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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: Founders Dark Rye, Le Coq Imperial Russian Stout, Alvinne Gaspar, Anchorage Whiteout Wit, Nogne Imperial Rye 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.

#3tff_dec2014‘Tis the season. The season of getting together with family and friends. The season of getting and most importantly, the season of giving. To celebrate all of these things Femme Ferment has teamed up with Girls Pint Out to put on a special happy hour tomorrow, December 16th from 5PM-8PM at the Schlafly Tap Room.

Not only is this a great time to get together and see some friends for some holiday cheer, but also FF and GPO are using this as an opportunity to help a good cause. This time of year is a great reminder to help those who are less fortunate than some of us.

The happy hour is looking for donations of “winter necessities” including coats, scarves, mittens, hats, women’s deodorant and men’s underwear in larger sizes. All of these items will be benefiting the St. Patrick Center.

Head out tomorrow night, have a couple of beers and help some people out.

sideproject-2ndShiftFor those of you that attended the Super Secret 2nd Shift party a few weeks ago, you had your first chance to try out the 2nd Shift Brewing and Side Project Brewing collaboration called PARKAS. Many of you asked when that delicious beer would be available, well, I have all of the details for you.

This Saturday, December 20th you’ll have your opportunity to not only purchase the 2nd Shift version of this collaboration, but also the Side Project version that owner Cory King has named Lattice. Sales of both beers begin at 12PM at the Perennial Artisan Ales tasting room.

To honor 2nd Shift’s love of hops, Cory created a farmhouse pale ale that he generously dry-hopped with Amarillo and Galaxy hops. And to celebrate Cory’s love of funk, 2nd Shift’s owner Steve Crider created a 100% barrel fermented, barrel-aged brett beer.

For those of you that are showing up to buy bottles on Saturday, the standard Perennial bottle release rules still apply. There will not be ANY overnight camping allowed. But you will be welcome to show up bright and early and bottle sharing will be allowed until the doors open at 12PM. (Please clean up your bottles, things have been kind of messy as of late, you don’t want to lose this amazing privilege.)

If you can’t make it out to buy these beers, don’t fret! I’ve been told that both of these beers will on draft side-by-side on Tuesday, December 30th at the Side Project Cellar at 6PM.

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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: 2nd Shift Mullineaux No.3, To Øl Sleep Over Coffee IIPA, Urban Chestnut Fantasyland, Urban Chestnut SLIPILS, Urban Chestnut H.M.S., and Urban Chestnut Stammtisch. 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: Avery Out Of Bounds Stout, Sam Adams Winter Lager, New Belgium Accumulation White IPA, and Southern Tier Tripel Cafe. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square‘s Jerad Gardner will be at Fields Foods today from 4-6PM today and Whole Foods Brentwood from 1-3PM tomorrow. He’ll be sampling a variety of Cathedral Square’s products. Go on out and say “hi” to Jerad.

Six Row Brewing will be doing a few tastings this weekend starting with a tasting at Craft Beer Celler in Clayton from 5-7PM today, where they’ll be pouring samples of Vanilla Porter and First Crack. There will also be a tasting at Vom Fass in Maplewood from 2-4PM on Saturday, December 13th where they will be sampling First Crack.

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.

flyingsaucerlogoThe holidays are a fantastic time to get with friends and have some great food and great beer. The Flying Saucer knows that this is a great time and decided to throw a beer dinner. This Friday, December 12th at 7:00PM, you’ll be able enjoy four courses and five beers all for $50.00 per person ($45 for U.F.O. Club members).

Here’s a look at the menu:
Intro Beer
Saison De Lis

First course
Curry-cilantro sweet potato soup
Paired with Hommel Bier

Second course
Asian salad with pomegranate and butternut dumplings,
Paired with Dual Artisanship (Prairie Artisan Ales collaboration)

Third course
Beef tenderloin with bleu cheese, chive butter and a side of asparagus
Paired with Peace Offering

Fourth course
Vanilla bean ice cream with Mexican-spiced chocolate cake
Paired with Abraxas

Tickets can be purchased in person at Flying Saucer or by calling 314-932-1456.

4handsThere has been so much great beer that’s been released this month that it’s almost impossible to comprehend. But the best may be saved for last as 4 Hands Brewing releases two amazing barrel-aged imperial stouts this month.

