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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.

4handsThere has been so much great beer that’s been released this month that it’s almost impossible to comprehend. But the best may be saved for last as 4 Hands Brewing releases two amazing barrel-aged imperial stouts this month.

Beginning this Monday, December 15th, 4 Hands will begin selling tickets for $16.99 each that will guarantee you a bottle of either Madagascar or Volume 1 when each beer is released later this month. You’ll be able to purchase up to six 22-ounce tickets of each beer depending on availability beginning on Monday which will guarantee you some of this delicious beer.

Here’s a description of both beers:

Volume 1 is a 10.5% ABV Russian imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels with cacao nibs and single-origin Colombian coffee. Madagascar is a 9.3% ABV imperial milk stout aged in bourbon barrels with whole vanilla beans. Both offer bold, unique flavor profiles perfect for pairings throughout the holiday season.

Volume 1 will be released on Sunday, December 21 at 12PM, and Madagascar will be released on Sunday, December 28 at 12PM. If you can’t make it to pick up your beer on either day don’t fret, your tickets will guarantee you bottles to pick up all the way until Saturday, January 3rd.

STLHops_ShadedSorry for the delay on this one, wanted to get the books in order and checks cut before putting a post up. This is the time of year to look back, look forward, and to give thanks. Without pause, I have to give thanks to all of you for helping to make this the best anniversary party yet.

This was our biggest turnout, our biggest amount of beers, and our biggest amount of money earned for Stray Rescue and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. Before I reveal the total, I have to thank some people individually.

First thanks needs to go to Urban Chestnut for not only devoting their space, but also a lot of time and patience in letting us put this event on at their Grove location. These events just don’t drop in and work, there are a lot of logistics at play and UCBC’s Ryan Rakel (and the whole UCBC crew) went above and beyond to help us set everything up. A million thank yous to all of UCBC.

A next thank you goes out to Eric, Carl, my fiance Irene, my parents, my sister-in-law, and all of the volunteers that helped make this event happen. Like I mentioned, there is a lot of work in coordinating everything and this could not have been done without the countless number of man-hours devoted to picking up beer, picking up auction items, coordinating logistics, setting up, and cleaning up.  This was our smoothest event yet and a lot of thanks goes to my friends and family for volunteering their time to making this event happen.

Another thank you to Guerrilla Street Food and Completely Sauced for dealing with a cool and rainy night and serving up food to you all. These are the best food trucks in St. Louis, make sure to spend some money with them the next time you see them.

A very special shout out to all of the distributors for their help in coordinating and donating to this event. As a member of this tier of the beer industry I know that we definitely endure our share of scorn, but this event would not have happened without their help. There is no way we would have any of the jockey boxes, beer, or swag for this event if they didn’t step up and help out. Thank you to Lohr, Major Brands, Summit, Grey Eagle, and Shelton Brothers.

This is a beer festival after all, so we have to thank all of these breweries, distributors, and retailers for donating beer:

4 Hands
Goose Island
New Belgium
Urban Chestnut
Six Row
Oskar Blues
International Tap House
2nd Shift
Cathedral Square
Excel Brewing
Shelton Brothers
Side Project
Major Brands
Sierra Nevada
Off Color
Sun King
Half Acre
Civil Life
Treehouse Brewing

We also couldn’t have raised as much money as we did without the generous donations from all of the following people:

Wine and Cheese Place
Bailey’s Restaurants
Vin de Set
21st Street Brewers Bar
Mission Taco
The Libertine
Nick’s Pub
Square One Brewery
O’Fallon Brewery
Perennial Artisan Ales
Karen King
Cory King
Global Brew Tap House
4 Hands
2nd Shift
Feast Magazine
Flying Saucer
O’Shay’s Pub
Paul Jensen
Paul McGrew
Eric Hildebrandt
Teresa Sweeney
Urban Chestnut
Ices Plain and Fancy
Yoga Buzz STL
Strange Donuts

God, I hope I didn’t forget anyone. And if I did, please notify me immediately so I can get you on the list. I honestly can’t say thank you enough to everyone. It really means a lot to me to see what we can generate for two great charities when we all work together.

And because I’ve made you wait long enough, here’s what we raised:

$10,000 for Stray Rescue and $2091.46 for St. Louis Bulldog Rescue.

This well exceeded my expectations and I can’t thank all of you enough.  Just a wonderful amount of money that will go and help many, many animals.  Thank you all again and have a wonderful holiday season.  We’ll see you all next year for this event!

iTAP-Nightmare2014-Poster-Web2Those that know me know that I don’t always have much (or any) Christmas spirit. December is not one of my favorite months. One of the things that annoys me the most is just how damned early it gets dark. It’s not much fun to wake up in the dark and come home from work in the dark.

But dark isn’t always bad.  Take for instance the iTAP Nightmare Before Christmas.  This Saturday, December 6th the International Tap House in Chesterfield will be putting on a bunch of big/rare beers and a bunch of dark beers to boot. Then two weeks later, on December 20th, the Soulard location will be putting on a Nightmare of their own. Here’s a list of what to expect (as always, beers are subject to change):

Chesterfield – Dec 6th

  • 2nd Shift LSD with Blueprint Coffee
  • 4 Hands Bona Fide
  • Boulevard Imperial Stout
  • Deschutes Black Butte XXVI
  • Deschutes Not the Stoic
  • Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel
  • Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus
  • Evil Twin Biscotti Natale
  • Founders Backwoods Bastard
  • Founders Big Luscious
  • Goose Island 2012 Big John
  • Goose Island 2013 Bourbon County Barleywine
  • Humboldt Black Xantus
  • Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast
  • North Coast Old Rasputin
  • North Coast Old Stock
  • Perennial 2013 Vermillion
  • Prairie Christmas Bomb
  • Prairie/Brewfist Spaghetti Western
  • Rogue XS Imperial Stout
  • Sierra Nevada Narwhal
  • Stone 2014 Imperial Russian Stout
  • UCBC Daft

Soulard – Dec 20th

  • 2nd Shift LSD with Blueprint Coffee
  • Bell’s Bear Hug
  • Deschutes 2013 The Abyss
  • Deschutes Not the Stoic
  • Deschutes Black Butte XXVI
  • Deschutes Class of 88 Belgian
  • Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel
  • Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus
  • Firestone Sucaba
  • Firestone XVII
  • Founder Imperial Stout
  • Founders 2011 Breakfast Stout
  • Humboldt Black Xantus
  • Mikkeller George
  • Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast
  • North Coast BA Old Rasputin
  • North Coast Old Stock
  • Perennial 17
  • Perennial Fete de Noel
  • Prairie Bible Belt
  • Prairie Bomb
  • Prairie Christmas Bomb
  • Prairie/Brewfist Spaghetti Western
  • UCBC Daft
  • Wild Onion Solstice Joe

Each event starts at 11AM, plenty of time to drink some dark beers before it gets dark outside.

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 Great Divide Peach Grand Cru. While the St. Charles location will be serving up the Sam Adams Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout 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!

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.