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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.

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.

quincy-streetOne of the things you may not realize when dining at Quincy Street Bistro is chef Rick Lewis’ commitment to local and sustainable ingredients. When possible, Rick purchases from local farmers and vendors and provides some of the tastiest food in St. Louis.

So, when New Holland Brewery Beervangelist Fred Bueltmann decided to come into town for a beer dinner, it’s no surprise he chose Quincy Street to partner with. Next Thursday, May 22nd, NHB and QSB will be hosting a four-course beer dinner beginning at 6:30PM.

Tickets for this dinner are $55 each and reservations can be made by calling 314-353-1588.  Here’s a look at the menu:

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femme_ferment_logo_BWLet’s be honest, the craft beer scene can feel like a bit of a boy’s club at times. This is unfortunate, because some of my favorite people in craft beer also happen to be female.

We’ve seen a few organizations devoted to women and beer pop up over the past few years. But it’s always nice to have a homegrown organization that understands the St. Louis milieu.

Which brings me to the kickoff of a new local organization with an emphasis on women in craft beer: Femme Ferment. To introduce their new organization, Femme Ferment will be holding a happy hour on Monday, May 19th from 5:30-8:30PM at the International Tap House in Soulard.

While this organization is about women in craft beer, Femme Ferment is welcoming women and men alike to come out on Monday and learn what they’re all about. Check out their press release after the break.

BCR14_EclipseTapTakePoster11x17_F1One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying news beers that aren’t available locally. Some of us call this “ticking“. As we try a new beer we can tick it off the list.

But sometimes new (and exclusive) beers come to you; no traveling required! In this case the new beer is from Boulevard Brewing Company which will be available as part of a tap takeover taking place at the Moonrise Hotel on Friday, May 2nd beginning at 5PM.

The line-up for this tap takeover is pretty impressive.  You’ll have your chance to enjoy the Imperial Stout, the Rye-on-Rye, the Chocolate Ale, the Grainstorm Black Rye IPA, and the Foeder Projekt.  And if that wasn’t cool enough, you’ll also have a chance to try the Tasting Room ESB which is only available at the Boulevard tasting room.

Nothing like ticking a beer not available in St. Louis in your own backyard.