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Super Bowl LIV: Beer & Food Pairings

January 31st, 2020 by

Super Bowl Food Pairings

Around 100,000,000 people will be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday… Will you be one of them? Whether you’re into the game, the commercials, or hanging with your friends and family, the chances are pretty good that you’ll also be enjoying a tasty assortment of appetizers and snacks. We’ve rounded up a handful of our favorites and paired them with some of our best-loved canned beers!

citra and wings

Hot Wings & DDH Citra IPA

Is it even the Super Bowl if you’re not eating wings while watching? Whether you’re doing traditional, boneless, or even a buffalo chicken dip (YUM), our DDH Citra IPA has the perfect balance of citrus zing and dry-hopped flavor to stand up to those spicy, finger-licking sauces.

nachos and amarilloish

Nachos & Amarillo-ish IPA

The thing about nachos is, you can make them a million different ways. BBQ pork, seasoned ground beef, vegetarian, chicken, seared tuna… Smokey, spicy, savory, or even sweet. For them to be nachos, however, they have to have a base of crunchy chips and a number of delicious toppings with plenty of tastes and textures. Our Amarillo-ish has strong hop flavor with enough bite to cut through any variety of nacho flavors.

pretzel and hefe

Soft Pretzels & Bavarian Hefeweizen

Right? Bavarian-style pretzels with bavarian-style beer… In addition to the tradition, both offer comforting bready flavors without being too heavy or over-powering.

travs and lager

Toasted Ravioli & Southern German Lager

One of our beloved area specialties, toasted ravioli is a perfect game-day food. They’re easy to hold and eat, crispy edges with a soft pillow of breaded pasta and seasoned meat, dippable, and filling. With the Italian seasonings, bread crumbs, and accompanying marinara sauce, you’ll want a beer that is refreshing but not weak. We think our Southern German Lager is the perfect pairing!

popcorn and cinnamon stout

Popcorn & Cinnamon Maple Stout

If you like your beers dark and filling, you might want a lighter snack to pair it with. Popcorn is light and crunchy, addictive, and can be as sweet or as salty as you like. Regardless of where you fall on the popcorn seasoning spectrum, our Cinnamon Maple Stout has the body and flavor to compliment it.

Ode to the Oats

January 28th, 2020 by

oats in handDid you know that January is National Oatmeal Month? We don’t make oatmeal, but we DO use oats in a number of our beers and thought they deserved their own little blog of glorification.

When most people think of oats in beer they immediately think of Oatmeal Stouts, but did you know that oats have so much more to offer? Don’t get us wrong, Oatmeal Stout is a noble and delicious style. We just want to give a hearty shout out to all the ways oats add depth and body to our recipes… from IPAs to Coffee Stouts, oats’ unique combination of proteins, starches, and oat gum are the perfect way to add hazy opacity and rich mouthfeel to beer recipes. Plus, they have the benefit of not needing to be milled before use the way malts do. Win, win!

One of the reasons oats contribute so much to the texture of beer is because the starches in oats are less fermentable than in base malts, like you would use in a Pilsner. This means that the enzymes involved in the brewing process don’t break the starches down as thoroughly, leaving more body and mouthfeel than a beer made without oats. This is something we are used to experiencing in stouts and full-bodied, filling beers but it’s also another way to enjoy pale ales and more. Our Amarillo-ish IPA, for examples, is made using oats!

Oat Notes

Recipe: Coffee Maple Stout Brownies

December 30th, 2019 by

Coffee Maple Stout BrowniesNew Year’s Resolutions don’t start until January 1st, right? Whether you’re headed out to a New Year’s Eve celebration or ringing in the next decade from the comfort of your couch, you can bet these Coffee Maple Stout Brownies will delight. What’s better than a classic chocolate & coffee combo?! Just as good for breakfast as it is for dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unbleached white flouringredients
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup Nestle espresso chips
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) of Six Mile Bridge Coffee Maple Stout (reserve the other 8 ounces for your drinking pleasure)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Icing, sprinkles, or any other desired toppings.

Directions:

Start by preheating the oven to 375° F and line a 9” x 13” pan with foil or grease it with butter.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt then set aside.

In a double boiler (a smaller pan in a larger pan of boiling water) melt the butter, bittersweet chocolate, and espresso chips while whisking constantly. One the mixture is completely melted and smooth, remove from the heat.

In a large mixing bowl or standing mixer, beat eggs and sugar on high until it’s very light and fluffy. Slowly add the chocolate mixture a little at a time until combined.

Next, add the flour mixture in ¼ cup increments until mixed.

Use a whisk to gently add the Coffee Maple Stout to the mixture. The batter will be thin.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and then carefully drop the semi-sweet chocolate chips over the top, evenly across the pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Let the brownies cool completely before cutting or removing from the pan. Top with icing, sprinkles, nuts, or any other toppings you love.

BA Salted Truffle Stout Releases Tomorrow

December 20th, 2019 by

Salted Truffle Stouttruffle garnishFew things are more decadent than a chocolate truffle… Usually with several different types of chocolate including a chocolate-based filling, hard chocolate shell, and often dusted with cocoa powder, these confections are super rich and fudgey. Available in a myriad of unique flavors, it’s hard to choose a favorite. However, if pushed, we think the combination of chocolate and coffee is a winner.

That’s why, when we tasted this delicious stout that had been aging for 18 months in Four Roses bourbon barrels, we decided to take those luscious cocoa notes to new heights with additional cocoa nibs and espresso cold brew concentrate from local roasters, Kuva Coffee. Then, just to help add punctuation to this poetry, a hint of sea salt to sharpen some of those sweet flavors.

Not only is this Salted Truffle Stout amazing on its own, but it truly is a great partner to our previously released Stroopwafel Stout. Where the Stroopwafel was all about caramel and biscuit cookies, this one is all about chocolate and coffee. Both are elegant interpretations of some of our favorite desserts, but each has a unique personality.truffle art

Our BA Salted Truffle Stout is 13% ABV and will be available tomorrow beginning at 2 PM when our Taproom opens. Bottles are $20 each which includes tax. No bottle limit.

We will also have the pleasure of the “Honest to Goodness” food truck tomorrow with both sweet and savory eats to keep up your stamina… You’ll need it as we will have a small amount of the Truffle Stout on draft for the day (while supply lasts), plus the final “SwaggerDays” merchandise special. Buy that cool SMB shirt or glass you’ve been eyeing and get 10% off your bar tab (excludes the Truffle Stout, but we have lots of amazing brews on draft such as our popular Coffee Maple Stout and our new Double IPA).

Double IPA Is Now On Draft!

November 27th, 2019 by

DIPA HeaderIf you know Ronnie Fink, you know he absolutely loves IPAs and outstanding hop flavors. He even named his dog “Citra” after one of his favorite hop varieties!

Since joiningDIPA hops the Six Mile Bridge family, he has been chomping at the bit to create a Double IPA. What began as a noteworthy sample of Motuere hops (a variety that Ronnie hadn’t had the privilege to work with yet), turned into a masterpiece of New Zealand and Australian hops.

Motuere, Motueka, and Galaxy hops are all known to have spectacular tropical fruit flavors and Ronnie was inspired to weave them all together. He has long loved the way Motueka and Galaxy hops compliment each other, and Motuere was a fun new addition that fit the theme. Notes of peaches, passion fruit, and citrus zest round out a great IPA that is fruit-forward and a perfect “Double IPA debut” for Six Mile Bridge.

This brew boasts 8.0% ABV and 65 IBUs and will be such a treat for IPA lovers. The bitter and citrus notes pair amazingly well with greasy comfort foods like cheeseburgers and pizza, or can cut through fatty salad dressings. Lucky for you, we have the Honest to Goodness food truck (formerly Frankly Sausages) from 5-8 PM tonight. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring your visiting friends and family to meet your favorite brewery over dinner!

Drink Your Way Through A Thanksgiving Feast

November 26th, 2019 by

Coffee Maple Stout and Pumpkin PieCalories don’t count on Thanksgiving, right? If you’re looking for something delicious to wash down all that tasty turkey (and assorted sides) look no further than our convenient canned brews. We have paired up your favorite Turkey Day dishes with Six Mile Bridge beers so you can be extra thankful.

Salad with Amarillo IPASalad with Vinaigrette Dressing + Amarillo-ish IPA

The sharp flavors in our Amarillo-ish IPA are perfect for cutting through oil & vinegar dressing, and the bold flavors of vinegar hold up to the strong hops. Plus, they’re already color coordinated!

Cranberry Sauce + DDH Citra IPA

Whether your berries come jellified in a can or you get all fancy with homemade, the tart sweetness of this traditional Thanksgiving treat goes perfectly with the dry citrus flavors in our DDH Citra.

Sweet Potatoes or Candied Yams + Cinnamon Maple Stout

Some families subscribe to sweet potatoes, while others prefer yams… But these sweet starches typically sport the same brown sugar & cinnamon treatment. The complex, sticky flavor notes of this popular side are a great match for our Cinnamon Maple Stout. Creamy, cinnamon-y, sweet, and substantial.

Stuffing/Dressing + Bavarian HefeweizenDressing with Hefe

“Stuffing” is made inside the turkey and “dressing” is made separately, but either way you’ll be enjoying dense bread soaked in herbed broth. For this important player, we selected our Hefeweizen. It’s light enough in flavor not to overpower this holiday superstar, but has enough body to support the carb load. Plus, the subtle citrus notes help cut through the buttery fats of the stuffing/dressing.

