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As we head back into another season of beer festivals, reader Tom Rogers thought it would be a good time to give everyone a friendly reminder about some festival etiquette we should all keep in mind. With that in mind, here’s a re-post of few rules that beer lovers should obey:

Beer Festivalgoer Ten Commandments

1. Don’t be an ass.
I can’t even begin to stress how important this rule is. In fact, if everyone just followed this simple rule, almost every single one of these rules below would be unnecessary. It’s just the golden rule, people. Just be cool.

2. Get your beer and move away from the taps.
This rule isn’t that difficult. If you’re not standing in line to get a beer, you’re standing in the way of people trying to get beer. Enjoy some time outside of the tent (weather permitting) and move to the perimeter of the tent after you get your beer.

3. No smoking under a tent.
I’m sure you think your cigar tastes great with that beer, but that doesn’t mean we all enjoy it. Wanna smoke? Be considerate and take it outside the tent.

4. Don’t make this a drinking contest.
Yes, there may be forty beers on the program, but that doesn’t mean you need to try them all. Forty 3oz samples equals ten 12oz beers. You don’t need to drink the equivalent of ten beers in four or five hours time.

5. If someone drops a glass, don’t make that stupid “ohhhh!” noise.
Yeah, I want everyone to have a good time at a beer festival, but what are you, eight-years-old? Knock it off.

6. Pay attention to your surroundings.
We all get a little looser once we have a couple of beers in us, so, just make sure to pay attention to where you’re swinging those arms. No one likes having beer spilled all over them.

7. Honor the brewers and the beer.
If this event is held at a brewery, then be considerate of their home. They’ve opened their home to you, so show some respect. And speaking of respect, these aren’t beer shots; don’t slam them.  Also, don’t badmouth the beers in front of the brewers. It may not be your cup of tea, but be polite and dump it elsewhere and keep your comments respectful.

8. Drink some water and eat some food.
Not eating or drinking water at a beer festival is amateur hour. The more water you consume, the more cognizant you are of your surroundings and the beer in your hand.

9. Cut back on the cologne, Casanova.
One of the most important aspects of drinking beer is being able to smell the beer. But I can’t smell my beer if you’ve dumped a gallon of cologne/perfume on. And I know, beer festivals are a great place to meet members of the opposite sex, but they don’t want to smell your cologne or perfume either.

10. Leave your children or animals at home.
With broken glass and stupid drunk people all over the place, this is not a time to bring out either the two or four-legged children. I love dogs are much as the next person, but I don’t want to see any get hurt because of broken glass or human error.

Beer Fest 2013The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be holding their seventh annual Beerfest, on Saturday, May 11th. In celebration of the event, Paul Hayden has given us two pairs of tickets to giveaway to the sold out 1PM-2PM VIP reserve session.

Not only will you get to leisurely try a lot of great beer from all over the world, but you’ll also receive a commemorative Schlafly tasting glass. Send an email to with the subject of 2013 Beerfest, I’ll randomly pick two winners on Monday, April 22nd 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.
  • If you can’t attend, please don’t enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.


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 Jason from Anchor Brewing. Jason will be on hand to discuss and sample Steam, Summer, Liberty, and Brown. 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 St. Charles (and also now in Wildwood!) 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 Stone Enjoy by 4/20/13 on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Boulevard’s Coffee Ale on draft and the Wildwood location will have Perennial 17 on tap tonight. 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, Wildwood or Webster tonight!

ucbcWhen Evan Benn mentioned last night that he had some exciting news about the St. Louis craft beer scene, I thought for certain it would be able a local brewery choosing a site for their next brewery.  What caught me by surprise was that it wasn’t the brewery I expected.

While all of our new local breweries seem to be growing at a crazy clip, without a doubt Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has got to be the fastest growing brewery. So while I wasn’t expecting them to announce building a new brewery in St. Louis city, I shouldn’t have been surprised. UCBC began with 3500bbls in 2012 and plans to double that this year.

The new location, located at 4465 Manchester Ave, will be built in the former Renard Paper Company. (A quick aside, as a longtime fan of the now departed Newstead Tower Public House, I would drive by Renard on a regular basis.  The exterior of this building is still nice enough that it’s only today that I learned that the company no longer exists.)

Urban Chestnut is partnering with Green Street St. Louis to not only build the new brewery, but also make sure that it’s a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building as well. “People might ask why open a second facility and ALSO locate it in St. Louis? Well, first & foremost 95% of the beer we sold last year was in St. Louis, and like Schlafly and many of the other small, local brewers, we’re dedicated to the evolution of St. Louis as a craft beer destination,” remarked David Wolfe, co-founder of UCBC.

The initial capacity of the new brewery will be about 15,000bbls, but with over 70,000 square foot of space in this new facility, UCBC expects to be able to expand up to 100,000bbls.  The additional space will also allow them to feature a tasting room on-site.

But this doesn’t mean they’re abandoning their original spot.  They still plan to use the original location for smaller production beers and test beers. There is no specific time-table for the new location to be open, but if UCBC continues the trend of moving at light-speed, I’m sure we’ll all be enjoying a few beers there soon.

This week on the STL Hops Twitter

Stuff from around the web

  • Evan Benn put together a list of craft beer in Busch Stadium.
  • Pittsburgh Beer Snob reviews Schlafly Oatmeal Stout.
  • UrbanReviewSTL wants you to pick your favorite St. Louis brewery.
  • Schlafly remains among the top 50 craft breweries.
  • Looking for a spot to eat and drink around Busch Stadium? Here’s a great list.

Retail Beer Releases

  • Vineyards Wine & Spirits (Chesterfield) (4/12/13)
    • 4 Hands Brewery Contact High–NEW
    • 4 Hands Brewery Chocolate Milk Stout
    • 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
    • Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Style Lager
    • Beck’s Sapphire
    • Boulevard 80-Acre
    • Boulevard SSS Coffee Ale–NEW
    • 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
    • Goose Island Summertime–NEW
    • 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 Summer Ale–NEW
    • Sam Adams White Lantern–NEW
    • Sam Adams New Albion Brewing New Albion Ale
    • Schlafly Helles Summer Lager–NEW
    • Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen–NEW
    • Schlafly AIPA
    • Shiner FM 966 Farmhouse Ale
    • Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat
    • 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

