from brew-day to packaging-day. All of their draft beer in O’Fallon, hand-filling each keg. In addition they have a second brewers permit for a facility in Wisconsin where we are licensed to share the 100-barrel brewhouse and high-speed bottling line at Stevens Point Brewery.

O’Fallon has become famous in the St. Louis are for many of their beers, including their Hemp Hop Rye, 5-Day IPA, Gold, Smoked Porter, and the seasonal Wheach.

 

Schlafly, St. Louis, MO

The Saint Louis Brewery, Inc. was incorporated in 1989 with the Schlafly Tap Room opening in downtown St. Louis in 1991. The goal of founders Tom Schlafly and Dan Kopman at the time was to produce good, local, microbrewed beer for sale in the St. Louis area. Their Maplewood bottleworks opened in 2003. Today, they are the largest American-owned brewery in St. Louis, producing more than 40 different kinds of beer a year, many of which are available year-round and seasonally, on tap and in bottles across the Missouri-Illinois area.

 

Half Acre, Chicago, IL

Half Acre Beer Co. is a brewing company in the Northcenter neighborhood of Chicago, IL that began in 2007. They brew small batch beers, and have been brewing at their current facility since 2009, where they have a store and tasting area where beer can be sampled and sold to go in all package styles.

Beers they will be pouring at the BMMBF include Daisy Cutter, an American west coast Pale Ale; Gossamer, a Golden Ale; and Over Ale, a brown beer brewed with six varieties of malted barley and balanced with three generous hop additions.

 

Kirkwood Station, Kirkwood, MO

Formerly known as Highlands Brewing, Kirkwood Station is located in Kirkwood, MO and was named after the historic Meramec Highlands Resort, once located on the bluffs over the Meramec River.

Beers Kirkwood station will be pouring at the fest include Blackberry Wheat, is an easy drinking, slightly sweet beer with a crisp clean flavor; their year-round flagship IPA, and Pumpkin Ale, which was named best pumpkin beer at the 2010 Augusta beer fest.

 

Buffalo Brewing, St. Louis, MO

Buffalo Brewing is a brew pub located in the heart of Midtown St. Louis, with a restaurant offering contemporary American cuisine with a twist in a charming atmosphere.

They will bring to the fest their Rye IPA and their Chili Beer, brewed with highly modified premium American Barley, wheat and imported hops with a light flavor and subtle spiciness.

 

Rolling Meadows, Springfield, IL

Rolling Meadows is one of Illinois’ newest production-only breweries. Located in Springfield, IL, they use organic growing techniques to grow their own hops, barley, wheat and other fresh grown elements.

Their beers include Lincoln’s Lager, a smooth dark lager; Abe’s Ale, a maple syrup brown ale; and Springfield Wheat, which boarders on an imperial hefeweizen.

 

Crown Valley Brewery, Ste. Genevieve, MO

Crown Valley is a winery, brewery and distillery located in the rolling hills of Ste. Genevieve, MO. They currently produce more that 10 different beer styles — including their Big Bison Ale, Worktruck Wheat, and Antique Amber Ale — in their state of the art 15 bbl microbrewery. Crown Valley beer is available at their brewing location, as well as in liquor stores across the country.

 

 

The Beers

There’ll be plenty of other breweries from around the country represented at the fest. Here’s the confirmed list of beers we’ll have to sample. In addition, we will also feature tba selections from Avery, Lagunitas, Wild Onion and Flossmoor Station.

Sam Adams

Wee Heavy To achieve the dark and slightly sweet flavor for this brew, a variety of malts is used, including a peat smoked malt only found in Scotland that is the signature ingredient of their scotch whiskies. These malt flavors are developed as the beer goes through a long cold aging, different from most ales. With a low hop bitterness the resulting beer is a big, complex, and warming. The beer will also develop with age as the flavors deepen and soften. 10 ABV

Imperial White Brewed with malted wheat and large quantities of two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, this beer has a bigger body and mouth feel than a traditional witbier. 10.3 ABV

Pumpkin is brewed with over 11 pounds of real pumpkin per barrel, adding a full body and sweetness to this dark reddish amber brew. Deep roasted malts, including a smoked malt, lend a distinct roasted character while traditional pumpkin pie spices give the beer a subtle spice note. 5.7 ABV

Double Bock Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, and Caramel 60 are used to obtain that gorgeous mahogany color and intense flavor. The malt character is balanced with a subtle piney, citrus hop note from the Tettnang Tettnanger and Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops. The beer is aged for over 4 weeks to allow all of those intense flavors to develop and mature. 9.5 ABV