Beginning this Monday, December 15th, 4 Hands will begin selling tickets for $16.99 each that will guarantee you a bottle of either Madagascar or Volume 1 when each beer is released later this month. You’ll be able to purchase up to six 22-ounce tickets of each beer depending on availability beginning on Monday which will guarantee you some of this delicious beer.

Here’s a description of both beers:

Volume 1 is a 10.5% ABV Russian imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels with cacao nibs and single-origin Colombian coffee. Madagascar is a 9.3% ABV imperial milk stout aged in bourbon barrels with whole vanilla beans. Both offer bold, unique flavor profiles perfect for pairings throughout the holiday season.

Volume 1 will be released on Sunday, December 21 at 12PM, and Madagascar will be released on Sunday, December 28 at 12PM. If you can’t make it to pick up your beer on either day don’t fret, your tickets will guarantee you bottles to pick up all the way until Saturday, January 3rd.

STLHops_ShadedSorry for the delay on this one, wanted to get the books in order and checks cut before putting a post up. This is the time of year to look back, look forward, and to give thanks. Without pause, I have to give thanks to all of you for helping to make this the best anniversary party yet.

This was our biggest turnout, our biggest amount of beers, and our biggest amount of money earned for Stray Rescue and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. Before I reveal the total, I have to thank some people individually.

First thanks needs to go to Urban Chestnut for not only devoting their space, but also a lot of time and patience in letting us put this event on at their Grove location. These events just don’t drop in and work, there are a lot of logistics at play and UCBC’s Ryan Rakel (and the whole UCBC crew) went above and beyond to help us set everything up. A million thank yous to all of UCBC.

A next thank you goes out to Eric, Carl, my fiance Irene, my parents, my sister-in-law, and all of the volunteers that helped make this event happen. Like I mentioned, there is a lot of work in coordinating everything and this could not have been done without the countless number of man-hours devoted to picking up beer, picking up auction items, coordinating logistics, setting up, and cleaning up.  This was our smoothest event yet and a lot of thanks goes to my friends and family for volunteering their time to making this event happen.

Another thank you to Guerrilla Street Food and Completely Sauced for dealing with a cool and rainy night and serving up food to you all. These are the best food trucks in St. Louis, make sure to spend some money with them the next time you see them.

A very special shout out to all of the distributors for their help in coordinating and donating to this event. As a member of this tier of the beer industry I know that we definitely endure our share of scorn, but this event would not have happened without their help. There is no way we would have any of the jockey boxes, beer, or swag for this event if they didn’t step up and help out. Thank you to Lohr, Major Brands, Summit, Grey Eagle, and Shelton Brothers.

This is a beer festival after all, so we have to thank all of these breweries, distributors, and retailers for donating beer:

4 Hands
Goose Island
Bell’s
New Belgium
Urban Chestnut
Founders
Six Row
Stone
Oskar Blues
Perennial
International Tap House
Deschutes
O’Fallon
2nd Shift
Boulevard
Summit
Cathedral Square
Excel Brewing
Shelton Brothers
Side Project
Avery
Major Brands
Sierra Nevada
Off Color
Binny’s
Sun King
Penrose
Pipeworks
Half Acre
Schlafly
Civil Life
Treehouse Brewing

We also couldn’t have raised as much money as we did without the generous donations from all of the following people:

Cugino’s
Wine and Cheese Place
Bailey’s Restaurants
Lohr
Cicero’s
Vin de Set
21st Street Brewers Bar
Schlafly
Mission Taco
Milagro
The Libertine
Nick’s Pub
SoHa
Square One Brewery
O’Fallon Brewery
Perennial Artisan Ales
Karen King
Cory King
Niche
Llywelyn’s
U-Gas
Global Brew Tap House
4 Hands
2nd Shift
Feast Magazine
Dressel’s
Layla
Flying Saucer
O’Shay’s Pub
Paul Jensen
Paul McGrew
Eric Hildebrandt
Teresa Sweeney
Urban Chestnut
Ices Plain and Fancy
Yoga Buzz STL
Strange Donuts

God, I hope I didn’t forget anyone. And if I did, please notify me immediately so I can get you on the list. I honestly can’t say thank you enough to everyone. It really means a lot to me to see what we can generate for two great charities when we all work together.

And because I’ve made you wait long enough, here’s what we raised:

$10,000 for Stray Rescue and $2091.46 for St. Louis Bulldog Rescue.

This well exceeded my expectations and I can’t thank all of you enough.  Just a wonderful amount of money that will go and help many, many animals.  Thank you all again and have a wonderful holiday season.  We’ll see you all next year for this event!