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Goose-Island-Migration-WeekFly my pretties, fly!  Wait. Those were monkeys and we’re talking about geese.  Specifically, we’re talking about Goose Island Brewing‘s Migration Week which begins this Monday, September 22nd.

What’s Goose Island Migration? Well, it’s a celebration of all things GI.  They put together some awesome events, invite down the brewing staff and bring out some pretty special beers.  Here’s a list of events:

9/22 – Keep the Pint – Joe Buck’s Downtown – 4:30-6:30PM
9/23 – BCS Madness at Three Kings – 6PM
9/24 – Tap Takeover – Handlebar – 6-8PM
9/25 – BCS Event – Llywelyn’s Webster Groves – 3PM
9/25 – Beer and Cupcake Pairing – Jilly’s Cupcake Bar – 6-8PM
9/25 – BCS Event – iTAP Chesterfield – 6PM
9/26 – Sour Beer Blowout – Cicero’s – 7PM
9/26 – Tap Takeover – Everything Wine 6-8PM
9/26 – Tap Takeover – Shamrock’s – 8:30-10:30PM
9/26 – Sour Beer Blowout – Cugino’s – 6PM
9/27 – Wild Goose Chase – U-City Loop – 12-4PM

There are going to be some crazy beers coming out for these events including 2012 BCS Coffee, 2013 BCS Backyard, 2013 BCS Barleywine, Devon, Lolita, and Gillian on draft.  Bottles will include Madame Rose, BCS Cherry Rye, and BCS Vanilla.

The Wild Goose Chase is a pretty cool event featuring a scavenger hunt throughout the U-City Loop which offers some pretty cool prizes including a weekend trip to Chicago. They’re actually running a deal on it currently, make sure to buy your tickets!

For details of individual events, be certain to check out the Migration Week website which gives your breakdown of events and what beers are getting poured at what locations.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which Woody from Green Flash will be pouring Green Flash Le Freak, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Green Flash Double Stout, Green Flash Hop Head Red, and Green Flash Road Warrior. As an added bonus, Kelly Buser will be pouring La Chouffe, Houblon Chouffe, Mc Chouffe 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: Hanson Brothers MmmHops, Stone Sprocket Bier, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, and Shipyard Pumpkinhead. 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

15_perennialTo celebrate the three happy years of being open in St. Louis, Perennial Artisan Ales is pulling out all of the stops by throwing a week full of events! Beginning on Monday, October 13th Perennial has events taking places almost all week concluding with their Anniversary Party on October 18th.

It all starts on Monday the 13th with Thank You St. Louis Day! Perennial starts the show by visiting four different venues and opening a specialty keg (that’s never been released) at each establishment.  Here’s the list:

4:00 iTAP Central West End
5:15 Scottish Arms
7:00 Range
9:00 Flying Saucer

On Tuesday, October 14th, Perennial will be teaming up with Veritas to put on a very special beer dinner. Details will be coming soon, watch Perennial’s events page for more details.

The 2014 Anniversary sees its release on Thursday the 16th at 6PM in the Perennial tasting room. This year’s batch is 100% brettanomyces-fermented Aria aged in red wine barrels. It’s also the second release from the beginning of their solera system (which you may remember from last year’s anniversary party.)

All of these awesome events lead up to the big shebang on Saturday as Perennial hosts their world-famous Anniversary Party from 6-10PM at the tasting room on Saturday, October 18th. This is as much a celebration about Perennial as it is everyone who helped make three years happen, which is why they’re celebrating with collaborations:

  • Perennial/ Hopleaf Hopfentea
  • Perennial/ Evil Twin Loomi Weisse
  • Perennial/Farmhaus Brew for the Crew
  • Perennial/ Solemn Oath Stefon
  • Barrel-Aged Perennial/Sump Coffee Stout
  • Perennial/Aviary The Last Word
  • Perennial/ Annie Gunn’s Trixie
  • New Belgium/ Perennial Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout

They’re also celebrating by pouring some beer from some friends including Solemn Oath Happy Fun Beer, Penrose Wet-Hopped Saison, Half Acre Daisy Cutter, along with some beers from Three Floyds and Prairie Artisan Ales.

It will also be the first appearance of Perennial & Side Project’s first collaboration: 4 Happiness. 4 Happiness is a blended barrel-aged Quad, 60% Red Wine Barrel-fermented Quad , 40% Funky Quad aged Rittenhouse Rye barrels. (Bottles of this and Anniversaria will be releases soon after the party and attendance at the Anniversary Party will guarantee the option to bottle one bottle of each.)

And what’s a party without food. Perennial is blowing it out by inviting some of the best restaurants in town to provide some snacks for the event. Here’s a list of restaurants:

  • Quincy Street Bistro
  • Mission Taco
  • Peacemaker
  • Farmhaus
  • Bolyard’s Meat and Provisions
  • The Block
  • Gyro Company
  • Salume Beddu
  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Mai Lee
  • Strange Donuts
  • Ices, Plain and Fancy

Tickets for the Anniversary Party will run you $65 each which includes all food, beer, gratuity and taxes. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 19th at the Perennial tasting room.  I’ve been told to ensure a smooth event, there are a limited amount of tickets to the party this year.

I’ve also been told that as a special thank you, Perennial will be offering $3 beers on Friday, October 17th and  Saturday the 18th before the party.

Hope you’re all ready for an epic week of partying.

Head on out to the International Tap House in Soulard tomorrow, Thursday, September 17th as they play host to a very special tap takeover featuring Green Flash Brewing.  Beginning at 7PM, Woody Wiedeman from Green Flash will play host and will be offering up very cool Green Flash glassware (while supplies last) and you’ll have your choice from West Coast IPA, Hop Head Red, and Double Stout to enjoy.


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 Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast on tap. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Red Hook’s Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter on draft. And Central West End will be featuring North Coast Brother Thelonious. 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!

Oh, and don’t forget about the Bottle Share for a Cause tonight at Webster as well!

2nd Shift Brewery has really ramped it up.  Not only do they put on some killer events and put up some special releases but they’re still making awesome beers as well.

Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton knows a good thing when they see it so they’re putting on a special event, September 19th, from 5-8PM featuring those cool beers from 2nd Shift. The line up will include:

  • Dry Hopped Katy (Steve Crider is making a special one-time only dry hopped version of Katy. The only place that you can get this beer is at Craft Beer Cellar.)
  • Hibiscus Wit
  • Art of Neurosis

CBC be offering up free samples of these three 2nd Shift beers and you’ll also get to meet Steve Crider and Libby Brown of 2nd Shift as well. Start your weekend right by visiting 2nd Shift and Craft Beer Cellar.


quincy-streetThere are few restaurants in St. Louis that get more regular business from me than Quincy Street Bistro. Chef Rick Lewis turns out some tasty comfort food and has a pretty great selections of beers as well. What more can one ask for?

How about a beer dinner with a tasty local brewer? Next Thursday, September 18th, QSB will be hosting a four-course beer dinner beginning at 7PM featuring 4 Hands Brewing Company.

Tickets for this dinner are $40 each and reservations can be made by calling 314-353-1588.  Here’s a look at the menu: