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Gah, I’m freezing. Here, feel my hands, they’re like ice. You know what I could go for? Some gloves. Oh, and a beer. But, I don’t want some wimpy blonde beer, it’s 15 degrees out for Pete’s sake.

What’s that? Three Kings Public House is throwing a Goose Island Tap Take Over? Well, you’ve definitely piqued my interest. But I need some bold beers to make me feel warm, what’s the list look like?

  • 2012 Bourbon County Stout
  • 2012 Bourbon County Coffee Stout
  • Naughty Goose
  • 2012 Nightstalker
  • Nut Brown
  • Imperial IPA
  • Minx
  • 2012 Big John
  • Christmas

Well, those are certainly some bold beers. Delicious beers as well. Well, when is this Winter Warm Up?  My hands aren’t getting any warmer. Next Wednesday, January 30th at 6PM?  Well, I guess I need to put that one on the calendar, because my hands aren’t getting any warmer.

If I had a nickel for each time an out of town visitor asked where to have some dinner with some great beer while visiting St. Louis, I’d probably have at least $9.45. But without a doubt the first answer out of my mouth is usually The Good Pie.

And why not? TGP usually offers up one of the best rotating beer selections in town the the pizzas are delicious. Now, what if you could experience a beer dinner at the Good Pie as well?  Now you can.

Next Monday, January 28th, 4 Hands Brewing Company will be hosting a beer dinner at TGP. The meal will feature four courses (and a dessert) paired up with five different 4 Hands beers.

This dinner is also notable in that you have a chance to try 4 Hands highly sought after Cuvee Ange. Dinner begins at 6:30PM and will set you back $60 per person. You can make reservations by calling 314-289-9391. Peek at the menu below:

First Course:
Pyrus (French Saison brewed with Pear, white pepper, and orange zest)
House-made mortadella, fresh bread

Second Course:
Cuvee Ange (Barrel aged Saison with raspberries and blackberries)
Roasted mushrooms, kale, and cheese (type of cheese TBD, most likely something funky)

Divided Sky Rye IPA
Margherita Pizza

Smoked Pigasus (Smoked rye maple porter)
Pizza with house-made pancetta, herb and egg

Chocolate Milk Stout Float with house-made chocolate gelato


It’s nice to see more places jumping on the winter beer festivals.  Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean people aren’t willing to drink some beers. Next Saturday, January 26th, Spokes Pub & Grill will be throwing their first beer festival they’ve dubbed Frosty Brewfest.

There are two levels of tickets available for this event, you have the $20 general admission ticket which gets you in the door from 2-6PM to try 48 different beers while the VIP ticket for $45 will get you in an hour early (1-6PM), a souvenir 16oz tasting glass, and a $20 gift card for lunch or dinner at Spokes.  Here’s a look at the flyer:

Frosty Brewfest


Rooms are also available if you’re looking to make a nice weekend, I’ve been told prices on the rooms are$55. If you’re down for some winter beer shenanigans tickets can be purchased here.  Also, we’ll be giving away 12 VIP passes next week, so be on the lookout for that.

Time flies when you’re making beer but believe it or not we’re quickly coming up on the 2nd anniversary of the opening of  Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. It’s amazing just to see

I love looking back and seeing just how much change we see from our new breweries as they celebrate each of their anniversaries. In the case of UCBC, one of the biggest developments has to be the addition of bottle beer now available all over St. Louis.

To celebrate their 2nd Anniversary, UCBC is throwing a birthday bash. On Saturday, January 26th, UCBC will be holding their Wolpertinger beer festival (it’s also head brewer Florian Kuplent’s birthday!) If you don’t know what a wolpertinger is, here’s UCBC’s description:

For you newbies (or those that might need a refresher) … a wolpertinger is a small (or large depending on your perspective), primarily nocturnal mammal that inhabits the alpine forests of Bavaria. He’s quite rare, but we annually work with our hop growers in Hallertau to ‘import’ one of the little fellas for the special occasion. Mostly nocturnal, our “Wolpie” makes his grand appearance at the back end of the festival, which also coincides with our very limited release of his namesake UCBC beer.  This year as our special release, we will be re-releasing,“Wolpertinger 2012”, which we like to call Winged Nut on Acid – a 9.0% ABV, chestnut ale that has been aging for over a year on Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.  We will be pouring draught samples & bottles will also be available for purchase, BUT Wolpie will also be honoring what he recognizes as fellow wolpertingers with a few bottles from his personal stash (once again the “best-costumed Wolpertingers” will be rewarded…come on out you furries!).

