Skip to content


Category: Beer Events

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.

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, October 2nd, beginning at 7PM, Boogaloo in Maplewood is putting on a beer dinner featuring four different beers from the Schlafly.  These five 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 (click to enlarge):

2009_05_16_1508It’s time to have another STL Hops Pinball Party!  This year’s event will take place at at CP Pinball in South Roxana, Illinois on September 29th from 5PM-9PM.

We have two different ticket prices again this year, so here’s the run down:

The cost of the event is $12 per person which provides you with all the pinball you can play for 4 hours.  If you’re looking for transportation to and from the event, we’ve rented a bus that will pick people up at Lafayette Park and return them after the event.  This will cost you an extra $15.

Just Pinball: $12
Pinball + Bus Fare: $27

Seems like a pretty great deal for safe travel to and from the event.

We’re going to have a bunch of people bringing different beers to sample and you’re welcome to bring something you’ve been hording as well. We’re also going to have some delicious pizza from Bigelo’s Bistro.

Tickets for this event are being sold through Brown Paper Tickets (click that link!).  Only 50 tickets are being made available at this time, so I wouldn’t wait around to buy them. Be certain to check out some of the photos from Sauce Magazine from the original pinball event, it was pretty awesome.

How often do you get to meet a president? I’m not talking about a politician or some homeless dude claiming to be the president. I’m talking about the president of a brewery. More importantly, how often do you get to break bread with a president?

Thanks to Dressel’s Pub, you’ll have your chance to sit and have a beer dinner with Gary Fish, President and Founder of Deschutes Brewery. This five course meal will be taking place on Tuesday, September 11th beginning at 7PM and will cost you $60 (not including tax and gratuity.)

As is usually the case, Ben Dressel is once again breaking out some awesome beer to pair with the dinner including 2011 Stoic, Collage, and Black Butte XXIV. There are a few seats left for this dinner and reservations can be made by emailing Ben Dressel or calling (314) 361-1060. Here’s a look at the menu:

Amuse Bouche – Double Star Farms Chicken Gallentine -Anson Mills polenta, pickled green beans, natural jus, bbq cracklins.
Twilight Summer Ale

1st- Grilled Belgian Endive Salad – oranges, pine nuts, pimenton spiced duck ham, corriander vin.
Chainbreaker White IPA

2nd – Molasses Glazed Salmon – butter leaks, cannellini bean puree, spiced walnuts, pomegranate
2011 Stoic Belgian Quad

3rd – Coco & Ancho Chili Rubbed Missouri Ribeye – smoked mushrooms, crispy sweetbreads, cherry bacon relish, whiskey gastrique
Conflux No. 1: Collage

4th –Chocolate Bustock – chocolate brioche, apricot jam, almond cream
Black Butte XXIV

Did you know that the anniversary gift for someone’s 24th anniversary is beer?  Well… not really, but let’s pretend it is. Let’s be honest though, beer is the perfect gift for any anniversary.

To celebrate their 24th anniversary Deschutes Brewery out of Bend, Oregon has created a beer that pays homage to their roots all while exploring what beer can beer. The Deschutes Black Butte XXIV is an imperial version of their Black Butte Porter with a recipe tweek each year the beer is released.

This year’s version features artisanal dark chocolate nibs, Deglet dates, and Mission figs. I don’t know about you, but this sounds pretty awesome. To celebrate the release of this beer Deschutes has partnered with the International Tap House in Chesterfield to launch this beer in St. Louis. You’ll be able to have your first taste of this beer on draft at 6PM tonight, Tuesday, September 4th.

As an added bonus, you’ll also have an opportunity to try Deschutes Obsidian Stout on Nitro. This is the first time this year-round beer has been made available in St. Louis, just in time for fall.

Make sure to visit iTAP Chesterfield tonight to enjoy these deliciously dark beers.