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stlhopslogosmall.gifFirst of all, big thanks to Schlafly, Stephen Hale, Andy White, James Nichols, and Augie Altenbaumer for helping out with this event. It couldn’t have nearly as successful without their help.  Also a big thanks to all of the volunteers that helped out by selling tickets and getting people in the door.  We raised  a ton of money because of their help

I once again want to thank all of the breweries and distributors, O’Fallon, Schlafly, Goose Island, Six Row Brewing, Civil Life Brewery, Perennial Artisan Ale, Bell’s Brewery, Summit Distributing, 2nd ShiftMajor Brands, Amalgamated BrewingMissouri Beverage, Founders BreweryNew Belgium Brewing, Crispin Cider and Boulevard, that participated in donating time and beer.

I also once again want to thank the following places for donating items for raffles and giveaways:

After everything has been paid for, we raised an incredible $3800 for Stray Rescue of St. Louis. I was flabbergasted by the generosity of everyone involved and this money is going to a great cause.

Thank you all, once again for a fantastic event and a fantastic year of beer in St. Louis. I’m looking forward to planning next year’s event already.

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

  • deVine Wines & Spirits (11/15/2010)
    • CIDERS
    • Crispin Brut
    • Crispin Original
    • Crispin Honey Crisp
    • Crispin Saint
    • Crispin Lansdowne
    • Fox Barrel Black Current
    • Woodchuck Amber
    • Ace Pear
    • BEERS
    • Abita Satsuma Harvest
    • Abita Pecan Harvest
    • Arcadia London Porter
    • Ass Kisser Double IPA
    • Bell’s Oarsman
    • Bell’s Third Coast Ale
    • Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale
    • Boulevard Nut Cracker
    • Big Sky Powder Hound
    • Cathedral Square Hail Mary IPA
    • Corsendonk Brown Abbey Ale
    • Founders Backwoods Bastard
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Founders Porter
    • Founders Curmudgeon
    • Goose Island Sofie
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Grand Teton Black Cauldron
    • Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness
    • Grand Teton Sweetgrass APA
    • Guinness Foreign Extra
    • He’Brew Lenny’s RIPA 4pks
    • Hofbrau Hefe
    • Lagunitas Lucky 13
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
    • Lagunitas Little Sumpin
    • Left Hand Dragon’s Milk 4pk
    • Moylan’s White Winter Lager
    • Rogue Chipotle Ale
    • Rogue Oregasmic Ale
    • Shiner Cheer
    • Ska Modus IPA
    • Ska Euphoria Pale Ale
    • Ska Decadent Imperial IPA
    • Steven’s Point St. Benedict’s
    • Wychwood Hobgoblin 6pks
    • Wychwood Scarecrow
  • Provisions Market (11/19/10)
    • Samuel Adams Winter Lager
    • Leinenkugels Fireside Nutbrown
    • Boulevard Nutcracker Ale
    • Avery Old Jubilation
    • Schlafly Coffee Stout
    • Lakefront Holiday Lager
  • Starrs(11/19/2010)
    • Affligem Noel
    • Anchor Steam Christmas Ale 2010
    • Bells Winter White
    • Bells Christmas Ale
    • Bells Third Coast Ale (back in stock)
    • Boulevard Nutcracker
    • Goose Island Fleur 2010
    • Magic Hat Winter Howl 2010
    • Magners Pear Cider
    • Sierra Nevada Celebration 2010
    • Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary 750ml
    • Scaldis Noel Belgian Spiced Ale
    • Point St. Benedicts Winter Al
    • St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (11/19/10)
    • Boulevard Dark Truth Stout 4pk
    • Odell Mountain Standard Double Black IPA
    • Avery Old Jubilation 2010
    • Bells Winter White 5 liter Kegs
    • New Belgium Frambozen
    • Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper 2010
    • Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary #4
    • Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop
    • Shiner Cheer
    • Breckenridge Christmas Ale
    • De Ranke Pere Noel
    • Delirium Noel

