Thicket Blend #2 Release - Saturday, May 4th at The Side Project Cellar and Side Project Brewing

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It's crazy to think it has been more than 4 years since we released our favorite blackberry beer - Thicket. Outside of Fuzzy, Thicket has become our most popular and most asked about, fruited, Missouri Wild Ale. We are excited to announce that the second blend is now ready and we will be sharing it as both a to-go release and for on-site enjoyment starting Saturday, May 4th at open at both The Side Project Cellar and our Brewery location.

The first blend of Thicket started more than 5 years ago, a beer that was a blend of “Flanders - Inspired”, Missouri Wild Ales that were aged in red wine barrels with Missouri Blackberries. For Blend #2, we chose a blend of not only our “Flanders - Inspired” red beer, but also used a touch of our French Oak Foedre Beer, a beer that lays the base for Fuzzy, and has been aging via a solera method for more than 5 years now. This blend was then moved to Missouri Oak and aged atop more than 3000 lbs of Oregon blackberries from our friends at Decker Farms. The blend and the blackberries were combined in April of 2018 and allowed to re-ferment for almost a year before being bottle-conditioned prior to this release day.

The first blend was one of our most attended release days ever, so for Blend #2, we want to make sure that we are set up to recreate a great day of not only beer, but also food and bottle sharing. So, for the big day, we are going to shut down our parking lot and create a better space for all of those attending to bottle share until the tasting room opens at 12pm. Hopefully, the weather will be great! We will also have Bolyard’s Meat and Provisions here serving up food to keep everyone happy. The release will start at noon at The Brewery and at 1pm at The Side Project Cellar. Bottles will once again be $20 per and allocations will be set based on turnout. 

Thanks again to all of you reading this for your continued support and love of our tiny, niche brewery. We are very excited to have this beer back and hope to see you on May 4th. 

Cheers!

Tête de Cuvée Vintage 2016

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On Sunday, April 14th, we are pleased to release the 2016 Vintage of Tête de Cuvée. This is the third release of a beer that we blend from some of our finest and oldest barrel-aged Missouri Saisons and exemplifies the pinnacle of our Blended Saisons. Named after the top of the range of a specific house or grower’s champagnes, our Tête de Cuvée showcases our best barrels, blended purposefully for quality over quantity.

For Tête de Cuvée Vintage 2016 we selected and blended the following barrels:

Oude Fermier - fermented in and aged in a neutral French Oak barrel since 9/28/16
Oude Fermier - fermented in and aged in a Chardonnay French Oak barrel since 10/18/16
Oude Fermier - fermented in and aged in a White Burgundy French Oak barrel since 12/28/16

We spent a lot of time tasting through our barrels of Oude Fermier (our spelt Missouri Saison - Saison du Fermier - that sees extended aging time in oak), trying to construct what we wanted this blend to taste like. We drew inspiration from Blend #1, for its billowy, layered and expressively nuanced palate experience, and from my favorite Grand Cru Chardonnays from Burgundy, for their soft, round, delicate oak, lively acidity, and luscious mouthfeel. As with the previous releases of Tête de Cuvée, we blend this beer to enjoy now or to age gracefully for years to come.

Tête de Cuvée Vintage 2016 was bottled in early August of 2018 and has been bottle conditioning now for 8 months before we have decided it is ready to share. Bottles will be $40 each, the allocation will be 1 bottle per person and a valid ID must be presented. We will have bottles of Tête de Cuvée Blend #1, Vintage 2015 and Vintage 2016 available for on-site enjoyment as well, to accompany the to-go release.

It is truly a joy to blend this beer, in its limited quantity, each time trying to exceed our expectations and trying to provide you with a truly new and unique experience with what our beer can be. The following that Tête de Cuvée has accomplished is humbling and we would like to thank each and every single one of you for allowing us to produce beers like this, beers that define who we are and what the new American farmhouse-inspired breweries are allowed to achieve. Cheers to the release of Vintage 2016 and we hope that you enjoy this beer, one that has been more than 2 years in the making.

Sincerely,
Cory King

  • PARKING - Due to the number of people that we expect, our small brewery parking lot will be closed to make room for everyone to enjoy their morning. Being that it is a Sunday, there will be plenty of free, public parking available around the brewery and there is a huge free lot right next to The Side Project Cellar at 7373 Marietta Ave. Please park legally and then join us at 7458 Manchester for the release.

Side Project Imperial Stout aged in 2 Rye Whiskey Barrels & Blended with Coffee beans from 5 Local Roasters on 3/30!

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This Saturday, March 30th, BOTH The Side Project Cellar and the Brewery Tasting Room will be tapping a delicious Side Project Imperial Stout aged in two Rye Whiskey Barrels + that base beer blended with different coffee beans from five local St. Louis roasters! It’s always fun for people to decide which coffee bean works best with the beer and to pick your favorites! Here’s the tapping schedule:

AT OPEN: Side Project Omega : Barrels 127 & 128 (Tapping at 12pm at Brewery, 1pm at Cellar)

This is the Base Imperial Stout for all beers below. The base beer will be tapped at Open at both locations, so tapped at our 12pm Open at the Brewery Tasting Room and at our 1pm Open at The Side Project Cellar. This year, it is a blend of Barrels 127 & 128, which is one of our Imperial Stout recipes that was used to create Shared Barrel-Aged Coconut Vibes and Side Project Derivation Blend #11. It is brewed with 7 different malts and fermented with a blend of yeast strains and was aged in Rittenhouse Rye Barrels for 18 months before being used for this project. 15% ABV

1pm at both locations: Kicking off the day with our neighborhood Maplewood roasters:

SP Omega : Barrels 127 & 128 - La Cosecha Guatemala Rio Ocho

SP Omega : Barrels 127 & 128 - Foundation Grounds Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

