Avery Brewing Co.’s White Rascal
STYLE: Belgian Witbier (5.6% abv)
AVAILABLE AT: The Wine & Cheese Place, multiple locations, wineandcheeseplace.com; $9.29 (six-pack, 12-oz bottles)
PAIRINGS: Pepper Jack • Strawberry salad
Belgian witbier was one of my first introductions into the world of craft beer. The creaminess of the wheat and the addition of spices such as coriander lead to a truly marvelous brew. Avery does the style justice by keeping White Rascal effervescent, fruity and exhilarating, making it a perfect May beer.
Tallgrass Brewing Co.’s 8-Bit Pale Ale
STYLE: American Pale Ale (5.2% abv)
AVAILABLE AT: Randall’s Wines & Spirits, multiple locations, shoprandalls.com; $7.99 (four-pack, 16-oz cans)
Pairings: Carnitas • Asiago
There has been a quiet hop revolution happening in the Southern Hemisphere. The Galaxy hop, which is the main hop in 8-Bit, comes all the way from Australia. The Galaxy has a bright citrusy note that pairs amazingly well with this beer’s caramel malt body. And since it comes in a can, you can take it to those summertime destinations that don’t allow bottles.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.’s Zwickel
STYLE: Zwickel (5.1% abv)
AVAILABLE AT: Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., 3229 Washington Ave., Midtown, urbanchestnut.com; $5 (20-oz draught) and $8.99 (four-pack, pint bottles available mid-May)
PAIRINGS: Bratwurst • Crusty pretzel
When Urban Chestnut’s co-founder and brewmaster, Florian Kuplent, opened up the brewery, he brought some underrepresented styles of beer with him. A Zwickel is an unfiltered lager and therefore is slightly cloudy. This beer has a wonderful grainy note that makes it very fresh and always refreshing.
The creator of STLHops.com and founder of St. Louis Craft Beer Week, Michael Sweeney is also the craft beer manager at Lohr Distributing.