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This week on the STL Hops Twitter

Stuff from around the web

  • Evan Benn details some festivals and new bars coming to our area.
  • picks Perennial’s Black Walnut Dunkel as their beer of the week.
  • Young women are picking beer over wine.

Retail Beer Releases

  • deVine Wines & Spirits (3/28/2013)
    • Abita Purple Haze
    • Abita Strawberry Harvast Lager
    • Avery The “Maharaja” IIPA
    • Bell’s Kalamazo Stout
    • Bell’s Expedition Stout
    • Bell’s Pale Ale
    • Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale
    • Boulevard Irish Ale
    • Boulevard Long Strange Trip
    • Boulevard Dark Truth Ale
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard The Sixth Glass
    • Boulevard Double Wide IPA
    • Boulevard Coffee Ale – Smokestack Series
    • Boulevard Grain Storm – Smokestack Series
    • Boulevard Nommo Dubbel – Smokestack Series
    • Boulevard Rye on Rye – Smokestack Series
    • Chimay Blue and Red 4pks
    • Deschutes Collage No.1 Conflux Series
    • Deshutes Hop Henge IPA
    • Deschutes The Stoic
    • Founders All Day IPA
    • Four Hands Chocolate Milk Stout
    • Four Hands Divided Sky Rye IPA
    • Four Hands Pyrus Saison
    • Four Hands War Hammer Imperial IPA
    • Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager
    • Great Divide Hercules Dbl IPA
    • Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale
    • Green Flash Le Freak
    • Green Flash Hop Head Red
    • Green Flash Rayon Vert Belguim Pale Ale
    • Green Flash West Coast IPA
    • Lagunits Wilco Tango Foxtrot
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Lagunitas Little Sumpin
    • Lagunitas Maximus
    • Lagunitas Pale Ale
    • Left Hand Nitro
    • Left Hand Milk Stout
    • Left Hand Sawtooth
    • Left Hand 400 Ib Monkey
    • Left Hand Wake Up Dead
    • Morgan Street Black Bear
    • Morgan Street Golden Pilsner
    • Morgan Street Honey Wheat
    • Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout
    • Odell Easy Street Wheat
    • Odell Myrcenary Double IPA
    • Odell Red Ale
    • Perennial Aria
    • Perennial Black Walnut Dunkel
    • Perennial Saison de Lis
    • Perennial Hommel Bier
    • Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
    • Sierra Nevada Big Foot
    • Stone Old Guardian
    • Stone Enjoy by 04.20.13 IPA
    • Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
    • Tallgrass Eight Bit
    • 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)(3/24/13)
    • 4 Hands Pigasus
    • 4 Hands divided sky
    • 4 hands Chocolate Milk Stout
    • Abita S.O.S.
    • Anchor Brekles Brown Ale
    • Anchor Liberty Ale
    • Anchor Steam Beer
    • Arcadia Loch down Scotch Ale
    • Bells Amber Ale
    • Bells Pale Ale
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Blue Moon Reserve Collection Vintage Blonde Ale
    • Boulevard Harvest Wheat
    • Boulevard Grainstorm
    • Boulevard 80 Acre
    • Cathedral Square Holy Moly
    • Cathedral Square Belgium Abbey Ale
    • Charleville Hotomistic
    • Charleville Tornado alley
    • Deschutes Black Butte porter
    • Descgutes NWPA
    • Deschutes Inversion IPA
    • Goose Island 312
    • Goose Island Fleur
    • Great Devide Oak aged Yeti
    • Greate Devide Belgium Yeti
    • Founders Imperial stout
    • Founders Centennial IPA
    • Founders All Day
    • Founders Reds Rye
    • Leinenkugel’s Shandy
    • Lagunitas W.T.F.
    • Lagunitas Sucks
    • Lagunitas New Dogtown IPA
    • Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey
    • Left hand Nitro Milk Stout
    • Magic Hat Pistol
    • Magic Hat Ticket to Rye
    • Nebraska Imperial Stout
    • Nebraska Melange A trois
    • New Belgium La Folie
    • New Belguim Ranger IPA
    • New Holland Envious 2012 vintage
    • New Holland Dragons Milk 22oz & 4pk
    • Odells Woodcutter #6
    • Odells Pond Hopper
    • Perennial Hommel Bier
    • Perennial Black Walnut
    • Perennial Sasion de lis
    • Rogue Voodoo
    • Schlafly Summer Helles
    • Schlafly A.I.P.A
    • Ska Hiberinal
    • Ska Nefarious Ten Pin Porter
    • Sierra Nevada Barelywine
    • Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    • Southern Tier 2x IPA
    • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut Ale
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel Lager
    • Urban Chestnut Wolpertinger
    • Woodchuck Spring Seasonal
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (03/29/13)
    • 4 Hands Contact High
    • 4 Hands Warrior IPA
    • New Belgium Rolle Bolle
    • Gayant La Biere du Demon.
    • Browerij West Saison Extra Bottles
    • Browerij West mør mør – quad
    • Browerij West Blond ALe
    • Evil Twin Yin and Yang in 4PKS
    • Gouden Carolus Easter.
    • Morland Old Golden Hen
    • Morland Old Crafty Hen
    • Bell’s Oberon
    • Lagunitas Sucks
    • Boulevard Boss Tom’s Golden Bock
    • Hanssens Oude Gueuze
  • Vineyards Wine & Spirits (Chesterfield) (3/29/13)
    • 2nd Shift Hibicus Wit
    • 4 Hands Brewery War Hammer Imperial IPA–NEW
    • 4 Hands Brewery Chocolate Milk Stout
    • American Patriot Beer
    • American Patriot Light Beer
    • Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA–NEW (FRESH)
    • Avery Nineteen Belgian Tripel
    • Bat Creek Brewery Pike County Pale Ale
    • Bat Creek Brewery Machine Stout
    • Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Style Lager
    • Beck’s Sapphire
    • Boulevard 80-Acre
    • Boulevard SSS Grainstorm Black Rye IPA
    • Boulevard SSS Harvest Dance
    • Boulevard SSS Rye on Rye
    • Budweiser Black Crown
    • Deschutes Chainbreaker
    • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
    • Founders Curmudgeon–NEW
    • Founders All Day IPA
    • Great Divide Hercules Double IPA
    • Kona Koko Brown
    • Kona Longboard Lager
    • Left Hand Wake Up Dead
    • Left Hand Stranger Pale Ale
    • Leinenkugel Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
    • Leinenkugel’s Lemon Berry Shandy
    • Liefmans Cuvee Brut
    • Morgan Street Honey Wheat
    • New Belgium LOFS Cascara Quad
    • New Belgium Rampant IPA
    • New Belgium Dig
    • North Coast Brewery Le Merle
    • Odells Pond Hopper
    • Ommegang Abbey Ale
    • Perennial Peace Offering
    • Perennial Saison de Lis
    • Perennial Heart of Gold
    • Petrus Oud Bruin Ale
    • Sam Adams New Albion Brewing New Albion Ale–NEW
    • Sam Adams Alpine Spring
    • Schlafly Helles Summer Lager–NEW
    • Schlafly Belgian Golden Ale–NEW
    • Schlafly AIPA
    • Shiner FM 966 Farmhouse Ale
    • Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat
    • Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale
    • Stone Vertical Epic Ale 12.12.12
    • Stone Ruination IPA
    • Stone Brewing IPA
    • Tiger Lager Beer
    • Urban Chestnut STL IPA
    • Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz
    • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • Widmer Brothers Reserve Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout ’13

