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cslogoThis Wednesday, April 29th from 7PM-9PM, the International Tap House will be hosting a “Meet the Brewer” event starring Brian Neville of Cathedral Square Brewery.  For those of you that don’t know, Brian has brewed for Trailhead; installed the brewing system at O’Fallon Brewery; and is still the Head Brewer for Spanish Peaks Brewing Company in King City, California.

Brian will be on hand sampling out his newest beers from Cathedral Square all while providing a little knowledge along the way.  Be sure to head out to iTap and try some beer from one of St. Louis’ newest breweries.

stlbrewers.gifJust a quick reminder that if you’re interested in attending the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival and you’re into saving money, then you need to buy your tickets to the festival before May 1st.

With the last few days of April quickly approaching, this is your last chance to purchase tickets to the Heritage Festival for $25.  Beginning May 1st, advanced tickets move up to $30 and tickets day of will cost $35.

With the economy the way it is, saving a few extra bucks is always a good thing.  Just think, with the $10 you’ve saved, you can buy another six-pack of your favorite local craft beer!  It’s almost as if they’re giving away a six-pack with every ticket!

STLMonkeyKnife on the STL Hops Forums asked, “How was Schlafly Repeal ’09?”  I think  my response summed it up pretty well:  Fun. Wet. Beer went quick.

It was nice being able to sample a number of beers from Tennesee breweries, even if they did run out of those beers quickly.  The rain that came around 3:00 PM certainly helped to increase the beer drinking at the festival.  But with the Tennesee beers disappearing, it allowed us to try some Schlafly beers we haven’t seen in a little while, like the Christmas Ale and the Scotch Ale.

Here are some photos for those of you that couldn’t attend.

crownvalleybrewery.gifWhile you’ve been able to get their beer around town for the past few weeks, it looks like the new Crown Valley Brewery and Distillery will be open for business on May 2nd.

This will provide you with the chance to not only try some of the beer from the newest brewery in Missouri, but to also see the state of the art brewing facility that they have in place at Crown Valley.  Here’s some details about the brewery from the press release:

The 70-foot coppertop tasting bar is the centerpiece in the heart of the brewery. Its surroundings feature rustic alder wood walls, a stone fireplace, high definition televisions and a close-up view of the distillery and bottling line.

But it doesn’t stop there – behind the brewery is our beer garden complete with a fire pit and plenty of seating to enjoy the panoramic countryside.
The Brewery will feature handcrafted beers that include American Blonde Ale, Amber Lager, Porter, Traditional Wheat, Cider, Dubbel and Raspberry Wheat beers – all produced in the state-of-the-art 15-barrel microbrewery.

Sounds like an interesting weekend drive.  Though I will stress that one of my concerns is that this is an hour and a half drive from St. Louis and Crown Valley isn’t offering any food to eat while sampling beers.  Though I’m sure they’ve  had plenty of experience with intoxicated patrons due to wine sampling, it seems to be a major area of concern to have people drinking beer without anything to sop up the alocohol.  Hopefully this isn’t an issue that has been overlooked.

*edit*

Levar Burton was right, reading is important.  Had I read a little further down the press release I would have seen:

After sampling our beers made exclusively in Ste. Genevieve, guests can visit the country store for sandwiches and salads, Crown Valley gourmet food products and many other Missouri-made items. Or they can relax and indulge in a cup of gourmet coffee that is freshly roasted and brewed on-site.

A warm meal would be nice, but I guess this is better than nothing.

