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stable.jpgThis is just a reminder to all of you that the STL Hops Meet-Up will be occurring Tuesday, September 30th at The Stable. Here’s the original post on the Meet-Up:

Basically we’re all meeting up for food, beer and a chance to meet up with people who love beer as much as you.

You’re responsible for your own tab (food and beer) and I believe we can even do some beer tasting toward the end of the evening, we’ll need to have that cleared up by someone from The Stable (Jesse, Jerad?) The last time was a lot of fun and I think these events allow us to visit places in the area that really care about beer.

Also, a little added surprise. Laura Dale from Boulevard Brewery has donated a few bottles of the Brett-Saison and Bourbon Barrel Quad for our enjoyment. So this is your chance to try these two beers before they hit the shelves this week. As for doing some sampling, I’d ask that we do a fair share of eating and drinking before we start breaking anything out. I don’t think Jesse and Jerad will have an issue with this. But I’ll try and confirm for sure.

Hope to see you all at 6:30PM (or whenever you can show up) tomorrow.

Update: We’ve been given the go ahead to bring a few beers to taste after the dinner has finished. Two small requirements, we obviously need to keep this tasting on the down-low from normal patrons and also we need to make sure things don’t get out of hand (though I’m not concerned about this.)

Update 2: We’ll have the in the “outdoor” patio area all to ourselves.  Make sure to stop by.

rft2008.jpgAh yes, the yearly “Best of” list from the Riverfront Times. If you were reading STL hops way back last year, you may remember I had a few gripes with last year’s lists. So how does the RFT do this year? (And yes, I’m choosing to ignore the people’s choice stuff.)

Best Beer Selection in a Restaurant
The Shaved Duck

Where do you find the beer list in most St. Louis restaurants? On the last page of the wine list – if you’re lucky. More often than not, it exists only in your server’s brain. It’s not too tough, after all, to commit to memory a “selection” of Bud, Bud Light and Bud Select. A server might try to memorize the beer list at the Shaved Duck. A photographic memory would help. The new gastropub in Tower Grove East stocks a terrific selection of beers. It’s not the longest in town, but it’s curated with great care. American craft beers are featured, from local folks like Schlafly and O’Fallon to industry “giants” like Bell’s, New Belgium and Anchor Steam to lesser-known but not lesser lights like Charleville and North Coast. There are only four taps, but the restaurant rotates in new brews with some regularity – all the more reason to return again and again.

Be still my heart. This is a category I suggested last year and low and behold and to see it actually in print brings a tear to my eye. As for the selection? Brilliant. I mean, let’s be honest, if we had seen The Stable, Erato on Main, Mangia Italiano or the Rotten Apple as the winner, would we have been any less happy? We’ve become very fortunate in the past year to see so many new restaurants pop up that really put an emphasis on great beer. I’m glad to see the RFT recognize that. continue reading…