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ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their Winter 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 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 hosted by Shawn and Terry from Augusta Brewery. Patrick will be on hand to discuss and sample some of the beers from Augusta and to answer your questions. 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

itap.jpgI’ll be completely honest, I didn’t think this would happen.  When Sean Conroy and Brad Lobdell announced two years ago that they were putting together a bar called the International Tap House which featured over 500 beers and no food, I was excited.  When they announced it was in Chesterfield, I was nervous.

It’s not that I thought it was a bad concept or that Brad and Sean couldn’t pull it off, it’s just that it was in Chesterfield. Would people show up?  Would that part of town attract a regular crowd?  Could a bar featuring almost nothing but beer and no food keep people coming back?

As it turns out, it all worked.  Not only did it work, it worked well enough that they opened a second location in 2010.  So here we are, two years later with two of the best beer bars in St. Louis.   So what?  So let’s dance!

Beginning January 31st through February 5th, iTAP will be celebrating their Second Anniversary all week long at the Chesterfield location.  Here’s a look at events they’ve planned throughout the week:

Monday: Tapping Bell’s Batch 10000 Keg and Free Grub (7PM)
Tuesday: Keep the Lagunitas Mason Jar Night.
Wednesday: Homebrew Night (Bring one growler or one bottle of your best homebrew to share.)
Thursday: Free T-Shirt for Passport Members
Friday: Casks, and lots of them.  More on this in a minute.
Saturday: Cask Tapping and Live Music

So, about this Friday cask event. At this moment they have casks of Racer 5, Red Rocket, and Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic lined up. They’re looking at getting more, but at minimum those three are very impressive.

So, let’s all raise a glass to iTap, as they’ve been pouring plenty for us over the past two years.

This week on the STL Hops Twitter

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

  • Starrs(01/20/2011)
    • Breckenridge Pandoras Bock Spring Beer
    • Stillwater Stateside Saison
    • Stillwater Celler Door
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale 2011
    • Twisted Pines Billys Chiles
    • Twisted Pines Hoppy Boy
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (01/21/10)
    • O’Fallon BLACK Hemp Ale
    • Lagunitas Cappucino Stout
    • Stillwater Existent
    • Mikkeller 1000IBU – new batch
    • Mikkeller Chipolte Porter
    • Mikkeller Koppi Coffee IPA
    • Mikkeller Big Worse Bourbon Barrel Edition
    • Mikkeller It’s Alive
    • North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve 2009
    • 8 Wired Hopwired IPA
    • Renaissance Scotch Ale
    • Renaissance Porter
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2011
    • Weston Brewing Leapin’ Leprechaun
    • Blue Moon Spring Moon
    • Boulevard Irish Ale
    • Hacker Pschorr Weisse
    • Hacker Pschorr Dark Weisse

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar (1/21/10)
    • Bell”s Hopslam
    • Aecht Schlenkerla Oak Smoke
    • De Struise Black Damnation IV-”Coffee Club”
    • Jolly Pumpkin Noel
    • Founders Double Trouble
    • Tin Mill Dopplebock
  • Bigelo’s Bistro (1/21/11)
    • Boulevard Wheat
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Schlafly Bourbon Imperial Stout
    • Schlafly Scotch Ale
    • New Belgium Vrienden
    • Goose Island Pepe Nero
    • Bell’s Batch 10000
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Monk’s Cafe
    • Bell’s Hopslam
    • Blue Moon
    • Schlafly ESB
  • Blueberry Hill (1/15/10)
      • Schlafly Scotch Ale draught
      • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye draught
      • Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome btl
      • Pyramid Apricot Ale btl
  • Cicero’s (1/20/11)
    • Arcadia Sky Rye
    • Founders Double Trouble
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Goose Island Mild Winter
    • Bud Light
    • Bass Ale
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Blanche de Bruxelles
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Sam Adams Noble Pilsner
    • Blue Moon
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • Shiner Bock
    • La Chouffe
    • Piraat
    • Maudite
    • Boulder Hazed and Infused
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly Scotch Ale
    • Schlafly Coffee Stout
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • New Belgium Fat Tire
    • New Belgium Trippel
    • New Belgium Ranger IPA
    • Monks Cafe
    • Rogue Yellow Snow
    • Smithwick’s
    • Pilsner Urquell
    • Moose Drool
    • Newcastle Brown
    • Woodchuck Amber
    • Reissdorf Kölsch
    • Ska Modus Hoperandi
    • Hofbrau Dunkel
    • Maredesous
    • Franziskaner
    • Saison Dupont
    • Fitz’s Rootbeer
    • Warsteiner
    • Guinness
    • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
    • North Coast Old Rasputin Stout
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Magic Hat Howl
    • Lindeman’s Framboise
    • St. Bernardus Prior 8
    • Delerium Tremens
    • Kasteel Rouge
    • Ska Buster Nut Brown
    • Odell Isolation Ale
    • Now in bottles/cans – Ska Steel Toe Stout and Real Blonde Ale
  • Eclipse Bar (01/18/2011)
    • Boulevard Wheat (Draught)
    • Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale (Draught)
    • Cathedral Square Belgian Abby Ale (Draught)
    • 6 Row Brewery Porter (Draught)
    • Charleville Tornado Alley Amber (Draught)
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA (Draught)
    • Schlafly Pale Ale (Draught)
    • Schlafly APA (Draught)
    • Fat Tire
    • Newcastle
    • Heineken
    • Blue Moon
    • Stella Artois
    • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
    • Bell’s Winter White Ale
    • Famosa
    • Avery White Rascal
    • Avery Samael’s
    • Founder’s Red’s Rye IPA
    • Founder’s Breakfast Stout
    • Founder’s Porter
    • Founder’s Double Trouble
    • Founder’s Centennial
    • Bitch Creek ESB
    • Scrimshaw Pilsner
    • Buster Nut Brown Ale
    • Old Rasputin Imperial Stout
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Strongbow Cider
    • Reissdorf Kolsch
    • Hitachino White Ale
    • Hitachino Red Rice Ale
    • La Fin Du Monde
    • Duvel
    • Chimay Red
    • St. Louis Framboise
    • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
    • Saison Dupont
    • Bacchus Flemish Red
    • Great Divide Oak Aged Double IPA
    • Guinness
  • Iron Barley (01/21/2011)
    • 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 Nutcracker Ale
    • 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)
    • Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB (Bottle)
    • Tucher Hefe Weiss (Bottle)
    • Weihenstephan Dark Hefe (Bottle)
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale (Bottle)
    • Left Hand Polestar Pilsner (Bottle)
    • Rogue Yellow Snow IPA (Bottle)
    • Bell’s Winter White Ale (Bottle)
    • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (Bottle)
    • Odells’ IPA (Bottle)
    • Odells’ Isolation Ale (Bottle)
    • Founders Breakfast Stout (Bottle)
    • Steven’s Point 2012 Black Ale (Bottle)
    • Brouwerij Huyghe Floris Apple (Bottle)
    • Guinness Draft (Bottle)
    • Rogue Dry Hopped Red Ale
    • Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Stout
    • Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout
  • The Royale (1/20/11)
    • Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Founders Double Trouble
    • Guinness Stout
    • Moinette Brune
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • Schlafly Coffee Stout
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
    • Strongbow Hard Cider
      • Bell’s Expedition Stout
      • Boulevard Dark Truth Stout
      • Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti (22oz)
      • Left Hand Milk Stout
      • Murphy’s Stout
      • Odell Isolation
      • Schlafly 20th Anniversary Imperial Pilsner (750 mL)
      • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
      • Unibroue Éphémère
      • Witkap-Pater Dubbel
  • The Wine Tap (01/19/11)
    • (in Belleville, IL)
    • Sierra Nevada “Celebration” India Pale Ale
    • Blue Moon Belgian White
    • Guinness Stout
    • Delirium “Noel” Belgian Strong Dark Ale
    • Flying Dog “Double Dog” Imperial Pale Ale
    • Great Divide “Hibernation” Old Ale
    • Piraat Belgian Strong Ale
    • Goose Island “Bourbon County” Borbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Schlafly Taproom (01/18/11)
    • Smoked Porter
    • Barleywine
    • Pomegranate Blackberry Cider
    • Coffee Stout
    • Irish Extra Stout
    • Bock
    • Biere De Garde
    • Pilsner
    • Hefeweizen
    • Pale Ale
    • Dry-Hopped APA
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Cask- Smoked Porter
    • Cask- American Brown
  • Square One Brewing (01/19/11)
    • Light Squared
    • Bavarian Weizen
    • Park Avenue Pale Ale
    • IPA
    • Smoked Porter
    • Dry Stout
    • Maple Stout
    • Double Pilsner
    • Imperial IPA (4 varieties of American hops)
    • Barley Wine at 11.4% ABV
    • Cask: Sinle Malt Scotch Ale
    • Coming Soon: Bock, Belgian Dubbel and PENTABULOUS

