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STLHops_ShadedDrumroll please!

So, I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the STL Hops Seventh Anniversary Party is Neil Joellenbeck! Congrats to Neil and thank you everyone for entering.

It’s very exciting to see how passionate people are about beer in St. Louis and this event is proof that people care not only about beer, but also about helping stray animals. Thank you all once again.

But don’t fret, if you’re looking for tickets, I squeezed out a few extra tickets so get them while they’re available. Also, look out later today for everything you need to know about tomorrow’s party.

2ndshiftlogoSo, I need you guys to keep a secret.  I know, me posting this on the internet seems like it’s in direct conflict with trying to keep a secret.  I’ll explain to you in a little bit why this secret should hopefully work.

Believe it or not, we’ve had 2nd Shift Brewing and owner/brewer Steve Crider in our lives for four years now. Steve has been quietly (can Steve be quiet?) producing some of the best beers in the St. Louis area.

Known originally for his ultra-hoppy, ultra-delicious ales, Crider has also begun playing around with wild yeasts and saisons creating some very unique, very distinctive beers.

Steve’s fiancé Libby Brown has been active with the brewery for almost two years now and has watched as Steve has succeeded (and even struggled at times) keeping 2nd Shift going. Because Crider would never do it himself, Libby wants to celebrate Steve and his accomplishments.

To celebrate, brewery friends Perennial Artisan Ales are giving up part of their tasting room next Saturday, November 29th to throw a party to praise Steve Crider and 2nd Shift Brewing. Beginning at 5PM, Perennial will be hosting a few 2nd Shift Beers, a few Perennial beers, and a few 2nd Shift Collaborations.

There are going to be some awesome 2nd Shift beers on tap including PARKAS (a new 2nd Shift/Side Project collaboration) and the newest iteration of the Blueprint Coffee Liquid Spiritual Delight. There will be some other tasty treats available as well.

Now, if I’m putting this on the internet, how are we keeping this a secret? Here’s what you don’t realize with Steve Crider, as long as you don’t @ him on Twitter, there is a good chance he’ll never see your tweet.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Steve Crider likes to get a bit of a rise out of people on Twitter. He enjoys putting something crazy out there and seeing the reactions. As long as people don’t tell him that we’re having a party for him next week, he probably won’t find out.

So, let’s try to keep this to ourselves.  There are some opportunities to see Steve this weekend, so let’s try to not blow it.  This is an experiment to see if the internet can keep a secret.  I think we can do it. (And there is a bonus party at the end of the experiment if we can pull it off!)

STLHops_ShadedThe STL Hops Seventh Anniversary Party is almost sold out. But I’m feeling generous, so I’m going to be giving away two tickets to this Saturday’s Anniversary Party.

If you’re interested in winning two general admission tickets send an email to with the subject of “Anniversary Party Tickets”. I’ll pick the winner on Friday, November 21st at 9AM. If you’ve already got tickets I’d ask that you’d be kind enough to let those who didn’t get tickets have a chance of winning. 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.
  • You much be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.
  • If you don’t think you’ll be able to attend, please don’t enter. I’d like to make sure that people available to attend have a chance to win.

There is a good chance tickets will sell out today. If you’re not feeling lucky, tickets can still be purchased HERE.

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 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 be featuring Perennial/Prairie Collab Dual Artisanship. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Ommengang Three Philosophers on draft. 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 or Webster tonight!

STLHops_ShadedJust in case you’ve forgotten, we will be celebrating the STL Hops Seventh Anniversary Party at Urban Chestnut in the Grove this Saturday, from 6-10PM. It’s crazy to think how big this event has gotten from our first humble party in the basement at the Schlafly Tap Room.

What’s also crazy is the amount of generosity from all of the breweries, distributors, and retailers that have helped to make this event a success year after year. Part of that generosity is the awesome beers that distributors and breweries have helped to get us. I’ve been teasing it for a week, but here’s the (around 99%) complete beer list:

Stouts/Porters/Black Beers
Goose Island – Bourbon County Stout (2014)
Stone – Milk Stout
Oskar Blues – Ten Fidy
Deschutes – Abyss (2014)
O’Fallon – Joie de Vivre
Mother’s – Winter Grind
Excel Brewing – 2nd Anniversary Imperial Porter
Prairie Artisan Ales – Prairie Bomb!

IPAs/Pale Ales
4 Hands – Super Flare Brett IPA
O’Fallon – Simtrasaic
Bur Oak – DeVine IPA
Cathedral Square – Gabriel
New Glarus – Moon Man
Karben4 – Fantasy Factory
Pipeworks – Unicorn’s Revenge
Six Row – Arch Nemesis Midnight

Belgian Ales
Goose Island (Clybourn) – Demolition 1800
Penrose – P2
Sun King – Rye Barrel Batch 666: Sympathy for the Devil
5 Rabbit – 5 Lizard
Off Color – Biere De Guarde Dog

Bell’s – Kal Haven
New Belgium – NBB Loves Blackberry
Urban Chestnut – Ku’Damm
Perennial – Funky Wit with Charentais Melon
2nd Shift – Manor House
Boulevard – Za’Tart
Jolly Pumpkin – Fuego Del Otono
Side Project – Grisette
Surly – Pentagram (2014)

Barleywines/Brown Ales/Seasonals
Avery – #21
Founders – Backwoods Bastard
Logboat – Mamoot
Sierra Nevada – Tater Ridge
Great Lakes – Christmas Ale
Revolution – Fistmas

As with all beer festivals, things could shift or change at the last minute, but I’m pretty confident all of this should be pretty solid. We will also probably have a few other surprises up our sleeves for the event.

In case you missed it, we’ll have two food trucks on site. This year we’ll have two of my favorite trucks slinging up delicious food: Guerrilla Street Food and Completely Sauced.

There are only a handful of tickets still remaining. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Once again, the proceeds will benefit Stray Rescue and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. Let’s raise a lot of money and have a great time.

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: Jolly Pumpkin / Upland Brewing Persimmon Ship, Newcastle / Caledonian Brewery Collaboration, Blackthorn Cider, and Horny Goat Tango Delta Tangerine IPA. 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. Tyler from Morgan Street will be sampling the following beers: Virgin Territory IPA, Black Beer Dark Lager, Golden Pilsner, and Honey Wheat. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square‘s Jerad Gardner will be at Schnucks in Richmond Heights today from 4-6PM today and Schnucks Webster Groves from 1-3PM tomorrow. 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

laylaDo you ever think about what drinks would be best friends? If I had to take a guess, beer and whiskey would be BFFs. I mean, why else would some beer love spending so much time in whiskey barrels?

Layla in the Grove sees that this is a true friendship and is teaming up with 4 Hands Brewing and Jameson Irish Whiskey to put on a tap takeover this Saturday, November 15th from 11AM until close.

Not only will Layla be featuring $5 Jameson Black Barrel cocktails and $4 Jameson Black Barrel pours, but they also have an impressive lineup of 4 Hands Beers. Your choices on tap will include Passion Fruit Prussia, Resurrected IPA, Reprise Centennial Red, Single Speed, and Super Flare, which is the collaboration between 4 Hands and Wicked Weed Brewing.

If you’re looking for some new friends, I’m sure beer and whiskey are always looking for more BFFs.