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Retail Beer Releases

  • U-Gas Waterloo (04/29/11)
    • Hoppin’Frog D.O.R.I.S the Destroyer Double Imperial Stout
    • Boulevard Smoke Stack Imperial Stout
    • Boulevard Smoke Stack The Sixth Glass
    • Boulevard Smoke Stack Tank 7
    • Boulevard Smoke Stack Double Wide IPA
    • Boulevard Smoke Stack Dark Truth Stout
    • Southern Tier Hopsun
    • Southern Tier 422
    • Bell’s Oberon
    • Schlafly Summer Lager
    • Schlafly Raspberry Hefe
    • Schlafly Export IPA
    • Green Flash Brewing West Coast IPA
    • New Holland Dragon’s Milk
    • SKA Brewing Modus Hoperandi IPA
    • Goose Island Big John
    • Founders Double Trouble
    • Founders Imperial Stout
    • Bullafo Bills Orange Blossom
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (04/28/11)
    • Bat Creek Midwest Farmer’s Daughter Blond 22oz (Missouri)
    • Cantillon Cuvee des Champions
    • Cantillon Fou’foune
    • Cantillon Iris
    • Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
    • Cantillon Kriek
    • Mikkeller Funky Easter 11.2oz
    • Genesee Cream Ale
    • Schlafly 20th Anniversary No.2 Hop Toddy
    • Sam Adams Deconstructed IPA 12pk mix
    • —(includes 5 single hops Hallertau Mittelfrueh,East Kent Goldings,Ahtanum,Simcoe,Zeus)
    • Firestone Walker Nectar IPA (back in stock)
    • Firestone Walker Double Jack (new batch in stock)
    • Stone IPA….6pk
    • Stone Levitation Ale… 6pk
    • Stone Pale Ale….6 pk
    • Stone Ruination IPA…6 pack
    • Stone IPA..22oz
    • Stone Smoked Porter.. 22oz
    • Stone Cali Belgique IPA… 22oz
    • Stone Ruination IPA….22oz
    • Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale…. 22oz
    • Oaked Arrogant Bastard…6pk
    • Arrogant Bastard..22oz
    • Sam Adams Summer 12 pack mixer
    • ….includes 2 new beers – Rustic Saison and East-West Koslch
  • Whole Foods Town & Country (04/29/11)
    • Ommegang Gnomegang
    • Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom
    • Sierra Nevada Summerfest
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
    • Schlafly Hop Toddy
    • Firestone Double Jack
    • Great Divide Oak Aged Double IPA
  • Vineyards Wine & Spirits (Chesterfield) (04/29/11)
    • Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
    • Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA
    • Avery Anniversary Lager Seventeen
    • Firestone Walker Double Jack
    • Firestone Walker Nectar Ales Hemp Ale
    • Firestone Walker Nectar Ales IPA
    • Schlafly Export IPA
    • Schlafly Helles Summer Lager
    • Bell’s Oberon
    • Lagunitas The Hairy Eyeball
    • Great Divide Titan IPA
    • Stone Brewing Bastard Ale

