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Perennial_Abraxas_V04I’m a stat nerd. I love things like infographics and maps.  Lists showing numbers and facts are like catnip for me.  So when I ran across the top-rated beers by state according to Untappd users, it definitely gave me a happy feeling.

As I perused through the list, it didn’t come as any surprise that the top rated beer in Missouri is Perennial Artisan Ale‘s Abraxas. This spicy, luscious stout is near and dear to our hearts in the Show Me State.

To celebrate this delicious beer, Perennial is throwing a special event next Tuesday, April 7th from, 5-9PM featuring a stellar line-up of Abraxas variations. The line-up will include 2013 Abraxas, 2014 Abraxas, Vanilla Bean Abraxas and Coffee Abraxas.

But there’s a catch (there is always a catch.) For those of you that are paying close attention, Perennial isn’t typically open on Tuesdays. That’s because this is going to be a limited special ticketed event. Tickets will be $25 (tax and gratuity included) and will go on sale tomorrow, April 1st (no joke!) at 4PM at the Perennial tasting room.

Each ticket will guarantee a 5oz pour of all of those beers.  The tasting room will be open to ticket holders only.  The kitchen will be open with the regular menu and additional lower ABV beers will be available as well.

Don’t miss out on your chance to try this very nifty event.

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: De Dochter van der Korenaar Crime Passionel, Stillwater / Siren Smoke Signals, Shiner Prickly Pear, Grimm Gradient Young Bruin with Blackberries, Stillwater Contemporary Series “Mono”, Stillwater Contemporary Series “Stereo”, and Stillwater Contemporary Series “Surround”. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight featuring Prairie Artisan Ales Eliza5beth, Boulevard The Calling IPA, Hof Ten Dormaal Zure Van Tildonk (VERY LIMITED), Founder’s Old Curmudgeon, and Stone Enjoy By 04.20.2015. $14 gets you five 4oz pours of these beers.

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. They will be sampling the following beers: Abita Grapefruit, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, and O’Fallon Kite Tail. 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.

GlobalBrew_MainLogo_RGBWe’ve been #blessed with a plethora of craft beer options in St. Louis. But, I’ll be a little selfish and say that I haven’t been as lucky in my neck of the woods.

Sure there are more than a few awesome places that I can get to via a short car trip, but if we’re being honest, walking back from a bar is the safer, smarter, and more responsible choice after you’ve imbibed a few pints.

So I’m happy to break the news that Global Brew Tap House is coming across the river into Missouri and will open their first St. Louis location in Rock Hill. Global’s Lauren Vardaman let me know that they’ve signed a lease at 9578 Manchester Road in the Market at McKnight development.

Now that the lease has been signed, I’ve been told that construction should begin shortly with a estimated opening date of summer of 2015.  This is wonderful news for those of us that live in the Webster/Rock Hill/Glendale area.  More craft beer options are better for us craft beer fans.

Hopefully we’ll have more information and construction images as things start moving.  Congrats to the Global Brew team!

lupulinOnce again, there were some really good entries this year. (I’ll list some of my favorites below.) The use of Fuggle was once again a hit and people played off of that quite a bit. We also had a lot of people staying old school and using noble hop names.

But, I’m happy to announce the winner is Katie Culp with her entry for a carnival ride, “The Magnum Cluster Buster”. Sounds fun. Katie has won two tickets to the 4 Hands Brewing Lupulin Carnival this Saturday. I’m happy to announce that tickets for this event have sold out (or sad if you missed out!)

If you didn’t win, I’ve definitely have some cool contests lurking around the corner. I once again want to thank everyone from 4 Hands for providing the tickets to this event.  Here are some of my favorite entries that almost made the cut:

  • Ericstl6’s favorite ride: The Square Coaster
  • The Yakima ClusterTruck
  • Brettanomyces the Bearded Lady!
  • Walter Heisen”Greenburg” the Clown.
  • The Hallertau Hell Ride!
  • Fuggle the Muggle (the totally unmagical clown)
  • Hallertau the Noble Clown
  • Mechanical Bullion
  • Millennium Fal-clown
  • Bearded Bracteole the Clown
  • The Bitter Bunghole
  • Apoc-calypso the Dancing Zombie Clown

flyingsaucerlogoTo celebrate their second anniversary in St. Louis, Flying Saucer is pulling out all of the stops. Not only will they have birthday cake and live music from 1-4PM, they’ll also be putting on some crazy delicious beers.

Beginning at 1PM, every hour on the hour Flying Saucer will be randomly tapping the following beers:

  • Tilquin Gueuze
  • Left Hand Oak Aged Wake Up Dead
  • Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse
  • 4 Hands Volume 1 (2013)
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (2014)

They will also be selling a limited selection of bottles every hour. Because of the limited amount of bottles available, they will be doing a lottery for the bottles. When you arrive, you’ll get a ticket for the bottles you want to try. If they draw your ticket, you’ll have a chance to purchase and enjoy your special bottle of beer. Here are some of the bottles that will be available:

  • Deschutes Dissident (12ea)
  • Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Narwhal (12ea)
  • Firestone Walker Stickee Monkey (6ea)
  • Firestone Walker 2015 Sucaba (6ea)
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Pirate Bomb (12ea)
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Vanilla Rye (12ea)

No birthday party is without gifts and FS will be giving away beer schwag all day long. Festivities take place this Sunday, March 29th from 1-5PM.

lupulinIf you love beer and can stand to be around clowns (and I don’t mean the clowns that normally attend beer festivals) then maybe you’d love to win some tickets to the 4 Hands Brewing Lupulin Carnival. Thanks to the fine folks at 4 Hands, I have two tickets to give away for this event.

We’re going to once again pick the most creative hop-based clown name or hop-based carnival ride. For example: Citra the Clown or the Calypso Cyclone. Only, don’t use those, because they suck.

Most creative name (based on what I think is awesome) wins two tickets to this Saturday’s festival. Send an email to contest@stlhops.com with the subject of Lupulin Carnival and include your Clown/Carnival Ride name in the body of the message. I’ll pick the best winner on Thursday, March 26th at 9AM. Standard contest rules apply:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • If you can’t attend, please don’t enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

Good luck and don’t let me down.

fraisecasseeCollaborations not only allow brewers to work on something together, but also usually provide some unique creations.  Such is the case when Six Row Brewing was approached by The OG, the St. Louis Women’s Craft Beer Collective, to brew up a a special beer they’re calling Fraise Cassèe.

Avid homebrewers Abbey Spencer and Kathy DeLassus developed the recipe for Fraise Cassèe last year and debuted it at the Flying Saucer.  It was such a hit that Evan Hiatt from Six Row was eager to work with Abbey and Kathy to scale this up to a full batch.  Here’s a description of the beer:

Fraise Cassèe (Broken Strawberry) is The OG’s signature Strawberry Saison recipe brewed in collaboration with Six Row Brewing COmpany. A traditional saison with the addition of pureed strawberry makes for a delightfully tart and dry ale with a hint of black pepper and a strawberry finish.

Beginning the first week of April you’ll be begin seeing a limited amount of bottles and draft around the St. Louis area.  And of course you’ll be able to find some at the Six Row tasting room as well. A perfect beer for the beginning of spring!