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logo1If you’re looking for the most authentic version of Neapolitan pizza in St. Louis, then you really need to visit The Good Pie. The blistered crust of these pizzas are cooked in a wood-burning oven that reaches over 900 degrees.  This is old school pizza, the original.

Some would argue (like me) that cask beer is old school as well.  Lighter carbonation, a little warmer, it’s the way beer way served for centuries before we had modern conveniences like CO2 draft systems and refrigeration.

Pairing these old school classics together, this Friday, June 28th, starting a 12PM, the Good Pie will be tapping a cask of the New Belgium 1554. They’ll be serving it until the cask runs out or The Good Pie closes.

I believe this is the first cask of 1554 available in St. Louis and you can get Neapolitan Pizza to go along with it! Sounds like a classic pairing.

When they blow it out, the folks at Global Brew Tap House in O’Fallon really don’t hold back. To celebrate their first year open, Global has put together a great lists of beers:

  • Schlafly Biere de Garde
  • Schlafly Imperial Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout
  • 4 Hands Bona Fide
  • 4 Hands War Hammer
  • 4 Hands Pyrus
  • Bells Wedding Ale
  • Bells Debs Red
  • Bells Le Pianiste Ale
  • Stone Saison Du Buff
  • Stone Ruination 10
  • Sierra Nevada Belgian Blonde IPA
  • Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere
  • New Belgium Pluot
  • New Belgium Paardebloem
  • New Belgium Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
  • Dark Horse Plead the
  • Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter
  • Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale
  • Urban Chestnut Seitz Farm
  • Urban Chestnut Erlkonig
  • Big Sky Buckin Monk

On top of all of this, there will also be some special tappings throughout the day:

1pm – 4 Hands Contact High Cask
2pm – Founders Devil Dancer
3pm – Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison
4pm – Schlafly APA Cask
5pm – Stone Saison du Buff
6pm – Founders KBS
7pm – Founders Doom

Everything on the first list will begin pouring at 11AM this Saturday, June 22nd. We may have a lot of parity when it comes to beers on each side of the river, but this list shows we still have some cool beers only available in Illinois. Go on over and wish Global Brew in O’Fallon a very happy birthday.

sohaWe could possibly have one of our hottest days of the year today, but that doesn’t stop you from enjoying some awesome stouts. Let’s be honest, nothing satisfies like a big, black beer.

Tonight, beginning at 7PM, South Hampton Bar and Grill will be serving up two of the biggest, blackest beers around. You’ll get a chance to enjoy 4 Hands Brewing Company Bona Fide Imperial Stout and also Bell’s Brewery Black Note Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout.

If you haven’t had these beers, here’s the descriptions for you:

Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a collaborative effort with Goshen Coffee, a local fair trade coffee roaster. This beer is big, bold, and in your face. Bona Fide pours black as night with a smooth mouth feel. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, with nuances of vanilla. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years. 9% ABV / 65 IBU’s

Black Note Stout blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout and ages the combination in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The resulting harmony of flavors captures the finest features of all three components: malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso & dried fruits, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout and bourbon aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark. 11.5% ABV

the-blockLocal, local, local. People are looking for things made and grown in their own backyard. Local restaurants using local ingredients and also supporting local breweries. The truly special experiences come when a local restaurant works with a local brewery to put on a beer dinner.

I’m happy to announce that The Block in the Central West End will be putting on their first beer dinner next Monday, June 24th, beginning at 6:15PM.  This four course meal will cost you $65 per person (all inclusive) and will feature beer from 4 Hands Brewing. Seats are limited and you can make reservations by calling 314-918-7900. Here’s a look at the menu:

Resurrection IPA
House made charcutier
Chilled tomato bisque, smoked shrimp shooter
Garlic herb popcorn

First course:
Contact High
Orange & Feta Ravioli
English pea puree, asparagus, pistachio

Second Course
Single Speed
Bacon jam, local corn succotash, smoked country ham, fava beans

Main Course:
Smoked Pigasus
Rensing’s Farm Pork Trio:
Sous vide pork loin, sausage, crackling, smoked brisket potato gratin

No Place Like Home
Sweet Local Peaches…!!!

