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Newstead Tower Public House is hosting its final beer dinner of 2009 featuring the favorites of 2009! The date of the dinner is December 31st.  Reservations for this dinner are being accepted for the entire evening.

The cost of this five course dinner is $55 and reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling 314-535-7771.

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stonefestivusNews today from Stone Brewing Company that they may be interested in opening a brewery in Europe.  I’m warning everyone right now that this is a completely reactionary post.

What the hell Stone?  I know, you want to come to Missouri, but the time just isn’t right.  You know that we want you, but you can’t support us.  But you keep dangling that carrot in front of us, “We’ll be there one day, we promise!”

But then we all hear about this new idea. It feels like a real kick in the gut for those of us that want Stone in St. Louis.  You can’t even keep up with demand in the US, but you’re looking at opening a brewery outside of the US?  That just doesn’t make sense to me.

I think I’m about tired of chasing that carrot. There are plenty of great breweries that actually made the effort to come to St. Louis and I’ll keep happily drinking them.  Have fun in Finland.

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 18th Anniversary party on Saturday, 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 $18. 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 you should miss the SIP Club Dinner.

ofallonrisWith a new upgraded license, O’Fallon Brewery has begun the process of brewing some “bigger” beers. The first beer from this license upgrade is a Russian Imperial Stout.

According to O’Fallon Head Brewer, Brian Owens, this beer is 10% ABV with 68 IBUs. Apparently it was dry hopped with a pounds of Cascade hops per barrel and finished with a bit of blackstrap molasses.

Well, this beer is now in kegs and it’s being distributed to local restaurants and bars.  Which have bought it?  Here’s the list from Derek Bean:

  • Delmar Restaurant & Lounge
  • The Good Pie
  • International Tap House
  • Riddle’s Penultimate Cafe & Wine Bar
  • Pi – Central West End

Now, just because they’ve bought it doesn’t mean it’s currently on tap. Call and check before heading out to try this new beer.

This week on the STL Hops Twitter

  • Lagunitas is now popping up in stores around the area. Check your favorite restaurant, retailer or bar for availability. (3 days ago)
  • According to O’Fallon Head Brewer Brian Owens, the 10%ABV O’Fallon Russian Imperial Stout to be released as early as the end of the week. (4 days ago)

