Photo: Brewery Members gathered together at Mother's Brewing Company in Springfield to brew the Sticke Altbier.
WHAT: The Missouri Craft Brewers Guild is releasing its annual collaboration beer project "Missouri Loves Company®". This quarter’s beer style, brewed in collaboration by 34 of the guild’s brewery members, is a Sticke Altbier, a “top-fermented Dusseldorf-style altbier, generally described as being higher in alcohol and more assertive in character than the traditional version” (beer description by Craft Beer & Brewing).
The Missouri Loves Company® version of Sticke Altbier is 6% ABV and 30 IBUs, brewed with Isaria, Munich, Melanoidin, and Chocolate Wheat malts, and hopped with German Akoya, Contessa, and Salvo. As the lore for this style of beer goes, the "sticke" part of the name means "secret." A beer that a brewer traditionally made for themselves with a higher alcohol content, but the brewery would put a sign with the word "sticke" in the window to let customers know that the special beer was being tapped.
The name of the collaboration beer series genuinely represents our state's craft beer community. Even before a virus rocked our worlds, Missouri craft brewers helped each other solve problems, share ideas, and work together to make all Missouri craft beer better. That spirit of camaraderie remained strong and helped forge new and stronger bonds among our already close-knit industry.
HOW: Brewers from across the Show-Me State came together at Mother's Brewing Company in Springfield in late-July to brew the recipe they developed together via video conferencing. The brewers vote on what style they want to brew and we work with our Allied Trade partners on securing ingredients and supplies. The experience gives our brewers the opportunity to experiment with new ingredients and collectively see how they will work in a recipe before they decide to use them in their own breweries.
WHEN: Just in time for Oktoberfest season, Missouri Loves Company® will be released on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at each of our 34 participating brewery locations.
WHERE: Starting Wednesday, September 21, you can pick up a 6-pack of 12 ounce cans of Missouri Loves Company® Sticke Altbier at any of these participating breweries across Missouri:
KANSAS CITY AREA
3Halves Brewing Company, Liberty
3 Trails Brewing Company, Independence
City Barrel Brewery + Kitchen, Kansas City
Crane Brewing, Raytown
Deepwater Bar, Deepwater
Double Shift Brewing Company, Kansas City
East Forty Brewing, Blue Springs
Kansas City Bier Company, Kansas City
POG Brewing Company, Cleveland
44 Canteen, Columbia
44 Stone Public House, Columbia
Bee's Knees Brewing Company, Versailles
Broadway Brewery, Columbia
Last Flight Brewing Company, Jefferson City
Logboat Brewing Company, Columbia
4 By 4 Brewing Company, Springfield
Hold Fast Brewing, Springfield
Mother's Brewing Company, Springfield
Springfield Brewing Company, Springfield
Tie & Timber Beer Company, Springfield
Turkey Creek Brewery, Hollister
White River Brewing Company, Springfield
Wire Road Brewing Company, Battlefield
ST. LOUIS AREA
Bluewood Brewing, St. Louis
Friendship Brewing Company, Wentzville
Muddy Banks Brewing Company, Sullivan
Point Labaddie Brewery, Labadie
Shortleaf Brewing - Winghaven, O'Fallon
Side Project Brewing, St. Louis
Third Wheel Brewing, St. Peters
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, St. Louis
SOUTH CENTRAL MO
Piney River Brewing Company, Bucyrus
Public House Brewing Company, Rolla and St. James
Wages Brewing Company, West Plains
SOUTH WEST MO
Beard Engine Brewing Company, Alba
WHY: A collaboration with 34 member breweries and the support of 10 corporate sponsors, the proceeds from this project will directly benefit the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild. Purchasing and enjoying this beer is supporting the Guild and its efforts to advocate for the craft beer industry at the state and federal level, and to promote independent craft brewers in the Show-Me State.