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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: Uinta Hop Nosh Tangerine IPA, Saugatuck Backyard IPA, Saugatuck Starburst Wheat, 2nd Shift Green Bird Gose and their classic beer of the week is Pacifico Clara. 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: Westbrook / Evil Twin Mini Growler, Avery Maharaja, Evil Twin Liquid Double Fudge, Uinta Cucumber Farmhouse, and Schlafly Walking Tree. $13 gets you five 5oz pours of these beers. CBC will also be hosting the launch of Logboat on Saturday with Imperial March and Bennie on draft.

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 Old Bakery Citrus Wheat and Old Bakery Porter. 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.

canjamI’m sure if you did a very intensive search of STL Hops, you’d find many, many posts detailing my love of canned beer. So, I won’t bore you again with all of the reasons canned beer is awesome, instead I’m hoping you find out for yourself.

This Saturday, April 30th from 1pm-6pm, Global Brew in Rock Hill is throwing their inaugural Can Jam celebration. Global GM Cyle Lunsfordhodson wanted to put on a festival to not only serve up some tasty beer, but also, in Cyle’s words, “to shine a spotlight to show that great craft beer comes in cans as well.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Some of the participating breweries include, Oskar Blues, Ballast Point, Odell, Logboat, and of course local canned favorite, 4 Hands.

This party will also serve a dual purpose providing Rock Hill with a fun block party for the area featuring some tasty food from some area vendors including Katie’s Pizza & Pasta, The Slider House, and Lucky’s Market.

And if this wasn’t fun enough, Cyle will open a really big can (aka keg) of Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout at 3pm.  There will be live music along with some fun lawn games as well.

So head out to Rock Hill and enjoy the weather and canned beer this Saturday.

15_perennialIt’s almost May and I’m already tired of this election season. But what if you wanted to vote on something that really matters?

Well, Perennial Artisan Ales has an issue we all can get behind, picking the new flavor of their Berliner Weisse. Beginning at 4PM tonight, Perennial will have on eight different fruited versions of their delicious base Berliner Weiss and they need you to vote on them!

Each of these versions was submitted by the entire Perennial crew and includes:

  • Cascara & Pear
  • Balaton & Montmorency Cherry
  • Grapefruit & Mandarin
  • Mirabelle Plum, Mango & Grapefruit Zest
  • Tart Cherries & Cinnamon
  • Grapefruit & Basil
  • Cranberry & Orange
  • Pomegranate & Lime

You’ll have the ability to enjoy up to two samples of 5oz sample of each beer at a time and then you’ll vote on your favorite.  All the beers are limited and your vote will matter. The winner of this contest will have the beer scaled up and distributed to all of Perennial’s markets.

Feel the Berl; do your civic duty and head out to Perennial tonight and vote for this very important matter.

microfestWhoops, forgot to give away some tickets.  Do you know what my favorite part of this particular contest is (other than giving away tickets to an awesome event)? It’s seeing how few people can pay attention to directions.

Without further ado, the winners to the 2016 Microfest are:

VIP Tickets (Good for any single session) – Sarah Miller
Friday Night Tickets – Matthew Lang
Saturday Afternoon Tickets – Mike Casseday
Saturday Evening Tickets – Matt Neilsen

Thanks to Lift for Life for putting on this event and giving us the tickets! Tickets are still available and it’s looking like a great weekend. Don’t miss out on the fun.

microfestNext weekend brings us the 21st annual St. Louis Microfest. But let me guess, you haven’t bought your tickets yet, have you? Well fear not, because thanks to organizers from Lift for Life, I’m giving away two free passes for each session of this fantastic event along with one set of VIP tickets! I will be randomly giving away these tickets, so be certain to CAREFULLY follow the instructions below.

Send an email to contest@stlhops.com with the subject of 2016 Microfest – (Preferred Session), example: 2016 Microfest – Saturday Afternoon.  I’ll randomly pick four winners on Thursday, April 28th 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.
  • If you can’t attend, please don’t enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

Also be certain to check out the list of brewers that will be pouring beer this weekend.  Thanks to Lift for Life for putting on this event and giving us the 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: Weihenstephaner 1516 Special Release, New Belgium Hof ten Dormaal, Lucifer Belgian Ale, Logboat Mamoot Mild, and Logboat Shiphead Ginger Wheat. 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 Love Child #7, Lagunitas Waldos’ Special Ale, Old Bakery Porter, Bell’s Oatsmobile, and Logboat Imperial March. $13 gets you five 5oz pours of these beers. CBC will also be hosting the launch of Logboat on Saturday with Imperial March and Bennie on draft.

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 Ballast Point Mango Even Keel and Public House Thorn & Heat. 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.

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You ever have one of those months?  Seriously, this has been one of the weirdest and most stressful months I’ve had in a while.  I apologize for the delay of getting this information out to you all. It takes a bit of time to get the books in order and checks cut so I wanted to do that before I put this post up.

I want to begin by saying that I want to thank you all for making this the best STL Hops Anniversary Party yet.  None of this could be done without all of you and I can’t thank you enough for your generosity and support over the years.

This was our biggest turnout, our biggest amount of beers, and our biggest amount of money earned for Stray Rescue and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. Before I reveal the total, I have to thank some people individually.

First thanks needs to go to Dave Bailey and his team at Baileys’ Restaurants for not only devoting their space, but also a lot of time and patience for letting us put on this event at their new event space Willow. These events just don’t drop in and work, there are a lot of logistics at play and Dave Bailey and his team went above and beyond to help us set everything up. A million thank yous to everyone from the Baileys’ Restaurants who helped put this event on.

A next thank you goes out to Eric, Carl, my wife Irene, my parents, my sister-in-law, my brother, and all of the volunteers that helped make this event happen. Like I mentioned, there is a lot of work in coordinating everything and this could not have been done without the countless number of man-hours devoted to picking up beer, picking up auction items, coordinating logistics, setting up, and cleaning up.  This was our smoothest event yet and a lot of thanks goes to my friends and family for volunteering their time to making this event happen.

A very special shout out to all of the distributors for their help in coordinating and donating to this event. As a former member of this tier of the beer industry I know that we can definitely endure our share of scorn, but this event would not have happened without their help. There is no way we would have any of the jockey boxes, beer, or swag for this event if they didn’t step up and help out. Thank you to Lohr, Major Brands, Summit, and Shelton Brothers.

This is a beer festival after all, so we have to thank all of these breweries, distributors, and retailers for donating beer:

4 Hands
Goose Island
Bell’s
New Belgium
Urban Chestnut
Founders
Oskar Blues
Perennial
International Tap House
Deschutes
O’Fallon
2nd Shift
Boulevard
Summit
Ballast Point
Beachwood Brewing
Odell Brewing
Old Bakery Brewery
Earthbound Beer
Narrow Gauge
Excel Brewing
Shelton Brothers
Side Project
Sierra Nevada
Off Color
Sun King
Penrose
Half Acre
Schlafly
Civil Life
Treehouse Brewing

We also couldn’t have raised as much money as we did without the generous donations from all of the following people:

Cugino’s
Wine and Cheese Place
Bailey’s Restaurants
Lohr
Cicero’s
Juniper
Vin de Set
21st Street Brewers Bar
Mission Taco
Milagro
Peacemaker
Sidney Street Cafe
Craft Beer Cellar
Sun King
Nick’s Pub
SoHa
O’Fallon Brewery
Perennial Artisan Ales
Fortune Teller Bar
Bottle Cellars/Cellar House
BTR Woodworks
Southern
Karen King
Cory King
Llywelyn’s
OSP Tap Haus
Global Brew Tap House
St. Louis Brewers Guild
EdgeWild Bistro
4 Hands
Beachwood Brewing
The Royale
2nd Shift
Dressel’s
Old Bakery Brewery
Quincy St. Bistro
Hair of the Dog
Sierra Nevada
Eric Hildebrandt
Teresa Sweeney
Urban Chestnut
Strange Donuts
International Tap House

God, I hope I didn’t forget anyone. And if I did, please notify me immediately so I can get you on the list. I honestly can’t say thank you enough to everyone. It really means a lot to me to see what we can generate for two great charities when we all work together.

And because I’ve made you wait long enough, here’s what we raised:

$10,000 for Stray Rescue and $5107.30 for St. Louis Bulldog Rescue.

This well exceeded my expectations and I can’t thank all of you enough.  Just a wonderful amount of money that will go and help many, many animals.  Thank you all again and we’ll see you all (probably later) this year again for this event!