Who: O’Fallon Brewers Stu Burkemper, Dave Johnson, and Brian Owens, New Albanian Brewer Jared Williamson, and Schlafly Brewer Brennan Greene
What: The first in a O'Fallon/Schlafly/NABC collaborative series, this is beer #1 (C-1 for short). Its an Oak Aged Dry Hopped Smoked Rye Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV and 35 IBU. Despite the smoked rye malt, the first notes coming from the nose were a heavy dose of citrus/lemonade. Putting your nose deeper into the glass really brings out the smoked rye. Have you ever bbq'ed an orange/lemon? That's the sort of taste that revealed itself.
Why: I'll admit that trying a beer (I'm assuming) before some of the folks that helped brew it is a rare treat (and more than a little odd), but we've never been the type to turn down an opportunity. Our yet-to-be-finished samples were poured off a pigtail connected the the fermentation tank in Schlafly's Tap Room basement. Thanks to Schlafly's Stephen Hale and StlHops.com Mike Sweeney for the sneak preview, and to the brewers at all three breweries for putting the beer together.
When: The yet to be named finished product should show up at the respective breweries sometime in January.
More info: StlHops.com, The Potable Curmudgeon