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In case you missed it, The Civil Life Brewing Company has chosen Missouri Beverage as their Missouri distributor. It’s been a long time coming, but you’ll soon be able to enjoy Civil Life beers at some of your favorite pubs around town.

To kick off this momentous occasion MOBev and Civil Life have planned a few exciting kick-off events around town. Here’s a rundown of everything you’ll be able to do this week:

Tuesday, February 28th – Bailey’s Range / Bridge Tap House – 5:30PM
The first event in this Civil Life extravaganza also marks the first of Dave Bailey’s new monthly dining events called Community Table. Each month Dave will have a charity dinner with all of the proceeds going to a local St. Louis charity. The cost of entry is $20 with all of the proceeds going to St. Louis Effort for AIDS. Your entry fee will get you unlimited access to this very impressive menu:

  • Smoked Wild Salmon Crustini with pink peppercorn goat cheese
  • Grand Marnier Glazed Smoked Duck Meatballs with red chiles
  • Salad of Roasted Beets, Pears, Candied Walnuts and Feta
  • Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with garlic lemon butter
  • Cumin Seed Roasted Cauliflower with a feta yogurt sauce
  • Potato Gratin with goat cheese and roasted garlic
  • Sweet Potato Croquettes with a golden raisin brandy sauce
  • Chicken Breast atop a mixture of wilted spinach, white beans, and shallots
  • Pork Scalopini Pomodoro topped with roasted tomato, caramelized onion, garlic, basil, pine nuts, and olives

You’ll also be able to purchase these five beers from The Civil Life:

  • Vienna Lager
  • Dunkel
  • American Brown
  • Black Lager
  • British Bitter

Civil Life owner Jake Hafner will be on-hand at both Range and Bridge (where they will have 3 exclusive Civil Life beers) to guest bartend.

Thursday, March 1st – 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar – 3PM
It’s very fitting that one of the first stops on the Civil Life party tour is the place where it all began for Civil Life owner Jake Hafner. If you didn’t know, Jake started 33 Wine Bar almost 11 years ago to the day, he sold the bar to Jeff Stetner back in 2009 so he could start a brewery. So it comes full circle that 33 will have a total tap takeover featuring nothing but Civil Life beers.

Jake, Dylan Mosley and Mike Bianca will be on-hand where it basically all started. As you can imagine, this will be a pretty amazing and emotional time for everyone. This is an event that shouldn’t be missed.

Sunday, March 4th – Amsterdam Tavern – 9:30AM
It should be surprising that some of Civil Life’s strongest supporters are those in their own backyard. Lyell from Amsterdamn Tavern is one of the biggest supports of Civil Life and wanted to kick off their beers in style by putting their beers on for the huge (at least I’m told this is huge) Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United game.

Jake and the boys will be at Amsterdam cooking up some G&W brats and sausages to give away and to talk about the Civil Life beers.

Monday, March 5th – International Tap House Chesterfield – 7PM
As Jake put it, they’re “taking the show on the road” and visiting the fine folks in the county by making an appearance at iTAP in Chesterfield. This will be a fine opportunity for those county folks who haven’t had a chance to make it down to the brewery to try out some of Civil Life’s very fine beers.

More breweries in town means we’re never at a loss for things to do in the St. Louis beer scene. Never at a loss for putting on some cool events, Perennial Artisan Ales is keeping the next few weeks rather busy. Here’s a look at what’s going on:

Thursday, February 23 -Edwardsville Rollout Party at Erato 5:00-??
To kick off their entry into the Illinois market, Perennial is throwing a little party at Erato on Main. They will have Hommel, Saison de Lis, Plan B & Black Walnut Dunkel on tap. There will also be some giveaways including shirts, hoodies and a Private Tour & Tasting for Ten.

Saturday, February 25th – Perfect Your Palette 4:00-6:30 in the cellar

“Perfect your Palette is a hybrid art class/wine and beer tasting. The celebration of art in all forms is a large part of what Perfect your Palette is about. We hope to cultivate students that enjoy all things fresh and innovative.

Perfect your Palette will teach people the basic techniques for creating a strong, personal piece of art. You’re not just there to have a drink or paint, you are there to be around people who are passionate about life’s most flavorful experiences. Whether you are passionate about art, wine or beer, we will strive to combine all of these passions into one experience.”

Visit to sign up!

Wednesday, February 29th – Beer School at Cicero’s

Tuesday, March 6 – 6:30 Perennial Beer vs. Harsha Wine Dinner at Perennial

This will be a four courses from John Perkins & Entre, each paired with a Perennial beer and a wine from Harsha Wines. $60 plus tax & gratuity. Hosted by Perennial (with special guest, Mike Sweeney:) and Kyle Harsha. Call 314-631-7300 or email for more info/reservations.

SixRow_logoIf you’re looking for some fun in between this lull of Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day, Six Row Brewing is releasing a few beers to help keep you out of the house this February:

Thursday, February 23rd – Six Row Foreign Extra Stout Released
Roasted barley, coffee, and dark fruit dominate the aroma of this high gravity version of the traditional dry stout. Originally brewed for tropical markets, the Foreign Extra Stout is easy drinking due to its light body and dry finish. Don’t let the pitch-black color fool you; this is truly a “session” ale good for any season.

Wednesday, February 29th – Six Row Kolsch Released
Six Row’s Kolsch is a bright, light-bodied, moderately hopped golden ale/lager hybrid beer. We ferment and age it at lower temperatures than most of our ales to make it especially smooth, clean and refreshing. “Crisp” and “spritzy” are words that might come to mind when you try it.

Thursday, March 1st – Baumanns Bacon Porter Cask
Well, maybe not the whole hog, but a couple pounds of the belly, anyhow, cured and smoked – what most normal folks call bacon. As most of the carnivorous world can attest, there are few good things that can’t be made better by adding bacon, and we believe beer is no exception. To prove that point, we’re going to fill a fifth of a hogshead with our fine Robust Porter, cook up a small slab of bacon that Baumann’s Fine Meats is preparing just for us, poke a sack of that pig into the cask to soak for a spell.

The days a re getting a bit longer, so that should help to keep you up and moving and Six Row is making it easier by putting on some great beers in the next week. Head on out and find out for yourself!

One of the cool parts about the influx of breweries opening around town is seeing how they all do events a little differently. I don’t know about you, but I love a beer festival. But what if someone took a beer festival and tried something completely different?

How about a beer carnival. On Saturday March 3rd, from 2PM-6PM 4 Hands Brewing Company will host their first beer festival with friends. The Lupulin Festival is a celebration of the hop and will be the release of War Hammer Imperial IPA.

War Hammer is a 9% 80 IBU Imperial IPA brewed with Pacific Northwest hops. War Hammer will be available on draft and growlers to go during the event.

The festival will be a carnival theme with a carnival emcee, sideshow performer, live art, live music, photo booth, and more. They will be working with multiple food trucks to provide gourmet fare. Tickets will be $35 and will include a hop forward selection from participating local breweries, tasting glass, and access to all of the carnival activities.

Check out the list of beers from participating breweries:

IPA #17.7% ABV, 83 IBU
A strong American take on the classic style, this dry IPA, bursting with big mango and peach aromas, has an assertive citrus rind bitterness and slightly fruity flavors, and is balanced with a bread-crust-like malt backbone

Kirkwood Station
IPA6.3% ABV, 65 IBU
A American style India Pale Ale. Light amber in color with a big citrus hop aroma. A decidedly hoppy and bitter, and moderately strong ale, this beer is for the hop lover. Malt flavor is just enough to balance out the Citrus, Grapefruit and Pine flavors from the hops. Medium bodied with a crisp dry finish. Brewed with 2-Row Malt, Munich Malt, Caramel Malt, Victory Malt, and Honey Malt. Hops are Summit, Galena, Cascade and Willamette. Dry hopping the beer with Cascade, Columbus and Chinook hops when it is finished with fermentation gives it its big hop aroma

Morgan Street
Unbendable Girder Imperial Pilsner
This imperial pilsner has a rich, malty, and spicy version of our standard Golden pilsner. The hop character is noticeably higher from the traditional pilsners rounded taste. The flavor is robust, and contains some grapefruit notes. The appearance is pale to deep gold, with a creamy white head.

Oak Aged Doppelbock
This version has a very strong maltiness, with very little to no hop aroma. In this darker version there are some very toasty notes, which have been pleasantly balanced with the aging. The mouth feel is full bodied, with moderately low carbonation.

Exit 6
Time Traveller8.5% ABV, 104 IBU
This imperial IPA is double dry hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, Cascade, and Simcoe

Double Dry Hopped Hoptimistic IPA
Hoptimistic has intense hop bitterness and flavor. Fruity, floral and citrus-like aromas due to American-variety hops further characterize this ale. This copper/orange hued ale has a nicely balanced medium maltiness which contributes to a medium body that goes down easy, leaving a lingering bitterness that is hard to resist.

2nd Shift
Brew CockyImperial IPA- 9% ABV, 93 IBU
Yup, we love hops and this IPA puts them all up in your face. Loads and Loads of Falconer’s Flight, a blend of Northwest hops, were used in such a gratuitous manner heretofore no seen in these parts.

