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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.


excelExcel Brewery began in 2012 with a few easy drinking styles that never quite hooked drinkers. It’s not that the beers were bad, in fact they were well made. But for whatever reason they just didn’t take off.

Rod Burguiere took over as head brewer at Excel recently and decided that not only did the beer need a refresh, but also the branding. To launch this new look and these new beers, Excel partnered with Heavy Riff Brewing to do a tap takeover this Saturday, June 21st at 5PM and will be featuring all of these new beers:

5% ABV. 15 IBU’s. 3.7 SRM.
All-malt Munich Style Helles Lager. A classic, easy drinking German beer named after Excel’s founding father, Edward “Lefty” Meier. Draft only; bottles early July.
7% ABV. 60 IBU’s. 5 SRM.
Intensely hoppy with notes of lemon zest, grapefruit and pine. A West Coast Style India Pale Ale brewed on the East Side.
6.5% ABV. 40 IBU’s. 46 SRM.
Loads of roasted barley and dark caramel malts combine with citrusy American hops in this one-of-a-kind beer from Breese’s South Side.
4.6% ABV. 25 IBU’s. 4 SRM.
Extremely hoppy and refreshing, this unfiltered American wheat beer is brewed and dry hopped exclusively with Amarillo hops. Draft only; bottles early July.
4.8% ABV. 30 IBU’s. 30 SRM.
Black lager brewed with 50% rye malt and chocolate rye. Dark, crisp and smooth. Draft only in June; bottles early July.
4.6% ABV. 25-45 IBU’s. 4.6 SRM.
Draft only, SMaSH (single malt & single hop), session pale ale brewed with a different hop varietal every batch.

33-logoLet’s be honest, when a bar announces a tap takeover, it usually only means a significant portion of the taps are from a single brewery.  And while that’s certainly cool, you don’t really see a lot of true tap takeovers.

When you only have six well-curated taps like 33 Wine Bar, doing a tap takeover becomes a lot easier.  This Saturday, June 21st, Perennial Artisan Ales will be hosting a tap takeover at 33 Wine Bar in Lafayette Square.

Beginning at 3:30PM, 33 will have six different Perennial beers on tap.  Here’s the line-up of beers that will be tapped throughout the evening:

  • BA Abraxas
  • Woodside
  • Trixie
  • Hopfentea
  • Rambler
  • Homefront IPA
  • Saison de Lis
  • 17
  • Gose-a-Rita

That’s a pretty killer line-up and some of those things have never made it out of the Perennial tasting room.  So, if you’re a fan of Perennial, don’t miss out on this takeover at 33 this Saturday.

eviltwin-perennialSome of my favorite episodes of classic TV shows are the ones that featured a guest star. It was exciting to see some movie star pop up in the world of your favorite TV shows. They call it “appointment television.” It’s something you don’t miss.

If Perennial Artisan Ales was a TV show, they’d almost be Friends. They’ve hosted guest brewer after guest brewer, each more exciting than the last. But this one may be one of the most exciting of all. This Thursday, June 12th, Perennial Artisan Ales will be collaborating with Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin Brewing to create a beer that will eventually premiere exclusively at the Perennial tasting room and at Jeppe’s Torst in Brooklyn.

After the working day is done, the party begins. Starting at 5:00PM Perennial and Evil Twin’s Jeppe will begin putting on some very awesome beers in the Perennial tasting room.  Here’s a look at the line-up:


  • Evil Twin Porthole (Saison with blueberries, collaboration with the Aviary)
  • Perennial Funky Wit* (Barrel-aged Witbier)


  • Evil Twin Ryan and the Beaster Bunny (Saison)
  • Perennial Saison de Earl (Saison with Earl Grey Kombucha)


  • Evil Twin Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Lil B (Imperial Porter)
  • Evil Twin I Love You With My Stout (Imperial Stout)
  • Perennial Barrel-Aged Sump Coffee Stout

*This is Funky Wit’s first public appearance! It will be released later this year along with two fruit variants!

Like the appointment television of old, this is something not to miss.

cathedralsquareI don’t care how often you’ve met some of them, you have to still get a little charge when you get a chance to meet a brewer from some of your favorite breweries. I, personally, appreciate the time that they give to listen to you and answer your questions.

Their passion for the industry really shines through and gets you even more amped about craft beer. One of those guys that really takes his time to talk is Brian Neville from Cathedral Square Brewing. He’s one of the nicest guys in an industry filled with nice guys. You’ll have your chance to meet him on Thursday, June 12th beginning at 6PM when 21st Street Brewers Bar hosts a Cathedral Square Firkin AND tap takeover.

21st Street will have Abbey, Hail Mail Belgian IPA, Repent Rye, and White Ale on tap and they will also be tapping a special firkin of Abbey that’s been aged on plums. And if that wasn’t all, $8 gets you a glass of the Plum Abbey with a glass you can take home as well.

Do not miss out on this special event as it sounds like a lot of fun.