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Wait. This is only the 14th Schlafly Hop in the City festival? How is that possible? I don’t know why, but it feels like this should be at least the 18th or 19th. This festival has felt so essential to the St. Louis beer DNA that it just feels like it’s been around forever.

I can say, without a doubt, this is one of my favorite festival in St. Louis.  The weather is typically pretty great, the location is great, and it’s fun having over 40 different Schlafly styles to sample.

It’s also still inexpensive.  If you order your tickets in August, you’ll only be paying $25 per ticket.  Wait until September and you’re still paying the very reasonable $30 per ticket. Tickets are available at the Bottleworks, Tap Room and also online.

One of the other things that gets me excited is the festival beer they create for each festival. This year’s beer will be a Pumpkin Stout.  Now, on the surface this sounds like a weird amalgamation of styles, but for those of you that have had other pumpkin stouts, you know they’re delicious. Schlafly makes a killer pumpkin and some great stouts, so I’m curious to see what they come up with.

I guess you need some details? This year’s festival will be taking place on Saturday, September 15th from 12-5PM. It will be held at the Schlafly Tap Room and will be another great time. Tickets will be available at the door if they don’t sell out. But don’t delay, buy your tickets ASAP and enjoy one of the best festivals in St. Louis.

Stay tuned for a contest where we give away two tickets to this year’s Hop in the City.

There is a scene in the film Meet Me in St. Louis where lovable scamp Tootie Smith discusses the proper pronunciation of St. Louis with the affable ice man. Tootie is quick to correct the ice man when he calls our fair city “St. Louie.” The ice man tells her that he has a brother spelled “Louis” but they call him “Louie.”

What the hell does this have to do with beer? Other than maybe having too much before writing this post, it brings up the patron saint of our city: Louis IX of France.  His name would also be pronounced “Louie.”  Also, August 25th is the Feast Day of Louis IX.

To celebrate this occasion, The Royale is throwing their 2nd annual Feast Day to commemorate all things awesome about St. Louis. One of those awesome things is The Civil Life Brewing Company. The Royale has teamed up with The Civil Life to create a special beer just for this event.  I’ll leave the description of the beer to Civil Life’s head brewer Dylan Mosley:

Bière Royale! This sounds like a beer I want to drink! When The Royale of South City fame contacted us about brewing up a batch of beer for them it was an easy decision. They even had a style in mind – Kolsch. Kolsch proper is a blond-colored Ale brewed in the city of Koln. It is then stored (lagered) for some time to mellow the brew and in many aspects it resembles its lager brothers and sisters.

Mike Bianca and I worked with John Fausz (Esteemed Beertender at the Royale) on the recipe keeping the Kolsch philosophy- sprinkled a few more hops in- and I think the end result is pretty darn good. Bière Royale checks in at 5%, was built from Pale Ale, Pils, Vienna, and Wheat malts, and spiced with Hops from Tettnang which give it that 35 IBU bedonkedonk. Cheers! Prost! Excelsior!

Also, they’ll be tapping two special casks of this beer including one dry-hopped with 8 ounces of Tettnanger hops and another cask with medium-toast French oak chips. All of these events begin at 12PM and will run all day long. So, no matter how you pronounce Louis, this is a great way to celebrate St. Louis.

It’s like Mr. Rogers once said*, “Neighbors kick ass.” And without a doubt, 4 Hands Brewing Company is always trying to be a good neighbor.  What better way to be a good neighbor than a collaboration of food and beer?

Next Wednesday, August 29th, 4 Hands Brewing Company will be hosting a beer dinner with their lovely neighbor Franco. The meal will feature five courses (and an amuse) paired up with six different 4 Hands beers.

This dinner is also notable in that it will be your last chance to try Prussia this year and your first opportunity to try their newest beer: Cuvee Ange. Dinner begins at 7PM and will set you back $65 per person. You can make reservations by calling 314-436-2500. Peek at the menu below:

*Mr. Rogers probably didn’t say this.

I can think of few better pairings than beer and barbecue. Don’t believe me? Ask those fine folks that visit Bogarts and iTAP Soulard on a Saturday afternoon. There is just something about smoky meat that pairs well with craft beer.

Evidently Copia Restaurant & Wine Garden agrees, which is why they’re throwing their first ever Beer and BBQ tasting event. On Thursday, September 13th, Copia will be featuring beers from over 10 different local and regional breweries along with BBQ cooked up by Copia’s award-winning Chef Dave Rook.

The event will feature beers from 2nd Shift, 4 Hands, Six Row, Ferguson Brewing Company, Perennial Artisan Ales and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Abita, Deschutes Brewery, Founders Brewing Co., Goose Island, and Tallgrass Brewing Company.

This event begins and 7PM and will cost you $37 ($47 at the door) and will feature unlimited samples along with that BBQ. You can make your reservation by calling 314-241-9463.

I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, but there’s this guy named Gerard Craft. He owns a couple of restaurants in town and he’s been in the news a bit lately. One of those restaurant is Taste by Niche and they’ve partnered with Perennial Artisan Ales to put on their first beer dinner.

Taking place on August 26th, this four course meal will be paired with four different Perennial beers (including some you may have never had) and will cost you $75 per person. If you’d like to make a reservation, call 217-556-5772, they’ll have multiple seatings throughout the evening. The menu is below: