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Archive for October, 2015

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: 2nd Shift Weiss & Virtue, Moonlight Meadery Fling Strawberry/Rhubarb Mead, Moonlight Meadery Kurt’s Apple Pie Mead, Moonlight Meadery Sensual Mead, Moonlight Meadery Desire Mead, Cismontane Coulter IPA, Cismontane The Citizen, Cismontane Whiting Wit, and Cismontane Saint Peter Barrel Aged Belgian Style Pale. 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 Abita Bad Mother Shucker Oyster Stout and Stone Coffee Milk Stout. 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

IMG_4338Last year STL Hops had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with 2nd Shift Brewing to create one of my favorite styles, a wheatwine. 2nd Shift was so happy with the beer they’ve decided to make this release an annual tradition.

I’m happy to announce that the 2015 version of I Am Become Death wheatwine is either now (or soon to be available) in St. Louis.  The recipe, which was devised by STL Hops Homebrew Club Supreme Overlord Troy Meier, remains the same.

In keeping with a new year, we have a new label as well.  This year’s label was once again created by my friend Mike Atwood previously of Hoosier Beer Geek fame and now 38th in charge at Sun King Brewery.  It’s a fantastic label and Mike is very happy with how it turned out.

I Am Become Death is a collaboration between friends and something we’re all very proud of.  You should start seeing it around town as early as today. Let us know what you think.


Cicero s L Chaim Time-page-001L’Chaim!

If you weren’t aware, this is a Hebrew toast used in drinking to a person’s health or well-being. To celebrate all of our well-being Cicero’s is partnering with Shmaltz Brewing Company to throw an event they’re calling L’Chaim Time.

Starting at 6PM you’ll have your chance to try four great beers on tap to celebrate the Goliath hops of Shmatlz. Then starting at 6:30PM they’ll begin the dreidel spinning tournament. Best of three chances and the longest time will win.

There will also be a slingshot game using ping pong balls to knock down a Goliath beer company’s cans. And to keep your belly full, there will be matzo ball soup and rye reubens as well.

Head out tonight to celebrate good health and well-being. L’Chaim Time!

oshays halloweenO’Shay’s Pub in the Grove is pulling double duty this Friday, October 30th putting on two events at the same time. Starting at 7PM O’Shays will finish off their Head 2 Head Blind Flight contest featuring New Holland Brewing Company and Founders Brewing Company.

Each brewery has faced down a number of competitors at O’Shay’s and now has reached the finals. Each brewery puts forth it’s best beer and you judge the blind. Let the best brewery win!

O’Shay’s will also be hosting a costume contest on Friday as well. But this isn’t any ordinary costume contest, each costume for the contest has to be beer related. Beer styles, beer names, breweries, anything beer related will work. Most creative contest wins.

All of the fun starts at 7PM, head out for a double dip of good times.

randallsFor those of us brave enough to cross the big, bad Mississippi River, we know of the plethora of beers available in Illinois that aren’t currently available in St. Louis.  And while we have an awesome assortment of beers available on this side of the river, everyone likes a little change every once in a while.

Andy Kentch, the beer manager at Randall’s Fairview Heights, sent along a nice little list of beers they currently have in their inventory.  If you can’t find something on this list that gets your butt across the river, well, then, more for me.

Almanac Brewing
Emperor Norton
Pumpkin Sour
Simcoe Sour
St. Brettaville

Horny Devil
Grand Cru
Wee Heavy

Saison Rue
Oude Tart
Tart of Darkness
Gypsy Tart

Port Brewing
Old Viscosity
B/A Santa’s Little Helper

Lost Abbey Brewing
10 Commandments
Angels Share

Alpine Brewing
Hoppy Birthday

Ballast Point
Calm Before the Storm
Grapefruit Sculpin
Even Keel

Clown Shoes
Coffee Pecan Porter
Blaecorn Unidragon

Central Waters
BA Pumpkin
BA Scotch Ale

Kentucky Brewing
Kentucky Bourbon Ale
Kentucky Bourbon Stout
Pumpkin Bourbon Ale

Upland Brewing
Coast Buster
Teddy Bear Kisses

POSTERWeather looks like it’s holding out for this weekends Saint Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party. So make sure to get your costume ready for this Saturday’s fun.

I’m pleased to announce that the two winners for the two passes to the Halloween Party are Charles Parko and Kevin Sweeney (no relation)! Congrats to Charles (who’s favorite local brewery is Perennial) and Kevin (who’s favorite local brewery is 2nd Shift) and thank you everyone for entering.

For those of you that didn’t win, there still are tickets available, though they’re going fast. Thanks again to the Brewers Guild for providing the tickets and have a great time this weekend!

POSTERAnyone can put on a beer festival. Find a date, find a location, talk to some breweries, and about a million other little tasks. I’m not implying it’s easy, but it’s still basically a checklist of items and just a matter of pulling it all off.

We have A LOT of beer festivals in the area. But if you want a successful festival, you need a hook. Something that sets your event apart from everyone else’s. Enter the new and revamped Saint Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party. They took everything awesome about last year’s Harvest Festival and got into the holiday spirit.

Taking place this Saturday, October 24th from 1-5PM once again in Lafayette Park, the STLBG is throwing a Halloween festival featuring 34 STL area breweries, costumes, and adult trick or treating.  Each booth with be decorated for Halloween and each participant will be given a tote bag to trick or treat at each brewery’s booth.

There will be costume contests and also a hay ride (Hefe ride) doing laps around Lafayette Park with kegs on it. Tickets are $30 each (or $40 day of.)

But thanks to our friends at the STLBG, we’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away for this fun event. For your chance to win, you’ll need to email with Halloween Party as the subject and include your favorite local brewery in the body of the email. As this event is taking place on Saturday, I’ll pick two winners tomorrow on Thursday, October 22nd 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.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.
  • I will have to give you your tickets in person, so you’ll need to be flexible.

Thanks again to the folks at the STLBG for giving us these tickets. If you’re not feeling lucky, tickets are still available HERE.