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perennialWho wants the funk? I believe you’ve got to have that funk. Of course funky beers aren’t for everyone, but for those of us that enjoy them, we can’t seem to get enough.

Perennial Artisan Ales knows to give us that funk.

This Friday, January 24th, Perennial will be breaking out all sorts of brett
beers and giving us funky freaks something to crow about. Beginning at 4PM, Perennial will be doing a Brett Takeover at their bar and will be inviting some friends along to join in on the fun.  Here’s a look at the beers:


Brettopia (5.0% ABV)
Wheat Saison dry-hopped with Amarillo. Keg-conditioned with a strain of Brettanomyces isolated from Cantillon. Spicy, stone fruit, mineral.

Anniversaria 2013 (7.2% ABV)
The first pull from our solera system of Anniversary beer barrels. 100% fermented with Brettanomyces, Claussenii, and Bruxellensis Drie. Tart, fruity, oak.

Funky Garden Gnome (7.5% ABV)
Dark Biere de Garde. Keg-conditioned with Brettanomyces Lambicus. Dark cherry, bready, plum, barnyard.

3 versions of Saison de Lis sans chamomile. Each are keg-conditioned with a different Brett strain. (5.0% ABV)
Saison Ghost– look for smarties candy, and light tartness.
Saison Anomala– look for hay, lemon, bright acidity.
Saison Lambicus– look for pie cherry, some tartness.

Henrietta (7.4% ABV)
Rye Saison fermented with a blend of Cantillon Brett and French Saison yeast and hopped with Centennials. Tart, spicy, floral.

Prairie Artisan Ales/Mikkeler
American Style (7.5% ABV)
Brett IPA
Fermented exclusively with a special strain of Brettanomyces claussenii that’s light on the funkiness, but really aromatic. It leaves behind an astoundingly well attenuated IPA, which means it’s good for drinkin’. A serious amount of West Coast hops are added to the whirlpool. Dry hop compliments the tropical notes from the Brett.

‘Merica (7.5% ABV) 500 ml bottle
Saison with Brett
Single malt, single hop farmhouse ale. It’s brewed with floor malted pilsner and 3lbs per bbl Nelson Sauvin hops. The beer is conditioned with 2 Brett strains and wine yeast. The Nelson hops provide white wine flavors while Brettanomyces adds a juicy quality to the beer.

Side Project Brewing
Saison du Blé
Blé, meaning wheat, is a barrel-aged wheat saison. Where Saison du Fermier was barrel-fermented and had my cocktail of brett and bacteria from day 1, Saison du Blé was fermented in stainless and then racked to Chardonnay barrels with my blend. This resulted in the same house character, but softer, which works nicely with the softer wheat saison base. Sat in oak for 3 months. 6%

Brett Venture #2 w/ Lactobacillus
Same saison malt bill found in Brett Project #1, but 100% brett fermented and lactobacillus added to the barrel. Huge mimosa, orange, citrus fruit notes! Sat in oak for 6 months. 6%

PrintMy how time flies. It seems like just yesterday that our friends at 4 Hands Brewing Company opened their doors for a “soft opening” that saw people lined up outside the building and down the sidewalk. It was a sight to see. Fast forward to now and the momentum behind 4 Hands is not stopping. Recently launching in Chicago, big things are in store for the LaSalle Park brewery both here and elsewhere.

This Friday, January 24th starting at 3PM 4 Hands will be celebrating their 2nd Anniversary at the brewery. The tasting room will open normally at noon, but the allocated offerings and Beyond the Bricks will go on sale starting at 3PM.

Friday’s festivities will see the official release of Beyond the Bricks, their 2nd anniversary beer. Inspired by the yellow brick road, Beyond the Bricks is a Belgian Strong Golden Ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with Apricots. They will release both draft and bottles starting at 3PM. There will be a 6 bottle maximum.

Rotating Draft List:

  • Beyond the Bricks – (we hope to have enough to serve on draft all night)
  • Bona Fide
  • Barrel Aged Bona Fide
  • Madagascar – BA Imperial Milk Stout with vanilla beans
  • Cuvee Ange
  • 1220 – The 1st in our 1220 series, Saison aged in zinfandel barrels with pears
  • Eclipse – BA Imperial Milk Stout with Raspberries
  • No Place Like Home
  • Volume #1
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout

We’re told they will also have a nitro cold toddy from Goshen Coffee on draft! Think of it as coffee that pours like a nitro stout.

With this fantastic lineup and the Beyond the Bricks bottle release this is surely to be a great celebration. Head on down and congratulate Kevin, Will, Martin, Salas, and the rest of the crew at 4 Hands.

russells logoI love a hidden gem. I love being able to find a little spot off the beaten path and find something awesome.  Let me let you in on a little secret that I’m sure the people of Southampton will not want me to share.  Russell’s on Macklind is pretty damn good.

While they’re known for their breakfast and lunch menu, many people don’t know that they have table-service dining in the evening. They also have some delicious beers for you to enjoy. To show off both of these things, Russell’s has partnered with Tallgrass Brewing to put on their first beer dinner.

This dinner will be taking place on Monday, January 27th and will feature four Tallgrass beers paired with four different courses.  The dinner begins at 6:30PM and will cost you $35 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 314-553-9994.  Here’s a look at the menu:

1st Course
Toasted Brioche, Velvet Rooster Belgian Ale White Cheddar Fondue, Thick Bacon, Butter Lettuce, Poached Farm Egg

2nd Course
Clam Chowder – Clams Steamed in Cream & Ethos Pale Ale, Roasted Gold Potatoes, & Leeks

3rd Course
Braised House Sausage, Duck Confit, Pub Ale Braised Pork, & White Beans

4th Course
Oatmeal Stout Cake w / Buffalo Sweat Stout

piAlmost everyone loves a good team up. Batman and Superman, Mark Twain and Nikolai Tesla, Scooby Doo and the Harlem Globetrotters… You can’t beat a supergroup.

We’re going to have our own beer super team-up taking place next Tuesday, January 21st when Pi Pizzeria‘s executive chef Cary McDowell teams up with Boulevard Brewing‘s Neil Witte to put on a show-stopping beer dinner. For those that may not know, Neil Witte is one of only seven Master Cicerones in the world.

That’s a big deal.

You combine Neil’s knowledge with the kick-ass food that Cary McDowell makes and you have the makings of one of the best beer events of the new year. This four course dinner will take place at 6PM next Tuesday and will cost $45 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 314-727-6633. Make sure to stay tuned to the Pi twitter account as they’ll be sending out hints about the menu over the next few days.

Stay tuned to STL Hops as well, as we’ll be giving away two tickets thanks to Boulevard Brewing.


4hands_HotAndHeavyEvent_11x17_WIPTo kick off this year’s Annual Delmar Loop Ice Carnival, 4 Hands Brewing Company will be doing a very special tap takeover at the Moonrise Hotel this Friday, January 17th beginning at 5PM. Hot and Heavy Night will take place upstairs in the New Moon Room. An attendance raffle will be held for all who come.

The event will feature an amazing lineup:

  • 2012 Bona Fide Imperial Stout
  • 2013 Bona Fide Imperial Stout
  • Volume 1
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Beyond The Bricks (This will be the first appearance of their 2nd Anniversary beer)
  • Eclipse Exclusive – Barrel Aged Raspberry Milk Stout (Aged in Four Roses barrels)

I can’t think of a better way to start what is going to be a fantastic weekend in St. Louis beer than to head out and try some of these fantastic brews!