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Category: Beer Events

itap.jpgFor the past few years, the Great American Beer Festival has held a Brewery/Homebrewer Pro-Am competition where a brewery works with an award winning homebrewer to produce a beer to send to the GABF competition.

Last year the O’Fallon Brewery worked with Jim Yeager from the Garage Brewers Society to select a beer to send to the Pro-Am comp. In the end, Jim Yeager’s Alright Already American Amber won silver at the GABF Pro-Am competition.

This year O’Fallon Head Brewer Brian Owens caught wind of Jim Leabig’s attempts to perfect his IPA recipe and asked Jim if they wanted to collaborate on a beer to send out to GABF.  The result of that collaboration is the Sweet Nectar IPA and you’ll have your first chance to try it this Thursday at the International Tap House Chesterfield.

Jim describes the beer as such:

Sweet Nectar IPA is a hop bomb. The recipe was designed to let the hops shine as much as possible. We utilized a hop-bursting technique where all of the bitterness is derived from late kettle hop additions to bring forth a smoother bitterness and a ridiculous amount of hop flavor and aroma. We used more hops in this batch, 3.5 lbs per barrel to be exact, than have ever been stuffed into our kettle and fermenters. Don’t let the name fool you though. This is a very dry IPA with just enough crystal malt to accent the malt character and not overpower the hops. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Along with Sweet Nectar you’ll also have the chance to try another O’Fallon Brewery collaboration, the C3. The C3 is a hybrid called an American Mild, it’s got a huge hop flavor all while having a low 3.8% ABV.

This party runs from 6:30PM – ??? this Thursday, September 2nd. Sounds like a great opportunity to try some new local collaborations.

I‘d argue that few things in the world pair better than cheese and beer. With that in mind The Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth will be holding a beer and cheese pairing this Thursday, September 2nd from 6pm-7:30pm. Each pairing has been hand selected by Certified Sommelier, Angela Ortmann (STLwinegirl) to show you the excellent possibilities that beer provides when pairing to cheese.

Here’s a list of the beer and cheese pairings:

  • Double creme paired with Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek
  • Aged goat paired with DePreof La Grande Blanche and Boulevard Two Jokers Double Wit
  • Pecorino cheese paired with Sierra Nevada Tumbler Brown and Corsendonk Brown Ale
  • English Cheddar paired with Southern Tier 2XIPA and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
  • Blue Cheese paired with Amager Batch One Danish Barley Wine and Hofstetten Barley Wine

Tickets for this event are $30 and can be made by calling 314-727-8788 or via the TW&CP website.

mattingly_84x128.jpgAfter the sudden closure of Mattingly Brewing Company back on July 1st, one of the most popular questions was, “What’s happening to all of the beer that’s just sitting at Mattingly?”  Well, I received word yesterday that The Stable has formalized a plan to acquire the remainder of beer from Mattingly Brewery.

On Wednesday, September 1st from 6:00 – 9:00 pm The Stable will be putting on an event where they’ll be serving up Mattingly beer.  I’ve been told that Drew Huerter will be picking out what beers thet Stable will be serving and Doug Mattingly will be on hand. Beer will be $3 a pint and $10 pitchers.

As the Stable’s Brad Wheeling puts it, “We are really excited about being able to do this. It would have been a shame for all the hard work and effort that went in to creating their beer go to waste. ”

Even after the event on September 1st, it’s probably going to be likely that The Stable will still have a lot of Mattingly beer on hand.  They’ve exploring the possibility of  other events in the near future.  For those of us that didn’t get a chance, this will be a great way for us Mattingly fans to give them a proper farewell.

biglogo.JPGMark from Bigelo’s Bistro Mark from Bigelo’s Bistro is putting on another of his fabulous beer dinners, this time Mark will be hosting Boulevard Brewing. Each of the five courses will be paired with a Boulevard beer, which will be described by Boulevard’s own Laura Dale.

The dinner will be taking place on Sunday, August 29th at 4PM. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, will be $40 each, not including gratuity. You can make reservations by calling 618-655-1471. Here’s a look at the dinner:

The International Tap House has spirit, yes they do.  So, they have spirit, how about you?  Well, maybe you don’t have spirit, but on September 4th you could have some Missouri beers all for $3 a glass.

To celebrate the Missouri vs. Illinois football game on September 4th, iTAP in Soulard will be holding an event they’re calling MIZBRU.  All day long, iTAP will be featuring some beer made in Missouri at a special discounted rate of $3 per glass.

Here’s a list of beer that will be available at this special price:

Belgian Spice
Smoked Porter
India Brown Ale
AIPA Dry-Hopped with Simcoe and Columbus (Cask)

Belgian Spiced Pumpkin Ale (cask)

6 Row:
Double IPA (Cask)


Amber (currently being tested in Nebraska not available on tap in any other market)
Boulevard Stout (on tap)

iTAP will also be offering up some free brats before the game and they’ll be offering up some BBQ after the game as well.  Also, for all of you Illinois fans, they haven’t forgotten you (though I’m sure they’ve tried), they’ll also have $1 off of Goose Island products.

Hill Brewing Company in Ferguson, MO, will be putting on their first ever beer dinner on Thursday, September 2nd from 6:30-9PM. This event, which will pair four different beers from Hill Brewing with four different courses will run you the low, low price of $30 (not including tax and gratuity).

If great beer and great food aren’t enough to entice you, then how about the fact that all proceeds from this dinner will be going to the Ferguson Community Gardens.  Here’s a look at the menu which was designed by guest chef Freddie Holland:

A surprise created by the chef from the actual gardens that the dinner is supporting.
Beer Pairing: Golden Ale

Second Course
Fresh spring mix tossed in our house vinaigrette and topped with candied pecans, diced pineapple, fresh strawberries, bacon, and bleu cheese crumbles
Beer Pairing: Hefeweizen

Main course
Blackened Mahi Mahi served on a bed of rice with fresh steamed vegetables
Beer Pairing: Pale Ale

Fresh made Strawberry Cheese Cake
Beer Pairing: Pecan Brown

Reservations for this event can be made by calling Craig (314-522-3151) or Heather (314-522-3225).

True story:  I tried to get some Goose Island Vanilla Bourbon County Stout this past weekend at the Great Taste of the Midwest, but there was about a million people in line and I wasn’t going to waste 45 minutes trying to get a beer when there was so much other awesome beer available.  While it didn’t bother me that much, my long-time companion Irene was really looking forward and walked away a little disappointed.

So, I was pretty excited when I saw an email from Brad Lobdell, one of the co-owners of the International Tap House, this afternoon with the subject of “Goose Island Invasion on Sept. 13th!”  What does this invasion entail?  Here’s a peek at the draught list:

  • 312
  • Honkers
  • IPA
  • Harvest Ale (first time on draft in the St. Louis area)
  • Sofie
  • Matilda
  • Pere Jacques (first time on draft in the St. Louis area)
  • Bourbon County Stout!!!
  • Bourbon County Stout VANILLA!!! (first time on draft in the St. Louis area)
  • Bourbon County Stout COFFEE!!! (first time on draft in the St. Louis area)
  • Pepe Nero!!! (only time it will ever be on draft in the St. Louis area)

This one night only event will begin at 7:30PM on Monday, September 13th and will take place at the Chesterfield location of iTAP. This is something not to be missed.