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llywelyns-243x300While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, Central West End, and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that they’ve been calling “A Brew You Never Knew.”

Each Wednesday, Llywelyn’s will feature a single beer on draught that may have been overlooked or in some cases is the only draught version of that beer in town. It’ll be a chance to re-visit an old favorite or even discover something you’ve never had before.

This week Llyweyln’s in Webster will feature Cathedral Square Gabriel on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale on draft. And Central West End will be featuring Urban Chestnut BAP. So, if you’re looking for something special without all of the lists and missed opportunities, make sure to stop into Llywelyn’s in St. Charles, Central West End, or Webster tonight!

2014mwbbfPerennial Artisan Ale has created a bunch of great events, but I don’t know if there is one that is more hotly anticipated than the Midwest Belgian Beer Festival. Dozens of breweries in attendance, many not available in Missouri.

This is one of the hottest tickets in town and I’ve been told it’s almost sold out. But, I have a special treat for you.  Thanks to the fine folks from Perennial, we have a pair of tickets we’re giving away for this Saturday’s festival.

This $100 value will allow you to partake in the most unique festival in St. Louis. All you need to do is email contest@stlhops.com with the subject of 2014 Midwest Belgian Beer Festival.  In the body of the email you must include your favorite beer from your favorite Perennial beer.

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 Perennial for providing the tickets to this event. This contest will end on July 24th 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’ll be pouring: Crabbies Spiced Orange, Six Row Sunshine Slow Down, Widmer Upheaval IPA, and O’Fallon Kite Tail. 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’ll be sampling the following beers: Crown Valley Strawberry Cider, Crown Valley Whitewall IPA Crown Valley Barrel Aged Big Bison Ale, Crown Valley Big Bison Ale, Crown Valley Gunslinger Double IPA, Crown Balley Farmhouse Lager, Crown Valley Peachie Wheat, and Crown Valley Wooden Nickel IPA. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square‘s Jerad Gardner will be at Fields Foods tomorrow from 4-6PM. He’ll be sampling a variety of Cathedral Square’s products. Go on out and say “hi” to Jerad.

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.

Sour beers are not for everybody.  In fact, the first time many people try them they don’t even believe they’re beers. But if you’re a sour beer fan, more than likely you’re a raving lunatic looking to try every sour beer that comes your way.

On Sunday, July 20th from 1PM to 5PM, Bigelo’s Bistro in Edwardsville, IL will be throwing the fourth annual Sour Sunday. Mark Pruitt has put together a great list of sour and funky beers on draught for the day including Perennial Regalia, New Belgium La Folie, and Goose Island Lolita. There will also be bottle pours for sale of Boulevard Love Child #4, New Belgium Le Terrior, Goose Island: Halia, Gillian, Juliet, and Madame Rose.

The full kitchen at Bigelo’s won’t be running on Sunday, but Mark will be offering up Carbonnade a la Flamande (a delicious Belgian beef and onion stew), mini pulled pork sliders, and their house made potato chips and sweet potato chips, and Nathan’s Fire Roasted Corn Salad.

And because Mark is a beer geek at heart, he’s encouraging you to bring out those sour beers that you’ve been carefully holding onto in your cellar to share. This may be called Sour Sunday, but it certainly sounds pretty sweet to me.

tigin.stlSix Row Brewing Company has partnered with Tigin Irish Pub to put on a beer dinner this Wednesday, July 16th beginning at 7PM. This meal will be four courses and will run you $35 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 314-241-8666 or via this link. Here’s a look at the menu:

1st Course
Sriracha Infused Handmade Toasted Ravioli
Double IPA

2nd Course
Baby Iceberg Salad with Octo-vinaigrette
Honey Weizen

Main Course
Stuffed BBQ Pork Loin with Potato Salad and Fair Corn
Killer Whale

Dessert
Mocha Java Gooey Butter Cake
Porter

itap-beercampI’m not much of a camper. Growing up, my Dad’s idea of camping involved a few extension cords, box fans, and a small TV. An evening without air conditioning was our idea of “roughing it.”

Needless to say, I’m pretty soft. So, Sierra Nevada‘s idea of Beer Camp is definitely intriguing to me. Twelve different collaborations with twelve different breweries? This is my idea of camping.

While there are some 12-packs that arrived in our area, it’s pretty limited. You’re probably not going to have much of a chance in finding one. But what if you had the opportunity to try all twelve of these beers in one spot? Well, this Thursday, July 17th at 6PM you will.

For one-night-only, the International Tap House in Soulard will be tapping all twelve Sierra Nevada Beer Camp collaborations.  Here’s a run down of what’s being tapped and when:

6pm: West Coast
Ballast Point & Sierra Nevada: Electric Ray
Ninkasi Brewing & Sierra Nevada : Double Latte
Firestone Walker & Sierra Nevada: Torpedo Pilsner
Russian River & Sierra Nevada: Yvan the Great

7pm: Midwest 
Oskar Blues & Sierra Nevada: CANfusion
New Glarus & Sierra Nevada: There and Back
Bell’s & Sierra Nevada: Maillard’s Odyssey
3 Floyds & Sierra Nevada: Chico King

8pm: East Coast 
Asheville Brewers Alliance & Sierra Nevada: Tater Ridge
Allagash Brewing & Sierra Nevada: Myron’s Walk
Cigar City & Sierra Nevada: Yonder Bock
Victory Brewing & Sierra Nevada: Alt Route

All beers will be sold in flights of four (5oz) for $12 and tickets for each session will go on sale at 5PM night-of at iTAP Soulard. Air conditioning and awesome beer? Sign me up for camp.

globalBreaking into your Saturday afternoon to let you know of something awesome going down in Illinois today. At 4PM today, Global Brew Tap House in both Edwardsville and O’Fallon will be tapping Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. If you don’t know about this monster, here’s a description:

Clocking in at 15-20% ABV and 120 IBUs, it’s easy to see why we call this beer THE HOLY GRAIL for hopheads! 120 Minute IPA is boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops.

We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles — some to enjoy and some to age.

This is a big beer, so make sure to have a spotter and a designated driver. I may have interrupted you Saturday, but it’s totally for you own good.