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elijahpsTo celebrate American Craft Beer Week, Elijah P’s in Alton is teaming up with Destihl Brewery to put on a very special event. Beginning at 6:30PM on May 17th, Elijah P’s will be hosting a four-course beer dinner featuring six different Destihl beers. Here’s a look at the menu:

Passed appetizers and opening comments w/ Abbey’s Single
-Smoked salmon “Loli Pops” with dill red pepper creme cheese
-Crostini with olive tapinade, sweet fig reduction sauce, and shaved asiago
-Dates stuffed with bleu cheese and wrapped with bacon

1st Course w/ Weissenheimer
Icelandic cod filet poached in lemon scented olive oil, topped with coconut, parsley, and lemon gremolata with Peruvian purple potatoes

2nd Course w/ Flanders Red
Baby kale and butter lettuce tossed in a dark cherry vinaigrette with toasted faro, walnuts, ricotta cheese, and pickled sweet potatoes and topped with fried shoestring Vidalia onions

Palate Cleanser w/ Vertex IPA
Maple orange granita

Entree w/ Antiquity Rye Wine
Braised beef shank served over whole wheat black pepper pappardelle noodles finished with a ginger snap gravy, french beans, and smoked piquillo peppers

Dessert w/ Privyet
“S’mores Cone”- Belgian dark chocolate mousse, marshmallow cream, caramel, and smoked peanuts in a graham cracker waffle cone

The cost of this beer dinner is $75 plus tax and gratuity and you can make reservations by calling (618) 433-8445. But if you’re feeling lucky, Elijah P’s has graciously given STL Hops two tickets to give away for this event.

To enter this contest, send an email to contest@stlhops.com with the subject of Destihl Beer Dinner, and I’ll randomly pick a winner on Thursday, May 5th 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.
  • If you can’t attend, please don’t enter.
  • If you already have an invite to the party, please don’t enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

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: Uinta Hop Nosh Tangerine IPA, Saugatuck Backyard IPA, Saugatuck Starburst Wheat, 2nd Shift Green Bird Gose and their classic beer of the week is Pacifico Clara. 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: Westbrook / Evil Twin Mini Growler, Avery Maharaja, Evil Twin Liquid Double Fudge, Uinta Cucumber Farmhouse, and Schlafly Walking Tree. $13 gets you five 5oz pours of these beers. CBC will also be hosting the launch of Logboat on Saturday with Imperial March and Bennie on draft.

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 Old Bakery Citrus Wheat and Old Bakery Porter. 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.

canjamI’m sure if you did a very intensive search of STL Hops, you’d find many, many posts detailing my love of canned beer. So, I won’t bore you again with all of the reasons canned beer is awesome, instead I’m hoping you find out for yourself.

This Saturday, April 30th from 1pm-6pm, Global Brew in Rock Hill is throwing their inaugural Can Jam celebration. Global GM Cyle Lunsfordhodson wanted to put on a festival to not only serve up some tasty beer, but also, in Cyle’s words, “to shine a spotlight to show that great craft beer comes in cans as well.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Some of the participating breweries include, Oskar Blues, Ballast Point, Odell, Logboat, and of course local canned favorite, 4 Hands.

This party will also serve a dual purpose providing Rock Hill with a fun block party for the area featuring some tasty food from some area vendors including Katie’s Pizza & Pasta, The Slider House, and Lucky’s Market.

And if this wasn’t fun enough, Cyle will open a really big can (aka keg) of Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout at 3pm.  There will be live music along with some fun lawn games as well.

So head out to Rock Hill and enjoy the weather and canned beer this Saturday.

15_perennialIt’s almost May and I’m already tired of this election season. But what if you wanted to vote on something that really matters?

Well, Perennial Artisan Ales has an issue we all can get behind, picking the new flavor of their Berliner Weisse. Beginning at 4PM tonight, Perennial will have on eight different fruited versions of their delicious base Berliner Weiss and they need you to vote on them!

Each of these versions was submitted by the entire Perennial crew and includes:

  • Cascara & Pear
  • Balaton & Montmorency Cherry
  • Grapefruit & Mandarin
  • Mirabelle Plum, Mango & Grapefruit Zest
  • Tart Cherries & Cinnamon
  • Grapefruit & Basil
  • Cranberry & Orange
  • Pomegranate & Lime

You’ll have the ability to enjoy up to two samples of 5oz sample of each beer at a time and then you’ll vote on your favorite.  All the beers are limited and your vote will matter. The winner of this contest will have the beer scaled up and distributed to all of Perennial’s markets.

Feel the Berl; do your civic duty and head out to Perennial tonight and vote for this very important matter.

microfestWhoops, forgot to give away some tickets.  Do you know what my favorite part of this particular contest is (other than giving away tickets to an awesome event)? It’s seeing how few people can pay attention to directions.

Without further ado, the winners to the 2016 Microfest are:

VIP Tickets (Good for any single session) – Sarah Miller
Friday Night Tickets – Matthew Lang
Saturday Afternoon Tickets – Mike Casseday
Saturday Evening Tickets – Matt Neilsen

Thanks to Lift for Life for putting on this event and giving us the tickets! Tickets are still available and it’s looking like a great weekend. Don’t miss out on the fun.

microfestNext weekend brings us the 21st annual St. Louis Microfest. But let me guess, you haven’t bought your tickets yet, have you? Well fear not, because thanks to organizers from Lift for Life, I’m giving away two free passes for each session of this fantastic event along with one set of VIP tickets! I will be randomly giving away these tickets, so be certain to CAREFULLY follow the instructions below.

Send an email to contest@stlhops.com with the subject of 2016 Microfest – (Preferred Session), example: 2016 Microfest – Saturday Afternoon.  I’ll randomly pick four winners on Thursday, April 28th 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.
  • If you can’t attend, please don’t enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

Also be certain to check out the list of brewers that will be pouring beer this weekend.  Thanks to Lift for Life for putting on this event and giving us the tickets!

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: Weihenstephaner 1516 Special Release, New Belgium Hof ten Dormaal, Lucifer Belgian Ale, Logboat Mamoot Mild, and Logboat Shiphead Ginger Wheat. 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: Boulevard Love Child #7, Lagunitas Waldos’ Special Ale, Old Bakery Porter, Bell’s Oatsmobile, and Logboat Imperial March. $13 gets you five 5oz pours of these beers. CBC will also be hosting the launch of Logboat on Saturday with Imperial March and Bennie on draft.

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 Ballast Point Mango Even Keel and Public House Thorn & Heat. 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.