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • Bigelo’s Bistro (4/26/11)
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Schlafly Summer
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
    • Avery Maharaja
    • Goose Island Fleur
    • Bell’s Oarsman
    • Gnomegang
    • New Belgium Le Terroir
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Schlafly Export IPA
    • Blue Moon
    • Boulevard Wheat
  • Copia Urban Winery & Market (04/23/11)
    • ROTATING ARTISAN BEERS
      • Avery’s White Rascal
      • Goose Island Matilda
      • Great Divide Titan IPA
      • Fischer Amber Ale
      • Firestone Walker’s Reserve Porter
      • St. Bernardus Abt 12
    • HOUSE BEERS
      • Corona
      • Blue Moon
      • Budweiser
      • Bud Light
      • Bud Select
      • Duvel
      • Fat Tire
      • Guinness
      • Heineken
      • Lindemans Framboise
      • Michelob Ultra
      • Miller Lite
      • PBR
      • Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale
      • Schlafly Hefeweizen
      • Schlafly Pale
      • Stella Artois
  • Erato on Main (04/28/11)
    • Draft
      • Lindeman’s Framboise, Lambic
      • Hacker-Pschorr, Hefeweizen
      • Guinness Stout
      • New Holland “Dragon’s Milk”, Oack Aged Stout
      • He’Brew “Jewbelation Vertical”, Barrel aged brown ale
      • Goose Island I.P.A.
      • Gouden Carolous “Hopsinjoor”
      • Pyramid “Apricot Ale”, Unfiltered Wheat Ale
      • Wittekerke, Belgian Wit
      • Sierra Nevada “Summerfest”, Lager
      • Sand Creek Hard Lemonade
      • Wychwood “Hare Raiser” Spring Ale
    • Bottles
      • Steenberge “Leute” Bokbier, Strong Ale, 750ml
      • Brasserie Silenrieux “Sara”, Buckwheat Ale, 750ml
      • Steenbrugge Tripel, 750ml
      • Delerium Tremens, 750ml
      • Birra del Borgo “Dodici 25″, 750ml
      • St. Somewhere “Saison Athene”, 750ml
      • St. Somewhere “Lectio Divina”, 750ml
      • Hanssens Artisanaal Oudbeitje, Lambic, 375ml
      • Lindeman’s Faro, Lambic, 355ml
      • Troubadour “Obscura”, Mild Stout
      • Tripel Karmeliet
      • Wittekerke, Belgian Wit
      • Popperings Hommel, IPA
      • Zipfer, Euro Pale Lager
      • Sloeber, Belgian Strong Pale
      • Sierra Nevada “Torpedo”, Extra IPA
      • Nils Oscar, IPA
      • Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes “La Meule”, Golden Ale w/Sage
      • Saku Porter
      • Abita “Turbo Dog”, Black Lager
      • Dixie “Blackened Voodoo”, Dark Lager
      • Strong Bow Cider
      • Erdinger “Dunkle Weiss”
      • Imperial Cerveza, Costa Rican Lager
      • Lion Stout
      • Brasserie Dieu du Ciel “Route des Epices”, Rye Ale w/Peppercorns
      • Jever Pilsner
      • Green Flash “West Coast IPA”
      • Anderson Valley “Hop Ottin”, IPA
      • Ska “True Blonde”
      • Ska “Special” ESB
      • Ska “Modus Hoperandi”, I.P.A.
      • Founders “Double Trouble”, Double IPA
      • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
      • Wild Onion “Paddy’s Pale Ale”
      • Hoppin Frog “D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer”
      • Lake Front “88″
      • Sam Adam’s Pale Ale
      • Sand Creek “Lilja’s Argosy”, IPA
      • Buffalo Bill’s “Orange Blossom” Cream Ale
      • Crown Valley Brewing “Work Truck Wheat”, (St. Genevieve, Mo.)
      • Crown Valley Brewing “Big Bison Ale”, Belgian style Dubble
      • Bud Select
      • Bud Light 16oz
      • Bud Light Lime 16oz
  • Iron Barley (04/28/2011)
    • Cathedral Square Belgian Abbey Ale
    • Grand Teton Sweetgrass APA
    • Left Hand Milk Stout on Nitrous
    • Founder’s KBS
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Stone Brewing Company Arrogant Bastard Ale
    • New Belgium 1554 Black Ale
    • Goose Island Honker’s Ale
    • Left Hand Polestar Pilsner
    • Warsteiner Dunkel
    • 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)
    • Stone Ruination IPA(Bottle)
    • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye (Bottle)
    • Left Hand JuJu Ginger Ale (Bottle)
    • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (Bottle)
    • Bell’s Oberon(Bottle)
    • Great Divide Wild Raspberry Ale (Bottle)
    • Steven’s Point 2012 Black Ale (Bottle)
    • Brouwerij Huyghe Floris Apple (Bottle)
    • Guinness Draft (Bottle)
    • Ayinger Celebrator (Bottle)
    • McSorley’s Irish Black Lager (Bottle)
    • Avery White Rascal Witbier (Bottle)
    • Rogue Mocha Porter (Bottle)
    • Griesedieck Brothers Pilsner (Bottle)
    • Aecht Schlenkra Smoke Marzen (Bottle)
    • Fox Barrel Black Currant Cider (Bottle)
  • Pi (Delmar) (4/29/11)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common style beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale
    • North Coast ‘Scrimshaw’ Pilsner
    • Schlafly Summer Lager
    • Avery ‘White Rascal’ Belgian White Ale
    • Charleville Box of Chocolate
    • Urban Chestnut ‘Zwickel’
    • Pabst Blue Ribbon
    • Charleville Oatmeal Stout — exclusively on draught in St. Louis at Pi Delmar
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Boulevard ‘Tank 7′ Saison Farmhouse Ale
    • Boulevard Seeyoulater Doppelbock
    • New Belgium ’1554′ Black Ale
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Stone Pale Ale
    • Stone Sublimely
    • Avery ‘Collaberation’ not ‘Litigation’
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly’s ’3.14′ Kolsch
    • Goose Island ‘Matilda’
  • The Royale (4/26/11)
    • Bear Republic Ryevalry
    • Bell’s Oberon
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Founders Centennial
    • Guinness Stout
    • North Coast Old Rasputin nitro
    • Schlafly Export IPA
    • Schlafly Bavarian Weissbier
    • St. Bernardus Abt 12
    • Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
    • Strongbow Hard Cider
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • Weihenstephaner Korbinian
    • GUEST BOTTLES
      • Anchor Summer Beer
      • Bear Republic Racer 5
      • Bell’s Two Hearted
      • Boulevard Sixth Glass
      • Founders Dirty Bastard
      • Founders Red’s Rye
      • Left Hand Good Juju
      • Leipziger Gose
      • Murphy’s Stout (can)
      • Odell Red Ale
      • Rochefort 10
      • Schlafly Summer Lager (can)
      • Ska Modus Hoperandi (can)
      • Stone Arrogant Bastard
      • Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard
      • Stone Ruination
      • La Trappe Quad
      • Unibroue Ephemere