Latitude 48 IPA is a unique IPA brewed with a select blend of hops from top German, English, and American growing regions all located close to the 48th latitude within the “hop belt” of the Northern Hemisphere. The combination of hops in this beer creates a distinctive but not overpowering hop character. The beer is dry hopped with Ahtanum, Simcoe, and East Kent Goldings hops for a powerful citrus and earthy aroma. The hop character is balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the malt blend. 5.8 ABV

 

Anchor

Humming Ale An American Pale using Nelson Sauvin hops, a new, high alpha varietal from New Zealand with bold, fruit notes that’s typically used aggressively and certainly is here. A medium bodied ale, with lots of bitterness upfront and a sweetish finish that’s surprisingly clean without being too dry. 5.9 ABV

Old Foghorn is based on traditional English barley wines and brewed strictly according to traditional brewing methods, using only natural ingredients — water, malted barley, fresh whole hops, and yeast. It’s highly hopped, using only Cascade hops and fermented with a true top-fermenting ale yeast. Carbonation is produced by an entirely natural process called “bunging,” which produces champagne-like bubbles. This barleywine ale is dry-hopped with additional Cascade hops while it ages in our cellars. 8-10 ABV

Anchor Steam San Fransisco’s classic of American brewing tradition since 1896, is virtually handmade, with an exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing. The deep amber color, thick creamy head, and rich flavor all testify to their traditional brewing methods. 4.9 ABV

 

Bells

Best Brown Ale A smooth, toasty brown ale. With hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops. 5.8 ABV

Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of Bell’s house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale. 7 ABV

Oarsman Designed as a flavorful session beer, Oarsman Ale uses a classic German brewing technique to impart a light, refreshing tartness. The grain bill includes a healthy portion of wheat, while light hopping lend citrus and herbal notes to the aroma. 4 ABV

Kalmazoo Stout offers a blend of dark chocolate and coffee flavors with just a hint of brewer’s licorice. It balances a significant hop presence against the roast malt body. 6.0 ABV

 

Southern Tier

Crème Brulee This creamy imperial milk stout is brewed with 2-row pale malt, dark caramel malt, vanilla bean, and lactose sugar, as well as Columbus kettle hops and horizon aroma hops. 9.6 ABV

Phin & Matt vast amounts of whole hops, the finest malted barley North America has to offer, and crystal-filtered artesian water. Thus creating this classic American style pale ale. 5.5 ABV

422 Pale Wheat Ale Preserved in its unfiltered state, 422 is a session ale in which flavors of wheat, barley and hops commingle to a refreshing and zesty conclusion. Hints of orange and sweet malts waft to the fore as a touch of bitterness contributes to a smooth finish. 5.8 ABV

Gemini Well-balanced blend of brewers’ Hoppe Imperial Extra Pale Ale with Un-Earthly Imperial IPA contrasts sharp dry-wooded grapefruit-peeled bitterness against sugary caramel malting and vibrant pear-peach-apple-pineapple-mango-cherry fruiting. Slight alcohol burn and piquant black currant souring backend splendid nickel-hued medium-bodied Double IPA. 9.0 ABV

2XIPA Not quite an imperial, but certainly not a standard India Pale Ale. This double IPA is a hop lovers’ dream. Citrusy and clean with an incredible finish. 8.3 ABV

 

Founders

Dirty Bastard Dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. 8.5 ABV

Centennial IPA Relish the citrus accents from the abundance of dry-hopping. This one’s sweet, yet balanced. Malty undertones shake hands with the hop character for a finish that never turns too bitter. 7.2 ABV

Red Rye Ale Serious hop bitterness, along with an unyielding grapefruit bouquet from the Amarillo dry-hop, balances the malty richness of four varieties of imported Belgian caramel malts. Pours a spectacular crimson with a creamy tan head. A generous addition of rye malt accentuates a spicy, crisp finish. 6.6 ABV

Curmudgeon Old Ale This old ale is brewed with molasses and an insane focus on the malt bill, then oak-aged. The result is a strong, rich, malty delight that’s deceptively smooth and drinkable. 9.8 ABV

Breakfast Stout The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever. 8.3 ABV

 

Arcadia

Sky Hi Rye boasts a massive floral aroma of resinous hops with flavor notes of lemons, peaches, and pine needles, combined with the sweet, malty flavors of toffee and bread. Rye adds a pleasant peppery, spicy note like a fresh slice of pumpernickel bread. 6.0 ABV

Cereal Killer Brewed in the traditional English style of Barleywines, huge syrupy flavors flow over caramel, toffee, molasses and toasty notes. All these rich malt flavors are balanced out nicely by just the right amount of citrus-like hoppy bitterness. As this brew ages, it will continue to develop more sherry-like flavors and aromas similar to a cask-aged port. 9.1 ABV

