Category Archives: Barrel Aged

Two New Brews from Odell


Just off the truck at Lukas Wine & Spirits: Odells Brewing Shenanigans Ale and Footprint Ale.

The Shenanigans is a crimson ale that’s barrel aged and then has Brett yeast added.

Footprint is an exciting beer. It uses an influence from each state Odells Brewing is sold in and combined into a hodge podge style ale that has green chiles, wild rice and even prickly pear in it. (from Missouri, it uses oak barrels to age the beer)

Rare Beer Releases – The Guidelines

Rare Beer Guidelines

The popularity of rare beer is increasing faster than breweries can handle it. Simply put, demand is increasing much faster than supply, and we thank you for it. You’ve helped St. Louis become a beer mecca. Our beer business is increasing with no sign of slowing down.

Here are the guidelines:

For the highly sought after releases – basically anything that’s spent time in a whiskey barrel – there will be no reservation list. Due to a limited quantity and large demand, if we took reservations in advance, we would sell out months before the release, or – even worse – oversell and not have enough for the customers whose names we’ve taken down. Don’t be surprised if you see more and more releases limited to one bottle per person.

While we won’t be taking down names in advance for these releases, we will be announcing them via our website and Twitter. Once you see these announcements, you can call to reserve a bottle. This way we don’t oversell. Sometimes we don’t know how many bottles we are getting until them show up at the store.

When we take down your name, you have one week to pick up your beer. After that, it’ll go out on the shelf.

You are only picking up the beer for yourself. Not your brother, not your neighbor, not your spouse. That being said, if you are out of town and want to send someone else to pick up your beer, that is completely fine IF you let us know the name of the person picking it up.

If we somehow find out you’re buying products from us and flipping them on eBay, you will not be sold anymore rare products. It’s just not cool. These releases are limited enough. Trade, don’t price gouge.

If you have any questions or comments, I’d be happy to hear your feedback. Cheers!

Jeff Brooks
Lukas Beer Manager

Boulevard Rye on Rye


Why Rye? A fair question, given this assertively flavored grain is more often associated with whiskey than with beer. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch, respectively. But when we procured some seasoned rye whiskey barrels from our friends at Templeton Rye, we asked ourselves, “Why not?” Why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warmth of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Thus, Rye-on-Rye: a marriage of very similar, yet very different embodiments of this unique, distinctive grain. Two kinds of malted rye provide a spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Perle, Magnum and Saphir hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish. Rye-on-Rye’s body and character make it the equal to any sort of hearty stew or aged cheese. At the risk of seeming redundant, might we suggest pairing it with a classic pastrami-on rye? A rye beer with a hint of rye whiskey aroma, alongside a rye bread sandwich. Why not?