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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.

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 always popular Mitch Turner from Major Brands. Mitch will be on hand to discuss and sample Tripels from New Belgium, Schlafly, Chimay, and Affligem. 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 be featuring bottles of Goose Island Night Stalker and Porterhouse Oyster Stout. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Schlafly American IPA 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!

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)

Third:
Divided Sky Rye IPA
Margherita Pizza

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

Dessert:
Chocolate Milk Stout Float with house-made chocolate gelato

 

Frosty BrewfestThis Saturday Spokes Pub & Grill in Farmington, MO will be hosting their first Frosty Brewfest featuring beers from all over Missouri.

Thanks to the fine folks from Spokes, I have 12 VIP tickets to give away for this weekend’s event.

We’ll make this an easy contest, just email contest@stlhops.com with Frosty Brewfest as the subject. I’ll pick six winners on Thursday, January 24th, at 9AM. A couple of quick notes:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

If you don’t win this one, don’t worry I will be holding more contests like this in the future, so you’ll have another chance then. Good luck!

This week on the STL Hops Twitter

Stuff from around the web

  • KMOX has some photos from Schlafly’s Cabin Fever.
  • Former Stone brewer now working at Excel Brewery.

Retail Beer Releases

  • deVine Wines & Spirits (1/18/2013)
    • Abita Mardi Gras Bock
    • Abita Purple Haze
    • Arcadia Jaw-Jacker Pumpkin Spiced Ale
    • Bell’s Expedition Stout
    • Boulevard Nutcracker Ale ON SALE
    • Boulevard Nommo Dubbel – Smokestack Series
    • Boulevard Rye on Rye – Smokestack Series
    • Chimay Blue and Red 4pks
    • Deschutes Collage No.1 Conflux Series
    • Deschutes Chasing Freshies
    • Deschutes The Stoic
    • Firestone “16th” Anniversary Ale (ONLY 1 LEFT)
    • Four Hands Foundation
    • Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale
    • Green Flash Imperial
    • Green Flash Le Freak
    • Green Flash Hop Head Red
    • Green Flash Rayon Vert Belguim Pale Ale
    • Green Flash Wesy Coast IPA
    • Hebrew Coney Island Albino Python 22oz.
    • Left Hand Nitro
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Left Hand Sawtooth
    • Left Hand 400 Ib Monkey
    • Nebraska Barrel Aged Reserve Melange A Trois 750ml
    • Odell Mountain Standard Double IPA
    • Odell Easy Street Wheat
    • Odell Myrcenary Double IPA
    • Odell Red Ale
    • Perennial Abraxas
    • Perennial Peace Offering
    • Perennial Saison de Lis
    • Perennial Hommel Bier
    • Six Row Whale Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Tumble ON SALE
    • Sierra Nevada Celebration ON SALE
    • Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
    • Sierra Nevada Big Foot
    • Southern Tier Gemini
    • Southern Tier Choklat
    • Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale
    • Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
    • Urban Chestnut Sertaozinho Weiss
    • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut Ale
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel Lager
    • Urban Chestnut Schnikelfritz
    • Urban Chestnut STL Hops
    • Weihenstephaner Pilsner
  • Randall’s Wines and Spirits (Manchester)(1/14/13)
    • 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
    • Bell’s Java Stout
    • Bells 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 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 Chocolate Yeti
    • Founders Imperial stout
    • Founders Centennial IPA
    • Founders Reds Rye
    • Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat
    • Lagunitas Cappucino
    • 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 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
    • Perennial Homeland IPA
    • 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
    • Southern Tier Outmeal
    • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut Ale
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel Lager
    • Woodchuck Winter Seasonal *New
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (01/18/13)
    • 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
    • Budweiser Black Crown
    • O’Fallon Rager Red Irish Ale
    • Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
    • Avery Mephistopheles Stout
    • Crabtree Boxcar Brown Ale
    • RJ Rockers Bell Ringer
    • Blue Moon Vintage Ale Proximity
  • Blue Moon Vintage Ale Impulse
    • Odell Red
    • Abita Mardi Gras
    • Boulevard Irish
    • Kona Brewing 4 flavors
  • Vineyards Wine & Spirits (Chesterfield) (1/18/13)
    • 2nd Shift Hibicus Wit
    • 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 Brewmasters’ Project Twelve
    • Deschutes JUBELALE!
    • 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 Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale
    • 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 Big Eddy IPA
    • Leinenkugel’s Lemon Berry Shandy
    • Liefmans Cuvee Brut–NEW
    • New Belgium LOFS Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
    • New Belgium Snow Day
