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2009_05_16_1508I’m pretty excited about the STL Hops Pinball party tomorrow night, but there are a couple of things I want everyone to know before you head out to CP Pinball.

Everyone please be cool.

While I’ve never had any sort of problem with anyone from here in the past, we’re going to have about 50 people at CP.  We’re all adults, so I shouldn’t have to say this, but I’m going to anyway.  Don’t be an idiot. It’s cool to enjoy yourself, but just be careful, we’re going to be surrounded by over $125,000 worth of pinball equipment.  We’re all here for a good time and to hang out with other beer nerds.   Don’t ruin this event for the rest of us.

For the people taking the bus.

The bus will be at the corner of Lafayette Park at Park Ave and Mississippi Ave at 4PM.  The bus will be leaving at close to 4:15.  It will take you up to pinball and you’ll arrive close to 5PM.  The bus will then leave pinball at 9PM and bring you back to Lafayette Park.  There should be plenty of free parking near the park.

If you didn’t buy a ticket, please don’t crash.

While I’m extremely encouraged and excited about the enthusiasm for this party someone has to pay for every person who attends the party.  This place is open two weekends every month, feel free to stop by then. I will have bracelets for people attending so I know who and who should not attend. There are still a few bus/pinball tickets available that you can purchase before tomorrow’s event.

Bring a tasting glass.

I’m going to bring a little extra glassware, but not a lot.  I had a sizable amount of my glassware swiped at the last few events, so I’m not bringing as much this time around.  You’re responsible for your own glass.

If you’re not taking the bus and you’ve had too much, find a ride.

Be safe and be smart, we want you around for the next party. CP isn’t exactly close to home for many of us, so plan on having a ride back home if you’ve had too much to drink.

If you’ve sold your tickets to someone else, make sure I know about it.

Most everyone is a will-call ticket, so I’ll need to know if names have changed. Please send me an email or a private message via the forum if you’ve sold your ticket.

One last thing, I’ll admit up front that this is usually the event where I’m the least social.  I love playing pinball, so I’ll probably be doing that for the entire four hours.  If you have any other additional questions, please feel free to contact me.

Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they’ll be sampling: Hermitage Ale of the Imp, Hermitage Maltopia, Urban Chestnut Barrel Aged Daft, and Odell Deconstrucion Ale! Additional information can be found at their blog.

This Saturday, Wolfbrau in St. Peters continues its “Wolfbrau’s Taste of Beer.” On select Saturdays, Wolfbrau will be featuring a single style or brewery to feature. This Saturday, from 4PM to 6PM, they’ll be featuring Tait from Charleville Brewery. For more information, be sure to check out their Facebook page.

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 mike@stlhops.com.

If there is anything I’ve learned during my short trip on this planet, it’s giving a one-year-old beer as a present is probably a bad idea. But what if a one-year-old gives you beer? Assuming you’re legal drinking age, that sounds like it would be permissible.

It’s The Civil Life Brewing Company‘s first birthday and they’re throwing three days of parties to celebrate. Things begin tomorrow night (Friday, September 28th) when at 7:50PM Civil Life debuts their new sign outside.  This doesn’t sound like a big deal, but you have to realize that this is the first permanent sign on a business for owner Jake Hafner.

Each year Civil Life will be making a change to their logo and you’ll be able to see the new logo on Saturday at 2PM after Jake’s “State of the Beer” speech. Sunday gives you an opportunity to bring the kids as they’re doing Family Day at Civil Life.

And to celebrate the momentous occasion CLB has brewed up an Alt beer which allows them to make the pun, “We’re one year Alt!” all weekend. For more information about the weekend, be sure to check out Civil Life’s blog.

Congrats to Jake, Mike, and Dylan on their first year in business.

While we didn’t have as many entries as I was expecting, they were still very amusing. I’m glad that most people got the overall idea behind this contest which was to make me laugh or also to be amazed at your MS Paint abilities.  Before we get to the entries, thanks again to Dan Bostlemann (dbsdelight) for offering up this bottle to give away.

Here are the runners up (with a little commentary):

I appreciate the effort, but too much photograph and not enough MS Paint. Good job, good effort with the meme though.

I’ve actually seen this crying bastard before at DLD, so this scene is all too familiar. But, is that dude on the picnic table dead?

This is very well done and would be an awesome album cover for any 80’s hair band.

While I am pompous, I’m not exactly vain. So, while you’d assume this portrait of me would be right up my alley, I don’t particularly want to look at this eerily accurate MS Paint depiction of myself.

I assume this is what DLD would look like on acid.

This is a lie, this dude cuts the front all of the time.  I know this for a fact.

I believe this is what clinical psychologists would label “nightmare fuel.”

This is pretty awesome. It’s like a cross between Dark Lord, Shredder, and binge drinking.

And the winner is…

Beers attacking bunnies and flowers, lava, brimstone, and sperm falling from the sky. This image has everything. Congrats to Tyler Dumey, you’ve perfectly described every Dark Lord Day I’ve attended.

Thank you all for entering, these were pretty great.

Another slow week in the world of label approvals.  A few that I am going to post this week you have probably seen either in the forum or via social media for various sources.  Any rate if you have missed them then you will enjoy the labels this week.

Enjoy & Cheers!

**As always disclaimer time** The labels here aren’t a guarantee that we will see these beers in StL or even in the Metro East please view with caution and enjoy!!

Labels Approved
Old Ale – Schlafly Culinaria Colab (Guessing this is a new label formally Holiday Ale)
Single Malt Scottish Ale 21st Anniversary – Schlafly
Buffalo Sweat Vanilla Stout – Tall Grass Brewing
Buffalo Killer Ale – Six Row/TWCP Barrel Program

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 school is being taught by Karen King from Deschutes Brewing. Karen will be on hand to discuss and sample some Mirror Pond, Chainbreaker, Jubleale, and Nitro Obsidian Stout. 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 Cicerosbeerschool.com.

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 continuing their program that they’ve been 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 in Webster will be featuring the 4 Hands Brewing Cuvee Ange on draft. So, if you’re looking for something special without all of the lists and missed opportunities, make sure to stop into Llywelyn’s in Webster tonight!