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Archive for January, 2009

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.

Unfortunately I was sick as a dog, so I wasn’t able to attend the inaugural meeting of the newest homebrewing club, the East Side Brewers.  But luckily Mike Dawson and Rob Handshy were on hand to photograph the occasion.  If you’re interested in reading the minutes for the meeting, I’ve included them after the jump.

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Brad and Sean invited me out to check out the International Tap House tonight to see the progress and I have to say I’m pretty impressed with everything I’ve seen so far.  Nice comfortable barstools, all HD TVs, a couple of booths for lengthy lounging and the beer.  Lots and lots of beer.  I’m trying to temper my excitement but this seems like it’s going to be a great hangout.  Only a few more days.

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their Winter Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry. It’s perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s school is being taught by Jim McGinn from Missouri Beverage. Jim will be on hand to discuss two beers from Southern Tier, as well as Tucher Hefe and DAB Dortmunder. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at

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!

Here’s a few more photos of the International Tap House construction to get you ready for Friday’s party.

shavedduck.gifThere was a lot of hubbub back in early January when The Shaved Duck, one of the best beer restaurants in St. Louis, closed its doors for some retooling.  Well, snow and ice have arrived and so has the new Duck.

Shaved Duck owner, Ally Nisbit, let me know that The Shaved Duck will be re-opening its doors tonight with new menu offerings including things like flatbreads, smoked meats and chili.  But don’t fret, the excellent craft beer menu that helped get me excited about the Duck in the first place will be returning.

So, if you’re in the mood for a warm meal tonight and are willing to make the trek, give the Duck another go.