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merciI was actually all prepared to give away the two passes to the Wine and Cheese Place/Side Project Brewing Merci release party taking place this Friday, January 30th right at 9AM.  But then like a dog seeing a squirrel, I got distracted.

I’m pleased to announce that the twp winners for the tickets to the Wine and Cheese Place/Side Project Release are Michael Conlon-Zimmerman and Rusty Baum!

Congrats to Michael and Rusty and thanks everyone for entering this very popular contest. If you didn’t win, don’t be too upset, once again I have some cool stuff to give away soon.

I once again want to thank Paul Hayden from The Wine and Cheese Place for donating the two tickets to the release. This is an invite only event, but I’m sure you’ll have more chances to get some of these special beers in the near future.

bynk about itWhile it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that they’ve been calling “A Brew You Never Knew.”

Each Wednesday, Llywelyn’s will feature a single beer on draught that may have been overlooked or in some cases is the only draught version of that beer in town. It’ll be a chance to re-visit an old favorite or even discover something you’ve never had before.

This week Llyweyln’s in Webster will be featuring Perennial Sump. While the St. Charles location will also be serving up the Perennial Sump on draft. So, if you’re looking for something special without all of the lists and missed opportunities, make sure to stop into Llywelyn’s in St. Charles or Webster tonight!

royale-weblogo-300x163I don’t know if I can describe this event at The Royale better than the folks at the Royale, so I’ll let them do the heavy lifting on this one:

It has become a commonplace for beer lovers to remark upon the embarrassment of riches we enjoy here in St. Louis. We have more breweries than most of us can count, and several of them are even world class – which is really saying something in 2015. We’ve seen everything from session beers packed with flavor to genre-breaking innovations, and several breweries have even invested in barrel-aging programs to great success.

Seeing as the Royale has recently been blessed with some outstanding examples of barrel-aged goodness, including several of the prized wild/sour persuasion, we’ve decided to go all out and devote half of our taps to these rare brews:

  • 2nd Shift Grace – wild ale fermented and aged in wood with multiple brett strains. 7.4%
  • 4 Hands Cuvee Diable – saison aged in red wine barrels with tart cherries. 5.8%
  • Cathedral Square St. Jewbelation – rye/wild ale aged in Funky Jewbelation barrels. 9%
  • Excel 2nd Anniversary Ale – imperial porter aged in rye whiskey barrels. 11%
  • Perennial Savant Blanc – brett fermented Belgian blonde aged in Chardonnay barrels. 8%
  • Urban Chestnut Barrel-Aged Daft – American barleywine aged in Buffalo Trace, Van Winkle, and Willett whiskey barrels. 12.5%

The fun begins at 6pm on Thursday, January 29th. Half-size pours will be available for all so you can try as many as you like. Cheers!

That’s a silly-crazy good line-up. You’d be silly-crazy to miss out.

merciAs the old American Express ads told us, membership has its privileges.  In this case it’s membership in the Wine and Cheese Place Beer Reward Club.  Last year TWCP listened to their customers and created a new membership club that rewarded regular customers.  This totally free club has gotten some really cool releases and has help to give their regulars some really special beers.

Being a forward thinking retailer, TWCP got on the Side Project Brewing bandwagon early and got Cory and Karen King a couple of barrels to age some beer in.  The first of these releases, Merci, is finally ready and unless you’re one of the lucky few to receive an invite to the release party taking place this Friday, January 30th.

You didn’t receive an invite?  Well, lucky for you Paul Hayden from the Wine and Cheese Place has given me two invites to give away for this very special event.  What do these invites get you?

  • You will be allocated a bottle to purchase that night.  Bottle price is $29.99 / 750ml
  • You will get a Side Project Glass that you get to take home with you.
  • You will get to taste the new Side Project Merci in your new glass
  • We will have cheese out to sample during the event
  • The event will be held in our upstairs tasting room.
  • You can show up anytime between 4pm and 5:45 to get your taste.  Stay as short or as long as you like.   
  • Cory King will be on hand to answer any questions (Karen is going to try to make it also)

Clearly this is a big deal, so we’ll be giving away one ticket to two separate people. Send an email to contest@stlhops.com with the subject of TWCP/Side Project Merci, I’ll randomly pick two winners on Thursday, January 29th 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.

This is your only chance to buy this very special release, so thanks to Paul and TWCP for the tickets! Good luck!

llywelyns-243x300Yes, that pun is bad. You can blame Tom Behnen from Llywelyn’s Pub for using that in his subject line in the epic email he sent me. You see, Tom is a bit of a hoarder.

But he’s not going to be on some crap reality TV show or get an intervention. Instead you’ll probably want to hoist him onto your shoulders and thank him for his hoarding ways. For you see, on January 31st, beginning at 11AM, Llywelyn’s in Webster will Open the Cellar Door for an epic day of beer.

While the list I’ll be providing below will be epic, the star attraction could be the 1PM tapping of this year’s Founders CBS. To enjoy some of that delicious Canadian Breakfast Stout you’ll need to purchase a ticket (which you can do, starting at 11AM). There will be a limited amount of tickets which means when CBS is tapped at 1PM, there is no need to rush as your ticket guarantees you a pour.

I’ve also been informed there will be a limited amount of tickets for a Goose Island BCS flight featuring 2014 BCS, 2010 Vanilla and 2014 Vanilla Rye. These tickets will also go on sale at 11AM.

And even if you can’t get tickets, look at this killer list of beer:

4 Hands
2013 Bonafide
Psycho Killer

Arcadia
2014 Shipwreck Porter

Avery
2014 5 Monks
2014 Tweak
2014 Uncle Jacob’s Stout
Rufus Corvus

Boulevard
2014 Barrel-Aged Quad

Deschutes
Black Butte XXIV

Firestone Walker
2013 Velvet Merkin
2014 Opal
2014 Stickee Monkee
2014 Sucaba

Founders
2013 Backwoods Bastard

Goose Island
2013 BC Barleywine
2013 BCS
2013 BCS Backyard Rye
2013 BCS Coffee
2013 Gillian
2013 Halia
2013 Lolita
2014 BC Barleywine
2014 BCS Coffee

Harviestoun
Ola Dubh 18

North Coast
Barrel-aged Old Rasputin XV
Barrel-aged Old Rasputin XVII

Stone
2013 Crime

Special Flights Only (ticketed and VERY limited)
Beer #1 – 2014 BCS
Beer #2 – 2010 Vanilla
Beer #3 – 2014 Vanilla Rye

Special Drafts
2014 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (ticketed only)

Llywelyn’s has never put on an event that’s caused lines before, but if lines do form next Saturday, they’d ask that you’d be courteous to their neighbors and form the line in the back parking lot near the rear entrance.

And make sure to high five Tom and the awesome staff at Llywelyn’s for putting this on.

globalThe big game is coming up, and by “big game” I mean the Super Bowl. Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you just how little I know about football. I enjoy watching it (if it’s on) and understand the basic rules, but I couldn’t tell you the difference between a shotgun or pistol formation.

But I do know that the Super Bowl is typically the best of the best. (Other than that drubbing last year; what a terrible game.) It’s an opportunity to (typically) see the best players of the year bring it. How is this related to beer? Well, I think Global Brew Tap House is feeling the Super Bowl fever and is bringing out their best as well.

This Friday and next Friday will see Winter Warmer events at each of the Global Brew locations. This Friday kicks off with the O’Fallon location featuring these beers:

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And next Friday, January 30th, will see an equally awesome list of tasty black beers for your enjoyment at the Edwardsville location:

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SOT_WEB_627x280.FINAL_.jy_Two different contest winners in one day? That’s some fun stuff right there. You know what else is fun? Beer festivals. The Saint Louis Science Center’s Science on Tap beer festival is taking place next Saturday, January 31st, and they’ve given us two tickets to give away.

So, without further ado, the winner of this contest is Rebecca Dodd! Congrats to Rebecca and thanks to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win, don’t be too upset, once again I’m sure I’ll have some cool stuff to give away soon.

Thanks again to the folks from the SLSC for providing the two tickets to the event. Tickets are still on sale for this event (but they’re moving quick) so head out for one of the most unique beer festivals I’ve come across in quite some time.