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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.

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.

It’s now September, can we stop talking about seasonal creep with pumpkin beers? I think the fine folks at Schlafly cleared up why we’re seeing pumpkin beers in August. (It’s worth pointing out that we’ve seen pumpkin beers in August for at least 3-4 years and we see the complaining about pumpkin beers coming out in August for the last 3-4 years.)

Anyway, enough of my kvetching. Pumpkin beers are here, and I for one love them. If you’re like me then you’ll want to visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves this Saturday, September 21st to enjoy their first Pumpkin Beer Festival.

Beginning when the doors open at 11AM (and running all day), Llywelyn’s will be rolling out the following pumpkin beers: UCBC Count Orlok Black Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier PumpKing, Red Hook Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter, and Six Row Punktoberfest. And knowing Llywelyn’s, I’m sure they’ve got another couple lined up as well.

Forget about the haters and enjoy yourself some pumpkin beers this Saturday at Llywelyn’s in Webster.

Civil Life BrewingMaking great beer is one thing, building a community is another.  Without at doubt The Civil Life Brewing Company has built a community (and it helps that they make great beer.)

Some people questioned the location, but Civil Life owner Jake Hafner knew that building in the Tower Grove South neighborhood was not only good for his business but also good for the community. He knew that the neighborhood would support him and in turn he’d support the neighborhood.

I know that a lot of people don’t understand why Jake does some of the stuff he does when it comes to Civil Life. Sometimes it can seem erratic or nonsensical. But if you really know Jake, you know that there is a method behind his madness. He does things on his own time and at his own wavelength and it obviously has worked out well for him as they’re now celebrating their 2nd Anniversary.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Civil Life is throwing a party this Saturday, September 21st beginning at 12PM.  Here’s the rundown of events:

12:00PM – Open for Business
1:00PM – Our First Oktoberfest for our 2nd Anniversary will be released.
3:00PM – The State of the Beer Union Address
3:25PM – Release of our 2nd Anniversary Logo
7:00PM-10:00 PM – Jon Bonham and Friends play on our patio.
11:00PM – Closed until Monday

With great beer goes great food. While one of the original members of Civil Life Brewing, Mike Bianco is leaving to be closer to family in Florida, never fret, Jake hired Brendan Kirby (formerly of Duff’s) to man the kitchen. Brendan is going to be serving up BBQ throughout the day.

Civil Life is a great place with great beer and a great sense of community, if that’s not part of a civil life, I don’t know what is.

morgan-street-brewery-01Morgan Street Brewery kicks off its 18th year in business by throwing a big birthday party this Saturday, September 21st from 1PM to 5PM. Because it wouldn’t be a birthday bash without some friends, Morgan Street has invited a number of local (and regional) breweries to join in on the festivities.

Tickets (available online here) are available for $30 (or $35 at the door) and will get you samples from the following breweries:

  • Morgan Street
  • UCBC
  • 2nd Shift
  • Schlafly
  • Augusta
  • Charleville
  • Kraftig
  • Cathedral Square
  • Kirkwood Station
  • O’Fallon
  • Crown Valley
  • Trail Head
  • Exit 6
  • 4 Hands
  • Ferguson
  • Sun King
  • Perennial

After the beer fest the party keeps going with live bands and 1995 pint pricing on all Morgan Street Beers. The party will keep rocking all the way until 2:30AM. Congrats to Morgan Street on their 18th birthday. Sounds like one hell of a party.

254712-250While some of the closer breweries in St. Louis have gotten plenty of love on STL Hops, I’m ashamed to say that we haven’t spoken a lot about Excel Brewery out of Breese, IL. It’s a shame because they’re producing some damn good beer. While a lot of people (understandably) love their Eastside IPA, I think their Carlyle Lake Lager should get a bit more love.

Well, a year has passed and to celebrate Excel is throwing a big party this Saturday, September 14th beginning at 2PM. Tickets are $30.00 and will not only get you into the party to enjoy 10 four ounce pours of beer, along with food and music, but also a 750ml bottle of a very special anniversary beer, the Ryeday the 13th.

This 11% monster is described as, “aged six months in Templeton Rye Whiskey barrels and contains notes of caramel, vanilla, coconut, oak and warming alcohol.”  Some of the other beers on tap will include:

  • Ryeday the 13th
  • Un-oaked Ryeday
  • Carlyle Lake Lager
  • Excel Citra
  • Eastside IPA
  • Eastside IPA on cask w/ Cenntenial hops and Habanero peppers
  • Shoal Creek Wheat
  • Shoal Creek Oktoberfest
  • Shoal Creek Irish Stout
  • Highway 50 DIPA
  • Darkside IPA

If you want to buy tickets to this event you can purchase them online here. Sounds like an awesome line-up from an awesome brewery. Congrats to Excel on their first year!

hop-poster11x17lr-500Ground control to beer drinkers. OK, maybe it doesn’t have the same ring as David Bowie’s classic Space Oddity, but this year’s trippy poster certainly has a Bowie-esque vibe that requires some homage to the song.

Anyway, September 14th will celebrate the 15th annual Hop in the City festival at the Schlafly Tap Room. If this is your first Hop, you’ll be treated to over 40 different Schlafly styles ranging from the light to the monstrous.

This is one of my favorite local festivals and one of the best parts is that it’s still inexpensive. You’re only paying a very reasonable $30 per ticket. Tickets are available at the Bottleworks, Tap Room and also online.

The other neat part of this festival is that Schlafly brews up a special beer to celebrate this fun time. This year’s festival beer is a Cream IPA (a new style even for me) which features lactose put into the boil and then dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops.

I guess you need some more details? This year’s festival will be taking place on Saturday, September 14th from 12-5PM. It will be held at the Schlafly Tap Room and will be another great time. Tickets will be available at the door if they don’t sell out. But don’t delay, buy your tickets ASAP and enjoy one of the best festivals in St. Louis.

Here’s a look at the beer styles that should be available at this year’s festival (as always, it’s subject to change.)

  • AIPA
  • APA
  • Bavarian Ale
  • Belgian Golden
  • Black IPA
  • Classic American Pilsner
  • Coffee Stout
  • Cream Ale
  • Cream IPA
  • Dortmunder
  • Double IPA
  • Dry-Hopped Märzen
  • ESB
  • Export IPA
  • Hefeweizen
  • Imperial Stout
  • India Brown Ale
  • IPA (English)
  • Irish Extra Stout
  • Kölsch
  • Maibock
  • Nitro Irish Stout
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Oktoberfest
  • Pale Ale
  • Porter
  • Pumpkin
  • Rauch
  • Razz Coffee Stout
  • Razz Hefe
  • Razz Imperial Stout
  • Schwarzbier
  • Scotch Ale
  • Session IPA
  • Summer Lager
  • TIPA
  • Vanilla Milk Stout
  • Weizenbock
  • Witbier