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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: Perennial / Cigar City Brewing Philly Taco, 4 Hands Passion Fruit Prussia, Lagunitas Sucks, Stone Brewing Stochasticity Project HiFi + LoFi Mixtape, and Jolly Pumpkin Forgotten Tales Last Gypsy Blender Series 1 Volume 1, and this week’s classic beer sampling will be La Chouffe Belgian Golden Ale. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight featuring Pretty Things Fumapapa, Boulevard Tell Tale Tart, Toccalmatto/Prairie Okie Matilde, Brasserie Trois Dames Fiance, and Mikkeller Cocoa Shake. $13 gets you five 4oz pours of these beers.

Also, CBC will be holding a very special tasting on Saturday when they’re going to be pouring Katy that has been Randalized with Apricots.

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 Sam Adams Longshot winners: Dark Night in Brooklyn, Raspy’s Robust Porter, and Smokehouse Rauchbier. 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.

PrintBigger isn’t necessarily better. More and more I appreciate a well-crafted tap selection of 8-10 taps than a 70 tap selection. There is something to be said for someone curating a beer list.

33 Wine Shop was ahead of the trend. Their six taps are always interesting and provide plenty of different options.  The same could be said for the 2nd Shift Brewing portfolio.  Sure, 2nd Shift if known for their hops, but they brew some amazing Belgian-style ales, stouts, and now even an amazing Czech-style pilsner.

What happens when a six-tap system meets a brewery with a delicious portfolio?  Magic.  And also a total tap takeover. Starting at 3:30PM on Saturday, June 27th, 33 will be putting on six different 2nd Shift beers on tap.  And what a line-up it is:

  • Katy
  • Grace (Batch 2)
  • Chateau la Douchebag
  • Brewcocky
  • Technical Ecstasy
  • Hibiscus Wit

And if that’s not enough, there will also be a pin of Rye-Barrel LSD.  Head out to 33 on Saturday and enjoy the fruits of a well-curated tap system meeting some delicious beers.

It may not be March, but the luck of the Irish is upon you as O’Shay’s Pub is putting on a killer event featuring Founders Brewing Company.  Starting at 7PM, O’Shay’s will be tapping a keg of Porter, Rubaeus, and the always palate splitting Devil Dancer.  They’ll also feature cans of All Day and Centennial IPA as well.

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I may have been wrong about the longevity of original International Tap House concept in Chesterfield, but when Brad Lobdell and Sean Conroy told me they were expanding iTAP to a new location in Soulard, I knew it would be a hit.

It’s easy to gloat in hindsight, but hey, it’s my website! Still, five years in business is nothing to scoff at and iTAP Soulard is easily my home bar. It’s where I go to enjoy a pint, watch a game, and hang out with friends. It’s homey (and I don’t mean Jason Smith) and I fell in love with it at first site.

To celebrate five years in business, iTAP Soulard is throwing a full week of awesome events. Be certain to head out, grab a pint, and congratulate the entire iTAP team on a big anniversary.

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schnucksI try to set deadlines for myself to get these things done, but clearly sometimes I do a very poor job of announcing winners.  Never less, let’s get down to it.

I’m happy to announce that the winner of the Schnucks Evening of Ultimate Pairings in Eight Flights” is Vanessa Lanier! Congrats to Vanessa and thanks everyone for entering.

I know that there are still a few tickets available for what’s not only going to be a super delicious event but also one for a good cause. If you’d like to attend you can do so by contacting:

Matt Wider or Diane Bruce – Schnucks Des Peres – (314) 965-3094
Michelle Tolish – Schnucks Ladue – (314) 725-7574
Tammy Hollingsworth – Schnucks on the Plaza – (314) 991-0510
Liz Spengemann – Schnucks Kehrs Mill – (636) 207-3401
Marian Fiore – Schnucks Richmond Center – (314) 644-0510

Thanks again to the folks and Schnucks for providing the tickets and thanks to all who entered!

Five Bistro is easily the best restaurant on the Hill. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see them put on a beer dinner with one of the best breweries in St. Louis, 2nd Shift Brewing and also special guest Femme Ferment.

This Wednesday, June 17th, Five will be putting on a five course beer dinner featuring six different beers from 2nd Shift. This dinner will be hosted by Steve Crider, owner and brewmaster at 2nd Shift. This dinner will cost $60 per person and reservations are require. You can reserve your seat by calling 314-773-5553.

Here’s a look at the menu.

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prettythingsThanks to Shelton Brothers being back in town, we get some awesome beers that previously wasn’t available to us. One of those breweries is Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project out of Somerville, Massachusetts.

Dann and Martha (Holley)-Paquette are in St. Louis and are visiting a few accounts to talk beer with their fellow beer fans. Starting at 3PM, Dann and Martha will be visiting Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton and will have Flowerland IIPA and Jack D’Or Saison on draft.

Dann and Martha will then travel east and will be at 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar beginning around 5PM until 8PM.  33 will be featuring five different Pretty Things beers including the smoked imperial stout Fumapapa.

Whether you’re in the city or county, you’ll be able to get your Pretty Things fix today.