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Fitz’s, O’Fallon Brewery team on second boozy soda, Hard Key Lime

A year after collaborating on a boozy root beer, O’Fallon Brewery and Fitz’s have teamed once again for new alcoholic craft soda: Hard Key Lime.

Brewed and bottled at O’Fallon Brewery’s facility in Maryland Heights, Hard Key Lime made with ale and Fitz’s Key Lime craft soda has 5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).

“We plan to re-launch root beer and key lime together the second Monday of March,” O’Fallon Brewery’s founder Jim Gorczyca said. “We are hoping that these become the local choice for St. Louis consumers who are looking for a sweeter, more drinkable beer.”

Earlier this year, O’Fallon Brewery and Fitz’s launched Fitz’s Hard Root Beer to tap into demand for alcoholic root beer. St. Louis-based Fitz’s Bottling Co. makes craft sodas and operates a restaurant and bottling plant in the Delmar Loop.

O’Fallon Brewery, one of St. Louis’ largest craft brewers, also recently introduced Big Walt, a 22-ounce commemorative beer featuring former professional hockey player Keith Tkachuk’s name and number 7 on the label.

Big Walt Beer, a 5 percent ABV blond-style beer, will soon be on draft in about 100 St. Louis area locations, Gorczyca said. It will also be sold at Ballpark Village during the NHL Winter Classic matchup between the Blues and Chicago Blackhawks next week.

O’Fallon Brewery introduces four new pumpkin beers

SAINT LOUIS (Aug. 12, 2016): O’Fallon Brewery, one of the largest and first craft breweries in the St. Louis area, has launched four new pumpkin beers just in time for autumn. The new beers, Vanilla Pumpkin, Jack O’Latté, Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin and Peach Pumpkin, are now available at retail locations for a limited time in a 12-pack pumpkin variety pack.

 

“Thirteen years ago, we were the first brewery in St. Louis to brew a pumpkin beer,” said Jim Gorczyca, O’Fallon Brewery president and CEO. “Our new pumpkin lineup continues O’Fallon’s tradition of innovation by using unique ingredients to create an unforgettable beer experience. These are the perfect beers to enjoy around a fire pit with friends or tailgating before a game. We’re excited to capture the spirit of the season with these new beers, and we can’t wait for people to try them.”

 

O’Fallon’s Pumpkin Pack varietal includes three of each of the following beers:

 

  • Vanilla Pumpkin: Cold-pressed Madagascar bourbon vanilla was added to O’Fallon’s traditional pumpkin amber ale to create a drinkable pumpkin pie a la mode. 5 percent ABV. 11 IBUs.
  • Jack O’Latté: A pumpkin milk stout aged over coffee beans. Flaked oats, lactose and coffee malt accentuate its latté character. 6 percent ABV. 12 IBUs.
  • Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin: An amber ale that is the perfect blend of apple and pumpkin pies. 2 percent ABV. 9 IBUs.
  • Peach Pumpkin: A light and refreshing ale. The peach balances perfectly with traditional pumpkin spices to create this distinctive seasonal beer. 2 percent ABV. 9 IBUs.

 

In addition to the new pumpkin offerings, O’Fallon’s traditional seasonal favorites, O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale and O’Fallon Imperial Pumpkin, are now on sale. O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale is available in six-packs and 12-packs (glass) and on draft. O’Fallon Imperial Pumpkin is available in large single bottles (22 oz.). O’Fallon Vanilla Pumpkin is available in the variety pack and in six-packs. The beers are available to O’Fallon Brewery’s distribution network throughout the Midwest. Additionally, all of the beers will be served at O’Fallon’s O’Bar in Maryland Heights, Missouri.

 

“Brewing with pumpkin is tough but rewarding,” said Brian Owens, O’Fallon Brewery head brewer. “We use real pumpkin in our mash and whole spices to deliver layers of distinct flavors. With these new releases, we continue to explore and expand the possibilities of pumpkin beer. Once people try them, they’ll wish we brewed them all year long. Grab your variety pack while you can, they won’t last long!”

About O’Fallon Brewery

The O’Fallon Brewery is a craft brewery founded in St. Charles County just northwest of St. Louis. In June 2015, the company opened its 40,000 square-foot flagship brewery in Maryland Heights, Missouri. The company brews O’Fallon Gold, 5-Day IPA, Hemp Hop Rye, Wheach, Zeke’s Pale Ale and Smoked Porter, which won a Gold Medal at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival. The brewery also brews seasonal beers including Strawberry Best, King Louie Toffee Stout and O’Fallon Pumpkin. To learn more, please visit www.ofallonbrewery.com.

O’Fallon Brewery and Fitz’s Bottling Company introduce Fitz’s Hard Root Beer

SAINT LOUIS (May 26, 2016): O’Fallon Brewery, one of the largest and first craft breweries in the St. Louis area, has collaborated with Fitz’s Bottling Company to create Fitz’s Hard Root Beer.

Fitz’s Hard Root Beer is brewed and bottled at O’Fallon’s new 40,000 square-foot Maryland Heights, Missouri, brewery. The beer is brewed with malted barley, caramel malt, hops and yeast. During the final stage of brewing, a special blend of Fitz’s Root Beer made with all-natural pure cane sugar, sassafras roots, vanilla, and a spice blend is added to capture Fitz’s distinct and creamy flavor.

“Hard root beer is one of the hottest trends in craft beer,” said Jim Gorczyca, O’Fallon Brewery president and CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with Fitz’s, an iconic root beer brand, to meet the increased demand in the marketplace. It took eleven months of considerable work by our teams to capture Fitz’s famous taste in a high-quality craft beer. I’m proud of our finished product. Fitz’s Hard Root Beer continues O’Fallon’s commitment to innovation by using unique ingredients to create an unforgettable beer experience.”

Fitz’s Hard Root Beer is 5.0 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and will be priced comparably to other beers in the hard root beer category. The beer will begin arriving at retailers in May and will be available in six packs (12 ounce bottles) and kegs (1/6 and ½ barrels). The beer will be distributed throughout Missouri and Illinois and will be available to O’Fallon Brewery’s distribution network throughout the Midwest. Additionally, the beer will be served on draft at Fitz’s Restaurant and O’Fallon’s O’Bar.

“Brewing a hard root beer is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Michael Alter, owner and co-founder of Fitz’s Bottling Company. “Finding a brewer who had the ability to capture our signature Fitz’s flavor with a high-quality craft beer base was our top priority. When we set out to do this, we didn’t want a beer that simply tasted like any old root beer – it had to taste like Fitz’s. We achieved this with our friends at O’Fallon, and I’m excited for consumers to enjoy our latest creation.”

O’Fallon Brewery opens new brewery in Maryland Heights

ST. LOUIS (June 22 2015): O’Fallon Brewery, one of St. Louis’ largest and oldest craft breweries, has opened its flagship brewery and tap room in Maryland Heights, Missouri.

“We’re really excited to show people the new brewery,” said Jim Gorczyca, O’Fallon Brewery president and CEO. “O’Fallon’s tremendous success today is a testament to the support we have received from St. Louis, and I couldn’t be more pleased for those who have worked over the last 15 years to build the O’Fallon brand name and see this dream of a new brewery come to life.”

The 40,000-square-foot brewery is located in Maryland Heights, Missouri, at 45 Progress Parkway and includes a new full-service restaurant featuring appetizers, flatbreads, burgers and sandwiches. O’Bar Grill and Tap Room will be a great place for beer enthusiasts to enjoy a wide variety of O’Fallon beers, including O’Fallon’s specialty brews which will only be available in the tap room.

The new brewery will have an annual brewing capacity of 25,000 beer barrels (344,500 cases).

“This expansion will not only allow us to get closer to meeting current demand, it will also serve as a showplace where consumers can meet our brewers and experience O’Fallon beers.” said Gorczyca. “As we continue to increase distribution we have room to double our capacity to approximately 50,000 barrels.”

“The new brewery is a dream come true for our team,” said Brian Owens, head brewer. “This will allow us to brew a wider variety of beer styles and help the St. Louis craft beer community grow while staying true to our brand of developing unique and award-winning beer.”

For 15 years O’Fallon Brewery has created award-winning beers for every taste and season. Beer fans can now enjoy O’Fallon beer seven days a week in the new O’Bar and Tap Room opened Sunday – Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Thursday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

The brewery also will offer merchandise and brewery tours. Tours will not be available until this fall. O’Fallon Brewery will employ approximately 60 people at its Maryland Heights brewery in brewing, operations, front office and tap room.

