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goodbeerguideWe’re lucky in that we have a couple of amazing beer writers that either currently call St. Louis home or have called it home in the past.  One of those writers is Joe Stange.

Joe still has family in the St. Louis area (down near 2nd Shift Brewing to be precise) and usually comes to town at least once a year. Joe is currently in town and is promoting the seventh-edition his new book Good Beer Guide Belgium. For those of you that may be looking to visit Belgium soon, this is an indispensable guide of breweries, bars and cafes around Belgium.

Lucky for you, Joe will be at Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton tonight, Monday June 30th, from 5PM to 7PM signing copies of his book and also talking Belgian beers.  Joe is an extremely nice guy and super knowledgeable about beer.  Head out to CBC tonight to meet and talk to Joe, you won’t regret it.

hotdHair of the Dog has always been a hidden little gem on Washington Ave for the craft beer drinker. Longtime fans of HotD know that they have one of the best selections of sour beer in the area.

But what you may not know is that they upped their game. In the past few months, they’ve quietly bumped their tap count to 43 total taps. This ever-rotating selections of draught beer is carefully selected by Dom Bruening and he’s always trying to stay on top of what’s new and fun.

I know a few people avoided HotD in the past due to them allowing smoking, but I’m also happy to announce that they’re now smoke-free.  So not only can you enjoy 43 taps and delicious sour beer, but also enjoy it without smoke.  If you haven’t been to Hair of the Dog in a while, maybe it’s time to check them out again.

Oh, and it turns out they’re tapping a keg of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout today, so now you have an excuse to visit.

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: Urban Chestnut Pierre’s Wit, Urban Chestnut Hopfen Bavarian IPA, Summit Summer Ale in cans, and Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam. 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: Schofferhofer Grapefruit Wheat Can, Ramos Del Valle Cider, Santa Fe Freestyle Pilsner, and Southern Tier Live. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square‘s Jerad Gardner will be at Dierbergs West Oak from 4-6PM today and Craft Beer Cellar from 1-3PM tomorrow. He’ll be sampling a variety of Cathedral Square’s products. Go on out and say “hi” to Jerad.

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.

itap-LOGOA 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, June 27th beginning at 1PM. Here’s the line-up of beers:

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This is how I’m going to begin this post: DO NOT MISS THIS FESTIVAL.

To help celebrate that history of brewing, the always eager guys at 2nd Shift Brewing are putting on their third annual summer beer festival in New Haven, MO which they’ve dubbed the 2nd Shift and Friend 118th Annual Beerfest. The most important part of that title, with the exception of the “Beerfest” part, is “Friends.”

Being a craft brewery means being in a community of brewers that works together to create some great beer. So, 2nd Shift invited out a bunch of great breweries to have a party on July 5th from 1-5PM.  Here’s a list of breweries and vendors who plan to attend:

  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Transient Artisan Ales
  • One Trick Pony Brewery
  • Six Row Brewing Company
  • Logboat Brewing Company
  • Schlafly Beer
  • Rock Bridge Brewery
  • Tallgrass Brewing Company
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Cathedral Square Brewery
  • Mother’s Brewing Company
  • Urban Chestnut Brewing Co
  • Ferguson Brewing Company
  • O’Fallon Brewery
  • Kirkwood Station Brewing Co.
  • Square One Brewery & Distillery
  • Augusta Brewing Company
  • Exit 6 Pub and Brewery
  • 4 Hands Brewing Company
  • Friendship Brewing Company
  • Excel Brewery
  • Morgan Street Brewery
  • Mac’s Local Buys
  • Pinckney Bend Distillery
  • The Civil Life Brewing Company
  • Heavy Riff Brewing Company
  • Tin Mill Brewing Company
  • Röbller Vineyard Winery
  • The Washington Tattoo Collective
  • STL Hops Homebrew Club
  • Femme Ferment
  • Art Farm
  • Prison Brews
  • Scratch Brewing Company
  • ……and more!

Tickets for this event, which can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets, will cost you $30 in advance and $35 day of. Additional information including address and phone number can also be found via the link to Brown Paper Tickets.

Do not miss out on this amazing weekend of fun.

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Cugino’s Italian Bar and Grill is an oasis of craft beer for those folks living (or visiting) north county. Beginning tonight, Cugino’s is throwing three days of parties to celebrate 10 years (10!) of providing great food and great beer.  Here’s a line up for everything going on this weekend:

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ciceros.jpgTallgrass Brewing Company likes cans. And let’s be honest, a keg is nothing more than a big can. And a firkin is a big can with a spigot.

If you’re into any of those things, you should head out to Cicero’s Italian Restaurant tonight as they host a Tallgrass tap invasion featuring Halcyon Wheat, Ethos IPA, Pub Ale, and Velvet Rooster.

If that wasn’t enough, they’ll also be featuring a special cask of Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat with orange peel and cocoa. If this strikes your fancy, they’re tapping the cask at 6PM tonight. Don’t miss out.

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