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itap-teku2There are some members of the STL Hops community that take their glassware very seriously. No judgment here, not only can the right glassware enhance the enjoyment of the beer you’re drinking, but they can also look cool as well.

The Teku glassware definitely hits both points. What if you could not only get yourself a fantastic glass, but enjoy some rare Deschutes beers in it as well?

Well, you’re in luck because this Wednesday, February 25th beginning at 6PM you’ll have your chance to take home a Teku glass and enjoy a crazy line-up of beers from Deschutes Brewery.

The International Tap House in Soulard will be hosting a Teku Keep The Glass night featuring 2014 Abyss, Mirror Mirror, Not the Stoic, and Zarabanda.  There is a limited number of glassware available, so don’t be late for this one.

 

logo-bridge-wpSometimes I feel like Rip Van Winkle. I wake up and years have passed. Wasn’t it just 2010? How is it already 2015?

Granted, this isn’t a terrible thing. Watching as the world keeps changing is certainly fascinating. But time can definitely sneak up on you. What’s more surprising to me is not finding out the Dave Bailey’s beautiful beer bar Bridge is celebrating five years in business, but that it’s ONLY celebrating five years in business.

It feels like the Bridge has been with us much longer than that, which speaks to just how wonderful of an establishment he and his staff have created. To celebrate this wonderful occasion Bridge has lined up an amazing menu of beers that they’ll begin pouring this Thursday, February 26th beginning at 5PM.

Some of these beers they’ve been holding on to since the day they opened their door. That’s only speaks to their patience and seriousness of being one of the best beer bars in St. Louis. Here’s a look at the list:

  • 2010 Avery Mephistopheles
  • 2010 Avery The Beast
  • 2010 Schlafly Imperial Stout
  • 2010 Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van de Keizer Blauw
  • 2010 Great Divide Hibernation
  • 2014 Perennial Anniversaria
  • Schlafly Chestnut Mild
  • Stone Reason Be Damned
  • Firestone Walker Double DBA
  • Cantillon Saint Gilloise
  • Bell’s Hopslam
  • Bell’s Red Nose ESB
  • Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus
  • Siren/Prairie Artisan Ales Ratchet
  • Perennial Peach Berliner Weisse
  • Perennial Sump Coffee Stout

And for the first 75 guest, purchasing a beer from the birthday beer list will get you a hand-etched commemorative glass to keep! And for those of you that like cocktails, there will be a few creations including “the Silverwood, made with Rooster’s Breakfast Beer, brewed by 4 Hands Brewing Company, and The Five Year Sting, featuring Greenbird, brewed for Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar by 2nd Shift Brewing.”

Head out this Thursday and enjoy not only a great time, but also one of the best places to enjoy a beer over the past five years.

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The passion for beer in St. Louis has been absolutely insane.  It seems like every time you turn around, you’re seeing another dinner or festival.  This is truly a great time to love beer in the St. Louis area.  It’s good to know that even the chill of late February doesn’t keep people from putting on great beer festivals such as the St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival.

Here’s a look at what’s going on for the 2015 St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival which will be taking place the weekend of February 26th and ending on February 28th:

Thursday 2/26/15
Brewmaster Dinner - 6-9pm (Tickets $69.50 + tax)
Includes beer, food and service.

If you have joined us for the Brewmaster’s dinner in any of the past six years, you know that aside from the great beer and fantastic food, it is really a lot of fun to hear the firsthand stories from the Brewmaster about everything related to beer (and often a whole lot more). This year we are excited to have the very talented, over worked and under appreciated Steve Crider from 2nd shift hosting our dinner. Come check out the fantastic, hard to get and ever expanding beer selections with a custom menu designed by Ruan Luke, Executive Chef of Moulin Events.

Friday 2/27/15
Beer Tasting - 6-9pm (Tickets $34.50)
With more than 80 beers to taste, live entertainment and food to purchase, this is a great way to spend your post-Mardi Gras weekend. Guests will receive a complimentary tasting glass and be treated to some of the best selection and widest variety of beers from around the world.  

