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STLHops_ShadedTomorrow brings us to the STL Hops 8th Anniversary Party, I thought I’d give you a little update on the eats and drinks that will be available on Saturday evening. It should be a great time and I’m pretty excited about what’s in store. First up, the eats.

The Baileys’ Restaurants make some amazing food and will be selling food to enjoy during the party.  We will also have an area downstairs for people who’d like to sit and enjoy their meal and a beer.

Parking!  As we all know, parking downtown can sometimes be a bit tricky.  Luckily I found a map detailing some areas to park near the venue. (Please note that any area that doesn’t have a price does not currently offer parking.)


Don’t want to deal with parking and want to get home safely?  Our friends at Uber have provided us with a code that gives you $20 off your FIRST RIDE! The code is STLHOPS and it expires after the first 1000 people use it or June 1st, whichever comes first.

Next up, a few do’s and don’ts of the party:

  • Don’t crash the party. We’ll have bouncers and wristbands, so if we see you drinking and you don’t have a ticket, we’ll kindly ask you to leave.
  • Do bring your wallet. We received a ton of AMAZING swag this year, so bring some money along (a check book or credit card wouldn’t hurt for the silent auction) with you as this is for two great causes: Stray Rescue of St. Louis and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue.
  • Don’t bring your own beer. We have A LOT of beer, so no bringing your own bottles of homebrews or commercial beers please.
  • Do bring growlers.  We will probably have a bunch of beer left after this event and we’ll let you fill up a growler for a $10 donation per growler. Bridge will also be selling growlers for $15 (which will include the glass and beer) to donate back to the party. Respect the local breweries that want to take their beer back though.
  • Don’t bring your own glass. Glassware is provided this year.
  • Do eat some food! There will be plenty of food options, so let’s support the Bailey restaurants.
  • Don’t puke. If I see you puke, it means you can’t handle yourself and we’ll kindly ask you to leave.
  • Do be safe. Make sure to have a sober ride home after this event.  We have a lot of big beers and we want you to attend the next party.
  • Do have a great time. Unless your idea of a great time includes puking, then I ask that you stay home.

Here are the beers the STL Hops Homebrew Club will be providing tomorrow:

1. Paul – Whiskey BA Vanilla RIS (random tapping, about 2 gallons), brett beer.
3. Steve A – Dry Hopped Rye Barleywine
4. Rick – Vanilla Imperial Stout
5. Amy – Deep Ellum Double Brown clone (Oatmeal Baltic Porter)
6. Doc – Raspberry Berliner
7. Kyle – Mixed Fermentation Saison
8. Troy – Bretta Sang #2 (yes, that Bretta Sang, homebrew)
9. Sean – Porter
10. John/Troy – IPA
11. Robert – Cascade Pale w/Orange zest and Coriander

If you want to sneak a peek at this year’s program, here you go!

If I didn’t make this clear, we are SOLD OUT. Please do not crash. Please do be safe and make sure you have a sober driver. We will be able to accept credit cards for all purchases this evening!

Thank you all for coming, it’ll be a great time.

STLHops_ShadedDrumroll please!

So, I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the STL Hops Eighth Anniversary Party is Mary Pentecost! Congrats to Mary and thank you everyone for entering.

It’s very exciting to see how passionate people are about beer in St. Louis and this event is proof that people care not only about beer, but also about helping stray animals. Thank you all once again.

Unfortunately, that was your last chance to get tickets because we’re SOLD OUT! Also, look out tomorrow for everything you need to know about Saturday’s party.

lupulin-2016-altIt’s that time of the year again, time to celebrate our love of the hop. (Granted many of us celebrate our love of the hop every day.) But how can we celebrate this wonderful flower?

How about a beer carnival? On Saturday April 2nd, from 2PM-6PM 4 Hands Brewing Company will host their fifth annual beer festival with friends. The Lupulin Carnival is a celebration of the hop and will also be the release of the War Hammer Imperial IPA.

As always, the festival will be a carnival theme including area acts performing death-defying feats, including fire breathers, fortune tellers and acrobatics. There will be carnival games as well with 100% of that profit going to St. Louis Winter Outreach.

The Ferris wheel will also be returning!

