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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.

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.

itap.jpgI don’t always have much (or any) Christmas spirit. December is just not one of my favorite months. One of the things that annoys me the most is just how damned early it gets dark. It’s not much fun to wake up in the dark and come home from work in the dark.

But dark isn’t always bad.  Take for instance the iTAP Nightmare Before Christmas.  Next Saturday, December 15th the International Tap House (both locations) will be putting on a bunch of big, rare beers, and a bunch of dark beers to boot. Here’s a list of what to expect:

Chesterfield:

  • Goose Island BCS (’12)
  • Urban Chestnut Thrales
  • OFallon Belgian Dark Strong
  • Perennial Fantastic Voyage
  • Perennial Vermilion
  • Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
  • Firestone Walker Parabola
  • Widmer Imperial Raspberry Stout
  • Emilisse Imperial Stout
  • Bells Hell Hath No Fury
  • 4 Hands Bona Fide 2011
  • De Molen Disputin Russian Imperial Stout
  • Ommegang Art of Darkness
  • New Holland Dragons milk
  • Old Rasputin
  • 2nd Shift Liquid Spiritual Delight
  • Left Hand Wake up Dead
  • Deschutes Abyss
  • Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
  • Charleville Box of Chocolate
  • Boulevard Harvest Dance
  • Rogue Dead Guy
  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
  • Emelisse Oak Barrel Aged RIS
  • Scheldebrouwerij Oesterstout
  • Emilisse Espresso Stout
  • Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel #2 Cognac
  • So Tier Creme Brûlée
  • Lucifer
  • Goose Island Night Stalker
  • Green Flash Double Stout
  • **Cask: Odell Mountain Standard Black IPA

Soulard:

  • Founders KBS
  • Deschutes Abyss
  • Deschutes XXIV
  • Firestone Walker XVI
  • Perennial Vermilion
  • Mikkeller Black Hole
  • Evil Twin Biscotti Break
  • Goose Island BCS (’12)
  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
  • Emilisse Imperial Stout
  • Ommegang Art of Darkness
  • Perennial Abraxas  (’12)
  • Bells Hell Hath No Fury
  • Founders Boltcutter
  • Cathedral Square Bourbon Barrel Holy Moly
  • Bells Expedition Stout
  • Perennial Fantastic Voyage
  • Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
  • New Holland Dragons Milk
  • Left Hand Wake up Dead
  • 2nd Shift LSD
  • Old Rasputin
  • Boulevard Harvest Dance
  • Rogue Dead Guy
  • Urban Chestnut Thrales
  • Green Flash Double Stout
  • Founders Breakfast Stout
  • Goose Island Night Stalker
  • Cask: Perennial Chocolate Vermillion

This event starts at 12PM on Saturday, plenty of time to drink some dark beers before it gets dark outside.

I can’t believe it’s already been three years since Six Row Brewing first opened its doors. That’s crazy talk.

Before we saw this huge explosion of breweries opening in St. Louis over the past few years, Six Row was first on the scene. And to celebrate their anniversary, they’re throwing three days worth of events.

Take a look below for the events taking place over the next few days:

  • Thursday Night (December 6th starting at 5PM)
    • End of the World Cask: Chili Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout
  • Friday Night (December 7th Special Tappings Throughout the Day)
    • Cask of Spiced Oktoberfest
    • Tapping of Anniversary Ale: Trippel
    • Live Music: The Bob and Perry Revue Featuring the Original Mojos
  • Saturday (December 8th)
    • 10AM – Beer Breakfast featuring beer pancakes!
    • Baumann’s Bacon Porter Cask
    • Tapping of Strawberry Honey Weizen
    • 4PM tapping Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout

Sounds like a very fun weekend. Congrats to Six Row on their anniversary, I’m sure there will be many more to come!

As more and more people have started putting together beer cellars, I’ve had plenty ask how long you should age beer. I wish I had an easy answer.  There are so many factors that go into aging beer that make it almost impossible to give an answer.

But, what if you want to get an idea of what a beer tastes like over the course of five years without putting in the time, effort, and patience to cellar that beer? Well, my friends, do I have an event for you.

On Thursday, December 27th beginning at 7PM, 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar will be throwing a very special tasting featuring a five year vertical of Deschutes Brewery The Abyss Imperial Stout.

This will be a ticketed event (which will cost you $25) which will give you 4oz samples of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Abyss as well as a chance to hang out with Brian Faivre, head brewer of Deschutes.   As you can imagine, this will be a popular event. So to make it fair, Jeff Stetner (owner of 33 Wine) will be doing a lottery for the 33 (get it?) tickets that will be made available for this event.

If you’re interested in your chance to attend, email abysstasting@gmail.com with the subject of “STL Hops.” Each entry (and only one entry per person, please) will get you and a guest and opportunity to purchase a ticket for the event.  Jeff will be drawing the winners tomorrow (December 5th) at 3PM.

To add a cherry to the top of this delicious sundae, Jeff will allow everyone to bring a favorite bottle from your cellar to pass around to your friends after we finish the Abyss.  Good luck everyone!

Though the weather outside certainly doesn’t feel like it, we’re smack dab in the middle of fall. I love fall as it’s a great time for drinking beer.

How else do the fine folks are Bridge celebrate this wonderful time of beer drinking? They throw a beer dinner.

This Tuesday, December 4th, Bridge will be hosting their Fall Beer Dinner featuring five courses paired with some fantastic beers. There will be two seatings for this dinner, 6:00PM and 8:30PM, and it will cost you $50 per person (not including tax and gratuity.) Reservations can be made by calling 314-241-8141 or emailing bridgetaphouse@gmail.com.

Here’s a look at the menu:

First Course
Celeriac and apple soup with black truffle and chervil
PAIRED WITH: TBD

Second Course
Sustainable fish of the day with tarragon, baby ginger, sweet peppers
PAIRED WITH: Stillwater Of Love and Regret

Third Course
Goose confit and smoked goose breast with cherry chutney and winter greens
PAIRED WITH: Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw (Cellar aged 2 years)

Fourth Course
Slow roasted pork loin medallions with winter vegetable purée, toasted focaccia, mustard sauce
PAIRED WITH: North Coast Grand Cru (Cellar aged 2 years)

Fifth Course
Dried fruits and macadamia nut tart with rum glaze
PAIRED WITH: Deschutes Black Butte XXIV