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iTAP-BlackFriday-Poster-CoMo-Web (1)I’ve been making a push in our family for a long time to ditch the Christmas present routine. It’s not that I don’t enjoy buying presents for my loved ones, but I much prefer spending time with them instead. Presents will be forgotten, it’s the memories that remain.

That being said, I never would have ventured out on Black Friday anyway. It seems like a pretty miserable way to save a buck. Personally, I want to give back this holiday season. Luckily for me, the International Tap House has combined doing something good this season with along enjoying a pint or two thanks to their annual Black Friday event.

Starting at 11AM this Friday, November 28th, each iTAP location will be not only providing some unique beers, but also each location will have a different charity they’re supporting:

  • iTap Soulard will be supporting St. Patrick Center and new or gently worn winter “gear” will be collected.
  • iTap Central West End will be supporting SLU Leadership Toy Drive and unwrapped toys for children aged 5 to 13 will be collected.
  • iTap Chesterfield will be supporting O.A.S.I.S. and new or gently worn winter “gear” will be collected.

And because you’re giving, iTAP will be giving back. Customers that bring in items to iTAP will receive a 2-for-1 beer deal (one per customer on select beers). Speaking of beer, iTAP is bringing out some of your winter favorites (as always, beers are subject to change, but I’m sure you’ll still find something delicious on tap):

Chesterfield Soulard CWE 
Deschutes Jubelale Deschutes Jubelale Deschutes Jubelale
Delirium Noel Delirium Noel Delirium Noel
Gouden Caroulus Noel Gouden Caroulus Noel Gouden Caroulus Noel
Great Divide Hibernation Great Divide Hibernation Great Divide Hibernation
New Holland Cabin Fever New Holland Cabin Fever New Holland Cabin Fever
Schlafly Xmas Schlafly Xmas Schlafly Xmas
St. Bernardus Christmas St. Bernardus Christmas St. Bernardus Christmas
Wittekerke Winter Wit Wittekerke Winter Wit Wittekerke Winter Wit
Avery Old Jubilation Avery Old Jubilation Avery Old Jubilation
Ridgeway Lump of Coal Ridgeway Lump of Coal Ridgeway Lump of Coal
Ridgeway Santa’s Butt Holiday Ridgeway Santa’s Butt Holiday Ridgeway Santa’s Butt Holiday
Bells Winter White Bells Winter White Bells Winter White
Bells Christmas Bells Third Coast Bells Expedition
Boulevard Nut Cracker Bells Christmas Bells Java Stout
Charleville Whiskey Santa Bells Double Cream Bells Christmas
New Belgium Accumulation Bells Cherry Boulevard Nut Cracker
N’ice Chouffe Boulevard Nut Cracker Charleville Whiskey Santa
Ommegang Adoration Charleville Whiskey Santa New Belgium Accumulation
Evil Twin Xmas Eve at a NYC Hotel Room New Belgium Accumulation N’ice Chouffe
Big Muddy Winter Ale N’ice Chouffe Ommegang Adoration
Goose Island 2014 BCS Ommegang Adoration Evil Twin Xmas Eve at a NYC Hotel Room
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Cask Evil Twin Xmas Eve at a NYC Hotel Room Big Muddy Winter Ale
4 Hands Alter Ego Big Muddy Winter Ale Goose Island 2014 BCS
Goose Island 2014 BCS Goose Island Festivity
Goose Island Festivity Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf
Perennial BA 17 4 Hands Alter Ego
4 Hands Alter Ego

If all this wasn’t enough, each location will be featuring a special Keep the Glass featuring Bell’s new Spiegelau Wheat Glass that will pair perfectly with their Winter White Ale!

Enjoy a beer, do some good, have a good time with friends. That’s what the holiday season means to me.

ucbcUrban Chestnut Brewing Company is feeling festive. To put you into the holiday mood, UCBC has put together a new variety pack featuring four beers never bottled by UCBC, three of which are brand new beers.

To celebrate this new holiday variety pack, Urban Chestnut is heading out to 33 Wine Bar on Tuesday, November 25th to throw a tap takeover featuring all four beers. This will be the first time that these beers will be available outside of a UCBC location. Beginning tomorrow at 3:30PM, the four beers being poured are:

  • Fantasyland – Mid West Coast IPA
  • HMS (Her Majesty’s Ship) – English IPA
  • Stammtisch – German Pils
  • SLIPILS (St. Louis Imperial Pilsner)

I’ve been told UCBC Co-Founder and Brewmaster Florian Kuplent will be in attendance as well. And if all of this wasn’t enough to get your interest, they will also be giving away logoed glass to the first 24 people and there will be discounted variety packs available for sale to go.

Get into the holiday spirit and head out to 33 Wine tomorrow!

STLHops_ShadedTomorrow brings us to the STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party, I thought I’d give you a little update on the eats and drinks that will be available on Saturday evening. It should be a great time and I’m pretty excited about what’s in store. First up, the eats.

I’m very excited that we were able to line up my two favorite food trucks in STL this year. You will be able to purchase some awesome food from Guerrilla Street Food and Completely Sauced who will be located outside.

Parking!  As we all know, parking in the Grove can sometimes be a bit tricky.  Luckily Ryan from Urban Chestnut gave me some tips on where you can park:

The best places to find a spot at the Grove Brewery and Bierhall are the 3 lots we have surrounding the building. The largest lot is accessible from Manchester on the eastern side of the building. There are also two smaller lots just north of the building that are accessible from Taylor (west side of the building) and down our alley. If these should be full, there is a decent amount of street parking to the south of the building along Manchester. Please try not to park in the residential areas.

Next up, a few do’s and don’ts of the party:

  • Don’t crash the party. We’ll have bouncers and wristbands, so if we see you drinking and you don’t have a ticket, we’ll kindly ask you to leave.
  • Do bring your wallet. We received a ton of swag this year, so bring some money along (a check book or credit card wouldn’t hurt for the silent auction) with you as this is for two great causes: Stray Rescue of St. Louis and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue.
  • Don’t bring your own beer. We have A LOT of beer, so no bringing your own bottles of homebrews or commercial beers please.
  • Don’t touch the equipment. Urban Chestnut has graciously donated this space to us, don’t let me or UCBC regret it.
  • Do bring growlers.  We will probably have a bunch of beer left after this event and we’ll let you fill up a growler for a $10 donation per growler. Respect the local breweries that want to take their beer back though.
  • Don’t park on residential streets. Respect UCBC’s neighbors and don’t park on residential streets.  Also, please don’t litter or leave loudly as well.
  • Don’t bring your own glass. Glassware is provided this year.
  • Do eat some food! We not only have two delicious food trucks that want your business, but UCBC’s kitchen as well. Plenty of food options, so let’s support these guys.
  • Don’t puke. If I see you puke, it means you can’t handle yourself and we’ll kindly ask you to leave.
  • Do be safe. Make sure to have a sober ride home after this event.  We have a lot of big beers and we want you to attend the next party.
  • Do have a great time. Unless your idea of a great time includes puking, then I ask that you stay home.

I failed to mention these beers on Monday, but here are the beers the STL Hops Homebrew Club will be providing tomorrow:

Paul McGrew:
Coffee Stout
Tart Fruited Wheat

Troy Meier:
Belgian Blonde
Christmas Spiced Imperial Stout

Troy Woodburn:
Rye Saison
Meanfiststompingfleas – 19% BA stout

Eric Kraus:
Rye Pale Ale with cranberry

Steve Agnew:

Belgian Wheat Wine

Jeff Hardesty:
Imperial IPA

Dan Vincent:
Funky Table Saison

Matt Crecelius:
BA Stout

We’re not holding back on this event.

If I didn’t make this clear, we are SOLD OUT. Please do not crash. Please do be safe and make sure you have a sober driver. We will be able to accept credit cards for all purchases this evening!

Thank you all for coming, it’ll be a great time.

STLHops_ShadedDrumroll please!

So, I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the STL Hops Seventh Anniversary Party is Neil Joellenbeck! Congrats to Neil and thank you everyone for entering.

It’s very exciting to see how passionate people are about beer in St. Louis and this event is proof that people care not only about beer, but also about helping stray animals. Thank you all once again.

But don’t fret, if you’re looking for tickets, I squeezed out a few extra tickets so get them while they’re available. Also, look out later today for everything you need to know about tomorrow’s party.

2ndshiftlogoSo, I need you guys to keep a secret.  I know, me posting this on the internet seems like it’s in direct conflict with trying to keep a secret.  I’ll explain to you in a little bit why this secret should hopefully work.

Believe it or not, we’ve had 2nd Shift Brewing and owner/brewer Steve Crider in our lives for four years now. Steve has been quietly (can Steve be quiet?) producing some of the best beers in the St. Louis area.

Known originally for his ultra-hoppy, ultra-delicious ales, Crider has also begun playing around with wild yeasts and saisons creating some very unique, very distinctive beers.

Steve’s fiancé Libby Brown has been active with the brewery for almost two years now and has watched as Steve has succeeded (and even struggled at times) keeping 2nd Shift going. Because Crider would never do it himself, Libby wants to celebrate Steve and his accomplishments.

To celebrate, brewery friends Perennial Artisan Ales are giving up part of their tasting room next Saturday, November 29th to throw a party to praise Steve Crider and 2nd Shift Brewing. Beginning at 5PM, Perennial will be hosting a few 2nd Shift Beers, a few Perennial beers, and a few 2nd Shift Collaborations.

There are going to be some awesome 2nd Shift beers on tap including PARKAS (a new 2nd Shift/Side Project collaboration) and the newest iteration of the Blueprint Coffee Liquid Spiritual Delight. There will be some other tasty treats available as well.

Now, if I’m putting this on the internet, how are we keeping this a secret? Here’s what you don’t realize with Steve Crider, as long as you don’t @ him on Twitter, there is a good chance he’ll never see your tweet.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Steve Crider likes to get a bit of a rise out of people on Twitter. He enjoys putting something crazy out there and seeing the reactions. As long as people don’t tell him that we’re having a party for him next week, he probably won’t find out.

So, let’s try to keep this to ourselves.  There are some opportunities to see Steve this weekend, so let’s try to not blow it.  This is an experiment to see if the internet can keep a secret.  I think we can do it. (And there is a bonus party at the end of the experiment if we can pull it off!)

STLHops_ShadedThe STL Hops Seventh Anniversary Party is almost sold out. But I’m feeling generous, so I’m going to be giving away two tickets to this Saturday’s Anniversary Party.

If you’re interested in winning two general admission tickets send an email to with the subject of “Anniversary Party Tickets”. I’ll pick the winner on Friday, November 21st at 9AM. If you’ve already got tickets I’d ask that you’d be kind enough to let those who didn’t get tickets have a chance of winning. A couple of quick notes:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • You much be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.
  • If you don’t think you’ll be able to attend, please don’t enter. I’d like to make sure that people available to attend have a chance to win.

There is a good chance tickets will sell out today. If you’re not feeling lucky, tickets can still be purchased HERE.

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 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 be featuring Perennial/Prairie Collab Dual Artisanship. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Ommengang Three Philosophers on draft. 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 or Webster tonight!