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sideprojectcellarJeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø from Evil Twin Brewing is visiting St. Louis on Tuesday, March 24th to brew a collaboration with Side Project Brewing. And while this alone would be headline worth news, I’m happy to announce that in honor of his visit The Side Project Cellar is doing an Evil Twin night to celebrate.

What does this mean? Well it means that Evin Twin and Side Project beers are taking over the Cellar 52-degree draft tower! It also means that Cory King and Jeppe will be on hand starting at 6PM to talk and drink some of these delicious beers.

Exactly what beers will be available is still a work in progress, but you know the list is going to be great. Mark this one down on your calendar and visit the Cellar to celebrate the collaboration between two great breweries.

lupulinIt’s that time of the year again, time to celebrate our love of the hop. (Granted many of us celebrate our love of the hop every day.) But how can we celebrate this wonderful flower?

How about a beer carnival? On Saturday March 28th, from 2PM-6PM 4 Hands Brewing Company will host their third beer festival with friends. The Lupulin Carnival is a celebration of the hop and will also be the release of War Hammer Imperial IPA, Superflare and debuting Tack Hammer, a new session IPA.

The festival will be a carnival theme including STL Hoopclub, Bearded Lady, Face Painting, Fire Dancing, Fire Breathing, Aerial Acrobatics, Stilt Walkers, Fortune Teller, Unicyclist, Knife Thrower, Strong Man, DJ’s and more.

There will be carnival games as well with 100% of that profit going to HOPE for Young Adults with Cancer. Each game will cost you $1 and includes pop the hop (darts/balloons), high striker, ring toss, and the dunk tank. “Celebrities” in the dunk tank include, Crider (Libby said he would!), Homey (iTAP Soulard), Will Foust, Steve Salas, Andy Burgio, Johnny Vegas, Jason Bockman (Strange Donutes), Corey Smale (Strange Donuts), your’s truly, and Billy Paymaster (HOPE).

There will also be a Ferris wheel!

Tickets will be $40 and will include a hop forward selection from participating local breweries, tasting glass, and access to all of the carnival activities. Here’s a look at the participating breweries and the most current list of beers:

1. 2nd Shift
2. Six Row (Marisa’s IPA , Double IPA)
3. Against the Grain (Bloody Show, Rico Sauvin, 2 Wheel Death Machine)
4. Alpha
5. Augusta
6. Bells
7. Boulevard
8. Brasserie Dunham
9. Cathedral Square
10. Central States
11. Charleville (Triple Wit, Black Rye IPA, Box of Chocolates)
12. Cigar City (You Never Know DIPA, Jai Alai)
13. Civil Life (The Angel and the Sword Ale, English Style India Pale Ale)
14. Crown Valley
15. Deschutes (Hop Henge IPA, Fresh Squeezed IPA)
16. Destihl (Hoperation Overload Double IPA, Vertex IPA, Tenenbrous Black Rye PA, Amra Mango IPA)
17. Dryhop Brewers
18. Earthbound
19. Excel Brewery (Eastside IPA, Flash Bang, Stay Gold, Hop Heist – Falconer’s Flight, Hop Heist – Azacca, Plague Bringer)
20. Exit 6
21. Ferguson
22. Firestone Walker (Pivo Pils, Easy Jack IPA)
23. Haymarket (Mathias Imperial I.P.A, Aleister Double I.P.A.)
24. Heavy Riff
25. Kirkwood Station
26. Logboat
27. Main & Mill
28. Martin City (Hard Way IPA, Belgian IPA, Black Hopps)
29. Marz
30. Modern
31. Mothers (Lil Helper, Skip Day Session IPA, Making Trouble, Loopty Loop Lager, Pulp Fiction, Three Blind Mice)
32. Morgan Street (IMPlied IPA)
33. Nebraska Brewing (Barrel Aged HopAnomaly7, HopAnomaly, India Pale Ale)
34. New Belgium (Slow Ride Session IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Oatmeal IPA – Collaboration with Half Acre)
35. New Holland (Mad Hatter IPA & Paleooza Pale Ale)
36. O’Fallon (Small Feline, Zeke’s Pale Ale Firkin with grapefruit zest, Coal Train, Berry Best, Wheach)
37. ODell
38. Oskar Blues
39. Perennial
40. Pipeworks
41. Recess Brewing (IPA (2211), APA (Yellow Buss))
42. Revolution (Galaxy Hero, Double Fist)
43. Schlafly
44. Solemn Oath
45. Square One
46. Stone (Enjoy By 4.20)
47. Sun King
48. Tallgrass (8-bit Pale Ale, Ethos, Mystery Firkin, 16-bit Double Pale Ale
49. Templar
50. The Old Bakery (Citrus Wheat Beer, Session IPA)
51. Toppling Goliath (King Sue Double IPA, Golden Nugget IPA, PseudoSue American Pale Ale, Dorothy’s New World Lager)
52. Trailhead Brewing Co.
53. Une Annee (Hopsurd Imperial IPA, Maya Belgian IPA)
54. Urban Chestnut (Fantasyland- Midwest Coast IPA, Urban Black Top (Cask), Stammtisch)
55. Wicked Weed

hotdA lot of my worst mornings began with a fantastic evening. I’m starting to thing that is how Avery Brewing Company got the idea for their Heaven and Hell series. If not enjoyed responsibly, these monster beers are sure to provide you with both ends of the spectrum.

If you want to find out for yourself, be sure to head out to Hair of the Dog this Thursday, March 19th as they’ll be featuring a killer line-up of beers from Avery. Beginning at 7PM you’ll have your chance to enjoy The Beast, Mephistopheles, and Lilikoi Kepolo. I’ve been told there will be a few specialties from Avery on hand as well.

Head out to Hair of the Dog on Thursday to enjoy a trip to both heaven and hell.

gallaghersYou ever have that restaurant that everyone recommends and you just haven’t had the opportunity to visit?  For me that was Gallagher’s in Waterloo. Heard nothing but awesome things about it but never got a chance to visit until this past October.

The best part?  It lived up to the hype.  The second best part? They had an awesome beer selection. If you haven’t had a chance to visit yourself, you’re in luck because Gallagher’s is working with 4 Hands Brewing Co. to put on a beer dinner next Wednesday, March 25th.

This four-course dinner will be paired with four different 4 Hands beers.  The full pre-fixe menu will cost you $35 per person.  Here’s a look at the menu:

  • Crab Louie Salad (traditional crab and asparagus salad) served with Single Speed
  • Sesame Scallion Flatbread with Vietnamese bologna, pickled daikon and Chinese mustard, served with Divided Sky Rye IPA
  • Duck Leg Confit with orange zest carmelized onion served with potatoes and shallots fried in duck fat, served with Alter Ego
  • Rice Krispy Truffle Tort served with Peanut Butter Choclate Milk Stout
  • Bonus Beer – Bona Fide Imperial Stout & Sugar and Spice

Dinner begins at 6:30PM and tickets can be purchased online here. See what all the fuss is about and go visit Gallagher’s.

globalIf you’re the superstitious type, Friday the 13th could mean bad things.  Global Brew Tap House in O’Fallon is trying to take some of the stigma out of this day by putting on a “killer event.”

Beginning at 1PM, this Friday, March 13th, GBO is holding an event that they’re calling Funky Friday. They’ve got a murder’s row of delicious funky beers to make your mouth happy.

This crazy sour line-up includes:

  • New Belgium Le Terroir
  • Boulevard Saison Brett
  • Jolly Pumpkin/Anchorage Calabaza Boreal
  • New Holland Blue Sunday
  • 2013 Goose Island Lolita
  • Green Flash Anniversary Sour Pale
  • Jolly Pumpkin/Upland Persimmon Ship
  • Perennial Last Word
  • Scratch Sour Gruit
  • Stone Passion Project

And while it may not be funky, they’ll also have on a firkin of Stone Go-To IPA with cantaloupe as well. So, don’t be afraid of the 13th, get funky and head out to Global Brew in O’Fallon this Friday.

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oldbakeryI sound like a broken record, but I’m astonished just how big craft beer has gotten since I started this website 7 years ago. Not only have we seen more beer bars, more taps, and more craft beer on the shelves, but we’ve seen the number of breweries explode in the area.

We’ve been blessed in St. Louis City and now the east side is getting in on the fun and seeing breweries open in Illinois as well. One of those breweries is the new Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton, Illinois.

Old Bakery has been quietly open for about a month, but they’re finally officially open this Saturday, March 14th beginning at 11AM. To celebrate this occasion, Old Bakery is introducing two new beers to their line-up, a Midwest Red Ale and Rye Bock, along with a special menu incvluding pulled pork and BBQ brisket. And in celebration of Pi Day (3.1415), Old Bakery will be holding a Pie Eating Contest!

From everyone I’ve heard that’s visited, it’s a beautiful spot and a great excuse to visit Alton. Head out to Old Bakery this weekend and celebrate their grand opening.

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3-women-logoI love a good super group. Blind Faith, Traveling Wilburys, New Pornographers… the list goes on. Great musicians getting together to create something awesome.

We have three different groups of women in St. Louis that are all trying to promote women in craft beer. They’ve joined forces to create three events providing not only camaraderie for women, but delicious beer and education as well. Here’s a look at the events:

The OG, Femme Ferment, and Girls Pint Out will kick off their “Biére de Girls” series with an interactive homebrew-style event at O’Fallon Brewery on March 15. This ticketed event will offer women a chance to watch and engage in brewing one of four unique beer styles, from milling to mashing to grain out.

The second event in the series will be a lesson on tasting, beer styles, and food and beer pairings, held at 33 Wine Shop in Lafayette Square on April 6. Beers indicative of the styles brewed at the first event will be featured this evening.

The series wraps up with a happy hour and keep-the-glass tasting event at Heavy Riff Brewing Co. in Dogtown on April 27, where the four homebrews will be featured, along with a line up of other local and national craft beer favorites.

The brew day and educational pairing and tasting event are open to women only, and no prior brewing experience is required. The keep-the-glass night is open to all.

Tickets for individual events or the full series are available through Brown Paper Tickets, linked at each group’s website.