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting. Here’s a list of beers they’re be tasting today: Stillwater Existent, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Mikkeller Koppi Coffee IPA, and Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale. 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

SixRow_logoI don’t know if you’ve been to Six Row Brewing Company recently, but they’ve begun cooking up some great grub.  To show off their new kitchen skills, Six Row will be holding their first ever beer dinner on Wednesday, February 9th beginning at 6:30PM.

They’ll be pairing five different beers with four different courses and you’ll be guided by Six Row Brewmaster Evan Hiatt. Tickets for the dinner will be $40 each which includes tip.  Here’s a look at the courses:

First Course
Roasted Garlic, Red Peppers, Granny Smith Apples and Brie
Warm Artichoke and Honeyweizen Dip Served with Toast Points
Served with Six Row’s Honey Weizen

Second Course
Warm Spinach Salad with Apples and Bacon
Served with Six Row Whale

Third Course
Beer Braised Brisket served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Smoked Gouda
Served with Six Row ESB (Extra Special Bitter), aka ESB

Fourth Course
Cheesecake with Mixed Berries
Served with Six Row Double IPA

Chocolate Brownies Drizzled with Caramel
Served with Six Row Porter

@MurdarioStomp: firestone walker, deschutes, and stone – all coming to MO (1 now confirmed to be here soon). the west coast arrives in MO. #tearsinmyeyes

That preceding tweet came from long time STL Hops member scottyp.  I think Scotty does a great job of summing up the excitement and exhilaration some  of us have for getting in additional breweries from the west coast which will only increase our already impressive line-up.

Well, according to Firestone Walker Brewing Company‘s Export Director John Bryan, the label approval (something all liquor must go through in the state of Missouri) has been approved and we should be seeing Firestone Walker beers here soon.

How soon? Well, according to Brian Dix from Major Brands, the soon to be distributor of Firestone Walker, they’ve been told to get their orders ready which means we could see news beers within the next few weeks.  But no date has been set.

What beers will we be getting? Here’s a recap:

  • Nectar IPA (part of their Nectar Ales line, year-round)
  • Red Nectar part of their Nectar Ales line, year-round)
  • Nectar Hemp Ale Nectar Ales line, year-round)
  • Double Jack (22oz year-round)
  • Walker’s Reserve (22oz year-round)
  • Abacus (seasonal)
  • Parabola (seasonal)
  • Anniversary 14 (seasonal)

A few notes about these beers. I’ve been told we’ll be seeing not only 12oz and 22oz bottles (where applicable) but also draught on certain beer as well. I’ve been told we should also hopefully expect to see some Anniversary 14 when the first order arrives.

I’ll make sure to get the information out when these new beers arrive.  Stay tuned.


Oops, I guess all of that snow we got in St. Louis slowed down my brain, forgot to announce the winner of the Cabin Fever tickets.  Well, I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the Cabin Fever is Chris Sabo! Congrats to Chris and thank you everyone for entering.

If you didn’t win, I’ve definitely have some cool contests lurking around the corner. I once again want to thank everyone from The St. Louis Brewery for providing the tickets to this event. Hope to see a lot of you at the festival!