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

  • Bombay Wine and Spirits (12/18/09)
    • Pietra
    • Arran Dark Ale
    • Inveralmond Ossaian Ale
    • Inveralmond Lia Fail
    • Mahr’s Saphir Weisse
    • Weissenhoe Monk Ale
    • Ise Kadoya Pale Ale
    • Ise Kadoya Brown Ale
    • Bell’s Christmas Ale
    • Bell’s Cherry Stout
    • Bell’s Rye Stout
    • Bell’s Best Brown Ale
    • Bell’s Java Stout
    • Anchor Christmas Ale
  • City Gourmet(12/12/09)
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Bear republic Racer 5 6pks
    • Bear Republic Hot Rod Rye
    • Arcadia London Porter
    • Arcadia Nut Brown Ale
    • O’Fallon Cherry Chocolate
    • Sam Smith Winter Welcome
    • Sierra Celebration 6pks and 24’s.
    • Bells Winter White and Christmas Ale
    • Rouge Santa’s Private Reserve
    • O’dells Isolation Ale
    • Great Divide Hibernation Ale
    • Schlafly Christmas
    • Chimay red
    • Mix and Match 6pks.
  • deVine Wines & Spirits (12/18/2009)
    • All of Augusta Brews
    • Winter
    • Tripel
    • Saison
    • Arcadia IPA
    • Avery Maharaja Batch #10
    • Avery 14′er ESB
    • Avery Salvation
    • Avery Out of Bounds Stout
    • Bell’s Christmas Ale
    • Bell’s Best Brown
    • Boulevard Fresh Hopped Nut Cracker
    • Boulevard Saison Brett
    • Coney Island FreakToberfest
    • Delirium Noel
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Founders Red Rye
    • Founders Pale Ale
    • Founders Centennial IPA
    • Founders Dirty Bastard
    • Hebrew Jewbelation 13
    • Left Hand Fade To Black Stout
    • Left Hand Widdershins
    • Left Hand Warrior IPA
    • Mendocino Imperial IPA
    • New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek
    • Pyramid Thunder Head IPA
    • Sierra Nevada Celebration
    • Singha
    • Shipyard Prelude
    • Van Twee Brewmasters Edition
    • Whole Hog 6-Hop IPA
  • Provisions Market (12/18/09)
    • Schlafly 2009 Barley Wine
    • Schlafly 2009 Imperial Stout
    • Ayinger Jahrundert
    • Lagunitas IPA Maximus
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • lagunitas Pale Ale
    • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale
    • Lagunits Cappuccino Stout
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
    • Goose Island Christmas Ale
    • Goose Island Bourbon County Ale
    • Shiner Cheer
    • Abita Christmas Ale
    • Breckenridge Christmas Ale
    • Arcadia Hop Rocket
    • RJ Rockers Black Pearl
    • Old Rasputin XII 12th Ann Imp.Stout
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (12/18/09)
    • BrewDog Dogma
    • BrewDog Chaos Theory
    • BrewDog Paradox Smokehead
    • Itaipava Pilsen
    • Ise Kadoya Brown Ale
    • Ise Kadoya Stout
    • Mahrs Saphir Weis
    • Inveralmond Ossian Ale
    • Colomba Corsican White
    • Jandrain-Jandrenouille IV Saison
    • Montseney Negra Stout
    • Monteseny Lupulus Iberian
    • 2007 Schlafly Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
    • 2007 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine
    • 2008 Schlafly Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
    • 2008 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine
    • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Lagunitas Maximus IPA
    • Lagunitas Cappucino Stout
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga’
    • Lagunitas Pale Ale
    • RJ Rockers Black Pearl Dark India Pale
    • RJ Rockers First Snow
    • Laughing Dog IPA – 6 packs
    • Laughing Dog Bourbon Barrel Dogfather
    • Gulden Draak Vintage 2009 Ale
    • Petrus Winter Ale
    • Petrus Key to Heaven
    • –includes Blond, Dubel, Golden Tripel, Speciale, Oud Bruin, Aged Pale
    • Moylans Moylander Double IPA
    • Moylans Celts Golden
    • North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary XII
    • Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout 2009
    • Schlafly Ale Aged on Oak Barleywine 2009
    • Arcadia Imperial Stout
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Rock Hill) (12/18/09)
    • RJ Rockers Black Pearl Dark India Pale
    • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Lagunitas Maximus IPA
    • Lagunitas Cappucino Stout
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga’
    • Lagunitas Pale Ale
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Ballwin) (12/16/09)
    • RJ Rockers Black Pearl Dark India Pale
    • Arcadia Hop Rocket 4pk
    • Dark Island Reserve 1pt 9.4fl oz
    • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2009
    • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Lagunitas Maximus IPA
    • Lagunitas Cappucino Stout
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga’
    • Lagunitas Pale Ale

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

    • Amsterdam Tavern (12/18/09)
      • Estrella Galicia
      • Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
      • Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
      • La Fin Du Monde
      • Maudite
      • Bully Wheat
      • Blue Moon Belgian Ale
      • Becks
      • Odell IPA
      • Heineken
      • Amstel Light
      • Leffe Blonde
      • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
      • Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale
      • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
      • Franzikaner Hefe-Weisse
      • Duvel
      • Skullsplitter
      • Magners Irish Cider
      • Schlafly Pale Ale
      • Schlafly APA
      • Hofbrau Original
      • Bass
      • Carlsberg
      • Newcastle
      • Red Stripe
      • Czechvar
      • Boddingtons Pub Ale
      • Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome
      • Hoegaarden
      • Fat Tire
      • Peroni
      • Corona
      • St. Louis Framboise Lambic
      • Guinness (Draught)
      • Stella Artois (Draught)
      • Smithwick’s (Draught)
      • Harp (Draught)
    • Bigelo’s Bistro (12/17/09)
      • Ommegang Hennepin
      • Boulevard Nutcracker
      • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
      • Bell’s Best Brown
      • Sierra Nevada Celebration
      • Schlafly Christmas
      • Schlafly ESB
      • Avery DuganA IPA
      • Boulevard Wheat
      • Lagunitas IPA
      • Great Divide Fresh Hop
      • Blue Moon
    • Cicero’s (12/17/09)
      • Arcadia Sky High Rye
      • Ommegang Abbey Ale
      • Goose Island Matilda
      • La Chouffe
      • St. Bernardus Prior 8
      • Monks Flemish Sour Ale
      • Samuel Adams Winter Lager
      • Peroni
      • Newcastle
      • Blue Moon
      • Left Hand Milk Stout
      • Schlafly Coffee Stout
      • Schlafly ESB
      • Schlafly Hefeweizen
      • Schlafly Pale Ale
      • Boddington’s
      • Guinness
      • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
      • Kasteel Rouge
      • Fullers Porter
      • Abita Purple Haze
      • Lindemans Framboise
      • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
      • Boulevard Tank 7
      • Augusta Hop Harvest
      • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
      • Maudite
      • Shiner Bock
      • New Belgium Fat Tire
      • New Belgium Fall Wild Ale
      • New Belgium 2 Below
      • Smithwick’s
      • Pilsner Urquell
      • Deliruim Tremens
      • Woodchuck Amber
      • Anchor Steam
      • Sierra Neveda Wet Hop Harvest
      • Franziskaner
      • Warsteiner
      • Old Rasputin Stout
      • Maredsous Dubbel
      • Bell’s Double Cream Stout
      • Black Raspberry Mead
      • Odell Isolation Ale
      • Belhaven Scottish Ale
      • Anchor Christmas
      • Bass Ale
      • Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat
      • Brookly and Scheinderweisse Hopfenweisse
      • COMING SOON – Rogue Mocha Porter and Bell’s Christmas Ale
    • International Tap House (12/17/2009)
      • Guinness
      • Boddingtons
      • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
      • Lindeman’s Framboise
      • Left Hand 400lb Monkey
      • Chimay Tripel
      • Radeberger
      • Goose Island 312
      • Goose Island Matilda
      • Bells Two Hearted
      • So Tier Krampus
      • Anchor Christmas
      • Stella Artois
      • Weihenstephen Hefe
      • Ayinger Celebrator
      • Scaldis Noel
      • Ommegang Rare VOS
      • Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
      • Charleville Hoptimistic
      • Warsteiner Dunkel
      • Lagunitas IPA
      • Bells Best Brown
      • Old Rasputin
      • Paulaner Hefe-Weizen
      • Arcadia Nut Brown
      • Saison Dupont
      • Left Hand Oak Age Imperial Stout
      • Tommy Knocker Maple Nut Brown
      • New Holland Dragons Milk
      • Arcadia Hopmouth
      • Moinette Brune
      • Amalgamated Dunkel
      • Strongbow
      • Left Hand St. Vrain Tripel
      • Left Hand Milk Stout
      • Delirium Tremens
      • Charleville Tripel Wit
      • Prior 8
      • Reissdorf Kolsch
      • St. Bernardus Tripel
      • Up Next: Tank 7, Moose Drool, ABT 12, O’Fallon Imperial Stout, Rogue Dead Guy, Bitburger
    • Iron Barley (12/18/09)
      • O’Fallon Smoked Porter
      • Amalmagated Helles
      • Left Hand Milk Stout
      • North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
      • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
      • Boulevard Nutcracker
      • 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 The Sixth Glass (750 ml)
      • Boulevard Smokestack Long Strange Tripel (750 ml)
      • Boulevard Double Wide IPA (750 ml)
      • Tucher Hefe Weiss (Bottle)
