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STL Craft Beer WeekThis Friday begins the 8th annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week!  This is a big year for us with some big changes. The first of which is our awesome new logo from Tim Bottchen, big thanks to Tim for that!  The other big change is our brand new website thanks to Propaganda3.  Hopefully this new website will make your STLCBW easier to navigate and find new events!

We have over 150 events taking place this year making this the biggest STLCBW so far. What do we need from you? We need you to go out and make these events successful.  Over the next 9 days, I’m going to detail each days events. Do your part and get out and make these events a success.  

Just a couple of things to mention.  Thanks to the folks at Breckenridge Brewery, we have an Untappd badge again this year, because we all love badges. Also thanks to our friends Baileys’ Restaurants and the St. Louis Brewers’ Guild for being the presenting sponsors of STLCBW. We couldn’t have done this without all of the help from our sponsors.

Also, make sure to use the #STLCBW hashtag for all of your social media-ing during the event.

Without further ado, here are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday’s events.

Friday, July 29th

2016 St. Louis Brewer’s Picnic
05:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar

Battle of the Brothers
05:00 pm – 07:00 pm
Saint Louis Hop Shop

Can Happy Hour with Stone Brewing
04:00 pm – 11:00 pm
21 Street Brewers Bar

Celebrate St. Louis Craft Beer Week by Giving Back with Urban Chestnut Brewing Co and 5 Star Burgers Creve Coeur
05:00 pm – 07:00 pm
5 Star Burgers-Creve Coeur

Chanukah Shtick at Exit 6
05:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Exit 6 Brewery

Elijah P’s & Old Bakery Keep the Pint
04:00 pm – 12:00 am
Elijah P’s

Urban Chestnut Tap Takeover
04:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Central Table

Saturday, July 30th

2nd Shift Brunch
10:00 am – 02:00 pm
Brasserie by Niche

Big Brew Day and Brewery Science
09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Design 2 Brew

03:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Saint Louis Hop Shop

Dumpster Pool Party at The Fortune Teller Bar
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fortune Teller Bar

Golden Road Tasting Party
11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Creve Coeur Lakehouse

Kirkwood Station Tap Takeover
06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Saint Louis Hop Shop

Midwest Belgian Beer Fest
01:00 pm – 05:00 pm
Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 Union Hall

Odell Tap Invasion & Keep The Glass Night
06:00 pm – 07:00 pm
Exit 6 Brewery

Poses & Pints – STLCBW Edition
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Old Bakery Beer Company

St. Louis Brewers Guild Beer Brunch
11:00 am – 01:30 pm
Reeds American Table

UCBC Bier Brunch
10:00 am – 02:00 pm
Gamlin Whiskey House

Sunday, July 31st

@ArtCultureKing Art Show At the Hop Shop
06:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saint Louis Hop Shop

1st Annual St Louis Craft Beer Week 5K
10:00 am – 01:00 pm
International Tap House CWE

2nd Shift Sunday
11:00 am – 12:00 am

4 Hands Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
4 Hands Brewing Co

Abyss Vertical Tapping
05:00 pm – 01:00 am
Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar

Beer Geek Fest
12:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Craft Beer Cellar

Blind Tasting Competition
03:00 pm – 12:00 am
International Tap House – Chesterfield

Boulevard Beer, BBQ, & Bags Tournament
11:00 am – 12:00 am
Elijah P’s

Crafty Brewsters: A Conservation Collaboration for Missouri’s Rivers
06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
The Maryland House at Brennan’s

Huevos con Cervezas
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Milagro Modern Mexican

Perennial And Friends Sour Dinner at Juniper
06:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Piney River Brewing Tasting
04:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Craft Beer Cellar

PURRfect Day To WOOF Down Some Beer For Stray Rescue
12:00 pm – 04:00 pm
The Side Project Cellar

Sunday School with Earthbound Beer and Byrd & Barrel
02:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Byrd & Barrel

The Grove Criterium
10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall

UCBC Bier Brunch
10:00 am – 02:00 pm
Gamlin Whiskey House

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: Destihl Abbeys Single, Destihl Here Gose Nothin’, Destihl Lynnbrook Berliner Style Weisse Raspberries, Destihl Synchopathic Sour Ale, Destihl Vertix IPA, Bells Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer, and 4 Hands Brett IPA Falconers Flight. 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: Perennial Foeder Saison, Urban Chestnut Cuvee de Peche, Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage Matame Ahorita, Old Bakery North End IPA, and 4 Hands Constellation Flaconers Flight. $13 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

STL Craft Beer WeekI’m sure Mike will have plenty more to say about this, but St. Louis Craft Beer Week is fast approaching. The official dates are July 29 – August 6 (so Craft Beer Week + 1 Day).

The main purpose of this heads up is that the schedule is filling in rather nicely, with 115 events on the books so far and more to come. Check out the events as they’re created on Facebook or visit the official STL Craft Beer Week website You can also follow the twitter account @stlbeerweek for #STLCBW updates.

If you can’t find anything on the list of events that suits you, then maybe you shouldn’t be into beer anymore.

It’s been a long time coming, but here we are again to review a beer label. This should go about as well as Brett Favre playing for the Jets. Today we’re reviewing Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout.

Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout

Let me start off by saying, if you’re in the group of people that believe stouts are not summer beers, then kindly fuck off and stop reading. I’ll never understand this line of thinking. Do you stop eating soup in the summer? Do you stop drinking coffee? Do penguins just kill themselves before summer hits? No. Quit perpetuating this bullshit.

We see a very minimalist approach with this label of a solid brown color and few words. The implication here is, before noon, we drink our coffee and then after noon, we drink beer. Well, that might work for some people, but in the real world, we can’t just drink whenever we want. Most of us have jobs and families and responsibilities. This is already pissing me off and wishing I was back in college.

Java stout, huh? Are you one of those people that use the word java in place of coffee? Fuck you. I bet you also call it a “cup of joe” don’t you? Are you enjoying Joe’s jizz in your coffee? Did you know that Java is an actual place? It’s another one of those exotic islands that’s beautiful to spend a week in but is hot garbage otherwise. The only mode of transportation is a damn water buffalo and their shitty currency goes in increments of like 10,000 with pictures of dudes with machetes on them. I don’t think you want your beer associated with this hell hole.

And finally, let’s talk about the predominant color on this can: brown. Maybe it’s just me (and it usually is), but when I think of coffee I think of poop. Coffee is a proven laxative and it’s impossible to think about coffee and not wonder about the resulting butt nuggets. If you work in an office, you are well aware of the state of the bathroom and the symphony of shits that occur in the late morning. Imagine having to deal with that on Java where everybody just defecates in the neighborhood turd pond.

So here we have a label that wants us to drink 10 hours out of the day while reminding us of the consequential ass sneeze. This might be popular among alcoholic Indonesians, but I’m just a boring Midwestern dad, so I’ll move on to something else.

narrowgaugeIt’s been a long time coming, but the boys at Cugino’s in Florissant are ready to officially launch Narrow Gauge Brewing Company this Thursday, June 16th. If you’ve been paying attention, there has been a lot of buzz developing about Head Brewer Jeff Hardesty’s beers. At the STL Hops Anniversary Party in March, Narrow Gauge nearly stole the show with their SHB (Single-Hopped Beer) Galaxy IPA and Zavtrak Imperial Stout. A few festivals later and more and more people having been asking when they’d be able to get more. Well the time is here!

The name Narrow Gauge is a tribute to the three owners’ hometown. In October 1878, the St. Louis and Suburban Railway, one of several independent rail car lines in the area at the time, started narrow gauge steam railway service from Midtown to Florissant and dubbed it West End Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Cugino’s tapped two beers earlier this month. Mordecai, a juicy American Pale Ale, and Old Town Porter, a smooth Porter with just the right amount of roast. Thursday they will also have full batches of Fallen Flag American IPA and SHB: Galaxy. You can also expect small, pilot batches of Copra (a Porter brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and coconut), Pineapple Mordecai and a few other SHB variants. And they’ll be filling 32oz growlers.

So get up to Narrow Gauge tomorrow night and kick these guys off right!

STLHops_ShadedHello everyone, or as I’ll be saying about 36 hours from now, guten tag. I’m headed out for my honeymoon as of tomorrow and I’ll be gone for about three weeks.

But that doesn’t mean that the STL Hops train stops. I’ve gotten the venerable Jason Spann stepping in for me for a little bit.  If you have some stories that you’ll like to submit to get posted on STL Hops send your story to

Jason will do his best to get everything posted. Have fun everyone and don’t burn the website down.

2016-mwbbfJuly is almost upon us and with it brings hot dogs, ‘Merica, and beer.  Specifically it brings the 8th annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week (more on that soon), but one of the largest and best parts of STLCBW is the Perennial Artisan Ales Midwest Belgian Beer Festival.

Believe it or not, this is actually the 5th MWBBF and Perennial is celebrating their “funky fifth” with 54 breweries from across the United States (and beyond.)  This year’s festival takes place on Saturday, July 30th and will run from 1-5PM.  The proceeds from this year’s festival will go toward St. Louis Public Radio.

Here’s a list of the participating breweries:

  • 18th Street Brewery
  • 2nd Shift Brewing
  • 4 Hands Brewing Co.
  • Against the Grain
  • Allagash
  • Almanac
  • Answer Brewpub
  • Barrelhouse Brewing
  • Bluejacket
  • Boulevard
  • Bruery
  • Charleville
  • Cigar City
  • Commons
  • Crane
  • Crooked Stave
  • De Garde
  • Destihl
  • Firestone Walker
  • Fremont
  • Funk Factory
  • Green Bench
  • Half Acre
  • Hardywood
  • Jester King
  • Jolly Pumpkin
  • Logboat
  • Mark Twain
  • Marz Brewing
  • Mikkeller
  • Moody Tongue
  • New Belgium
  • Oakshire
  • Off Color
  • Ommegang
  • Ozark Beer
  • Penrose
  • Rare Barrel
  • Right Proper
  • Rockwell
  • Schlafly
  • Scratch
  • Side Project
  • Solemn Oath
  • Sun King
  • Three Floyds
  • Transient Artisan Ales
  • Une Annee
  • Upland
  • Urban Chestnut
  • Whiner
  • Wicked Weed
  • Wiseacre
  • Yazoo

Tickets to this event are $65 and will go on sale beginning tomorrow, Wednesday June 15th beginning at 4PM. For those of you out of town, tickets will be available online beginning Monday, June 20th at 10am.