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Category: Beer Events

buffalologo.gifIf you’re looking to recuperate from stuffing your face on Thanksgiving or from fighting people to try and get that last Dancing Fun-Time Elmo, maybe you deserve a sort of cold one.  On Friday afternoon at Buffalo Brewing Company, head brewer Dave Johnson will be cracking open a delicious cask of Buffalo Rye IPA.

According to Dave, the cask has been “triple hopped” with CTZ, Simcoe, and Cascade.  This is probably one of the best beers being made in St. Louis right now, so this is an excellent opportunity to try it in a very special way.

mattingly.gifIt’s been a long road for Mattingly Brewing Company, but it looks like there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. Starting this Wednesday, November 26th at 6PM and every Wednesday until they’re up to full production, Mattingly will be hosting a “Peek-a-Brew” event that will be previewing small batches of just some of the beer that will soon be offered on premises:

  • November 26th – Witbier on draft
  • Dec 3rd – Brown Ale on draft and a very hoppy American IPA on cask.
  • Dec 10th – Belgian Golden Ale on draft and second cask of American IPA.

I will not be able to attend this Wednesday’s first event, because it’s the day before Thanksgiving and I have a lot of prep to do, but I’m sure I’ll make the one next week. If you happen to attend, please take some pictures or come back with some thoughts.

If you’re not a member of the STL Hops Forum (why not?) then you may have missed this little nugget.  Johnny’s Sidebar, at 109 E. Main St, in Collinsville is having a beer tasting on Wednesday, Nov 19th, at 6:30pm.  Here’s the list of beers they’re having:

We are offering nine beer tastes (4oz.) for $10. It is going to have a Christmas theme and it will include our new special order Christmas beers from Shelton Brothers. Here are the offerings.

  • Santa’s Butt – Winter Porter
  • Jenlain Noel – French Christmas Ale
  • Weissenohe Monksfest – Traditional Marzen Beer
  • Lump of Coal – Dark Holiday Stout
  • Severely Bad Elf – English Double Ale
  • Breckenridge Christmas
  • St. Bernardus Apt 12
  • Gouden Carolus Hopsinjour
  • Weltenburger Kloster Anno 1050 – Urtyp Hell

As I’m still feeling a bit under the weather, I probably won’t be able to make it out.  If you do attend, please be certain to take plenty of pictures to share.

Niki from Llywelyn’s Pub in Soulard contacted to let me know that Llywelyn’s is holding a Beer School every Monday in November.  The cost of the school is $5 which provides not only a sample of all of the beer they’re schoolin’ you on, but free glassware and half-priced appetizers as well.

This Monday, November 17th will feature Glazer’s Distributing who’s beers include Fuller’s, Young’s, Bell’s and Sierra Nevada. Next Monday, November 24th will be hosted by Lohr Distributing who offers Anheuser-Busch products as well as Kona, Rolling Rock and Widmer as well.  See the below flyer for more information.


The godfather of craft brewing in St. Louis is celebrating his 60th birthday and the St. Louis Brewery is throwing a party in his honor! On Tuesday, tomschlafly.jpgNovember 18th from 6PM-9PM the The Tap Room will be hosting a party and you’re invited:

Join us for this special evening to celebrate this milestone with the wonderful guy who is the eponym of your favorite local beer!

Of course we’ll have plenty of fresh, Schlafly Beer on hand, The Orbits in the Club Room from 6-9pm–and cake while Tom opens his “gifts”–yes, your unique and creative gifts are encouraged. Write Tom a poem or a song or your favorite Schlafly Beer story or…? Bring a “creative” gift and receive a surprise Schlafly
goodie bag.

Partygoers will receive a commemorative pint glass while supplies last.

Sounds like a like a fun time, I’m hoping to attend!

Mangia Italiano is putting on another of their wonderful beer dinners on Thursday, November 20th at 7PM featuring courses paired with Schlafly beer.  The cost is $50 per person; reservations are required and can be made by calling 314-664-8585. Here is the menu for the event:

mangia.gifButternut Squash Soup
Hefeweizen Unfiltered Wheat Ale

Smoked Trout and Corn Pancake

Elk Medallion and Pomegranate with Wild Rice
Biere de Garde

Duck Confit with Dried Cherries
Winter ESB Ale

Apple Tart
No. 15

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

casktwohearted.gifOne of the things I was most excited about when I was invited to join the Schlafly crew at the Great Taste of the Midwest was the opportunity to taste one of my all-time favorite beers in an entirely new way, cask Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale. But let’s be honest, a little 2 or 3 ounce pour just doesn’t really cut it. Sure it’s a nice little sample, but cask beer deserves to be in a pint glass.

Well, I’m happy to announce that on Friday, November 21 at 5PM, 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar will be cracking into a cask of Bell’s finest beer, Two Hearted Ale. This will be available until the cask blows, so I wouldn’t dawdle getting down to 33, because I know I’m going to have my fair share of this beer. I want to thank Jake, Dylan and Jim O’Connor of Bell’s for making this event happen, this is very exciting stuff for the St. Louis beer community.