  • Bigelo’s Bistro (4/9/13)
    • Deschutes Black Butte
    • Deschuttes Red Chair
    • 4 Hands oatmeal
    • Sam Adams Grumpy Monk
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Boulevard Harvest Dance
    • Boulevard Rye on Rye
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Sierra Navada Bigfoot
    • Stone Arrogant Bastard
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA
  • Cugino’s Italian Grill & Bar (4/11/13)
  • Draft
    • Perennial 17
    • Great Divide Titan
    • Deschutes Black Butte XXIV
    • Firestone Walker Wookie Jack
    • Founder’s Dirty Bastard
    • Deschutes Red Chair
    • Bell’s Oberon
    • Founder’s Breakfast Stout
    • Perennial Aria
    • Perennial Black Walnut Dunkel
    • Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
    • St. Bernardus Abt 12
    • 4 Hand Divided Sky Rye IPA
    • Bell’s Amber Ale
    • Founder’s All Day IPA
    • Avery White Rascal
    • Schlafly Golden Ale
    • 4 Hands Pyrus
    • Bell’s Two Hearted
    • Delerium Tremens
    • Southern Tier 2XIPA
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Firestone Walker Double Jack
    • 2nd Shift Liquid Spiritual Delight
    • Unibroue Ephemere
    • Goose Island Nut Brown
    • Founders Red’s Rye
    • 6 Row Whale
    • O’Fallon Wheach
    • Crispin Original Cider
    • North Coast Pranqster
    • St. Louis Framboise
    • Ferguson Pecan Ale
    • Ferguson St. Louis Pale Ale
    • 2nd Shift El Gato Grande
    • 4 Hand Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Goose Island Honker’s Ale
    • Goose Island Sofie
    • Left Hand Milk Stout (Nitro)
    • Kona Koko Brown
    • Ferguson Munich Dunkel
    • Green Flash West Coast IPA
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly Kolsch
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz
    • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut
    • New Belgium Fat Tire
    • Fox Barrel Pear Cider
    • Stella Artois
    • Shock Top
    • Bud Light
    • Budweiser
    • Bud Select
  • Bottle
    • Newcastle
    • Guiness
    • Sierra Nevada
  • Pi (Delmar) (4/1/13)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common style beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Schlafly Pilsner
    • Schlafly ’3.14′ Klosch
    • Schlafly GOLDEN MEAN ALE( PI EXCLUSIVE 5th Anniversary brew)
    • Schlafly Summer Lager
    • 4 Hands Pi-PA (American Pale Ale exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • 4 Hands Single Speed
    • Civil Life American Brown Ale
    • Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
    • North Coast ‘Scrimshaw’ Pilsner
    • Avery ‘White Rascal’ Belgian White Ale
    • Urban Chestnut ‘STLIPA’
    • New Belgium Ranger IPA
    • New Belgium Fat Tire
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • O’Fallon Wheach
    • Charleville Oatmeal Stout
    • New Belgium Shift
    • Charleville Oatmeal Stout (A Pi Exclusive)
    • Original Sin Cider (Gluten Free, Bottle)
    • Widmer Omission(Gluten Free, Bottle)
    • New Planet Off Grid (Gluten Free, Bottle)
    • Buckler N/A (Bottle)
  • Pi (Central West End) (4/12/13)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common style beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Schlafly ‘Summer Lager’
    • Schlafly ‘Kolsch’
    • 4 Hands ‘PiPA’ (A Pale Ale exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Boulevard ‘Unfiltered Wheat’
    • Civil Life ‘English Pale’
    • North Coast ‘Scrimshaw Pilsner’
    • Stone Arrogant ‘Bastard Ale’ (22 oz Bottle)
    • Stone ‘IPA’ (22 oz Bottle)
    • New Belgium ‘Fat Tire’ (Can)
    • Ska Brewing ‘Modus Hoperandi IPA’ (Can)
    • Avery ‘Joes’ Pilsner (Can)
    • Avery ‘White Rascal’ (Can)
    • Big Sky ‘Moose Drool’ (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)(4/5/13)
    • 4 Hands ‘PiPA’ (brewed by 4 Hands exclusively for Pi Pizzeria)
    • 4 Hands ‘Single Speed’
    • 4 Hands ‘Chocolate Milk Stout’
    • 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 ‘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 (4/12/13)
    • Bell’s Oarsman
    • Boulevard Grainstorm
    • Civil Life Vienna Lager
    • Deschutes Obsidian Stout (nitro)
    • Founders Centennial
    • Guinness Stout
    • New Belgium Cascara
    • Original Sin hard cider
    • Perennial 17
    • Schlafly Black IPA
    • Schlafly/Royale Vanilla Milk Stout
    • Stone Oak Smoked Old Guardian
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
      • Anchor Bock
      • Crispin Brut Cider
      • Deschutes Red Chair
      • 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
      • Six Row Whale
      • Strongbow (17oz can)
      • Woodchuck Winter Cider

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Kirkwood Station Brewing Company (4/12/13)
    • Year Round Flagships
      • IPA
      • Brown Ale
      • Sugar Creek Lager
      • English Pale Ale
      • Blackberry Wheat
    • Current Seasonals
      • Rye APA (3/27/13)
      • Oatmeal Stout
      • Irish Red
      • Porter
      • Coming soon Belgian Witte
  • Six Row Brewing Company (4/12/13))
    • Whale
    • Porter
    • Double IPA
    • Honey Weizen
    • Strawberry Honey Weizen
    • Red Eye (Red IPA)
    • Export Stout
    • ESB
    • NZ Rakau Double IPA (4/12 only)
  • Trailhead Brewing Company (04/03/13)
    • Year Round House Beers:
      • Trailblazer Blond Ale
      • Riverboat Raspberry Fruit Ale
      • Trailhead Red American Amber Ale
      • Missouri Brown Ale
      • Old Courthouse Stout
    • Seasonal Selection: AIPA
    • Coming Soon: Maibock

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: 2nd Shift Ratsalad IPA, 2nd Shift El Gato Grande IPA, Schlafly Session IPA cans, Schlafly Session American Brown cans, Redhook Wisecracker Wit and Urban Chestnut Seitz Farm Terroir. Additional information can be found at their blog.

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

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 Evil Twin Brewing. 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