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feastday2013What makes an institution? I don’t know if I have the philosophical chops to define an institution, but it’s like the late Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said about pornography, “I know it when I see it.” In my mind, The Royale is now a south city institution.

What the hell does this have to do with beer? Well thepatron saint of our city: Louis IX of France. Also, August 25th is the Feast Day of Louis IX. To celebrate this occasion, the Royale is throwing their 3rd annual Feast Day to commemorate all things awesome about St. Louis. One of those awesome things is Perennial Artisan Ales.

The Royale has teamed up with Perennial to create a special beer just for this event: “a European-style lager brewed with local plums in a nod to Rakija, the celebratory plum brandy of the Balkans.” But the fun doesn’t stop there, check out this line-up of beers:

2nd Shift – Brew Cocky Double IPA
4 Hands – Grapefruit Prussia Berliner Weisse
Boulevard – Saison-Brett
Civil Life – Rye Pale Ale
Crown Valley – Strawberry Cider
O’Fallon – 5 Day IPA
Perennial Royale Vitae – Official Feast Day lager brewed with local plums
Perennial Barry Rye – Dark Rye Ale fermented on blackberries
Schlafly – Pumpkin Ale
Schlafly – Vanilla Imperial Stout
Six Row – Whale
Urban Chestnut – O’Florian’s Irish Dry Stout (nitro)

Also, they’ll be tapping a special cask of Excel Eastside IPA with habenero peppers and dry-hopped with Centennial. All of these events begin at 11:30 and the cask will be tapped at 1PM. No tickets are necessary, just show up and enjoy some great beer.

2009_05_16_1508It’s time to have another STL Hops Pinball Party! This year’s event will take place at at CP Pinball in South Roxana, Illinois on September 28th from 6PM-10PM.

We have two different ticket prices again this year, so here’s the run down:

The cost of the event is $15 per person which provides you with all the pinball you can play for 4 hours. If you’re looking for transportation to and from the event, we’ve rented a bus that will pick people up at Lafayette Park and return them after the event. This will cost you an extra $10. Transportation this year will be graciously provided by STL Brewery Hop (make sure to check them out!)

Just Pinball: $15
Pinball + Bus Fare: $25

Seems like a pretty great deal for safe travel to and from the event.

We’re going to have a bunch of people bringing different beers to sample and you’re welcome to bring something you’ve been hording as well. We’re also going to have some delicious pizza from Bigelo’s Bistro.

Tickets for this event are being sold through Brown Paper Tickets (click that link!). Only 50 tickets are being made available at this time, so I wouldn’t wait around to buy them. Be certain to check out some of the photos from Sauce Magazine from the original pinball event, it was pretty awesome.

stlennysWe’ve talked multiple times about how pervasive collaborations are in craft beer.  It’s amazing to see breweries working together to produce some amazing one-off beers.  Which is why it’s exciting to see another local brewery get into the mix of producing a collaborative effort.

Within the next few days we should begin seeing the hard work of Cathedral Square Brewing and Shmaltz Brewing Company pay off when we see their collaboration, St. Lenny’s, hit the shelves. Here’s a little run-down of how the beer came to be from Shmaltz owner, Jeremy Cowan:

Brothers and sisters, I’m pissed! As one tends to do over beers, I’d been talking smack with my long time colleague and friend Brian Neville, brewmaster at St. Louis, Missouri’s, Cathedral Square Brewery, a disciple of Belgian-style creations. A collaboration perhaps at our newly birthed Shmaltz brewery? Like angel trumpets from heaven, he decrees the project shall be called, “The Immaculate Collaboration.”

He further proclaims we must do a monk-inspired version of our beloved Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA with Belgian yeast, naming it “St. Lenny’s.” Mouth agape, I cry, “Dude, you bogarted my shtick!” That’s what friends are for, I guess – great minds drink alike – and for now, it isn’t my brewing (that’s Paul, Richie and Mike), my art (Matt) or my punchlines (Brian)– but after 16 years, it is in fact my brewery (along w the whole Shmaltz
Brewing tribe)!  L’Chaim!

This 10% monster features a cavalcade of hops including Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo, Mt. Hood, Centennial, and Cascade along with 2 row, rye malt, and flaked rye. This “immaculate collaboration” should be hitting your favorite store shelves any day now.

If you’re looking to try some tasty brew and help out then men in blue, be certain to check out the Hops for Cops Microfest event taking place on Thursday, September 5th from 5-10PM. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of event. Your ticket will get you a commemorative glass along with unlimited samples (at least until the beer runs out).

The event will be taking place at the Casa Loma Ballroom located at 3354 Iowa. Food and live music will be provided as well. You can purchase tickets here.


SideProject_WHT_HRZI’ve often said this, but one of the things I enjoy most about creating STL Hops is the friendships I’ve gained because of it. It’s amazing how big my circle of friends has become in the past six years. One of those friendships that I cherish is that of Cory and Karen King.

My favorite part of my friendship with Cory is not that he helped get me my job at Lohr (though I’m eternally grateful of that) but that him and I will argue about beer (and other things) until the cows come home. We’re men of strong opinions and we’re happy to let people hear them, so putting us in a room together can almost seem contentious at times.

But the thing I admire about Cory is that he never holds my stupid opinion or stupid arguments to heart. We may tussle, but it’s water off a duck’s back after it’s over. So, I’m proud and very happy that I announce that my friend’s brewery, Side Project Brewing will be releasing his first three beers:

The Origin (available in 750mL bottle format)
14.3% ABV

The Origin is a blend of Imperial Stout, Black Oatwine and Baltic Porter that was aged for 20 months in a Rittenhouse Rye barrel with Madagascar Vanilla Beans. It is our Batch #1, Barrel #1 and our first release. It is never to be brewed again.

Saison du Fermier (available in 750mL bottle format)
7% ABV

Saison du Fermier is a Chardonnay barrel-fermented Saison. It is the harmony of new and old. It is robust and has the paler color of modern Saisons, yet it is balanced with the brightness, depth and rustic character of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus found in traditional Saisons. This farmhouse ale was fermented in and aged in wine barrels for several months.

Brett Project #1 (available in 750mL bottle format)
6% ABV

Our Brett Project series is the exploration of how single strains of Brettanomyces ferment and condition a Saison malt bill. Each Brett Project will be fermented in and aged in wine barrels with a different Brettanomyces strain to showcase its unique characteristics. Brett Project #1 showcases a Brettanomyces strain isolated by our friend at BKYeast from Cantillon.

Without a doubt, these first three beers will be extremely sought after. So, you’re probably wondering where you can get them. Well, you’re going to have visit Perennial Artisan Ales (the current home of Side Project Brewing) on September 28th at 12PM when they open.

And if you’re looking into a deeper peek into Cory’s mind, here’s some beers we can expect in the near future:

Saison du Blé – Chardonnay barrel-aged Wheat Saison
Brett Project #1 with Lactobacillus
Brett Project #2 – Drie Fonteinen Brettanomyces
Brett Project #2 with Lactobacillus
Fuzzy – Blonde American Wild Ale fermented in Chardonnay barrels and aged with Missouri White Peaches
Blueberry Flanders – Flanders-style Red Ale fermented in Chambourcin barrels and aged with Michigan Blueberries



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If years of watching PBS as a child has taught me anything it’s that education is a wonderful thing. You know what makes learning even better? Beer.

Global Brew Tap House knows that beer and education are a natural mix so they’ve tapped (pun intended) their own Certified Cicerone Zachary Pohlman to lead beer school classes twice a month at their two locations. The classes run from 6:30-8PM and will cost you $15 which will provide five 5oz samples per person.

Classes take place the first and third Monday of every month at the O’Fallon location and the first and third Wednesday at the Edwardsville location. Each class will offer something new and exciting, here’s a look at this week’s classes:

Monday, August 19 (O’Fallon): Sam Adams w/ Mo Mathew
Boston Lager
Noble Pils
Blackberry Wit
Cream Stout

Wednesday, August 21 (Edwardsville): Sam Adams w/ Mo Mathew
Boston Lager
Noble Pils
Fat Jack

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 Stone R & R Coconut IPA on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Great Divide 19th Anniversery Ale on draft and the Wildwood location will have Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee 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!