Green Bean Casserole + Southern German Lager

What is the perfect partner beer for this soup-can classic? This casserole already has so many flavors and textures going on with the cream of mushroom soup, green beans, and a healthy heap of French fried onions… Our Southern German Lager has a great refreshing flavor to cleanse the palate while holding it’s own against the this heavyweight side dish.

TurIrish Red and Turkeykey & Gravy + Irish Red Ale

It’s the star of the show, paired up with our best-seller! This isn’t a popularity contest, though. We paired these two up for their substantial flavors and body. Rich, with great mouthfeel, our Irish Red Ale is definitely a “main dish” kind of beer.

Pumpkin Pie + Coffee Maple Stout

After stuffing your face with all the savory courses, it’s time to loosen your belt, kick back, and take down a piece of pie. Most people will take a cup of coffee on the side but why have a regular coffee when you can enjoy a Coffee Maple Stout? All the coffee flavor plus 6.0% ABV.

Pumpkin Pie

Our canned beers are widely available at local retailers, or you can come purchase full or mixed 4-packs from our Taproom (closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday the 29th). We also have new swag coming in all season to help you cross some friends off your holiday list. Come visit us soon!

Happy National Stout Day!

November 7th, 2019 by

stroopwafel stout

We thought National Stout Day was the perfect opportunity to announce a new line of dessert-inspired specials releases, the first of which is an amazing bourbon barrel aged “Stroopwafel Stout” set to release later this month! This beer has an amazing fudgy, caramel biscuit-like flavor that evokes the classic Dutch Stroopwafel.

If you aren’t familiar with Stroopwafel, it’s made with a layer of gooey caramel sandwiched between two crispy wafer cookies. Broad enough to perch on top of a coffee mug, these tasty cookies are often enjoyed with a cup of tea. Set one on top after pouring the hot tea and let the steam warm and soften that caramel goodness. And now you know a sweet secret few Americans have enjoyed.

Ryan & Lindsay Sherring have been spreading the Stroopwafel gospel to friends, family, and employees for some time… But it’s finally time to share it with all of our Six Mile Bridge patrons in the form they love best. Beer.

Aged for over 18 months, the base beer was a double mash, four hour boil, creating substantial body and 13% ABV. After that, it went into Four Roses bourbon barrels with 100% real cinnamon until it was finally ready to be bottled!

These 750 ml. bottles will be released on a first-come, first served basis for $20 each which includes tax. In addition to the bottles, we will have a very limited amount available on draft at the Taproom if you want a smaller taste. The release date isn’t finalized quite yet, but it will be very soon so stay tuned to our social media accounts to be the first to know.

Want to celebrate National Stout Day today? Our Coffee Maple Stout and Cinnamon Maple Stout are great options. Made with 100% real maple syrup and premium ingredients like cold brew concentrate from Kuva Coffee and Cinnamon bark, these stouts are sure to please. Widely available on draft and in cans. Come by the Taproom to enjoy a pint of each!

Coffee & Cinnamon Maple Stouts

Beer & Candy Pairings ARE BACK!

October 29th, 2019 by

HeaderAs featured in Feast Magazine, our beer & candy pairings are a must-do event this Halloween season. Luckily for you, we will offer this experience three nights this week! Come to the Taproom Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and get a perfectly paired beer & sweets flight. All you have to do is choose 4 beers off the menu and for $15 you’ll get 5 ounce pours of each, plus a carefully chosen sugary counterpart for each brew. Even better, bring a friend and split two flights in order to try all 8 pairings available.  Need a preview? We don’t want to ruin the surprise of ALL the pairings, but here are a few selections you can get excited for.

Hefe and Twix

Bavarian Hefeweizen & Twix Bars

That light, refreshing flavor you enjoy in our Hefeweizen pairs perfectly with the caramel & toasty cookie bar in Twix bars. Enjoy them side-by-side.

Cinnamon Maple and Heath

Cinnamon Maple Stout & Heath Bars

Our Cinnamon Maple Stout was just released for the season and pairing with chocolate-toffee goodness seems like a great way to celebrate. Warm & roasty flavors are just the thing you need to fight off the chill of October.

Irish Red and Stroopwafel

Irish Red Ale & Caramel Stroopwafel

Ever heard of a Stroopwafel? This unique Belgian dessert is beloved by the Six Mile Bridge brewery family. A gooey layer of caramel is sandwiched between two crispy wafer cookies. So good on it’s own, even better when paired with our Irish Red Ale made with real wildflower honey.

Coffee Maple and Reeses

Coffee Maple Stout & Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

This pairing is decadent and bold. Our Coffee Maple Stout is made with cold brew concentrate from Kuva Coffee Roasters, giving it that bold burst of coffee flavor. Only a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, king of Halloween candies, has the flavor to match. Rich and delicious, you won’t want to miss it.

