Summer of Craft
Local brewmaster Florian Kuplent makes his personal selects for the top STL-brewed beers to sip this summer.
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STRAWBERRY BEST BY O’FALLON BREWERY
O’Fallon expands upon the classic American Wheat beer style via the infusion of strawberry puree during a secondary fermentation of their Strawberry Best. It’s the process that ultimately gives this beer a light strawberry flavor and aromaÛÓand the quintessential taste of summer that I love. O’Fallon, 636.474.2337.
SAISON DE LIS BY PERENNIAL ARTISAN ALES
With a combination of chamomile flowers and a Belgian yeast strain, Perennial’s Saison De Lis stands out as an ideal summer brew. I’m consistently drawn to the grassy, floral, fruity and spicy flavors that create this refreshing dry, delicate beer. Carondelet, 314.631.7300.
CONTACT HIGH BY 4 HANDS BREWING CO.
I was first drawn to this unique wheat beer for its massive amount of Pacific Northwest hops and fresh orange peel finish. The hybrid-style ale is a great summer option if you’re seeking a bold, citrusy beer. LaSalle Park, 314.436.1559.
PIERRE’S WIT BY URBAN CHESTNUT BREWING COMPANY
The refreshing citrusy and spicy character of this classic Belgian-style witbier results from the use of wheat, orange peel and coriander. It’s a lively, complex beer that’s also light and refreshingÛÓmaking it one of our most popular brews on hot summer days. Multiple locations, urbanchestnut.com.
YAKIMA WHEAT BY SCHLAFLY
Schlafly brings a touch of the mild Pacific Northwest to St. Louis with its Yakima Wheat. The blend of the softness of wheat with the spiciness of Washington hops creates a beer with plenty of hop character while still being sessionable enough for the STL summer heatÛÓ a winning combination in my book. Multiple locations, schlafly.com.