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • Pi (Mercantile Exchange)(3/29/13)
    • 4 Hands ‘PiPA’ (brewed by 4 Hands exclusively for Pi Pizzeria)
    • 4 Hands ‘Single Speed’
    • Avery ‘White Rascal’
    • Boulevard ‘Tank 7′
    • Boulevard ‘Unfiltered Wheat’
    • Charleville ‘Oatmeal Stout’ (brewed by Charleville exclusively for Pi Pizzeria)
    • Civil Life ‘American Brown Ale’
    • Civil Life ‘English Pale Ale’
    • Deschutes ‘Black Butte’ Porter
    • Green Flash ‘Hop Head Red’
    • New Belgium ‘Fat Tire Amber Ale’
    • New Belgium ‘Ranger IPA’
    • New Belgium ‘Shift Pale Lager’
    • North Coast ‘Scrimshaw Pilsner’
    • O Fallon ‘Weach’
    • Schlafly Seasonal ‘Summer Lager’
    • Schlafly Special Release ‘Belgian Golden’
    • Schlafly ‘Kolsch’
    • Schlafly ‘Irish Extra Stout’
    • Schlafly ‘Pi Common’ (brewed by Schlafly exclusively for Pi Pizzeria)
    • Schlafly ‘Golden Mean Ale’ (brewed by Schlafly exclusively for Pi Pizzeria’s 5th Birthday)
    • Southern Tier ‘Iniquity Imperial Black Ale’
    • Stone ‘Arrogant Bastard’
    • Urban Chestnut ‘STLIPA’
    • Widner ‘Omission’ 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 (3/29/13)
    • Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye
    • Boulevard Rye-on-Rye
    • Civil Life Dry Hop Bling
    • Deschutes Obsidian Stout (nitro)
    • Founders Centennial
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Guinness Stout
    • New Belgium Cascara
    • Perennial Aria
    • Schlafly Black IPA
    • Schlafly/Royale Vanilla Milk Stout
    • Strongbow Hard Cider
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
      • Crispin Brut Cider
      • Founders All Day IPA
      • Founders Porter
      • Lagunitas Sucks
      • Odell Lugene
      • O’Fallon Rager Red
      • Paulaner Salvator
      • Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry Ale
      • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
      • Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
      • Woodchuck Winter Cider
  • SOHA Bar and Grill (03/29/13)
    • Schlafly AIPA
    • Schlafly Scotch Ale
    • Schlafly APA
    • 4 Hands Divided Sky IPA
    • 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout
    • Bernardist Abt 12
    • Breckenridge Agave Wheat
    • Founders Breakfast Stout
    • Leinenkugel Russian Imperial Stout
    • Murphy’s Stout
    • Sierra Ruthless Rye
    • St. Bernardist ABT 12
    • Aventinus Wheat Ale
    • Bells Third Coast Old Ale
    • Bells Two Hearted
    • Bells Oberon
    • Bells Concentrator
    • Rogue Dead Guy Ale
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • 2nd Shift LSD Stout
    • Deschutes Red Chair
    • Perennial Hommel
    • Green Flash Friendship Brew
    • New Belgium Shift
    • Stone Old Guardian
    • Ommegang Gnomegang
    • Paulaner Hef
    • Warsteiner
    • Woodchuck Private Barrel Select
    • Odells IPA
    • Odells Red Ale
    • Odells 5 Barrel Pale
    • Schlafly Summer Lager
    • Labatt Blue
    • Guinness
    • Boddingtons
    • 8 Bit
    • Buffalo Sweat
    • Magners
    • Crispin
    • Stella Artois
    • Blanche de Bruxelles
    • Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
    • Shiner Bock
    • Abita Purple Haze
    • Avery IPA
    • Avery Joes Pils
    • Avery White Rascal
    • Trout Slayer
    • Moose Drool
    • Morgan St. Black Bear
    • Blue Moon
    • Fat Tire
    • Newcastle
  • Three Kings Public House (03/28/2013)
    • Obsidian Stout (Nitro)
    • Angry Orchard
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Avery White Rascal
    • Labatt Blue
    • Stone 2011 Old Guardian Barley Wine
    • Stone 2012 Old Guardian Barley Wine
    • Bell’s Java Stout
    • Bell’s Expedition Stout
    • Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale
    • Bell’s Consecretor
    • Bell’s Oberon
    • 4 Hands Divided Sky Rye IPA
    • Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout
    • Lagunitas WTF?
    • New Belgium Lips of Faith Heavenly Feijoa Tripel
    • New Belgium Snow Day
    • Founders Dirty Bastard
    • Founders 2013 Old Curmudgeon
    • Delirium Tremons


Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Six Row Brewing Company (3/29/13))
    • Whale
    • Porter
    • Double IPA
    • Honey Weizen
    • Russian Imperial Stout
    • Red Eye (Red IPA)
    • Export Stout
    • ESB
    • UK First Gold Double IPA (3/29 only)
  • Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (3/28/13)
      • Winged Nut – Ale brewed with chestnuts & a Bavarian Weissbier yeast strain
      • Hopfen – Bavarian IPA
      • Hopswitch- Single Hop Pilsner
      • STLIPA- Double IPA
      • Trafalgar Single Hop- Triskel Hop Pale Ale
      • Half Crown- Session IPA
      • Wolpertinger- Imperial Nut Ale
      • Zwickel- Unfiltered traditional German Helles
      • Thrale’s- Russian Imperial Stout
      • Schnickelfritz- Bavarian WeissBier
      • O’Floran’s- Irish Dry Stout
      • Trafalgar-English Pale Ale
      • Kleinmanneken-Belgian Dubbel
      • Seitz Farm “Terroir” Lager

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 will be pouring: 4 Hands Contact High, Bells Oberon, Ommegang Gnomegang, Boulevard Boss Tom’s, and Stone Oak Smoke Old Guardian. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square’s Jerad Gardner will be at the Randall’s on Manchester from 3-5PM today. He’ll be sampling a variety of Cathedral Square’s products. Go on out and say “hi” to Jerad.

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

stlhopswikiRound 2 of the challenge is complete and we can see in the brackets what’s been happening in St. Louis the past few years. A changing of the guard is happening, and the new breweries on the block are taking over.

