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bynk about itWhile 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 New Holland Dragons Milk Reserve with Raspberries. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 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!

civillife-stlhopsI don’t know how, but I’ve tricked another brewery into collaborating with us here at STL Hops.

A few of us mentioned to Jake and Dylan at The Civil Life Brewery that we’d love to do a collaboration beer with them sometime. Jake, being the affable fellow he is, and Dylan, being the lovable, stalwart brewer he is, were up for brewing up something cool with us.

Naming a beer is harder work than one would think. During this great revolution of beer in America, there are a lot of breweries which means a lot of new beers are getting named. So, coming up with something unique can be tough.

But not as tough as being a brewer. It’s a sweaty, wet, and sometimes backbreaking job to brew beer. I know first-hand as I, along with Eric, Carl, and Troy helped to brew this collaboration with our friends at Civil Life.

Us all being fans of Civil Life, we wouldn’t want to much with the program too much. Their takes on traditional English and German styles are too pretty to mess with. So we all quickly agreed that a traditional bock not only fit Civil Life but gave us something big to enjoy during the winter.

Luckily for all of us, Troy Meier, the Supreme Overlord of the STL Hops Homebrew Club, has an award-winning recipe for a bock. So Troy sat down with Dylan and they hammered out and scaled up Troy’s recipe. And after almost two month, the Gordian Knot Bock is now ready.

You can get your first taste of this starting today at Civil Life.  It will also be available around town as well.  Here are some of the accounts that have brought in the beer:

Amsterdam Tavern
Baileys Range
The Bridge
Dressel’s
Exit 6
Stacked Burger Bar
International Tap House
Mike Duffy’s Kirkwood
Nick’s Pub
Quincy Street
South Hampton Bar and Grill
Royale
Ryders Tavern
Side Project
Tick Tock Tavern
Three Monkey’s
Triumph Grill
Over/Under

While I’m really proud of this beer, the coolest part is this would have never happened if not for the continued support of the STL Hops community for our local brewers. Thank you one and all, and happy holidays to everyone.

logo-bridge-wpDecember 26th is known as Boxing Day in the commonwealth nations. Regardless of why it came about, it means an extra holiday for folks living in current (or former) British colonies.

As a former British colony, it’s a shame we don’t have one extra day to celebrate the holidays. But if you’re one of the lucky few off this Friday (or even if you’re not), perhaps you’ll want to pop into Bridge Tap House to enjoy some very special beers that Bridge has received from Mikkeller.

Beginning at 6PM, Bridge will be tapping Spontanrosehip (a sour ale brewed with rosehip & aged in oak barrels), Spontanelderflower (a sour ale brewed with sea buckthorn), and the Limoncello IPA (a collaboration with Hill Farmstead).

Friday night at one of the most beautiful beer bars in the country seems like a pleasant way to enjoy this holiday season, even if we didn’t get the day off.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Founders Dark Rye, Le Coq Imperial Russian Stout, Alvinne Gaspar, Anchorage Whiteout Wit, Nogne Imperial Rye Porter. 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.

#3tff_dec2014‘Tis the season. The season of getting together with family and friends. The season of getting and most importantly, the season of giving. To celebrate all of these things Femme Ferment has teamed up with Girls Pint Out to put on a special happy hour tomorrow, December 16th from 5PM-8PM at the Schlafly Tap Room.

Not only is this a great time to get together and see some friends for some holiday cheer, but also FF and GPO are using this as an opportunity to help a good cause. This time of year is a great reminder to help those who are less fortunate than some of us.

The happy hour is looking for donations of “winter necessities” including coats, scarves, mittens, hats, women’s deodorant and men’s underwear in larger sizes. All of these items will be benefiting the St. Patrick Center.

Head out tomorrow night, have a couple of beers and help some people out.

sideproject-2ndShiftFor those of you that attended the Super Secret 2nd Shift party a few weeks ago, you had your first chance to try out the 2nd Shift Brewing and Side Project Brewing collaboration called PARKAS. Many of you asked when that delicious beer would be available, well, I have all of the details for you.

This Saturday, December 20th you’ll have your opportunity to not only purchase the 2nd Shift version of this collaboration, but also the Side Project version that owner Cory King has named Lattice. Sales of both beers begin at 12PM at the Perennial Artisan Ales tasting room.

To honor 2nd Shift’s love of hops, Cory created a farmhouse pale ale that he generously dry-hopped with Amarillo and Galaxy hops. And to celebrate Cory’s love of funk, 2nd Shift’s owner Steve Crider created a 100% barrel fermented, barrel-aged brett beer.

For those of you that are showing up to buy bottles on Saturday, the standard Perennial bottle release rules still apply. There will not be ANY overnight camping allowed. But you will be welcome to show up bright and early and bottle sharing will be allowed until the doors open at 12PM. (Please clean up your bottles, things have been kind of messy as of late, you don’t want to lose this amazing privilege.)

If you can’t make it out to buy these beers, don’t fret! I’ve been told that both of these beers will on draft side-by-side on Tuesday, December 30th at the Side Project Cellar at 6PM.

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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 will be pouring: 2nd Shift Mullineaux No.3, To Øl Sleep Over Coffee IIPA, Urban Chestnut Fantasyland, Urban Chestnut SLIPILS, Urban Chestnut H.M.S., and Urban Chestnut Stammtisch. 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. Tyler from Morgan Street will be sampling the following beers: Avery Out Of Bounds Stout, Sam Adams Winter Lager, New Belgium Accumulation White IPA, and Southern Tier Tripel Cafe. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cathedral Square‘s Jerad Gardner will be at Fields Foods today from 4-6PM today and Whole Foods Brentwood from 1-3PM tomorrow. He’ll be sampling a variety of Cathedral Square’s products. Go on out and say “hi” to Jerad.

Six Row Brewing will be doing a few tastings this weekend starting with a tasting at Craft Beer Celler in Clayton from 5-7PM today, where they’ll be pouring samples of Vanilla Porter and First Crack. There will also be a tasting at Vom Fass in Maplewood from 2-4PM on Saturday, December 13th where they will be sampling First Crack.

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.