    • 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 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 (1/12/13)
  • Draft
    • 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
    • Urban Chestnut Harwood Myth
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Southern Tier Iniquity
    • Arcadia Cocoa Loco
    • 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
    • 6 Row Whale
    • Bell’s Amber Ale
    • Green Flash West Coast IPA
    • 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
    • Newcastle
    • Guiness
    • Sierra Nevada
  • Pi (Delmar) (1/18/13)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common style beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly Christmas Ale
    • Schlafly ’3.14′ Klosch
    • Schlafly Dry Hopped APA
    • Schlafly English Style Old Ale
    • Schlafly Single Malt Scottish Style Ale
    • HOP TRIAL SERIES
    • Schlafly JUNGA
    • Schlafly CENTENNIAL
    • Schlafly MERDIAN
    • Schlafly BULLION
    • North Coast ‘Scrimshaw’ Pilsner
    • Avery ‘White Rascal’ Belgian White Ale
    • New Belgium 1554
    • Nectar Ales Red Nectar
    • Pabst Blue Ribbon
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Charleville Oatmeal Stout (A Pi Exclusive)
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard Smokestack series-NOMMO
    • Original Sin Cider (Gluten Free, Bottle)
    • New Grist Gluten Free (Bottle)
    • Buckler N/A (Bottle)
  • Pi (Kirkwood) (1/18/2013)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common style beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Schlafly Irrationale (Kolsch)
    • Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (T-IPA)
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly Pilsner
    • Schlafly Winter ESB
    • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
    • Founder’s Centennial IPA
    • New Belgium 1554
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Six Row Whale Ale
    • Four Hands Pi Pale Ale (A Pale Ale exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Four Hands Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown Ale
    • Bud Light
    • Original Sin Cider (Gluten Free)
    • New Grist Gluten Free (Bottle)
    • Buckler NA Lager (Bottle)
  • Pi (Central West End) (1/14/13)
    • 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)
    • Avery White Rascal
    • 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 (Chesterfield) (01/11/2013)
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly Pilsner (Bottle)
    • Schlafly Winter Ale (Bottle)
    • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout (bottle)
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen (Bottle)
    • Schlafly Kolsch (Bottle)
    • Original Sin (Bottle) (gluten free)
    • New Grist (Bottle) (gluten free)
    • Bud Light (Bottle)
  • Pi (Mercantile Exchange) (1/18/13)
    • 2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit
    • 4 Hands ‘PiPA’ (brewed by 4 Hands exclusively for Pi Pizzeria)
    • Avery ‘White Rascal’
    • Bell’s ‘Amber Ale’
    • Bell’s 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’
    • 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 ‘APA’
    • Six Row ‘Double IPA’
    • Stone ‘Arrogant Bastard’
    • Stone ‘Smoked Porter’
    • 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)
  • The Royale (1/16/13)
    • 4 Hands Single Speed Session
    • Bell’s Winter White
    • Boulevard Nommo
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Civil Life Dunkelweizen
    • Founders Centennial
    • Guinness Stout
    • North Coast Old Rasputin (nitro)
    • Schlafly Coffee Stout
    • Schlafly Winter ESB
    • Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12
    • Strongbow Hard Cider
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • GUEST BOTTLES
      • Anchor Our Special Ale 2012
      • Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury
      • Crispin Brut Cider
      • Great Divide Hibernation
      • Left Hand Milk Stout (nitro bottle)
      • Odell Levity
      • Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout
      • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
      • Sierra Nevada Celebration
      • Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
      • Sierra Nevada Narwhal
      • Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
      • Woodchuck Winter Cider

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Schlafly Bottleworks (01/15/13)
    • Dry Hopped APA
    • Hefeweizen
    • Kölsch
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Pale Ale
    • Pumpkin Pie Cider
    • Bière de Garde
    • Common
    • Hop Trial: Rakau
    • American IPA
    • Scotch Ale
  • Schlafly Tap Room (01/15/13)
    • Coffee Stout
    • Dry Hopped APA
    • Hefeweizen
    • Irish-Style Extra Stout
    • Kölsch
    • Mead
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Pale Ale
    • Pilsner
    • Rauchbier
    • Singel
    • Single Malt Scottish Ale
    • Tasmanian IPA
    • Tripel
    • Vintage Barleywine
    • Cask APA
    • Cask Oatmeal Stout
    • Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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: Schlafly AIPA (1st batch of the year), Bell’s Brewery Smitten Rye, Magic Hat Pistl Dandelion Ale, Oud Beersel Oude Geuze, Budweiser Black Crown, O’Fallon Rager Red, and Old St. Louis Streetcar IPA! Additional information can be found at their blog.

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.