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Category: Beer Events

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.

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.


Last week I was wearing a sweater and now I’m sweating? I guess we can say that spring is official here.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is helping to celebrate spring and has brought back their  Maifest festival. Taking place this Saturday, May 9th at their Midtown location, this will certainly be a party that would make Bacchus blush.

Along with BBQ from UCBC’s Andy Fair, Smoki-O’s and Matthew’s Kitchen, you will also be able to enjoy some of the fresh bock beer UCBC brewed especially for this celebration of spring.

The best part about this festival?  It’s free.  There are no ticket charges, just come out between 12PM-6PM on Saturday, May 9th and purchase beer and food to sample throughout the day.  There will be commemorative t-shirts and glassware available for purchase as well.

Saturday, May 9th will be a great opportunity to rock out with your bock out at UCBC.