June Beer Club: Iowa

Freigeist-Bierkultur-Ottekolong-Kolsch-Bottle ImageFreigeist Bierkultur
Unfiltered Kölsch
Cologne, Germany

Ottekelong which in local parlance means, “water from Cologne,” is the basic beer from Freigeist. Based on the local Cologne specialty, Kölsch, Ottekolong is an unfiltered Kölsch-style beer, but with more IBUs than is typical for German Kölsch. Also, because it is unfiltered it isn’t technically legal to call in Kölsch in Germany.

ABV: 4.8% alcohol / volume
IBU: 20
Style: Unfiltered Kölsch

Beer Style at WineStyles: Crisp & Clean 

Freigeist_Dortmunder_Can_ImageFreigeist Bierkultur
Cologne, Germany

This style of beer generally offers a malt forward flavor and aroma balanced by hop bitterness. Maltier than a pilsner and hoppier than Helles, modern-day Dortmund Exports expand on traditions with more complex malt variety and extra bitterness.  Beers brewed to this style traditionally use Noble hops for bittering, which tend to give earthy, floral, spicy notes.

ABV: 5.5% alcohol / volume
Style: Lager – Dortmunder/Export

Beer Style at WineStyles: Malty

Rhubarb_Gose_Bottle_ImageFreigeist Bierkultur
Rhubarb Gose
Cologne, Germany

Based on Freigeist’s ancient spruced Gose recipe, Geisterzug Quince & Geisterzug Rhubarb feature all the complexity, funkiness, and body of the of the original but go one step further by adding tart and flavorful real fruit and vegetables during fermentation. The resulting brews are incredibly lively, characterful, and thirst-quenching.

ABV: 5% alcohol / volume
IBU: 12
Style: Rhubarb Gose

Beer Style at WineStyles: Sour, Tart & Funky

Das_Fette_RadlerFreigeist Bierkultur
Das Fette
Shandy / Radler
Cologne, Germany

50% Das Fette Wiess, 50% Zitronenlimonade. Made for Die Fette Kuh, Köln. 

ABV: 2.5% alcohol / volume
Style: Shandy / Radler

Beer Style at WineStyles: Fruity & Spicy 

Freigeist was founded in 2009 with a mission to revive Germany’s lost regional, artisanal ales. They now offer bold, American-influence, American-brewed twists on their homelands’s most popular beer styles. The special label of Braustelle, Freigeist Bierkultur is a tiny decade-old brewery in Cologne, Germany run by Peter Esser and Sebastian Sauer. The dual use this label to riff on traditional beer styles, creating interesting, unique, and unusual beers. The beers were brewed and canned in collaboration by Urban Chestnut Brewing in St. Louis for Ffreigeist Bierkultur. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.

Photos and information © Freigeist Bierkultur, Beer Advocate and The Wine & Cheese Place – All Rights Reserved.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company_Zwickel_Can ImageUrban Chestnut Brewing Company
Bavarian-Style Lager
Saint Louis, MO

Pronounced ‘zv-ick-el’, the flagship lager of their Reverence Series (classically crafted, timeless, European-style biers) is an unfiltered, unpasteurized, German classic that finishes as a smooth-drinking, naturally cloudy beer. It is bready, lightly-hopped and smooth.

ABV: 5.1% alcohol / volume
IBU: 19
Hops: Hallertau Perle, Hallertau Mittelfrueh
Malt: Pilsner, Caramel
Yeast: UCBC Lager
Style: Bavarian Lager

Beer Style at WineStyles: Crisp & Clean

  • Gold Medal: 2019 Great International Beer & Cider Competition
  • Gold Medal: 2017 LA International Beer Competition

Dorfbier_Can_ImageUrban Chestnut Brewing Company
Bavarian-Style Dunkle Lager
Saint Louis, MO

Some refer to the Dunkel style as the original beer of Munich and its surrounding villages (Dörfer). This everyday beer ranges in color and sweetness depending on the amount of Munich and roasted malts used. The sweetness of the malt is then balanced by the use of another Bavarian friend… the Hallertau hop… in this specific case, Hersbrucker, grown near Wolnzach, Hallertau. This beer is from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s Reverence series; it is deep amber in color and rich, smooth and tasty.

ABV: 5.2% alcohol / volume
IBU: 20
Hops: Herbrucker, Perle
Malt: Munich, Caramel, Chocolate
Yeast: UCBC Lager
Style: Munich Dunkle

Beer Style at WineStyles: Malty

  • Gold Medal: 2017 World Beer Championships
  • Gold Medal – European Style Dunkel: 2016 Los Angeles International Beer Competition

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co, with three locations in St. Louis, is an unconventional-minded, yet traditional-oriented brewer of craft beer. They take a ‘new world meets old world’ brewing approach wherein UCBC contributes to their ‘revolution’ of craft beer with artisanal creations of modern American beers; and ‘reverence’ to the heritage of beer with classically-crafted offerings of timeless European beer styles. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.

Photos and information © Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. – All Rights Reserved.


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