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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:

LEFTY’S LAGER
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.
EASTSIDE IPA
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.
SOUTHSIDE STOUT
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.
FLASH BANG
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.
BÖSE ROGGEN
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.
HOP HEIST
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.

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: Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch, Deschutes Twilight, Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza, and Crown Valley Peachy 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: Ace Joker Cider, O’Fallon Zeke’s Pale Ale, Southern Tier Farmer’s Tan, and Leffe Blonde. Additional information can be found at their blog.

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.

HeritageCoverI’m pleased to announce that the winners for the two pairs of tickets to the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival are Kirk Wonio (who loves the Square One Double Red) and Eric LaFleur (who’s favorite local beer is the Schlafly TIPA)! Congrats to Kirk and Eric and thank you everyone for entering.

I once again  want to thank the fine folks putting on the Heritage Festival for providing the tickets to this event. There are still tickets available and the weather is looking perfect for the weekend, don’t delay, buy tickets now!

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:

5:00

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

6:00

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

7:00

  • 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.

HeritageCoverThe 2014 St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival marks the eighth anniversary of the event. This festival gives you just an example of how far things have come in the St. Louis beer community.

The original festival in 2007 featured 7 local breweries which featured over 50 different beers.  The 2014 festival will feature 23 breweries in the St. Louis metro area pouring over 100 different beers.

This year’s festival will be taking place this weekend will be taking place in Central Fields of Forest Park with two evening sessions:

Friday, June 13, 6PM-10PM
Saturday, June 14, 6PM-10PM

Tickets for this event will cost you $35 in advance and $44 day of festival. They can be purchased from the STL Brewers Heritage Store. Here’s a look at the most recent list of beers that will be poured this weekend:

Kirkwood Station Brewery

  • Blackberry Wheat
  • Pumpkin Ale
  • Midnight Train
  • Marzen
  • EPA
  • Rye APA

Perennial

  • Aria

Schlafly

  • Session IPA
  • Rauchbier
  • Dry-Hopped Marzen
  • Doppelbock
  • Kolsch
  • Pale Ale
  • Eighty Shilling
  • Black IPA
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • American IPA

Six Row Brewing Company

  • Whale
  • Strawberry Honey Weizen
  • Double IPA

4 Hands Brewing Company

  • Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Divided Sky Rye IPA
  • Just Passing Through Belgian IPA
  • Passion Fruit Prussia
  • Resurrection

Cathedral Square Brewery

  • White Ale
  • Abbey Ale
  • Holy Moly Imperial Stout
  • Repent Rye-Wine
  • Hail Mary Belgian IPA

Charleville Brewing Company

  • Summer Ale
  • Tornado Alley Amber Ale

Excel Brewing Company

  • Flash Bang
  • Leftys Lager
  • Eastside IPA
  • Southside Stout

Augusta Brewing Company

  • Roggen Rye
  • Tannhauser Pale Ale
  • Hyde Park Stout
  • 1856 IPA

Morgan Street Brewery

  • Unbendable Girder Imperial Pilsner
  • Golden Pilsner
  • Black Bear
  • Virgin Territory IPA

Square One Brewery and Distillery

  • Oh Honey
  • American Marzen
  • Trafalgar Square IPA
  • Double Red
  • German Altbier
  • Patersbier
  • Single Malt Scotch Ale
  • Big and Hoppy

Trailhead Brewing Company

  • Riverboat Raspberry
  • Maibock
  • Trailblazer Blond Ale
  • American IPA

2nd Shift Brewing

  • Katy
  • Brewcocky
  • Green Bird

Griesedieck Brothers Brewery

  • Golden Pilsner
  • Unfiltered Bavarian-Style Wheat

The Civil Life Brewing Company

  • Best Bitter
  • English Brown Ale
  • American Brown Ale

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

  • Apotheosis
  • Mercator
  • Klenmanneken
  • STLIPA
  • Winged Nut
  • Zwickel
  • BAP
  • Schnickelfritz
  • Hopfen

Anheuser-Busch Inbev

  • Shock Top Pretzel Wheat
  • Wild Blue Lager
  • Shock Top Honey Crisp Apple Wheat
  • Shock Top Lemon Shandy
  • Budweiser Hot Southwest Blonde
  • Johnny Appleseed Cider
  • Faust
  • Budweiser

Alpha Brewing Company

  • Belgian Black IPA
  • Kantelope American Wild Ale
  • Storter
  • Mosaic IPA

Exit 6 Brewery

  • Vanilla Cream Ale

Ferguson Brewing Company

  • St. Louis Pale Ale
  • Irish Red Ale

Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling Company

  • Coffman Coffee Porter
  • Black River IPA
  • Strawberry Cider
  • Barrel Aged Imperial Nitro Stout
  • Farmhouse Lager
  • Gunslinger

O’Fallon Brewery

  • Wheach
  • Berry Best
  • Hemp Hop Rye
  • Kite Tail Ale
  • Zekes Pale Ale
  • 5 Day IPA

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.