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Sometimes you need some “you” time.  As awesome as it is to hang out with family, sometimes it can be a bit much. If you’re looking for something to do come Friday evening, check out Hair of the Dog as they’ll be throwing a Black Friday celebration featuring some really black beers.  Here’s a list:

  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
  • Founder Breakfast
  • Great Divide Yeti
  • Arcadia Black IPA
  • Schlafly Coffee
  • Lips of Faith Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout
  • Founders Backwoods Bastard
  • 4 Hands Smoked Pigasus
  • Magic Hat Heart of Darkness
  • New Belgium Snow Day

This is a quite the line-up of black beers. Head on out to Hair of the Dog beginning at 5PM on Friday to really make the most of your Black Friday.

The holidays are a fantastic time to get with friends and have some great food and great beer. Wild Flower in the Central West End knows that this is a great time and decided to throw a beer dinner. Next Wednesday, November 28th at 6:30PM, you’ll be able enjoy six courses and seven beers all for $55.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity.)

Here’s a look at the menu:

Reception Beer: Schlafly TIPA

Hors d’oeuvre: Smoked Trout Canapés
Paired with: 4 Hands Amarillo Pale Ale

1st Course: Rabbit and Dumplings–Morel Mushrooms, Baby Vegetables, Swiss Chard Gnocchi
Paired with: New Belgium Trip Farmhouse Ale

2nd Course: Pastrami and Rye–House made Pastrami, Savoy Cabbage, Thousand Island Foam
Paired with: Stone Smoked Porter

3rd Course: Baby Arugula Salad, Local Chevre, Crisp Guanciale, Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette
Paired with: Avery #19 Belgian Triple

4th Course: Herb Crusted Venison Loin, Root Vegetable Pave, Dried Cherry Gastrique.
Paired with: Firestone Walker Wookey Jack

Dessert Course: Butternut Squash Cheesecake, Pain d’ Epice Crust
Paired with: Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout

You can make reservations by calling 314-361-8282.

I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to get up at 4AM, stand in the bitter cold all to buy some crap for 2 bucks off. Wouldn’t you rather sleep in, eat some leftovers and then go out and join your friends for some beer? More importantly, wouldn’t you rather partake in some special beer and beer specials?

The International Tap House (both locations) will be opening at 11AM this Friday and will be kicking off the holiday season with some holiday beers. Here’s a list of beers that will be pouring on Friday:

  • Scaldis Noel
  • Delirium Noel
  • Bon Voeux
  • Wittkerke Winter White
  • Gouden Noel
  • St. Bernardus Christmas
  • Petrus Winter 9
  • Schlafly Christmas
  • Anchor Christmas
  • Watou Cuvee
  • Rogue Mogel Madness
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration
  • Boulevard Nutcracker
  • Evil Twin All Occasions
  • Goose Island Christmas
  • Goose Island Mild Winter
  • Southern Tier Old Man Winter
  • Deschutes Jubelale
  • Bell’s Christmas

This event will run from 11AM until iTap closes.

itap.jpgLet’s face it, the night before Thanksgiving is amateur night. Oh, don’t be coy, you remember how it was: It was your first or second Thanksgiving back from college and now you’re home hanging out with people from high school. Next thing you know you had too many Jagerbombs and you’re puking all while trying to fight some dude. It’s Skanksgiving.


But what about those of us that want to have a fine beverage on a Wednesday evening all while avoiding those that don’t know how to responsibly enjoy their alcohol? Well, how about you join the rest of us at the International Tap House in Chesterfield this Wednesday, November 21st as Perennial Artisan Ales throws a kick-off party for the release of this year’s version of their Mexican-chocolate stout known as Abraxas.

iTAP will be serving up not only the 2012 version of Abraxas, but also a keg of the 2011 version as well. And if that’s not enough, Perennial head brewer Cory King has also made up a cask of Vanilla Bean Imperial Stout. This is the base beer that is used to make Abraxas before the spicing is added.

All of the festivities begin at 6PM, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy yourself before the dreaded Skanksgiving begins.

Mark from Bigelo’s Bistro is putting on another of his fabulous beer dinners. This time Mark will be hosting Charleville Brewery for a very special event. Charleville has teamed up with Mark for this dinner which will be a fundraiser for Toys for Tots.

The dinner will be taking place on Sunday, December 2nd beginning at 4PM. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, will be $40 each, not including gratuity. $12 of each ticket will go directly to Toys for Tots. Bigelo’s is also kindly asking that you bring a new toy to donate when you come to the dinner.

You can make reservations by calling 618-655-1471. Here’s a look at the menu:

Reception Beer
Tornado Alley Amber

Asian marinated ahi tuna, slaw, wonton tostada
Half Wit Wheat

Guajillo shredded pork, grilled pineapple, guac-salsa, cotija, corn tortilla, with street cora
Hoptimistic IPA

Smoked brisket, BBQ sauce, gouda, flour tortilla with baked beans
Whiskey Scented Santa

Box of Chocolates

Schlafly will be holding one of their annual SIP Club Beer Dinners this Thursday, November 8th beginning at 6:30PM.  “But, I’m not a SIP Club member!”, you say.  No worries, this event is open to the public.

This six-course meal, which has been designed by Tap Room head chef Andy White will run you $55 per person (or $45 if you’re a SIP Club member) and you can reserve a spot by calling Stewart Wolfe at 314-241-2337 ext 252.  It should also be noted that the listed price INCLUDES tax and gratuity.

Here’s the menu:

Course 1: Raw
Tartare & Poke

Course 2: Poached
Salad “Nicoise”

Course 3: Fried
Bière de Garde

Course 4: Grilled
Capellini with Botarga
Grand Cru

Course 5: Seared
Autumn Flavors, Tamari Caramel

For the record, I’ve attended one of these dinners in the past and they will kill you with food. You will leave uncomfortably full, which isn’t a terrible thing. Definitely a fantastic bang for the buck.

“Hey Ladies!”

I can’t decide whether that sentence is more Jerry Lewis or Beastie Boys. In my case, probably Lewis.  Now that I have the attention of the lovely ladies that read STL Hops, I’m here to let you know that the International Tap House has partnered with Boulevard Brewing to put on a special beer class just for you.

Taking place on Wednesday, November 7th at iTAP Chesterfield, Boulevard is putting on an event they’re calling the Evolution of Beer. You’ll be starting with Boulevard Wheat and each sample from there will “evolve” to a higher ABV style.

The class, which begins at 6PM will be hosted by Boulevard brewer Craig Pijanowski. Craig will be walking you through each style and giving you the ins-and-outs of each of these Boulevard beers. This class is for beginners and experts alike.

No reservations are necessary, just show up at 6PM with $15 which will get you 7 “sizable” pours. Sounds like a great opportunity to learn and drink.