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llywelyns-243x300While 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 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 Boulevard Grainstorm Black Rye IPA on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Odell Brewing Myrcenary Double IPA on draft. 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 or Webster tonight!

microfest (1)The 2014 St. Louis Microfest is taking place this weekend in Forest Park. Microfest is the longest running craft beer festival in St. Louis. It’s always a fantastic time featuring a ton of beers from breweries both local and from around the world.

It’s important to remember that last minute changes and additions could be made to the following list, but regardless, you’re bound to find something that’s delicious. Tickets are still available to all sessions, so make sure to visit one of the best beer festivals in the area.

Here’s the list of breweries that will be attending this weekend at Microfest.  Please note some of the smaller local breweries will not be attending every session.

Local Breweries:

  • Alpha Brewing Company
  • Augusta Brewing Company
  • Bat Creek
  • Big Muddy Brewing
  • Broadway Brewery
  • Charleville Brewing Co
  • Cinder Block Brewery
  • Civil Life Brewing Company
  • Destihl Brewery
  • Excel Brewing
  • Exit 6
  • Ferguson Brewing Co.
  • Four Hands Brewing Company
  • Granite City Food and Brewery
  • Griesedieck Brothers
  • Heavy Riff Brewing Company
  • Kirkwood Station Brewing
  • Little Egypt
  • Left Coast Brewing Co.
  • Logboat Brewing Company
  • Lucky Buddha Beer Brewery
  • Main and Mill Brewing Company
  • The Modern Brewery
  • Morgan Street Brewery
  • Mother’s Brewing
  • New Belgium Brewing
  • New Albanian Brewing
  • O’Fallon Brewery
  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Pig Minds
  • Public House Brewing Company
  • Ridgebrook Brewery
  • Schlafly Beer
  • Scratch Brewing Company
  • 2nd Shift Brewing
  • Six Row Brewing Company
  • Square One Brewery and Distillery
  • Tallgrass Brewing
  • Tin Mill Brewery
  • Trailhead Brewing Company
  • Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
  • William K Busch Brewing Company

Sponsor Brewers:

  • Abita
  • Anhueser Busch
  • Boston Beer Company
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Cathedral Square Brewery
  • Craft Brew Alliance (Kona, Widmer, Red Hook)
  • Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling
  • Deschutes Brewery
  • Goose Island Beer Company
  • Missouri Beverage (Left Hand/Founders/Santa Fe/New Holland)

Lohr/ Grey Eagle Distributing

  • Green Flash Brewing Co.
  • Southern Tier Brewing Co.

International Beers Unlimited

  • Doc’s Draft Hard Ciders
  • Evil Twin Brewing
  • Flying Monkey Brewing Company
  • French Broad Brewing Company
  • Horny Goat Brewing Company
  • Hermitage Brewing
  • Malka
  • Redstone Meadery
  • Rock Bridge Brewing Company
  • Ruhstaller
  • Schwaben Brau
  • Stillwater Arisinal Ales
  • Weltenburger Kloster
  • Weston Brewing Company
  • Wild Onion Brewing Company

Major Brands

  • Avery
  • Crispin Cider Co.
  • Firestone Walker
  • Free State Brewing
  • Great Divide
  • Green King
  • Humbolt Brewing
  • Stone Beer


  • Big Sky
  • Blue Moon
  • Breckenridge
  • Bridgeport
  • Duvel
  • Gambrinus
  • Guiness
  • Heineken USA (New Castle)
  • Hofbrau
  • Lagunitas
  • Leinenkugel
  • Magic Hat
  • Miller
  • New Belgium
  • Odell
  • Ommengang
  • Pyramid
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Staropromen
  • Summit
  • Vermont Hard Cider

Missouri Beverage

  • Ace Cider
  • Arcadia Ales
  • Brouwerij de Brabandere
  • Founders
  • Left Hand
  • New Holland Brewing
  • Original Sin
  • Rogue
  • Santa Fe
  • Sea Dog Brewing Company
  • Ska Brewing
  • Unibroue
  • Weihenstephan

sundayfunkdayA lot of people talk about trends in craft beer. One of those trends are funky and sour beers. But let’s be honest, funky beers aren’t a trend, they’re the original beers.

Before the days of stainless steel and caustic, beers were aged in wood and inoculated in the open air. These beers were funky from the get-go. This isn’t a trend, it’s revisiting how beer used to be made.

