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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: Hitachino XH Sour Ale Barrel Edition, Birra del Borgo Fragus, Sesma Brewing Prunis Persica, Green Bench Les Grisettes, and Mikkeller Arh Hvad?!. 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 will be sampling Green Flash Diai De Los Serranos and Green Flash Cosmic Ristretto. 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.

GlobalBrew_MainLogo_RGBReal talk for a second. This has been a weird-ass winter. When it’s not been unseasonably warm, it’s been unseasonably cold.  And right now it’s definitely unseasonably cold.  Not a fan.

Do you know what I am a fan of? You guessed it! PUGS!  Oh, and beer. Especially some big, dark beers in the winter.  Global Brew Tap House in Rock Hill knows we’re looking to keep this winter and plan on helping.

This Friday, February 12th, GBRH is throwing their inaugural Winter Warmer beer event. They’re busting out a bunch of big beers to help warm your cockles.  Here’s a look at the list:

  • Perennial – Abraxas
  • 4Hands – Madagascar
  • UCBC – Wolpertinger
  • Founders – Project Pam
  • Boulevard – 2014 Rye on Rye
  • Odell – Russian Pirate
  • Stone – Xocoveza
  • Evil Twin – Imperial Biscotti Break Natale

All beers get tapped at 1PM and will be on until they blow. Head out and warm up with GBRH’s Winter Warmer this Friday.

three-kings-delivery-and-cateringStory time.  I don’t typically fanboy out when meeting brewers because, they’re just that– brewers. They’re super cool people (for the most part) but they’re still dudes that brew beer.

Except this one time.

Way back in 2010 I got a chance to visit the Craft Brewers Conference in Chicago. I had a chance to visit this party put on by Lauren Salazar from New Belgium and that’s when my fanboy experience happened. Lauren introduced me to Matt Brynildson, brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

At the time I was obsessed with Union Jack (and frankly, I still am, that beer is off the chain) and I believe the first thing I said to Matt was, “HOLY SHIT, YOU’RE MATT BRYNILDSON!”  I’ve never done this before when meeting a brewer and haven’t done it since.

What does this story have to do with anything?  Well, other than making me look like an idiot, it’s your chance to geek out over some Firestone Walker beers this Thursday, February 11th starting at 6PM at Three Kings Public House in the Loop.

This Tap Tour features some of your old favorites like Easy Jack, DBA, and Union Jack and also some fun choices like Nitro Merlin Milk Stout, 19th Anniversary, and Stickee Monkee. John Kellerman from Firestone will be on hand with a little bit of swag to giveaway as well.

Geek out over some Firestone Walker tomorrow night at Three Kings.

FestoftheWildWere you looking to get wild this weekend without having to brave Soulard?  Maybe it’s just a bit of wild ale you’re searching out instead?

Then maybe you need to head out to Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton this Saturday, February 6th for their first Fest of the Wild event.  Running from 12PM to 6PM, you’ll have an opportunity to sample a ton of wild ales throughout the day.  Just some of the beers CBC will be tapping include:

  • Tilquin Gueuze
  • Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild
  • Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse
  • Firestone Walker Agrestic
  • 4 Hands Cuvee Ange
  • Crooked Stave Surette
  • Grimm Purple Prose
  • New Belgium Le Terrioir

And to make sure that this event is not only delicious but educational, every 30 minutes CBC will be providing some educational presentations from breweries such as Perennial Artisan Ales and some of CBC’s own Certified Cicerones®.

So get out and get wild this Saturday at CBC.

theogBeer and trivia. These are two things I love. You know another thing that I love? That we now have a few groups in St. Louis promoting women and beer.

One of those groups is the OG: St. Louis Women’s Craft Beer Collective. To celebrate their first anniversary they’re throwing a Beer Trivia Fundraiser this Friday, February 5th at the Sqwires Annex.

Their non-profit club is using the event to raise some funds to help further their cause and have put together a trivia night to test your beer knowledge and to have a bit of fun as well. Beginning at 7PM, your team of four (or less, if you’re feeling super-smart) will have five rounds of beer-themed trivia to enjoy.

The cost is $100 per table which will include appetizers, door prizes, and of course the trivia. There will be prizes for each round and a grand prize for the team with the highest score. You can sign up for this fun event via Brown Paper Tickets. Don’t miss out!

STLHops_ShadedTechnically by the time this party takes place, STL Hops will be about 8.5 years old.  But, I like a party and I hope you do as well.  So I’m happy to announce that the 8th Annual STL Hops Anniversary Party will be taking place on Saturday, March 19th.

In the past we’ve held this party at a local brewery, but as all of our locals are getting super big and popular, we’ve run out of room this year.  Luckily David and Gene Bailey are about to open a new event space called Willow (right at 10th and Locust) which is right next door to Bridge. It’s a cool space and I’m honored that they’re allowing us to throw the party there.

We’ll be doing two different price points again this year. We still have the standard ticket which will get you into the party from 6-10PM and will set you back $30. This will get you unlimited samples as well as a commemorative glass.

We’re also doing the VIP ticket again which will cost you $10 more but will get you in an hour early. I’m also going to throw a special raffle for you VIP members for something cool, you’ll get raffle tickets as you arrive. (You can purchase more as well.) There is a limited number of VIP tickets available, so don’t wait for these.

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

This event WILL SELL OUT!  Do not delay in getting tickets.

Again the lion-share of proceeds will benefit Stray Rescue but this year I’m also going to be donating a small portion to the St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. I lost my bulldog last year and I’d like to continue this small gift to honor her. Last year we raised over $10,000 for Stray Rescue and $2000 for St. Louis Bulldog and I know we can top that this year!

We’ll have plenty of auction items for you to try and win and raffles and 50/50 as well. And the Baileys’ Restaurants will be lining up some delicious food for you to purchase.

One cool treat that I’ve already confirmed is thanks to our friends at Goose Island, you’ll be enjoying some Bourbon County Stout Regal on draft. I’ve already gotten some commitments from 2nd Shift, Off Color Brewing, Penrose Brewing, Boulevard, Narrow Gauge Brewing, and Old Bakery. And of course I’ll be making my annual pilgrimage to Chicago so you know we’re going to have some fun treats.

Thank you all for supporting STL Hops over the past 8 years and also donating all of this money to these two great charities!

GlobalBrew_MainLogo_RGBPeople like to long for the good old days of craft beer, but I argue we’re in the good old days of craft beer. We have more options, better beer, better glassware, and more knowledgeable people.

One of those places we didn’t have five years ago was Global Brew Tap House in Edwardsville.  And now, five years later Global Brew is still going strong.  To celebrate their fifth anniversary GB is throwing a little party.

This Friday, February 5th at 5PM (get it?) Global is putting on a hell of an event. They’ll be featuring some delicious beers including:

  • Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout and Kentucky Breakfast Stout
  • Goose Island 2015 Bourbon County Stout
  • Dogfish Head Higher Math American Strong Ale AND 120 Minute IPA

There will also be live music and brewery giveaways all night. Celebrate the the good old days of craft beer with Global Brew in Edwardsville this Friday!

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