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Archive for April, 2015

logo-anniversaryWeather is looking perfect for the 2015 St. Louis Microfest.  And thanks to the organizers from Lift for Life, we have a few sets of tickets to give away!

Without further ado, the winners are:

VIP Tickets (Good for any session) – Phillip Tran
Friday Night Tickets – Mary Pentecost
Saturday Afternoon Tickets – Bruno Debeljuk
Saturday Evening Tickets – Sara Naughton

Thanks to Lift for Life for putting on this event and giving us the tickets! Tickets are still available and it’s looking like a great weekend. Don’t miss out on the fun.

sohaThe first time I met Tallgrass Brewing‘s owner Jeff Gill we were eating lunch at the always delicious Farmhaus. He was telling me about a brand new beer they were coming out with they named 8-Bit.

He explained it was going to be a juicy American Pale Ale with a big tropical fruit aroma and flavor thanks to Galaxy hops.  And while the beer sounded delicious on paper, what hooked me is when he described the can.

He told me they were looking to make a retro video game can, with 8-bit graphics on the side.  I immediately was hooked.  I flat out told him it would be a hit.  And while the packaging looks great, the beer is even better.  So when Tallgrass’ sales rep Jordan Luster told me about the bigger version of 8-Bit, named 16-Bit, I knew I wanted to try it.

Well, you’ll have your opportunity today when South Hampton Bar and Grill releases cans of 16-Bit when the bar opens. Every can of Tallgrass that gets purchased has a chance of winning a pair of tickets to Microfest! So, go enjoy some new beer in a retro way today at SoHa.


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 hosting an Oskar Blues Takeover with Barrel-Aged Freedom Tickler, The Duece and oSKAr the G’Rauch. While the St. Charles location will also be serving up the Rouge Hazelnut Brown 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!

Sometimes the best beer festivals aren’t really beer festivals at all. Sometimes they’re a celebration of community. If there is anything that The Civil Life Brewing Company knows well, outside of making some of the best beer in St. Louis, it’s community.

On Sunday, May 17th, Civil Life will be holding their 4th annual Pigs and Pints party.  Not only is this party a celebration of Civil Life, but it’s also a recognition of the great restaurants, chefs, and artists in St. Louis.

This party, which runs from 12-5:30PM, is $45 for adults ($5 for children) and is all-inclusive.  You’ll enjoy not only tasty beers from Civil Life, but also Heritage Red Wattle Pork from Kluesner Farms (sourced by Mac’s Local Buys) which will be prepared by The Block and Pappy’s. There will also be ice cream prepared by Baileys’ Range.

It isn’t a party without music and the Bottoms Up Blues Gang and FolknBluesGrass will provide some tunes throughout the day. There will also be face painting and balloon animals for the kids.

This sound like your sort of party?  Well, tickets for Pigs and Pints go on sale starting today at Civil Life, both locations of The Block, and through Mac’s Local Buys.

THIS WILL SELL OUT.  I can’t repeat this enough.  There will be no tickets for sale day-of, if you don’t purchase your tickets as soon as possible, there is a good chance you won’t be able to attend.

Don’t be that guy or gal watching social media wishing they were at Pig and Pints, buy your tickets today.

logo-anniversaryThis weekend is fast approaching and you haven’t bought your tickets to the 2015 St. Louis Microfest yet, have you? Well fear not, because thanks to organizers from Lift for Life, I’m giving away two free passes for each session of this fantastic event along with one set of VIP tickets! I will be randomly giving away these tickets, so be certain to CAREFULLY follow the instructions below.

Send an email to with the subject of 2015 Microfest – (Preferred Session), example: 2015 Microfest – Saturday Afternoon.  I’ll randomly pick four winners on Thursday, April 30th at 9AM.  A couple of quick notes:

  • 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.

Also be certain to check out the list of brewers that will be pouring beer this weekend.  Thanks to Lift for Life for putting on this event and giving us the tickets!

Beer Fest 2015I need to really stop ending these contests on a Monday morning!  I’m happy to (finally) announce that the winners of next Saturday’s Beerfest at the Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth are:

  • Matt Barnhart
  • Jospeh Kaller
  • Eric Lemmo

These three winners receive two tickets to the sold-out Limited Session on Saturday, May 9th from 12-1PM. Even if you didn’t win, you’re still able to attend the general session which will run between 1PM-3PM. The cost is only $7 and you’ll have the chance to try over 120 different beers. For more information, please be sure to check out the Wine and Cheese Place’s blog.

Thanks to Paul Hayden for giving us these tickets!

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: Argus Cidery Tepache Especial Pineapple Win, Kondrauer Hopster “Tonic”, Freigeist Kopenickiade Berliner Style Weisse, Rogue Farms Pumpkin Savior, Tallgrass Brewing 16-Bit DPA, and Urban Chestnut Schlossturm Altbier. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight featuring Prairie Bomb, Boulevard Saison-Brett, Evil Twin Citra Sunshine Slacker, Tallgrass 16-Bit, and Freigeist Abraxxxas. $11 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: Goose Island Summer Ale, 2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit, and 4 Hands Send Help. 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