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Archive for September, 2013

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:

Wednesday, October 2 (Edwardsville): Sierra Nevada
Pale Ale
Beer Camp Belgian-Style Black IPA

Monday, October 7  (O’Fallon): Sierra Nevada
Pale Ale
Beer Camp Belgian-Style Black IPA

So, I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to October 13th’s 13th Anniversary Schlafly Beer Dinner is Caleb Coy! Congrats to Caleb and thank you everyone for entering.

I once again want to thank Mark from Bigelo’s Bistro for providing the tickets to this event. If you’re ever in Edwardsville (or maybe even make a special stop out to Edwardsville) you must stop in to Bigelo’s Bistro.

Mark always has an eclectic selection of beer and has been a HUGE supporter of the STL Hops community. I like to give love to the places that give us love. Make sure to check it out if you haven’t.

2009_05_16_1508I’m pretty excited about the STL Hops Pinball party on Saturday night, but there are a couple of things I want everyone to know before you head out to CP Pinball.

Everyone please be cool.

While I’ve never had any sort of problem with anyone from here in the past, we’re going to have about 50 people at CP.  We’re all adults, so I shouldn’t have to say this, but I’m going to anyway.  Don’t be an idiot. It’s cool to enjoy yourself, but just be careful, we’re going to be surrounded by over $125,000 worth of pinball equipment.  We’re all here for a good time and to hang out with other beer nerds.   Don’t ruin this event for the rest of us.

I know that the Side Project Brewing release is on Saturday, so do everyone a favor and drink plenty of water and sober up before arriving to CP or the bus.

For the people taking the bus.

The bus will be at the corner of Lafayette Park at Park Ave and Mississippi Ave at 5PM.  The bus will be leaving at close to 5:15.  It will take you up to pinball and you’ll arrive close to 6PM.  The bus will then leave pinball at 10PM and bring you back to Lafayette Park.  There should be plenty of free parking near the park.

Thanks again to STL Brewery Hop for providing transportation for this event. Make sure to check out their website for brewery tours around St. Louis.


If you didn’t buy a ticket, please don’t crash.

While I’m extremely encouraged and excited about the enthusiasm for this party someone has to pay for every person who attends the party.  This place is open two weekends every month, feel free to stop by then. I will have bracelets for people attending so I know who and who should not be attending. This event is SOLD OUT.

Bring a tasting glass.

I’m going to bring a little extra glassware, but not a lot.  I had a sizable amount of my glassware swiped at the last few events, so I’m not bringing as much this time around.  You’re responsible for your own glass.

Don’t arrive hungry.

While Mark from Bigelo’s Bistro will be providing some pizza and some snacks, don’t expect this to be your dinner. Mark generously donates this food and I expect there to be enough for people to snack on, but not enough to fill you up. So, eat a little something before arriving.

If you’re not taking the bus and you’ve had too much, find a ride.

Be safe and be smart, we want you around for the next party. CP isn’t exactly close to home for many of us, so plan on having a ride back home if you’ve had too much to drink.

If you’ve sold your tickets to someone else, make sure I know about it.

Most everyone is a will-call ticket, so I’ll need to know if names have changed. Please send me an email or a private message via the forum if you’ve sold your ticket.

One last thing, I’ll admit up front that this is usually the event where I’m the least social.  I love playing pinball, so I’ll probably be doing that for the entire four hours.  If you have any other additional questions, please feel free to contact me.

washers1Washers: the sport of kings.  This is the true past-time in St. Louis. While I often shoehorn beer into some events, I don’t think washers can be played without a beer in your hands. With this in mind, a couple of guys in the STL Hops Forum thought a washers tournament would be a smashing idea. I agree.

As someone who has a talent for games that require little effort but still enough skill, I’m a big fan of backyard games like washers. So, if you think you’re game here are the details:

Date: October 6th
Time: 12PM
Location: My house in Rock Hill
Tournament Format: Round-Robin (Assign points for wins to set up final bracket.) Teams of 2.
Box Type: Square, Single Can
Points: 21 with cancels, win by 2. Cup worth 3, Box worth 1.

Cost of entry will be two bottles of beer, beer value must be at least $15 per bottle. Winner take all. If you’re interested in playing, please send me an email letting me know your teammates and I’ll give you my address at that time. We’ll probably cut it off at 12 teams.

And just so you know, I’m putting my “money” where my mouth is.  I’ll be putting up a Perennial Barrel-Aged Sump as my bottle for entry. Good luck.

Mark from Bigelo’s Bistro was kind enough to provide two tickets to their 13th Anniversary Schlafly Beer Dinner. The dinner is on Sunday, October 13th at 4PM and Bigelo’s is located in Edwardsville, Illinois.

If you’re interested in winning tickets that include a five courses being paired with five different beers (you will be required to pay the gratuity) email with a subject of “Bigelo’s Schlafly Beer Dinner”. 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.
  • You much be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.
  • If you don’t think you’ll be able to attend, please don’t enter. I’d like to make sure that people available to attend have a chance to win.

The winner will be drawn on Friday, September 27th at 9AM. There are still a few seats available for the dinner, you can make reservations by calling 618-655-1471. Here’s a look at the menu:

1st- Chorizo crab cake , arugula, guajillo aioli

2nd – Roasted butternut squash soup, masala crème
Pumpkin Ale

3rd- Bratwurst, german potato salad, apple chutney

4th- Bison/portobello meatloaf, piquillo gravy, blue cheese grits
Tasmanian IPA

Dessert by Angela Borman

microbreweology2We drink a lot of beer around STL Hops, but more than drink, we talk a lot about beer around STL Hops.  Our forums are a constant web of discussion about beer. Beer is a perfect lubricant to fantastic discussions.

With that in mind, St. Louis Public Radio has partnered up with Sauce Magazine to put together a  panel discussion with brewers from Schlafly, Perennial, Urban Chestnut, Four Hands, Six Row, Ferguson, and Civil Life which will be moderated by STL Hops’ very own Eric Hildebrandt.

The event which St. Louis Public Radio is calling Microbrewology, takes place tomorrow, September 25th, from 6:30-8:30PM. Tickets can be purchased here (St. Louis Public Radio members are $10, non-members are $15.)  Light hors d’oeuvres from Nadoz Bakery and Café will be included in the price of the ticket.

These guys love to talk about beer, make sure to go and check out what they have to say.

canvitational-eventlogoSo yeah, had a bit of mishap yesterday which made me totally forget to pick a winner of two tickets to the CANvitational Beer Festival in Indianapolis taking place this Saturday, September 28th.

So, I’m happy to announce that the winner of these tickets is Aaron Armstrong. Congrats to Aaron (hopefully he’s ready for an awesome time in Indianapolis) and thanks again Sun King and Hoosier Beer Geek for the tickets.

Make sure to bring us back some photos, Aaron!