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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: Crane Brewing Farmhouse IPA, Crane Brewing Saison, Crabtree Cranberry Berliner, Prairie Artisan Ales Barrel Aged Branson Jamboree Imperial Stout, and the classic beer of the week if Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout. 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: Boulevard Coconut Stout, Crane Brewing Farmhouse IPA, Prairie Funky Simcoe, Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, and Deschutes The Stoic Barrel Aged Quad. $15 gets you five 5oz pours of these beers. They will also be launching Earthbound Brewing Co on Saturday, February 27th from 2-5pm.

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 Seattle Cider Three Pepper, Seattle Cider Semi Sweet, and Seattle Cider Dry. 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.

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: Ska Modus Mandarina, Schlafly Farmhouse IPA, Grassroots Brewing / Hill Farmstead/ Anchorage Arctic Soire, and Prairie Artisan Ales Funky Gold SIMCOE. 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: Hermitage Sour Cherry Sour, 2nd Shift Blueprint Coffee LSD, Ballast Point Mango Even Keel, Stone Americano Stout, and Ska Modus Manderina. $15 gets you five 5oz pours of these beers.

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.

MBSL_117556_ITap_Firestone_R1Sad that you missed out on Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival? I can’t say I blame you, it’s one of the best beer festivals I’ve been to and one of the reasons is to try some of the delicious Barrelworks Wild Ales.

Well, you may not be able to go out to Paso Robles, but the International Tap House and Firestone Walker are bringing a little of the FWIBF to you.  This Sunday, February 21st, starting at 2PM iTAP CWE will be tapping four very special funky beers for you to sip on.

The line-up includes:

  • 2015 Sour Opal
  • 2015 Agrestic
  • 2015 and 2016 Bretta Weisse

And funky beer needs funky music, so iTAP’s on Chuck Parson will be playing some funktastic jams to keep you in the mood.

WINTERWARMER (3) (1)Maybe it’s just the mere mention of warming up the winter from Randall’s Fairview Heights that we’re blessed with 70° temperatures this weekend. Whatever the reason, I’m not complaining.

This Friday, February 19th, from 7pm-10pm Randall’s FVH will be throwing their Winter Warmer Festival with all of the proceeds benefiting Stray Rescue St. Louis. Tickets are $10 each (with purchase of wish list item) or $20 with no item purchase.

You’ll be able to sample some awesome beers including Bourbon County Stout, Buffalo Sweat, Dark Horse’s Plead the 5th and Bell’s Hopslam.  Great beers, great weather, and a great cause, maybe we can convince Randall’s to hold this festival every weekend until May!

oldbakeryIt’s been interesting to watch the “second wave” of new breweries progress in the St. Louis area. It’s neat to see what new venues, new ideas, and new styles they bring to our area.

One of my favorites of the next generation is Old Bakery Brewing. I had my first taste of their beer at last year’s Brewers Heritage Festival and it blew me away.  Their Porter is one of the best in the area and therefore makes it one of the best in the country.

Well, I’m happy to announce that starting today, you’ll now be able to be able to find Old Bakery Beer on draft in St. Louis.  They’re beginning by launching the Porter, “a classic English-style porter brewed with American ingredients” and the North End IPA, “an IPA dry-hopped with Citra, Casade, and Crystal.”  And as usual with Old Bakery, both beers are certified organic.

To celebrate the launch, OBB is throwing a couple of events including a meet and greet with James and Patrick at OBB at Shamrocks Pub and Grill from 7pm-9pm tonight, February 18th and also a Keep the Glass event at Saint Louis Hop Shop on Saturday, February 20th from 6pm-8pm.

And if that news wasn’t exciting enough, Old Bakery has informed me that they’re going to begin canning later this month with cans of Porter and Citrus Wheat hitting our market in early March! Can’t wait to have another great beer available in a can from a great local brewery.

 

JBF_AWARDS_MEDALLION-BLOG_3If you know me, you know I’m a bit opinionated. You also know that I love to share my opinions, often whether you want to hear them or not. One of the drums I’ve been beating for quite some time is how lucky we are to have the Side Project Cellar in our own backyard.

While it’s cool to have a place to enjoy Side Project beer on a regular basis, what truly sets the Cellar apart for me is the level of love and passion they put into the treatment of beer. Think through how they’ve set up their beer program and find me another equal within 300 miles.

Let’s run down the list:

They serve their draft beers at three different temperatures to provide the perfect beer, ready to drink. They have top-of-the-line glassware giving each beer a proper pour. All of their lambics are served in lambic baskets giving you that unique old-world experience each time you order a bottle. All of their bottles beers are served at cellar temperature.  And if that wasn’t enough they have an outstanding wine and whiskey selection as well.

Well, we weren’t the only ones to recognize what and awesome treasure we have, the 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards nominations were announced today and Side Project Cellar was nominated nationally for Outstanding Bar Program.

This is a huge, huge, huge honor and something everyone at Side Project Cellar should be very proud off. I can’t say enough how proud I am of Karen King and her staff and how much they deserve this nomination. Congrats to all of you!

50 shaded llywIf you love puns or wordplay, you should love the craft beer industry. I can’t think of a single larger conglomeration of this literary technique than in this fantastic community.

On that note, Shmaltz Brewing is putting on a very special event, tomorrow night at Llywelyn’s Pub in Soulard. Starting at 6PM, you’ll have your first opportunity to enjoy all three of the MANNAge Trois IPA variants in an event they’re calling 50 Shades of Grain.

For the first time in Missouri, you’ll be able to try on tap:

  • Hop Manna IPA – our signature single IPA with West Coast Hop Editions and a pronounced malty backbone
  • Hop Mamma IPA – This is a slightly lower ABV IPA with Peach, Apricot, and a slight hint of Habanero.
  • Hop Mania IPA – A slightly higher ABV version of Hop Manna brewed with even more hops!

Be a slave to your desire for beer and head your way out to Llywelyn’s, slap down some money, and choke down some delicious beer.  (Even I am not immune to wordplay!)