Tickets will be $50 and will include a hop forward selection from participating local breweries, tasting glass, and access to all of the carnival activities. Here’s a current look at the participating breweries:

  • 2nd Shift
  • Against the Grain
  • Bale Breaker
  • Ballast Point
  • Bells
  • Blackberry Farm
  • Boulevard
  • Brasserie Dunham
  • Central States
  • Charleville
  • Civil Life
  • Crane Brewing
  • Deschutes
  • Destihl
  • Earthbound
  • Excel
  • Firestone Walker
  • Founders
  • Green Flash
  • Lagunitas
  • Left Hand
  • Log Boat
  • Martin City
  • Marz
  • Modern
  • Nebraska
  • New Belgium
  • New Holland
  • Odells
  • O’Fallon
  • Off Color
  • Oscar Blues
  • Perennial
  • Pipeworks
  • Revolution
  • Right Proper
  • Schlafly
  • Seattle Cider
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Solemn Oath
  • Stone
  • Sun King
  • Surly
  • Sweetwater
  • Tallgrass
  • Toppling Goliath
  • Urban Chestnut
  • Vander Mill

itap-LOGOI’ve always railed against being a beer snob. I don’t find that beer snobbery really does anything to help advance craft beer. I don’t really see how being dismissive of what someone else is drinking promotes craft beer in a positive light.

I’m kind of a live and let live guy when it comes to beer. You drink what you want and be happy and I’ll drink what I want. It’s only in the past year or so that I’ve really begun drinking coffee. I never used to drink the stuff because, frankly, a lot of it is terrible. Acrid and sometimes burnt, it just never seemed pleasant to me.

But not unlike the craft beer scene in St. Louis has blossomed, so have coffee roasters that are looking to create the best quality coffee available in our area. My favorite part of this global coffee renaissance? The influx of AMAZING coffee beers we’ve been getting.

To celebrate this delicious amalgamation of malt and bean, the International Tap House in Soulard is throwing a coffee and beer event this Saturday, March 19th beginning at 10AM. They’ve got a killer line-up of coffee beers they’re going to pour.

And for you “football” fans, they’ll also be showing a full slate of English Premier League Soccer games. Head out to iTAP in Soulard this Saturday to start your day off right.

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STLHops_ShadedThe STL Hops Eigth Anniversary Party is almost sold out. But I’m feeling generous, so I’m going to be giving away two VIP tickets to this Saturday’s Anniversary Party.

If you’re interested in winning two general admission tickets send an email to with the subject of “Anniversary Party Tickets”. I’ll pick the winner on Thursday, March 17th at 9AM. If you’ve already got tickets I’d ask that you’d be kind enough to let those who didn’t get tickets have a chance of winning. 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 much be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.
  • If you don’t think you’ll be able to attend, please don’t enter. I’d like to make sure that people available to attend have a chance to win.

There is a good chance tickets will sell out today. If you’re not feeling lucky, tickets can still be purchased HERE.

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 Orange Gose, Crane Brewing Apricot Weiss, Thistly Cross Whiskey Cask Cider, and Stone Pataskala Red X IPA. 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: Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin IPA, Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado Imperial IPA, Alpine Duet IPA, Stone Pataskala Red X IPA, and Lindemans Kriek Cuvee Rene. $12 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 Avery Tweak and Uinta Ready Set Gose. 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

Black and BLues Poster-page-001If running a business and keeping it thriving wasn’t difficult enough, finding your own unique spin for an anniversary party is its own monster. Everyone wants to hoe our own road and not step on the toes of their fellow brewers. So I applaud Old Bakery Beer Company for not only celebrating their first year in business, but also coming up with a cool idea to boot.

This Sunday, March 13th, OBB is putting on a Black & Blues Beer Festival. Starting at 1PM, you’ll be able to enjoy black beer samples from over twenty local breweries along with some delicious BBQ and a DJ playing “old-school blues and soul”.

A ticket is $30 (or $35 day of) and will get you a commemorative glass and tastings from the following breweries:

  • 2nd Shift
  • 4 Hands
  • 4204 Main Street
  • Alpha
  • Augusta
  • Charleville
  • Civil Life
  • Earthbound
  • Excel
  • Exit 6
  • Griesedieck
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Main and Mill
  • Peel
  • Perennial
  • Public House
  • Recess
  • Schlafly
  • Six Mile Bridge
  • Square One
  • St. Nicholas
  • Stubborn German
  • Templar
  • Urban Chestnut

This will also be your first opportunity to try Old Bakery’s new creation, their Double Stout along with their 1st Anniversary Barleywine. They describe it as “an American-style Barleywine partially aged in bourbon barrels, and partially aged on cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and oak.”

The event runs from 1PM-5PM and your tickets can be purchased here. Don’t miss out from some great beer from one of my favorite new breweries!