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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: Boulevard Hibiscus Gose, Kerkom Kriek, Strubbe Ichtegem Grand Cru, and Cambridge Sgt Pepper Ale. 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: New Holland Ichabod, Perennial Peach Berliner Weisse, Magic Hat Dream Machine IPL, Boulevard Zon. 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.

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 last monthly Sunday Funkday of the year this Sunday, August 31st beginning at 1PM. Here’s the line-up of beers:

August Sunday Funk Day

llywelyns-243x300While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves, Central West End, and St. Charles to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is continuing their program that they’ve been calling “A Brew You Never Knew.”

Each Wednesday, Llywelyn’s will feature a single beer on draught that may have been overlooked or in some cases is the only draught version of that beer in town. It’ll be a chance to re-visit an old favorite or even discover something you’ve never had before.

This week Llyweyln’s in Webster will feature Maillard’s Odyssey, Chico King, and There and Back. Three different beers part of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp series on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the New Belgium Lips Of Faith – Grätzer on draft. And Central West End will be featuring 4 Hands Ca$h Mony. So, if you’re looking for something special without all of the lists and missed opportunities, make sure to stop into Llywelyn’s in St. Charles, Central West End, or Webster tonight!

2009_05_16_1508It’s time to have another STL Hops Pinball Party! This year’s event will be taking place on September 27th from 6PM-10PM and will be hosted once again at CP Pinball in South Roxana, Illinois.

We will have two different ticket prices again this year, so here’s the run down:

The cost of the event is $20 per person which provides you with all the pinball you can play for 4 hours. If you’re looking for transportation to and from the event, we’ve rented a bus that will pick people up at Lafayette Park and return them after the event. This will cost you an extra $10. Transportation this year will be graciously provided by STL Brewery Hop (make sure to check them out!)

Just Pinball: $20
Pinball + Bus Fare: $30

Seems like a pretty great deal for safe travel to and from the event.

We’re going to have a bunch of people bringing different beers to sample and you’re welcome to bring something you’ve been hording as well. Your ticket price is also going to include some delicious pizza from Bigelo’s Bistro.

Tickets for this event are being sold through Brown Paper Tickets (click that link!). Only 50 tickets are being made available at this time, so I wouldn’t wait around to buy them. Be certain to check out some of the photos from Sauce Magazine from the original pinball event, it was pretty awesome.

AF-MORGAN.ST-WEBI don’t think people realize what the 2nd oldest craft brewery in St. Louis is.  For over 18 years, Morgan Street Brewery has been producing award winning lagers on Laclede’s Landing.

“Over 18 years” is the key phrase here as Morgan Street is celebrating their 19th birthday this year and is throwing a beer festival on Saturday, September 6th to celebrate.  From 12-4PM Morgan Street is throwing this Birthday Bash and Beer Festival with 16 (and counting) of their closest friends.  Here’s a list of participating breweries:

  • Square One
  • 2nd Shift
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Exit 6
  • Six Row
  • Crown Valley
  • AB
  • 4 Hands
  • Alpha
  • Ferguson
  • Cathedral
  • Urban Chestnut
  • Trailhead
  • Charleville
  • Schlafly
  • Kraftig

Your tickets (which is $30 in advance and $35 at the door) will get you unlimited samples, a commemorative tasting glass, and live music from The Jeremiah Johnson Band. You can purchase your tickets here.

If you’re not signed up to the STL Hops Insider, sign up today as we’re giving away a set of tickets next week for the festival!

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: Siren / Hill Farmstead / Mikkeller Lemon Cello IPA, Mikkeller Crooked Moon Tattoo DIPA, Stone 18th Anniversary IPA, and Mikkeller Arh Hvad!?. 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: New Holland Four Witches, Rogue Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA, Odell Trellis Garden Ale, and Southern Tier Grand Arbor. 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.

itap_midsummer_poster_webDo you know what’s a wonder of the modern age?  Air conditioning. Why am I waxing on about modern conveniences on a beer blog?  Because I hear too many people talk about not wanting stouts during the summer.

I’m not advocating drinking a 13% beer after mowing the grass.  But, there is no reason not to enjoy some big beer after work in the comfort of your temperature controlled home.

Do you know who has air conditioning and awesome beer?  The International Tap House in Central West End. While their beer selection is awesome all of the time, it’s extra awesome this Saturday, August 23th beginning at 2PM when they hold their Midsummer Nightmare event.

This event features some of the biggest and baddest beers in St. Louis all at one time.  Take a look at the list:

  • Evil Twin Xmas Eve at NYC
  • 4 Hands Volume 1
  • 4 Hands Volume 2
  • Crown Valley Imperial Smashed Pumpkin
  • 2nd Shift LSD with Coffee
  • Perennial 2013 Abraxas
  • 4 Hands Bona Fide with Espresso & Vanilla Bean
  • Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale
  • Prairie Bomb
  • Omnipollo Agamemnon
  • Brouwerij West Dog Ate My Homework
  • Humboldt Black Xantus

And if you want to feel good all while drinking beer, iTAP will be collecting “Back to School Supplies” for Lift For Life. Bring in any the items listed below for a “keep the glass” featuring Prairie Artisan Ales glasses:

  • Backpacks for ages 10 to 18
  • Bandaids
  • Calculators
  • Colored pencils
  • Combinations locks
  • Computer paper
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Flash drives (2 GB or bigger)
  • Folders
  • Folders that fit in a binder
  • Gift certificates
  • Glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Kleenex boxes
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Magic erasers
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil cap erasers
  • Pencil pouch
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Post it notes
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Small notebooks for assignments
  • Small pack of tissues
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Staplers
  • Tape
  • Three ring binders
  • Three ring binder divider tabs
  • Water based markers
  • Watercolor paints

Good beer and a good cause. Sounds like a great Saturday.