Well, a hearty “HI” to you, Beer Leaguer! There has been a lot of hubbub around the secret fortress of the Captaineers lately, and we have a lot to fill you in on since we last talked. Let’s go over this weeks beer then get onto the other awesome stuff happening over the next couple of weeks.
First off, this weeks beer is Seersucker Summer Pils from Abita Brewing. Everyone knows the name Abita – and lots of us got our introduction to their brews from the likes of Turbodog but stayed for the glorious run of beers that make up their Harvest series. Tonight we’re going to dive headfirst into summer (Yeah, that’s right. It’s JUST NOW Summer. Good luck, St. Louis!) with their Seersucker Summer Pils, which they describe on the Abita website as:
Abita Seersucker Summer Pils (June – September) is a traditional pilsner with a full bodied malt flavor, hop bitterness and a light golden color. It is made with pilsner and carapils malts, hopped with German Tradition and Spalt hops. This Pils pairs well with seasonal summer favorites like grilled chicken, salmon or garden salads. It also is a refreshing choice with spicier dishes, Mexican food and most Asian cuisines. Try it with a mild white Vermont cheddar, Havarti or Monterey Jack cheese.
Spicy dishes are a capsaicin-filled summer staple around the Captaineers – we don’t put anything on the Grill of Captaineers without some jalapeños, red pepper flakes, and garlic – and it looks like we might have found a new sidekick for standing around watching meat turn delicious.
Now, over at BeerAdvocate we’ve randomly selected a review for this week, which comes from dbrauneis who gave Abita Seersucker Summer Pils a 3.59/5 and said:
A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and biscuit malts with some chalky yeast and just a touch of herbal + citrus/lemon hops.
T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of bready, biscuit, and pale malts with a light amount of chalkiness from the yeast. There is a hint of citrus/lemon hops and a light amount of herbal hops. The hops contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness to the beer.
M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of chalky dryness in the finish.
O: Easy enough to drink and certainly enjoyable, though not one of the best examples of the style that I have sampled. The relatively low ABV makes this beer sessionable and it is very easy to drink in the hot South during the summer. Could easily see myself grabbing this for the next cookout I’m invited to…
Not to be left out, we like to take a sample from RateBeer as well. Sometimes we like to pick the review based on the name of the reviewer and their distance from Florida Man, and this week is no exception. So tell us your opinion, PorterPounder, long-time reviewer on RB:
Tallahassee, Fl – Publix Supermarket – Killearn – 12 oz bottle. Sparkling medium golden pour, crisp bubbly snow white head, light trails of lacing. Aroma has light hints of honey, some grassiness, a touch of breadiness. Flavor is pleasant, hints of honey, light buttery notes, very brief nuttiness and some saaz hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Been seeking this one out for a long time….back on top of the Abita ratings again!
We’ll see you tonight for some hot’n’muggy St. Louis summer weather, which we will be keeping at bay with a Seersucker Summer Pils or two.
But wait! There’s more!
Tomorrow, June 26th, Brian McPherson, Louise Distras, and Clayton Scott at TWR / With Pizza & a 4Hands Tap Takeover!
Get on up to TWR to hear three great singer / songwriters – Bryan McPherson, Louise Distras, and Clayton Scott pour out their hearts through six strings, have a couple slices of pizza, and try one of the different brews from 4Hands as they takeover our taps for this event. Jimmy has hooked up with a local food truck that will be on-site and inside the fence slingin’ pies to all of us as we listen to three fantastic singer / songwriters. A Friday night that is guaranteed to make you smile!
July 2nd – Fundraiser for Ferguson Brewing Company Employees
As we’re sure that you, an informed Beer Leaguer and local craft beer connoisseur, have managed to hear the news over the last six days or so. There was a fire at Ferguson Brewing Co. that appears to have started in the kitchen. Thankfully, no-one was physically hurt as this fire started during the wee hours of the morning. FBC was insured for damages, but financially, both the front-of-house employees (bartenders, bussers, hosting and waitstaff) and back-of-house employees (brewers, dishers, cooks, barbacks) are going to take a hit for as long as the brewery and restaurant are shut down.
Well, to be honest: we don’t like that at all.
These are all good folks who have supported The Waiting Room since we first featured a FBC beer for League. They’re the ones who make sure that we’re pleased with the meal we order, or advise us which appetizers to split at the bar when we stop by for a pint. These are the people that took the Captaineers on a very impromptu brewery tour one day as we were filling up growlers. This is where one of the Captaineers meets an out-of-state Beer Leaguer at least once every time he’s in town. If the beer at FBC is the heart of the business, these people are the arteries and veins – you can pump beer, but someone has to make sure that it gets to you.
Ok, that analogy was a stretch but you get it.
To that end, Beer League at The Waiting Room is holding a benefit on July 2nd, starting around 7PM to raise a couple of bucks for these hard-workin’ people who through no fault of their own don’t have a job right now. A friend of League, Troika Brodsky of the St. Louis Brewers Guild, has setup a GoFundMe where you can make donations that will go directly to keeping the FBC employees afloat while the brewery is being put back together. They’re ALMOST OVER 9,000 right now with a goal of 15k. Even the most jaded of us can’t help but get misty-eyed seeing this outpouring of support from a community bonded by beer.
Starting tonight, June 25th and running until about 9pm on July 2nd, we’ll have 50/50 tickets for sale – with half of the money raised going directly to the employees of FBC as a way to help tide them over while they anxiously await the re-opening of the brewery and restaurant. We can GUARANTEE that these tickets will be on sale during League nights, as well as being available anytime TWR is open – so stop by and get a chance to split some cash with the employees of FBC.
We’re also taking donations in any amount – including pinball quarters. These donations will go directly to the employees of FBC, ensuring that every penny goes to helping out. If we raise so much money that the employees of FBC are all taken care of during the restoration of the restaurant & brewery and there’s an excess, we’ll most likely ask FBC to donate the extra to the St. Louis Area Foodbank, one of our favorite local charities.
We’ll also have a raffle on July 2nd – and what are we raffling you ask? Well, that’s still coming together and we’ll be sure to update the website and Facebook event once everything is solid. In the past we’ve raffled tattoo gift certificates, booze baskets a-plenty, sweet beer merch, artwork, and classy matching barware & glassware. I would expect to see a few, if not all, of these for the FBC raffle as well but I KNOW one thing that will be in the raffle, because it’s being donated by us, the Captaineers.
A round-trip taxi ride in a 1978 VW Bus from TWR to Ferguson Brewing Company, an FBC growler filled with the beer of your choice, and a pint or two for good measure while we’re at FBC
First – we gotta wait until Ferguson Brewing Company re-opens, otherwise it wouldn’t be the most fun trip ever planned. But you read that right – some lucky* person & their guest will win a ride in The Brown – a 1978 VW Camper Bus – to Ferguson Brewing Company to fill up our other prize – the Captaineers personal FBC growler. You’ll be able to fill with your beer of choice after we get to FBC. Because we’re super-cool Captaineers, we won’t make you wait to crack that growler to taste some sweet, sweet beer – we’ll get you a pint or two while we’re there checking out the restoration and hanging out at their bar. If we can swing it, we might be able to get a mini-tour while we’re there. It’s a guaranteed good time and great story to tell whenever the one-upper’s start in on you.
As the rest of the raffle prizes come together we’ll be updating both the Facebook event page and the website, so please make sure to check back and keep an eye on your inbox for more information as we get everything lined up.
Please help us out by sharing & liking the Facebook event and spreading the word!
Beer League, this is why I love you. We’ll see you tonight for an Abita, some 50/50 tickets, camaraderie, and optimism. Our world needs more of these things.
* The Brown has no A/C, so there’s that. Thankfully, it makes up for the lack of air with an overwhelming smell of awesome.