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This week on the STL Hops Twitter

  • O’Fallon’s newest release in the Brewers’ Stash series, the Wee Heavy Scotch Ale should be in stores today. (less than a minute ago)
  • Looking for @skabrewing? It will be showing up in St. Louis starting June 1st. If you’re itching for it right now, it’s available in IL. (about 4 hours ago)
  • Hoppin’ Frog’s DORIS the Destroyer Double Imperial Stout and Founders KBS (ask for it) sighted at U-Gas in Waterloo, IL. Cheap gas too. (a day ago)
  • In case you missed it last Friday, Buffalo Brewing’s Buffalo Tracks is back on tap. This is a wheat beer that thinks it’s a double IPA. (3 days ago)
  • Don’t normally pimp the blog, but everything you’ve wanted to know about craft beer in a can, but were afraid to ask: http://bit.ly/cJ6UDs (4 days ago)
  • RT: @Ericstl6 @Schlafly has tapped an ’08 batch of Barleywine aged in new Medium Toast Oak barrels at The Tap Room. (6 days ago)

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

  • Bombay Wine and Spirits (05/28/10)
    • Haand Bryggeriet ‘dark force’
    • Haand Bryggeriet Wild Thing
    • Haand Bryggeriet Odin’s Tripple
    • Haand Bryggereit Dobbel Dream
    • Haand Bryggereit India Pale Ale
    • Hepworth Iron Horse Pale Ale
    • Ridgeway India Pale Ale
    • Ridgeway BITTER
    • Huvila Artic Circle
    • Nogne India Pale Ale
    • Nogne Barley Wine
    • Dominus Double
    • Hoften Dormaal Blond
    • Netebur Belg. Ale
    • Kalle Belg.Triple
    • Charleville Tornado Alley
    • Charleville Half Wit Wheat
    • Lagunitas India Pale
    • Lagunitas Maximus Ale
    • Lagunitas Pale Ale New Dog Town
    • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    • Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale
    • Odell St.Lupulin
    • Bells Oberon
    • Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale 2009
  • deVine Wines & Spirits (5/24/2010)
    • 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
    • Boulder Hazed & Infused
    • Boulder Mojo IPA
    • Bear Republic XP Pale Ale
    • Bear Republic Red Rocket
    • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
    • Bell’s Oberon
    • Boulevard Rye on Rye
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Caldera Pale Ale
    • Franziskaner Weissbier
    • Goose Island Summer Time
    • Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek
    • Grand Teton Bitch Creek
    • Grand Teton Sweetgrass IPA
    • Great Divide Hercules IPA
    • Grieskirchner Weisse
    • Gulden Draak
    • Lagunitas Undercover Investigation
    • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
    • Lagunitas Pale Ale
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Lagunitas Maximus IPA
    • Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
    • Left Hand Chainsaw
    • Left Hand 400lb Monkey
    • Left Hand Warrior IPA
    • New Holland Sun Dog
    • New Holland Golden Cap
    • O’Fallon Wheach Cans & Bottles
    • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
    • Pyramid Fling Pale Ale
    • RJ Rockers Son of A Peach
    • Rogue Chipotle Amber Ale
    • Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pils
    • Schlafly 2009 Reserve Barleywine
    • Schlafly Quad
    • Sierra Nevada Summerfest
    • 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
  • Provisions Market (05/28/10)
    • Rogue John John Ale
    • Odell Woodcut #4
    • Odell Saboteur Brown Ale
    • Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale
    • O’Fallon Wee Heavy
    • Affligem Blonde
    • Affilgem Dubbel
    • Affligem Triple
  • Starrs (05/26/10)
    • Bells Oberon 5 Ltr
    • Magic Hat Summer Seasonal 6Pk
    • Odell Saboteur Barrel Brett Brown
    • Plank Bier Hefewizen, Pilsner and Heller Weisenbock
    • Pyramid Curve Ball Blonde Ale Summer Ale
    • Stevens Point Nude Beach Wheat
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (5/27/10)
    • O’Fallon Wee Heavy
    • Odell Saboteur Barrel Brett Brown
    • Odell Woodcut #4
    • Rogue John John Juniper Ale
    • Rogue Chatoe Rogue Single Malt
    • Southern Tier Mokah
    • Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale
    • Mythos Red
    • Affligem Tripel
    • Affligem Dubbel
    • Affligem Blonde
    • Southern Tier Pale Ale
    • Schlafly AIPA
    • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Rock Hill) (05/27/10)
    • O’Fallon Wee Heavy
    • Odell Saboteur Barrel Brett Brown
    • Odell Woodcut #4
    • Laughing Dog Devil Dog
    • Great Divide Dunkel Weiss
    • Witkap Tripel
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Ballwin) (05/27/10)
    • Odell Saboteur Barrel Brett Brown
    • Odell Woodcut #4
    • Weston Pack O Craic — 6 pk sampler
    • —includes Festival Irish Brown, ISB Irish Style Bitter, Emerald Lager

