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This is a just a small collection of photos that I’ve taken this past year thanks to STL Hops.  It was a lot of fun going through all of the photos and remembering just all of the things I’ve done this year.  I hope you enjoy them as much as me.  I also want to thank everyone for making this site so successful and so much fun to operate.  This site wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for a community of devoted beer fanatics so I thank you all for making that possible.  Have a good and safe New Year.

As we’re winding up the year, I thought I would go over my top moments in the beer world over this past year.  Please feel free to leave some of your top moments this year in the comments or in the forums, I’d love to read them.  In no particular order, my top moments of 2008:

beer 1338_1280x960.jpgGreat Taste of the Midwest
I honestly can’t say enough good things about this event. I can now easily understand why it’s one of the most sought after tickets in the beer community. A lovely setting, wonderful weather and some of the most rare beers available all in one location. If you find yourself in possession of a ticket, you must go.

beer 1618_1280x960.jpgSTL Hops First Anniversary Party
This is probably the event that means the most to me this year, it was great to see a local gathering of people that care so much about beer. Not only did we all get to hang out and drink some great beer, we also got to raise $800 for Stray Rescue. Just a fantastic time.

denver-056_1280x960.jpgGoing to the Great American Beer Festival
While I may not have enjoyed the actual festival very much, I did really enjoy all of the things that were going on during the festival. It was also pretty neat to meet Vinnie Cilurzo, Sam Calagione, Peter Bouckaert, Tomme Arthur and Garrett Oliver.

Two Hearted Cask at 33
beer 1709_1280x960.jpgHave you ever seen those nature films where it’s all quiet in the middle of the Savannah and then on the horizon comes a black cloud of locusts? That was what it was like that fateful night when 33 Wine Shop decided to bring in a cask of Bell’s Two Hearted IPA. And not unlike the locusts on the Savannah, once the land was left destitute they quickly disappeared. I hope this happens again soon.

Schlafly Cabin Fever
I may have had more fun at this year’s Hop in the City or Repeal of Prohibition Festival, but there was something extremely enjoyable and exhilarating about standing outside in 18 degree temperature watching huge beers like the Imperial Stout or the Barleywine start freezing to the serving tables.

Coming later this week, Photos from 2008 and my Wishlist for 2009.

new-years-eve-times-square-1.jpgIf you’re still looking around for something to do on New Year’s Eve, I’m sure you’re trying to find a spot where you’ll not only have a great time, but also get some great beer.  Here are a couple of different spots around town where you can have your beer and drink it too.

Schlafly Bottleworks:

Enjoy the best of both worlds! Whether you prefer a black velvet tuxedo or faded overalls, join us for a New Year’s Eve celebration at Bottleworks.

Fancy Food
Enjoy your Bottleworks favorites and specials. Featuring food from local Missouri farmers and delicious desserts. Our kitchen will serve dinner from 5:00-10:00 p.m. Sorry, no reservations accepted for this evening.

Live Music in the Bar
Enjoy the music of “Naked” Mike Newman from 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Live Music & Midnight Toast in the Crown Room
Doors at 8:00 p.m., music from 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Featuring the very best in local acoustic music: The Grass Pack. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary midnight toast with a glass of smooth and delicious Black Velvet (a dreamy concoction of grape and grain – rich, dark, full-bodied Oatmeal Stout with light, crisp sparkling wine). The cover charge for the Crown Room is $15 and includes live music and the midnight toast and tasting glass. The event concludes at 1:00 a.m. Toast in the Crown Room only.

Growler’s Pub

Appetizer buffet from 8 to 10 p.m., open bar on all draught beers from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., plus party favors, DJ and midnight toast. Cost is $50.

The Stable

In/Out Early Option gets you select open bar, dinner buffet from 7 to 10 p.m., $65/person.

Classic Option gets you select open bar, appetizer buffet from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., $40/person.

Hangover City Option costs $80/person and you stay all night.

Cicero’s

Open bar, tarot card readings, caricatures and Champagne toast at midnight; live music by The Livers, Fundamental Elements, Dear Future and DJ Patrick Baum; 21 and older. Cost is $30-35.

Mattingly Brewing Company

Mattingly Brewing Co will be tapping the first batch of Brightside Belgium Witbier. As it is also Wednesday they will be offering small batches of Hurterbrau Hefeweizen, Drew’s 90 Schilling Ale, and a cask of Double Dry Hopped HOPtimal Munition APA.

Newstead Tower Public House

Ring in the New Year with Newstead and a Bell’s Beer Dinner.  The dinner starts at 8PM and will be featuring 4 courses for $40.  You can also stay at Newstead until the ball drops for $65 (which includes dinner) and enjoy an open bar all night.


If you’re a restaurant or pub that’s not on the list, drop me an email and I’ll make sure to add you on. If you’re a reader of STL Hops, keep checking back on this post for updated information.  Also, if you’re going out, make sure to do it safely and order a cab in advance.  We all want to be able to celebrate the next year together.

The Friday Round-Up is going to take a week off.  Have a Merry Christmas everyone.

A few friends that live all across the country decided to put together a Christmas “Beer it Forward” and I got into the mix.  Here’s a pile of goodies (mostly) from Pennsylvania.

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This is the line up:

  • 4 – Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
  • 1 – 2007 Sly Fox Christmas Ale
  • 1 – Slyfox Odyssey IPA
  • 1 – Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot Barleywine
  • 1 – Tyranena Brewing Bitter Woman IPA
  • A very cool 1994 Great Eastern International Microbrewery Festival Tasting Glass
  • Iron Hill Shaker Pint Glass

taproomlogo_94x128.jpgI know how it is, the present are opened, the tinsel has lost its luster and you may be feeling the post X-Mas blues.  Well, I know how to perk you up: cheap beer.  Schlafly is celebrating it’s 17th Anniversary party on Friday, December 26th by serving beer at 1991 prices all day long.

If that’s not enough to pique your interest how about a discounted SIP Club membership as well?  The standard SIP Club price is $25 for an annual membership, but on Friday only, you can purchase a membership for $17.  Here are just a few things a SIP Club membership gets you:

  • A custom SIP Club stein for home
  • A Schlafly discount card: present to server or bartender and receive a 20 oz. beer for the price of a 16 oz. (excluding beers over 8% alcohol)
  • 10% discount in our retail shops
  • Invitation to special in-house member-only tastings and events

That last one is well worth the price to me, because as long as Andy White is putting it on, there is no way I’m missing a SIP Club Dinner.

If you’ve been paying attention to the Wine and Cheese Place Blog or to the Beer Advocate forums this information may be old news for you, St. Louis is about to get three new breweries in 2009 thanks to Missouri Beverage and Summit Distributing.  Next year we’ll see the introduction of Magic Hat out of South Burlington, Vermont, Tommyknocker from Idaho Springs, Colorado and New Holland Brewing Company located in Holland, Michigan.

I’ve listed some of the beers from each brewery below, hopefully we’ll know soon enough what beers we’ll be getting from each brewery:

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  • #9
  • Circus Boy
  • Single Chair Ale
  • Lucky Kat

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  • Mad Hatter
  • Full Circle
  • Sundog
  • The Poet

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  • Oaked Butt Head Bock
  • Imperial Nut Brown Ale
  • Maple Nut Brown Ale
  • Jack Whacker Wheat Ale
  • Pick Axe Pale Ale
  • Tundrabeary Ale