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submissionWhat happens when delicious Mexican food and a delicious IPA meet?  Well, we’re going to find out when 2nd Shift Brewing releases their collaboration with Mission Taco Joint called Sub-Mission IPA. This West Coast-style IPA was designed to pair with the awesome Mexican fare at Adam and Jason Tilford’s restaurants.

To celebrate this release, the Tilfords’ original Mexican restaurant, Milagro Modern Mexican, is throwing a tap takeover this Wednesday, April 23rd from 4PM to close. Chef Jason Tilford has created some special dishes to go along with their newest beer.

Not only are you going to enjoy the debut of Sub-Mission, along with Hibiscus Wit, Art of Neurosis, Coffee LSD, and Katy, but you’ll also get a chance to try their other newest beer: Grace. Grace is a 100% barrel fermented saison, fermented with brettanomyces bruxellensis and brettanomyces lambicus.

Find out what happens when two awesome places combine to create something cool tomorrow at Milagro. (Oh and if you can’t make it out tomorrow, you’ll start seeing Sub-Mission available at the Tilfords’ other restaurants and in bottles soon!)

arbormeisterI love when a beer event is partnered with a good cause. It makes you feel like your beer drinking is helping the world. In this case, your beer drinking really is helping the world because the Arbormeisters Homebrew Festival benefits Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, an organization that encourages planting of trees in cities and towns in America.

This festival will be taking place this Saturday, April 26th from 1PM-5PM and will feature beer brewed by the Garage Brewers Society and our own STL Hops Homebrew Club.

The unique twist on this beer festival is that each batch of homebrew has been crafted to include one “tree” ingredient. Some of the beers from the STL Hops Homebrew Club include a Persimmon Gose, an American Wheat with orange, lemon, and lime peel, and a Spruce Saison.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Your ticket includes a tasting glass, water, light snacks and unlimited tree-themed samples. You can purchase tickets via this link. Stay tuned as we’ll be giving away two tickets to this event tomorrow.

label_BA_sumpI can’t even imagine what it takes to put on a beer release event.  Especially ones from Perennial Artisan Ales or Side Project Brewing.

First, you’re never going to make everyone happy, no matter how much planning and time and effort you put into it, there is always someone who will be disappointed in how it’s done.  Second, the stress leading up to the event ties you up into knots and also actually makes you less productive.

But fortunately, St. Louis is pretty awesome.  The community here, on the whole, has been very receptive and very nice about how these events are put together.  They understand how much time and effort these events take. More importantly, they really appreciate how the local breweries support their local fans.

With all of this being said, I think that both of these breweries have really dialed in how these events should be handled and should be applauded for their efforts.  If there are people looking to complain, they’re just looking to complain in general.

But enough of my bloviation. You’re here to find out how to get your hands on Barrel-Aged Sump. I’ll let Perennial’s Emily Wymore fill you in with the details:

The 2014 Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout blends our decadent barrel-aged stout with a Colombian coffee selected and roasted especially for us by Scott Carey at Sump Coffee. In addition, we’ll also be releasing an extremely limited variant of BA Sump, which was blended with a Kyoto brewed Rwandan coffee. Side by side, the two versions showcase the uniqueness of single origin varietals. The Colombian bean lends a rounder flavor, with pecan, caramel, dark chocolate, and vanilla. The Rwandan bean comes through brighter, with raspberry, tobacco, and a light herbal note. 

There will be two ways to acquire BA Sump this year. 

Option 1: EARLY RESERVATION
On Wednesday, April 23rd beginning at 4:00PM, Perennial patrons will have the opportunity to sign up on a reservation list (120 reservations available) for the complete 2014 BA Sump Package. This will include one bottle of the BA Sump Kyoto variant, two bottles of BA Sump, one Sump Coffee Stout snifter and one five ounce pour of each of the beers. The package is $90 and will be available to pick up on the day of the release, Thursday, May 1st from 4:00PM-10:00PM. THURSDAY WILL BE THE ONLY DAY THAT DRAFT POURS WILL BE GUARANTEED FOR THOSE ON THE RESERVATION LIST. 

Option 2: LOTTERY
An online lottery will be open on our website beginning Thursday, April 24th at Midnight and ending Monday, April 28th at Midnight. The lottery will be for one bottle of BA Sump. (The Kyoto variant will NOT be available via the lottery system.) When the lottery becomes active, there will be a link on the homepage of our website (http://www.perennialbeer.com). You will be asked to provide your name and email address. Multiple entries will be discarded. One entry per person, please. Lottery winners will be notified Monday, April 28th. 

For both options, bottle pickup details are the same. Bottles will be available for pickup Thursday, May 1 through Saturday, May 3 during normal tasting room hours. An original, photocopied or mobile photo of a valid state ID will be required upon pickup. BA Sump Coffee Stout is $25/bottle and will need to be paid for at time of pickup. Any unclaimed bottles will go on sale in our tasting room Wednesday, May 7 at 4:00 PM. 