Saturday 2/28/15
Beer Tasting - 2-5pm (Tickets $34.50)
Beer Tasting - 6-9pm (Tickets $39.50)
With more than 80 beers to taste, live entertainment and food to purchase, this is a great way to spend your post-Mardi Gras weekend. Guests will receive a complimentary tasting glass and be treated to some of the best selection and widest variety of beers from around the world.  

VIP Tasting Room – Both Saturday Sessions (Tickets Additional $20)
You have probably noticed that there are more and more ultra-premium beers hitting the market and for the price of a couple of bottles, you can enjoy this VIP tasting session. The number of tickets is limited so that everyone will have an opportunity to taste and discuss the portfolio of high end specialty beers.

Tickets for all of the events are available by calling 314-241-4949 or by visiting the Centennial Beer Fest website. Sounds like a great way to spend a weekend in St. Louis.

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: Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues Dale Pale’s Ale, Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Oskar Blues Old Chub NITRO, Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA, Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red IPA and Oskar Blues Pinner IPA. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight featuring Prairie Ales Limo Tint, Oskar Blues Pinner, Public House Hide & Seek Hefe, Mikkeller Better Half IPA, and Lervig/Surly 1349 Black Ale. $10 gets you five 4oz 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 the following beers: Shock Top Belgian White, Shock Top Shocolate Wheat, Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask, and Shock Top Pretzel Wheat. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Bottle Cellars in Oakville will be holding a tasting tomorrow, 2/21 from 2-5PM featuring Brasserie de la Senne “Taras Boulba” Hoppy Belgian Ale, Brasserie de la Senne “Jambe-de-Bois” Belgian Triple Ale, Crooked Stave “Vieille” Barrel Aged Saison (Sour), Crooked Stave “Surette” Extended Barrel Aged Saison (Sour), Oskar Blues “Deviant Dale’s” India Pale Ale, Oskar Blues “Old Chub” Scotch Ale, Oskar Blues “Ten Fidy” Imperial Stout, Prairie Artisan Ales “Merica” Farmhouse Ale, Prairie Artisan Ales “Prairie Hop” Dry Hopped Belgian Ale, Prairie Artisan Ales “Christmas Bomb” Imperial Stout w/ Spices, Tallgrass Brewing Company “Ethos” India Pale Ale, and Theresianer Vienna Style Lager. $10 for 6 (4 oz.) samples and $2 each additional (4 oz.) sample.

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.

SOCIETE_logo-web_biggerWhile we have the old guard in St. Louis to thank for establishing a craft beer culture, without a doubt 2011 was a watershed year for beer in our town. We saw four amazing breweries open in our town and change what people thought about beer in St. Louis.

We saw each new brewery bring something new to our local beer scene, providing us with classic styles or more esoteric offerings. While Perennial Artisan Ales has produces some examples of traditional styles, they’re definitely known for their more unique experiments.

While owners Phil and Emily Wymore have enjoyed seeing tremendous growth with their year-round creations, the heart of Perennial was always about producing those one-off, barrel-aged beers. But barrel-aged beers have a cost and that cost is availability.

There is only so much room for beer that sits in barrels for months (or even years) at a time. Which means that only so many people can get their hands on these special creations. And while the parties to release these beers are fun, there are only so many one can do without problems cropping up.

To combat any future issues all while providing a fertile ground to create these barrel-aged beers, Perennial has announced the Société du Chêne (Society of Oak) membership.

Because this membership will be a highly sought-after ticket, the 2015 memberships will be available via an online lottery beginning on Thursday, March 5th at 9:00am and will end Sunday, March 8th at 9:00am. All entries will be random, entering at 9:01am on 3/5 has the same chance as 8:57am on 3/8.

