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Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they’ll be pouring: De Proef Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale, Left Hand Homefront IPA, Six Row Sunshine Slow Down Session Ale, 2nd Shift Brew Cocky, and Ommegang Hop House. 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: Stiegl Radler, Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, and Widmer Alchemy Ale. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square‘s Jerad Gardner will be at Schnucks Richmond Heights from 4-6PM today. He’ll be sampling a variety of Cathedral Square’s products. Go on out and say “hi” to Jerad.

Scott from IBU will be hosting a tasting at Fields Foods tomorrow from 2-5PM to taste some meads!

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.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they’ll be pouring: Boulevard Saison Brett, Stone Brewing Saison (arrives tomorrow), Deschutes Hop in the Dark Black IPA, Zeffer Apple Cider, and He’Brew Death of a Contract Brewer Black IPA. 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: Rouge VooDoo Donut Pretzel Raspberry, Left Hand Sawtooth, Great Divide Anniversary Ale, and Well’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Jason Small from O’Fallon Brewery will be at Whole Foods Town and Country on Thursday, May 29th from 5-7PM to taste Zeke’s Pale Ale, 5 Day IPA, Kite Tail and Wheach.

Abita will be at Fields Foods tomorrow from 2-5PM to taste some of their year-round and seasonal beers!

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.

sundayfunkday522A 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 their monthly Sunday Funkday this Sunday, May 25th beginning at 1PM. Here’s the line-up of beers:

Petrus Aged Pale
Petrus Oud Bruin
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire
Liefmans Goudenband
St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition
Perennial Regalia
Perennial Hopfentea
Perennial Ginger Pear Regalia
Firestone Walker Opal

And for those of you that like funky music along with your funky beers, STL Hops’ own Jim Leabig (MF Grocery) will be spinning records (I am a liar, Jim will not be spinning records, but there will be tunes) from 2PM-4PM. Celebrate the original beers this Sunday at iTAP.

label_BA_abraxasWith apologies to my friends that own other local breweries, I don’t know if there is a beer in St. Louis that has as much buzz as Perennial Artisan Ale‘s barrel-aged Abraxas. It’s easily one of the most sought after beers in the area and for good reason, last year’s version of BA Abraxas was one of the best beers I enjoyed last year (and this year as well, it still tastes amazing.)

Well, it’s been almost 18 months since that original release and frankly, beer nerds are getting antsy. People are clamoring for news about the release of this epically enjoyable beer. Well, I have it for you.

Option 1: Early Reservation

For you locals, hope you didn’t have plans to go out of town this weekend (and if you’re not local, hope your plans involved visiting our fair city during this long holiday) because this Friday, May 23rd, Perennial will begin an early reservation list for two bottles (per reservation) beginning at 6PM. Perennial promises 400 reservations will be made available during this early sign up.

If you plan on coming out to stand in line on Friday to secure your reservation, Perennial understand that bottle shares typically break out during these line-waiting ceremonies.  A bottle share will be permitted on the patio, but out of respect to Perennial’s neighbors and Perennial’s staff, they ask that the bottle share end at 4PM.

Option 2: Lottery

But what about those of you who can’t make it in this Friday? You’re not out of luck, Perennial will be doing an online lottery beginning Thursday, May 29th at 12AM and will be ending the lottery Monday, June 2nd at 12AM. There will be a link on Perennial’s website (http://www.perennialbeer.com) where you will be asked to provide your name and email address so Perennial can contact you if you’re lucky enough to win. (Make sure to double-check that information before hitting send! Also, multiple entries will be discarded, so… don’t be that guy.)

If you’re on the list for the early reservation, you’re still eligible to enter the lottery. Lottery winners will be notified if they’ve won on Monday, June 2nd. This lottery will be for a single bottle of BA Abraxas.

Bottle Pickup
You’ve won! Good for you! Now, how do you get your bottles? Here’s the breakdown.

For those of you who got in via early reservation, you can pick up on the following days:
Friday, June 6th 4:00-10:00PM
Saturday, June 7th Noon-11:00PM
Wednesday, June 11 4:00-10:00PM
Thursday, June 12th 4:00-10:00PM
Friday, June 13th 4:00-11:00PM
Saturday, June 14th Noon-11:00PM

For those of you who have won the lottery, you can pick up on the following days:
Saturday, June 7th Noon-11:00PM
Wednesday, June 11 4:00-10:00PM
Thursday, June 12th 4:00-10:00PM
Friday, June 13th 4:00-11:00PM
Saturday, June 14th Noon-11:00PM

Now you know when you can pick them up, what will you need? Well, each bottle is $30 a piece (tax is included) and an original, photocopied, or mobile photo of a valid state ID will be required upon pickup (for those of you looking to proxy for some friends.)

Any unclaimed bottles will go to me! No wait, they’ll go on sale in the Perennial tasting room on Wednesday, June 18th at 4PM. There will also be limited draft available of BA Abraxas on Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th.

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they’ll be pouring: 4 Hands City of Dreams, Hanson Brothers Mmmhops, Rock Bridge Saison. and Morgan Street When Helles Freezes Over. 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 4 Hands beers: Dragons Milk Reserve with Chilies, Deschutes Inversion IPA, Ska Minthe Stout, and Ramos Del Valle Cider. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square‘s Jerad Gardner will be at Schnucks Brentwood from 4-6PM today and Randall’s North County from 3-5PM tomorrow. He’ll be sampling a variety of Cathedral Square’s products. Go on out and say “hi” to Jerad.

Six Row Brewing will be at Fields Foods tomorrow from 2-5PM to taste their new cans, the Whale, Sunshine Slowdown and Arch Nemesis Midnight!

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.

368160-250It’s been 7 long months since we all got our schnitzel on during the Oktoberfest celebrations around the area. But the International Tap House in Chesterfield is wondering why “October gets all of the fun?”

On May 17, iTAP Chesterfield will throw their 6th annual Maifest to celebrate all things (well, maybe not all things) German. There will be plenty of brats, bands, and most importantly: beer.

Plenty of German beer will be available including Hofbrau Original and Maibock, Schwaben Brau Heller Bock, and also the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. You’ll also get some locally made German styles from our friends at Urban Chestnut including the Erlkönig and Urbanator.

From 2PM-5PM on Saturday the 17th, you’ll have a chance to sample over 30 different beers from UCBC, New Belgium, Stone, Evil Twin, Schlafly, Morgan Street, Ommegang, Jolly Pumpkin, 4 Hands, 2nd Shift, Civil Life, Boulevard, Sierra Nevada, and more!  Tickets can still be purchased at iTAP Chesterfield or Brown Paper Tickets for $30, the price day of is $35. Here’s the current line-up of beer:

  • Schwaben Brau – Heller Bock
  • Morgan Street – Maibock
  • Evil Twin – Femme Fatale Blanc
  • Stillwater – Of Love & Regret
  • 2nd Shift – Cask of Katy
  • Heavy Riff – TBD
  • Rogue – Mogul Madness
  • Weihenstephaner – Hefe
  • Founders – Rubaeus
  • Santa Fe – Bourbon Barrel Aged Imp Stout
  • Civil Life – Big Year Stout
  • Original Sin – Cider
  • Deschutes – Hop in the Dark
  • UCBC – Zwickle
  • UCBC – Snicklefritz
  • UCBC – Maximilian
  • UCBC – Erlkönig
  • UCBC – Urbanator
  • O’Fallon – Zeke’s Pale Ale
  • Goose Island – Ogden Tripel
  • Goose Island – 2013 Lolita
  • Goose Island – Matilda Lambicus
  • Goose Island – Big John
  • Perennial – Hopfentea
  • Perennial – Ginger Pear Regalia
  • 6 Row – Honeyweizen
  • Ferguson – Chipotle IPA
  • Ferguson – Pecan Brown
  • New Belgium – La Folie
  • Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum
  • Boulevard – Boss Tom
  • Ommegang – Glimmer Glass
  • Hofbrau – Original
  • Hofbrau – Maibock
  • Stone – Chipotle Smoked Porter
  • Schlafly – Maibock
  • 4Hands – Cuvee Diable
  • 4Hands – Prussia or Contact High
  • Jolly Pumpkin – Luciernaga
  • LogBoat – TBD
  • Bat Creek – TBD

For those looking for some music, here’s the line-up:

Saturday May 17th:
3PM: Jimmy Griffin
7PM: Good News Bad News

If you’re not looking for a full outdoor festival, iTAP will still be serving beers inside and have some fun things on there as well:

  • Stiegl – Grapefruit Radler
  • Civil Life – Eric’s Special Beer
  • 2nd Shift – Brewcocky
  • UCBC – Snicklefritz
  • Warstiener – Dunkel
  • Excel – TBD
  • Hofbrau – Hefe

If you can’t make until after 5PM, you’re in luck as well, there will be a $5 cover charge and any remaining beer will be available for purchase. For more information, be sure to check out the iTAP Maifest website.

CraftBeerCellarLogoLet me put my old man hat on and recount the dark days of craft beer in St. Louis. It was a simpler time, and by simple I mean you had very little options when it came to buying craft beer in the area. If you found some Schlafly on the shelf in the grocery store, you were thankful and you liked it.

My how far we’ve come.

Not only do we have some sort of craft beer available in almost every watering hole in the area, but we’re seeing places choose St. Louis as a place to put some roots.  Example?  Craft Beer Cellar.  This chain of beer retail was started in 2010 with the philosophy of “Sell[ing] beer for a living and try to keep a fun and laid back spirit.” Fun? Laid back? Craft beer?  Sounds like a perfect fit for St. Louis.

Up until now all of their locations have been located on the East Coast.  St. Louis is the home of their first Midwest location. Well, I’m happy to announce that on Saturday, May 17th, CBC (located at 8113 Maryland Ave. in Clayton) will be officially open for business.  The first 1000 customers to CBC on Saturday will receive a complementary gift bag with a 6-pack sampler along with some swag (as long as you make a purchase.  )

But pssst, I have a secret for you.  To try and get through some of the first days of nerves and shakiness, CBC will be doing a soft opening tomorrow, May 15th with their doors opening at 10AM.

Even better is that CBC is looking to be a big part of the STL Hops community, which means that they’re extending a 10% discount to STL Hops members (who bring in the flyer below) for mix-a-six packs during their soft opening.

I think we can all appreciate more choices in St. Louis and we can appreciate places that recognize their base and want to support them. Pretty exciting news, I’m glad we’re a long way from those dark days of craft beer in St. Louis.

SoftLaunch

GrandOpening