The O’Fallon Brewery is a craft brewery founded in St. Charles County just northwest of St. Louis. The company brews O’Fallon Gold, 5-Day IPA, Hemp Hop Rye, Wheach, Zeke’s Pale Ale and Smoked Porter, which won a Gold Medal at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival. The brewery also brews seasonal beers including Strawberry Best, King Louie Toffee Stout and O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer.

2015: The year of O’Fallon Brewery

May marks a significant milestone for St. Louis’ second-largest and second-oldest craft brewery. O’Fallon Brewery celebrates its 15th anniversary, releases an original summer seasonal and opens a new 40,000-square-foot brewery!

ST. LOUIS (April 28, 2015): For 15 years O’Fallon Brewery has created award-winning beers for every taste and season. In May O’Fallon Brewery introduces its latest seasonal – Strawberry Best – an American-style wheat beer brewed with strawberry puree to create a subtle strawberry flavor and aroma with a slight tartness. Strawberry Best continues O’Fallon’s tradition of brewing beer with unique ingredients to create new and distinctive flavors.

“We were one of the first in the country to brew pumpkin beer and peach beer – and last year we introduced a stout brewed with Bissinger’s chocolate,” said Jim Gorczyca, O’Fallon Brewery president and CEO. “Our Strawberry Best seasonal is the latest in a long line of distinctive and delicious beers brewed by O’Fallon.”

Light in color and soft in bitterness, Strawberry Best is made to be enjoyed during the hot summer months. It is brewed with two-row, Bonlander and white wheat, in addition to German Tradition hops, resulting in a crisp, strawberry wheat beer. Strawberry Best is 4.4 percent alcohol by volume and 7.9 IBUs. Strawberry Best will be available in six-packs of 12-oz. bottles and on draught and priced comparably to other O’Fallon brands.

The release of Strawberry Best comes during a time of growth and excitement for O’Fallon. In May, O’Fallon Brewery celebrates its 15-year anniversary and opens a new brewing facility in Maryland Heights, Missouri.

“O’Fallon Brewery’s 15th anniversary is a tremendous milestone for the company,” said Gorczyca. “For the past 15 years, we’ve introduced incredible beer. Our new facility will expand our capacity and allow us to continue to be a leader and innovator in the craft industry.”

O’Fallon’s new 40,000-square-foot craft brewery will open at the end of May. The new brewery is located in St. Louis County just north of Westport Plaza and will have an annual brewing capacity of 25,000 beer barrels (344,500 cases), more than double the company’s current volume. The brewery will have room to expand to approximately 50,000 barrels (689,000 cases).

The new brewery will offer tours and include a tasting room. It will feature a wide variety of O’Fallon beers, including O’Fallon’s specialty beers which will only be available on tap in the tasting room. Light fare will be served.Since May 2000, O’Fallon has developed unique and award-winning beers, such as Wheach, 5-Day IPA and Smoked Porter, among others. “We love beer,” said Gorczyca. “And we’ll always look for new ways to brew and make better beer.”

The O’Fallon Brewery is a small craft brewery founded in St. Charles County just northwest of St. Louis. The company brews O’Fallon Gold, 5-Day IPA, Hemp Hop Rye, Wheach, Zeke’s Pale Ale and Smoked Porter, which won a Gold Medal at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival. The brewery also brews seasonal beers including Strawberry Best, King Louie Toffee Stout and O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer. Specialty beers in its Brewer’s Stash series include 10-Day IPA (an imperial IPA) and Sticke It to The Man (a darker, hoppier version of a traditional Dusseldorf Alt).

O’Fallon Brewery readying for spring opening of $10 million facility

Jim Gorczyca is getting used to curious neighbors popping their heads into the industrial building he’s transforming in Maryland Heights into a production facility and headquarters for O’Fallon Brewery, one of St. Louis’ largest craft brewers.

As people who work nearby at the Westport Plaza office and retail complex see deliveries of 18-feet-tall stainless steel fermentation tanks, curiosity prompts them to ask when the brewery will open, said Brian Owens, O’Fallon’s Brewery’s head brewer since 2002. The brewery’s exterior signs aren’t installed yet, but several black awnings display the company’s tagline in large white text: “We love beer.”

Announced in February 2014, the $10 million project includes a restaurant with seating for 100 and a tasting room. Both are scheduled to open on May 1, with brewing to start on June 1.