      • Wychwood Hobgoblin English Brown Ale(Bottle)
      • Odell IPA (Bottle)
      • Founder’s Breakfast Stout(Bottle)
      • Weihenstephan Dark Hefe (Bottle)
      • Rogue Dead Guy Ale (Bottle)
      • New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale(Bottle)
      • Left Hand Polestar Pilsner (Bottle)
      • Left Hand Black Jack Porter(Bottle)
      • Founder’s Dirty Bastard(Bottle)
      • Brouwerij Huyge Floris Apple (Bottle)
      • Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB (Bottle)
      • Guinness Draft (Bottle)
    • Johnny’s Sidebar (12/16/09)
      • Boddingtons Pub Ale
      • Guinness
      • Erdinger Oktoberfest
      • Gulden Draak Triple
      • Schlafly APA
      • Breckenridge Agave Wheat
      • Robert The Bruce Scothch Ale
      • Captain Sig and Northwestern’s Deadliest Beer
    • Pi (Central West End) (12/15/09)
      • DRAFT
      • Schlafly Pale Ale
      • Schlafly Hefeweizen
      • Schlafly Seasonal (ESB)
      • Schlafly 3.14 Ale (Kolsch)
      • Old Rasputin Russian Imperial
      • Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale
      • BIG BOTTLES
      • New Belgium Lips of Faith Dark Kriek
      • Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca
      • Southern Tier Oatmeal Stout
      • New Holland Imperial Hatter
      • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
      • GLUTEN-FREE
      • Bard’s
    • The Good Pie (12/17/09)
      • DRAFT
        • Schlafly APA
        • Schlafly Pilsner
        • Hitachino White
        • Founders Reds Rye
        • Founders Backwoods Bastard
        • Bear Republic Racer V
        • Southern Tier Unearthly
        • Schneider Hopfen Weisse
        • Avec les Bons Voeux
        • Cuvée Van De Keizer
      • SOUR BOTTLE LIST
        • De Proef/Port Brewing Signature Ale #1 2007
        • Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza
        • Oud Beersel Framboise
        • Oud Beersel Gueze
        • Abbaye de St Bon-Chien, Biere de Garde 2007
        • Jolly Pumpkin la roja /oro
        • USAlive!
        • Sahti
        • La Folie
      • OTHER BOTTLES
        • Peche Mortel
        • breakfast stout
        • founders imp stout
        • Chimay Grande Reserve
        • Weihenstephaner Hefe
        • Founders Devil Dancer
        • Founders HARVEST ALE
        • Dulle Teve
        • Maharaja 9 vs 10
        • DuganA
        • Saison Dupont
    • The Royale (12/13/09)
      • Boulevard Tank 7
      • Founders Breakfast Stout
      • Griesedieck Bros. Golden Pilsner
      • Guinness Stout
      • N’ice Chouffe
      • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
      • Schlafly Hefeweizen
      • Schlafly ESB
      • Strongbow Hard Cider
        • GUEST BOTTLES
      • Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock
      • Anchor Porter
      • Arcadia Jawjacker
      • Boulevard Saison-Brett
      • New Holland “The Poet” Oatmeal Stout
      • St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

      Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

        • Mattingly Brewing Company (12/18/09)
          • Mexican Hot Chocolate Porter
          • Gemutlich Keller Oktoberfest
          • Funky Friday the 13th
          • HOPtimal APA
          • Black Sky Stout Porter
          • Hop Seeker Fresh Hop American Strong Ale
          • BrightSide Belgian White
          • 1984 Golden Ale
          • New Belgium Fall Wild Ale

          Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

          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 hosting Schlafly’s co-founder Dan Kopman where he will be tasting featuring 2009 Schlafly Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, 2008 Schlafly Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, 2007 Schlafly Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, 2006 Schlafly Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, 2009 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine, 2008 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine, 2007 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine, and 2006 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine.. Additional information can be found at their blog.

          Cory from deVine Wines and Spirts, located at 2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd, holds a beer tasting every Wednesday evening from from 5PM to 8PM. Each Wednesday will offer up a few new beers for you to taste. Swing on by and check it out.

          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.

          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, Tonight, Head Brewer Drew Huerter will be offering his Mexican Hot Chocolate Porter with Cocoa, Vanilla, Cinnimon and Chipotle Peppers.

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