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Little history lesson for you, St. Louis was incorporated as a city in 1822.  Twelve years before that Jacques Delassas de St. Vrain opened a brewery in St. Louis.   While de St. Vrain’s brewery may have burned down two years later, the history of brewing in Missouri over the past 201 years has certainly become long and storied.

To help celebrate that history of brewing, the always eager guys at 2nd Shift Brewing are putting on their first beer festival in New Haven, MO which they’ve dubbed the 2nd Shift and Friend 201st Annual Beerfest. The most important part of that title, with the exception of the “Beerfest” part, is “Friends.”

Being a craft brewery means being in a community of brewers that works together to create some great beer. So, 2nd Shift invited out a bunch of great breweries to have a party on July 9th from 12-5PM.  Here’s a list of breweries who plan to attend:

Tickets for this event, which can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets, will cost you $30 in advance and $35 day of. Additional information including address and phone number can also be found via the link to Brown Paper Tickets.

If you’re really looking for the full 2nd Shift experience, they’re also offering a limited number of overnight packages that will include dinner, drinks, a room, and breakfast.  The fee for this package also includes usage of the golf course, swimming pool, and tennis courts.

The cost of the overnight packages, which is in ADDITION to the $30/$35 beerfest ticket, will cost you $100 per person.  I’ve been told that almost all of these rooms have filled up, so if you’re interested make sure to call 573-237-3421 as soon as possible.

This may be one of the most unique festivals that Missouri has to offer, I can’t wait to attend.

Get ready to poison your liver and harden your arteries, because it’s time to celebrate the third birthday of Benton Park’s best beer bar, The Stable.  To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Stable is throwing a bash on June 25th starting at 2PM.

What kind of bash, how about one featuring an “authentic low country boil featuring crawfish and shrimp.”  The Stable will be bringing in over 300lbs of crawfish from the gulf coast and it’s going to be all you can eat.

If all you can eat crawfish and shrimp isn’t enough, how about a bacon eating contest? If you think you can take down a pound of bacon the fastest, you’ll be the winner of an 85 Lashes/Amalgamated prize package.

And how about the beer?  A local party deserves local beer.  The Stable will be featuring beers from Missouri breweries all day long for $3.  Here’s a list of just some of the beers that will be available on Saturday:

  • Amalgamated Helles
  • Amalgamated Zoigl
  • Amalgamated Rye APA
  • Charleville Tornado Alley
  • Charleville Half Wit Wheat
  • Charleville Hoptimistic IPA
  • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut

If a bacon eating contest and $3 Missouri beers are wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

itap.jpgWere you planning on having a nice relaxing week watching TV on the couch?  Well, too bad, because you’ve got plans now.  The International Tap House is having a very exciting week with events happening tonight, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  Here’s a rundown of each event:

Firestone Walker Parabola Tapping – Tuesday, June 21st – 7:00pm – (iTAP Soulard and iTAP Chesterfield)
It’s one of Firestone Walker’s rarest and most anticipated beers and we will tap that bad boy at 7pm on Tuesday. A small keg so about 40 pours at each locale so get there and get it!

iTAP Tornado Rally with Charleville Tornado Alley – Wednesday, June 22nd – 3:00pm – (iTAP Soulard and iTAP Chesterfield)
Drink beer and help people…starting June 22nd…we are renaming Charleville’s Amber Ale “Tornado Rally” as every pint poured of two kegs at each location ALL of the proceeds will go to Red Cross’ Tornado Relief fund.

Six Row Cask! – Friday, June 24th – 6:00pm – (iTAP Soulard)
You wanted them, we promised them, so we are delivering yet another cask…this one is from the fine folks at Six Row and it is a hoppy Porter Dry hopped with Willamette Hops…it will be tapped at 6pm so stop on in grab a pint and keep the cask program popping.

Sunday Funday – Sunday, June 26th – 12:00pm – (iTAP Soulard)
Our first “official” Sunday opening was June 19, but since that was Fathers Day we are going to save the major festivities for the June 26. Here is what’s going on…

  • Free Food
  • Live Music on the Patio (weather permitting, inside if the weather fails): The Local Gents at 2:30pm
  • Schlafly A-IPA Cask tapping at 3pm
  • Buy a Liter Mug…Keep the Liter Mug (authentic and collectible German mugs from Spaten)
  • Happy Hour Prices all day long

Let’s face it, cask beer is the ultimate in “old school.”  In the days before fancy draught systems and ornate tap handles, beer was poured either via gravity or by a hand pump.  It was the beer was served for literally hundreds of years.

For a long time St. Louis was starved for cask beer.  But then something magical happened and we started seeing more and more cask beer come into the area.  This is not something to take for granted, it’s a very cool thing to see.

If you’re hankering for some delicious craft beer, here’s a few places to find it this week:

The Handlebar will be tapping a cask of Six Row Porter this Thursday, June 16th beginning at 6PM.  This is the first cask of Porter that Six Row has served outside of their brewery.  This porter was dry-hopped with Goldings that should give it a spicier aroma and flavor.

If hops are what you’re looking for then a trip out to Edwardsville may be in order. This Saturday, June 18th, starting at Noon, Bigelo’s Bistro will be tapping a cask of the always popular Schlafly AIPA. There is always a large contingent of STL Hops folks that attend these special cask tappings at Bigelo’s, so you’ll be in good company.

I’ve also been told that we’ll be seeing a few casks coming out of 2nd Shift Brewing in the next couple of months. The boys at 2nd Shift are always coming up with something interesting, so it’ll be cool to see what casks we’ll see from them.

So break out your boombox and your Reebok Pumps and kick it old school with some cask beer.

When was the last time you visited five different breweries in one day?  Unless your name is Mike Sweeney, it’s probably been a while.  What better way to spend a Saturday in June than to visit five of the best breweries in St. Louis all with your special host: St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Hip Hops columnist, Evan Benn.

Join Benn as he takes you on a whirlwind trip to Morgan Street Brewery and Restaurant, Schlafly Tap RoomSix Row Brewing Co.Square One Brewery and Distillery, and Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Each $50 ticket will get to a bus ride to each location that will give you the opportunity to talk to brewers, sample some beers, and even have a little nosh.

Your ticket will also get you an autographed copy of the beautiful new “Brew in the Lou” book written by Evan. You can make reservations by calling 314-340-8936.  Go on out and visit some of the places that make the St. Louis craft beer scene so special.

itap.jpgNow this is what I’m talking about.  Never one to rest on their laurels, the International Tap House does it again. And by “it” I mean putting on some awesome events.  Here’s what’s coming up in the next couple of days:

Boulevard: Meet the Brewer (Soulard and Chesterfiel): Wednesday June 8th
If you haven’t been paying attention, the little brewery that could in Kansas City…is doing it and bigtime. One of the head brewers Jeremy Danner will be on hand at both iTAP’s for a Boulevard Pilsner and Two Jokers tasting. Stop on in and try either of these highly rated beers and bend Jeremy’s ear. Specials on Boulevard Beer and I’m sure some schwag will be in tow.

Chesterfield location 5-7pm
Soulard Location 7-9pm

New Belgium Lips of Faith Night (Soulard and Chesterfield): Thursday June 9th

New Belgium Lips of Faith Night (8pm, Soulard).  Still finalizing the complete list of LOF beers that will be on tap.  But we do have a partial list…here is what you can expect to see.
All kegs will be on tap when we open at 3pm.

  • Le Terrior
  • Super Cru
  • Abbey Grand Cru
  • Belgian Style Blonde Ale

Jeremy is a super nice guy, so make sure to head out to visit him.  This is also the first time that we’ve had Ooh La La (an ale brewed with raspberry juice) available in St. Louis.  So, you definitely have a few things you need to add to your schedule this week.

The 2011 St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival marks the fifth anniversary of the event. This festival gives you just an example of how far things have come in the St. Louis beer community.

The original festival in 2007 featured 7 local breweries which featured over 50 different beers.  The 2011 festival will feature 17 breweries in the St. Louis metro area pouring 83 different beers.

This year’s festival will be taking place this weekend with three different sessions:

Friday, June 10, 7PM-11PM
Saturday, June 11, 1PM-5PM
Saturday, June 11, 7PM-11PM

Tickets for this event will cost you $30 in advance and $35 day of festival. They can be purchased from the STL Brewers Heritage Store.  I also plan on giving away a 5 sets of tickets over the next few days.  For your chance to win, be sure to watch the front page later today and also make sure to watch the STL Hops Twitter feed and the Facebook page.

Here’s a look at the most recent list of beers that will be poured this weekend:

Schlafly Tap Room
Imperial Stout
Grand Cru
Smoked Porter
American IPA

Schlafly Bottleworks
Pale Ale
Oatmeal Stout
Razz Hefe
Export IPA

Morgan Street
Golden Pilsner
Red Lager

Red Ale
Black Hemp
5-Day IPA

Square One
Single Malt Scotch
Park Ave Pale Ale
Dbl. Blackened IPA
American IPA
Vienna Lager

Dry Stout


Belgian Pale

2nd Shift
Hoppy American Wheat
Hibiscus Wit
American IPA

Cream Ale
Irish Red Ale
Am. Brown Ale
Blackberry Wheat
American IPA



Cathedral Square
Abbey Ale
Belgian White
Belgian IPA

Six Row
American Rye

Munich Dunkel
Pecan Nut Brown
Vanilla Stout

Urban Chestnut
Harwood Myth
Winged Nut
Half Crown

Bud Light
Land Shark
Michelob Light
Amber Bock
Shock Top
Shock Top Razz
Bud Light Lime