2pm at both locations: SP Omega : Barrels 127 & 128 - Blueprint Finca Tamana (Colombia)

3pm at the Brewery: SP Omega : Barrels 127 & 128 - Kaldi's Rwanda Dukunde Kawa

3pm at The SP Cellar: SP Omega : Barrels 127 & 128 - Kaldi's Peru Rutas Del Inca

4pm at the Brewery: SP Omega : Barrels 127 & 128 - Sump Brazil Minas Gerais

4pm at The SP Cellar: SP Omega : Barrels 127 & 128 - Sump Kenya Gatuya

We are gathering the regions, bean tasting notes, etc... for each coffee bean so you'll be able to compare the beers with information about each bean! Cory got a little too excited at Sump and Kaldi’s this year and chose TWO different beans from each of them, so The SP Cellar and Brewery Tasting Room will have different coffee beans on draft for the Sump blend and Kaldi’s blend.

We'll see you this weekend! You do NOT need tickets to visit The Side Project Cellar or Brewery tasting room. You can purchase each stout separately. Please note both the Brewery tasting room (Open 12-7pm) and The Side Project Cellar (Open 1-11pm) are open regular business hours this Saturday. 

And thank you for a great Dieu du Ciel! Péché Day on Sat, March 23rd! Due to our commitment to Péché Day, we are celebrating the Maplewood Coffee Crawl one week late this Sat, March 30th.

Thank you!

Le Feu Vert - Our Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pale Collaboration with Blake Tyers of Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

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In the summer of 2017, it was our pleasure to have Blake Tyers of Creature Comforts at the brewery to spend some time, brew some wort and then share some beers and food as we began the process to create Le Feu Vert. Le Feu Vert translates to “The Green Light,” a play on the hoppiness that we wanted to assert through this beer and also the Edison bulb that is shared in both of our logos.

Blake and I share inspiration from the classic, traditional, rustic beers of Belgium. Although our Side Project culture has migrated toward a more lively, vibrant and tart profile, we wanted to try to push it back, slow it down, and create something that resembled a more “rustic” flavor profile.

We brewed a Barrel-Aged Farmhouse-inspired Pale Ale with Pilsner malt, two types of wheat, oats and spelt. We hopped it aggressively with aged Styrian hops and fresh Citra to merge old- and new-world ingredients and then fermented it with a blend of our house Saison yeast and local Missouri microflora. Being the hoppiest beer we have used our mixed culture on to date, we knew that an extended aging period in French Oak White Wine barrels was going to be needed for everything to come into a balanced harmony. Le Feu Vert was aged for 15 months in oak and then bottled conditioned for an additional 5 months before being ready to be shared with you. The result is a deep, layered, funky beer that exhibits the profile of Side Project, but with more rustic, hoppy, classic Belgian roots.

This Saturday at both locations, we will have bottles of Le Feu Vert available to go. Bottles will be $30 for a 750mL and allocations will be based on the turnout. As always, if you are in line by the start of the release (noon at The Brewery and 1pm at The Cellar), we will have an allocation for you.

I would like to thank Blake for his time, his collaborating, and most importantly his friendship in creating this beer.

We hope that you enjoy Le Feu Vert and thanks to all of you for reading this and supporting our tiny niche brewery.

Cheers,
Cory King

SEVEN Variants of Péché Mortel on Sat 3/23 for Péché Day 2019!

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We are thrilled to announce that Dieu du Ciel! Péché Day 2019 is happening in St. Louis Saturday, March 23rd, at The Side Project Cellar! If you aren’t familiar with the delicious Péché Mortel, it is a 9.5% ABV Imperial Coffee Stout that we often pour on a NITRO Tap at The Side Project Cellar. Here is a description from DieuDuCiel.com:

“A deep, dark and profound stout. Espresso coffee is infused during the brewing of Péché Mortel, resulting in an intense dark beer with roasted malt flavors enhanced by bitter coffee. The dry finish is long and persistent… First brewed in our Montréal brewpub in October of 2001.”

The first Péché Day took place in November 2011 at the Dieu Du Ciel! Montreal pub. It has since evolved into an international event with about 60 participants worldwide! The Side Project Cellar is honored to be among them this year. Péché Day will feature SEVEN variants of Péché Mortel at each participating location. From Dieu du Ciel!:

“The concept is simple : tap the seven different versions of Péché Mortel as soon as you open your bar, compare the variants, have a ton of fun and brace yourself for the biggest caffeine buzz of your life !”

Here’s the lineup for Péché Day 2019! Whoop whoop!

Péché Mortel, Imperial Coffee Stout, 9.5%
Péché Mortel Bourbon 2019, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Stout, 9.5%
Péché Mortel Bourbon 2018, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Stout, 9.5%
Péché Mortel Islay 2019, Islay Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Stout, 9.5%
Péché Mortel Coconut, Imperial Coffee & Coconut Stout, 9.5%
Péché Mortel Cerise, Imperial Coffee & Cherry Stout, 9.5%
Péché Moka, Imperial Coffee & Cocoa Stout, 9.5%

No ticket is required to attend. Just visit us at The Side Project Cellar on Saturday, March 23rd, and full and half pours of all seven Péché variants will be available for individual purchase starting at our 1pm Open so you can compare several or go all in on your favorite variants :)

Thank you for celebrating this exciting day with us! Cheers!

NOTE: Due to our commitment to Péché Day 2019, The Side Project Cellar and our Brewery Tasting Room will both celebrate the Maplewood Coffee Crawl with our own Side Project Coffee Beers one week late on Saturday, March 30th. More details about our Coffee Crawl celebration on 3/30 will be posted on a later date. Thank you!

Karen King & The Side Project Cellar Team