While this party is definitely a celebration of their second anniversary, UCBC wants to use the occasion to celebrate the St. Louis beer scene as a whole. So, they’ve invited out over 15 different local brewers to get in on the fun. Here’s a list of who’s attending:

  • Schlafly
  • Charleville
  • Buffalo
  • Six Row
  • Four Hands
  • Perennial
  • Civil Life
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Ferguson
  • O’Fallon
  • Cathedral Square
  • Square One
  • Exit 6
  • Augusta
  • Morgan Street
  • 2nd Shift
  • Scratch
  • Crown Valley
  • Excel
  • Ommegang

This event will be running from 1PM to 5PM on Saturday, January 26th and tickets will cost you $35. You can purchase tickets by following this link here. And if all of this wasn’t enough to get you to come out, this festival will also feature a very special guest in that UCBC has invited Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart to the festival.

Happy birthday to UCBC, looking forward to many years to come.


PrintLocation, location, location. For 4 Hands Brewing Company their location has been integral to their success. Part of the specialness of their location is that they’re so close to the Old Rock House.

If their labels and beer names didn’t give it away, the guys at 4 Hands love music. And to celebrate not only their first birthday but also their love of music they’re throwing a hell of a party this weekend.

4 Hands has teamed up with the Old Rock House and the Riverfront Times to throw a music festival this Saturday, January 12th. 4 Hands will open their doors at 12PM and the music will begin at 4PM. The cost of the event is $8 in advance or $10 day of. Here’s a look at the bands that will be participating:

  • Bo & The Locomotive
  • Pernikoff Brothers
  • DJ Mahf
  • 18 & Counting
  • Elemental Shakedown
  • Goodness Gracious
  • Spectator
  • The Reverbs
  • Mathias & The Pirates
  • Downstereo
  • Bruiser Queen
  • (it!)
  • Beth Bombara
  • Ruka Puff & Toilet Water
  • Mikey Wehling vs Adult Fur DJ Set
  • A-Game
  • Acoustics Anonymous
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Moms Kitchen Acoustic
  • One Take

4 Hands will also be releasing Home a barrel-aged double red ale to commemorate the occasion. Tickets for this event can be purchased online here. Great music and great beer, sounds like what 4 Hands Brewing is all about.

cabinfeverart.gifI may sound like a broken record, but Schlafly Cabin Fever beer festival is easily one of my favorite festivals in St. Louis. It combines two of my favorite things: beer and weather.

Whenever a beer festival approaches, I’m continuously checking the weather to see what it’s going to be like during the festival. This is a festival where weather is a defining portion of the event.  We’ve had years with snow on the ground and years where people have wore shorts.

While most people probably enjoy it warmer, I think this festival is at its best when beer is beginning to freeze on the tables. Unfortunately for those of us who like it that way, this year is shaping up to be a balmy 54°.  Weather aside, it’s still going to be a great time.

This year’s event will take place this Saturday, January 12th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Tickets will run you $25 in advance or $30 day of. Tickets are on sale now and you can purchase tickets here. Here’s a look at the beer list (which, as always, is subject to change):

  • 2010 Oak-Aged Barleywine
  • 2012 Oak-Aged Barleywine
  • APA
  • American IPA
  • Bière de Garde
  • Black IPA
  • Blackberry Mead
  • Bourbon-Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
  • Christmas
  • Cider
  • Coffee Stout
  • Common
  • ESB
  • Grand Cru
  • Hefeweizen
  • Hop Harvest
  • India Brown Ale
  • Irish Extra Stout
  • Kölsch
  • Maibock
  • Mead
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Old Ale
  • Pale Ale
  • Pilsner
  • Porter
  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Stout
  • Quadrupel
  • Raspberry Coffee Stout
  • Rauchbier
  • Single Malt Scottish Ale
  • Tasmanian IPA
  • Tripel
  • Weizenbock

Be sure to look out next week for your chance to win a set of tickets for the event.  I’m sure I’ll see you there, unless you’re standing inside, sissy.