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Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they’ll be sampling: Perennial Vermilion English Style Barleywine, Perennial Hommel
and Perennial Saison de Lis! Also, tomorrow from 2-4PM, you’ll have a chance to sample 4 Hands Brewing Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown, 4 Hands Brewing Single Speed Session, 4 Hands Brewing Pyrus, 4 Hands Brewing Reprise Centennial Red, and 4 Hands Brewing Divided Sky Rye IPA. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Also this Saturday, Macklind Ave Deli will be having a sampling 12PM to 2:30PM, where they’ll be sampling beers from Perennial Artisan Ales. For more information, be sure to check out their webpage.

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.

IMG_6183If Schlafly Beer was a person, he’d probably look like the guy in the photo on the right. And that guy is now 21 years old. He’d be able to legally open himself and drink himself. Though, that doesn’t sound very legal.

To celebrate their 21st Anniversary Schlafly is throwing their annual party at the Tap Room on Wednesday, December 26th and serving beer at 1991 prices all day long.

If that’s not enough to pique your interest how about a discounted SIP Club membership as well? The standard SIP Club price is $25 for an annual membership, but on Wednesday only you’ll receive a free mug when you sign up. Here are just a few things a SIP Club membership gets you:

  • A Schlafly discount card: present to server or bartender and receive a 20 oz. beer for the price of a 16 oz. (excluding beers over 8% alcohol)
  • 10% discount in our retail shops
  • Invitation to special in-house member-only tastings and events

Come and celebrate with the fine folks at Schlafly.

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 (and also now in St. Charles!) 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 Goose Island Christmas Ale on draft. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Deschutes Hop Trip. So, if you’re looking for something special without all of the lists and missed opportunities, make sure to stop into Llywelyn’s in St. Charles or Webster tonight!

The HandleBar, is ready to start your Christmas vacation off right as they’ll be holding their second “Beer Christmas” starting at 7PM on Thursday, December 20th. To put some jingle in your stocking the fine folks at Six Row Brewing Company will be bringing a very special cask of Cookies and Cream Porter that’s a variation of the Six Row Vanilla Porter.

Not only will there be a special cask, but each pint you purchase will earn you a raffle ticket for possibly winning some “gifts” wrapped under the tree. After the cask blows, all of the taps turn back to happy hour pricing!

If you’re looking to avoid the Christmas ham, the Handlebar kitchen will still be serving up some awesome grub.  This sounds like a great excuse to get out of the house before you’re surrounded by family in that ugly Christmas sweater.

