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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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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!

quincy-streetIt’s difficult to believe, but Quincy Street Bistro‘s will be putting on their sixth (?!) Kegs and Eggs event this Saturday, March 5th at beginning at 9AM.  For those of you who love beer and breakfast, this event is not to be missed.

Not only will you be enjoying some of the best beers in the area, but you’ll also enjoy a delicious menu of breakfast items (the greatest of all food items.) Here’s a look at the menu:

MacDowell’s MacGriddle–French toast bread pudding, sausage patty, scrambled eggs, maple smoked cheddar, and house tots
Fancy Frito Pie–House fritos, pork chili verde, soft poached eggs, black bean, queso fresco
Scrapple Stack with hashbrowns, pancake bread, blueberries, whipped maple syrup
Salmon Bagel Thing–House cured and smoked salmon, grated egg whites, cooked yolk, red onion, tomato, capers, dill cream cheese
St. Paul Slinger–Country ham egg foo yung, egg foo yung gravy, sweet chili sauce, choice of toast, served on top of house tots

Sides– Sausage, Tots, Toast (white/wheat), BACON!, and Sunny eggs

And, hot off the presses, here’s the beer list as it stands today:

  • Perennial – Sump
  • Goose Island – 2015 Bourbon County Stout
  • Civil Life – Big Year American Brown Ale
  • 2nd Shift – Chaotic Insecure Delusions
  • 4 Hands – Boysenberry Saison
  • Modern Brewery – Citrapolis IPA
  • Urban Chestnut – H.M.S. English IPA
  • Tallgrass – Sweet Tooth

This event runs from 9am-12PM and are no reservations, you just show up. My recommendation is to get there at 9AM, because the place fills up quick. And it should, this event is always great.

cellarbration IISome of us nerdy people like to hold on to beers. We keep them all nice and cozy in our little cellars waiting for that perfect opportunity to crack them open.

But sometimes the perfect opportunity is to just head to your cellar and pop something open for your own enjoyment. Well, Llywelyn’s Pub agrees with that idea and wants to throw a little party to pop open some bottles from their cellar.

That Saturday, March 5th, starting at 9:30AM, Llywelyn’s in Webster is throwing a Cellarbration. They’re going to be busting out some cool bottles from their cellar for you to purchase and enjoy. (And if you haven’t had a chance to try their new brunch, you should, it’s pretty delicious.)

Bottles will include Goose Island BCS variants, Firestone Walker variants, some of the Goose Sour Sisters, and some other rare goodies.  The 4 Hands Apple Brandy Woodsman will be on draft along with the Perennial Jameson Whiskey collab.

So, no need to bust into your cellar when Llywelyn’s will do it for you.