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Archive for October, 2011

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: Great Divide Fresh Hop, Great Divide Hibernation, Lagunitas Bavarian Style Doppel Weizen, and Napa Smith Crush brewed with grapes. 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

One of the most requested items for the STL Hops Store has finally arrived.  Just in time for this brisk fall we’ve begun to experience, STL Hops branded hoodies are now available.

Be the envy of every person at a beer festival when you show up in your STL Hops Hoodie.  These are unisex hoodies in three different colors:  brown, forest green and black.  Sizes will go from Small to XXX-Large.

Also now available are STL Hops Window Decals.  There is no better way to show off your love of STL Hops than these window decals. Only a limited number of these available, so get them while you can.

I’ve temporarily taken down the glassware from the store until I can find a new place to purchase and brand the glassware.  If you know of a place, please be sure to let me know.  Thanks for your support!

itap.jpgI may not be very good at most thing outside of drinking beer, but I’m actually a pretty decent bowler. It’s not like I could join the PBA or anything, but I can hold my own when it comes to knocking down some pins.

So, when I saw that the International Tap House was holding an event called “Pumpkin Bowling” on Saturday, October 22nd beginning at 2PM, I was intrigued. I asked iTAP co-owner Brad Lobdell how would the process work. “Basically, we’ve set down a tarp and you roll a pumpkin to knock over the kegs we’ve set up. ”

“It’s a hell of a lot of fun.”

If knocking down kegs and possibly destroying some produce doesn’t interest you, iTAP will also be featuring a bevy of pumpkin beers for you to enjoy.  During the event all pumpkin beers will be $1 off and you can get a sampler paddle for $12. Here’s just a few of the beers they’ll be pouring:

  • Southern Tier Pumking
  • Schlafly Pumpkin
  • Ferguson Pumpkin
  • Charleville Witch’s Brew’mmm
  • Sam Adam Double Pumpkin

The guys from iTAP are trying to dig up a couple more pumpkin beers so you may see a some more hit the line up. If you’re a fan, Saturday will be all things pumpkin at iTAP.

Very few things are as special as the first time you do something.  It’s so mysterious and new that it seems almost alien. Creating your first cask at a brewery must be a bit of a harrowing experience.  You have no clue about how it’s going to turn out and then you release it for public scrutiny.

But, let’s be honest, these guys are professionals.  They’re brewing beer day in and day out so they know what’s up.  It’s especially neat that the guys from Ferguson Brewing Company didn’t just dump one of their everyday beers into a cask and just call it a day.  They played with it a bit and created something that sounds pretty cool. Here is Ferguson’s head brewer Josh Wilson to describe his creation:

We finally got a couple of firkins in and are about to tap our first cask beer.  Its been long overdue and Im pretty excited to see what happens to our Pecan Brown Ale when we fill the cask up with a huge amount of candied pecans and then prime it with some brown sugar.  Honestly your guess is as good as mine as to what the flavor will come out as, but if I was a gamblin man, Id guess nutty.  

The addition of brown sugar to create carbonation in the cask probably isn’t unique, but I’ve not heard of any brewery in St. Louis that’s done it before, so it’s definitely a new experience for me. If you want to try some of this cask, Ferguson will begin pouring it tomorrow, Thursday October 20th beginning at 4PM. If you haven’t visited, this is an excellent opportunity to check out their beautiful location and try some delicious beer.

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 5:30PM school is being taught by Adam Avery from Avery Brewing Company and the 7PM class will be taught by Mitch Turner of Major Brands. Adam and Mitch will be on hand to discuss and sample some four different Avery beers. 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

While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s has started a program that they’re calling “A Brew You Never Knew.”

Each Wednesday, Llywelyn’s will feature a single beer on draught that may have been overlooked or in some cases is the only draught version of that beer in town. It’ll be a chance to re-visit an old favorite or even discover something you’ve never had before.

This week Llyweyln’s will be featuring the Bear Republic Apex on draught. This beer will only be available at the Webster Groves location and will only be on tonight. If you’re looking for something special without all of the lists and missed opportunities, make sure to stop into Llywelyn’s tonight.

Mark from Bigelo’s Bistro is putting on another of his fabulous beer dinners. This time Mark will be hosting homebrewer Jim Leabig for a very special event. Jim has kindly brewed and donated all of the beer for this dinner which will be a fundraiser for Toys for Tots.

The dinner will be taking place on Sunday, November 13th beginning at 4PM. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, will be $35 each, not including gratuity. $20 of each ticket will go directly to Toys for Tots. Bigelo’s is also kindly asking that you bring a new toy to donate when you come to the dinner.

You can make reservations by calling 618-655-1471. Here’s a look at the menu:

Reception Beer
Session IPA

Pulled pork slider, balsamic-onion marmalade

Thai Nachos: tamarind shrimp, green curry simmered beans, thai slaw, crispy wonton chips
Amarillo Saison

Oaxacan black mole chicken over rice
India Brown Ale

German Chocolate Cupcakes
Coconut Milk Stout