This week on the STL Hops Twitter

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

  • Randall’s Wines and Spirits (Manchester)(12/11/12)
    • 4 Hands Pyrus
    • 4 Hands Morning Glory
    • Abita Amber
    • Abita Jockamo IPA
    • Abita Purple Haze
    • Abita Turbo Dog
    • Abita S.O.S.
    • Abita Fall
    • Anchor Brekle’s Brown Ale
    • Anchor Liberty Ale
    • Anchor Steam Beer
    • Arcadia Hop Rocket
    • Arcadia Loch down Scotch Ale
    • Arcadia Sky High Rye
    • Bell’s Amber Ale
    • Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury
    • Bell’s Java Stout
    • Bell’s Pale Ale
    • Bell’s Christmas
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Blue Moon Reserve Collection Vintage Blonde Ale
    • Blue Moon Winter Variety 12 pk
    • Boulevard Smokestack Reverb
    • Boulevard Harvest Wheat
    • Boulevard collaboration #3 Stingo
    • Boulevard 80 Acre
    • Boulevard Nommo
    • Budweiser Project Twelve
    • Cathedral Square Holy Moly
    • Cathedral Square Belgium Abbey Ale
    • Charleville Hotomistic
    • Charleville Tornado alley
    • Deschutes Black Butte 24th
    • Descgutes Chasin Freshies
    • Deschutes Inversion IPA
    • Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
    • Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA
    • Deschutes Jubelale
    • Goose Island Mild Winter *New
    • Goose Island Bourbon County
    • Grand Teton Black Cauldron
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Founders Centennial IPA
    • Founders Red’s Rye
    • Leinenkugel’s Vanilla Porter
    • Lagunitas Cappucino ***New
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
    • Lagunitas New Dogtown IPA
    • Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey
    • Left hand Nitro Milk Stout
    • Lindeman’s Framboise
    • Magic Hat Heart of Drakness
    • Magic Hat #9
    • Nebraska Imperial Stout
    • Nebraska Melange A trois
    • New Belgium Peach porch
    • New Belguim Ranger IPA
    • New Belguim Snow Day
    • New Holland Envious 2012 vintage
    • New Holland Dragon’s Milk
    • Odells Woodcutter #6
    • Odells Friek
    • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
    • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
    • O’Fallon Smoked Porter
    • Perennial Black Walnut Dunkel
    • Perennial Hommel Bier
    • Perennial Heart of Gold
    • Perennial Peace Offering
    • Perennial Abraxis 2011
    • Rogue Voodoo
    • Schlafly Kolsch
    • Schlafly Christmas ***New
    • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly Scotch Ale *** New
    • Schlafly T.I.P.A.
    • Shiner Wild Hare
    • Shiner Cheers
    • Ska Euphoria
    • Ska Mole
    • Ska Nefarious Ten Pin Porter
    • Sierra Nevada Tumbler seasonal
    • Sierra Newada Torpedo
    • Southern Tier 2x IPA
    • Southern Tier Krampus ***New
    • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut Ale
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel Lager
    • Woodchuck Winter Seasonal *New
  • Vineyards Wine & Spirits (Chesterfield) (12/14/12)
    • 2nd Shift Hibicus Wit
    • 4 Hands Brewery Divided Sky Rye IPA–NEW
    • 4 Hands Brewery Foundation
    • American Patriot Beer
    • American Patriot Light Beer
    • Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA
    • Avery Nineteen Belgian Tripel
    • Bat Creek Brewery Pike County Pale Ale
    • Bat Creek Brewery Machine Stout
    • Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout
    • Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale
    • Boulevard 80-Acre
    • Boulevard Nutcracker
    • Boulevard SSS Mixed Four Holiday 4 Pack
    • Boulevard SSS Nommo Dubbel
    • Boulevard SSS Collaboration No. 3 Stingo
    • Boulevard Saison-Brett
    • Breckenridge Vanilla Porter–NEW
    • Budweiser Brewmasters’ Project Twelve
    • Chimay Sample Pack with Goblet
    • Deschutes JUBELALE!
    • Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA
    • Firestone Walker Anniversary #16–NEW
    • Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA
    • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
    • Founders Breakfast Stout–NEW
    • Founders Dirty Bastard
    • Goose Island Harvest Ale
    • Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
    • Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
    • Lagunitas Lucky 13
    • Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout–NEW
    • Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
    • Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy IPA
    • Leinenkugel’s Lemon Berry Shandy
    • New Belgium LOFS Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
    • New Belgium Snow Day
    • Odells Pond Hopper
    • Odell IPA
    • Ommegang Abbey Ale
    • Perennial Peace Offering
    • Perennial Saison de Lis
    • Perennial Heart of Gold
    • Rogue Mocha Porter Ale
    • Sam Adams Winter Lager
    • Schlafly Single Malt Scottish Ale–NEW
    • Schlafly Coffee Stout
    • Schlafly Christmas Ale–NEW
    • Schlafly Winter ESB–NEW
    • Shiner Cheer
    • Sierra Neveda Celebration–NEW
    • Stone Ruination IPA
    • Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale
    • Stone Brewing IPA
    • Summit Brewery Saga IPA
    • Tallgrass 8 Can Mix Pack Sampler
    • Urban Chestnut 8-Pack Variety Pack
    • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • Widmer Brothers Oatmeal Porter

