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Category: Beer Events

Let’s face it, Sundays in February are pretty dreary. They’re usually cold, dark, and downright depressing. Couple that with the end of the NFL until next season and it can seem like a long, long time until spring. If you’re the golfing type, this weather is doubly worse. You can see the courses just sitting there, empty and mocking you.

What if I can not only get you out of the house, but also get those clubs a workout? On Sunday, February 12 from 1PM-5PM STL Hops will be throwing its first beer tasting at Tee’s Golf Grill (103 Chesterfield Valley Drive). Our good friends at Tee’s are inviting us to have a beer tasting at their state of the art golf simulator facility.

We have two different price points for this unique tasting experience. If you’re the master linksman, your cost for this event will be $30. This will get you 18 holes at one of the golf simulators. The normal price for using these simulators is $39.99 per hour, so this is an amazing deal. This is a limited event with only 20 tickets available.

If you’re not interested in golf, but still want to drink some awesome beer, the price of admission will be $10. This will cover rental of the facility and tipping the waitstaff who will be helping us out. If we have enough $10 tickets sold, there will also be snacks purchased.

Both tickets can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets. (There is a small convenience fee added to the ticket.)

This beer tasting will be like all of the other STL Hops beers tasting we’ve had in the past: bring a tasting glass and whatever you want to beers you want to share. This is a great opportunity to break out that bottle that has been sitting in your closet waiting for the perfect time to open.

For those of you looking for a Super Bowl party, be sure to check out after the break the fantastic event that Tee’s is putting on.

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I don’t know if you’ll believe it, but today is the 1st anniversary for Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (it’s also head brewer Florian Kuplent’s birthday!) If there is a reason I can’t believe it, it’s because it’s felt like they’ve been here much longer than one year.

It’s insane to see the amount of progress UCBC has had in just a year. It’s very exciting to see and it’s cool to know that we not only have breweries opening in St. Louis, but breweries that are thriving.  To celebrate this momentous occasion, UCBC is throwing a birthday bash.

On Saturday, February 4th, UCBC will be holding a beer festival they’re calling Wolpertinger 2012. If you don’t know what a wolpertinger is, here’s UCBC’s description:

For those of you unfamiliar with the wolpertinger; it is a small (or large depending on your perspective), primarily nocturnal mammal that inhabits the alpine forests of Bavaria. It is quite rare, but we’ve managed to work with of our hop growers in Hallertau and they’ve helped us to ‘import’ one of the little fellas for the special occasion. Being nocturnal, “Wolpie” will be making his grand appearance at the back end of the festival, which will coincide with our very limited release of his UCBC namesake “Wolpertinger 2012”, which we intimately refer to as Winged Nut on Acid, a 9.0% ABV, chestnut ale aged on Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels.

While this party is definitely a celebration of their first anniversary, UCBC wants to use the occasion to celebrate the St. Louis beer scene as a whole. So, they’ve invited out over 15 different local brewers to get in on the fun. Here’s a list of who’s attending:

  • Schlafly
  • Six Row
  • Perennial
  • Civil Life
  • Ferguson
  • Charleville
  • Buffalo
  • 4 Hands
  • Square One
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Exit 6
  • 2nd Shift
  • O’Fallon
  • Augusta
  • Cathedral Square
  • Morgan Street

This event will be running from 1PM to 6PM on Saturday, February 4th and tickets will cost you $30. You can purchase tickets by following this link here. Stay tuned next week as I’ll be giving away some tickets for this event.

Happy birthday to UCBC, looking forward to many years to come.

After Schlafly’s Cabin Fever and the Centennial Beer Festival have passed, there really aren’t a lot of beer events that happen during the coldest months of winter in St. Louis. But let’s face it, this is the best time of year for drinking.

So, Steve Crider and crew from 2nd Shift Brewing have come to the rescue by holding their 1st 43rd Annual WinterCask Festival at their New Haven location. This cask festival will be featuring casks from eight different breweries from around the St. Louis area. Here’s a list of who will be serving beer:

  • 2nd Shift Brewing
  • 4 Hands Brewing
  • Charleville Brewing
  • Civil Life Brewing Co
  • Exit 6 Brewing
  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Schlafly Tap Room
  • Urban Chestnut Brewing Co

This event will be taking place beginning at 5PM on Saturday, February 18th. The most unique part about this festival is that it will be an overnight extravaganza. Tickets for this event will cost you $150 for one person or $210 for two people. That may seem like a lot of money for a beer festival, but not when you consider you’ll be getting:

  • Cask beer
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Hanging out with local brewers
  • A room to stay overnight
  • And breakfast the next morning

Those of you that stayed overnight at the 2nd Shift and Friends 201st Beer Festival can attest that the overnight experience is well worth the price of admission. If you’re interested in attending, you can purchase tickets for the event at any of the locations listed above.  Only 60 tickets will be made available for this event and the last I heard, they’re going quickly.

Don’t miss out on what has to be one of the most unique beer festivals in one of the most unique locations in all of Missouri.

burns03.tomonbar“Get yer haggis, right here. Chopped heart and lungs boiled in a wee sheeps’ stomach. Taste’s as good as it sounds. Good for what ails ya….”

Groundskeeper Willie

21 years and counting. That’s how long Schlafly has been holding their longest running event, Burns Night, a celebration of Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns. If you’ve never attended, make sure that next Wednesday, January 25th is open on your calendar, because this is an event you do not want to miss.

