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Some people travel far and wide for cask beer. We’ve been really lucking in St. Louis as of recent as cask beer has become a regular part of our beer landscape. It doesn’t make it any less exciting when a new cask gets cracked open.

For those of you that might have missed out on the awesomeness that was the cask of Green Flash Brewing West Coast IPA that was available during St. Louis Craft Beer Week well, you have another opportunity to taste this hop monster.

This Friday, September 2nd beginning at 4PM, Cork Wine Bar in downtown Ferguson will be tapping a cask of this west coast hop behemoth.  I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty great way to start off a long weekend.  Head on out there and help to drain the cask.

UPDATE: Due to a SNAFU with getting registration with the state of Missouri, this event has been postponed. They’re hoping to reschedule for next week. Stay tuned!

For the past few years, the Great American Beer Festival has held a Brewery/Homebrewer Pro-Am competition where a brewery works with an award winning homebrewer to produce a beer to send to the GABF competition.

Two years ago the O’Fallon Brewery worked with Jim Yeager from the Garage Brewers Society to select a beer to send to the Pro-Am comp. In the end, Jim Yeager’s Alright Already American Amber won silver at the GABF Pro-Am competition.

This past January, Jim Leabig won a competition held by the GBS and the prize was to brew with O’Fallon for the GABF Pro-Am Competition.  What did Jim come up with?  A little beer he’s calling the Brown EyePA

Jim describes the beer as such:

A big American Brown Ale brewed to IPA thresholds for ABV and hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Caramel and robust chocolate notes provide the foundation for a charge of Summit, Cascade and Simcoe kettle hops. The beer is then dry-hopped for 5 days with larger dose of Simcoe to satisfy the hop lovers.

OG 1.063
ABV 6.8%
IBU 65
SRM 21

The launch party for this beer will be held at the newly opened Exit 6 Brewery on Thursday, September 8th from 4PM until the keg blows. Sounds like a great opportunity to try a new local collaboration.

I have to be honest, I don’t know very much about Catholic saints. I mean, I know what they are, but I couldn’t name more than five to save my life (and all five that I’d name would be hospitals or churches.) While I did know that the city of St. Louis was named after Louis IX of France, I wasn’t aware he was also our patron saint. You learn new things every day.

It turns out that on the Catholic liturgical calendar, August 25th is the Feast day of Louis IX. A Feast Day, for those of you, like me, who didn’t know is a celebration of specific saints. While the Royale was inspired by the Catholic holiday to put on an event, their focus is more on the local and less on the religious.

Today, starting at 5:30PM, the Royale will be throwing an event celebrating all things St. Louis. Specifically for us beer guys, they’re put together one humdinger of an event. They’ve invited out all of the St. Louis city breweries that will open or have opened in 2011 to create special beers to honor this great city of ours.  Here’s a list:

Urban Chestnut Apotheosis Farmhouse Ale
Perennial Artisan Ales Peach Cardamom Blonde
The Civil Life Brewing Co. (Pilot Batch)
4 Hands Brewing Co. (Pilot Batch)

The UCBC beer is a French-style Saison which will be available on draught and also they’ll have a very special cask. The neatest part about the cask? It was dry-hopped with local hops from a St. Louisan’s backyard. There will also be a keg of Schlafly‘s always delicious Bière de Garde available as well.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate and honor St. Louis by drinking some of the best beers the city has to offer.

Were you aware that St. Louis Brewery brews over 40 different styles of beer? That’s a hell of a lot of styles, in fact I’d guess that Schlafly is one of the few breweries in the nation that tackles that many different styles in a single year. Why do I bring this up? Well, the 2011 Schlafly Hop in the City is upon us again and with it brings the opportunity to taste every single style of beer Schlafly produces.

This year’s festival not only offers live music and food, but also this year’s special festival beer, brewed for the first time ever at Schlafly, a Spicy Golden Ale. Here are the details for Hop in the City, direct from Schlafly’s website:

Saturday, September 17 – Noon-5:00 p.m.
The Schlafly Tap Room

TICKETS are $25 in August, $30 in September and $35 day of the event (see Schlafly Website for Info).
ONLINE ticket sales available HERE.

They’re back!  For those of you that really enjoyed the Sunday beer dinners at the restaurant formerly known as the 1904 Beerhouse, they’re now back at the newly named Beerhouse.  These two dinners, which will take place on September 18th and  October 16th, will feature a selection of different beers to celebrate great beer and great food.

To celebrate their new line-up of beer, River City will use it’s September dinner to showcase some of their new options.  The September dinner will feature 6 different beers paired with 4 different courses.

And if you’re ready for fall, you may want to check out their October dinner which will feature a bounty of beers that take advantage of the cool fall weather.   This dinner will feature 4 different beers paired with 4 different courses, look out for a big emphasis on pumpkin and Oktoberfest style beers.

The cost of each meal is $35/person (tax and gratuity not included) and reservations are required. Both dinner will take place from 6PM to 8PM. You can make reservations by calling 314-388-7655.

Way back when, Pamela Harris used to work for 1111 Mississippi.  Who’s Pamela Harris, you ask?  Why she’s the St. Louis-area teacher who was picked to design and brew a batch of beer from New Belgium Brewing after successfully picking out the percentages of beers that went into a blended beer.

What’s the significance with 1111 you ask?  Well, that’s the sister restaurant of PW Pizza which will be holding a tasting of the last two kegs of PIPA (Pamela’s IPA) in the St. Louis area.  Next Thursday, August 18th from 6:30-7:30PM, PW will be hosting a tasting of PIPA along with some other new releases from New Belgium.

The cost of the event is $10, which will get you 4-5 samples of beer and your chance to play along with Pamela and try and also guess the percentages of beer in a blend of New Belgium beers.  The winner that can figure out what beers went into the blend and has the closest percentages will win tickets to the Centennial Beer Festival!

Space is limited for this event, so call 314-621-1996 to reserve your spot now.