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Archive for September, 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: Tallgrass Ethos IPA, 4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout, 4 Hands Morning Glory, Charleville Witch’s Brew’mmm, Urban Chestnut Oachkatzlschwoaf Oktoberfest, and Urban Chestnut Count Orlok Black Pumpkin Ale. 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: Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Goose Island 312, Goose Island Fleur, Wielka Sita, and Weihnestephaner Oktoberfest. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square’s Jerad Gardner will be at the Dierberg’s Marketplace in Chesterfield from 3-5PM today. He’ll be sampling a variety of Cathedral Square’s products. Go on out and say “hi” to Jerad.

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

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.

canvitational-eventlogoI love canned beer. I’ve espoused on the virtues of canned beer many, many times so I don’t feel like I need to do so again here.  I also love traveling, especially for beer events.  If you’re like me, then you may be interested in attending the first ever CANvitational Beer Festival in Indianapolis next Saturday, September 28th.

According to the nice press release that was sent along to me, here is some information on the event: “The Sun King CANvitational will bring more than 30 craft breweries representing 16 states to Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets, available online at, are $50 for general admission and $75 for early entry.”

The nice people at Hoosier Beer Geek have given me two tickets to give away for this awesome event (which I wish I could attend!) If you’d like to win please send an email to with the subject of CANvitational , I’ll randomly pick two winners on Monday, September 23rd at 9AM. 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.
  • If you can’t attend, please don’t enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

Thanks again to Sun King and Hoosier Beer Geek for the tickets. Maybe I’ll get to go next year!

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 Founders Red’s Rye PA on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Weihenstephaner Festbier on draft and the Wildwood location will have Urban Chestnut Count Orlock 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!

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.

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, September 18 (Edwardsville): Beers of Southern Illinois
Big Muddy Monster IBA
Big Muddy Saluki Dunkel Dog
Big Muddy Pumpkin Smasher
Excel Eastside IPA
Excel Oktoberfest

Monday, September 23 (O’Fallon): Brews of Autumn
Sierra Nevada Tumbler
Goose Island Harvest
Schlafly Pumpkin
Ayinger Marzen
Angry Orchard Cinnful