Category Archives: Drink Locally

Saline Kriek, A Lukas Exclusive From Charleville

Thursday, October 4 from 5-7PM, you have a chance to sample Lukas’ first exclusive, barrel aged beer. Introducing Saline Kriek from Charleville Vineyard & Microbrewery, a golden ale aged with cherries in Missouri white oak barrels with that previously held their estate Chardonel wine.

Stop by, sample the beer, talk to the guys from Charleville, and take home a bottle (or two)!

Urban Chestnut DAFT Barley-Wine Barrel-Aged Ale

New to Lukas Wine & Spirits, Urban Chestnut DAFT Barley-Wine Ale!

“UCBC’s Barrel-Aged Series, our on-going expedition mostly dedicated to those ever questing ‘rye, whiskey, bourbon, etc. barrel-aged beer zealots’. This particular ‘aged-one’ is a barley-wine ale that rested for a few months in a rye whiskey barrel, imparting it with some not so subtle notes of spicy rye, oak and sweet caramel. As you enjoy this complex and potent beer, please heed these words of advice – “Imbibe with care, lest you be a Daft fool! Prost!” – per the Urban Chestnut Brewery DAFT bottle

Urban Chestnut’s Brewmaster

 Florian Kuplent

“Brewmaster, Florian Kuplent brings nearly two decades of artisan brewing experience to Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. From serving as a brewer’s apprentice in a small Germany brewery to developing award-winning beer recipes for one of the world’s largest brewers, Florian now shares his distinctive brewing creations with the craft beer enthusiasts of St. Louis from the brewhouse of his start-up brewery, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.

At UCBC, Florian makes use of a unique brewing philosophy UCBC refers to as Beer Divergency—a ‘new world meets old world’ brewing approach wherein UCBC contributes to the “revolution” of craft beer through creations of artisanal, modern American beers, and pays “reverence” to the heritage of beer with offerings of classically-crafted, timeless European beer styles.” – per Urban Chestnut’s Brewery website

Want to visit the Urban Chestnut Brewing Company?

“Situated in an old 1920’s garage that has been outfitted to accommodate our ‘new world meets old world’ brewery, UCBC is located in a district of St. Louis known as Midtown Alley—a part of town with some history that is undergoing a revolution of its own. A great place for us to be a part of the vibrant urban culture yet remain grounded by our chestnut roots. Please visit us and experience what our Beer Divergency is all about.” – per the Uban Chestnut Brewery website

3229 Washington Ave St. Louis, MO 63103

Phone: 314-222-0143 (Call for hours)

Want to learn more about St. Louis’s own Urban Chestnut Brewing Company? Click here at or follow them on Twitter @urbanchestnut

Only 3,000 bottles are available of this amazing new release from the Urban Chestnut Brewing Company and it will not last long here at Lukas Wine & Spirits. There will be a 3 bottle per person, per day rule on this special release and it will be available as soon as we open at 9:00 AM sharp on 9/25/2012. Please feel free to stop on by or call the Lukas Beer Department after 9:00 AM if you have any questions.


Lukas Beer Department


Schlafly Pumpkin, Octoberfest & Porter

Schlafly’s Fall seasonals are now in stock!


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Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 8% | IBU: 16
APPEARANCE: Copper-colored, bright
PROCESS: Brewed with pumpkin squash and a blend of spices
HOPS: Marynka (PL)
MALTS: 2-row and Crystal malted barley, Munich malt, wheat malt, chocolate malt
YEAST: American Ale
OG: 18.5
SRM: 26.6
Our Pumpkin Ale has a bold, big pumpkin taste, flavored with Pumpkin squash, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. With little bitterness and a malty backbone, the flavor of the pumpkin squash and spices take the lead.

While pumpkin beers were produced in the early days of the American colonies, they were different from the pumpkin beers we know today. Colonists used pumpkin and squash as the fermenting medium, since malted barley was scarce. Once malt became more readily available, it replaced these alternatives to grain. In the 1990’s, American craft brewers reintroduced the style to the delight of pumpkin beer drinkers.

ABV: 5.5% | IBU: 25
APPEARANCE: Amber brown, bright
PROCESS: Traditional Lager
HOPS: Tettnang, Mittelfrüh (DE), Marynka (PL)
MALTS: 2-row and caramel malted barley, Munich malt, aromatic malt
YEAST: German Lager
OG: 13.5
SRM: 14
Our Oktoberfest is a traditional Bavarian Märzen with a toasty malt aroma and slight caramel taste. This rich, amber lager is balanced by the use of German noble hops, while the lager yeast ferments cold and slow, creating a smooth, crisp beer.

Märzen, or Oktoberfest, has its origins in Bavaria, most likely before the 16th century. For public safety and brewing quality concerns, the Bavarian Brauordnung was decreed in 1539, stating that beer could only be brewed from September 29th (Saint Michael) to April 23rd (Saint George). Over the summer months, beers were stored, or lagered, in caves and stone cellars. The evolution of Oktoberfest came from the last brews of the year, in March (or Märzen), as these beers would be ready to drink for the Bavarian celebration, “Oktoberfest”.

ABV: 5.4% | IBU: 27

APPEARANCE: Amber black, bright
PROCESS: Traditional English Porter
HOPS: Pilgrim, East Kent Goldings, Northdown (UK)
MALTS: 2-row malted barley, caramel malt, chocolate malt
YEAST: English Midlands
OG: 12.8
SRM: 50
Our Porter is a dark ale with a mild roasted character and a distinct sweetness from caramel malt. This medium-bodied porter has a velvety body with Pilgrim hops adding a subtle bitterness and East Kent Goldings hops adding aroma and flavor. The English yeast helps showcase all of these flavors in this traditional British-style porter.

In 18th Century London, the word porter was first used to describe a relatively strong, dark beer, popular amongst the working class. London brewers became famous for this style, as they began refining the process using better quality malt. The World Wars led to a higher tax on malt, resulting in lower alcohol strengths in porters. Porter nearly disappeared in the late 20th Century, but was re-introduced in London after small American brewers revitalized interest in the style.

Perennial Fantastic Voyage


It’s here! From the label…

Fantastic Voyage is a harmonic melange of coconut and Imperial Milk Stout brought to us by brewer, Jim Leabig. Loads of coconut, CO lactase and black malt balance each other to provide flavors reminiscent of chocolate covered coconut with a finish smooth like silk sheets. Best enjoyed while listening to slow jams by candlelight.