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • Cugino’s Italian Grill & Bar (12/12/12)
  • Draft
    • Firestone Walker Wookie Jack
    • Stone Enjoy By 12/21/12
    • Perennial Abraxas
    • Green Flash Palate Wrecker
    • Stone Double Bastard
    • Schmaltz He’Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16
    • Schlafly Tazmanian IPA
    • 4 Hand Smoked Pigasus
    • Founders 2012 Breakfast Stout
    • Perennial Peace Offering
    • Southern Tier Iniquity
    • Arcadia Cocoa Loco
    • Delerium Tremens
    • Southern Tier Mokah
    • Deschutes Obsidian Stout (Nitro)
    • Schlafly Winter ESB
    • Firestone Walker Double Jack
    • Deschutes Jubelale
    • Southern Tier Oat
    • Founders Centennial IPA
    • Goose Island Mild Winter
    • Founders Red’s Rye
    • Ayinger Celebrator
    • St. Bernardus Abt 12
    • Houblon Chouffe
    • Crispin Original Cider
    • North Coast Pranqster
    • St. Louis Framboise
    • Ferguson Pecan Ale
    • Ferguson St. Louis Pale Ale
    • 2nd Shift El Gato Grande
    • O’Fallon Wheach
    • 4 Hand Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown
    • Southern Tier 2XIPA
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Goose Island Honker’s Ale
    • Goose Island Sofie
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Perennial Hommel Bier
    • Perennial Saison de Lis
    • 6 Row Whale
    • Bell’s Amber Ale
    • Bell’s Best Brown
    • Schlafly Dry Hopped APA
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly Kolsch
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz
    • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut
    • Fox Barrel Pear Cider
    • Stella Artois
    • Shock Top
    • Bud Light
    • Budweiser
    • Bud Select
  • Bottle
    • Fat Tire
    • Newcastle
    • Guiness
    • Sierra Nevada
  • Pi (Delmar) (12/14/12)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common style beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Schlafly Winter ESB
    • North Coast ‘Scrimshaw’ Pilsner
    • Avery ‘White Rascal’ Belgian White Ale
    • New Belgium 1554
    • Charleville “Witch’s Brewmm” Belgian style Pumpkin Ale
    • Pabst Blue Ribbon
    • New Belgium Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stout
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Charleville Oatmeal Stout (A Pi Exclusive)
    • Avery IPA
    • Boulevard Reverb Imperial Pilsner
    • 4 Hands PiPA (Pale Ale made exclusively for Pi restaurants)
    • Civil Life American Brown
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly Christmas Ale
    • Schlafly ’3.14′ Kölsch
    • Boulevard Bully! Porter
    • Original Sin Cider (Gluten Free, Bottle)
    • Civil Life American Brown
    • New Grist Gluten Free (Bottle)
    • Buckler N/A (Bottle)
  • Pi (Kirkwood) 12/14/2012)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common style beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Schlafly Irrationale (Kölsch)
    • Schlafly Christmas Ale
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly Pilsner
    • Schlafly Winter ESB
    • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
    • Founder’s Centennial IPA
    • New Belgium 1554
    • Bell’s Best Brown
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Six Row Whale Ale
    • Four Hands Pi Pale Ale (A Pale Ale exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Bud Light
    • Original Sin Cider (Gluten Free)
    • New Grist Gluten Free (Bottle)
    • Buckler NA Lager (Bottle)
  • Pi (Central West End) (12/8/12)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common stlye beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Schlafly Winter ESB
    • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
    • Schlafly Kolsch
    • Four Hands Pi Pale Ale (A Pale Ale exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Avery White Rascal
    • Civil Life Brown Ale
    • Lips of Faith Biere De Mars (22 oz Bottle)
    • Lips of Faith Lost Abbey (22 oz Bottle)
    • Stone IPA (22 oz Bottle)
    • New Belgium Fat Tire (Can)
    • Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi IPA (Can)
    • Avery ‘Joes’ Pilsner (Can)
    • Original Sin Hard Cider (Bottle)(Gluten Free)
    • Bard’s Gluten Free (Bottle)
    • New Grist Gluten Free (Bottle)
    • Buckler NA Lager (Bottle)
  • Pi (Mercantile Exchange) (12/14/12)
    • 2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit
    • 4 Hands ‘PiPA’ (brewed by 4 Hands exclusively for Pi Pizzeria)
    • Avery ‘White Rascal’
    • Bell’s ‘Amber Ale’
    • Bell’s Seasonal ‘Best Brown Ale’
    • Boulevard ‘Tank 7′
    • Civil Life ‘American Brown Ale’
    • Civil Life ‘German Wheat’
    • Civil Life ‘Oatmeal Stout’
    • Deschutes ‘Black Butte’ Porter
    • Founder’s ‘Red Rye’
    • Founder’s ‘Breakfast Stout’
    • Green Flash ‘Le Freak’
    • Lagunitas ‘IPA’
    • North Coast ‘Scrimshaw Pilsner’
    • Odell ’90 Shilling’
    • Perennial ‘Hommel Bier’
    • Schlafly ‘Winter ESB Ale’
    • Schlafly ‘Kolsch’
    • Schlafly ‘Pi Common’ (brewed by Schlafly exclusively for Pi Pizzeria)
    • Schlafly ‘Tasmanian IPA’
    • Six Row ‘Double IPA’
    • Stone ‘Arrogant Bastard’
    • Urban Chestnut ‘Winged Nut Ale’
    • Avery ‘Joe’s Pilsner’ (can)
    • Big Sky ‘Moose Drool’ Brown Ale (can)
    • New Belgium ‘Fat Tire’ Amber Ale (can)
    • O’Fallon ‘Wheach’ (can)
    • Ska ‘Modus Hoperandi’ IPA (can)
    • Tallgrass ‘Halcyon’ Wheat (can)
    • Bard’s Tale ‘Original’ Gluten-Free (bottle)
    • New Planet ‘Off-Grid Pale Ale’ Gluten-Free (bottle)
    • Original Sin Hard Apple Cider Gluten-Free (bottle)
    • Buckler Non-Alcoholic (bottle)

