It’s a little hard to believe that we are in Fish Fry season yet again. This is my fourth year blogging about fish frys as well.

First off, let me apologize for not having a review last week. I’m finding a surprising amount of people are growing to enjoy and rely on these reviews, so again, I am sorry, but last Friday was my anniversary and the in-laws had our daughter and to top that off, one of my best friends returned from his deployment in Afghanistan and we were celebrating that, so something had to go. It’s nothing personal Fish Fry, but you just got squeezed out because of all the stuff going on that particular day, but we’re back and better than ever!

To kick off our blogging tour, I started texting back and forth as to where we were going, but I kept getting shot down with “we’ve already been there.” When I solicited opinions on where we should go, the most common answers I get are a fish fry in the far flung suburbs or St. Cecelia. To be clear, we did St. Cecelia in the first  year our clan, back when the wife and I were not yet the wife and I, on our first fish fry tour. I understand that they put a great deal of effort into their Mexican foods, but I want fried fish, and theirs was boxed. So, I don’t want to return, but lots of people like it and that’s awesome.

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Owned by Pasta House.

It certainly has been a long time since I’ve told you about a slinger in St. Louis hasn’t it? You always get my standard apologies when it’s been awhile: I’m taking three classes at UMSL this semester, my daughter is now running and talking, and I’ve also begun a new blog on music.

I am sorry I’ve been neglecting the blog that people care about, but I do have a couple slinger tales for you now!

A couple weekends back, the family and I were at the Pink Flamingo Festival at City Garden. It was actually my first time going to City Garden and I just loved it. While we were out there, a man wearing a Pink Flamingo as a hat and cowel handed us a menu for a chili bar. Of course curiosity got the best of me and we were on our way to brunch.

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26, 27, 28, and 29.

Well, Bob and I decided to give pale lagers another go. We have come to the conclusion that we have way too many beers to work though and for full disclosure notice, we did this tasting after a round of double IPA’s. So, if you think our soon be trademark style is a little off, it’s because we had a wee bit too much to drink that day.

In this session we have a lot of St. Louis connections. We tried an AB-In Bev lager that they don’t see fit to let us drink, a beer who’s recipe is from pre-prohibition St. Louis, a new St. Louis Brewery, and the go to import beer. Bob and I aren’t really too big on lagers anymore, but they definitely have their time and place. There’s nothing like a great light lager to add to my bbq sauce or to drink while I’m grilling outside in August, but drinking these in the dead of winter clearly were not any of those times.

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21, 22, 23, 24, and 25.

Bob and I ended up having a bit of a collection of flavored stouts. We did put an Oatmeal Stout in this category, which could or couldn’t be classified as a flavored stout. When we picked out the beers for this tasting, we only had four. I felt like we needed five beers to round this one out because there was nothing heavy. So, Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout was tossed into the mix.

We ended up picking a beer by Bell’s, another Saranac beer I brought home from Western  New York, a Schlafly beer, a chocolate stout, and the aforementioned Sam Smith’s. We have three American craft brewers and two English brewers. I think this makes for a very good list of suspects, some usual and some not.

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16, 17, 18, and 19. 20 not pictured.

When working out our schedule for what we’re going to review and the 80-some beers that are always waiting to be reviewed, I received a bottle of Deschutes Black Butte Porter in the mail, which bumped it up to the front of the line.

This is our first go with porters which were originally the working man’s beer. I’m going to apologize to our readers, as three out five of these beers are not available in St. Louis. I brought back a couple from Western New York and Bob brought one back from San Francisco….of course now Kona Pipeline Porter is probably available since I’m refusing to check…

So, this go round we have another five beers to go through and it’s a very nice mix of breweries. Deschutes, who just came to St. Louis, Yuengling, the nation’s oldest brewery, Great Lakes, who needs to come to St. Louis soon, Kona Brewing from Hawaii, and Dundee, one of our personal favorites who gets no love.

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Don't quite understand.

Good morning! I hope everyone has had a good Lenten season and a number of great Fish Frys! I think  it’s safe to say that we’ve had a better year this year than we did last year. I hope you all did too.

As has been the case this year, our ever changing cast of characters changed again. The wife and baby had spirited away to the East Coast this past week, her yearly get together with some old friends. This week it was just myself and my mother in law, again a brand new combination.

I had heard many good things about Saint Mary Magdalen over the years, but I had ruled it out because I wanted to stay in the City, but I’ve learned that it is getting harder and harder to find new places in the City, so we have made three trips outside of our fair city this year.

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Fish Fish Fish

Hello again. I have really been trying to have these out and ready before Friday morning, but I have routinely failed this Lenten season, and I’m sorry, but if you’re sitting at your desk wondering where you are going this week, hopefully my little corner of the internet will help you pick the right one for you.

As I’ve mentioned, I did not plan out our trips this year like I have in the past. In fact, I really have no idea where I am going tonight. I sent my mother in law a text yesterday to let her know that I hadn’t figured that out yet. So…I’ll work on that while I’m working on other things today and we’ll end up eating some fish.

This past week, we chose to stay in the City and hit up Our Lady of Sorrows in Princeton Heights. I saw a picture of it on the net and I was sure I had been there before, but it turns out that wasn’t correct, so our band of fish fry nomads piled into my little civic and we went to the place. Thankfully, someone else in the car knew where we were going, because I did not.

 

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Found it.

Yes, this is my second trip to Affton for fried fish this year, and it’s also my third overall trip to Affton for fish.

Our mechanic is in South County and I had to drop off my car and pick up my wife’s car…so any sort of Fish Frys near the city or mid or west county were right out…or so I thought. I got to Seven Holy Founders pretty quickly and that included putting some gas her car…

When I first lived in Affton, I worked 10-7 Monday through Friday, and couldn’t ever attend Fish Frys and I always drove past this one. Of course, I never made it inside, but I’ve now changed all of that.

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New signs!

You know, I’m pretty late with this post and I apologize, but I can explain! Last Thursday, I was sick and apparently had pneumonia! However, I still stuck it out and went to a Fish Fry for you….and for the tasty fish. On top of that, I had some work I had to finish for school, and such. You may have seen me mentioning it on the twitters…no on to it!

You may have noticed that this blog revolves around my life and my family. So, in the past, Bob and I would go for breakfast for slinger runs. Bob and I do beer tastings. My wife and I used to go to dive bars and we still go for steak sandwiches. My wife, my in laws, and now my daughter, go out for breakfast.

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12, 13, 14, and 15 of 2012.

This is the first edition of Beer Squared that is outside of Lafayette Square! My wife started a project in our kitchen that needed some help from Bob, so he decided we’d have a “mini tasting” after he was done. In honor of the work put in, the beers have been photographed in front of the new wall.

In this post, we’re doing English Regular Bitters. Strength between 4.2% and 4.7% abv. In the United Kingdom bitter above 4.2% abv accounts for just 2.9% of pub sales. The disappearance of weaker bitters from some brewers’ rosters means “best” bitter is actually the weakest in the range. (source) (There’s a lot of good info on the English Ales at that link.

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