Beginning at 5pm, you’ll start to see a bunch of people proudly sporting the tartan ready to get their fill of Scottish delights such as haggis, shepherd’s pie and scotch eggs. Then sit back and listen as St. Louis Brewery co-founder Tom Schlafly recites his yearly poem and make sure to enjoy the release of this year’s addition of the Scotch Ale.

So dust off your bagpipe and your kilt and get your arse to the Tap Room on Tuesday night (but don’t get there too late or you won’t find a seat downstairs.)

The passion for beer in St. Louis has been absolutely insane.  It seems like every time you turn around, you’re seeing another dinner or festival.  This is truly a great time to love beer in the St. Louis area.  It’s good to know that even the chill of late January doesn’t keep people from putting on great beer festivals such as the St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival.

Here’s a look at what’s going on for the 2011 St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival which will be taking place the weekend of January 28th and January 29th:

Friday 1/27/12
Brewmaster Dinner – 6-9pm (Tickets $64 + tax)
Includes beer, food and service.

Brewmaster Florian Kuplent promises to make this dinner one that should not be missed. Join us as we hear from Florian about his voyage as an apprentice for a small brewery in Germany to developing award winning recipes for one of the largest breweries in the world. And that is just the start as we will enjoy some of the stories about what it takes to open a brewery and all that is related to the first full year of business. Above all it is about the beers so come find out why Urban Chestnut is where ‘new world meets old world. Executive Chef Tony Cole and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company will take us on a tour our tastebuds will not soon forget.

Saturday 1/28/12
Beer Tasting – 2-5pm (Tickets $25$30 after 1/13/12
Beer Tasting – 6-9pm (Tickets $35$40 after 1/13/12
With more than 80 beers to taste, live entertainment and food to purchase, this is a great way to spend your football-free weekend. Guests will receive a complimentary tasting glass and be treated to some of the best selection and widest variety of beers from around the world.  Advance tickets available now through Friday 1/13/12.

VIP Tasting Room – 6-9pm (Tickets Additional $10)
You have probably noticed that there are more and more ultra-premium beers hitting the market and for the price of a couple of bottles, you can enjoy this VIP tasting session. The number of tickets is limited so that everyone will have an opportunity to taste and discuss the portfolio of high end specialty beers. Please indicate session 1 or 2 when purchasing your ticket.

Tickets for all of the events are available by calling 314-241-4949 or by visiting the Centennial Beer Fest website. Sounds like a great way to spend a weekend in St. Louis.

Paperwork is always a long slog for any brewery. There is federal label approval, there is state approval, and not to mention getting your license, which is always fun. But there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, which 4 Hands Brewing now sees.

I’m happy to announce that 4 Hands Brewing has shipped their beer to Major Brands and will start distributing draft beer around the St. Louis area beginning today. With this major hurdle now passed, it’s time to throw some parties to celebrate. Here’s a list of what’s happening:

Friday 1/13
Range 5PM -7 PM = Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown and Reprise Centennial Red on draft
Bridge Tap House 7PM – 9PM = Divided Sky Rye IPA and Reprise Centennial Red on draft
It’s important to note with this event that for every pint of 4 Hands beer poured, both the Range and Bridge will be donating $1 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Metro St Louis Family Room program.
Monday 1/16
iTAP Chesterfield starting at 7PM
Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown, Reprise Centennial Red, Divided Sky Rye IPA on draft
Tuesday 1/17
iTAP Soulard starting at 7PM
Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown, Reprise Centennial Red, Divided Sky Rye IPA on draft
At each iTAP location, 4 Hands will be raffling off two signed and number brewery posters, gift certificated for their tasting room at 1220 S. 8th Street, and t-shirts.
While bottles of 4 Hands beer are still a couple of months away, here’s a look at their very awesome labels:

cabinfeverart.gifI’ve said this many times in the past, but the Schlafly Cabin Fever beer festival, which takes place at the Schlafly Bottleworks is consistently one of my favorite beer events in St. Louis.    For those who haven’t attended before, this festival isn’t for the faint of heart.

Imagine a bunch of people, all wearing the warmest clothes they could find and all standing outside on a January afternoon and drinking some of the biggest beers that the St. Louis Brewery has to offer.  Oh, there are also a few wusses that stand inside.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, January 21st from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Tickets will run you $25 in advance or $30 day of. Tickets are on sale now and you can purchase tickets here. Here’s a look at the beer list (which, as always, is subject to change):

  • American IPA
  • Barleywine
  • Bière de Garde
  • Black IPA
  • Blackberry Mead
  • Bock
  • Christmas Ale
  • Coffee Stout
  • Doppelbock
  • Dry-Hopped APA
  • Grand Cru
  • Hefeweizen
  • Imperial Stout
  • India Brown Ale
  • Irish Extra Stout
  • Kolsch
  • Maibock
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Pale Ale
  • Pilsner
  • Pumpkin
  • Quadrupel
  • Raspberry Coffee Stout
  • Rye IPA
  • Schwarzbier
  • Scotch Ale
  • Singel
  • Smoked Porter
  • Southern Hemisphere IPA
  • Strawberry Cider
  • Strawberry-Cocoa Porter
  • Tripel
  • Vanilla Milk Stout
  • Winter ESB

Be sure to look out next week for your chance to win a set of tickets for the event.  I’m sure I’ll see you there, unless you’re standing inside, sissy.