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Archive for June, 2013

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: Goose Island 25th Anniversary, Perennial Woodside Tripel, Deschutes Great Lakes Collaboration Smoked Porter, Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat, and Horny Goat Hopped Up ‘N Horny IPA. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will hold a special Friday beer tasting to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. They’ll be sampling: Odell St. Lupulin, New Belgium Rolle Bolle, Charleville Half Wit Wheat, O’Fallon Smoked Porter, and Goose Island 25th Anniversary. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square’s Jerad Gardner will be at the Dierbergs Zumbehl 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 Horny Goat Brewing out of Milwaukee, WI. 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

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…!!!

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 feature the Poperings Hommel Bier on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Summit Meridian Session Ale on draft and the Wildwood location will have Deschutes Twilight 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!

There were some big changes to the 2013 St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival. The festival was previously put on via a joint collaboration between Anheuser-Busch and Schlafly, but this year’s festival was taken over by the newly created St. Louis Brewer’s Guild.

Without a doubt, the previous versions of this event were one of the biggest and grandest beer festivals in St. Louis. How did the newest version hold up? Pretty damn well in my opinion. You could tell it was scaled back a bit, but it still held some of that same pomp and grandiosity that makes this one of the best events to showcase local beers.

There was certainly a little (understandable) hubbub over the event being canceled early on Saturday night due to inclement weather. But it looks like the Guild is working to rectify this problem and make good on the shortened session. If you weren’t able to attend, here are a few photos for you to enjoy.

growlers.gifI wouldn’t consider myself an emotional man but as I’ve gotten older I’ve definitely noticed I’m a bit more nostalgic. Don’t get me wrong, most nostalgia is pretty much malarkey, the “good old days” weren’t especially great.

Let’s take the “good old days” of the St. Louis craft beer scene. Sure, there was a time when we could find Dogfish Head and Three Floyds on shelves in Illinois. But, let’s be honest, these beers were often the old dregs that came downstate from Chicago that we still drank because we didn’t have another option.

For me, the “good old days” meant arriving at Growlers Pub every Friday night to fill out a beer card and enjoy some NTN. So, the announcement on Saturday that Growlers Pub in Sunset Hills had closed left me with a pang of sadness.

Looking back, it wasn’t that the food was particularly great or that the beer selection was fantastic. But it was certainly a bar that I called “home” for a few years. Celebrated some great times there and had a couple of pints after having to go through the pain of putting down our dog. Like any regular, you got to know the people that worked there and any issues that normal people would complain about were just things you thought of as part of the charm.

Growlers was also the place where I discovered that I loved beer. I’ve told this story before, but the Growlers in Creve Coeur was when I had my beer “aha” moment.

I could spend the rest of this post discussing what went wrong and how Growlers could still be open today, but why bother? There are people that worked there out of a job today and a place I once called “home” is now closed. Nostalgia may cloud our judgement, but at least it leaves us with good memories.