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I’ve made a change in how the beer tastings will be listed in the Friday Round-Up, it’s going to be a week’s worth of tastings starting with the Friday that the list is posted. So if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be having a tasting featuring Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite, Hanssens Experimental Cassis Lambic, BFM Biere Ambree Tarry Suchong, Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere, Great Divide Tripel, Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager, and ‘tSmisje Grande Riserva. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Friar Tuck will be hosting their Tucktoberfest tasting at multiple locations tomorrow, Sept 26th from 1-5pm. They’ll be offering up about eight to 10 Oktoberfest and Pumpkin seasonals to sample. They’ll be hosting these tastings at the following locations: Crestwood, Fenton and O’Fallon .

Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

augbotlogow_barley-small-web-view.jpgIf you’ve never attended the Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival, you’re missing out.  It’s just a nice time outdoors with beautiful weather in the Missouri Wine Country. This year’s festival is on October 3rd from 12PM-5PM, ticket will run you $25.

I do ask one thing, as Augusta is about a hour away from St. Louis, please make sure to have a designated driver, it’s the responsible thing to do. Here’s a run down of the breweries in attendance this year:

  • Augusta Brewing Company
  • St. Louis Brewery
  • Square One Brewery
  • Buckner Brewing Company
  • Morgan Street Brewery
  • Charleville Vineyard Winery and Brewery
  • Griesedieck Brothers Brewing
  • Anheuser Busch Michelob Specialty Brews
  • Mattingly Brewing Company
  • O’Fallon Brewery
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Tin Mill Brewing Company
  • Buffalo Brewing
  • Prison Brews Brewpub
  • Amalgamated Brewing
  • Highlands Restaurant & Brewing Company
  • Hill Brewing Company
  • Cathedral Square Brewery
  • Garage Brewers Society

Bring your lawn chairs and your sun screen and be sure to come out. This is my second favorite beer festival in the area and I don’t think you should miss it.

mattingly_84x128.jpgThe Mattingly Brewing Company may now be producing full scale productions of beer, but that doesn’t stop them from showing off what’s yet to come.

Tonight, Head Brewer Drew Huerter will be offering his Brandy Oak Stout Porter.

Be sure to head out tonight and taste some of Drew’s excellent beer.

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their fall 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 Jay Hornbeck from the Boston Brewery. Jay will be on hand to discuss and sample their new Imperial line up, Double Bock, Stout, and White, and then Octoberfest. 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 Cicerosbeerschool.com.

flea_marketIf you’re a new homebrewer or you’re just looking at upgrading some equipment then you may want to block away some time this Sunday, September 27th from  12:30 until 3:00 PM for the St. Louis Area Brewers Flea Market located in the parking lot of the Schlafly Tap Room.

Homebrewers from the area will be peddling their wares and you may be able to pick up quite a bargain on some used equipment. You can also sell some equipment of your own, for more information check out the St. Louis Brews forum and I’m sure I’ll see you there.

freshhopFor all of you hop heads out there, you know this is a very special time of the year, it’s hop harvesting time.  It’s the time when breweries begin receiving their 2009 hop crop and begin producing some of the best fresh hop beers available.

To help celebrate that time, Schlafly has decided to put on the first, and I hope  what will become annual, Fresh Hop Ale Festival.  This festival will be occurring on Saturday, October 17th from 12PM-4PM at the Schlafly Bottleworks and tickets will cost $25 in advance ($30, day of.)

The St. Louis Brewery purchased a bulk amount of fresh hops which were then distributed to a number of area brewers who will create their own freshly hopped creation.  Here’s the currently list of participating breweries:

I normally don’t post events this early in advance, but as this will be held in a format similar to Cabin Fever, tickets will be limited and this is sure to sell out fast. You can purchase tickets here, beginning September 25th.

I said something similar last year, but I’ll say it again. If beer drinking was a sport, than to me Schlafly’s Hop in the City always feels like the beginning of a new season. It feels like the kick-off to a new year of beer and beer festivals and this kick-off never seems to disappoint.

I’m sure we can all see how much I loved the festival beer.  A few suggestions for next year are that I would look at different pouring configuration in the large tent.  As we all know, too many people congregate near the pouring areas and there wasn’t a lot of room on the east side of the large tent.  Also, maybe some signage about, “Get you beer, then move your rear.”

If you were unable to attend, here are a few photos of the festival which will hopefully tide you over until next year: