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Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: O’Fallon / Fitzs Hard Root Beer, Crooked Stave St. Bretta Citrus Wildbier, Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat, New Holland Tasmanian Hatter, Hirter Privat Pils and the classic beer of the week is Coopers Sparkling Ale. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight from 7-9PM featuring: Evil Twin Brandy Barrel Aged Meme Jesus Plus!!, Stillwater Nu-Tropic IPA w Passion Fruit & Mango, To Øl Sur Simcoe, Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, and Stolze Style Brewing Jenny O’s. $13 gets you five 5oz pours of these beers.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will continue their Friday beer tastings to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. They will be sampling 4 Hands Prussia and 4 Hands Contact High. Additional information can be found at their blog

Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates.

Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

2ndshiftlogoAlmost seven years ago we were holding a little bottle share at my house and my buddy Izek asked if it would be ok to invite his buddy out. He told me that this dude was building a new brewery in New Haven. I remember Steve Crider rolling up with a bunch of his beers and I can’t honestly remember if I had any that night.

But I do remember over the following months Steve tinkering with his flagship IPA over and over and over again. Each time he’d tweak it, he’d put it in front of us beer nerds until finally I remember telling him, “Knock it off, this beer is delicious.” That beer was aptly named “Art of Neurosis.”

That’s how my friendship with Steve Crider and 2nd Shift Brewing began. A little later I met this firebrand of a bartender at 33 Wine Bar. She was awesome and knowledgeable but also didn’t take any crap. She especially didn’t take any of Crider’s crap which is probably what drew him to her. That’s how I met Libby Crider née Brown.

Over the past six years, through thick and thin I’ve always had a soft spot for 2nd Shift, mostly because Crider makes some of the best beers in the area, but also because Steve and Libby are two of the most earnest and honest people I know.

Some of you may not know, but I accepted the position of operations manager at 2nd Shift in April. It’s been an exciting change and now that’s I’ve buried the lead long enough, one of the reasons 2nd Shift brought me on is because we’re (it’s so amazing to say “we” instead of “they”) is about to expand.

I’m happy to announce that 2nd Shift Brewing has signed a lease to move from our current home in New Haven to the historic Hill neighborhood in St. Louis. Our new home will be at 1601 Sublette Ave near the corner of Manchester and Sublette.

What does this mean?  All kinds of awesome stuff.  The first thing is that we’ll have our own tasting room in St. Louis. We can’t wait to be able to serve our beer to you over our own bar.  We can’t wait to have a space that is indicative of all of our own crazy personalities. And for all of you asking for swag, we’ll have it available on day 1.

This also means we’ll have space to brew more beer. We’re hoping to double production this year and continue to grow the brewery to a size that’s comfortable for us.  It also means that we’ll be investigating new packaging options very soon.

And probably most importantly, it means we get to be apart of an awesome and historic neighborhood. I asked local beer historian Don Roussin about the history of beer on the Hill and it turns out we’ll be the first brewery to be located on the Hill.  Given St. Louis’ long history with beer, I found this to be amazing.

I’m sure your last question will be, “When do you open?” I’m always reticent to give out any dates because as soon as you do, you’ll miss them. But our build out should be really minimal and the eternal pessimist Steve Crider is pretty positive that we’ll be open later this summer.

I can’t tell you how exciting we all are about this. It’s an expansion that’s been a long time coming and we can’t wait for you all to be part of it.

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GIFs (pronounced “jif” and all of you hard G people are wrong) have basically become one of my favorite forms of communications.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a moving picture is got to be worth a bajillion.

If I had to put Craft Beer Cellars in Clayton 2nd anniversary party into GIF terms, it would probably go something like this:

Tomorrow, Sunday May 22nd, Craft Beer Cellars throws a 2nd Anniversary party with extended hours from 10AM to 7PM. They’re going to have a kick-ass draught list including:

Perennial Kiwi Berliner
Civil Life Mega Hopped Angel & Sword
4 Hands Contact High w Lime
Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse
Oskar Blues Death By Coconut
Perennial Blue Label Maman

So head out to CBC tomorrow, GIF it up, and party hard.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Mikkeller All Other Pales Pale, Mikkeller Spontan Dry Hop Citra, Tool Rod Grod Med Flode, and Ballast Point Big Eye IPA. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight from 7-9PM featuring: Prairie Birthday Bomb, Boulevard Tropical Pale, To Øl Bourbon Barrel Aged Goliath, Bell’s Hopsolution, and Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown. $12 gets you five 5oz pours of these beers. CBC will also be hosting the launch of Logboat on Saturday with Imperial March and Bennie on draft.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will continue their Friday beer tastings to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. They will be sampling Anima Anastasia, Anima Dante, Anima Leonardo, and Anima Newton. Additional information can be found at their blog

Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates.

Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

BCAA_2016_WordmarkLast year Sierra Nevada collaborated with 12 different breweries to create an epic twelve pack of beer they called Beer Camp Across America. This year they’ve upped the game by collaborating with 30 different breweries across the US.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to try all six different collaborations at one time, head out to International Tap House in Soulard next Tuesday, May 26th beginning at 6PM. Here’s a run down of what’s being tapped:

West Latitude — Session Rye with Hibiscus
Stout of the Union — Robust Stout
Moxee­Moron — Imperial Session IPA
Family Values — Imperial Brown Ale with Cocoa
Pat­Rye­Ot — Revolutionary Pale Ale
Sweet Sunny South — Southern Table Beer

Odell Brewing, one of the collaborators for Moxee-Moron, and hometown favorite Perennial, one of the brewers on Family Values will also be in attendance for this event. Odell will be bringing St. Lupulin and Prop Culture while Perennial will be bringing Funky Wit and Hommel Bier.

Flights of all 10 beers will be available for $25 along with 1/2 and full pours.

Beer Fest 2016I’m happy to announce that the winners of this Saturday’s Beerfest at the Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth are:

  • Jeremy Eschmann
  • Oliver Holzmeier
  • Mark Goldkamp

These three winners receive two tickets to the sold-out Limited Session on Saturday, May 21st from 12-1PM. Even if you didn’t win, you’re still able to attend the general session which will run between 1PM-3PM. The cost is only $10 and you’ll have the chance to try over 120 different beers. For more information, please be sure to check out the Wine and Cheese Place’s blog.

Thanks to Paul Hayden and the Wine and Cheese Place for giving us these tickets!

art at the tableI’ve often said a great beer is a work of art, but you know what’s really a great work of art? Art. This Friday, May 20th, you get a chance to experience both as the St. Louis Art Museum hosts a beer dinner featuring 4 Hands Brewing.

Starting at 7pm with a docent-guided tour of the SLAM, you’ll then be seated for a four-course beer dinner featuring some delicious 4 Hands beers paired with chef Ivy Magruder’s delicious dishes.  Here’s a look at the menu:

Course 1
Arugula, snap pea, white asparagus, apricots, burrata cheese, champagne passion fruit vinaigrette
Paired with: Passion Fruit Prussia, Apricot Session

Course 2
Chicken and waffles
Airline chicken breast, aged cheddar, waffle, corn pudding, bittersweet balsamic spiked maple syrup
Paired with: City Wide

Course 3
Sous vide boneless lamb roast, barley “risotto”
Wild mushrooms, brussel sprouts, fresh herbs, brown butter
Paired with: Constellation Mosaic, Incarnation

Course 4
Chocolate Napoleon, bourbon caramel cherries, vanilla whipped cream
Paired with: Madagascar

The meal will be $75 per person (not including tax and gratuity) and you can make reservations by calling 314-655-5490.