OLIO3For the uninitiated, there has been a renaissance going on with craft beer in Italy.  No longer producing just insipid pale lagers, Italians brewers have been creating interesting and delicious beers in the land of wine.

There has also been some changes in the Shaw neighborhood in St. Louis. Ben Poremba’s restaurant Olio has gotten some crazy good accolades and they’re turning out some awesome dishes.

These two juggernauts of creativity obviously make a perfect pairing for a beer dinner. So, I’m happy to let you all know that on Tuesday, July 2nd, Olio will be hosting a dinner featuring a variety of Italian craft beers. Cost on the dinner is $88 per person and reservations can be made by calling 314-932-1088.

Here’s a look at the menu:

Housemade Charcuterie
Parfait Of Foie Gras, Duck Rillettes, Beef Cheek Terrine, Country Pate
[Baladin “Sidro”, Piedmont]
Spontaneously fermented Cider

Crudo of Oyster
Persian Cucumber, Cilantro, Buttermilk
[Piccolo “Seson”, Liguria]
Saison with chinotto peel, juniper & coriander

Chestnut Gnocchi
Speck, Pistachio & Preserved Lemon
[Di Como “Malthus Birolla”, Lombardy]
Ale brewed with roasted chestnuts & chestnut honey

Charred Octopus
Cocoa, Coffee, Piquillio Pepper, Potato
[Ducato “Verdi”, Emilia-Romagna]
Imperial Stout brewed with chili peppers

Loin, Tongue, Blackberries, Nasturtium, Mint, Arugula
[Loverbeer “BeerBera”, Piedmont]
Sour Ale brewed with Barbera grapes; fermented & aged in oak

Olive Oil Cake
Stone Fruits & Rosemary
[Montegioco “Quarta Runa”, Piedmont]
Ale brewed with Volpedo peaches

A Tasting of Artisan Italian Cheeses
Celery Mostarda & Stewed Apples
[Baladin “Nora”, Piedmont]
Ale brewed with myrrh, ginger, orange peel & kamut

This is how I’m going to begin this post: DO NOT MISS THIS FESTIVAL.  An addendum to that last sentence: DO STAY OVERNIGHT!

To help celebrate that history of brewing, the always eager guys at 2nd Shift Brewing are putting on their third annual summer beer festival in New Haven, MO which they’ve dubbed the 2nd Shift and Friend 12th Annual Beerfest. The most important part of that title, with the exception of the “Beerfest” part, is “Friends.”

Being a craft brewery means being in a community of brewers that works together to create some great beer. So, 2nd Shift invited out a bunch of great breweries to have a party on July 6th from 1-5PM.  Here’s a list of breweries who plan to attend:

Tickets for this event, which can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets, will cost you $30 in advance and $35 day of. Additional information including address and phone number can also be found via the link to Brown Paper Tickets.

If you’re really looking for the full 2nd Shift experience, they’re also offering a limited number of overnight packages that will include dinner, drinks, a room, and breakfast.  The fee for this package also includes usage of the golf course, swimming pool, and tennis courts.

You can inquire about the overnight packages, which is in ADDITION to the $25/$30 beerfest ticket, by calling 573-237-3421.  These rooms sell out quickly, so make sure to call as soon as possible.

I cannot stress enough that while the festival is an amazing time, it’s the after-party that seals the deal.  Do not miss out on this amazing weekend of fun.

The 2013 St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival marks the seventh anniversary of the event. This festival gives you just an example of how far things have come in the St. Louis beer community.

The original festival in 2007 featured 7 local breweries which featured over 50 different beers.  The 2013 festival will feature 22 breweries in the St. Louis metro area pouring 97 different beers.

This year’s festival will be taking place next weekend back at the original location in Forest Park with three different sessions:

Friday, June 14, 6PM-10PM
Saturday, June 15, 1PM-5PM
Saturday, June 15, 7PM-11PM

Tickets for this event will cost you $35 in advance and $40 day of festival. They can be purchased from the STL Brewers Heritage Store.  I also plan on giving away a few sets of tickets over the next few days.  For your chance to win, be sure to watch the front page later today and also make sure to watch the STL Hops Twitter feed and the Facebook page.
Here’s a look at the most recent list of beers that will be poured this weekend:

  • 2nd Shift – Albino Pygmy Puma
  • 2nd Shift – Art of Neurosis
  • 2nd Shift – Katy
  • 4 Hands – American Brown
  • 4 Hands – Centennial Red
  • 4 Hands – Divided Sky Rye IPA
  • Anheuser Busch – Black Crown
  • Anheuser Busch – Bratzel Bakery Bock
  • Anheuser Busch – Budweiser
  • Anheuser Busch – Festival Beer
  • Anheuser Busch – Shocktop Honeycrisp Apple
  • Anheuser Busch – S’More
  • Augusta – Festival Beer
  • Augusta – Hyde Park Stout
  • Augusta – International Style Pale
  • Augusta – Weissbier
  • Buffalo Brewing Company – Brown
  • Buffalo Brewing Company – Brown Porter
  • Cathedral Square – Abbey Ale
  • Cathedral Square – Hail Mary
  • Cathedral Square – Holy Moly
  • Cathedral Square – Repent Rye
  • Charleville – English Style Summer Ale
  • Charleville – Hoptimistic
  • Civil Life – APA
  • Civil Life – English Pale Bitter
  • Crown Valley – Blackberry or Strawberry Cider
  • Crown Valley – Farmhouse Lager
  • Crown Valley – Wooden Nickel
  • Crown Valley IPA
  • Excel – American IPA
  • Excel – Caryle Lake Lager
  • Excel Brewing – Citra Wheat
  • Exit 6 – Smoked Beer
  • Exit 6 – Vanilla Cream Ale
  • Ferguson – Double Red
  • Ferguson – Imperial IPA
  • Ferguson – Irish Red Ale
  • Ferguson – Munich Dunkel
  • Ferguson – Pecan Brown Ale
  • Kirkwood – Double Engine IPA
  • Kirkwood – Festival Beer
  • Kirkwood Station – Blackberry Wheat
  • Kirkwood Station – English Style Pale Ale
  • Kirkwood Station – Grass Cutter
  • Kirkwood Station – Pumpkin Beer
  • Morgan Street – Black Bear
  • Morgan Street – Golden Pilsner
  • Morgan Street – Honey Wheat
  • Morgan Street – Maibock
  • Morgan Street – Smoked Helles
  • Morgan Street – Watermelon Fruit
  • O’Fallon – 5 Day IPA
  • O’Fallon – Hemp Hop Rye
  • O’Fallon – Kite Tale
  • O’Fallon – O’Fallon Gold
  • O’Fallon – Wheach
  • Perennial – Black Walnut Dunkel
  • Schlafly Bottleworks – AIPA
  • Schlafly Bottleworks – Belgian Golden
  • Schlafly Bottleworks – International-Style Pilsner
  • Schlafly Bottleworks – Kolsch
  • Schlafly Bottleworks – Oatmeal Stout
  • Schlafly Bottleworks – Session IPA
  • Schlafly Bottleworks – Summer Lager
  • Schlafly Tap Room – Barleywine
  • Schlafly Tap Room – Biere de Garde
  • Schlafly Tap Room – Black IPA
  • Schlafly Tap Room – British-Style Imperial Stout
  • Schlafly Tap Room – Dortmunder
  • Schlafly Tap Room – Festival Beer
  • Schlafly Tap Room – Pi Common
  • Schlafly Tap Room – Vienna Style Lager
  • Six Row – Festival Beer
  • Six Row – Robust Porter
  • Six Row – Whale
  • Square One – Barrel-Aged Maple Nut Brown
  • Square One – Bavarian Weizen
  • Square One – Belgian Style Saison
  • Square One – IPA
  • Square One – Park Avenue Pale Ale
  • Square One – Single Malt Scotch Ale
  • Square One – Spicy Blonde
  • Trailhead – AIPA
  • Trailhead – Maibock
  • Trailhead – Pilsner
  • Trailhead – Raspberry Wheat
  • Trailhead – Traditional German Style Bock
  • Urban Chestnut – Dusseldorf Altbier
  • Urban Chestnut – Ku’damm Weisse
  • Urban Chestnut – Pierre’s Wit
  • Urban Chestnut – Schnickelfritz
  • Urban Chestnut – STLIPA
  • Urban Chestnut – Winged Nut
  • Urban Chestnut – Zwickel