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Schlafly Taproom (04/29/11)
    • Belgian Singel
    • Maibock
    • Weissbier
    • Grand Cru
    • Hop Toddy
    • Raspberry Hefe
    • Summer Lager
    • Kolsch
    • Hefeweizen
    • Pale Ale
    • Dry-Hopped APA
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Cask-APA
    • Cask-Oatmeal Stout
    • American IPA to be tapped on Monday May 2nd by 4:00pm

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 some of the beers they’ll be sampling: Schlafly 20th Anniversary Vol. 2 Hop Toddy, Sam Adams Latitude 48 Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Sam Adams Latitude 48 East Kent Goldings, Sam Adams Latitude 48 Ahtanum, Sam Adams Latitude 48 Simcoe, Sam Adams Latitude 48 Zeus, and Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA. 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 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.

It’s that time again.  It’s time for the awesome, delicious, wonderfully fantastic slap of hops to the face known at the Schlafly American IPA.  According to the Schlafly Facebook page, we will begin seeing the AIPA on tap at the Tap Room beginning next Monday by 4PM with bottles in the market shortly thereafter.

Some interesting notes about this year’s version of the AIPA include the fact that the ABV has dropped from 8% to the 7.2% that was similar to the one at 2009’s Hop in the City.  There is also a change in the hopping from last year.  Previously we saw Simcoe and Columbus whereas this year we’ll see Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial.

If you haven’t had a chance to try this wonderful beer, be ready.  It’s a big citrusy, hoppy beer that will just smack your tongue around.  Can’t wait to enjoy it all summer.

itap.jpgDid St. Louis Craft Beer Week start and no one told me?  Between Microfest and Lauren Salazar’s visit, next week is shaping up to be one of the biggest weeks for craft beer in quite some time in St. Louis.

Including the New Belgium party on Wednesday, the International Tap House has two more events that will be taking place next week:

O’Dell Myrcenary Cask (Soulard): Thursday May 5th, 7pm
If you haven’t had this Double IPA from O’Dell Brewery you are missing out on one tasty treat. What’s better than this beer on draught? Hopefully this beer poured from a cask! We will find out for sure on Thursday May 5th at 7pm when we tap the cask! To top it off you can keep an O’Dell pint with the purchase of an O’Dell beer.