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • Bigelo’s Bistro (11/26/10)
    • Boulevard Wheat
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Schlafly ESB
    • Bell’s Expedition Stout
    • Founders Backwoods Bastard
    • Boulevard Nutcracker
    • Schlafly Hop Harvest
    • Schlafly/Bigelos Rye IPA
    • Sierra Celebration
    • Sam Adams Winter Lager
    • Blue Moon
  • Cicero’s (11/15/10)
    • Arcadia IPA
    • Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Wild
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Goose Island Harvest Ale
    • Bud Light
    • Bass Ale
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard Amber
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Sam Adams Winter Lager
    • Blue Moon
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • Shiner Bock
    • Bell’s Porter
    • La Chouffe
    • Gulden Draak
    • Maudite
    • Bitch Creek ESB
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly APA
    • Schlafly Pumpkin
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • New Belgium Fat Tire
    • New Belgium 2 Below
    • New Belgium Ranger IPA
    • Monks Cafe
    • Odell IPA
    • Smithwick’s
    • Pilsner Urquell
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Newcastle Brown
    • Woodchuck Amber
    • Reissdorf Kölsch
    • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
    • Hofbrau Hefeweisse
    • O’Fallon Sticke to the Man
    • Maredesous
    • Franziskaner
    • Hofbrau Dunkel
    • Saison Dupont
    • Fitz’s Rootbeer
    • Warsteiner
    • Guinness
    • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
    • North Coast Old Rasputin Stout
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Crispin Original Cider
    • Lindeman’s Framboise
    • Founders Backwoods Bastard
    • Delerium Tremens
    • O’fallon Pumpkin
  • Iron Barley (11/26/10)
    • Cathedral Square Belgian Abbey Ale
    • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
    • Left Hand Milk Stout on Nitrous
    • 6th Row Brewing Strong Porter
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Boulevard Bob’s 47
    • New Belgium 1554 Black Ale
    • Goose Island Honker’s Ale
    • Griesedieck Golden Pilsener
    • Warsteiner Dunkel
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA on Cask
    • Boulevard Smokestack Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale (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)
    • New Holland The Poet Oatmeal Stout (Bottle)
    • Weihenstephan Dark Hefe (Bottle)
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale (Bottle)
    • Left Hand Polestar Pilsner (Bottle)
    • O’Fallon Smoke Porter (Bottle)
    • Odells’ IPA (Bottle)
    • Odells’ Isolation Ale (Bottle)
    • Goose Island Harvest Ale (Bottle)
    • Founders Breakfast Stout (Bottle)
    • Steven’s Point 2012 Black Ale (Bottle)
    • Brouwerij Huyge Floris Apple (Bottle)
    • Guinness Draft (Bottle)
    • O’Fallon Schticke it to the Man Schicke Alt
  • Pi (Central West End) (11/16/10)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common stlye beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Schlafly ESB
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Ale 3.14 (Kölsch)
    • Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale
    • Bells’s Double Cream Stout
    • New Belgium Ranger IPA
    • New Belgium Lips of Faith Belgo IPA (Bottle)
    • New Belgium Lips of Faith Dark Kriek (Bottle)
    • Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca (Bottle)
    • Southern Tier Oatmeal Stout (Bottle)
    • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye (Bottle)
    • Schlafly Summer Lager (Can)
    • New Belgium Fat Tire (Can)
    • Bard’s Gluten Free (Bottle)
    • Buckler NA Lager (Bottle)
  • The Royale (11/26/10)
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Guinness Stout
    • Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Wild
    • Moinette Brune
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • Schlafly Coffee Stout
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Strongbow Hard Cider
    • Tin Mill Skyscraper
      • Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen
      • Aecht Schlenkerla Ur-Bock
      • Anchor Christmas Ale
      • Boulevard 21st Anniversary Pale Ale (750mL)
      • Boulevard Saison-Brett 2009 (750mL)
      • Lagunitas Maximus
      • Murphy’s Stout (can)
      • North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
      • Schlafly Biere de Garde (750mL)
      • Schlafly Christmas Ale
      • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
  • The Stable (11/24/10)
    • Amalgamated Rauchbier
    • Amalgamated Wet Hopped Zoigl
    • Amalgamated Harvest Brown Ale
    • Amalgamated Dunkel
    • Amalgamated Imperial Marzen
    • Amalgamated DBL IPA 11/24/10
    • Avery IPA
    • Avery Dungana IPA
    • Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury
    • Bells Porter
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Bell’s Two Hearted Cask 11/24/10 @6:00PM
    • Charleville Hoptimistic
    • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 11/24/10
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Lagunitas Brown Sugga
    • Lagunita IPA
    • Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild
    • Left Hand Twin Sisters IPA
    • Mattingly Dubbel
    • Moylans Hopsickle DBL IPA
    • New Belgium Eric’s Ale
    • New Belgium Ranger IPA
    • New Holland Charkoota Rye
    • O’dell IPA
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • Ska Modus Hoperandi IPA
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
    • Sierra Nevada Homegrown Estate IPA 11/24/10
    • Southern Tier 2XIPA
    • Tall Grass IPA
    • On Deck At The Stable
    • Starting 11-2-10 IPA Month 20 Rotating Taps
    • Founders Devil Dancer
    • Rogue XS Imperial IPA Cask
    • Bells Two Hearted Cask @ 6:00PM Wed 24th
      • Across The Pond In Bottles
      • Founders Nemesis
      • Rogue XS Imperial IPA
      • New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek
      • Bear Republic Racer 5
      • Jolley Pumpkin La Roja
      • Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence
      • 1809
      • Skullsplitter
      • Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen
      • Weihenstephaner
      • Left Hand Twin Sisters

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Schlafly Taproom (11/24/10)
    • Imperial Stout
    • ESB
    • Oud Bruin
    • Coffee Stout
    • Robust Porter
    • Christmas Ale
    • Kolsch
    • Pilsner
    • Hefeweizen
    • Pale Ale
    • Dry-Hopped APA
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Cask- ESB (Simcoe & Cascade)
    • Cask- Coffee Stout
  • Six Row Brewing Company (11/20/10)
    • Kölsch
    • Whale
    • Extra Pale Ale
    • Porter
    • Double IPA
    • Dunkelweizen
    • Honey Weizen
    • Founder’s Dirty Bastard

I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to get up at 4AM, stand in the bitter cold all to buy some crap for 2 bucks off. Wouldn’t you rather sleep in, eat some leftovers and then go out and join your friends for some beer? More importantly, wouldn’t you rather partake in some special beer and beer specials? Here’s a look at two events going on this Black Friday:

International Tap House (both locations)
Both iTaps will be opening at 1PM this Friday and will be kicking off the holiday season with some holiday beers. You can expect to see beers such as St. Bernardus Christmas, Jolly Pumpkin Noel, N’Ice Chouffe, Sierra Nevada Celebration, and So Tier Old Man Winter. This event will run from 1PM until iTap closes.

The Stable
We could all use some extra scratch this holiday season which is why The Stable will be offering up beer specials this Friday from 1PM to 4PM on select beers. You’ll find special pints of craft beer for as low as $2 and select pitchers for as low as $8.

Don’t get caught at home all holiday weekend, ditch the family and join your STL beer family.

This is the time of the year where you’re going to see article after article giving you advice on what beer pairs best with Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s a noble effort.  When beer pairings are done well, they can truly be works of art sending your taste buds on a majestic journey.

But I’m going to give a piece of advice that a lot of beer writers/bloggers are less likely to give: Drink what you want.

Instead of worrying and fretting over what beer will pair with not only the cranberry sauce but also the turkey, green beans and sweet potatoes (hint, there are things that go well with each, but nothing that pairs amazing with everything.) Just pick your favorite beer and enjoy.

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything that we have to give thanks for.  For many of us, it can be about family, friends, and the company of others.  It’s perfectly fine just to sit back, enjoy your meal and just enjoy your favorite beer.

And while we’re at it, these family get-togethers are the perfect opportunity to introduce people to new beers.  This is the time to break out some of the beer you’ve been meaning to try but didn’t have that specific spot for it.  Who better to share some of your best beer with than the people you spend a holiday with?

Sure, they may not be some of your beer buddies, but that’s even better.  Instead of sitting there trying to analyze the beer, you can let someone who may not have had something this complex really experience what great beer is.

So, give thanks this holiday by freeing yourself from the shackles of constantly trying to pair beer with Thanksgiving. Sitting back and just enjoying a beer with friends and family is something truly to be thankful for.

stable_128x126.jpgThe Stable will be putting a on a beer dinner next Wednesday, December 1st featuring five courses paired with beers from Bell’s Brewery. If that’s not enough to whet your interest, I’m also told that this dinner will be hosted by Jim O’Connor from Bell’s!

The dinner will begin at 7:00PM and the price for this event is $40 which included tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 314-771-8500. Here’s a look at the menu:

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Crispy grit cakes,shrimp etouffee with braised kale.

Bell’s Double Cream Stout Cask
Braised beef short ribs,root vegetable puree` ,parsnip turnip and roasted carrots with a cream stout gravy.

Bell’s Winter White
Bone in pork chop,fennel apple and potato gratin,warm arugula salad with a mustard bacon vinaigrette.

Bell’s Batch 9000
Plum clafoutis with salty caramel ice cream.

Look at this nifty pairing guide that Schlafly helped produce for Wisconsin Cheese and Schnucks.  Pretty slick.  (Click to download the PDF)


While I plan on bringing a few tasting glasses, it would be best if you brought your own tasting glass. Please make it an actual tasting glass if at all possible.  I’d rather people not drink whole pints. Also as you’re going to see in a second, we’re going to have a lot of beer. A lot of beer. First thing, be safe. If you need a ride, let someone know.

No growlers this year. We’ll have plenty of people to drink all of the beer.  No need to take any home.

There will be snacks provided. The past few years have seen a lot of food at this party, so make sure to enjoy some of the delicious food.

We will be doing wristbands this year.  So, if you don’t have a ticket and a wristband, don’t be surprised if someone asks you to leave.  Can’t crash the party, sorry.

We received a ton of swag this year, so bring some money along (a check book wouldn’t hurt for the silent auction) with you as this is for a great cause, Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

All beers listed below with a ????? will be a surprise for both me and you.

Now, here’s a list of the beers/breweries that I know are confirmed for the party at this point:

Here’s a list of some the places that have provided prizes for tomorrow night’s event (I’m sorry if I missed you!):

Oh, one last thing, the Friday Round-Up will be making a switch to Saturday this week.  As you can imagine, I’m a little busy today.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email (my email address is in the Contact page), I’ll try and answer it when I free up some time. Can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow night.