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STLHops_ShadedThis is happening a little later than normal this (or next) year, but I wanted to get past the holidays and give you something to look forward during a bleak January.

On January 18th, STL Hops will be having its Sixth Anniversary Party at Perennial Artisan Ales. We’ve moved this party around over the past six years and Perennial was kind enough to host for a second time.  I want to thank Schlafly and 4 Hands Brewing for hosting the previous years of events, they were awesome hosts.

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets. This year we’re doing something different and will be offering two different price points. The General Admission ticket will cost you $30.00 (not including Brown Paper Ticket fees) and will get you samples from 6PM-10PM. For those of you feeling extra saucy, we’re going to do an extra special VIP ticket for $40 which will get you in an hour early to taste some of these extra awesome beers. All of the proceeds for this event will be donated to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Your ticket will include beer and a special glass made specifically for this event. I’ve also added a designated driver ticket for $2 that will get you in the door for the fun.

I’m still working on what beer will be available at the event, but as you’ve seen in the past, there will be plenty of great stuff to drink this evening. Part of the reason I’ve been dragging my feet is that I’ve been trying to lock down all of the beer.  But let me tell you, there is some cool stuff already lined up. I’ve confirmed that Guerrilla Street Food will be setting up shop outside to provide you with some sustenance

Keep checking back because I’m working on not only getting a bunch of brewers but also a bunch of swag as well. 200 tickets are being made available for this event, so get them while you can.

Purchase tickets HERE.

quincy-streetThough he may be a fictional character and I may not agree with all of political ideas, Ron Swanson may be the person I admire the most. The one thing that Mr. Swanson and myself absolutely agree on is that breakfast is the best meal. Period.

Where Mr. Swanson and myself will diverge is that he would probably want to enjoy his breakfast with a glass of 16-year-old Lagavulin Single Malt whiskey, I on the other hand would prefer to enjoy it with a fine beer. If you’re like me, then Quincy Street Bistro has a special little event for you.

Next Saturday, December 14th from 9AM-11AM, Quincy Street will be holding Kegs and Eggs II. This event pairs some awesome breakfast dishes with some delicious craft beers. Chef Rick Lewis has created some special dishes that will fill your belly (right before Nightmare Before Christmas, no less) and will give you the craft beer breakfast you’ve always wanted. Here’s the menu:

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If you’ve not been to Quincy Street, do not miss out on this, they’re cooking up some of the best food in St. Louis and they doubled down by making the best meal: breakfast.

itap-LOGOAs detailed in other posts, I don’t always have much (or any) Christmas spirit. December is not one of my favorite months. One of the things that annoys me the most is just how damned early it gets dark. It’s not much fun to wake up in the dark and come home from work in the dark.

But dark isn’t always bad.  Take for instance the iTAP Nightmare Before Christmas.  Next Saturday, December 14th the International Tap House in Soulard will be putting on a bunch of big, rare beers, and a bunch of dark beers to boot. Then a week later, on December 21st, the Chesterfield location will be putting on a Nightmare of their own. Here’s a list of what to expect:

Soulard – Dec 14th

  • 2013 4 Hands Bonafide
  • Founders Backwoods Bastard
  • Laguintas BA Rye Cappuccino Stout
  • Schlafly Imperial Coffee Stout
  • 2012 Evil Twin Biscotti Break
  • Evil Twin Biscotti Break Natale
  • 2013 Goose Island BCS
  • 2013 Goose Island BCS Barleywine
  • Firestone Parabola
  • 2013 4 Hands Volume 1
  • Deschutes Black Butte XXV
  • 2013 Perennial Abraxas
  • Thornbridge Bracia
  • 2013 Founders KBS
  • 2013 Omnipollo Agamemnon
  • 2012 Perennial Vermillion
  • Perennial 17
  • 2012 Founders Imp Stout
  • Emelisse Creme Brule
  • Emelisse Russian Imperial Sthout
  • 2013 Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
  • 2013 Firestone Walker Sucuba
  • North Coast Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XV
  • 2012 Goose Island Big John
  • Brouwerij Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-Aged Project Brew No. 5 – Sherry
  • Cathedral Square Bourbon Barrel Holy Moly
  • Sierra Nevada Narwhal
  • Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans

Chesterfield – Dec 21st

  • Emelisse Smoked Coffee Porter
  • Emelisse Crme Brulee
  • Avery Mephistopheles
  • Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
  • Stone Suede
  • Stone Woot Stout
  • Perennial 17
  • 2013 Founders KBS
  • Founders Imperial Stout
  • Firestone Parabola
  • Goose Island BCS 13
  • Ommegang Take the Black
  • Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout
  • Deschutes Black Butte XXV
  • Deschutes Class of 88 Smoked Porter
  • Deschutes Class of 88 Barley Wine
  • Green Flash Barley Wine
  • Firestone Black Xantus
  • Evil Twin Biscotti Break
  • Evil Twin Biscotti Break Natale
  • Evil Twin Christmas Eve in at New York
  • Evil Twin Yin
  • Omnipollo Agamemnon
  • Bells Batch 9,000
  • Left Hand Wake Up Dead
  • North Coast Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XV
  • Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans
  • Sierra Nevada Narwhal
  • Cathedral Square Bourbon Barrel Holy Moly

Each event starts at 12PM, plenty of time to drink some dark beers before it gets dark outside.

rockbridgeWe’ve been blessed in St. Louis with not only a bunch of new breweries popping up in our neck of the woods, but a bunch of breweries that are turning out some awesome beer.  But the rest of Missouri isn’t immune to this phenomenon. Rock Bridge Brewing in Columbia has been brewing beer since 2012 and has now made their way to St. Louis.

To kick off this event Rock Bridge has teamed up with the International Tap House to put on three events tonight starting at 6PM. Rock Bridge will be pouring their Rye You Lil’ Punk Rye IPA and Saison at the Soulard, Chesterfield and Central West End locations.

For those of you that like the Soulard location there will be a little bonus. Rock Bottom’s Stu Burkemper and Dave Brouder will be on site pouring a firkin of the  Rye You Lil’ Punk Rye IPA. Be sure to head out tonight and see what Columbia has been enjoying for the past year.

tablestlCall me a Grinch, but I’m tired of buying gifts. It’s not that I don’t enjoy giving people presents, but I’m pretty sick of exchanging equal amounts of money for the sake of social obligation. Silly. If I want to buy you a present, I’ll buy you one because I want to, not because of some holiday.

To me the holidays are about the experience. The gathering of friends and family and (hopefully) having a wonderful time together. It’s also about giving back. Many of us are fortunate enough to have enough expendable income to buy things like craft beer, it’s only nice to give back to those that are struggling to get by.

It’s with this spirit of giving and friendship that Perennial Artisan Ales has teamed with Table to put together the 2013 STL Brewers Holiday Party. This event will be taking place on Tuesday, December 10th from 6PM-9PM and the cost of admission is $30 per ticket with proceeds going to Haven House.

Perennial and Table have invited 13 local breweries to provide samples of their winter seasonals along with some delicious hors d’oeurves from Table’s owner/chef Cassy Vires. In the spirit of the holiday season, Perennial and Table are asking guests to bring a donation to the event in the form of unwrapped gifts, personal care items, gift certificates, games, puzzles, cleaning supplies, and cold weather clothing.

Here’s a list of breweries attending this year’s event:

  • Perennial
  • Side Project
  • Civil Life
  • 4 Hands
  • 2nd Shift
  • Urban Chestnut
  • Morgan Street
  • Square One
  • Cathedral Square
  • Crown Valley
  • Schlafly
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Heavy Riff

Tickets can be purchased now via Brown Paper Tickets. Don’t miss out on this very fun and special event.