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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.

freshhopI’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the Saturday afternoon’s Schlafly Fresh Hop Ale Festival beer festival is Dan Bostelmann (who’s favorite local hoppy beer is 2nd Shift Brew Cocky)! Congrats to Dan and thank you everyone for entering. For those of you that didn’t win, there are still tickets available, though they’re going fast.

I once again want to thank  Stewart Wolfe from The St. Louis Brewery and for providing the tickets to this event. Should be a fantastic festival.

Whew!!  Man its been a long time without some label love… Been a slow few weeks at the TTB – that is in the greater STL area anyway.  However this week I have a TON of new beers heading to your favorite establishments in the coming weeks. Noticeably you will see 4 labels from Gary W Pinson brewing – I cant seem to confirm anything but it appears that this is Crown Valley Brewing out of St Genevieve MO doing I am guessing contract work.

Any rate enough of my boring chatter lets get to why you are here.  Labels!!

**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 St Louis Boathouse Blonde Ale – Gary W Pinson Brewing
Old St Louis Court House Lager – Gary W Pinson Brewing
Old St Louis Gaslight Square – Gary W Pinson Brewing
Old St Louis Street Car IPA- Gary W Pinson Brewing
Black Cauldron – Grand Teton Brewing
Furniture City Stock Ale – Founders Brewing
Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout – Widmer Bros Brewing
Vertical Epic 12.12.12 – Stone Brewing
X IPA – Schlafly Brewing
Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout – Odell Brewing
Holy Mole – Mothers Brewing

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 hosted by Jake Hafner from The Civil Life Brewing Company. Jake will be on hand to discuss and sample some beers including the Civil Life Porter, APA, Milk Stout and British Bitter. 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.

freshhopDo you love hops? Do you love winning things? Well, today is your lucky day as STL Hops is giving away two tickets to Schlafly Fresh Hop Ale Festival. This $50 value will allow you to partake in a festival to enjoy some of the freshest hops you’ll ever drink.

All you need to do is email contest@stlhops.com with the subject of “2012 Fresh Hop Festival” and include your favorite local hoppy beer. A couple of quick notes:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • You much be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.
  • If you don’t think you’ll be able to attend, please don’t enter. I’d like to make sure that people available to attend have a chance to win.

I want to thank  Stewart Wolf from The St. Louis Brewery for providing the tickets to this event. This contest will end on October 25th at 9AM CDT when I will pick one winner at random!

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.

In our follow-up meeting after St. Louis Craft Beer Week, I congratulated Llywelyn’s Pub and gave them the Most Valuable Player award. They had an event every night of the week during STLCBW, it was a very strong effort that deserved a special “thumbs up” from me.

So, it came as no surprise to me when I found out that Llywelyn’s general manager Tom Behnen was working with Six Row Brewing to create a special one-off beer for all of their locations. Called “Prince in Exile” it’s a Russian Imperial Stout that Tom designed with Six Row’s head brewer Evan Hiatt.

It’s a big beer with 10% ABV and 97 IBUs. The recipe includes Golding hops, Maris Otter, 60L Crystal Malt, 120L Crystal Malt, and tons of Chocolate Malt.

The release of the beer started last night at the Central West End location of Llywelyn’s and continues tonight with the release at the Soulard location. The train keeps rolling with the beer being featured at the St. Charles and Webster locations as part of the Brew You Never Knew program. The final release will take place at the Winghaven location on Friday. The beer will be available at 3PM each day.

I’m sure this won’t be the last collaboration we see at Llywelyn’s.  If so, their new slogan might become “Celtic for craft beer.”