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2009_05_16_1508I’m pretty excited about the STL Hops Pinball party on Saturday night, but there are a couple of things I want everyone to know before you head out to CP Pinball.

Everyone please be cool.

While I’ve never had any sort of problem with anyone from here in the past, we’re going to have about 50 people at CP.  We’re all adults, so I shouldn’t have to say this, but I’m going to anyway.  Don’t be an idiot. It’s cool to enjoy yourself, but just be careful, we’re going to be surrounded by $125,000 worth of pinball equipment.  We’re all here for a good time and to hang out with other beer nerds.   Don’t ruin this event for the rest of us.

If you didn’t buy a ticket, please don’t crash.

While I’m extremely encouraged and excited about the enthusiasm for this party someone has to pay for every person who attends the party.  This place is open two weekends every month, feel free to stop by then.

Bring a tasting glass.

I’m going to bring a little extra glassware, but not a lot.  I had a sizable amount of my glassware swiped at the last few events, so I’m not bringing as much this time around.  You’re responsible for your own glass.

If you’ve had too much, find a ride.

Be safe and be smart, we want you around for the next party. CP isn’t exactly close to home for many of us, so plan on having a ride back home if you’ve had too much to drink.

If you’ve sold your tickets to someone else, make sure I know about it.

Most everyone is a will-call ticket, so I’ll need to know if names have changed. Please send me an email or a private message via the forum if you’ve sold your ticket.

One last thing, I’ll admit up front that this is usually the event where I’m the least social.  I love playing pinball, so I’ll probably be doing that for the entire four hours.

Come get your schnitzel on and help Growlers Pub celebrate this year’s Oktoberfest.  The festivities begin at Noon on September 25th and will end at 5PM.  For $40 ($45 day of) you get to taste 30 different German beers and enjoy a German buffet.

Tickets can be purchased at either Growlers location.  See the flyer below for more details.

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 a 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 Mitch Turner from Major Brands. Mitch will be on hand to discuss and sample some Avery Kaiser Oktoberfest, Schlafly Octoberfest, New Belgium Hoptober and Great Divide Rye Lager. 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

The Provisions Gourmet Market in Creve Coeur will be holding their Beerfest on September 25th from 12PM-4PM. This festival will feature over 100 different beers to sample.

This event will cost $5 to attend and the first 200 people to sign up will receive a commemorative tasting glass from Schlafly.  Click this link to purchase your ticket online. For more information, be sure to check out the blog post here.

Here’s a preliminary list of beers that have been confirmed for the festival:

  • Schlafly Pumpkin
  • Schlafly Oktoberfest
  • Schlafly Saison
  • Schlafly Kolsch
  • Schlafly APA
  • Schlafly Imperial Stout
  • O’Fallon Pro Am Sweet Nectar Imperial IPA
  • Goose Island Minx
  • Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale
  • Goose Island Honker’s Ale
  • Goose Island India Pale Ale
  • Goose Island Harvest Ale
  • Goose Island Sofie
  • Goose Island Matilda
  • Goose Island Pere Jacques
  • Goose Island Demolition
  • Affligem Dubbel
  • Avery #16
  • Avery Collaboration not Litigation
  • Avery White Rascal
  • Avery New World Porter
  • Great Divide Rumble
  • Great Divide Double Wit
  • Great Divide Espresso Oak Yeti
  • Great Divide Belgica
  • New Belgium LOF Transatlantique Kriek
  • New Beligian LOF La Folie
  • Pyramid Audacious Ale
  • Pyramid Hefeweizen
  • Pyramid Juggernaut
  • Magic Hat #9
  • Magic Hat HEX
  • Magic Hat HI.P.A
  • Magic Hat Fall Odd Notion, Green Apple Wit
  • Sam Adams Octoberfest
  • Sam Adams Black Lager
  • Hofbrau Oktoberfest 5L keg
  • Hofbrau Dunkel
  • Charleville Half Wit Wheat
  • Charleville Hoptimistic IPA
  • Boulevard Bob’s 47
  • Boulevard AMBER ALE
  • Boulevard Single Wide IPA
  • Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
  • Leinenkugels Octoberfest
  • Augusta Farmhouse Tripel
  • Augusta Witbier
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Arcadia Sky High Rye
  • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
  • Bear Republic Racer 5
  • Cathedral Square Belgian IPA
  • Cathedral Square Wit
  • Cathedral Square Tripel
  • Cathedral Square Iglesia
  • Corsendonk Brown
  • Founders Breakfast Stout
  • Founders Curmudgeon
  • Founders Red’s Rye
  • Grand Teton Tail Waggin
  • La Chouffe
  • La Fin du Monde
  • Left Hand Milk Stout
  • O’Fallon Hemp Hop
  • O’Fallon Wee Heavy
  • Saison Dupont
  • Ska Decadent
  • Ska Pinstripe Red
  • So Tier Farmers Tan
  • So Tier Pumking
  • Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
  • Tallgrass Kold CANS
  • Woodchuck Amber
  • Woodchuck Granny Smith
  • Woodchuck Dark
  • Woodchuck Pear
  • Bells Oktoberfest
  • Spaten Oktoberfest
  • Paulaner Oktoberfest
  • Paulaner Pils
  • Paulaner Hefe
  • Paulaner Salvator
  • Ayinger Oktoberfest
  • Abita Wit
  • Bells Pale Ale
  • Rochefort 10
  • Lindemans Faro
  • Lindemans Cassis
  • Rogue John John Juniper
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  • Sierra Nevada Tumbler
  • Fullers Vintage Ale
  • Youngs Double Chocolate Stout
  • Sam Smiths Raspberry
  • Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout

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 2nd 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:

  • Square One Brewery & Distillery
  • Augusta Brewing Company
  • Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling
  • Garage Brewers Society
  • O’Fallon Brewery
  • Prison Brews
  • Schlafly
  • Highlands Brewing Company
  • Hill Brewing
  • Cathedral Square Brewery
  • Tin Mill Brewing
  • Buffalo Brewing
  • The Stable Brew House
  • Morgan Street Brewery
  • Buckner Brewing Company
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Charleville Vineyard Winery and Brewery
  • Griesedieck Brothers Brewing
  • Anheuser Busch Michelob Specialty Brews
  • 2nd Shift Brewing
  • Six Row Brewing

Bring your lawn chairs and your sun screen and be sure to come out. While I’ll unfortunately be missing my favorite beer festival in the area, you really need to make the effort to attend this festival.   This is a pretty fantastic time.

For his first beer dinner at Bridge, Dave Bailey didn’t want to use just any old beer, he wanted to bring it.  Well, consider it brought.  On September 28th, Dave will be pairing five beers with five different courses which will set you back $50 per person.  Here’s a look at the menu:

First Course:
Cinnamon & Black Pepper Goat Chese Crustini topped with Arugula and fresh Oyster Mushrooms tossed in a Green Apple Vinaigrette
New Belgium Tart Lychee (First time in St. Louis)

Second Course:
Pleasant Ridge Reserve Cheese, Focaccia, Smoked Roast Beef, and a Black Currant Reduction
Mikkeller It’s Alive

Third Course:
Sweet Potato and Spicy Chicken Bake
Southern Tier PumKing

Fourth Course:
Roasted Habanero and Orange Duck Breast with Hericot Verts and Caramelized Garlic
Bell’s Hopslam

Chocolate Inebriation Cake, Cinnamon Ice Cream, and a Whiskey Fudge Sauce
Founder’s Black Biscuit (Limited Release)

If you’re interested in attending, you’ll need to contact for reservations. Seating for this dinner will be limited and reservations are required. There will be two separate seatings for this event: 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

As of 2010, there were over 235 breweries in California, it looks like before the end of the year, Missouri will have access to one more that previously wasn’t available.  I have it on good information that the Firestone Walker Brewing Company will soon be coming to Missouri.

Rumors have circulated on the Internet since a post on RateBeer yesterday indicating that we would soon see the Nectar lineup from Firestone Walker, along with some of their specialty seasonals and a selection of their 22oz lineup.

After confirming with an unnamed source, I can now happily announce that this isn’t a rumor and St. Louis should hopefully see a small selection of beers from Firestone Walker before 2011. Here’s a look at what should be coming down the pipe:

  • Nectar IPA (12oz year-round, 2010 GABF Silver Medal Winner)
  • Red Nectar (12oz year-round, 2010 GABF Gold Medal Winner)
  • Nectar Hemp Ale (12oz year-round)
  • Double Jack (22oz year-round)
  • Walker’s Reserve (22oz year-round)
  • Abacus (seasonal)
  • Parabola (seasonal)
  • Anniversary 14 (seasonal)

You may notice that the year-round lineup from Firestone Walker is missing. I’ve been told that they’re still working on meeting demand for those beers, so it may be a little bit before they arrive in St. Louis. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we couldn’t possibly see a keg of something in the future.

Watch for more information about this exciting news in the next few weeks after the ink dries on contracts.