The old favorites, beers like O’Fallon 5 Day and Schlafly APA, which have both done well in past tournaments, have been eliminated. Ten of the sixteen beers remaining are represented by 3 breweries: 2nd Shift, 4 Hands, and Perennial. 2nd Shift alone has four beers remaining. Each year that passes, these newer breweries are getting more and more popular around town, and it shows in the brackets.

Amazingly, we see a rematch of last year’s championship matchup in the sweet 16, with Schlafly AIPA going up against 2nd Shift Art of Neurosis. The other half of the IPA bracket has 4 Hands Divided Sky vs. 2nd Shift Brew Cocky. It will be interesting to see which one of these four will be left standing next week.

Over in the Belgian bracket, 2nd Shift Katy won a very tough matchup against 4 Hands Cuvee Ange and now has to face off with Perennial Saison de Lis. And in the wildcard bracket, you have to choose between two great summer beers: Schlafly Kolsch or O’Fallon Weach.

Check out all the matchups below and help your favorites continue on.

Round Dates
Round 3 – Thu March 28
Round 4 – Mon April 1
Final Four – Thu April 4
Championship – Mon April 8

If you can’t see the poll below, click on this link to visit the website hosting it.

While we’re lucky enough to be able to drink Schlafly beer, the Repeal of Prohibition festival provides a fantastic chance to try beers from around the country that you may not have ever sampled before.  And, even if you have had them, how often have you had a chance to try them in your own backyard?

Like many other areas in the Midwest, Iowas has quickly put together a bunch of breweries. This year Schlafly will be hosting Peace Tree Brewing Co. (Knoxville), Great River Brewery (Davenport), and Backpocket Brewing Co. (Coralville). Here’s a list of what they’re bringing:

Schlafly Beer
Pale Ale
Oatmeal Stout
Dry-Hopped APA
Summer Lager
Raspberry Hefeweizen
Belgian Golden Ale
Winter ESB
American IPA
Black IPA
Biere de Garde
Peach Ginger Cider
Hop Trial: Santium
Hop Trial: Tardiff
Cask: American Brown Ale dry-hopped with Simcoe

Peace Tree Brewing Co.
Blonde Fatale – Belgian Style Blonde 8.5% ABV
Red Rambler – American Red 5.8% ABV
Hop Wrangler – Belgian IPA 6.25% ABV
Rye Porter – 6% ABV
Side Kick Kolsch – 5%ABV

Great River Brewery
Arsenal Amber – Imperial Red Ale – 9% ABV
Dirty Blonde – Golden Ale with dark chocolate – 4.8% ABV
Barrel Aged Farmer Brown 7% ABV
The Nothing Foreign Extra Stout 7.25% ABV
Dos Pistolas 4.8% ABV

Backpocket Brewing Co.
Slingshot Dunkel – 5.3% ABV
Cane Blade DIPA – 8.2% ABV
Wooden Nickel Peated Bock – 5.7% ABV
The Answer – Brew 42 – American Pale Ale 5.4% ABV
Gold Coin Helles – 5.2% ABV

This year’s Repeal of Prohibition will take place on Saturday, April 6th from 12PM-5PM at the Schlafly Bottleworks. Tickets for Repeal are still available, but they’re sure to sell out fast.  Looking forward to this event. It’s one of the best beer festivals all year.

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 David Frost from B United. David will be on hand to discuss and sample Harviestouns Old Engine Oil, Aventinus, schnieder Wiess and Reissdorf Kolsch. 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

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 Left Hand’s Fade to Black Vol. 4 on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Boulevard Smokestack Grainstorm Black Rye 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!

stlhopswikiWell, Round 1 finished without many surprises. A few interesting matchups, though, are worth talking about. (Click here for all the Round 1 results)

First, Ferguson Pecan Brown barely defeated Cathedral Square Holy Moly 50.5% to 49.5%. Ferguson Pecan is a fine beer, but I think if more people drank Holy Moly, this would’ve turned out differently. Holy Moly is arguably one of the best beers Cathedral Square has to offer and can be found for a pretty low price around town in 22 ounce bottles.

Another close finish was Civil Life English Pale (a.k.a. British Bitter) barely edging out Perennial Peach Berlinerweiss, 50.3% to 49.7%. This was a really tough call for me, and the result might have been different if this was July and it was 100 degrees out. But there is 12″ of snow on the grow so English Pale wins and moves on to face one of the annual favorites, Schlafly Pumpkin.

As each round goes by, the choices get tougher and tougher. Start voting below to help your favorites move on.

Round Dates
Round 2 – Mon March 25
Round 3 – Thu March 28
Round 4 – Mon April 1
Round 5 – Thu April 4
Championship – Mon April 8

If you can’t see the poll below, click on this link to visit the website hosting it.