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Hooray for birthdays!  Another one of the breweries in St. Louis celebrates their second anniversary and they’re throwing a party.  Perennial Artisan Ales turns two this year and they’re throwing quite a bash to celebrate the occasion.

Last year we saw the release of Aria to celebrate their first birthday, this year we’re going to see the debut of their Anniversaria Project.  Here’s Perennial’s description:

Taking a cue from sherry, Anniversaria uses the solera method of barrel aging, where each year a portion of aged beer is removed from the barrel and replenished with fresh beer. Each release brings a new beer with elements of beers past and layers of complexity that only time can create. Anniversaria begins with Aria, Perennial’s flagship Belgian strong pale ale, fermented with two distinct strains of Brettanomyces in vignoles wine barrels. 2013’s release will be draft only in Perennial’s tasting room. Distribution of this annual release will begin in 2014 in both bottles and draft.

If you want to enjoy this beer from Perennial’s newest series or maybe something special they’ve saved in their basement, head on out to Perennial on Saturday, October 19th. And be certain to check out the poster below for a list of beers they’re pouring next Saturday.

Congrats to Perennial, there will be plenty more parties to come.

perennial-anniv

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: Schlafly TIPA, New Belgium Accumulation White IPA, Leinenkugels Oragne Shandy, Bells Double Cream Stout, and Bells Old 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 the following beers from Crown Valley: Big Bison Ale, Strawberry Cider, Serrano Sidekick, Wooden Nickel IPA, Gunslinger IPA, and Farmhouse Lager. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square’s Jerad Gardner will be at the Corral Liquor in Wood River from 4-7PM 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 mike@stlhops.com.

sohaThis isn’t just a party, this is a par-tay. To celebrate their first year of being open, South Hampton Bar and Grill (SoHa for those of you in-the-know) is throwing quite a shindig. This Saturday, October 5th from 2PM to 6PM, SoHa will be featuring a bevy of beers for you to experience. Here’s the list as of right now:

Southern Tier
Creme Brulee
Warlock

Perennial
Fantastic Voyage
Midnight Rambler Belgian Stout

Goose Island
Matilda Lambicus
2012 Night Stalker
Goose Island Illinois

Tallgrass 
Zombie Monkey

2nd Shift
Art of Neurosis
Firkin Katy (with local grapes)

Schlafly
Biere de Garde
Bourbon Imperial Stout
Firkin TIPA

4 Hands
Volume 1
Firkin Vanilla Bean Chocolate Milk Stout

Civil Life
Firkin Dry Hopped English Pale
TBD
If you’re looking for tickets to this soiree, they’re available on Brown Paper Tickets for $25.00. This will provide you with a tasting glass and unlimited complementary pours. If you wait until day-of, tickets will then run you $30. I know I’ll be there, so come on out and enjoy this hell of a good time.

Oh, and PS, if you stick around until 7PM, they’ll be tapping some cool stuff that you can purchase inside including: Bell’s Hopsolution, Nectar Black Xantus, and 4 Hands Smoked Pigasus.

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 Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Left Hand Brewing Stranger Pale Ale on draft and the Wildwood location will have Deschutes Chasin Freshies 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!

augbotlogow_barley-small-web-view.jpgIf you’ve never attended the Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival, you’re missing out.  It’s just a nice time outdoors with beautiful weather in the Missouri Wine Country. This year’s festival is on October 5th from 12PM-5PM, ticket will run you $22 in advance (purchase here) or $29 day of.

I do ask one thing, as Augusta is about a hour away from St. Louis, please make sure to have a designated driver, it’s the responsible thing to do. Here’s a run down of the breweries in attendance this year:

  • 2nd Shift Brewing
  • 4 Hands Brewing
  • Augusta Brewing Company
  • Bat Creek Brewery
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Buffalo Brewing Company
  • Cathedral Square Brewery
  • Charleville Microbrewery
  • Crown Valley Brewing
  • Exit 6
  • Ferguson Brewing Company
  • Garage Brewers Society
  • Heavy Riff Brewing
  • Kirkwood Station Brewing Company
  • Morgan Street Brewery
  • O’Fallon Brewery
  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Piney River Brewing
  • Prison Brews
  • Rock Bridge Brewing
  • St. Louis Brewery ~ Schlafly
  • Six Row Brewing Company
  • Square One Brewery & Distillery
  • Tin Mill Brewing
  • Trailhead Brewing
  • Urban Chestnut Brewing

Bring your lawn chairs and your sun screen and be sure to come out. This is a great festival and if you haven’t had a chance to try some of the new breweries in the area, this is a great opportunity to try something new or have some old favorites.