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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

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!

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.

OLIO3Jester King Brewery is blowing up in St. Louis. Not only do they have a special tasting tonight at Craft Beer Cellar, but they’re also working with one of the best restaurants in St. Louis to put on a very special beer dinner.

Ben Poremba’s restaurant Olio has gotten some crazy good accolades and they’re turning out some awesome dishes. It only makes sense that they work with an amazing brewery like Jester King to put on a special event.

These two juggernauts of creativity obviously make a perfect pairing for a beer dinner. So, I’m happy to let you all know that on Sunday, August 24th beginning at 8PM, Olio will be hosting a dinner featuring a special line up of Jester King beers.

The menu hasn’t quite been finalized, but it will be a toast to summer featuring wood-fired grilled proteins along with fresh summer ingredients.  But, I do have the full line-up of beers:

  • Le Petite Prince (Farmhouse Table Beer)
  • Provenance (Lemon and Lime Saison)
  • Hibernal Dichotomous (Saison brewed with Lavender, Spearmint, and Rosemary, and refermented with Watermelon Juice)
  • Snorkel (Farmhouse Ale brewed with Oyster Mushrooms and Smoked Sea Salt)
  • Atrial Rubicite (Barrel-Aged Sour Ale Refermented with Raspberries)

Cost of the four course dinner is $65 per person and reservations can be made by calling 314-932-1088. You can also just show up and enjoy some pours of the beers for the nominal price of $15.

Five Bistro is easily the best restaurant on the Hill. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see them put on a beer dinner with one of the best breweries in St. Louis: Schlafly.

This Thursday, August 21st, Five will be putting on a five course beer dinner featuring five different beers from Schlafly. This dinner will also feature an appearance from Five’s first sous chef, Cory Shupe. This dinner will cost $60 per person and reservations are required. You can reserve your seat by calling 314-773-5553.

Here’s a look at the menu.



A while back I was peering at the cooler shelves at my favorite watering hole and I was amazed to see beers on the shelves that I never thought we’d see in St. Louis in quite some time. Anchorage Brewing Company, Jolly Pumpkin, Upright Brewing, and of course Jester King Brewery out of Austin, TX.

All of these brands arrived in St. Louis after Shelton Brothers returned to Missouri. Jester King is celebrating this new market by throwing a special event at Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton. Tomorrow, August 20th from 5-7PM, CBC and Jester King will throw an one-night-only tasting event featuring six amazing (and impossible to find in STL) beers:

  • Atrial Rubicite
  • Provenance Orange & Grapefruit
  • Le Petit Prince
  • Detritivore
  • Bière de Miel
  • Das Überkind

The event is free to attend, but samples will cost you $2 each or you can try all six beers for $10.50. You can begin purchasing tickets for the samples beginning today and phone orders are accepted at 314-222-2444.

CBC is also 5% off store-wide tomorrow if you mention you saw this on STL Hops. This is a very special event you don’t want to miss out on.