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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 is starting a new 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 Green Flash Barleywine 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.

How does this differ from the Friday Round-Up?  I guess it doesn’t really, but all of this news seems rather important, so I thought I’d give it to you now. Here’s just a few stories that you may be interested in:

Wolfbrau Beer Store

Schlafly 20th Anniversary Party at Pi Delmar

  • This Thursday (December 1st) from 5PM-1AM
  • $3.14 Schlafly beers during the restaurant’s two happy hours, 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-close.
  • Over 20 Beers will be poured including:
    • Pi Common
    • Oak-Aged Barleywine
    • American Brown Ale
    • AIPA
    • Pumpkin Ale
    • Pilsner
    • Rye IPA
    • Dry-Hopped APA
    • Hefeweizen
    • Porter
    • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
    • Belgian Singel
    • Bière de Garde
    • Coffee Stout
    • Christmas Ale
    • Winter ESB
    • Pale Ale
    • Kolsch
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Schwarzbier
  • For more information including food pairings and musical entertainment, make sure to check out Evan Benn’s story on STL Today.

Scratch Brewing Company Opening in Southern Illinois

  • Founded by local So. Illinois homebrewers Marika Josephson, Aaron Kleidon, and Ryan Tockstein.
  • New brewery featuring local ingredients including nettle, elderberry, ginger, dandelion, and maple sap.
  • Owners also planted 100 different hop rhizomes this past year for use in beers next year.
  • Look for a fall 2012 opening.
  • Website: http://scratchbeer.com/
  • Facebook page.

Six Row Brewing Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

  • Friday Night (December 2nd starting at 5PM)
  • Tapping:
    • 2nd Anniversary Beer, Killer Whale
    • First of two Baumann’s Bacon Porter Casks
    • Reserved kegs of the Centennial Rye and Black IPA
  • Saturday (December 3rd at 10AM)
    • Cask of Chocolate Milk Breakfast Porter
    • Last 6th barrel of Cream Ale
  • Saturday (December 3rd at 3PM)
    • Second cask of Baumann’s Bacon Porter.
    • Small batch of Belgian Double IPA
  • Check out the Six Row Blog for more information including live entertainment.

Your news has now been shotgunned, I’d say you’re about four beers deep at this point.

Either slightly comatose from a weekend of turkey/family/drinking-overload this weekend, I’m sure we’re all a little bleary-eyed today. But, for a little pick-me-up, here are a few new beers that have hit (or are about to hit) the St. Louis market.

Firestone Walker Union Jack
An instant classic, Union Jack is the recipient of numerous awards including back to back wins at the Great American Beer Festival. Union Jack is abound with hop aroma and character. In fact this well balanced, west coast IPA is dry hopped 3 separate times, each lot giving it more and more of the grapefruit citrus hop aroma and flavor it is known for. Overall it utilizes over 4 pounds of pacific northwest hops per barrel.

Firestone Walker XV Anniversary Ale (Very limited, may already be sold out!)
Looking at a blend of 8 beers on paper at first looks chaotic and potentially disjointed; however, a closer look reveals and interesting theme: 76% Barley Wine style beers, 19% Stout and 5% Imperial IPA. XV introduces our new blonde barley wine Helldorado with flavors of lavender honey liqueur. The well established DDBA delivers its signature American toasted oak, English caramel toffee and light leather nuances. 2010 vintage Sticky Monkey folds in brown sugar, maple, cinnamon, ginger and ripe figs. Parabola brings the familiar flavors of roasted dark coco, and chocolate covered cherries. Velvet Merkin carries silky milk chocolate, toasted coconut and creamy textures. Good Foot and Bravo add assertive barley wine warmth and lush barrel derived vanilla bean notes. The game changer this year is the addition of Double Jack to the blend. At just 5% its massive dry hop character brings citrus zest, tangerine and mango aromas making this a completely new beer.

2nd Shift Unicorn Killer Saison
A unique Saison in that it’s brewed with ginger, star anise, Curaçao orange peels, grains of paradise and Saison Dupont yeast. Dry, with that Belgian fruitiness balanced by the tinge of the spiciness! (6.5% ABV)

2nd Shift Liquid Spiritual Delight
This chewy American stout is dark as night and perfect for this cold weather that’s quickly approaching. Featuring a ton of chocolate and coffee notes, it makes for an excellent after-dinner drink or works wonderfully on its own. (7.5% ABV)

New Belgium Frambozen
Frambozen begins with the aroma of fresh red raspberries, followed by the ripe seductiveness of a fruity brown ale with depth and delicate malt notes. It is deep ruby in color, with flavors just as rich. Every year, New Belgium sends a delegate to the Pacific Northwest to oversee the process of turning freshly picked berries into a pure juice to be added in fermentation. The coming of Thanksgiving at New Belgium is ushered in with the first sighting of our cellar operators scuttling about, covered head to tow in a festive crimson berry wash.

Green Flash Le Freak
An ‘out of the box’ modern ale crafted by converging two beer styles, Belgian Trippel and American Imperial IPA. Dry-Hopped and Bottle-Conditioned – it’s a zesty brew with enticing American hop and fruity Belgian yeast aromatics.

Green Flash Barleywine
A four hour boil intensifies the caramel malts and enormous Pacific Northwest hop charge. The result is a rich, estery brew with toffee notes and citrus hop flavors layered throughout. Enjoy fresh today or lay it down and see how the flavors of each vintage evolve.

