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provisions.GIFI’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to tonight’s Provisions Market Beer Dinner winner is Timothy Schweigerdt! Congrats to Timothy and thanks everyone for entering. As always, if you didn’t win, don’t be too upset, once again I have some cool stuff to give away soon.

I once again want to thank Paul from the The Wine and Cheese Place for donating the two tickets to this fantastic dinner. A few tickets for this dinner still remain, if you’re interested in attending, you can purchase them here.

provisions.GIFTo help celebrate St. Louis Craft Beer Week, Provisions Market wanted to put on a special event just for you. Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26th at 6PM, Provisions will be hosting a tasting pairing craft beer with a selection of specially designed dishes.

The neat part about this meal is they will be squaring off a “classic” version of a style versus a “new” version. Here’s a look at the menu:

Crab and Cheese Frittata
Saison Dupont vs. Goose Island Sofie

Chicken Mole Enchilada
Newcastle Brown Ale vs. New Hollands Mole Ocho.

Ham and Potato Croquettes, Meatballs, Cheese Straws
O’Haras Irish Red vs. Moylans Danny’s Irish Red

Smoked Beef Brisket with Onion-Tomato Au Jus
Aecht Rauchbier vs. Haandbryggeriet Norwegian Wood

Caramel Cheesecake
Young’s Luxury Double Chocolate Stout vs. Boulevard Smokestack Dark Truth Stout

A few tickets for this dinner remain, but fortunately for you Paul from the The Wine and Cheese Place was kind enough to give us 2 tickets to give away for this event. So, email with the subject line of: Provisions Market. A couple of quick notes:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • If you won passes for the Wine and Cheese Place Beerfest, you can still enter, that doesn’t count.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

As this event is tomorrow, I’ll be picking two random winners tomorrow (04/26/2010) at 9AM. Send your email now if you want to attend!

beer-446_1280x960.jpgI don’t want to keep harping on these events as I think you guys may get tired of hearing about them, but I thought you may want to know a few extra details about the St. Louis Craft Beer Week events taking place tonight.

St. Louis Craft Beer Tweetup
Don’t have a Twitter account? No problem. Come on out to have some beers and meet some awesome people who love craft beer as much as you do. I’ve also been told that there will be some free snacks courtesy of Go! Magazine.

If you haven’t been yet, this is a great excuse to visit Bridge. Don’t be shy, just come on out.

IPA Night at The Good Pie
Right now this is the line up of IPAs that will be on draught:

  • Bear Republic Racer 5
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA
  • HeBrew Bittersweet Lennys R.I.P.A
  • Founders Centennial IPA
  • Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor
  • Odell IPA
  • Southern Tier Iniquity
  • New Holland Mad Hatter
  • Schlafly American IPA

It also sounds like one of these beers (not sure which yet) will be run through a Randall of Amarillo and Simcoe hops.  There will be a menu designed around IPAs and a gift certificate provided to the person who brings the biggest IPA.  I don’t know how they’re quantifying “biggest” so your guess is as good as mine.

Grand Teton Beer & Cheese Event
Got a list of beers that will be available from Grand Teton tonight at Wine and Cheese Place. Chuck Nowicki, Sales and Marketing Director of Grand Teton, will be on hand to talk about and taste their reserve series:

  • Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness
  • Grand Teton Sheepeater Scotch Ale
  • Grand Teton Bitch Creek Double ESB
  • Grand Teton Howling Wolf Weizenbock
  • Grand Teton Lost Continent IPA

Also, I guess this is mostly for my parents, over the weekend I had a chance to talk about St. Louis Craft Beer Week and STL Hops on KMOX. Actually I had a chance to talk about both, not once, but twice this weekend. You’re welcome to give them a listen. Hope to see everyone tonight.

This week on the STL Hops Twitter

    • Just a reminder, the International Tap House will have a cask of Bell’s Two Hearted available tomorrow night, beginning at 7PM. (9 minutes ago)
    • RT: @BoulderBeerCo is now available in MISSOURI! (2 days ago)

      Stuff from around the web

      Retail Beer Releases

        • deVine Wines & Spirits (4/20/2010)
          • Alpha Dog Imperial IPA
          • Arcadia Angler’s Ale
          • Arcadia Hop Rocket IIPA
          • Arcadia Choco Loco Stout
          • Arcadia Hop Mouth
          • Avery Maharaja Batch #11
          • Avery Out of Bounds Stout
          • Bridgeport Hop Czar IIPA
          • Bear Republic XP Pale Ale
          • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
          • Bell’s Oberon
          • Boulevard Rye on Rye
          • Boulevard Saison Brett
          • Boulevard Tank 7
          • Founders Red Rye
          • Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek
          • Grand Teton Bitch Creek
          • Grand Teton Sweetgrass IPA
          • Great Divide Hercules IPA
          • Grieskirchner Weisse
          • Gulden Draak
          • Lagunitas The Hairy Eyeball
          • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
          • Lagunitas Pale Ale
          • Lagunitas IPA
          • Lagunitas Maximus IPA
          • Left Hand Ju Ju
          • Left Hand Chainsaw
          • Left Hand 400lb Monkey
          • Left Hand Warrior IPA
          • New Holland Sun Dog
          • O’Fallon Wheach
          • Pyramid Fling Pale Ale
          • Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pils
          • Rogue John John Whiskey Barrel Dead Guy
          • Schlafly 2009 Reserve Barleywine
          • Schlafly Quad
          • Sierra Nevada Glissade
          • Southern Tier HopSun
          • Southern Tier 422 Pale Wheat
          • Southern Tier IPA
          • Strangford Lough Legbiter
          • Strangford Lough St. Patrick’s Best
          • Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown
          • Van Twee Brewmasters Edition
        • Lukas Liquor (04/20/2010)
          • —Bottles—
          • New Holland Mole Ocho
          • Rogue Double Mocha Porter
          • Buffalo Bills Orange Blossom
          • Avery Maharaja Batch 11
          • Left Hand Chainsaw
          • RJ Rocker Son of a Peach
          • Red Rocket 6pks!
          • Left Hand 400LB Monkey
          • Mikkeller Funky E Star
          • Mikkeller 1000 IBU
          • Mikkeller Black Hole
          • Mikkeller Cascade Single Hop
          • Dieu du Ciel! Aphrodite
          • Cantillion Rose de Gambrinus
          • Cantillion Kriek Lambic
          • De Ranke H.O.P. Flower Power
          • Beer Here! Dark Hops
          • Haandbryggeriet Hesjøl
          • Nøgne-Ø Imperial Brown
          • Goose Island Night Stalker
          • De Molen SSS Triple Stout
          • Lagunitas W.T.F. – Wilco Tango Foxtrot
          • Fantome Saison
          • Nogne/Mikkeller Tyttebaer
          • Schlafly Summer Helles
          • Moylans Double IPA
          • Boulevard Tank 7
          • Anchor Old Foghorn Barleywine
          • Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale
          • Corsendonk Abbey Brown
          • Black Douglas (80 Shilling Ale)
          • Eggenberg Nessie
          • Granit Bock
          • Boulevard Smokestack Series: Rye on Rye
          • Boulevard Smokestack Series: Dark Truth Stout
          • Nogne-O Andhrimnir Barley Wine
          • Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball
          • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
          • Haandbryggeriet Barrel Aged Porter (Porter Aged in Aquavit Barrel)
          • Haandbrygerriet Norwegian Wood
          • Haandbrygerriet Wild Thing
          • Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast
          • Mikkeller Tomahawk Single Hop IPA
          • Mikkeller Simcoe Single Hop IPA
          • Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA
          • Mikkeller Nugget Single Hop IPA
          • Mikkeller Kent Golding Single Hop IPA
          • Mikkeller Chinook Single Hop IPA
          • Mikkeller Warrior Single Hop IPA
          • Magic Hat Vinyl Lager
          • Southern Tier Imperial Gemini (Blend of Unearthly IPA and Imperial Hoppe)
          • Bridgeport Hop Czar
          • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
          • Boulevard Collaboration #1 with Orval: Imperial Pilsner
          • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
          • O’Fallon Whiskey Barrel Smoked Porter 2010
          • Boulevard Saison Brett
          • O’Dells Woodcut #3
          • O’Dells Mountain Standard Reserve
          • O’Dells Bourbon Barrel Stout
          • Founders Breakfast Stout
          • Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest
          • Piraat Tripel IPA 9L Bottle! It’s Huge!!!
          • —-Kegs—-
          • Schlafly APA – 1/6
          • Schlafly Hefe – 1/6
          • Schlafly Pale – 1/6
          • Boulevard Boss Tom Golden Bock – 1/6
          • Boulevard Pale Ale – 1/6
          • Boulevard Wheat – 1/6
          • Hoegaarden – 1/6
        • Provisions Market (04/23/10)
          • Leinenkugel Berry Weiss
          • Samuel Adams Longshot
          • Blue Moon Honey Moon
          • Timisoreanna, Rumania
          • Jurand Estra
        • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (4/23/10)
          • New Holland Cellar Series Envious 2010
          • New Holland High Gravity El Mole Ocho
          • Laughing Dog Devil Dog
          • RJ Rockers Fish Paralzyer
          • Boulder Hazed and Infused Dry Hopped Ale
          • Boulder Flashback India Brown Ale
          • Boulder Sweaty Betty Blonde
          • Boulder Mojo IPA
          • Boulder Mix 12pk
          • Lucifer by Het Anker
          • Staffe Hendrik
          • Plank Bavarian Pils
          • Plank Hefeweizen
          • Plank Heller Weizenbock
          • Plank Dunkler Weizenbock
          • Bells Oberon – Fresh batch bottled 4/20
          • Ace Joker Hard Cider

          Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

            • Bigelo’s Bistro (4/23/10)
              • Big Sky Moose Drool
              • Schlafly APA
              • Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
              • Boulevard Maibock
              • Bear Republic Racer 5
              • Bell’s Oberon
              • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
              • Ska Modus Hoperandi
              • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
              • Schlafly Summer Helles
              • New Belgium Wild Ale
              • Blue Moon
            • Blueberry Hill (4/22/10)
              • Anchor Steam Beer
              • Bass Ale
              • Big Sky Moose Drool
              • Blue Moon Belgian White
              • Boulevard Wheat
              • Budweiser
              • Bud Light
              • Guinness Stout
              • Magic Hat #9
              • New Belgium 1554
              • New Belgium Fat Tire
              • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
              • Pabst Blue Ribbon
              • Schlafly Hefeweizen
              • Schlafly Summer Lager
              • Schlafly Pale Ale
              • Strongbow Cider
              • Goose island IPA
              • plus over sixty bottles and cans
            • Cicero’s (4/21/10)
              • Blanche de Bruxelles Wit
              • O’Fallon Wee Heavy
              • Arcadia IPA
              • Lagunitas IPA
              • Ommegang Abbey Ale
              • Goose Island Matilda
              • La Chouffe
              • Leinenkugel Amber Ale
              • Magic Hat #9
              • Konig Ludwig Weiss
              • Newcastle
              • Blue Moon
              • Left Hand Milk Stout
              • Schlafly Helles Lager
              • Schlafly Kolsch
              • Schlafly Hefeweizen
              • Schlafly Pale Ale
              • Boddington’s
              • Guinness
              • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
              • Kasteel Rouge
              • Fullers ESB
              • Abita Purple Haze
              • Lindemans Framboise
              • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
              • Boulevard Tank 7
              • Charleville Half Wit Wheat
              • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
              • Maudite
              • Shiner Bock
              • New Belgium Fat Tire
              • New Belgium Ranger IPA
              • New Belgium Mighty Arrow
              • Smithwick’s
              • Pilsner Urquell
              • Deliruim Tremens
              • Woodchuck Amber
              • Anchor Steam
              • Sierra Neveda Glissade Golden Bock
              • Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
              • Warsteiner Pils
              • Brother Thelonius
              • Maredsous Dubbel
              • Bell’s 2 Hearted Ale
              • Black Raspberry Mead
              • Augusta Hyde Park Stout
              • Bass Ale
              • Sam Adams Coastal Wheat
              • Shock Top
              • Goose Island 312
              • Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA
              • Fitz’s Root Beer
              • Bud Light
            • Iron Barley (04/23/10)
              • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale
              • North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
              • Left Hand Milk Stout
              • Six Row Brewing Kolsch
              • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
              • Boulevard Maibock
              • Goose Island Honker’s Ale
              • Griesedieck Golden Pilsener
              • Ofallon 5 Day IPA on Cask
              • 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)
              • Bell’s Oberon Ale(Bottle)
              • Odell IPA (Bottle)
              • New Holland The Poet Oatmeal Stout (Bottle)
              • Weihenstephan Dark Hefe (Bottle)
              • Weihenstephan Vitus Weizenbock (Bottle)
              • Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA (Bottle)
              • Rogue Dead Guy Ale (Bottle)
              • Left Hand Polestar Pilsner (Bottle)
              • O’Fallon Smoke (Bottle)
              • Founders Dirty Bastard (Bottle)
              • Brouwerij Huyge Floris Apple (Bottle)
              • O’Fallon Wheach (Bottle)
              • Guinness Draft (Bottle)
              • Paulaner Salvator Doppel Bock (Bottle)
            • Pi (Delmar) (04/20/10)
              • Schlafly Pale Ale
              • Schlafly Ale 3.14 (Kolsch)
              • Schlafly Summer Lager
              • New Belgium Ranger IPA
              • New Belgium Mothership Wit Organic Wheat
              • New Belgium 1554
              • New Belgium Lips of Faith
              • Six Row Whale Ale
              • Boulevard Wheat
              • Pabst Blue Ribbon
              • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
              • Bell’s Oberon
              • Delirium Tremens (Bottle)
              • Chimay Red Label (Bottle)
              • La Fin Du Monde (Bottle)
              • Tripel Karmeliet (Bottle)
              • La Chouffe (Bottle)
              • Maudite (Bottle)
              • Boulevard Sixth Glass (Bottle)
              • Boulevard Tank 7 (Bottle)
            • Pi (Kirkwood) (04/20/10)
              • Schlafly Kolsch
              • Schlafly Hefeweizen
              • Schlafly Pale
              • Schlafly Pilsner
              • Schlafly Summer Helles Lager
              • New Belgium Ranger IPA
              • New Belgium 1554
              • Bells Two-Hearted Ale
              • Bells Oberon
              • O’Fallon 5-Day IPA
              • O’Fallon Wheach
              • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
              • Six Row Extra Pale Ale
              • Charleville Hopimistic
              • Goose Island Honkers Ale
              • Left Hand Milk Stout
            • Pi (Central West End) (04/20/10)
              • Schlafly Pale Ale
              • Schlafly Summer Lager
              • Schlafly Hefeweizen
              • Schlafly Ale 3.14 (Kolsch)
              • Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale
              • Bell’s Oberon
              • New Belgium Ranger IPA
              • New Belgium Lips of Faith Dark Kriek (Bottle)
              • Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca (Bottle)
              • Southern Tier Oatmeal Stout (Bottle)
              • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye (Bottle)
            • The Royale (4/21/10)
              • Bell’s Oberon
              • Boulevard Tank 7
              • Corsendonk Pater Noster
              • Griesedieck Bros. Golden Pilsener
              • Guinness Stout
              • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
              • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
              • Schlafly Hefeweizen
              • Strongbow Hard Cider
              • GUEST BOTTLES
              • Boulevard Saison-Brett
              • New Holland “The Poet” Oatmeal Stout
              • Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
              • Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
            • The Shaved Duck (4/09/10)
              • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
              • Charleville Explicit APA
              • Bell’s Oberon
              • Crown Valley Old School Pilsner
            • The Stable (4/19/10)
              • Amalgamated Helles
              • Bear Republic Racer 5
              • Bell’s Two Hearted
              • Bell’s Oarsman Ale
              • Bell’s Oberon
              • Founders Red’s Rye
              • Founders Centennial IPA
              • Charleville Triple Wit
              • Charleville St. Dorian
              • Grand Teton Double Vision
              • Goose Island IPA
              • Kasteel Rouge
              • Lagunitas Hopstoopid
              • Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot
              • Left Hand Fade To Black
              • North Coast Old Rasputin
              • New Holland Mad Hatter IPA
              • Schlafly Export IPA
              • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
              • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
              • Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen

              Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

              • Mattingly Brewing Company (04/20/10)
                • Snow Burner Smoked Imperial Brown Ale
                • 1849 Irish Red Ale
                • BrightSide Belgian White
                • Anniversary Ale I: Spiced Belgian Strong Ale
                • Biere de Mars
                • Pinball Blizzard Rye IPA
                • Homeward Brown
                • 1984 Golden Ale

              Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

              Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be hosting a tasting featuring New Holland Envious, New Holland El Mole Ocho, Laughing Dog Devil Dog IPA, RJ Rockers Fish Paralyzer, Het Anker Lucifer, Plank Heller Weizenbock, and Plank Dunkel Weizenbock. 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

              stlcbwJust in case you’ve missed it, the 2010 St. Louis Craft Beer Week begins this Saturday. Over the rest of the week I’ll be detailing the events of the festival on STL Hops to bring more visibility to the event.

              I, once again, cannot begin to stress enough how important it is for all of us to help make this event successful.

              If you care about beer and beer awareness in St. Louis, it’s important to show the retailers, breweries and restaurants involved that there are people that care about beer.

              So, I know a lot of events are during the middle of the week and people have jobs and lives that make it difficult to attend some of the events, you at least make an effort to try and attend at least one event during the middle of the week. I also realize that money is tight, but over half of the events are free, so it won’t hurt the pocketbook to attend some of the events.

              If you love beer and I know you all do otherwise you wouldn’t be here, it’s time to show it. Anyway, here’s a rundown of the events taking place on the final Saturday, Sunday, and Monday:

              Saturday, May 1st

              2010 St. Louis Microfest – Forest Park – 12PM-4PM
              North American Craft Beers. Brewer Olympics, Homebrew Competition Awards, StLHops Meet & Greet. Music by The BlueTones.

              2010 St. Louis Microfest – Forest Park – 6PM-9PM
              American and International Beers. Music by Spontaneous Nugent.

              Schlafly Export IPA Cask – Felix’s Bar and Grill – 6PM
              Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
              One of the best ways to enjoy a traditional English IPA is to drink it the traditional way, from a cask. Felix’s Bar and Grill will be offering up a cask of the Schlafly Export IPA so you too can savor it like the would have 100 years ago.

              Sunday, May 2nd

              2010 St. Louis Microfest – Forest Park – 1PM-5PM
              American and International Beers. Strongmen Exhibition. Music by the Funky Butt Brass Band.

              Monday, May 3rd

              Herbst Brewing Symposium – Schlafly Bottleworks – 7:30PM
              Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
              Join A-B’s corporate historian Bill Volmer as he discusses a history of beer in America. Bill will provide plenty of fascinating information that will teach you that the world of beer existed before Dogfish Head and Stone. This symposium is in honor of our good friend Henry Herbst.

              While reviewing a copy of a new book I was sent called The Beer Trials, I noticed that they scored their beers from 1 to 10.  If it wasn’t obvious, 1 is the lowest score a beer could get and 10 is the highest.

              Grading systems like this can certainly have their advantages and disadvantages, one thing it certainly provides is an easy to understand system of whether they think a beer is good or bad.  The most interesting thing about the ratings in the Beer Trials is that there isn’t a single grade below 3 or above 9.

              I’m not going to dwell on the low end of the scale as we’ve all certainly had beers that could be rated with negative numbers.  Instead I was fascinated by the fact there wasn’t a single perfect beer out of 250 reviews.

              Part of this is because they had multiple people provide reviews of a single beer at one time.  So, even if one person give the beer a 10, another people could just give it an 8 and now we’re left with an average of 9.  But it’s still quite interesting to see that a perfect beer didn’t exist within the book.

              Maybe the other part of the problem is that part of having a perfect beer is often the experience.  It’s amazing to think how much environment and company can provide to having what can amount to “beer utopia.”  I refuse to think there doesn’t exist a perfect 10.

              What are some of your perfect 10 beers?