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

  • Lukas Liquor (04/23/09)
    • Arcaida Hop Rocket IIPA
    • New Holland Gold Cap Saison
    • New Holland Black Tulip Trippel
    • Rogue Double Dead Guy 2009
    • Great Divide Espresso Oak Yeti
    • Guinness 250
    • Big Sky Scape Goat Pale
    • Big Sky IPA
    • Big Sky Moose Drool
    • Big Sky Trout Slayer
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (04/23/09)
    • Southern Tier Uber Sun Imperial Wheat Beer (bottled 4/9/09)
    • New Holland Golden Cap Saison
    • New Holland Black Tulip Trippel
    • Arcadia Hop Rocket DIPA
    • Moorhouse’s Blond Bitch
    • Oud Beersel Framboise
    • St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • International Tap House (04/24/2009)
    • Guinness
    • Boddington
    • Youngs Double Chocolate
    • Lind fram
    • Tucher
    • Chimay
    • Stella
    • Mothership wit
    • Two hearted
    • Brutal bitter
    • Old rasputin
    • Scaldis
    • Blanche
    • Maredsous 10
    • Cathedral square
    • Bro thelonoiois
    • Blvd wheat
    • La chouffe
    • Paulaner Hefe
    • Houblon
    • Twisted thistle
    • Racer 5
    • St louis kriek
    • Moinette bruin
    • Hennepin
    • Charleville Hoptimistic
    • So tier hoppe
    • O’Fallon Five day
    • Blvd single wide
    • Maudite
    • Trois pistoles
    • Schlafly APA
    • Reissdorf
    • Ommegang Witte
    • Crown valley pilsner
    • Delerium
    • Hofbrau
    • Karmeliet
    • Prior 8
    • Maharaja
    • (Up Next)
      • Arcadia Hopmouth
      • Bear Rep Late Harvest
      • Bear Rep Grizz
      • Bear Rep Nor Cal
      • Fullers London porter
      • Warsteiner dunkel
      • Carolus cuvee van de kaiser
      • Rogue Morimoto
      • Rogue Imp IPA
      • Rogue Dead Guy
      • Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA
      • Anderson Valley ESB
      • New Holland Black Tulip
  • Iron Barley (04/24/09)
    • O’Fallon Smoked Porter
    • New Belgium 1554 Black Ale
    • AB Bare Knuckle Stout
    • New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsner
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Boulevard Maibock
    • Goose Island Honker’s Ale
    • Griesedieck Golden Pilsner
    • O’Fallon Cask 5 Day IPA
    • Warsteiner Dunkel
    • Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale
    • Boulevard Smokestack Saison (750 ml)
    • Boulevard Smokestack Imperial Stout (750 ml)
    • Boulevard Smokestack The Sixth Glass (750 ml)
    • Boulevard Smokestack Long Strange Trip (750 ml)
    • Tucher Hefe Weiss (Bottle)
    • Belhaven Scotch Ale (Bottle)
    • Paulaner Salvator (Bottle)
    • Odell IPA (Bottle)
    • Bell’s Two Hearted (Bottle)
    • Weihenstephan Dark Hefe (Bottle)
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale (Bottle)
    • Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock(Bottle)
    • O’Fallon Wheach (Bottle)
    • New Holland The Poet (Bottle)
    • Floris Apple (Bottle)
    • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (Bottle)
    • Wychwood Hobgoblin (Bottle)
    • Guinness Draft (Bottle)
  • The Royale Food & Spirits (04/22/09)
    • Griesedieck Bros. Golden Pilsener
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Kolsch
    • Charleville Tripel Wit
    • O’Fallon 5-Day IPA
    • Left Hand Sawtooth
    • Boulevard Maibock
    • Guinness Stout
    • Strongbow Cider
  • Three Monkeys (04/18/09)
    • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    • Abita Purple Haze
    • Delirium Tremens
    • Schlafly APA
    • Schlafly Hefe
    • Strongbow Cider
    • Young’s Double Chocolate
    • Bass
    • Guinness
    • Newcastle Brown
    • Fat Tire
    • Rogue Morimoto (bottle)

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Alandale Brewing Company (04/19/09)
    • IPA
    • Amber
    • Bronze
    • Porter
    • Unfiltered Wheat
    • Platinum Blonde
    • Sugar Creek Light Lager
    • Oatmeal Stout (now on tap 4-18)
    • Blackberry Wheat
  • Mattingly Brewing Company (04/22/09)
    • BrightSide Belgian White
    • Biere de Mars
    • HOPtimal APA
    • 1984 Golden Ale
    • Cardinal Direction Abbey Dubbel
    • Cardinal Direction Abbey Dubbel spiced w/ Orange, Cinnimon, Star Anise and Ginger
    • Boulevard Single Wide IPA
    • Schlafly Belgian Singel
    • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
  • Schlafly Taproom (04/24/09)
    • Pilsner
    • American Brown
    • Belgian Singel
    • Organic Ale
    • Bavarian Wheat
    • Kolsch
    • No. 15
    • Hefeweizen
    • Pale Ale
    • Dry Hopped APA
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Cask – None, sorry

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

A couple of quick beer tastings to tell you about.

Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be having a tasting featuring Southern Tier Uber Sun, Hew Holland Black Tulip, New Holland Golden Cap Saison, Maredsous Tripel, and Arcadia Hop Rocket. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cory from deVine Wines and Spirts, located at 2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd, will be holding a tasting with Brian Nale on Saturday, April 25th to to pour all of the Leinenkugel brews.

Chris at the Wine and Cheese Place in Rock Hill will also be holding a tasting tomorrow, the 25th, from 1PM to 4PM. He’ll be sampling these beers: Caldera IPA, New Holland Black Tulip, and So Tier Uber Sun. Once again, more information can be found at their blog.

If you’re a retail shop and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

microfest.jpgThe St. Louis Microfest will be taking place next weekend on May 1st and 2nd.  I’m hoping to have a full beer list some time next week, but in the meantime , here are a few highlights about events taking place that weekend:

  • New Holland, Anderson Valley, and Left Hand will be in attendance.
  • Brewery Olympics will be from 2PM-3:15PM at Session II. About 6-8 craft brewers will compete in dual obstacle course timed and then an overall heat. Course will be malt sack carrying, keg throwing and hose/coil linking.
  • Founders Brewery (may?) be making it’s debut! (Derek Bean has not confirmed this yet)
  • Music by the Dogtown Allstars, BlueTones and Kim Massie
  • Beer talks and cooking with beer demonstrations by leading craft brewers and chefs
  • Amazing delicacies from The Stable, The Rotten Apple and Jake’s Steaks
  • Taste more than 20 craft sodas

There are going to be three session for your enjoyment this year: Friday Night 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday Afternoon Noon – 5:00pm, and Saturday Night 6:00pm – 9:00pm. You can purchase tickets here.  I’m hoping that I should have a full list of breweries and beers next week.