Kentucky Bourby Showdown (Soulard and Chesterfield): Saturday May 7th
Put on your best hat for the iTAP version of the Kentucky Derby or as we’ve dubbed it “The Kentucky Bourby”. It’s a can’t miss showdown between two Kentucky studs…Founders Kentucky Bourbon Stout vs Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Enjoy the horse race while enjoying two incredible stouts. Both beers will be on tap at 1pm.

Mycernary is one of my new, favorite double IPAs, so a cask of it is awesome news. Couple that with what’s gotta be one of the last kegs of KBS in St. Louis and you have a hell of a week of beer drinking.

I say this without hyperbole, New Belgium Brewing‘s Lauren Salazar may be one of the nicest people in all of brewing.  That’s a pretty big compliment when you realize just how nice most people in the brewing industry are.  Lauren’s job of Sensory Specialist has her as the ears, eyes, nose, and mouth of New Belgium.

But, the coolest part of her job is that she’s the primary person to to do New Belgium’s barrel-aged blending.  She gets to taste all of the sour/funky beers coming out of the New Belgium and blend them into things like La Folie or the more recent Le Terroir.

Well, she’s coming to town and she wants to meet all of you.  Here’s a list of events she’ll be attending next week:

Wednesday May 4th:
New Belgium Night at International Tap House Soulard at 8pm. The highlight of brewery nights is usually the beer and we’ll have a couple of great New Belgium Beers to choose from. However for this event it’s probably equally important to point out who will be in attendance. So who will be there? Non other than Lauren Salazar the sensory specialist and the person in charge of New Belgium’s sour and aging program. This is a great chance to “chat up” someone with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Oh, and all New Belgium beers will $1 off!

Thursday, May 5th:
Lips of Faith Beer Dinner at Dressel’s…starts at 7pm. All interested can call Dressel’s and make a reservation (314) 361-1060. The dinner will feature Vrienden, Le Terroir, Sahti and Transatlantique Kriek. Menu will be presented by Sous Chef Mike Miller. Dinner starts at 7pm in the Pub Above at Dressel’s. Cost is $50 per seat plus tax and gratuity.

Friday, May 6th:
New Belgium Love Beer Tasting at Bridge…starts at 9pm. We will be pouring three different New Belgium Love beers. 1) Felix (our lighter light-colored sour beer) aged in a peach whiskey barrel, 2) Oscar (our heavier dark-colored sour beer) aged in a blackberry whiskey barrel (this is supposed to be out of this world), and 3) an Oscar/Felix blend barrel aged in an apple whiskey barrel. All the whiskey barrels come from Leopold Brothers Distillery in Denver, CO (http://www.leopoldbros.com/Whiskies.html).

Saturday, May 7th:
Microfest…Lauren will be leading two separate seminars that day about Sour Beers (history of sour beer in Europe, US, and New Belgium’s Sour Beer program). FYI…we just purchased some new wood foeders from France which will increase our wood aged beer capacity by leaps and bounds. This purchase will make New Belgium’s Wood Beer cellar the largest in the United States. Pretty cool.

A bunch of great events next week for you to meet Lauren and tell her what you think of some of these great wood-aged beers that New Belgium’s been putting out.

Let me just tell you, these pictures don’t really do any justice to the Stone Brewing Co. total tap takeover that occurred last Thursday at the International Tap House in Soulard.  It was crazy.

I don’t think I’ve seen a turnout for a craft beer event like this one.  I have no doubt that over 400 people came in and out of the doors last Thursday.  It’s a testament that the craft beer scene in St. Louis is growing larger and larger every day.

While there were a few issues, I think everyone had a great time and it was a lot of fun trying some really great beer.

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale’s Matt Thenhaus hosts an event where he guides you through the wonderful world of beer styles and beer history. This week he’ll be featuring an event he calls: “The Misunderstood Adjunct” Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

Throughout the craft beer revolution, the word “adjunct” has been used derisively to identify ingredients–usually cheap rice and corn–used by industrial brewers to lighten a beer’s flavor to the point of tastelessness. Tonight we look at another side of these “unmalted fermentables”–e.g. honey, wheat, oats, dark sugars and, yes, rice and corn–that have always been used by brewers to enhance rather than dilute a beer’s flavor. The creative use of adjuncts contributes to some exceptional beers from some of the world’s most highly regarded breweries.

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.