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If someone mentions 2nd Shift Brewing, more than likely the first thought that comes to mind is their love of hops. Without a doubt, 2nd Shift is making some of the finest hoppy beers in St. Louis.

The second thing that may come to mind is the crazy names they give some of their beers. El Gato Grande, Rat Salad, Brew Cocky, etc. They love coming up with some off the wall names for some of their best creations. So, it should come as no shock that their newest release, the Albino Pygmy Puma, keeps in the fine tradition.

What is an Albino Pygmy Puma? Here’s 2nd Shift’s Craig Borcherding to explain:

We realized that (shockingly) not everyone wants to have their face melted off by hops and alcohol. At least not all the time. This is our stab at a pale ale.

But, as this is 2nd Shift, this is not just any pale ale. This beer is a 6% American pale ale featuring Cascade, Centennial, and Summit hops. It still comes in at a respectable 37 IBUs. It’s a drinking man’s beer when that man is looking for something at little less in your face.

They’re releasing the beer today and if you want your first chance at tasting it they’ll be pouring it at 4 Hands Brewing beginning at 3PM. Yes, that’s early but I’ve been assured there will be plenty available. If you don’t have a chance to try it today, do not fret as this is now a year-round offering from 2nd Shift.

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant begins their Winter 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 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 some fine folks from Urban Chestnut. UCBC will be on hand to discuss and sample Wolpertinger, Winged Nut, STLIPA, and Hop Switch. 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.

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 have Boulevard Harvest Dance on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar on draft. 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!

Despite a small bit of kvetching (but you can never make everyone happy) the release of Perennial Artisan Ales much sought-after barrel-aged Abraxas could not have gone better.  Using the releases of other allocated beers as a guide, Perennial set up a very efficient system while also creating a fun opportunity to have beer nerds do what they do best, share beer and have a great time.

If you weren’t lucky enough to make it out here are some photos for you to enjoy:

This week on the STL Hops Twitter

Stuff from around the web

Retail Beer Releases

  • Randall’s Wines and Spirits (Manchester)(1/25/13)
    • 4 Hands Pyrus
    • 4 Hands divided sky
    • Abita Amber
    • Abita Jockamo IPA
    • Abita Purple Haze
    • Abita Turbo Dog
    • Abita S.O.S.
    • Anchor Brekles Brown Ale
    • Anchor Liberty Ale
    • Anchor Steam Beer
    • Arcadia Hop Rocket
    • Arcadia Loch down Scotch Ale
    • Arcadia Sky High Rye
    • Bells Amber Ale
    • Bells Pale Ale
    • Bell’s Nut Brown
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Blue Moon Reserve Collection Vintage Blonde Ale
    • Blue Moon Winter Variety 12 pk
    • Boulevard Smokestack Reverb
    • Boulevard Harvest Wheat
    • Boulevard Rye on Rye
    • 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 porter
    • Descgutes NWPA
    • Deschutes Inversion IPA
    • Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
    • Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA
    • Goose Island 312
    • Goose Island Pepe Nero
    • Great Devide Espresso Yeti
    • Greate Devide Belgium Yeti
    • Founders Imperial stout
    • Founders Centennial IPA
    • Founders Reds Rye
    • Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat
    • Lagunitas Cappucino
    • Lagunitas sumpin sumpin
    • 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 Holland Envious 2012 vintage
    • New Holland Dragons Milk 22oz & 4pk
    • Odells Woodcutter #6
    • Odells Pond Hopper
    • OFallon 5 Day IPA
    • OFallon Hemp Hop Rye
    • OFallon Smoked Porter
    • Perennial Hommel Bier
    • Perennial Heart of Gold
    • Perennial Peace Offering
    • Rogue Voodoo
    • Schlafly Kolsch
    • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly Scotch Ale
    • Schlafly T.I.P.A.
    • Shiner Bock
    • Ska Euphoria
    • Ska Nefarious Ten Pin Porter
    • Sierra Nevada Barelywine
    • Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    • Southern Tier 2x IPA
    • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut Ale
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel Lager
    • Woodchuck Winter Seasonal
  • Starrs-Richmond Heights (01/24/13)
    • Bells Hopslam
    • Bells Smitten Rye
    • Blue Moon Impulse
    • Blue Moon Proximity
    • 4 Hands Smoked Pegasus
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2013
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (01/25/13)
    • New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon
    • North Coast Grand Cru
    • North Coast Old Rasputin XV
    • New Belgium Dig Pale Ale
    • Deschutes Red Chair NWPA Northwest Pale Ale
    • Schlafly AIPA
    • Bells Smitten Rye
    • 4 Hands Brewing Smoked Pigasus
    • Twisted Pine Ghost Face Killah
    • Oud Beersel Oude Geuze
    • Oud Beersel Oude Kriek
    • Oud Beersel Framboise
    • Oud Beersel Oude Geuze
    • Old St. Louis Gaslight Square Ale
    • Old St. Louis Streetcar IPA
    • O’Fallon Rager Red Irish Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
    • Avery Mephistopheles Stout
    • Crabtree Boxcar Brown Ale
    • Blue Moon Vintage Ale Proximity
    • Blue Moon Vintage Ale Impulse
  • Vineyards Wine & Spirits (Chesterfield) (1/25/13)
    • 2nd Shift Hibicus Wit
    • 4 Hands Brewery Smoked Pigasus–NEW
    • 4 Hands Brewery Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown Ale
    • 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
    • Beck’s Sapphire–NEW
    • Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout
    • Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale
    • Boulevard 80-Acre
    • Boulevard Irish Ale–NEW
    • Boulevard SSS Harvest Dance
    • Boulevard SSS Rye on Rye–NEW
    • Boulevard Saison-Brett
    • Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
    • Budweiser Black Crown–NEW
    • Deschutes JUBELALE!
    • Deschutes Chainbreaker
    • Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA
    • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
    • Goose Island Harvest Ale
    • Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
    • Kona Longboard Lager–NEW
    • Kona Koko Brown–NEW
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
    • Lagunitas Lucky 13
    • Left Hand Wake Up Dead–NEW
    • Left Hand Stranger Pale Ale–NEW
    • Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout
    • Leinenkugel’s Lemon Berry Shandy
    • Liefmans Cuvee Brut–NEW
    • New Belgium LOFS Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
    • New Belgium Snow Day
    • North Coast Brewery Le Merle–NEW
    • Odells Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout–NEW
    • Odells Pond Hopper
    • Ommegang Abbey Ale
    • Perennial Peace Offering
    • Perennial Saison de Lis
    • Perennial Heart of Gold
    • Rogue Mocha Porter Ale
    • Sam Adams Alpine Spring–NEW
    • Sam Adams Winter Lager
    • Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout–NEW
    • Schlafly Coffee Stout
    • Schlafly Christmas Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye–NEW
    • Stone Vertical Epic Ale 12.12.12–NEW
    • Stone Ruination IPA
    • Stone Brewing IPA
    • Summit Brewery Saga IPA
    • Tallgrass 8 Can Mix Pack Sampler
    • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • Widmer Brothers Oatmeal Porter