Green Flash Trippel
Rich, pale malt flavors provide a solid base for zesty Styrian Golding and Czech Saaz hopping. Trappist ale yeast contributes the fruity, spicy profile of classic, monk-brewed, Belgian ales. Our Trippel is a luscious, fiery, golden brew and a contemporary rendition of traditional Belgian Trippel.

Stone Double Bastard
This is one lacerative muther of an ale. It is unequivocally certain that your feeble palate is grossly inadequate and thus undeserving of this liquid glory…and those around you would have little desire to listen to your resultant whimpering. Instead, you slackjawed gaping gobemouche, slink away to that pedestrian product that lures agog the great unwashed with the shiny happy imagery of its silly broadcast propaganda.

Six Row Whale (22oz Bottles)
What can we say about this one? It is a bit of a motley collection of ten (yes, ten!) malts, everything from wheat to pale to crystal to aromatic to our namesake. With some Cascade and Goldings hops and a blend of US ale yeasts, the Whale (wheat/pale) ale was born. Pale copper in color, this is an interesting beer that has already been enjoyed by many.

Avery Rumpkin
Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed with pumpkin puree and a blend of five spices. Aged in extremely fresh Gosling’s Rum barrels for six months. Consume early and often, preferably with a pumpkin pie and/or s’mores.

Dogfish Head / Sierra Nevada Life and Limb #2
What tastes great with Life & Limb? Life & Limb is a uniquely complex beer, making it a great choice for pairing with food. The rich malts have an interesting sweet/smoky interplay, with earthy spice flavors and notes of dark fruits. This complexity lends itself to pairing with foods ranging from breads and soups all the way through dessert. The strong flavors of Life & Limb can overpower lighter, subtle dishes but work well with darker, spicy flavors such as short ribs, lamb, espresso, molasses, and maple.

As always, check your favorite retailer/bar/restaurant and see if these beers are in stock.

I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to get up at 4AM, stand in the bitter cold all to buy some crap for 2 bucks off. Wouldn’t you rather sleep in, eat some leftovers and then go out and join your friends for some beer? More importantly, wouldn’t you rather partake in some special beer and beer specials?

The International Tap House (both locations) will be opening at 12PM this Friday and will be kicking off the holiday season with some holiday beers. Here’s a list of beers that will be pouring on Friday:

  • Scaldis Noel
  • Delirium Noel
  • Bon Voeux
  • Samiclaus (not really seasonal, but the name fits)
  • N’Ice Chouffe
  • Wittkerke Winter White
  • St. Bernardus Christmas
  • Petrus Winter 9
  • St. Feullien Speciale
  • Schlafly Christmas
  • Great Divide Hibernation
  • Avery Old Jubilation
  • Affligem Noel
  • New Belgium Snow Day
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration
  • Boulevard Nutcraker
  • Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale
  • Charleville Whiskey Scented Santa
  • Bells Christmas
  • Goose Island Christmas
  • So Tier Old Man Winter

This event will run from 12PM until iTap closes.

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 is starting a new 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 2nd Shift Brewing Unicorn Killer Saison 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.

There are a countless number of homebrewers that wish they could brew professionally. I won’t say it’s the dream of every homebrewer, but I’m sure it crosses their mind at some point during their homebrewing career. But let’s be honest, opening any new business is difficult, but opening your own brewery is a pretty staggering endeavor.

If only there was a Brewery Fantasy Camp here in our region! Well, now there is. On Saturday December 10th, 2nd Shift Brewing in New Haven, Missouri will be holding their first 2nd Shift Saturday School. This will be your opportunity to gets a hands on lesson in brewing a few hundred gallons of beer on the 2nd Shift system.

The $250 cost for this school provides you with the brewing experience, lunch, dinner, overnight lodging, breakfast the next morning, and two 750ml bottles of the beer once it’s completed. While the $250 includes meals and lodging for one guest of the student, only 10 students will be allowed to take part in the Saturday class.

If this is something you’re interested in (or know would make for a great early Christmas present) call Steve or Craig at the brewery at 573-237-3421 or send Craig an email at craig@2ndshiftbrewing.com.

stlhopslogosmall.gifFirst of all, big thanks to Perennial Artisan Ales, Phil Wymore, Emily Wymore, Karen King, Cory King, and Eric Hildebrandt for helping out with this event. It couldn’t have nearly as successful without their help.  Also a big thanks to all of the volunteers that helped out by selling tickets and getting people in the door.  We raised a ton of money because of their help

I once again want to thank all of the breweries and distributors, O’Fallon, Schlafly, Six Row Brewing, Civil Life Brewery, Perennial Artisan Ale, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Ferguson Brewing, Buffalo Brewing, Charleville Brewing, Kirkwood Station Brewing, Square One Brewing2nd ShiftMajor BrandsLohr Distributing, Jim Leabig, Troy Meier, and Boulevard, that participated in donating time and beer.

I also once again want to thank the following places for donating items for raffles and giveaways:

After everything has been paid for, we raised an incredible $4500 for Stray Rescue of St. Louis. I was flabbergasted by the generosity of everyone involved and this money is going to a great cause.

Thank you all, once again for a fantastic event and a fantastic year of beer in St. Louis. I’m looking forward to planning next year’s event already.  If you couldn’t attend, here are a few photos of the event taken courtesy of Justin Phillips: