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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.

I love breakfast the same way Ron Swanson loves dark-haired women… and breakfast.  So if you’re like me you’re going to want to head out to Dressel’s Public House this Sunday, April 26th because beginning at 10AM they’re going to be featuring brunch and a Perennial Artisan Ales tap takeover.

Check out the poster below for all of the deets:


globalbrew-springbeerfestivalUnlike the past few years, I don’t think any of us can argue we haven’t gotten a proper spring. It certainly feels like spring now and I love it. What better way to celebrate this fantastic season than by enjoying the weather and the beer outside.

This Saturday, April 25th, Global Tap House in Edwardsville will be celebrating spring by hosting the Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival. Running from 11AM to 8PM, this festival will feature over 20 different craft breweries and a portion of the proceeds will be used for the City of Edwardsville: A Better Place to Play project.

Here’s a rundown of some of the breweries that will be participating:

  • Goose Island
  • Tallgrass – including casks
  • Destihl
  • Founders
  • Schlafly
  • Civil Life
  • Scratch
  • Ballast Point – including Grapefruit Sculpin
  • Oskar Blues
  • Stone – Mutt Brown, the first brown ale from the brewery.

There will be live music throughout the day and some great food from restaurants like Cleveland-Heath and 1818 Chophouse. Don’t miss out on this wonderful east-side experience.

It’s like Mr. Rogers once said, “Neighbors kick ass.*” And without a doubt, 4 Hands Brewing Company is always trying to be a good neighbor.  What better way to be a good neighbor than a collaboration of food and beer?

Next Wednesday, April 22nd, 4 Hands Brewing Company will be hosting a beer dinner with their lovely neighbor Brewhouse at the Hyatt Regency. The meal will feature six courses paired up with six different 4 Hands beers.

Dinner begins at 5:30PM and will set you back $60 per person. You can make reservations by calling 314-259-3261. Peek at the menu below:


*Mr. Rogers probably didn’t say this.

itap-LOGOI’ve always railed against being a beer snob. I don’t find that beer snobbery really does anything to help advance craft beer. I don’t really see how being dismissive of what someone else is drinking promotes craft beer in a positive light.

I’m kind of a live and let live guy when it comes to beer. You drink what you want and be happy and I’ll drink what I want. It’s only in the past year or so that I’ve really begun drinking coffee. I never used to drink the stuff because, frankly, a lot of it is terrible. Acrid and sometimes burnt, it just never seemed pleasant to me.

But not unlike the craft beer scene in St. Louis has blossomed, so have coffee roasters that are looking to create the best quality coffee available in our area. My favorite part of this global coffee renaissance? The influx of AMAZING coffee beers we’ve been getting.

To celebrate this delicious amalgamation of malt and bean, the International Tap House in Soulard is throwing a coffee and beer event this Saturday, April 18th beginning at 10AM. They’ve got a killer line-up of coffee beers they’re going to pour.

And for you “football” fans, they’ll also be showing the Chelsea/Man U game. I’ve also been told that Epic Pizza will have a special breakfast pizza available as well.

Head out to iTAP in Soulard this Saturday to start your day off right.


hotdShmaltz Brewing Proprietor Jeremy Cowan is coming to town and bringing a good time with him. This Friday, April 10th, Jeremy will be visiting Hair of the Dog on Washington Avenue and will be hosting a very special tap takeover.

Starting at 5PM you’ll have your chance to be apart of not only the launch of Funky Jewbelation ’15 but also the launch of the all-new She’Brew Triple IPA. This year’s Jewbelation is a blend of six different ales and lagers aged in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels.

The recipe includes Jewbelation Reborn (aged 16 months), Messiah Nut Brown Ale (aged 8 months), Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. (aged 6 months), Winter Lager 2013 (aged 15 months), Rejewvenator 2014 (aged 11 months), and Death of a Contract Brewer (aged 16 months).

She’Brew is a very special beer that was designed and brewed “by the women and female friends (and a few dudes too) of Shmaltz Brewing.” It’s an 11% triple IPA featuring Calypso, Citra, Crystal and Amarillo hops. A portion of proceeds from She’Brew sales will benefit the Pink Boots Society scholarship fund, a global non-profit that aims to advance women in the beer business.

Both of these beers and Jeremy Cowan’s smiling face will be at Hair of the Dog this Friday at 5PM, don’t miss out.


NHB-color-logo11New Holland Brewing is invading Soulard on Friday, April 10th with two big events going on. First up will be a beer dinner at Pizzeoli.

Starting at 6pm, the dinner will run you $35 and will provide four beers and three courses. The beers include White Hatter, Paleooza Pale Ale, Monkey King Saison, and Dragon’s Milk which will be paired with Neapolitan-style pizzas from Pizzeoli. Call 314-449-1111 to reserve your spot.

Following the beer dinner, New Holland rolls down to Mission Taco Joint in Soulard to debut the collaborative New Holland/Strange Donuts Dragon’s Milk döne.

Beginning at 10PM, Mission will be offering a limited amount of dönes paired with Dragon’s Milk. There will also be a special late night Mission taco paired with Paleooza Pale Ale.