 

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • Cugino’s Italian Grill & Bar (1/22/13)
  • Draft
    • Bell’s Hopslam
    • Firestone Walker Wookie Jack
    • Founder’s Dirty Bastard
    • Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
    • 4 Hand Divided Sky Rye IPA
    • Stone Double Bastard
    • New Belgium Fat Tire
    • Avery White Rascal
    • Schlafly AIPA
    • Urban Chestnut Harwood Myth
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Southern Tier Iniquity
    • Delerium Tremens
    • Southern Tier Choklat
    • Lagunitas Brown Shugga
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Firestone Walker Double Jack
    • Goose Island Naughty Goose
    • Southern Tier Oat
    • Perennial Vermillion
    • Goose Island Mild Winter
    • Founders Red’s Rye
    • Perennial Black Walnut Dunkel
    • St. Bernardus Abt 12
    • O’Fallon Rager Red
    • 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 (Nitro)
    • Perennial Hommel Bier
    • Perennial Saison de Lis
    • Ferguson Munich Dunkel
    • Bell’s Amber Ale
    • Green Flash West Coast IPA
    • 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
    • Newcastle
    • Guiness
    • Sierra Nevada
  • Pi (Central West End) (1/25/13)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common stlye beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Schlafly Winter ESB
    • Schlafly Coffee Stout
    • Schlafly Kolsch
    • Four Hands Pi Pale Ale (A Pale Ale exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • BELLS HOPSLAM
    • Civil Life Brown Ale
    • Lips of Faith Abbey Grand Cru (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)(1/25/13)
    • 2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit
    • 4 Hands ‘PiPA’ (brewed by 4 Hands exclusively for Pi Pizzeria)
    • Avery ‘White Rascal’
    • Bell’s ‘Amber Ale’
    • Bell’s ‘HopSlam Ale’
    • Bell’s Seasonal ‘Best Brown Ale’
    • Boulevard ‘Tank 7′
    • Charleville ‘Oatmeal Stout’ (brewed by Charleville exclusively for Pi Pizzeria)
    • Civil Life ‘American Brown Ale’
    • Civil Life ‘German Wheat’
    • Deschutes ‘Black Butte’ Porter
    • Founder’s ‘Red Rye’
    • Green Flash ‘Le Freak’
    • Lagunitas ‘IPA’
    • North Coast ‘Scrimshaw Pilsner’
    • Odell ’90 Shilling’
    • Perennial ‘Hommel Bier’
    • Schlafly Seasonal ‘Winter ESB Ale’
    • Schlafly ‘Kolsch’
    • Schlafly ‘Pi Common’ (brewed by Schlafly exclusively for Pi Pizzeria)
    • Schlafly ‘APA’
    • 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: Old St. Louis Streetcar IPA, Old St. Louis Gaslight Ale, Old St. Louis Courthouse Lager, BFM and Terrapin Spike and Jerome BarleyRyne, and Valeir Donker! 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 Abita. For more information, be sure to check out their Facebook page.

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.

Frosty BrewfestI’m pleased to announce that the winners for the VIP tickets to the Frosty Brewfest beer festival are David Wright, Troy Meier, Bryan Clauser, Rick DeLucio, Dustin Adamo, and Keith Carey! Congrats guys 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 the fine folks from Spokes Pub & Grill and for providing the tickets to this event. Should be a fantastic festival.