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they’ll be sampling: 4 Hands Brewing Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown, 4 Hands Brewing Single Speed Session, 4 Hands Brewing Smoked Pigasus, 4 Hands Morning Glory, 4 Hands Brewing Reprise Centennial Red, and 4 Hands Brewing Divided Sky Rye IPA! 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 Goose Island. For more information, be sure to check out their Facebook page.

Also this Saturday, Macklind Ave Deli will be having a sampling 12PM to 2:30PM, where they’ll be sampling beers from Perennial Artisan Ales. For more information, be sure to check out their webpage.

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.

It’s the time of the year where we look back at all of the cool stuff that’s been happening in our lives. For us beer people, it’s time to give a little thanks for all of the cool stuff that’s been going on with the St. Louis beer scene.  We’ve been moving at a warp speed over the past few years, so it’s good to give thanks for how good we currently have it.

It’s amazing to me to think of all of the great places we have to drink awesome craft beer in St. Louis.  It’s also awesome to know that there are more places on the way.  One of those places is Basso, located at 7036 Clayton Avenue.

This space isn’t your typical basement bar as this will truly be one of the most elegant places to have a beer in St. Louis. My picture don’t do this location justice, it’s just a beautiful location.  Basso opens on December 17th.  Check out the photos and the beer menu below:

  • Le Baladin
  • Il Chiostro
  • Grado Plato
  • Birrificio L’Olmaia
  • Pecan Nut Brown
  • 2nd Shift El Gato Grande IPA
  • Six Row Double IPA
  • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale
  • Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
  • Schlafly Pale Ale
  • Schlafly Klsch
  • Civil Life American Brown
  • Boulevard Nut Craker Ale
  • Founders Centenial IPA
  • Founders Dirty Bastard
  • Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
  • Ska Modus Hoperandi IPA
  • Magners Irish Cider
  • St. Bernardus Prior 8
  • Blue Moon Belgian White Ale
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Deschutes Obsidion Stout
  • Six Row Porter
  • Founders Porter
  • Left Hand Milk Stout NITRO
  • Morgan Street Honey Wheat
  • Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier
  • Peroni
  • Radeberger Pilsner
  • Sam Adams Winter Lager
  • Stella Artois