Gorczyca, O’Fallon Brewery’s president and CEO, picked the site at 45 Progress Parkway in large part because of the large concentration of employers.The 39,000-square-foot brewery building, which was formerly home to a medical equipment manufacturer, is located near Interstate 270 and Page Avenue, in an area with several large employers, including Edward Jones.“This is a great location with so many businesses in the area, and 22 hotels nearby,” Gorczyca said. “We didn’t want to go downtown where there are many other breweries.” With its location in west St. Louis County near a major interstate, Gorczyca said the new facility will draw from a wide pool of customers in the region. Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller said the brewery will fill a void. “It’s certainly going to bring jobs to the area and growth to the city,” Moeller said. “There’s nothing else like that there.”

The brewery and restaurant will employ about 45 people when it opens, up from about 10 current employees.
Opening the new brewery will allow O’Fallon Brewery to bring all of its production back to the St. Louis area. As sales outpaced its capacity at its small brewhouse in O’Fallon, Mo., that can only brew a few thousand barrels annually, the brewery shifted production of most of its beer in 2008 to a contract brewer in Wisconsin. O’Fallon Brewery produced 11,000 barrels in 2014, with sales of its Pumpkin Beer, 5-Day IPA and other beers in 13 states and in Italy. The new brewery will be able to brew 25,000 barrels a year annually initially, with room to expand to 50,000 barrels.

With the extra space, O’Fallon Brewery plans to expand its contract brewing services for other craft brewers, Gorczyca said. He estimates he’ll brew about 15,000 barrels this year for O’Fallon Brewery and an additional 10,000 barrels for contract customers, including for Black Mesa, an Oklahoma-based craft brewer.
The new facility will also allow O’Fallon Brewery to bottle more of its beer that’s currently only available on draft, such as its Strawberry Best American wheat seasonal beer that will debut in bottles this year for the first time.

Gorczyca designed the new brewery to have everything that his existing brewery in O’Fallon, Mo., lacks. No tours are offered there — it’s too small to accommodate large groups of visitors.“For 15 years, O’Fallon Brewery has produced great beer but was missing the ability to connect with customers and with the brewing process,” Gorczyca said. The CEO was head of marketing for Anheuser-Busch in Europe in the mid-2000s and bought O’Fallon Brewery in 2011 from its founders, Tony and Fran Caradonna.

When the new brewery opens, public tours will be available. A new 5-barrel pilot brewery that will be added in the Maryland Heights brewery will also allow O’Fallon Brewery to develop small batches of beer that visitors can sample in the tasting room and provide feedback on the taste. “We’ll get feedback that we never had before without the pilot brewery,” Owens said. This kind of interaction with brewers is a popular model for growing craft brewers, said Julia Herz, craft beer program director for the Brewers Association, a Colorado-based trade group that defines craft brewers as independent and traditional brewers that produce 6 million barrels or less of beer annually. “Breweries are a destination,” Herz said. “They’re places customers can go to get fresh beer at the source and talk to brewers behind their favorite brands.”

One beer that will be available on draft at the tasting room later in the year, Owens said, is Maple Bacon Dopplebock, a beer with 10 percent alcohol by volume that’s aged in cognac barrels. The brewery still has to move more than a dozen beer barrels filled with aging beer — which each weigh more than 300 pounds — from O’Fallon to Maryland Heights.

Gorczyca said he’s still evaluating whether he’ll keep the 7,000-square-foot facility the brewer leases in O’Fallon open. “It hasn’t been decided yet, but we will continue to brew there throughout the summer,” Gorczyca said.

This week, one of O’Fallon Brewery’s most expensive pieces of equipment was delivered — a $250,000 centrifuge that helps clarify the beer by removing yeast. The equipment deliveries are “like Christmas in March,” Owens said — they’re coming at a more rapid clip now as opening nears. “As you scale up, it’s more and more important to ensure consistency and quality.” Six of eight fermentation tanks and two of three bright tanks are in place, and bottling line equipment will be installed in April. Canning line equipment will be added after the brewery opens.

“We’re investing a significant amount of money,” Gorczyca said. “All of this will allow us to keep beer as fresh as possible, as long as possible. This is an exciting time for us.”

via STL Today

O’FALLON BREWERY INTRODUCES ZEKE’S PALE ALE

Zeke’s – A New, Sessionable Pale Ale Brewed with Australian Galaxy Hops

 
ST. LOUIS (Feb. 5, 2014): O’Fallon Brewery, brewers of 5-Day IPA and other award-winning craft beers, is kicking off February with the launch Zeke’s Pale Ale.
 

Zeke’s is a dry, crisp, light-bodied pale ale brewed with Galaxy hops, which gives it a unique citrusy flavor and aromas of passion fruit, grapefruit and pineapple. O’Fallon brewmaster Brian Owens created Zeke’s because he wanted a smooth and relatively easy to drink beer with a rich, full hop aroma and flavor.
 

“The tastes and demands of craft beer drinkers are evolving quickly, and people now are looking for big flavor in beers that aren’t too high in alcohol and are lighter than most craft beers,” said Owens. “We wanted Zeke’s to be special so we used only Galaxy hops which produce a really citrusy flavor and an amazing aroma.”
 

Zeke’s Pale Ale is brewed with two-row, Bonlander and Honey malt. Galaxy hops are added at the very end of the boil in a technique called burst-hopping that allows the beer to gain the hop flavor and aroma with just the right balance of bitterness. The result is a dry, crisp, light-bodied ale with a fresh hop aroma and just a hint of honey.

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You have come to the right place if you’re looking for more information about O’Fallon Brewery. Below is an assortment of links to related beer and some downloadable newsletters from our archives. Please contact us if you cannot find what you’re looking for. Cheers!

 

Fitz’s, O’Fallon Brewery team on second boozy soda, Hard Key Lime

http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/dining/bars-and-clubs-other/hip-hops/fitz-s-o-fallon-brewery-team-on-second-boozy-soda/article_2e2a4d57-91ca-5026-9ee3-78843d15bc33.html utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Great article from the STL Post Dispatch about all the awesome things happening in Maryland Heights right now!

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/office-expansion-hotels-fuel-maryland-heights-building-boom/article_dfafd2a5-6bd1-581c-8e28-2ebc6eabbb3f.html

Crafts Brews & Booze. Check out SLM’s guide to the ever-expanding local drink scene.
https://www.stlmag.com/topics/craft-brews-and-booze/

Congrats to our friends at Vanessa House Beer Co.- September 10, 2016

http://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/scene/whattheale/what-the-ale-oklahoma-s-vanessa-house-beer-company-soon/article_441f08e3-c94c-593b-88d4-697c873a87fb.html

The 6 best new pumpkin beers to sip on this fall- August 24, 2016 

http://www.marieclaire.com/food-cocktails/g3990/best-pumpkin-beers/?slide=1

Abbatacola’s Craft Beer Review: Prickly Pear, Scarlet Fire & Vanilla Pumpkin- August 19, 2016
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/08/19/abbatacolas-craft-beer-review-prickly-pear-scarlet-vanilla-pumpkin/

O’Fallon Brewery brewing 4 new pumpkin beers – August 12, 2016
http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/o-fallon-brewery-brewing-four-new-pumpkin-beers/article_3d8ee63c-3cf7-54d9-a3b6-9188089fcdf2.html

O’Fallon Brewery Launches 4 New Pumpkin Beer Flavors- August 12, 2016

http://www.feastmagazine.com/the-feed/st_louis_news/article_83a820b8-60b2-11e6-8845-6b444b15d558.html

O’Fallon Brewery readying for spring opening of $10 million facility – March 6, 2015

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/o-fallon-brewery-readying-for-spring-opening-of-million-facility/article_254c6473-38d4-5bc6-b445-589703518673.html

National Chocolate Day with Bissinger’s and O’Fallon Brewery – October 28, 2014
http://fox2now.com/2014/10/28/national-chocolate-day-with-bissingers-and-ofallon-brewery/

O’Fallon Brewery introduces Zeke’s Pale Ale – Modern Brewery Age – February 10, 2014
http://www.breweryage.com/tabloid/archive/2013/February10.pdf

O’Fallon Brewery Announces New Brewery and Tasting Room in St. Louis – February 10, 2014
OFallon_brwery_announces_tasting_room.pdf
O’Fallon Brewery Renderings 02.06.2014.pdf

O’Fallon Brewery Introduces Zeke’s Pale Ale – February, 5 2014
OFallon_Brewery_introduces_zekes.pdf

O’Fallon Brewery Debuts New Beers at Mike’s Grill & Tap – August 5, 2013
http://patch.com/missouri/ofallon/ofallon-brewery-debuts-new-beers-at-mikes-tap--grill

O’Fallon Launches New “10 Day” – August 2, 2013
http://beerstreetjournal.com/ofallon-10-day-ipa/

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