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ciceros-tradeBeer trading can be a contentious topic amongst beer fans.  Some people see it like a baseball card or (more for this generation) Pokémon card mentality. Trading to get the “best” and not worrying what’s in the bottle.

I personally think this is hogwash.  Trading provides people the opportunity to try beers they may not have ever had the chance to try from all over the globe.  Trading also brings people together.  Either to sample the beers gathered via a trade or to trade beer in person (where beers are usually still sampled.)

Cicero’s feels the same way. So they’ve put together an event they’ve dubbed St. Louis Beer Enthusiasts Meet and Greet and Bottle Trade: Episode 1.  This Sunday, May 31st, starting at 2PM, Cicero’s is using their event space to host a beer trading session.

$20 not only gets you in the door, but also provides you with a 5oz pour of Firestone Parabola, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, and Avery Uncle Jacobs.  And that’s not all!  Your ticket also includes some pizza and appetizers as well as a raffle ticket for some cool beer schwag and some rare bottles..

I’ve been told there will be other amazing drinks to purchase that day.  So, open up your cellar and find some bottles to trade. But don’t feel forced to trade, you’re also welcome to show up and have a great time!

PrintWe envy what we don’t have. We’re all human and it’s easy to get caught up in looking for the next thing. But it’s nice to appreciate what we have.

One of those things is Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales out of Ann Arbor, MI. While we all go searching for that difficult to source bottle, Jolly Pumpkin stoically sits on the shelf, waiting for the next lucky soul to purchase it.

So it’s nice to see the Bridge Tap House put on an event to celebrate all things JP. The event, which takes place tonight, May 27th, is entitled “April Showers Bring Jolly Pumpkin Sours” and will feature La Roja du Kriek, Rojilla, Bam Biere, Noel de Calabaza and Fuego del Otono.

Tappings begin at 5PM and Bridge will also be giving away Jolly Pumpkin glassware as well. Pay honor to one of the workhorses of sour beer available in our area by visiting the Bridge tonight.

Sunday-Funkday-Poster-Web-4-24-15A lot of people talk about trends in craft beer. One of those trends are funky and sour beers. But let’s be honest, funky beers aren’t a trend, they’re the original beers.

Before the days of stainless steel and caustic, beers were aged in wood and inoculated in the open air. These beers were funky from the get-go. This isn’t a trend, it’s revisiting how beer used to be made.

To celebrate these funky beers, the International Tap House in Soulard is throwing a Sunday Funkfest this Sunday, May 31st beginning at 12PM. Here’s the line-up of beers:

Vanderghinste Oud Bruin
Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge
2nd Shift Katy
Oude Gueuze Tilquin
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura

And for those of you that like funky music along with your funky beers, MF Grocery will be on the 1s and 2s from 12PM-4PM. Celebrate the original beers this Sunday at iTAP.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be featuring: Boulevard Hibiscus Gose, Stone Pale Ale (the new 2.0), Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, Sam Smith’s Imperial Stout, and Prairie Artisan Ales Somewhere. Additional information can be found at their blog.

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: O’Fallon Berry Best, Boulevard Zon, and Uinta Hop Nosh IPA. 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.

eclipse-restaurantOne of my favorite views in all of St. Louis is the rooftop bar at Eclipse. Not only do you get a nice view of the Loop, but you also get a lovely look at downtown and Clayton. It provides a nice bridge between the city and county.

If you’ve never visited, the other nice part about Eclipse is that they have a very nice drink menu including more than a few craft beer selections. Speaking of which, this Friday, May 15th, Eclipse will be hosting an Oskar Blues Brewery Rooftop Party.

Not only will you get to enjoy the always phenomenal Dale’s Pale Ale and Mama’s Little Yella Pils, but they’ll also be tapping Gubna and at 7:30PM they’ll be tapping a very special keg of Freedom Tickler French Saison. The party starts at 5PM tomorrow, don’t miss out on a great view and some great beer.

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ACBW15_logoChances are if you visit this blog you know that May 11-17 is American Craft Beer Week.  If you did not know this, don’t feel bad because Urban Chestnut, Craft Beer Cellar, Whole Foods Galleria and Civil Life Brewing have you covered. Here’s a look at the events happening at these locations this week:

Urban Chestnut

Monday (5/11) – “A Case of the Mondays”: It isn’t always so terrible to have a “Case of the Mondays”: purchase a case of UCBC bier from our Midtown Brewery & Biergarten or Grove Brewery & Bierhall and get UCBC SWAG!

Tuesday (5/12)Prost! to STL Women’s Craft Beer Clubs: St. Louis is fortunate to have some wonderful groups dedicated to celebrating women in craft beer. We’re inviting all women who love craft beer, including Femme Ferment, St. Louis Girls Pint Out, and The OG to our Grove Brewery & Bierhall to celebrate with $4 beers for all female beer fanatics!

Wednesday (5/13)Winged Nut Wednesdays: Celebrate our Signature Ale with these nutty specials: $3 Winged Nut pours (add Corn Nuts for only $2), and a special Winged Nut-infused Poutine!

