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crownvalleybrewery.gifThe Ste. Genevieve mainstay Crown Valley Winery is expanding into the brewing and distilling business.  The new Crown Valley Brewery and Distillery will be opening soon and Brewmaster Mark Walters is eager to show off his handy-work.  Mark will be at Spokes Pub and Grill from 1Pm-5PM on Saturday, January 31st.

Mark will be bringing along their first six beers to sample, which are the Sleighbell Spiced Ale, Barnwood Blonde Ale, Old School Pilsner, Big Bison Ale (dubbel), Crown Valley Raspberry Wheat and Worktruck Wheat (hefeweizen).  According to Sauce Magazine, Crown Valley is set to open this spring with a 120-seat taproom and a 150-seat beer garden.

codfestlogo2.gifFish and chips, fresh cod and Real Ale?  Where do I sign up?  Well, luckily no sign up is required to attend Schlafly‘s 2009 Cod and Cask Festival on Friday February 6th (5PM to Midnight) and Saturday February 7th (5PM to Midnight). Schlafly brings in the freshest cod as well as bringing in Icelandic Chef Hakon Orvarsson to help serve up all of this fish!

If that wasn’t enough, what goes better with Fish and Chips but cask-conditioned ale?  These beers are carbonated in the cask and hand pumped up to the bar at “cellar temperature” to provide the most authentic experience this side of the pond.

Schlafly brewer Brennan Greene assures me that he’s is doing his best this year to make sure cask beer is available all weekend, but just to be certain I would show up as early as you can on Friday to make sure you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Be certain to check out the Codzilla video on the Schlafly website.

Buy your tickets for the STL Hops Bus Trip to Beer Lovers Anonymous here!


We all love you so much, but we need to talk.  This love you have for beer is just too much.  It’s time to admit you have a problem and the Rotten Apple is here to help you.  On Sautrday, February 28th from 1PM to 4PM the Rotten Apple in Grafton, Illinois will be hosting Beer Lovers Anonymous.  The cost is $20 and here’s the beer list:


  • Allagash Black
  • Founders Rubeus
  • Founders Old Curmudgeon
  • Two Brothers Bare Trees-07


  • Monks Café Flemish Sour
  • Lagunitas “Crusin with Ruben & The Jets” Pepper Stout
  • Briem 1809 Berliner Weiss
  • Jolly Pumpkin “Noel de Calabaza” 07
  • Cantion Kriek
  • Victory “Prima Pils”
  • Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
  • Famtome Noel
  • Fruili Strawberry
  • Schlenkerla Smoked Weiss
  • Konigshaven Quad
  • Mikkeller “Beer Geeks Breakfast”
  • Victory “Hop Wallop”
  • Avery “Czar” Imperial Stout
  • Kasteel Rouge
  • Weihenstephen Korbinian
  • Ellezelloise Saison

Beverage manager Jerad Gardner notes that the beer line-up is subject to change a bit, but that it should be pretty close to what you see above.  I’m also trying to arrange some sort of transportation to this event, hopefully I’ll have some more news on this soon.

newholland.gifNew Holland Brewery is one of my favorite breweries so I was pretty excited when I heard the news that we’d soon be seeing their products in Missouri.  To celebrate the release of this beer, New Holland, Missouri Beverage and Cicero’s will be throwing a kick-off party on Monday, February 2nd at Cicero’s in the U-City Loop.

This event will be running from 5:30-7PM.  While this isn’t officially part of the Cicero’s Beer School, you can think of it as extra credit! New Holland Beervangelist, Fred Bueltmann will take you through the big picture of New Holland Brewing while tasting through their portfolio, which includes Mad Hatter, Full Circle Kolsch, Sundog Amber Ale, and The Poet.

If that wasn’t special enough, the guys from New Holland will be there with a firkin of Mad Hatter IPA!  Cask IPA?  That’s all they had to say to get me to go!

itap.jpgBarring any kind of major emergencies, the International Tap House (iTap) will be opening its doors on Sunday, February 1st for the Super Bowl.  But what if you have Super Bowl plans or what if you want to be really cool and go there before they official open?  Well, then I have some good news for you, Sean and Brad have invited the entire STL Hops site out to be the first visitors of the biggest beer bar in St. Louis

Beginning at 5PM on Friday, January 30th, STL Hops readers can stop by and choose from over 500 beers and 40 draught selections.  Because Sean and Brad are kind enough to open their doors to us for this very special occasion they’re asking that if you’re planning on attending that you would please RSVP in the comments section of this post.  You’re welcome to bring a guest, please be sure to note that in the comments as well.

RSVPs are closed.  I think we’re going to have a very, very full house.  So I think we need to cut this off now.  Can’t wait to see everyone there.

bottomsup.gifDerek Bean of Missouri Beverage dropped me a note about a LaChouffe tasting at Bottoms Up Brewhouse in O’Fallon, Missouri.  The tasting will be from 9PM to 11PM this Thursday, January 22.  Derek has this to say about the tasting:

Tom Gardner, our rep from Duvel Moortgat USA will be there to share beers and beer stories with everyone. He’s a great guy, with a passion for beer, even worked for Sprecher for 7 years. As you may be aware, Duvel Moortgat is the importer for Duvel, Maredsous, Chouffe, as well as owning and operating Ommegang. They are very much behind the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown Beer Festival at Brewery Ommegang every August; and Tom can fill you in on all the gritty details of that event!

Derek also mentioned that while supplies last, you’ll get a complimentary LaChouffe glass upon their initial LaChouffe bottle purchase.

While the news surrounding Anheuser-Busch has been entirely pleasant as of recent, sometimes all it takes it a nice meal and a good beer to ease the pain.  Grey Eagle Distributor is looking to provide both by putting on a beer dinner at Molly Darcy’s restaurant in Clayton on February 2 at 6PM featuring a selection of AB’s craft line.

The cost is $50 per person and the meal will be conducted by AB Brewmaster George Reisch.  The meal will have five courses featuring recipes cooked some of the AB craft beers.  Reservations can be made by calling (314) 863-8400.