Each membership will be $240 (tax included) and will include:

  • One bottle of each of the following beers
    • Funky Wit Apricot 375ml
    • Funky Wit Raspberries & Rhubarb 375ml
    • Funky Wit Charentais Melon 375ml
    • Barry Rye 2.0 (Dark Rye Ale aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels with Blackberries) 750ml
    • La Bohème (Wine Barrel-Aged Sour Brown Ale with Michigan Tart Cherries) 750ml
    • Savant Blanc (Belgian Blonde Ale aged in Chardonnay Barrels with Chardonel grapes) 750ml
    • Savant Beersel (Belgian Pale Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels with Chambourcin Grapes) 750ml
    • Pro”CATS”tination (Wine barrel-aged saison with Brett & Lacto. Brewed in collaboration with Off Color and Northdown.) 750ml
    • Hoosier Love (Wine Barrel-Aged Sour Brown Ale with Persimmons. Brewed in Collaboration with The Libertine) 750ml
    • Anniversaria 2015 (Blended Solera-Aged 100% Brettanomyces Belgian Pale Ale) 750ml
  • a Société du Chêne glass
  • 10% discount on all on-premise purchases with valid membership ID (does not include bottles to go or merchandise)
  • One entry to a Members-Only party. Details to be released at a later date. (Trust us—we’ll make it a good one)
  • The ability to purchase a one-bottle allocation of Abraxas, Sump & 17.

Now, for some of the rules and regulations for this club (because people love to find loopholes!):

  • One membership per person.
  • Each of these beers will be released at some time during the membership period. Perennial will release the beers when they feel that they are ready. For this reason, a release schedule will not be shared in advance. If, for some unforeseen reason, a beer is unable to be released, partial refunds will be provided.
  • If there are excess bottles available, (depending on the number) bottles will either be offered to members for purchase, sold on or off-premise in the Perennial Tasting Room or sold on-premise at The Side Project Cellar.
  • In the event that their spirits barrel-aged beers mature during the membership period, members may also be given the ability to purchase an undetermined allocation of these beers as well.
  • Bottles must be picked up in the tasting room. Under no circumstances are they able to ship bottles.
  • Members may designate one trustee to pick up his or her bottles from the tasting room. Membership benefits do not apply to trustees.
  • 2016 Memberships will be offered first to 2015 members. Renewal is, of course, optional.

And because people love to skirt the rules of lotteries (lord knows I know this all too well) here are the lottery rules:

  • Members will be selected via lottery at www.perennialbeer.com/societe. The entry window will begin Thursday, March 5th at 9:00am and will end Sunday, March 8th at 9:00am. THERE IS NO ADVANTAGE TO ENTERING EARLY. ENTRIES ON THURSDAY HAVE THE SAME CHANCE OF BEING SELECTED AS ENTRIES ON SUNDAY.
  • Entrants must be 21 at time of entry.
  • One entry per person. Multiple entries, identified either by name or by email, will be discarded.
  • Entrants will be notified on Monday, March 9th.
  • Either member or his or her trustee must be available to make payment of $240 and pick up membership card and glass in the tasting room on either Thursday, March 12 or Friday, March 13 between 4:00PM and 10:00PM. Trustees must present either a photocopy or mobile photo of the member’s ID at this time.

Any questions about the club should be sent to societe@perennialbeer.com. That will be your one-stop shop for answers.

hot&heavy-2As long as you attended a remedial science class you know that while water freezes at 32° Fahrenheit, beer can sustain much lower temperatures. In fact, a 10% ABV beer can be chilled all the way down to 25° without being frozen.

With the weather being what it’s been this week, this is important knowledge. But, let’s be honest, most beers that are 10% ABV don’t taste great at 25°. Luckily, things are Hot and Heavy at Eclipse Restaurant tomorrow, February 20th thanks to 4 Hands Brewing.

Beginning at 5PM, Eclipse will be pouring five beers that are definitely big and will definitely help keep you warm. The line up will be 2013 Bona Fide, 2014 Bona Fide, Madagascar, Volume #1, and The Woodsman.

And luckily, as all beers are around 9-10%, we all know they won’t freeze at 28° tomorrow. Stay warm.

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: Traveler Beer Grapefruit Shandy, Public House Revelation Stout, Public House Rod’s Cream Ale, 4 Hands Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout, Mikkeller 1000 IPA, and 2nd Shift El Gato Grande. Additional information can be found at their blog.

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 the following beers: Ciderboys Strawberry Magic, Odell Run Off Red, and Southern Tier Where the Helles Summer. 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.