To celebrate these funky beers, the International Tap House in Soulard is throwing a Sunday Funkfest this Sunday, April 27th beginning at 1PM. Here’s the line-up of beers:

Odell Friek
4 Hands Cuvee Diable
Oude Tilquin Gueze
Cantillon Mamouche
Monks Cafe
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja
Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca

And for those of you that like funky music along with your funky beers, there will be funk played from 2PM-4PM. Celebrate the original beers this Sunday at iTAP.

springbeerfestivalIt certainly feels like spring now and I love it. What better way to celebrate this fantastic season than by enjoying the weather and the beer outside.

This Saturday, April 26th, Global Tap House in Edwardsville will be celebrating spring by hosting the Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival. Running from 11AM to 7PM, this festival will feature over 20 different craft breweries and a portion of the proceeds will be used to send underprivileged Boy Scouts, who are part of the local Lewis & Clark council, to camp this summer.

Here’s a rundown of some of the breweries that will be participating:

  • Goose Island Beer Co.
  • Dogfish Head
  • Civil Life
  • Boulevard Brewing Co.
  • Left Hand Brewing
  • 4 Hands Brewing
  • Schlafly Beer
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Victory Brewing
  • Urban Chestnut Brewing

There will be live music throughout the day and some great food from restaurants like Cleveland-Heath and Bigelo’s Bistro. Don’t miss out on this wonderful east side experience.

arbormeisterIt’s Thursday morning which means it’s time to announce the winner of the two tickets to the Arbormeisters Homebrew Festival.  I’m happy to announce that the winner is David Huber.

Congrats to David for winning and thanks for the fine folks from Forest ReLeaf of Missouri for providing the tickets to the event. Tickets for this event are still available for the event this weekend and the weather is looking perfect, don’t miss out!


fergusonWhy does it seem like the city gets all of the fun? Please know I’m not trying to get a city/county turf war started here, I live in the county and work in the city. But there is no doubt that when it comes to beer festivals, they almost always take place in the city.

But chin up county folks, Ferguson Brewing Company is celebrating their third birthday and they’ve inviting everyone along to have a party. On Saturday, April 26th from 1PM to 5PM, Ferguson Brewing will be throwing an Anniversary Brew Fest featuring beers from sixteen local breweries:

  • Schlafly
    • AIPA
    • Kolsch
    • Belgian Golden
    • Raspberry Hefeweizen
  • Trailhead
    • Bock
    • Hazelnut Brown
  • UCBC
    • Zwickle
    • Cascade IPA
  • Augusta
    • Privateer (spiced English IPA)
    • Stout
    • Golden Strong Ale
  • Square One
    • Czech Pilsner
    • Traditional Bock Beer
    • Biscotti Brown Ale
    • IPA
  • Morgan Street
    • Honey Wheat
    • Golden Pils
    • Virgin Territory IPA
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Perennial
    • Regalia – Brett saison
  • 4 Hands
    • Single Speed
    • Contact High
  • 2nd Shift
    • Green Bird Gose
    • Sub-Mission IPA
  • Six Row
    • Whale
    • 105.7 the Point Birthday Brew
  • Crown Valley
    • Gunslinger Double IPA
    • Strawberry Cider
  • Alpha
    • Muscovy Russian Imperial Stout
    • Simcoe Pale Ale
    • ESB
    • Sagwa Imperial IPA w/ Mosaic Hops
  • Exit 6
    • Vanilla Cream Ale
    • Ryane’s Red
    • Coffee IPA
  • Charleville
    • Triple Wit


Ferguson will themselves be featuring a cask of Vanilla Bourbon Porter with Coconut and a keg of Watermelon Wit along with some of their year-round beers.

Tickets for this event will be $25 and will feature a souvenir tasting glass and samples from all of the breweries in attendance. To order your tickets, just follow this link. Congrats to Ferguson, looking forward to many years with you guys in St. Louis.

arbormeisterIf you want to feel like you’re helping the environment all while enjoying some delicious homebrew, make sure to enter this contest for two tickets to the Arbormeisters Homebrew Festival.

Thanks for the fine folks from Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, I have two tickets to give away for the event.

We’ll make this an easy contest, just email with ArborMeisters Homebrew Festival as the subject. I’ll pick two winners Thursday, April 24th 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.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

If you don’t win this one, don’t worry I will be holding more contests like this in the future, so you’ll have another chance then. Good luck! Tickets for this event are still available as well!