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

    • Bigelo’s Bistro (5/27/10)
      • Great Divide Oak Aged Espresso Yeti Imperial Stout
      • Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA
      • Sierra Nevada Summerfest
      • Goose Island Matilda
      • Sam Adams Summer Ale
      • Schlafly American IPA
      • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
      • Ska Modus Hoperandi
      • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
      • Schlafly Summer Helles
      • Schlafly Kölsch
      • Blue Moon
    • International Tap House (05/28/2010)
      • Guinness
      • Boddingtons
      • Youngs Double Chocolate Stout
      • Murphy’s Irish Stout
      • St. Louis Framboise
      • Chimay
      • Wittekerke
      • Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca
      • Spaten Lager
      • Bells Oberon
      • Hofbrau
      • Schlafly A-IPA
      • Boulder Hazed and Infused
      • Radeberger
      • Spaten Optimator
      • Bells Oarsmen
      • Bells Two Hearted
      • Bavik
      • Moylans IPA
      • Tommy Knocker Maple Nut
      • Rogue John John Juniper
      • Schneider Brooklyner
      • Aventinus Weizen
      • Warsteiner Dunkel
      • Boulevard Maibock
      • Tripel Karmeliet
      • Goose Island IPA
      • Houblon Chouffe
      • Moinette Blonde
      • Sierra Nevada Summerfest
      • So Tier Hoppe
      • Ommegang Rare VOS
      • Odell St. Lupulin
      • Spaten Bock
      • Left Hand 400lb Monkey
      • Delirium Tremens
      • Arcadia Sky High Rye
      • Bitburger
      • Reissdorf Kolsch
      • Ace Pear Cider
      • Up Next: , Arcadia Hopmouth, Old Rasputin, Paulaner Hefe, Rogue Dead Guy, Schlafly Quad, O’Fallon Hemp Hop
    • Iron Barley (05/28/10)
      • Cathedral Square Belgian Abbey Ale
      • Ofallon Hemp Hop Rye
      • Left Hand Milk Stout
      • Square One Brewing Kölsch
      • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
      • Boulevard Maibock
      • Goose Island Honker’s Ale
      • Griesedieck Golden Pilsener
      • Warsteiner Dunkel
      • Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale
      • Ofallon 5 Day IPA on Cask
      • 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)
      • New Belgium Ranger IPA (Bottle)
      • Tucher Hefe Weiss (Bottle)
      • Bell’s Oberon Ale(Bottle)
      • New Holland The Poet Oatmeal Stout (Bottle)
      • Weihenstephan Dark Hefe (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)
      • Haandbryggeriet Dark Force Imperial Wheat Stout (Bottle)
      • Coniston Bluebird Bitter (Bottle)
      • Steven’s Point 2012 Black Ale (Bottle)
    • The Royale (5/26/10)
      • Boulevard Tank 7
      • Cathedral Square White Ale
      • Corsendonk Abbey Pale Ale
      • Griesedieck Bros. Golden Pilsener
      • Guinness Stout
      • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
      • Schlafly American IPA
      • Schlafly Hefeweizen
      • Strongbow Hard Cider
      • Weihenstephan Hefe-Weiss
      • GUEST BOTTLES
        • Aecht Schlenkerla Helles
        • Bell’s Two Hearted
        • Boulevard Saison-Brett
        • Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss
        • New Holland “The Poet” Oatmeal Stout
        • St. Bernardus Wit

      Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

      • Schlafly Taproom (05/28/10)
        • Raspberry Hefe
        • American IPA
        • Dortmunder
        • Maibock
        • Schwarzbier
        • 80/-
        • Kolsch
        • Summer Lager
        • Hefeweizen
        • Pale Ale
        • Dry-Hopped APA
        • Oatmeal Stout
        • Cask- American Brown (Centennial)
        • Cask- AIPA (Simcoe, Centennial & Columbus)

      Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

      Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be tasting a number of different beers: Odell Woodcut #4, Rogue John John Juniper, Affligem Triple, and Founders Curmudgeon.  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.

      I love a good acronym.  The problem with an acronym is if you have to repeat what it means each time you use said acronym for an audience that may not be aware of what it means.  But, I think I’m  PIADAG will be my my new acronym of choice.

      What does it mean, you ask?  Pour It in A DAmn Glass. Too often am I seeing great craft beer get somewhat squandered when people drink it out of a bottle.  I don’t know how often I’ll continue using my addition to the world of beer acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms, but it’ll be fun to try.

      This brings us around to a very special event that Schlafly will be holding on June 10th, beginning at 6:30PM at the Schlafly Bottleworks.  Schlafly and Spiegelau Glassware will be teaming up to put on the first craft beer and specialty glass tasting event.

      For $30 (or $25 if you’re a SIP Club member) you’ll get beer, snacks and your very own 4-piece Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur Glassware Set which normally has a retail value $49.95.  I can tell you that one of the glasses included in this glassware set is a tulip glass I received what at the Craft Brewers Conference in Chicago.  It could be one of the finest glasses I’ve ever owned.

      So, if PIADAG is important to you, you may want to hop on the chance to attend this very special event.  Tickets can be purchased here.

      mattingly_84x128.jpgThe Mattingly Brewing Company may now be producing full scale productions of beer, but that doesn’t stop them from showing off some of extra special creations.

      Tonight Head Brewer Drew Huerter will be offering up the first week of Hop School with two different dry-hopped versions of theExtra Pale Ale. One will be dry-hopped with Palisade and the other with Styrian Bobeck.

      Here’s what to expect over the new few weeks:

      6/2 Hop School Extra Pale Ale (Six different dry hops, two at a time)
      6/9 Black Currant Dubbel
      6/16 Oaked Date Dubbel
      6/23 Per Aspera Pilsner

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

      royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale hosts an event called Tuesdays With The Beertender. Matthew Thenhaus who writes The Beertender columns for the Riverfront Times, guides you through the wonderful world of beer styles and beer history. This week he’ll be featuring European Wheat beers styles. Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

      Nothing wrong with a light, spritzy American wheat beer in the summertime. Europeans, however, get to enjoy all that wheaty refreshment with an extra wallop of flavor. Whether it’s Belgian witbier or German weissbier, Old World wheats are a very different experience and tonight we revel in their glory.

      Tonight, our featured draught is a classic German wheat from the oldest brewery in the world, Weihenstephan. Bottles? Free stuff? Well, you’ll just have to roll by and find out!

      As Matt is extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable this is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer we have available in St. Louis.

      Last year, I showed you a photo of just some of the casks that Schlafly purchased to expand their cask beer program. Well, when you have this many casks at your disposal, it means you get to put on events showcasing your beer.

      In this case, it’s taking a cask of Schlafly beer and serving it at Bigelo’s Bistro in Edwardsville, Illinois.

      This Friday, March 28th, starting a 5PM, a representative from Schlafly will be tapping a cask of the new American IPA that’s been dry-hopped with Columbus, Simcoe, and Centennial Hops. They’ll  be serving it until the cask runs out or until Bigelo’s closes.

      Nothing quite like being able to enjoy some great cask beer right in your own backyard.   While you’re at Bigelo’s, make sure to ask for the very awesome STL Hops pizza.

      Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past four years, you know that the 4th annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival is coming up in June. This festival was started to not only honor the history of brewing in St. Louis but to also showcase the talent of the area’s brewers.

      This year’s festival will be featuring three different sessions will take place on June 11th and 12th. If the 20,000 people this festival attracts each year wasn’t impressive enough, I think addition of several new local breweries will make 2010 the best festival yet.

      • The grounds open on Friday, June 11th for a session that runs from 7 – 11 p.m. and again Saturday, June 12, from 1 – 5 p.m. and 7 – 11 p.m. Tickets for the Friday evening session and Saturday events cost $30 per person ($35 day of the events, so get your tickets now).
      • Restaurants participating in this year’s Festival are all from the St. Louis Originals group. Companion Bakery, Harvest, LoRusso’s Cucina, SqWires and Vin de Set have all created dishes designed to compliment the more than 70 beer styles available at the event.
      • Not only will you be able to taste beer from 14 local breweries, but this year you’ll also have the chance to sample beers from a number of area homebrewers.
      • This year’s Heritage Festival Beer recipe is David Roesch and Joe Orsa’s Bavarian Hefeweisen.  If you’re not familiar, this recipe will be brewed by a number of local breweries to be served at the festival.

      Last year’s festival provided for some amazing weather and some amazing beer.  If you haven’t taken part in the Heritage Festival, I fully recommend it.  I’ve had some great times at the Saturday afternoon session, and I’m sure this year will be just as much fun.