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

To cap off the season, we are offering BOGO beers to those who wear a costume to the Taproom on Halloween this Thursday, October 31st. Come show off your alter ego and chow down on some chocolate with us!

Foeder Beer Has (Finally) Arrived!

October 9th, 2019 by
Owner Ryan Sherring has a passion for sour beers and was obviously very excited to add the foeder to Six Mile Bridge.

Owner Ryan Sherring has a passion for sour beers and was obviously very excited to add the foeder to Six Mile Bridge.

If you have ever had the privilege of visiting our brewery, you have most certainly seen our Foeder standing proud. This was one of Ryan’s most treasured additions to our brewhouse capabilities.

Did you know that Foeder Crafters of America is the only company in the United States making foeders? And it's right here in St. Louis!

Did you know that Foeder Crafters of America is the only company in the United States making foeders? And it’s right here in St. Louis!

A foeder (pronounced “food-er”) is a large wooden vat that, while traditionally used as a tool for winemaking, is experiencing a boom in the craft beer world. These oversized barrels are perfectly suited for brewing with wild yeast and allowing smaller breweries to play with wild ales, but can be used for a wide variety of styles. What is special about a foeder is how it controls the oxygen intake and allows you to periodically taste the beer using a tasting valve. This helps you fine tune the brew over time.

Our 45 barrel foeder was made by Foeder Crafters of America (FCA) right here in St. Louis and was installed in 2017. Not only was it made here, but the wood is Missouri White Oak which has the perfect texture and density to let the beer breath.

The first project we used the foeder for was an Imperial Stout, to help us draw out the oak flavors of the vat. That stout has since been moved to other barrels for exciting future releases. Once the wood of the foeder was conditioned we were ready to get started on our own foeder beer! We used a saison base, pitched with a variety of yeasts and bacteria to create a sour delight. No hops were added since they can fight the bacterium needed to create these sour-style ales. Now that our recipe has spent a full year in the foeder, it is ready to be enjoyed and we can move forward with the “solera method.” This involves periodically pulling 15 barrels out to enhance with fruit or other add-ins, then building the base beer back up again in the foeder. Using this method, we can maintain our source beer while still getting creative in smaller batches.

We are so excited to share this base beer with you TOMORROW, October 9th. We have an extremely limited amount that we have pulled out and carbonated so that our friends get to experience this unique brew. Going forward we will offer 2-4 extremely limited, taproom-only releases of foeder beer variations. Different fruits, ingredients, and techniques will take our base foeder sour to new territory. We hope you’ll join us to taste this great introductory sour beer. The flavor is tart, dry, soft, and light bodied with notes of tropical fruit and citrus. We will also have Frankly Sausages food truck from 5-8 PM and Free Trivia from 7-9. Three wonderful reasons to spend your Wednesday with Six Mile Bridge.

National Honey Month

September 30th, 2019 by

Honey Blog Header

Did you know that September is National Honey Month? We didn’t want to close it out without paying homage to one of our most popular

Irish Red Ale Featured on Sauce

Our Irish Red Ale with Honey on Sauce Magazine’s 2019 Guide to Beer

beers. Our Irish Red Ale with Honey is a favorite, and for good reason. Warm, robust, and beautifully amber, our Irish Red is smoothed out with wildflower honey which we specially chose for its unique flavor profile. Clover honey is more common, but after numerous taste tests we decided the wildflower variety was the best for our recipe.

Did you know that honey comes in a rainbow of colors and flavors? It can be a very dark brown or a light gold. The appearance, texture, and taste of honey is dependent on the nectar source. Such as wildflowers versus clover, avocado flowers, orange blossoms, or alfalfa.

Wildflower honey is truly unique because it can vary slightly from year to year based on what blooms! While the mixture maintains certain flavor characteristics from year to year, it won’t ever be EXACTLY the same as the year before. One of the reasons people love wildflower honey is that, much like wine, it documents the weather and conditions of any given year. It’s as wild and free as the flowers it came from.

What better way to celebrate National Honey Month than a simple, delicious Honey Beer Bread with Honey Butter? It’s a quick and easy side item for dinner, a sweet & savory snack, or maybe a great way to enjoy beer for breakfast!

Honey Beer Bread with IRAHoney Beer Bread

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 SMB Irish Red Ale with Honey
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3+ tbsp butter
  1. Whisk dry ingredients together
  2. Mix in beer and honey
  3. Grease a bread pan with butter
  4. Pour bread mixture into pan
  5. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes until top is golden, coating the top with melted butter mid-bake.

Honey Butter

  • 12 tbsp softened, unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  1. Use a hand beater or immersion blender to mix all ingredients
  2. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator, but bring to room temperature when ready to serve

Finished honey beer bread