Thursday (5/14) – Cask & Cheese: Our very own Chef Andrew Fair (also an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional) will offer cheese pairings with unique UCBC cask ales all day at our Midtown Brewery & Biergarten!

Friday (5/15) – Cardinals & Craft Beer: Support local! Wear St. Louis Cardinals or UCBC gear to our Midtown Brewery & Biergarten or our Grove Brewery & Bierhall and get $4 STLIPAs! With the Detroit Tigers in town for the weekend, we’ll also feature three guest taps from Michigan brewery Jolly Pumpkin!

Saturday (5/16) – Oktoberfest in May: Oktoberfest is only 4 months away; it’s not too early to begin the preparations with German food, German music, and Masskrugstemmen (stein holding contest)! It’ll be just like Oktober…er…September, except we’ll have a whole Summer of Biergarten days to look forward to!

Sunday (5/17) – Sustainability Sunday: Did you know that our Grove Brewery & Bierhall is the only LEED Certified Brewery in Missouri? That means part of our Urban Efforts involves access to public transportation and access to bicycle parking. Join us in promoting sustainability by taking Metro St. Louis or riding your bike to the Grove Brewery & Bierhall on Sunday May 17, and receive $3 Zwickels! Just show us your bike or a valid Metro St. Louis pass.

ALL WEEK – VIP Tour and Tasting:  Our Self-Guided Tours at the Grove Brewery & Bierhall is debuting the option for a VIP Tour & Tasting! The purchase of a VIP Tour and Tasting comes with a souvenir glass and punch card good for four samples of UCBC bier!

Social Media Contest: We want to know how you Biergarten*! Share your best photos from the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #ucbcBiergartening. The best photo will be rewarded with a $25 gift certificate redeemable at the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten!

*”To Biergarten” or “Biergartening” is a verb meaning to enjoy a day/evening in the Biergarten.

Civil Life Brewing

We are going to be celebrating American Craft Beer Week at the pub and we are calling it a Civil Week of Cask. This will run from Tuesday, May 12 at 4pm until Saturday, May 16 at 10pm. We will be pouring traditional cask all week long. 

Craft Beer Cellar 

1 – Cathedral Square – 5/12 – 4PM to 7PM

We got a keg of St. Jewbelation which is barrel aged in Hebrew Funky Jewbelation barrels (which as you know is a blend of several different barrel aged beers). We’ll be tapping this at 5 PM. This one is free to sample. Cathedral Square dudes will be on hand to sample out all of their beers.

 2 – Abita – 5/13 – 6PM to 9PM

We got a keg of Pappy van Winkel barrel aged Baltic Porter and the Macciato milk stout. Both will be tapped at 6PM. They are free to sample and pours are $4. The Abita folks will be on hand to sample all of their seasonal and regular lineup beers.

3 – New Holland – 5/14 – 5PM to 8PM

We are featuring Dragons Milk, Beer Barrel Bourbon, and donuts from Strange Donuts MADE with Dragons Milk! This one will be a lot of fun! It’s free to attend, free samples, and free dones.

4 – 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY – 5/16 – ALL DAY

Our 1 year anniversary party is coming up this week. We’re getting a TON of awesome stuff on draft. Take a look at this:

  • Civil Life Super Hopped Rye Pale Ale – 10 AM
    These guys never leave their wheelhouse. But we got them to make us a cask dry-hopped variant of their gold medal Rye Pale ale!
  • Perennial Kiwi Berliner – 1 PM
    They brewed us a special beer for our anniversary. You cannot get this bad boy anywhere else!
  • 4 Hands Pineapple Contact High – 4 PM
    We got them to make us a pineapple variant of Contact High
  • 2nd Shift ??? – 7 PM
    Crider is making us a mystery beer. We have ABSOLUTELY no idea what to expect here. But we know it’s going to be crazy!

 Plus, all day, we’re going to have 2 beers on draft that are 100% free. We’re limiting this to 1 of each per person so it can spread way out but it’s free ALL FREAKIN DAY!

Whole Foods Galleria

Come on down to Whole Foods Market on Brentwood for a HUGE 25% off all beer sale, one day only, 5/16/15. Special orders welcome and encouraged!

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be featuring: Stone Imperial Mutt Brown Ale, Odell Lugene Chocolate, Southern Tier Sonnet with Lemongrass, and Wild Beer Iduna Cru. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight featuring Prairie Somewhere Sour Saison, Southern Tier Sonnet, Evil Twin Soft Dookie, Excel El Pistolero, and 4 Hands Opus Saison. $12 gets you five 4oz pours of these beers.

CBC will also be hosting a very special Blind Tasting tomorrow, $7 gets your three 5oz pours. From 12PM to 3PM they’ll be featuring three Double IPAs and from 3PM to 6PM it’ll be Imperial Stouts. Guess the beers and win some fun prizes.

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: 4 Hands Opus Saison, St. Louis Premium Framboise, and Kasteel Rouge. 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.