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smokestack.jpgMC from Lukas Liquor emailed to inform me that Boulevard’s Smokestack series is now available at Lukas Liquor. I had a post earlier this month detailing the information for all 4 Smokestack beers. I’ve also heard a rumor (so take it for what it is, a rumor) that Boulevard may stop producing the Double-Wide IPA as the hop shortage is causing some pricing issues, so that may be a keeper if you buy it.

Late Breaking Info: Paul from Wine and Cheese Place informed me that the Rock Hill location has the beers in stock and Clayton will get them in tomorrow.

I just received word from Scottish Arms owner Ally Nisbet that the Shaved Duck will be officially open for business on Thursday, May 1st at 5PM.  If you haven’t been following STL Hops, the Shaved Duck will be offering nothing but North American beers from some of the best craft breweries in the continent.  Here’s a write up from March detailing the Shaved Duck’s beer list.

You can make reservations for dinner by calling 314-776-1407.  But Ally says that if you can’t make it in for dinner, feel free to stop by and get a pint of beer!

stlouis_festlogo.jpgAre you the procrastinating type? Were you planning on waiting until the last minute to buy your tickets to the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival? Well today is your lucky day, I’m giving away two passes to the Saturday Afternoon session of the Heritage Festival. This $60 value will allow you to partake in one of the best beer festivals in the area. All you need to do is email contest@stlhops.com with your favorite St. Louis brewery and your favorite beer from said brewery.

I want to thank Dan Kopman from Schlafly Beers and Jay Cunningham from Anheuser-Busch for providing the tickets to this event. This contest will end on May 5th at 9AM CDT when I will pick a winner at random. If you don’t win this one, don’t worry I will be holding more contests like this in the future, so you’ll have another chance then. Good luck!

If you haven’t already committed yourself to the Starr’s Beer Dinner (like I have) then you have two choices for beer dinners on Wednesday, April 30th.  Newstead Tower Pub is keeping up with it’s commitment of hosting a beer dinner at least once a month and this time it’s to celebrate the upcoming St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival.  Reservations are required for this event and the cost is $40.  You can make your reservations by calling 314-535-7771.

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As I mentioned last week, I wasn’t able to attend the Wine and Cheese Place 2008 Beerfest because I was in Munster, IN attending Three Floyds Dark Lord Day (photos and thoughts tomorrow). But thankfully Paul took plenty of pictures for those of us who couldn’t attend. Looks like it was a lot of fun tasting and discussing beers with a bunch of other enthusiasts.

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You can find more photos of the event here. Paul promised we’ll see a 2009 Beerfest and he also promised not to make it on Dark Lord Day next year. That’s a win-win for everyone.

We’re almost a 1/3 of the way through the year already. Crazy. On the plus side, the weather has been gorgeous as of recent which always makes for some fun outdoor drinking. Here’s your Round-Up:

Stuff from around the web

Beer Releases and News

  • Joe Billhartz of Specialty Import Distributing Co. let me know of some beer over in Illinois. Contact your favorite beer store to see if these are available:
    • Boulder Brewing Sweaty Betty
    • Pyramid Curve Ball Kolsch
  • Paul at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton alerts me to some new beers he has in stock:
    • Caracole Amber 25oz
    • Dark Island Pints
    • Ettaler Kloster Dunkel Pints
    • Fiddlers Elbow
    • Flag Porter
    • Harviestoun Old Enging Oil
    • Harviestoun Bitter Twisted
    • Kulmbacher Eisboch
    • Butte Creek Organic IPA
    • Radeberger Pilsner
  • Ric at Sybergs on Gravois alerts me to some new beers he’s carrying for your drinking enjoyment:
    • Southern Tier Hoppe
    • Southern Tier Unearthly
    • Southern Tier Big Red
    • Ommegang – Hennepin

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be holding their Second Annual Beerfest tomorrow. In anticipation for the event, Paul Hayden sent over the preliminary beer list. This festival will be featuring over 100 beers to taste (including some not on the list!) Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to attend, so if someone wants to take some pictures, I’d appreciate it.

Bells Expedition Stout
Bells Porter
Fullers Vintage Ale 2007
Fischer Amber
Murphys Irish Stout
Konig Ludwig Weiss
Rogue Chipolte Ale
Orval Trappist
Flying Dog Double Dog
Grimbergen Dubbel
Grimbergen Blonde
Rochefort “8”
Rochefort “10”
Odell’s Imperial Stout
Abita Turbodog
Belhavens Twisted Thistle IPA
Fuller’s ESB
Lindemans Pomme

OMMEGANG:
Witte
Hennepin Saison
Rare VOS
Three Philosphers

Avery:
Collaboration not Litigation
The Reverend
Hog Heaven
Salvation
Samael’s Oak Aged
Czar Imperial Stout
Twelve Saison Ale

Chimay “Red” Premiere
Chimay Cinq Cents
Chimay “Blue” Grand Reserve Toohey’s New
Barons ESB
Barons Black Wattle
Carlsberg Elephant
Estrella Damm 79

Great Divide:
Old Ruffian Barley Wine
Denver Pale Ale DPA

Left Hand:
Milk Stout
Polestar Pilsner
Deep Cover Brown
Juju Ginger
Southern Tier
Imperial Hoppe
Imperial Red Ale Big Red
Belgian Style Tripel
Imperial Uber Sun
Imperial IPA Un*earthly

Delirium Tremens
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauch Wheat
Arcadia Hopmouth
Arcadia Whitsun
Brasserie de Roc Blanche Dubel
De Proef La Grande Blanche
Gouden Carolus 2007
PranQster
Fort Collins Major Tom’s Wheat
St. Feuillen Triple
Blanche de Namur
Kasteel Rouge
Brigand
Klaster Czech
Kapuziner Schwarz Weizen
Monschoff Kellerbrau
Moosbacher Schwarz Weiss
Dorothy Goodbody Our Glass
North Coast Le Merle Saison
Hitachino Weizen
Sinebrychoff Porter
J.W. Lees Moonraker
St. Bernardus Prior 8

O’Fallon Table:
Wheach
Smoked Porter
Oak Aged-Buffalo Trace
Oak Aged Pappy Van Winkle 23
5-Day IPA

Boulevard Smokestack Series:
The Sixth Glass Long Strange Tripel
Double Wide India Pale Ale
Saison Bottle Conditioned

Stag Beer
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Lone Star
Old Style

Grey Eagle Table:
Shocktop
Ray Hill’s Pilsner
Hoegaarden
Land Shark Lager
Goose Island IPA