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Archive for January, 2016

label_sumpIt takes a balanced hand to create beers with special adjuncts. Too little and you can’t even enjoy a specialty beer, too much and it become overwhelming. It’s also equally important to pick the right ingredients, finding that harmony between the base beer and the adjuncts is crucial. If you have any interest in how these beers are created, it’s always nice to learn from the experts.

If learning more about this very special talent the you’ll need to head out to Dressel’s Pub on Tuesday, February 2nd for a Perennial Sump Blending Event. Starting at 7PM you’ll have a chance to talk to two experts in the field of blending beer and coffee, co-owner of Perennial Artisan Ales Phil Wymore and owner of Sump Coffee Scott Carey.

You’ll have your chance to blend from the following beers:

  • Perennial Imperial Stout (base beer)
  • Perennial Blue Label Maman
  • Perennial Abraxas
  • Perennial Sump

Tickets for this very limited event at $50 each and include a guided beer and coffee blended session with beer flights and appetizers.  You can make your reservations by calling 314-631-1060 or emailing

elijahpsLearning is good. Learning about beer is even better. While drinking beer is definitely fun, I find that I enjoy something on a deeper level when I know more about it.

With that in mind Certified Cicerone® Zachary Pohlman is restarting his famous monthly beer school at Elijah P’s in Alton. Each moth Zach will feature different styles, breweries, or brewing techniques to give you a better peek behind the curtain in the wonderful world of beer.

This month Zach and Elijah P’s will be welcoming 4 Hands Brewing and special guest head brewer (and failed Crave Case eater) Andy Burgio. Andy and Zach will be discussing and tasting:

  • 4 Hands Reprise Centennial Red (American Amber Ale)
  • 4 Hands Ca$h Mony (American Double IPA)
  • 4 Hands Absence of Light (Peanut Butter Milk Stout)
  • 4 Hands Madagascar (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Milk Stout w/ Vanilla Bean)

This very awesome beer school will be taking place on Thursday, January 28th beginning at 6PM. So, head out to Elijah P’s to drink and learn.

iTAP-Mardigras16-Draft3While a few among us are not interested in large gatherings of people, mostly it’s because we can’t find craft beer at these events. I can deal with the hassle of parking, lines, and general goofballery if I can enjoy some tasty craft beer.

Mardi Gras poses extra problems in that trying to find a clean restroom can also be a bit of a hassle. If you’re lucky, you have a friend that lives in Soulard that will kindly let you crash their bathroom. But many of us are not that lucky.

If you’re looking to attend this year’s Mardi Gras and are looking for both a warm bathroom and craft beer then you may want to check out this deal from the International Tap House in Soulard.

iTAP is throwing a VIP Mardi Gras Party. Beginning at 11AM on February 6th, you’ll get unlimited draft pours, food provided by Epic Pizza, and a warm place to pee. You’ll be provided a wrist band which will get you in and out of iTAP all the way until 6PM. All of this for the cost of $100 per person.

If this sounds like your way to enjoy a baller Mardi Gras, a limited number of tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets.

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: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tropical IPA, Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Gose Style, Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and the classic beer of the week is the Sierra Nevada Pale 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: Prairie Barrel Aged Bomb, Stone Xocoveza Charred, Perennial Kiwi Berliner, New Belgium Citradelic, and Ballast Point Grunion. $15 gets you five 5oz 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 Sudwerk Big Dipl, Sudwerk Rye of the Lager, and Side Project The Scribe (only for tasting, none for salw). 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

Mango-HOP-anero LabelDid you know that as we get older, our sense of tastes decreases? It’s why some of us pick up the love of spicy foods later in life. We need a little bit of kick to put our taste buds on alert.

I love beer and I also love some hot sauce, so Mission Taco Joint and 4 Hands Brewing Co. did the obvious thing and put them both together.  Starting today (National Hot Sauce Day, as I’m sure you’re fully aware) both Mission Taco location you’ll have your first chance to buy the Mango-HOP-anero hot sauce.

Here’s the description from MTJ:

This year we collaborated with 4Hands Brewery and made a special release pepper sauce called Mango-HOP-anero, using 4Hands Incarnation IPA (formerly Resurrection IPA). The pepper sauce brings subtle sweet notes from the mango, a good amount of heat from the habanero, and tropical scents from the mosaic hops of the beer.

So, stop by Mission Taco and enjoy some tasty tacos (or burritos) and also purchase a bottle of Mango-HOP-anero to-go for $7.

UCBC-WOLP-POSTER 2016-webI’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the Urban Chestnut Brewing Company 2016 Wolpertinger beer festival is Clarissa Gaff! Congrats to Clarissa and thank you everyone for entering.

If you didn’t win, I’ve definitely have some cool contests lurking around the corner. I once again want to thank everyone from UCBC for providing the tickets to this event.

There are still a few tickets to the festival available, you can purchase them by visiting the UCBC store.  Hope to see a lot of you at the festival!

UCBC-WOLP-POSTER 2016-webCome on out and celebrate Urban Chestnut Brewing Company‘s 5th anniversary this Sunday, January 24th, by enjoying their Wolpertinger beer festival. The fine folks are UCBC have given us two tickets to give away.

We’ll make this an easy (and quick) contest, just email with Wolpertinger as the subject. I’ll pick two winners (and you’ll each get a pair of tickets a piece) on Thursday, January 21st 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.

If you don’t win this one, don’t worry I will be holding more contests like this in the future, so you’ll have another chance then. Good luck!