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2009_05_16_1508I’m pretty excited about the STL Hops Pinball party on Saturday night, but there are a couple of things I want everyone to know before you head out to CP Pinball.

Everyone please be cool.

While I’ve never had any sort of problem with anyone from here in the past, we’re going to have about 50 people at CP.  We’re all adults, so I shouldn’t have to say this, but I’m going to anyway.  Don’t be an idiot. It’s cool to enjoy yourself, but just be careful, we’re going to be surrounded by over $125,000 worth of pinball equipment.  We’re all here for a good time and to hang out with other beer nerds.   Don’t ruin this event for the rest of us.

I know that there are a few events going on around town tomorrow, so do everyone a favor and drink plenty of water and sober up before arriving to CP or the bus.

For the people taking the bus.

The bus will be at the corner of Lafayette Park at Park Ave and Mississippi Ave at 5PM.  The bus will be leaving at close to 5:15.  It will take you up to pinball and you’ll arrive close to 6PM.  The bus will then leave pinball at 10PM and bring you back to Lafayette Park.  There should be plenty of free parking near the park.

Thanks again to STL Brewery Hop for providing transportation for this event. Make sure to check out their website for brewery tours around St. Louis.

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If you didn’t buy a ticket, please don’t crash.

While I’m extremely encouraged and excited about the enthusiasm for this party someone has to pay for every person who attends the party.  This place is open two weekends every month, feel free to stop by then. I will have bracelets for people attending so I know who and who should not be attending.

Bring a tasting glass.

I’m going to bring a little extra glassware, but not a lot.  I had a sizable amount of my glassware swiped at the last few events, so I’m not bringing as much this time around.  You’re responsible for your own glass.

44 is closed between Kingshighway and Jefferson this weekend.

Plan your trip accordingly, because 44 will be a mess this weekend.

Don’t arrive hungry.

While Mark from Bigelo’s Bistro will be providing some pizza and some snacks, don’t expect this to be your dinner. Mark generously donates this food and I expect there to be enough for people to snack on, but not enough to fill you up. So, eat a little something before arriving.

If you’re not taking the bus and you’ve had too much, find a ride.

Be safe and be smart, we want you around for the next party. CP isn’t exactly close to home for many of us, so plan on having a ride back home if you’ve had too much to drink.

If you’ve sold your tickets to someone else, make sure I know about it.

Most everyone is a will-call ticket, so I’ll need to know if names have changed. Please send me an email or a private message via the forum if you’ve sold your ticket.


One last thing, I’ll admit up front that this is usually the event where I’m the least social.  I love playing pinball, so I’ll probably be doing that for the entire four hours.  If you have any other additional questions, please feel free to contact me.

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 Half Crown Session IPA, Urban Chestnut Ku’Damm Berliner Weiss, Alpha Brewing Fenk, Alpha Brewing Saurpus, Goose Island Rambler IPA, Two Brothers Sidekick Extra Pale Ale, and Two Brothers Outlaw IPA. 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: Arcadia Ales Jaw Jacker, Deschutes Foray IPA, Two Brothers Cane and Ebel, and Breckenridge Autumn Ale. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square‘s Jerad Gardner will be at Schnucks in Richmond Heights today from 4-6PM today and at Whole Foods in Town and Country from 12-3PM on Saturday. 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.

flyingsaucerlogoIf you like dark and delicious beers, Flying Saucer will be pouring Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXVI and Goose Island 2013 Bourbon County Stout beginning at 12PM tomorrow, Saturday, September 27th.

I don’t really have much more to add other than these beers are awesome and you should totally visit the Flying Saucer and drink them.

It’s the weekend, you should live a little!

threekingsWhile there are many neat things about cask beer, I think one of the coolest aspect is the experimentation that using a firkin allows. Brewers can alter the beer to try out new variations and different ingredients to give a new twist on an already fantastic beer.

New Belgium Brewing is doing just that by putting out a cask of Rampant Imperial IPA that they’ve dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace. On paper this sounds like a fantastic combination, you take a big monster of an imperial IPA and dry hop it with the lemony Sorachi Ace and that sounds like a winner.

Want to enjoy this delicious experiment? Head out to Three Kings Public House this Friday, September 26th at 5PM and grab yourself a pint before it runs out.

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theog2014 might go down as the year that the women who brew, sell, and drink craft beer in St. Louis made their voices heard. We’ve seen Girls Pint Out, Femme Ferment, and the Pink Boot Society all plant roots in St. Louis, but there is always room for more passion and more voices, especially when it comes to showing how much fervor and fire St. Louis women have about craft beer.

The OG is a new group of women interested in the continued education and involvement of women in craft beer. To kick off this group, the OG has paired with Flying Saucer to not only debut a beer brewed by the group, but also do some good as well.

Part of the OG’s mission is to not only be involved with the craft beer community, but also be a positive influence on those around them. As I mentioned earlier, the group brewed a strawberry saison they’ve named “Fraise Cassee”, the Flying Saucer will be pouring this beer beginning at 5PM on September 26th.

As part of being a good community partner, all proceeds of the event will be donated to Operation Food Search. Glasses of Fraise Casse will be available for purchase for a suggested donation.  There will also be raffle tickets available as well with chances to win gift certificates, bottles of Fraise Cassee, and more.

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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 Avery Gored on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier on draft. And Central West End will be featuring Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout. 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!

tuckersOld school meets new school at Tucker’s Place in Soulard is hosting a tap takeover featuring Six Row Brewing Company. Starting at 6PM tomorrow, Wednesday, September 24th, Six Row will be breaking out some tasty offerings including the Double IPA, Whale, Killer Whale, Punktoberfest, and Arch Nemesis Midnight.

If you’re one of those people that can’t make a decision, Tuckers will be offering flights to sample all of the beers. All of the beers will be on tap until they run out. So head on out to Tuckers to enjoy a tasty steak and some tasty beer from Six Row.