Those on the reservation list are still eligible to enter the lottery. 

We will have limited draft of both beers available on Thursday, May 1 and Scott Carey will be joining the Perennial staff to celebrate the release!

Any questions? Please feel free to email emily@perennialbeer.com.


And for those of you that are wondering, Barrel-Aged Abraxas will be released June 5th-7th. Look for more details about that special release in May!

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which Tait from Charleville will be pouring: Charleville Barrel Aged Box of Chocolate, Charleville Box of Chocolate, Charleville Tornado Alley, Charleville Hoptimistic, and Charleville Half Wit Wheat. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will continue their Friday beer tastings to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. They’ll be sampling the following beers: Sam Adams Double Bock, North Coast Red Seal Ale, Ace Joker Hard Cider, and Avery Out of Bounds Stout. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square‘s Jerad Gardner will be at Dierberg’s Marketplace from 4-6PM today and Whole Foods Brentwood from 12-2PM tomorrow. He’ll be sampling a variety of Cathedral Square’s products. Go on out and say “hi” to Jerad.

Joe from Excel Brewing will be at Fields Foods tomorrow from 2-5PM to taste Eastside IPA, Carlyle Lake Lager, Shoal Creek Wheat, and Southside Stout on draft!

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.

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 (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 Perennial 17 on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Red Hook Audible Ale on draft and the Wildwood location will have Rogue Farms 7-Hop IPA 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!

hoppyspringYou may not have known it when you got up this morning, but spring is here! With the exception of maybe fall, spring is probably the next best time of year to enjoy some beer.

To get you into the springtime spirit, the International Tap House is throwing an event this weekend called Hoppy Spring. Starting at 12PM at Soulard, Central West End, and Chesterfield, you’ll have a variety of hoppy beers to whet your palate.

Here’s a line up at each location:

Chesterfield

  • 2nd Shift Cask Brewcocky
  • Deschutes Pine Drop
  • Mikkeller Wheat is the New Hops
  • Excel Rye Day the 13th
  • Stone Go To IPA
  • Stone Enjoy By 420
  • Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
  • Kona Cast Away IPA
  • Boulevard Pop Up IPA
  • Schlafly AIPA
  • Ska Modus Hoperandi
  • Grand Teaton Lost Continent
  • Civil Life IPA
  • Firestone Wookey Jack
  • Firestone Easy Jack
  • Firestone Double Jack
  • Founders All Day IPA
  • Founders Centennial IPA
  • Evil Twins Molotov Cocktail
  • Odell Myrcenary
  • Bells Two Hearted
  • 4 Hands Divided Sky Rye

Soulard

  • 2nd Shift Cask
  • 4 Hands Cask
  • Mikkeller Lemon Cello
  • Mikkeller Wheat is the New Hops
  • Dieu du Ciel! Penombre
  • Stone Go To IPA
  • Stone Enjoy By 420
  • Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
  • Kona Cast Away IPA
  • Boulevard Pop Up IPA
  • Schlafly AIPA
  • Ska Modus Hoperandi
  • Grand Teaton Lost Continent
  • Civil Life IPA
  • Firestone Wookey Jack
  • Firestone Easy Jack
  • Firestone Double Jack
  • Founders All Day IPA
  • Founders Centennial IPA
  • Evil Twins Molotov Cocktail
  • Odell Myrcenary
  • Bells Two Hearted
  • 4 Hands Divided Sky Rye
  • Goose Island The Illinois

Central West End

  • Charleville Ale Mucho Cask (and beer machine)
  • To Ol Nordic by Nature
  • Amagar/GrassRoots Black Nitro
  • Stone Go To IPA
  • Stone Enjoy By 420
  • Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
  • Kona Cast Away IPA
  • Boulevard Pop Up IPA
  • Schlafly AIPA
  • Ska Modus Hoperandi
  • Grand Teaton Lost Continent
  • Civil Life IPA
  • Firestone Wookey Jack
  • Firestone Easy Jack
  • Firestone Double Jack
  • Founders All Day IPA
  • Founders Centennial IPA
  • Evil Twins Molotov Cocktail
  • Odell Myrcenary
  • Bells Two Hearted
  • 4 Hands Divided Sky Rye
  • Goose Island The Illinois

Bunnies aren’t the only thing that hop, by the looks of it the International Tap House will be hopping as well.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather this year for the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival, it was an absolutely gorgeous day, I know that we really needed it here in St. Louis.  Not only did we have awesome weather, but delicious beer as well.  It was very cool to see what the breweries in Washington are doing and to enjoy them (even if briefly) here in St. Louis.

If you weren’t able to attend, here are a few photos from the day: