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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: Crane Brewing Dry Hopped Grapefruit Gose, Crane Brewing BRETT IPA, Deschutes Sagefight Imperial IPA, Deschutes Fresh Hop Chasin’ Freshies, Birra Troll Geisha Barleywine, and Mark Twain Blueberry Saison. 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: St. Bernardus Oak Aged Abt 12, Stone Citracado Imperial IPA, Deschutes Hopzeit Marzen-inspired IPA, Avery Certatio Equestris Bourbon Barrel Aged Sour Ale, and Prairie 4th Anniversary. $15 gets you five 5oz pours of these beers.

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

arbormeisterIt’s Monday morning which means it’s time to announce the winner of the two tickets to the Arbormeisters Homebrew Festival.  I’m happy to announce that the winner is Timothy Redel.

Congrats to Timothy for winning and thanks for the fine folks from Forest ReLeaf of Missouri for providing the tickets to the event. Tickets for this event are still available for the event this weekend and the weather is looking perfect, don’t miss out!


SOCIETE_logo-web_biggerPerennial Artisan Ales produces some outstanding examples of traditional styles, but they’re also quite well-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.

Last year Perennial announced the Société du Chêne (Society of Oak) membership. This unique club offered up the ability to access some of these fantastic barrel-aged beers simply by having a membership to the club.  Perennial reached out to announce that they’re accepting new members for the 2016 Société du Chêne.

Because this membership will be a highly sought-after ticket, the 2016 memberships will be available via the Perennial Tasting Room beginning on Wednesday, September 14th at 4pm.

Each membership will be $300 (tax included) and will include:

  • One bottle of each of the first twelve barrel-aged beers to be released over the course of the next year.  This year, we are including a mix of wine, foeder and spirits barrel-aged beers (yes, even stouts)
  • a Société du Chêne glass
  • 10% discount on all on-premise purchases with valid membership ID (does not include bottles to go or merchandise)
  • Entry to one 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.
  • One bottle of each of the first twelve barrel-aged beers to be released over the course of the next year.  This year, we are including a mix of wine, foeder and spirits barrel-aged beers (yes, even stouts)

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.
  • Members will be have a two week window to pick up bottles as they become available and must be picked up by the member or his or her proxy. If the bottles are not claimed within the designated pickup time, the bottles will be forfeited. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY.
  • 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.
  • In the event that that more than twelve barrel-aged beers mature during the membership period, members will also be guaranteed 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.
  • 2017 Memberships will be offered first to 2016 members. Renewal is, of course, optional.

Sign-up Details:

  • Trustee information will be requested after sign-up period is complete.
  • Remaining memberships will be offered via a local signup on a first come, first serve basis in the Perennial Tasting Room on Wednesday, September 14th at 4pm.
  • Each member may pick up his or her membership card, glass and first bottle in the Perennial Tasting Room between Wednesday, September 21st and October 5th.
  • The first beer to be released on 9/21 to Société members will be Reverie, a Blended Strong Ale aged in Whiskey and Wine Barrels.

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

arbormeisterIf you want to feel like you’re helping the environment all while enjoying some delicious homebrew, make sure to enter this contest for two tickets to the Arbormeisters Homebrew Festival.

Thanks for the fine folks from Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, I have two tickets to give away for the event.

We’ll make this an easy contest, just email with ArborMeisters Homebrew Festival as the subject. I’ll pick two winners Monday, September 12th at 9AM. 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 must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

If you don’t win this one, don’t worry I will be holding more contests like this in the future, so you’ll have another chance then. Good luck! Tickets for this event are still available as well!

edgewild-logoIs it just me or does there seem like there are less beer dinners?  And I mean that in a good way.  I remember seeing a beer dinner pop up almost every other week.  It just didn’t seem sustainable.

Personally, I prefer seeing quality over quantity and that’s what Edgewild Bistro & Tap has done by teaming up with Stone Brewing to put on a killer dinner next Wednesday, September 14th.

Beginning at 6PM you’ll get four courses paired with, wait for it, eleven beers!  And not just any beers, these are cream of the crop:

Duck & Bison Albondigas
Duck and bison meat balls with crispy pancetta, veal demi glace, and goat cheese fritters
Paired with Stone IPA, Stone Delicious IPA, RuinTen

Mushroom Stuffed Summer Squash
Roasted summer squash stuffed with garlic-rosemary sautéed mushrooms and lemon wilted arugula, finished with sage oil and pepita puree
Paired with Saison du Buff & Woot Stout

Snapper en Papillote
American red snapper over kaffir lime basmati rice pilaf with rainbow carrots and red bell peppers topped with orange-harissa butter
Paired with Who You Callin’ Wussie & Citricado

Roasted Strip Loin
Salt & black pepper crusted strip loin, red potato latkes, broccolini, and sweet corn-scallion hollandaise
Paired with Arrogant Bastard & Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard

Caramel Toffee Cheese Cake
Rich Tahitian vanilla bean cheese cake topped with toffee caramel over oatmeal-graham crust
Paired with Mocha IPA & Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

The price of the dinner is $55 per person or $100 per couple and a few reservations still remain. You can make reservations by calling (314) 548-2222.

Do 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, September 10th beginning at 2PM when they hold their Nightmare WAY Before Christmas event.

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


MBSL_120461_Ciceros_FirestoneWalkerPatience and will-power.  If you plan on cellaring beer, you need to have both of these items in spades. It’s difficult to see that beer just sitting there and not want to drink it.

Luckily for you, Firestone Walker and Cicero’s have done the hard work for you. This Saturday, September 10th, is Vintage Series Night at Cicero’s.

Starting at 6pm, you’ll be able to enjoy the following beers:


  • Sucuba 2016
  • Helldorado 2015
  • Stickee Monkee 2016
  • Velvet Merkin 2015


  • Stickee Monkee 2015
  • Helldorado 2015
  • Parabola 2016
  • XIX Nineteenth Anniversary Ale

There will also be a raffle for Firestone schwag beginning at 8pm. Don’t try and cellar this stuff yourself, let the pros handle it for you at Cicero’s.