Imperial Stout is full-bodied and warming, with a creamy texture. Boasting rich, roasty aromas and flavors of roasted coffee, black currants, plums, and bittersweet cocoa, this beer certainly packs a punch. A generous hop addition adds a level of complexity and balance, along with a pleasant bitterness. 8.4 ABV

 

Big Sky

Moose Drool is chocolate brown in color with a creamy texture, a malty beer with just enough hop presence to keep it from being too sweet. The aroma mostly comes from the malt with a hint of spice added by the hops. Brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate, and whole black malts; and Kent Goldings, Liberty, and Willamette hops. 5.3 ABV

Trout Slayer is a filtered wheat ale, fermented at cool temperatures, making it a smooth drinkable session beer. Brewed with Palisade, Glacier, and Mt. Hood hops. 4.7 ABV

 

Red Hook

ESB Brewed in the style of a traditional British Extra Special Bitter, Red Hook has been making ESB continuously since 1987, and it’s now the benchmark for the Amber beer category. Despite having “bitter” in its name, Redhook ESB is really not that bitter at all. This brew is all about the balance of caramel malt sweetness completed by spicy, citrusy hops. 5.8 ABV

Long Hammer IPA

The generous addition of hops both during and at the end of the fermentation process (dry-hopping) gives this India Pale Ale its characteristic bitterness and piney citrus aroma and flavor. The medium body, crisp finish, and moderate alcohol and IBU levels makes this one of America’s most drinkable and best-selling IPAs. 6.5 ABV

 

Summit

Silver Anniversary Ale This assertively hopped interpretation of the Extra Pale Ale offers up grapefruit, passion fruit and kiwi aromas that lead to a crisp yet well-balanced finish. Brewed with 2-Row Harrington, Crystal 60 malt and Citra, Centennial, and Cascade hops. 6.5 ABV

Unchained Gold Sovereign Pale Ales of the Victorian era get a modern twist with the use of 100% organic malts. This unfiltered ale offers up pear, apricot and spicy orange aroma, pronounced hop bitterness and bready malt flavor. 6.31 ABV

Extra Pale Summit’s flagship beer, the EPA has a pronounced hop flavor and a light bronze color. Made with Horizon, Fuggle and Cascade hops. 5.3 ABV

Horizon Red An emerging American hybrid ale that crosses the boundaries of styles. This red-hued ale projects an intensity of complex hops, yet allows the drinker to experience the balance and character of the malt. Floral, dry, hoppy and satisfying. 5.7 ABV

 

North Coast

Red Seal Malt and hops are beautifully married in this full-bodied, copper-red Pale Ale. Red Seal is generously hopped for a long, spicy finish. 5.5 ABV

Scrimshaw A fresh tasting Pilsner brewed in the finest European tradition using Munich malt and Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. A subtle hop character, a crisp, clean palate, and a dry finish. 4.4 ABV

Pranqster A Belgian golden ale made using a mixed culture of antique yeast strains that produce a floral nose, a full fruity flavor and a clean finish. 7.6 ABV

Brother Thelonius A Belgian Style Abbey Ale, rich and robust. 9.3 ABV

Le Merle A Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, pale in color, inspired by the rich brewing traditions of the Flanders region. Abundant hops and a Belgian yeast strain contribute exotic aromas of tropical fruit. 7.9 ABV

 

Sea Dog

Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale A unique contribution to the fruit ale category, featuring the nutty quench of wheat ale combined with the delightful aromatics and subtle fruit flavor contributed by Maine wild blueberries. 4.6 ABV

 

Shiner

Holiday Cheer Dunkelweizen meets fruitcake. Brewed with peaches, pecans, natural flavor and caramel color. Peach aroma dominates the nose, yet there are hints of the pecans and some toasted maltiness. Mild hop presence does not get in the way, though it does help to balance. Finishes dry with a toasted bread crust and lingering pecan flavor. 5.4 ABV

 

Sierra Nevada

Kellerweis is one of the only American Hefeweizens made using the traditional Bavarian style of open fermentation. This difficult and labor-intensive technique adds uncommon depth and flavor complexity. 4.8 ABV

Torpedo is a big American IPA; bold, assertive, and full of flavor highlighting the complex citrus, pine, and herbal character of whole-cone American hops. 7.2 ABV

Pale Ale has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. 5.6 ABV

 

Abita

Turbodog is a dark brown ale brewed with Willamette hops and a combination of pale, crystal and chocolate malts. This combination gives Turbodog its rich body and color and a sweet chocolate toffee-like flavor. 5.6 ABV

Andygator is a unique high-gravity brew made with pale malt, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops. Unlike other high-gravity brews, Andygator is fermented to a dry finish with a slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma. A Helles Dopplebock. 8.0 ABV

 

Shmaltz

Human Blockhead uses 8 specialty malts of barley, wheat, rye, and oats create an enormously developed body and 6 hop varieties from European Noble roots to American Pacific Northwest balances this weighty task. 10 ABV

Coney Island Lager The thrill of old world brewing conjoined with beguiling new world flavor. An alchemy of 8 malts, 6 hops & Czech Pilsner yeast. 5.5 ABV

Mermaid Pilsner is an innovative take on classic pilsner styles featuring eight flavorful specialty malts including Canada 2-Row, Canada Rye Malt, Canada Wheat Malt, Fawcett Crystal Rye Malt, G & P Flaked Oats, Malt Pils, Best Malz Caramel, and Best Malz Vienna intertwining with 5 evocative hops such as Amarillo, Crystal, Tettnang, Columbus, and Warrior. 5.0 ABV

Sword Swallower is a blend of eight hops and four malts, giving the beer a good weight to it. 6.8 ABV

New Belgium

Ranger IPA This clear amber beer contains an abundance of hops. Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish. 6.5 ABV

Belgo IPA A hybrid of an Ameri-Belgo and IPA using Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, and Amarillo hops and Pale and C120 malts with an authentic Trappist yeast strain. 7 ABV

Tripel This Trippel Belgian Style Ale (pronounced triple) opens with a bold blast of hops that slowly gives way to the fruity esters implied by our Belgian yeast strain. In the Belgian tradition of brewing singles, doubles and triples, Trippel is the strongest with the longest fermentation. Remarkably smooth and complex, this bottle-conditioned Trippel is spiced with a trace of coriander. 7.8 ABV

Abbey is a Belgian dubbel (or double) brewed with six different malts and an authentic Belgian yeast strain. Abbey is bottle-conditioned and pairs well with chocolate (or boldly served by itself) for dessert. 7 ABV

Super Cru Take the Fat Tire recipe, double the malt and hops, add in crisp Asian Pears and bring it to life with a Saison yeast. 10 ABV

Grand Cru Abbey Ale Take Abbey Ale recipe, increase the hops, malt and fermentation time, and the result is the Grand Cru. 9.5 ABV

Mothership Wit elevates the zesty Wit or White beers of Belgium. Mothership Wit is brewed with wheat and barley malt, as well as coriander and orange peel spicing resulting in a balance of citrus and sour flavors held in suspension by a bright burst of carbonation. 4.8 ABV

 

Rogue

Hazelnut Brown Nectar A nutty twist to a traditional European Brown Ale. Dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma, a rich nutty flavor and a smooth malty finish. 6.2 ABV

Brutal IPA An Imperial bitter with exotic traditional floor malts, citrusy, hoppy flavor, stupendous hop aroma. 5.8 ABV

Juniper A pale ale, saffron in color with a smooth malt balance, floral aroma with a dry spicy finish from whole juniper berries. 5.3 ABV

Mocha Porter Ruddy brown in color, a bittersweet balance of malt and hops with a light cream finish. 5.3 ABV

Dead Guy Ale In the style of a German Maibock, using Rogue’s proprietary Pacman ale yeast. Deep honey in color with a malty aroma and a rich hearty flavor. 6.6 ABV

 

New Holland

Rye Hatter This beer showcases it’s grain-bill, made up of rye and barley malt. The rye adds a slight spiciness to the caramel-malt base, while also creating a creamy texture. Dry-hopping contributes a fresh citrus finish. 6.2 ABV

Mad Hatter is an I.P.A. that explodes with hop flavors. Dry-hopping provides a distinctive and floral hop aroma, while the lively and hoppy body is subtly balanced with delicious malt notes. Hatter’s hop character makes it a great fit for spicy dishes, bitter greens and beef. 5.25 ABV

Black Hatter A blackened version of Mad Hatter brewed with black malt for a dark, roasty sweetness to the base of the flavor profile. Finishes with a strong Centennial hop character from dry hopping. 5.6 ABV

Golden Cap Saison A modern interpretation of a traditional farmhouse ale. Brewed with an ancestor of wheat called spelt, its straw-colored body, lively carbonation and a unique fermentation profile evoke fresh cut hay and cracked peppercorn. 6.3 ABV

The Poet has a rich, smooth malt character enveloped in tones of roast and chocolate. A soft mouth-feel brings luxurious flavors and soothing aroma. It pairs wonderfully with earthy flavors such as mushrooms and beef, while remaining the perfect accent to any chocolate dessert. 5.2 ABV