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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.

#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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flyingsaucerlogoThe holidays are a fantastic time to get with friends and have some great food and great beer. The Flying Saucer knows that this is a great time and decided to throw a beer dinner. This Friday, December 12th at 7:00PM, you’ll be able enjoy four courses and five beers all for $50.00 per person ($45 for U.F.O. Club members).

Here’s a look at the menu:
Intro Beer
Saison De Lis

First course
Curry-cilantro sweet potato soup
Paired with Hommel Bier

Second course
Asian salad with pomegranate and butternut dumplings,
Paired with Dual Artisanship (Prairie Artisan Ales collaboration)

Third course
Beef tenderloin with bleu cheese, chive butter and a side of asparagus
Paired with Peace Offering

Fourth course
Vanilla bean ice cream with Mexican-spiced chocolate cake
Paired with Abraxas

Tickets can be purchased in person at Flying Saucer or by calling 314-932-1456.

There are many reasons people get into homebrewing. One reason is to learn the art of making beer. Another big reason is that people are looking to make styles of beer they love at a cheaper price. But here’s the catch, ingredients (especially hops) are still kind of expensive.

But what if you can save some money on hops? Well, this Saturday, December 6th from 1PM to 4PM the Anheuser-Busch Home Brewers Group are giving away hops in an event they’re calling the Great Hop Give-Away! This will be your chance to get some free Cascade whole-cone hops for a limited this this Saturday.

All you need to do is show up at the designated time in the Biergarten at the Tour Center and bring your own bag/container. This is a great way to save some money and make some great beer.

Check this PDF for more info.