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Category: Beer Events

royale-weblogo-300x163I don’t know if I can describe this event at The Royale better than the folks at the Royale, so I’ll let them do the heavy lifting on this one:

It has become a commonplace for beer lovers to remark upon the embarrassment of riches we enjoy here in St. Louis. We have more breweries than most of us can count, and several of them are even world class – which is really saying something in 2015. We’ve seen everything from session beers packed with flavor to genre-breaking innovations, and several breweries have even invested in barrel-aging programs to great success.

Seeing as the Royale has recently been blessed with some outstanding examples of barrel-aged goodness, including several of the prized wild/sour persuasion, we’ve decided to go all out and devote half of our taps to these rare brews:

  • 2nd Shift Grace – wild ale fermented and aged in wood with multiple brett strains. 7.4%
  • 4 Hands Cuvee Diable – saison aged in red wine barrels with tart cherries. 5.8%
  • Cathedral Square St. Jewbelation – rye/wild ale aged in Funky Jewbelation barrels. 9%
  • Excel 2nd Anniversary Ale – imperial porter aged in rye whiskey barrels. 11%
  • Perennial Savant Blanc – brett fermented Belgian blonde aged in Chardonnay barrels. 8%
  • Urban Chestnut Barrel-Aged Daft – American barleywine aged in Buffalo Trace, Van Winkle, and Willett whiskey barrels. 12.5%

The fun begins at 6pm on Thursday, January 29th. Half-size pours will be available for all so you can try as many as you like. Cheers!

That’s a silly-crazy good line-up. You’d be silly-crazy to miss out.

llywelyns-243x300Yes, that pun is bad. You can blame Tom Behnen from Llywelyn’s Pub for using that in his subject line in the epic email he sent me. You see, Tom is a bit of a hoarder.

But he’s not going to be on some crap reality TV show or get an intervention. Instead you’ll probably want to hoist him onto your shoulders and thank him for his hoarding ways. For you see, on January 31st, beginning at 11AM, Llywelyn’s in Webster will Open the Cellar Door for an epic day of beer.

While the list I’ll be providing below will be epic, the star attraction could be the 1PM tapping of this year’s Founders CBS. To enjoy some of that delicious Canadian Breakfast Stout you’ll need to purchase a ticket (which you can do, starting at 11AM). There will be a limited amount of tickets which means when CBS is tapped at 1PM, there is no need to rush as your ticket guarantees you a pour.

I’ve also been informed there will be a limited amount of tickets for a Goose Island BCS flight featuring 2014 BCS, 2010 Vanilla and 2014 Vanilla Rye. These tickets will also go on sale at 11AM.

And even if you can’t get tickets, look at this killer list of beer:

4 Hands
2013 Bonafide
Psycho Killer

2014 Shipwreck Porter

2014 5 Monks
2014 Tweak
2014 Uncle Jacob’s Stout
Rufus Corvus

2014 Barrel-Aged Quad

Black Butte XXIV

Firestone Walker
2013 Velvet Merkin
2014 Opal
2014 Stickee Monkee
2014 Sucaba

2013 Backwoods Bastard

Goose Island
2013 BC Barleywine
2013 BCS
2013 BCS Backyard Rye
2013 BCS Coffee
2013 Gillian
2013 Halia
2013 Lolita
2014 BC Barleywine
2014 BCS Coffee

Ola Dubh 18

North Coast
Barrel-aged Old Rasputin XV
Barrel-aged Old Rasputin XVII

2013 Crime

Special Flights Only (ticketed and VERY limited)
Beer #1 – 2014 BCS
Beer #2 – 2010 Vanilla
Beer #3 – 2014 Vanilla Rye

Special Drafts
2014 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (ticketed only)

Llywelyn’s has never put on an event that’s caused lines before, but if lines do form next Saturday, they’d ask that you’d be courteous to their neighbors and form the line in the back parking lot near the rear entrance.

And make sure to high five Tom and the awesome staff at Llywelyn’s for putting this on.

globalThe big game is coming up, and by “big game” I mean the Super Bowl. Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you just how little I know about football. I enjoy watching it (if it’s on) and understand the basic rules, but I couldn’t tell you the difference between a shotgun or pistol formation.

But I do know that the Super Bowl is typically the best of the best. (Other than that drubbing last year; what a terrible game.) It’s an opportunity to (typically) see the best players of the year bring it. How is this related to beer? Well, I think Global Brew Tap House is feeling the Super Bowl fever and is bringing out their best as well.

This Friday and next Friday will see Winter Warmer events at each of the Global Brew locations. This Friday kicks off with the O’Fallon location featuring these beers:


And next Friday, January 30th, will see an equally awesome list of tasty black beers for your enjoyment at the Edwardsville location:


Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has had a crazy four years since they opened their doors in 2011. Has any other local brewery has quite the explosion that UCBC has had?

Since their opening we’ve seen them grow from their beautiful space in midtown to an enormous and gorgeous in the Grove. We’ve seen their tap handles pop up all over town and now bottled beer hit the shelves.

We’ve seen them grow from selling beer just in the St. Louis area to expanding their footprint to Kansas City, southern Illinois, and even Indianapolis.  And if that wasn’t enough, just this week they announced that they purchased a small brewery in co-owner and brewmaster Florian Kuplent’s homeland of Bavaria.

It’s eye-popping to see how much they’ve grown.  But they’re still a local brewery at heart.  To celebrate this enormous success UCBC is throwing their 4th annual Wolpertinger festival next Sunday, January 25th from 1-5PM at their Grove Brewery and Bierhall.

$35 (or $40 day of) will get you a chance to sample beers from over 30 breweries including special guest Sun King Brewing out of Indianapolis. Come out and celebrate all of UCBC’s success with a great festival!

Oh and if you’re wondering what a wolpertinger is, other than being a fantastic beer festival, UCBC has provided this colorful description here:

For you newbies (or those that might need a refresher) … a wolpertinger is a small (or large depending on your perspective), primarily nocturnal mammal that inhabits the alpine forests of Bavaria. He’s quite rare, but we annually work with our hop growers in Hallertau to ‘import’ one of the little fellas for the special occasion. Mostly nocturnal, our “Wolpie” makes his grand appearance at the back end of the festival, which also coincides with our very limited release of his namesake UCBC beer.  Wolpie will also be honoring what he recognizes as the “best-costumed Wolpertingers” who will be rewarded!


3rdAnniversaryMy how time flies. It seems like just yesterday that our friends at 4 Hands Brewing Company opened their doors for a “soft opening” that saw people lined up outside the building and down the sidewalk. It was a sight to see. Fast forward to now and the momentum behind 4 Hands is not stopping. Recently kicking off their core beers in cans, big things are in store for the LaSalle Park brewery both here and elsewhere.

This Friday, January 16th starting at noon, 4 Hands will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary at the brewery. The tasting room will open normally at noon, and a lot of really cool beers will be on tap.

Friday’s festivities will see the official release of The Woodsman, their 3rd anniversary beer. Inspired by the Frank Baum’s The Tin Woodman of Oz, The Woodsman is a blended Imperial Stout. This beer is 50% Imperial Milk Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels and 50% Imperial Oatmeal Stout fermented in stainless steel. They will release both draft and bottles starting at noon. There will be a 3 bottle limit.

Rotating Draft List:

  • The Woodsman – (we hope to have enough to serve on draft all night)
  • Volume #1
  • Volume #2
  • Ill Repute
  • Blackberry Chocolate Milk Stout (Last keg at the brewery)
  • Beyond the Bricks
  • Barrel Aged Late Harvest (Saison with Wild Honey, Persimmons, and Ginger, aged in Big O ginger Liqueur Barrels)
  • Madagascar
  • Downfall (Formerly Eclipse – Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout with Raspberries)

We’re also told that besides their normal setup, The 5th Wheel will be selling burgers on the sidewalk.

With this fantastic lineup and The Woodsman bottle release this is surely to be a great celebration. Head on down and congratulate the crew at 4 Hands.

stlhopshbcDid you know that STL Hops has our own Homebrew Club? I may be biased, but I think our club has some of the best brewers in the area. Attend any of the festivals providing homebrew and you’ll see what great beers these guys and gals have to offer.

Did you also know it’s an award winning club? The brewers have won some local and regional awards for some of their beers. One such award was during the Ballpark Village Brewfest this past November when Dave McWilliams (aka DAVO) won the competition with his American IPA.

The award for winning that comp? He got to brew his beer at the Anheuser-Busch pilot brewery. DAVO’s winning recipe included Golden Promise malt, Simcoe hops and the classic 1056 American yeast strain. The beer was brewed a few weeks ago and it’s finally ready for everyone’s enjoyment.

You know what’s better than beer brewed by an awesome brewer? Free beer. Yep, that’s right, starting this Sunday, January 18th, you’ll have your chance to enjoy DAVO’s American IPA free of charge at the Budweiser Brew House at Ballpark Village.

Everyone is invited to attend a special release party this Sunday, January 18th from 1PM to 5PM featuring DAVO and Ballpark Village’s official “Beer Man” Tony Caradonna as they sample out this winning beer.

theogBeer and trivia. These are two things I love. You know another thing that I love? That we now have a few groups in St. Louis promoting women and beer.

One of those groups is the OG: St. Louis Women’s Craft Beer Collective. To celebrate their first anniversary they’re throwing a Beer Trivia Fundraiser next Friday, January 23rd at the Schlafly Bottleworks.

Their non-profit club is using the event to raise some funds to help further their cause and have put together a trivia night to test your beer knowledge and to have a bit of fun as well. Beginning at 7PM, your team of four (or less, if you’re feeling super-smart) will have five rounds of beer-themed trivia to enjoy.

The cost is $100 per table which will include appetizers, door prizes, and of course the trivia. There will be prizes for each round and a grand prize for the team with the highest score. You can sign up for this fun event via Brown Paper Tickets. Don’t miss out!