As we finish up another year of beer, it’s time to look ahead to what we’ll be pouring, sipping and loving in 2018. I’ve reached out to a few of our town’s best brewers to see what we can expect from them in the next Year of Beer.
You can’t have a bigger year in the brewing world than the one when your new brewery opens. In the case of Tait Russell and the team at Charleville, it wasn’t so much opening their first brewery but realizing their dream of bringing their longtime beer presence to the St. Louis market. The beer officially began flowing this past May, when Charleville officially opened its doors in South St. Louis.
What Can We Expect in 2018
In 2018 Charleville will have their core line up and well known seasonal line up as usual along with a return of the few can projects that will include, Rye by Night, a Black Rye IPA collab with Heavy Riff. The popular summer beer, Long White Cloud Pilsner, and another favorite Bellows Shake Marzen.
“We will have more draft only beers made on our 7 bbl system,” said Tait Russell. “First of which will be a Pineapple Berliner Weisse, which will be our first time brewing a beer like this. Then our Key Lime Lager. The Barrel Aged Box of Chocolate will return along with the BA Hairy Cow, which is Wee Heavy aged in bourbon barrels.
The first standard release will be Box of Chocolate in early January. It pours a deep brown Chocolate with a creamy head. On the nose, we’ll get a delectable scent of chocolate and dried fruit. Always a full bodied beer with a creamy mouthfeel, you’ll get a delicious chocolate covered cherry flavor. Nothing shy with one, as it rings in at a hefty 10.5% ABV.
The collabs with Heavy Riff and Pinckney Bend are just examples of what we hope will be an explosion of partnerships for Charleville. We’ll have more information on who these collaborations will be with and what they’ll produce as it becomes known.
Beer, Brewery Showcase, St. Louis Craft Beer As a solo beer writer with a full time job, I’ve come to the realization that I won’t be able to attend every new brewery opening and won’t be able to drink every new beer.