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I say this without hyperbole, New Belgium Brewing‘s Lauren Salazar may be one of the nicest people in all of brewing.  That’s a pretty big compliment when you realize just how nice most people in the brewing industry are.  Lauren’s job of Sensory Specialist has her as the ears, eyes, nose, and mouth of New Belgium.

But, the coolest part of her job is that she’s the primary person to to do New Belgium’s barrel-aged blending.  She gets to taste all of the sour/funky beers coming out of the New Belgium and blend them into things like La Folie or the more recent Le Terroir.

Well, she’s coming to town and she wants to meet all of you.  Here’s a list of events she’ll be attending next week:

Monday November 5th:
6:30PM – Duff’s 12th Annual New Belgium Beer Dinner featuring all Lips of Faith Beers
$70/per person

Biere De Mars
Veal Torteloni, Portobello Picatta
Peach Porch Lounger
Molasses Glazed Duck Salad
Bretta Beer
Smoked Whitefish Cake, Beet Essence, Root Vegetable Slaw
Cocoa Mole
Tortilla Soup, Pork Carnitas, Pumpkinseed Salsa Verde
Prickly Pear Saison
Mango Sorbet, Pineapple Salsa

Tuesday, November 6th:

  • 5PM–7PM – Lips of Faith and Sour Beer Tasting @ Wine and Cheese Place (Forsyth)
  • 8PM-? – New Belgium Sour Beer Tasting featuring La Folie and Tart Lychee @ Hair of the Dog

Wednesday, November 7th:

  • 5:30PM–8:30PM – Beer School featuring La Folie @ Cicero’s
  • 9PM-? – STLHops Reception featuring Ooh La Leopold @ The Bridge

While all of the events are very cool, that last event was created just for us. Lauren wanted to thank the STL Hops community for all of their support of New Belgium and they’re breaking out a special keg just for us.

Ooh La Leopold is the Ooh La La aged in an oak fruit whiskey barrel. Sounds delicious. So, let’s make sure to visit all of these events all next week and keep Lauren coming back!

stlhopslogosmall.gifI’ve been kind of dragging my feet on putting up this post, but I can’t wait much longer. (Plus, from what I hear, you guys and gals are clamoring to buy tickets.)

On November 10th at 6:00PM, STL Hops will be having its Fifth Anniversary Party at 4 Hands Brewing Company. As many of you know this party was originally held at Schlafly. But, with the all of the new breweries in the area, I thought it would be fun to kind of share the love and move the event around.  I want to thank Schlafly and Perennial for hosting the first years of events, they were awesome hosts.

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets and the cost is $26.10. Why the extra ten cents? Because with the BPT service fee, the exact cost of the ticket is $28.00. All of the proceeds for this event will be donated to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Your ticket will include beer and a special glass made specifically for this event. I’ve also added a designated driver ticket for $2 that will get you in the door for the fun.

I’m still working on what beer will be available at the event, but as you’ve seen in the past, there will be plenty of great stuff to drink this evening. Part of the reason I’ve been dragging my feet is that I’ve been trying to lock down all of the beer.  But let me tell you, there is some cool stuff already lined up. Food will be available for purchase, still working out all of the details on that.

Keep checking back because I’m working on not only getting a bunch of brewers but also a bunch of swag as well. 200 tickets are being made available for this event, so get them while you can.

Purchase tickets HERE.

You know what we haven’t had in a while? A Tap Takeover. Sure we get plenty of them during St. Louis Craft Beer Week, but we don’t see a lot of them during the rest of the year.

Luckily, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has recognized this serious lack of takeovers and has decided to invade Global Brew Tap House and Lounge in O’Fallon, IL for a very special event.

UCBC is breaking out some of the good stuff which includes dry-hopped cask of Hopfen Bavarian IPA. Some of the beers on tap will include STLIPA, Dorfbier, Schnickelfritz, and Daft. You’ll also have a chance to win some UCBC swag and also meet brewer Jason Thompson.

If you want to get down on this tap takeover, make sure to head to Global Brew in O’Fallon tonight beginning at 7PM.

Breweries aren’t dumb. They know you love their everyday line-up, but they know you clamor for the special releases. If it’s difficult to get, the more people seem to want to buy it. Sometimes you have people lining out the door to get their hands on these hard to get beers.

Charleville Microbrewery has always had some unusual one-off creations so it should come as no surprise that they’re doing some cool stuff this fall. Over the next few days, Charleville will be releasing a few of their one-off kegs for a few events at the International Tap House.

Here’s a list of events:

  • Tuesday Oct 23rd – 6PM (iTap Soulard) – We release 1 of 2 kegs of the Saline Kriek (Aged in Chardonel Wine Barrels for 9 months then aged on tart cherries for 4 months)
  • Friday Oct 26th – 6PM (iTap Chesterfield) – We will have a cask of The Witch’s Brew’mmm Pumpkin
  • Tuesday Oct 30th – 6PM (iTap Chesterfield) – We release the 2nd keg of Saline Kriek, and it is Panda’s Birthday!

If you’re looking to try some of these fascinating creations, make sure to visit iTAP for these events this week.

Hooray for birthdays!  Another one of the breweries in St. Louis celebrates their first anniversary and they’re throwing a party.  Perennial Artisan Ales turns one this year and they’re throwing quite a bash to celebrate the occasion.

This shindig even includes the release of their newest year-round beer: Aria.  If you want to enjoy this new beer or maybe something special they’ve saved in their basement, head on out to Perennial on Saturday, October 27th. And be certain to check out the poster below for release times on special beers.

Congrats to Perennial, there will be plenty more parties to come.

Food trucks!  Yay!

Beer! Yay!

Put them both together and you have the 2nd Annual Food Truck Feast being put on by 4 Hands Brewing and Feast Magazine. This event which combines beer with food being purchased from a vehicle that can move will take place this Saturday, October 20th from 12PM to 8PM.

But, we’re here for the beer, so what will get your lazy butt of your couch to visit 4 Hands this Saturday? They’ll also be debuting an Amarillo Pale Ale in cask on Saturday. But you’ll also be witness to the release of their newest collaboration: the Smoked Pigasus. This beer is a rye smoked maple porter that was made with the help of Mike Emerson from Pappy’s Smokehouse.

Here’s a description of the beer:

Smoked Pigasus is a robust and delicious porter brewed with rye, smoked malt, and maple syrup. The maple provides a perfect balance for the smoked malt. Smoked Piagasus pours a deep mahogany with aromas of chocolate, smoke, and caramel.

Here’s the food trucks that will be serving up some food:

Come on out on Saturday to enjoy the mobile food serving experience and also to try some of the awesome beer made by 4 Hands.

A while back, I showed you a photo of just some of the casks that Schlafly purchased to expand their cask beer program. Well, when you have this many casks at your disposal, it means you get to put on events showcasing your beer.

In this case, it’s taking a cask of Schlafly beer and serving it at Bigelo’s Bistro in Edwardsville, Illinois. But this is not just any beer, this is a kick-off of their new year-round IPA program.

This Wednesday, October 10th, a representative from Schlafly will be tapping a cask of the TIPA (Tasmanian IPA) and will be serving it beginning at 6PM.

Nothing quite like being able to enjoy some great cask beer right in your own backyard.  Or, it’s even better to make a day of heading out to Edwardsville! While you’re at Bigelo’s, make sure to ask for the very awesome STL Hops pizza.