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Archive for November, 2015

ew-bistro-tap-logo-final-u2080EdgeWild Bistro in Creve Couer has teamed up with Goose Island to put on a very special beer dinner.  On Tuesday, December 1st, EdgeWild will be presenting a Sour Sisters Dinner.

This four-course dinner will feature nothing but Goose Island’s Belgian-style wild ales including Gillian, Halia, Juliet, and Lolita.  It will also feature Goose Island brewmaster Patrick Reisch.

This event begins at 6PM with cocktails and will cost $75 per person (tax and tip not included.) Reservations can be made by calling 314-548-2222.  Here’s a look at the menu:



cellarhouseThe Cellar House in Oakville is a hidden treasure for those of you looking for craft beer in South County. And if great beer wasn’t enough, they’ve begun doing regular beer dinners as well.

Next Wednesday, December 2nd, Cellar House is putting on a beer dinner featuring Goose Island Brewing Company. This five course meal begins at 7PM and will cost $75 per person.

Here’s a look at the menu:


You can make reservations by calling 314-846-5100.

HopsdayThough the site is named “STL Hops” I wasn’t really much a fan of hoppy beers when I got into a craft beer.  Like olives or stinky cheese, I think hoppy beers can be kind of an acquired taste.

I think I may have told this story before, but I was visiting a friends house about 7 years ago and all he had to drink was a 1/2bbl of Sierra Nevada Celebration.  Matt was not the kind of guy you refused free beer from, so I sucked it up and drank multiple pints.

The next day I found myself craving Celebration and the rest is history.  To this day, Sierra Nevada Celebration remains one of my favorite beers of all time. So much so that I usually order a keg every November.

The point to this story is that wet/fresh hopped beers are delicious.  To celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster is throwing a Wet/Fresh Hop Celebration.

They’ve lined up one of the best list of fresh and wet hopped beers I’ve seen in one spot in St. Louis for your enjoyment.  Here’s a list:

  • Lagunitas Born Yesterday
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
  • Sierra Newly Developed Hop IPA
  • Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Wet Hop IPA
  • Boulevard Deep Dive Fresh Hop
  • Odell’s Hand Picked Pale Ale
  • Great Divide Fresh Hop
  • Left Hand Warrior
  • Founders Harvest
  • Uinta Wet Hop
  • Two Brother’s Hop Centric
  • Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies
  • Deschutes Hop Trip
  • Excel Hop Heist
  •  New Holland Hopivore

All of the beers go on tap tomorrow, November 21st at 11AM.  If you’re not a hop fan, maybe this experience can be as enlightening as my first foray into hoppy beers.

gb-abraxasIf you’ve got Perennial Artisan Ales Abraxas Fever (and not that abraxas fever that attacked my intestinal lining some years back) then you’ll need to make your way out to Global Brew Tap House in Edwardsville this Friday, November 20th.

In what certainly has to be one of the biggest Abraxas events outside of Perennial’s own tap room, GB has lined up a cadre of delicious kegs for your enjoyment.  This events begins at 6PM when Global taps the 2015 Abraxas.

It continues at 7PM when GB taps Coffee Abraxas and then Vanilla Abraxas at 8PM.  If you’ve not had either of these variants, do not miss out, they’re both remarkable.

This is sure to be a great time, so cure your Abraxas fever with Global Brew and Perennial tomorrow.

saints of shmaltzThere is no such thing as too much of a good thing, but how about too much of two good things? Well the only way to find out is by visiting Llywelyn’s Pub in St. Charles this Friday, November 20th.

Beginning at 8PM, you’ll have your opportunity to only enjoy a creation from local favorite Cathedral Square Brewing and the always enjoyable Shmaltz Brewing in an event they’re calling Saint of Shmaltz. Owner Jeremy Cowan of Shmaltz and Brewmaster Brian Neville of Cathedral Square have collaborated a few times over the years and this event celebrates that fantastic partnership.

You’ll have a chance to not only try the St. Lenny’s Belgian Rye DIPA collaboration along with some other favorites from Shmaltz including the Chanuakah Beer, Hop Manna IPA, and She’Brew Triple IPA. This will also be your opportunity to taste their newest collaboration the St. Jewbelation Sour Rye.

So head out to Llywelyn’s in St. Charles on Friday to find out if two is too much of a good thing (it’s not.)

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: Boulevard Tank 7, Boulevard The Calling, Boulevard Tell Tale Tart, Boulevard Nutcracker, and the new Boulevard Snow & Tell Oak Aged Scotch Ale. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight from 7-9PM featuring the RateBeer 100: Evil Twin Imperial Donught Break, Struise Black Albert, Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel, Rochefort 10, and Founders Breakfast Stout. $13 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 New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Raspberry, New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coffee and Chocolate, and New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Toasted Chile. 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

llywelyns-243x300I’ve liven in St. Louis my whole life and I can say I’ve never known a world without Llywelyn’s Pub. Opened in the Central West End in 1975, Llywelyn’s is celebrating their 40th anniversary this weekend.

Starting at 4PM tomorrow, Saturday, November 14th until close, all St. Louis locations of Llywelyn’s Pubs are throwing birthday bashes to celebrate this momentous occasion. Each STL location will feature special pricing from the past including those delicious handmade chips for 60¢, shepherd’s pie for $5.95 and their famous fish and chips for $6.95.

Llywelyn’s also worked with 4 Hands Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales where each brewery created a special stout for Llywelyn’s and each aged them in a Jameson barrel.  The 4 Hands collab will be at Soulard, Winghaven, Wildwood, and Webster Groves.  While the Perennial will be available at Central West End, Webster Groves, and St. Charles.

There will be a ton of prizes, beer specials and a bunch of cool things starting at 4PM tomorrow, so visit Llywelyn’s and wish them a happy birthday.