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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: Avery Perzik Saison, Great Divide 21st Anniversary American Sour, Great Divide Lasso IPA CANS,  Summit Unchained Make it So ESB with Earl Grey Tea, 4 Hands Resurrected IPA, and this week’s classic beer sampling will be Pinkus Munster 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 Prairie Pirate Noir, Prairie OK-Si – Tequila Barrel Aged, Prairie Tulsa Rugby, Prairie Funky Gold Mosaic, and Prairie Bomb. $16 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 Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Schlafly Lewis Osterweis Ginger Beer, and Anchor Big Leaf Maple. 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.

craftontapI’m happy to announce the winner of two tickets to the Craft on Tap event taking place tomorrow is Jonathan “Chuck” McGuire!

Congrats to Chuck and thank you all for entering.  Also big thank you to the City of Clayton and Craft Beer Cellar for offering up tickets to the festival.

A few tickets are still available for tomorrow’s event, which is taking place from 1PM to 5PM. You can purchase tickets here. Stay tunes as we’ll have more tickets soon!

iTAP-Midsummer15-webDo you know what’s a wonder of the modern age?  Air conditioning. Why am I waxing on about modern conveniences on a beer blog?  Because I hear too many people talk about not wanting stouts during the summer.

I’m not advocating drinking a 13% beer after mowing the grass (though, there isn’t anything wrong with that.)  But, there is no reason not to enjoy some big beer after work in the comfort of your temperature-controlled home.

Do you know who has air conditioning and awesome beer?  The International Tap House in Central West End. While their beer selection is awesome all of the time, it’s extra awesome this Saturday, August 29th beginning at 2PM when they hold their Midsummer Nightmare event.

This event features some of the biggest and baddest beers in St. Louis all at one time.  Take a look at the list:

  • 4 Hands Volume 1
  • Deschutes Abyss
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus
  • Evil Twin I Love You With All My Stout
  • Humboldt black Xantus
  • Sierra Nevada Narwhal
  • Founders KBS
  • Prairie Bomb!
  • Stone Woot
  • Mikkeller Black Hole
  • Pretty Things Fumapapa
  • Evil Twin Biscotti Break
  • Perennial Fantastic Voyage
  • Perennial Abraxas 2014
  • BCS Barleywine
  • BCS 2014
  • Stone Woot Stout

And if you want to feel good all while drinking beer, iTAP will be collecting “Back to School Supplies” for Lift For Life. Bring in any the items listed below for a free commemorative glass:

  • Backpacks for ages 10 to 18
  • Bandaids
  • Calculators
  • Colored pencils
  • Combinations locks
  • Computer paper
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Flash drives (2 GB or bigger)
  • Folders
  • Folders that fit in a binder
  • Gift certificates
  • Glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Kleenex boxes
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Magic erasers
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil cap erasers
  • Pencil pouch
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Post it notes
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Small notebooks for assignments
  • Small pack of tissues
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Staplers
  • Tape
  • Three ring binders
  • Three ring binder divider tabs
  • Water based markers
  • Watercolor paints

Good beer and a good cause. Sounds like a great Saturday.

craftontapThe City of Clayton partnered with Craft Beer Cellar to put on the Craft on Tap taking place this Saturday, August 29th from 1PM to 5PM.

Our friends at CBC have provided us two tickets to this event for a super-fast contest. This $70 value will allow you to partake in this fun new festival. All you need to do is email contest@stlhops.com with the subject of 2015 Craft on Tap.

A couple of quick notes:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • If you can follow the bolded directions above. If you don’t follow the rules, you’re automatically disqualified.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

I, once again, want to thank the fine folks from CBC for providing the tickets to this event. This contest will end tomorrow, August 28th at 9AM CDT when I will pick a winner at random for the set of tickets.

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: Delirium Argentum 25, Sierra Nevada Harvest Newly Developed Hop IPA, Sudwerk Farmers Market Citrus Gose, Sudwerk Cascaderade India Pale Lager, Prairie Artisan Ales – Funky Gold Mosaic Sour, and this week’s classic beer sampling will be Trappistes Rochefort 10 Quad. 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.

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 Sam Adams Fat Jack, Delirium Argentum 25, and Arcadia Jaw Jacker. Additional information can be found at their blog

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.

ucbcAfter the sweltering weather we’ve endured over the past few weeks, we definitely deserve this respite. One way to celebrate this weather is by heading out to Urban Chestnut in Midtown for their third Blues & Que event for the summer.

From 12PM-6PM this Sunday, August 23rd, UCBC will be featuring delicious BBQ from Chef Andrew Fair and featuring music from the Down Home Blues Band from 1-5PM.  There will also be special fills of their .5L and 1L steins.

Go out and enjoy some awesome beer, awesome food, and awesome music this weekend at UCBC in Midtown.

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The beautiful thing about taste is not everyone is going to agree. For instance, I can’t stand Citra. My nose and tongue just don’t enjoy that hop. Which leaves more for the rest of you. But I’m sure some of my favorite hops are someone else’s lease favorite.

Breweries play around with all kinds of different new hops to find that next hit. Oskar Blues goes one step further by producing very special batches of beer dry-hopped with four different types of hops and then use you as the guinea pigs!

They’ve created a pale ale and have dry-hopped it with Comet, HBC 472, Hop Head Farms Experimental 069, and Mandarina Bavaria.  Only one location in all of the St. Louis area was chosen to try these beers and Global Brew Tap House in Edwardsville was that lucky location.

Tomorrow at 5PM, Oskar Blues Jen Whitney will be on-hand to host this special sampling where you’ll be the judge. Jen will collect the votes which will then be submitted to the brewery to determine the overall winner.

If tasting beer makes me a lab rat, sign me up!

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