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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%

STLHops_ShadedWhat a night.

Honestly, I don’t think the STL Hops Sixth Anniversary party could have gone much better. Great venue, great beers, great crowd, great eats, and great music.  It was just a fantastic time all around. And I don’t say that lightly. No one is tougher on themselves than me when it comes to this party.

First off a big thanks to Perennial Artisan Ales for hosting us. Emily and Phil and the rest of the gang at Perennial were patient and completely fantastic about this whole party. I couldn’t have done it without them. So, thank you.

Second, a big thanks to Eric, Carl, Irene, my parents, and all of the volunteers for helping put this party on. I can’t do this alone and having their help is the only way we can pull this all off, so a huge thanks to them.

A big thank you to Jim Leabig. Without a doubt he was the MVP of the party, turning what was a pretty fun beer festival into an actual party.

Thank you to Guerrilla Street Food for providing some scrumptious food. The Wandering Pig and Chicken Adobo are delicious and helped get me (and a lot of other people) through an epic night of drinking.

It wouldn’t be a beer festival without beer, so a big thanks to all of the breweries that donated beer to the party. Also a big shout-out to the STL Hops Homebrew Club for providing some delicious beer for the party. I heard a lot of compliments about the quality of the beer from our club all night.

Here’s a list of the breweries that provided beer, give them some extra love this year:

  • 4 Hands
  • Goose Island
  • Bell’s
  • Deschutes
  • Excel
  • Ferguson
  • Square One
  • Schlafly
  • Boulevard
  • Cathedral Square
  • Perennial
  • Heavy Riff
  • Civil Life Brewing
  • Morgan Street
  • Founders
  • 2nd Shift
  • Urban Chestnut
  • Tallgrass
  • Off Color
  • Half Acre
  • New Belgium

It’s important to remember that we put on this party to raise some money for Stray Rescue. We wouldn’t be able to do that without your donations and without these retailers and people donating swag for us to auction and raffle off, so a huge thanks to everyone here (god, I hope I didn’t forget anyone). Please be certain to give these guys some extra love and patronage over the next year:

  • Wine and Cheese Place
  • Bridge
  • New Belgium
  • Lohr
  • Cicero’s
  • Urban Chestnut
  • Major Brands
  • Vin de Set
  • Schlafly
  • Mission Taco
  • Milagro
  • The Libertine
  • Basso
  • Pappy’s Smokehouse
  • Nick’s Pub
  • SoHa Bar and Grill
  • Square One Brewery
  • Sydney Street Café
  • Bigelo’s Bistro
  • O’Fallon Brewery
  • Feast Magazine
  • iTAP
  • Flying Saucer
  • Dan Bostelmann
  • Jim Leabig
  • Keir Haug
  • Mark Pruitt
  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Side Project Brewing
  • Charlie Brinza
  • Paul Jensen
  • Geri Heberlie
  • Llywelyn’s

Now, the thing I know you’re dying to hear. We have a couple of things outstanding, but after it’s all said and done, I’m proud to announce we raised over $8500 for Stray Rescue. Last year we raised $6000 and I was hoping to raise $7000, so this huge jump is just amazing.  We couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you very much.

This party is a lot of work, but it’s for a great cause and it’s always a great time.  Thank you again and we’ll see you for party #7 this November.

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant kicks off their 9th year of Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM and a second class from 7PM-8PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry. It’s perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s school is being hosted by Jim O’Connor from Bell’s Brewery. Jim will be on hand to discuss and sample Hopslam, Smitten, Expedition Stout, Cherry Stout, and Oarsman. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at

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.

piI’m happy to announce that the winner of the two tickets to tonight’s Boulevard Brewing beer dinner at Pi Pizzeria is Brian Deloriea!

Congrats to Brian and thanks everyone for entering. If you didn’t win, don’t be too upset, I will have another awesome contest later this week.

Big thanks again to Laura Swanson from Boulevard for the tickets. I believe there are a few seats available for tonight’s dinner, you can make reservations by calling 314-727-6633.

Shelton_Bros_LogoBack in October we told you about the return of Shelton Brothers Importers to Missouri. Anyone could just drop some new beers into the market, but if you really want to be part of the community, it’s all about putting on some events.

I guess it’s good Shelton Brothers Missouri’s rep Mark Reinwald has lined up some awesome events over the next couple of weeks that will make a lot of beer nerds happy. Here’s what’s coming:

  • Tap Takeover at Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar on Wednesday, January 22nd. Tou sour beer fans won’t want to miss it! Starts at 6PM. Here’s the tap list:
    • Prairie Ale.
    • Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire.
    • Mikkeller Limoncello.
    • Mikkeller/Amager Hr. Frederiksen Vaesel Brunch.
    • Kerkom Winterkonniske.
    • Nogne India Saison.
    • Cantillon Iris.
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Tap Takeover at International Tap House Central West End on Thursday, January 23rd. Come out and meet brewmaster Chase Healey! Tapping Prairie Ale, The Beer That Saved Christmas, Funky Galaxy, and Bomb! And it’s a Keep The Glass night, too! Starts at 6PM.
  • Flying Saucer Brewery Night on Wednesday, February 5th. We’ll be featuring Jolly Pumpkin and you get to keep the glass! Starts at 7PM.

piSorry for the late notice on this one, we’ve had a lot of contests already this month. Laura Swanson from Boulevard Brewing has graciously given STL Hops two passes to the Boulevard Beer Dinner hosted by Neil Witte taking place tomorrow, January 21st at Pi Pizzeria in the Delmar Loop.

This meal begins at 6:00PM tomorrow night and will feature four courses paired with four different Boulevard Beers. You can win two tickets b sending an email to with the subject of Boulevard Beer Dinner, I’ll randomly pick two winners on Tuesday, January 21st 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.

Big thanks again to Laura Swanson from Boulevard for the tickets. Good luck!