Six Row
Double IPA8.4% ABV, 68 IBUs
Our Double India Pale Ale is bigger in hop character and alcohol than our Extra Pale Ale. It is sure to please even the most discerning hop-head! Also known as Imperial IPA, this intensely hoppy, yet very drinkable beer lets the malty characteristics take a step back and allows the hops to really shine. Brewed with almost two (2) pounds of hops per barrel and left unfiltered, Six Row Double IPA showcases the citrusy and piney characteristics of the Columbus, Centennial, and Chinook hops.

Cathedral Square
Belgian Style White
This traditional White Ale is faithful to the Belgian Style with its light body, cloudy color and touch of spice. A complex, refreshing Ale that’s perfect for any season.

This traditional Belgian-Style Abbey Ale is brewed using five malts, two hop varieties, Imported Belgian Candy Sugar and authentic Trappist Belgian Yeast.

Belgian Style IPA
This Belgian-Style IPA is brewed using four malts, three hop varieties and is fermented with authentic Belgian Trappist yeast. Dry hopping this ale ensures a highly-hopped nirvana.

Holy Moly!
Brewed in the Russian Imperial Stout style, this offering boasts plenty of malt character and an aggressive amount of hops. A rich, flavorful ale with a finish you won’t believe.

Square One
An American IPA featuring Summit and Amarillo hops in both flavor and aroma additions.

Sterling Single Hop IPA
The fifth in a series of IPA’s featuring a single hop variety for bitterness, flavor and aroma. Each version is brewed with the same malt recipe, alcohol content and total bitterness, therefore showcasing the diversity in the hop itself. Sterling is a spicy, herbal, Saaz-style hop grown and developed in the U. S. in the last 15 years.

Imperial IPA
Super hoppy and super malty…That is all

American Pale Ale
An American style pale ale using all Cascade hops at four different points in the boil. Well balanced with a nice malty mouth-feel and a citrus bite.

Belgian Pale Ale
An American Style Pale Ale but a Belgian Yeast is used instead bringing out more phenolic flavors in the beer.

New Zealand IPA 7.6% ABV, 50 IBUs
Similar to the Southern Hemisphere IPA, but brewed with exclusively Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand and Optic malt.

Urban Chestnut
Calypso, Revolution Series (on cask)
Is our “Odyssey” IPA (Greek mythology fans know what we’re talking about). Single-hopped with the fruity (some pear, some apple) Calypso hop, this unique IPA is a ‘detainment’ of refreshment and enjoyably bitter fruit. ABV- 6.1%, IBU’s – 45, OG -14.2 Plato

Tickets can be purchased at the tasting room located at 1220 South 8th Street or by calling (314)436-1559. Get your tickets soon as this is sure to be a great time.

sq1r-y-cropped-small-web-viewTime flies when you’re brewing beer.  Square One Brewery and Distillery is turning six years old and plans on celebrating by throwing a party on Wednesday, February 22nd beginning at 5PM.

Square One will be throwing quite the shindig by offering up free giveaways, appetizers and drink specials during the party. Titillating, isn’t it?

But the fun doesn’t stop there, they also will be featuring their anniversary beer which they’ve named the Sechstastic.  Featuring six different malts, six different hops (which were added at six different times) and a final ABV that will be 12%. The began primary fermentation using their house yeast strain before finishing the beer using a lager strain.

Do me a favor, just don’t try and have six glasses of Sechstastic next Wednesday, OK?

Let me tell you, putting on a beer dinner ain’t easy. Putting on my first one was pretty nerve-racking. From the pairings, to the serving, to the putting butts into the seats, there is a lot that goes on. So, I’m always wanting to give a bit a love to any place that decides to put on a dinner featuring some great craft beer.

Next Tuesday, February 21st, beginning at 7PM, Boogaloo in Maplewood is putting on a beer dinner featuring four different beers from the Perennial Artisan Ales.  These four beers and four different courses will cost you $40.  If you’d like to attend, make sure to call 314-645-4803 for reservations.  Seating is limited and this is sure to sell out fast.

Here’s a look at the menu:

Bourbon barrel-aged beers are all of the rage these days. It seems like you can’t swing a dead cat without a brewery releasing one of these very special beers. But while we’ve all probably experienced drinking a bourbon-barrel beer, have you ever seen the process of turning whiskey into bourbon?

Well you have an opportunity this Saturday, February 11th, from 3PM to 6PM at American Craft Brewing and Distilling (formerly The Stable) to see the magic of seeing how whiskey becomes bourbon. But this is a beer site, what if neither bourbon or whiskey appeals to you.

How about an opportunity to enjoy some Founders Brewing KBS and CBS? Starting at 3PM, American Craft will have a very limited amount of these sought-after elixirs from Michigan.

It’s a very special opportunity to see not only how these barrel-aged beers get started, but to enjoy some of the finest examples around.