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Retail Beer Releases

  • deVine Wines & Spirits (9/29/2011)
    • CIDERS
    • Crispin Brut
    • Crispin Original
    • Crispin English Dry
    • Crispin Honey Crisp
    • Crispin Saint
    • Crispin Lansdowne
    • Fox Barrel Black Current
    • Fox Barrel Pear
    • BEERS
    • Abita Jockamo IPA
    • Arcadia Jaw-Jacker Ale
    • Avery Eighteen Dry-Hopped Rye Saison
    • Bells 2 Hearted Ale
    • Breckenridge Lucky U IPA
    • Brouwerij Tripel Karmeliet
    • Cain’s Finest Bitter Ale
    • Firestone Walker Reserve Porter
    • Founders Harvest Ale
    • Green Flash Hop Head Red
    • Green Flash West Coast IPA
    • Green Flash Double Stout
    • Hofbrau Oktoberfest 5ltr Kegs
    • Lagunitas Lucky 13 (New Formula)
    • Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale
    • Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown
    • Lakefront Oktoberfest
    • Left Hand JUJU Ginger
    • New Holland Night Tripper Imperial Stout
    • Odell’s St. Lupulin XPA
    • Odell’s Myrcenary Double IPA
    • Odell’s Cut Throat Porter
    • Odell’s American IPA
    • O’Fallon 5-Day IPA
    • O’Fallon Summer Wheach
    • O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale
    • Ommegang Abbey Ale
    • Rogue 1st Growth Dirtoir Black Lager
    • Schlafly Helles Summer Lager
    • Schlafly Oktoberfest
    • Shipyard Pumpkin Ale
    • Ska Pinstripe Red Ale
    • Ska Decadent Imperial IPA
    • Stevens Point Oktoberfest
    • Stone 15th Black IPA
    • Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
    • Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
    • Stone IPA
    • Stone Runination IPA
    • Southern Tier Oaked Un-Earthly Imperial IPA
    • Unibroue Don de Dieu Triple Wheat Ale
    • Van Twee Brewmaster’s Collaboration
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (09/30/11)
    • Bells Best Brown
    • Bells Two Hearted Ale bottled 9/15
    • RJ Rockers Patriot Pale Ale
    • RJ Rockers Bald Eagle Brown
    • Schmaltz and Terrapin Beer Co. Reunion Ale 2011
    • Firestone Walker’s Nectar Ales Red Nectar
    • Anchorage Love Buzz Saison
    • Anchorage Bitter Monk’s Double IPA


Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • Iron Barley (09/30/2011)
    • Cathedral Square Belgian Abbey Ale
    • Grand Teton Sweetgrass APA
    • Left Hand Milk Stout on Nitro
    • 6 Row Centennial Rye
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard Ale
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel Lager
    • Goose Island Honker’s Ale
    • Left Hand Polestar Pilsner
    • Warsteiner Dunkel
    • Six Row Black IPA
    • Urban Chestnut Delta Hop 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)
    • Tucher Hefe Weiss (Bottle)
    • Weihenstephan Dark Hefe (Bottle)
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale (Bottle)
    • Stone Ruination IPA(Bottle)
    • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (Bottle)
    • Steven’s Point 2012 Black Ale (Bottle)
    • Brouwerij Huyghe Floris Apple (Bottle)
    • Guinness Draft (Bottle)
    • Avery White Rascal Witbier (Bottle)
    • New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale (Bottle)
    • Griesedieck Brothers Pilsner (Bottle)
    • Aecht Schlenkra Smoke Marzen (Bottle)
    • Guest Beers
    • Firestone Walker Nectar IPA (Bottle)
    • Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter (Bomber)
    • Odell Myrcenary Double IPA (Bottle)
  • Pi (Delmar) (9/24/11)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common style beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Schlafly Porter
    • North Coast ‘Scrimshaw’ Pilsner
    • Avery ‘White Rascal’ Belgian White Ale
    • New Belgium 1554
    • Urban Chestnut ‘Zwickel’
    • Pabst Blue Ribbon
    • Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Boulevard ‘Tank 7′ Saison Farmhouse Ale
    • Bell’s Octoberfest
    • Green Flash Hop Head Red
    • Charleville Explicit APA
    • SKA ‘Modus Hoperandi’ IPA
    • Stone Arrogant Bastard
    • Boulevard Collaboration #2 White IPA
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly’s ’3.14′ Kölsch
    • Charleville Oatmeal Stout
    • New Belgium Fat Tire
    • New Grist Gluten Free (Bottle)
    • Buckler N/A (Bottle)
  • The Royale (9/28/11)
    • Boulevard Nommo
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Founders Centennial IPA
    • Guinness Stout
    • Perennial South Side Blonde
    • Piraat
    • Porterhouse Red (nitro)
    • Schlafly Bavarian Weissbier
    • Schlafly Oktoberfest
    • Stone IPA
    • Strongbow Hard Cider
    • Urban Chestnut/Royale Apotheosis
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
      • Avery Joe’s Pilsner (can)
      • Founders Dirty Bastard
      • Founders Red’s Rye
      • New Holland Dragon’s Milk
      • Odell 90 Shilling
      • O’Fallon Pumpkin
      • Original Sin cider
      • Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry Ale (19oz)
      • Schlafly Porter
      • Schlenkerla Marzen (17oz)
      • St. Bernardus Abt 12
      • Stone Imperial Russian Stout (22oz)
      • Uerige Classic Alt
  • The Shaved Duck (09/29/2011)
    • Charleville Witches Brew’mmm
    • Green Flash Double Stout
    • Urban Chestnut Hopfen
    • 2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit
  • Three Kings Public House (09/26/11)
    • Guinness
    • Blue Moon
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard Collaboration #2
    • Boulevard Amber Ale
    • Samuel Adams Oktoberfest
    • Schlafly Porter
    • Magic Hat #9
    • Labatt Blue
    • Avery White Rascal
    • Avery Maharaja
    • Avery 18th Anniversary-Dry Hopped Rye Saison
    • Stella Artois
    • Strongbow
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • Odell Myrcenary
    • Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale
    • Odell St. Lupulin
    • Goose Island Sofie

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Six Row Brewing Company (09/29/11))
    • Whale
    • Plant No. 1 Pilsner
    • Black IPA
    • Centennial Rye
    • Porter
    • Double IPA
    • Honey Weizen
  • Trailhead Brewing Company (09/30/11)
    • Year Round House Beers:
      • Trailblazer Blond Ale
      • Riverboat Raspberry Fruit Ale
      • Trailhead Red American Amber Ale
      • Missouri Brown Ale
      • Old Courthouse Stout
    • Seasonal Selection: Spiced Pumpkin Ale

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: Bells Best Brown, Sam Smiths Strawberry Ale, RJ Rockers Patriotic Pale Ale, and RJ Rockers Bald Eagle Brown. 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.

Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates.

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

2009_05_16_1508I’m pretty excited about the STL Hops Pinball party on Saturday night, but there are a couple of things I want everyone to know before you head out to CP Pinball.

Everyone please be cool.

While I’ve never had any sort of problem with anyone from here in the past, we’re going to have about 50 people at CP.  We’re all adults, so I shouldn’t have to say this, but I’m going to anyway.  Don’t be an idiot. It’s cool to enjoy yourself, but just be careful, we’re going to be surrounded by $125,000 worth of pinball equipment.  We’re all here for a good time and to hang out with other beer nerds.   Don’t ruin this event for the rest of us.

For the people taking the bus.

The bus will be at the corner of Lafayette Park at Park Ave and Mississippi Ave at 5PM.  The bus will be leaving at close to 5:15.  It will take you up to pinball and you’ll arrive close to 6PM.  The bus will then leave pinball at 10PM and bring you back to Lafayette Park.  There should be plenty of free parking near the park.

If you didn’t buy a ticket, please don’t crash.

While I’m extremely encouraged and excited about the enthusiasm for this party someone has to pay for every person who attends the party.  This place is open two weekends every month, feel free to stop by then.

Bring a tasting glass.

I’m going to bring a little extra glassware, but not a lot.  I had a sizable amount of my glassware swiped at the last few events, so I’m not bringing as much this time around.  You’re responsible for your own glass.

If you’re not taking the bus and you’ve had too much, find a ride.

Be safe and be smart, we want you around for the next party. CP isn’t exactly close to home for many of us, so plan on having a ride back home if you’ve had too much to drink.

If you’ve sold your tickets to someone else, make sure I know about it.

Most everyone is a will-call ticket, so I’ll need to know if names have changed. Please send me an email or a private message via the forum if you’ve sold your ticket.

One last thing, I’ll admit up front that this is usually the event where I’m the least social.  I love playing pinball, so I’ll probably be doing that for the entire four hours.  If you have any other additional questions, please feel free to contact me.

itap.jpgYou know what’s nice?  An unexpected surprise.  It’s an especially nice surprise when you find out there is going to be a very special cask of beer rolling through town.  What kind of special cask you ask?  How about a Tallgrass Brewing Company cask which they call “A Sexy Buffalo.”

On Tuesday, October 4th starting at 6PM at the International Tap House in Soulard, Jeff Gill, founder of Tallgrass, will help to tap a cask of their Buffalo Sweat sweet stout that’s been aged on cherries and cocoa nibs.  I don’t know about you, but I think that sounds pretty damned awesome.

As with all casks, this is a one-night only event, so make sure to come out on Tuesday and enjoy some of the sexiest buffalo beer you’re likely to ever enjoy.

This past Saturday The Civil Life Brewing Company celebrated their Grand Opening in dramatic fashion. Belgian Monk? Check. Authentic German Lederhosen? Check. Pirate? Of course! Starting with a parade of what some (mainly Carln26) counted as upwards of 200 people, the festivities wound their way from the edge of Tower Grove Park and through the neighborhood Jake and the boys now call home. Neighbors appeared on their porches and in their front yards to welcome the festivities. As bagpipes blared for the final two blocks, many of us commented on what was happening with one word…goosebumps.

If you haven’t had a chance to make it out yet, do yourself a favor and visit. Say hello to Jake, Dylan, and Mike and welcome them to the neighborhood as the neighborhood welcomed them.

With Mike unable to attend, credit to Justin Phillips for the pics.



ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their fall Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM and a second class from 7PM-8PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry.

It’s a 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 taught by Sam Merritt from Guinness. Sam will be on hand to discuss and sample some Smithwick, Harp, Guinness Dry Stout, and Guinness Black Lager. 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

One of the questions 2nd Shift Brewing’s owner Steve Crider probably gets asked most often is, “When do you plan to bottle?” For a brewery the size of 2nd Shift, which only plans on brewing about 250 barrels of beer this year, bottling beer is quite an undertaking.

You need to buy bottles, get labels designed, get labels approved by both state and federal government and then you need to have the equipment to bottle enough beer that it’s profitable to do so.  But Steve and his right-hand man Craig Borcherding are always listening to demand and people want bottles.  So, putting some beer into bottles is exactly what 2nd Shift if going to do.

With any luck, beginning in late October, you’ll see a limited number of 750ml bottles coming out of 2nd Shift Brewing Company.  The first two bottles that’ll see release will be an imperial stout named Liquid Spiritual Delight and a new version of their Unicorn Killer saison they’re calling UK2.

Liquid Spiritual Delight is a 8.3% ABV imperial stout that’ll be “chocolate, coffee, all that stuff,” according to Crider.  The UK2 will be 6.1% ABV and made with grains of paradise, ginger, and curaçao peel.  The beer is almost ready, Steve and Craig are just waiting for label approval and we should hopefully see this beer by the end of October.  This will be a very limited release, as every beer will be hand bottled by the 2nd Shift crew.  We can expect to see no more than about 300 bottles of each beer.  I can smell the trade bait already.