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FLYING SAUCER DRAUGHT EMPORIUM

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ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

It’s hard to find fault with forward-thinking FLYING SAUCER DRAUGHT EMPORIUM, despite the fact such large-scale beer pub endeavors merely scratch the surface promoting local independent brewers’ true obsession crafting off-center hybrids, hard-to-find limited editions, daringly ambitious seasonals and obscure one-offs. While bigger beerpub chains such as Yard House and World Of Beer offer hundreds of great microbrew choices, there’s barely any specialty brews amongst the obvious best-selling fare. Ultimately, this standard predictability led to the future …

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MORGAN STREET BREWERY

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ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Following St. Louis Cardinals baseball game, August ’04, headed two blocks from Mississippi River waterfront to red-bricked buildings and cobblestone streets of bustling Laclede’s Landing.

With its gray dual buildings, quaint midsection beer garden and street corner dining area, satisfactory MORGAN STREET BREWERY offered dry coffee-stained resin-tarred hop-charred Irish Stout; doughy hop-bitten unsweetened tea-like Altbier; dark-fruited malt-sweetened Pale Ale; mildly bitter-grained Cobblestone Steam Lager; and tangy-fruited lemongrass-strewn summertime lightweight Kristall Weiss.

www.morganstreetbrewery.com

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SCHLAFLY’S

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

After perusing Route 66 Brewery, visited SCHLAFLY’S central courtyard for lofty liverwurst sandwich, tasty appetizers, and mediocre beers, August ‘04. Open since ’91, this uptown early 20th century brick structure matches the riverfront properties one-mile east at the Mississippi River. Though I disliked many Schlafly’s brews on site, the bottled selection of ‘Big Beers’ such as Schlafly Reserve Barleywine and Schlafly Bourbon-Barrel Imperial Stout (’07), reviewed in Beer Index, have been extraordinary.

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ROUTE 66 BREWERY

ROUTE 66 BREWERYST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Escaped to western gateway port from Illinois, August ’04. First stop, midtown’s ROUTE 66 BREWERY (named after old highway connecting thriving Midwest hubs to California) had few pool tables, large recreational room, well-kept barroom, and interesting ‘50s rebel motifs. But the all-encompassing brewery closed down, 2005.

Impressive Belgian Triple Ale boasted unassuming 10% alcohol charge, dry grape tannins, and lemon-orange peel bittering. Soft-hopped lemon-tart Blond Ale; lemon-fizzed ripe-fruited Rambling Raspberry Blonde Ale; wheat-husked quince-spiced pale-malted …

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