Amalgamated Brewing Co. Zoigl
Style: Zoigl (5% abv)
Available at: The Stable, 1821 Cherokee St., Benton Park, thestablestl.com; $5 (16-oz draught)
If you've never heard of a Zoigl before, you're in good company. A Zoigl isn't actually a style of beer as much as it is a German tradition. A group of people would brew up a community batch of wort (unfermented beer) and then each person would take their share home to ferment. Amalgamated's Zoigl is a crisp, easy drinking lager that provides plenty of malt in the flavor and a slight citrus aroma in the nose.
Pairings: Gumbo / Jerk chicken pizza
Tallgrass Brewing Co. Buffalo Sweat
Style: Sweet Stout (5% abv)
Available at: Lukas Liquor, 15921 Manchester Road, Ellisville, lukasliquor.com; $7.99 (four-pack 16-oz cans)
Don't be afraid of dark beer! So often people will associate a dark beer with a "heavy" beer. Tallgrass's Buffalo Sweat has a lighter body than many people may be used to in a stout, but that makes it the perfect beer as we transition from summer to fall. This beer is slightly sweet, but has a robust coffee flavor.
Pairings: Chocolate cake / Fresh fruit tart
Lagunitas Brewing Co. A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
Style: American Wheat (7.3% abv)
Available at: 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar, 1913 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 33wine.com; $10 (six-pack)
A comment I hear very often is, "I'm not really into wheat beers." Some beer drinkers just expect more out of their beer; they want something a bit bolder. Lagunitas's A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' provides just that. The aroma reminds you of a hefty IPA, but the bitterness is kept rather low, resulting in a very refreshing beer.
Pairings: Pho / Carnitas / Fontina cheese
When not using his spare time to make fun of people who write blogs, Michael Sweeney writes the beer blog http://www.STLHops.com" target="_blank">STLHops.com. The irony is lost on him.