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Spooky times ahead tomorrow when HandleBar hosts a Zombie vs Monkey Party featuring Tallgrass Zombie Monkie. In fact there is a whole host of activities going on tomorrow at Handlebar for your Halloween enjoyment.

Beginning at 7PM there will be a Zombie Bike Crawl, for you brainy types Tenacious Trivia begins at 8PM and the Zombie vs Monkie Dance Party begins at 10PM with DJ Funk Inc.

For those of you who want to show off your favorite Zombie or Monkie costumes, there will be a costume contest at 12AM giving out prizes for the best Zombie, best Monkie, and best in show. There will also be cans of Zombie Monkie available all night for $3.50 (all other Tallgrass beers will be $4.)

If you’re looking for a craft beer Halloween experience, head out to Handlebar tomorrow night.

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abraxasdayWhile there are certainly a lot of beers in St. Louis that have gotten hype over the last few years, I don’t think there is any argument that the biggest name in beer at the moment is Abraxas. When Perennial Artisan Ales released this beer in 2011 I’m sure they knew they had something good, but I doubt they knew they had a monster on their hands.

What started as a bottle release at the brewery has evolved into a full-on beer event. To celebrate the release of Abraxas, Perennial is throwing “Abraxas Day” on November 9th, 2013. Part of this event is that they’ll not only release 2013 Abraxas, but they’ll also be selling VIP tickets that gets you the following items:

  • Official Abraxas Snifter
  • 4oz Pours of the following beers:
    • 2012 Abraxas
    • Cigar City Apple Brandy Barrel Hunahpu
    • Voodoo Big Black Voodoo Daddy
    • Crooked Stave Vielle Dry-Hopped with Galaxy
    • Half Acre Big Hugs
    • Revolution Deth’s Tar
    • Sun King Lonesome Dove
    • Central Waters Exodus
  • You also get first crack to purchase a bottle of Coffee Abraxas (With no line to wait in!)

“Whoa, Coffee Abraxas? What is this magic elixir you speak of?”  This is a brand-new beer combining the awesomeness of Abraxas with the deliciousness of Sump coffee.  And your VIP ticket gets you the ability to purchase a bottle.

So, how do you get tickets?  Well, Perennial will begin selling tickets to the two VIP sessions (1-3pM and 4-6PM) today at the Perennial Tasting Room beginning at 4PM.  VIP tickets will cost $40.  If there are any unsold tickets by Friday, October 25th then Perennial will sell any remaining on Brown Paper Tickets.

If you miss out on VIP tickets, do not fret, there will be a limited number of bottles of Coffee Abraxas available during this awesome party.  For more details on this event, be sure to check out the STL Hops Forums.

freshhopFor all of you hop heads out there, you know this is a very special time of the year, it’s hop harvesting time.  It’s the time when breweries begin receiving their 2013 hop crop and begin producing some of the best fresh hop beers available.

To help celebrate that time, Schlafly has decided to put on the fifth annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival.  This festival will be occurring this Saturday, October 26th from 12PM-4PM at the Schlafly Bottleworks and tickets will cost $25 ($26 online) in advance ($30, day of.)

The participating breweries purchased a bulk amount of fresh hops, which will the be used to create their own freshly hopped creation. Here’s the currently list of participating breweries:

  • Schlafly Beer – Hop Harvest Ale
  • Urban Chestnut  – Urban Blacktop
  • Crown Valley Brewery  – Missouri Black River IPA
  • Kirkwood Station Brewing  – Black Rye IPA
  • Six Row Brewing Company – Fresh-Hop Red IPA
  • Square One Brewery & Distillery – Hop Harvest IPA

As this will be held in a format similar to Cabin Fever, tickets will be limited and this is sure to sell out fast. You can purchase tickets here.  Watch out for a contest tomorrow on Twitter tomorrow to give away two tickets to the festival.

heavyriffWhile Heavy Riff Brewing has been open for about a month, they haven’t been able to pour their own beer. Until today.

I’m happy to tell you that beginning today at 2PM, Heavy Riff Brewing will be debuting two beers. Owner Jerid Saffell explains the beer:

Velvet Underbrown – 6.2% and 30 IBU’s. This is a balanced and smooth brown ale featuring both lactose and golden naked oats. Very toasty with a dark chocolate note and very subdued hop character.

Super Session Hoppy Wheat – 4.8% and 18 IBU’s. Don’t let the IBUs fool you on this one off wheat beer. We took a moderate gravity wheat beer and dry hopped the bejeezus out of it with Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic hops. The result is an aroma featuring prominent citrus, melon and tropical notes. Moderate bitterness with tons of hop flavor and a nicely balanced wheat character make this an incredibly sessionable hop bomb.

Tonight is also their “vinyl night” bring in your favorite vinyl and they may spin it. Vintage Vinyl has also given them a $50 gift certificate which they’ll be giving away. Head up to Heavy Riff and try out their new beers!

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: Ska Euphoria, 4 Hands Smoke Pigasus, Six Row KSHE-95 Red Snout IPA, Southern Tier Compass, and Deschutes Hop Trip. 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 the following beers: New Belgium Pumpkick, Boulevard Bob’s 47, Newcastle Werewolf, Sam Adams Fat Jack, and Left Hand Oktoberfest . Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square‘s Jerad Gardner will be at the Schnucks Woods Mill today from 3-5PM and Dierbergs Creve Coeur tomorrow from 2-4PM. 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 mike@stlhops.com.

Shelton_Bros_LogoDecided to push this news off a day as some pretty big news came down the pike yesterday. But for those of you looking to get your Anchorage Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin, or Mikkeller, I’m happy to announce that Shelton Brothers Importers is coming back to Missouri.

After moving from a few different distributors and a few stops and starts (including the gov’t shutdown), Shelton Brothers Importers will be working with Mark Reinwald to open up a distributor locally in O’Fallon which will be called Shelton Brothers Missouri.  Mark is a Certified Cicerone who previously worked at Tallgrass and also for the International Tap House (along with being a long time STL Hopper) before being tapped for this job.

Mark informs me that they’re still working on what brands will be available again in Missouri, but that we should begin seeing products hitting store shelves in November.  Shelton has a large and diverse portfolio of beers, so it will be nice to see their products again in St. Louis.  This is very exciting news for us beer fans, can’t wait to see Shelton back on the shelves.

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: Ruhstaller 1881 California Red Ale, Ruhstaller CAPT California Black IPA, Ruhstaller Gilt Edge California Golden Lager, Ruhstaller HOP SAC First Leaf Fresh Hop (22oz), and Ruhstaller HOP SAC Kuchinski Hop Ranch Fresh Hop (22oz). 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 the following beers: Crabtree Berliner Weisse,
Crabtree Au8 Golden Ale, Deschutes Chasin Freshies, Froach Scottish Ale, and Sam’l Smith Apricot. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square‘s Jerad Gardner will be at the Schnucks Webster Groves tomorrow from 3-5PM. 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 Urban Chestnut Brewing. 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 mike@stlhops.com.