On Tap: Barrel Aged Big O, 4 Hand's Seasonal Stout And Civil Life Beer Dinner

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Limited releases from The Big O Ginger Liqueur and 4 Hands Brewing Company along with a Civil Life Beer Dinner hosted by Harvest are all great last minute gifts or personal splurges for the season.

Image Courtesy of The Big O

Image Courtesy of The Big O

Barrel Aged Big O Ginger Liqueur
Bill Foster and Kathy Kuper have never shied away from hard work when it comes to their beloved liqueur–hand peeling countless pounds of Hawaiian ginger and often personally delivering their finished product to local bars and restaurants.

Last year they tried aging a small amount of Big O in oak casks and found that the process rounded out their liqueur with amplified notes of vanilla and caramel. Given the wild success of their first trial aging, Foster and Kuper repeated the technique, but this time they left their Big O for 9 months inside oak barrels once used by Blanton’s bourbon. Though almost double the price of the normal Big O, this limited edition makes for a terrific gift or a wicked cocktail during the holidays. Available for purchase at The Wine and Cheese Place. $64.99 per bottle. 7435 Forysth Blvd., Clayton, 314.727.8788.

4 Hands Bona Fide Imperial Stout
Nothing takes away the chill of winter quite like the rich, jet black Imperial stout made by 4 Hands Brewing Company. This seasonal brew is made in collaboration with Goshen Coffee, whose 100 percent Fair Trade and organic beans give the stout deep notes of espresso in the nose and on the palate. Combined with the forward flavor of roasted malt, Bona Fide is a bold brew with great depth and complexity. Consider this Imperial stout a perfect sipper while sitting by the fire. Available on draft and by the bottle at 4 Hands Brewing Company. S. 8th Street, Lafayette Square, 314.436.1559. 

Civil Life Beer Dinner at Harvest
On Monday, Dec.23 Executive Chef Nick Miller at Harvest will host an evening dedicated to pairing Civil Life craft brews with a delicious seasonal menu. The English Pale Ale will kick off the night along with passed appetizers before guests sit down to a glass of British Mild served with coffee-infused spreadable salami on savory French toast with tomato jam and a quail egg. The next pairing depends upon the chosen entrée, which could range from the malty British Best served with grassfed Angus beef kielbasa to a thick Black Ale with oxtail raviolo or a Porter to complement a rich smoked leg of lamb. In the spirit of the season, dessert will be a chocolate hazelnut “Yule Log” paired with the robust American Brown. Call for reservations. $65 per person. 1059 S. Big Bend Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314.645.6522.

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