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homebrew-cfield5Way back when I used to be a homebrewer. It was exciting to know how beer was made and even more exciting when something I crafted also turned out to be delicious.

I always dreamed of having one of my recipes made by a commercial brewery. It’s fun to give your beer to friends to try out and enjoy, but it’s a whole different ballgame to see your beers on tap at your favorite bar. I’m pretty sure this is a dream shared among most homebrewers

Well, the folks at the International Tap House and 4 Hands Brewing have teamed up to give one lucky homebrewer that dream. Next Saturday, April 30th, iTAP Chesterfield hosts its 4th annual Homebrew Competition.

There is still time to enter beers into the competition. Here is the link to the PDF which provides all of the rules and ingredient guidelines for the competition.

The competition begins at 3PM, but the fun doesn’t exclude those of you who aren’t homebrewers. For $5 you can come by iTAP to enjoy samples from all of the entries and vote for a “People’s Choice” winner.  You’ll also have your first chance to try the debut of the 3rd annual winning homebrew, a Pineapple IPA from Kevin Hampton.

If you happen to also like BBQ, PM BBQ will be featuring some tasty eats. BBQ and homebrew? There are few better ways to spend a Sunday afternoon.

shmaltz-dresselsBeing a goy, I’ve never really paid attention to when the Jewish holiday of Passover occurs. I just assumed that Passover happened right around Easter because historically Jesus and his disciples had the Last Supper as part of a Passover seder. So I always just assumed they would follow each other.

But apparently, Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox (which is based on a solar calendar). Whereas Passover takes place on the first full moon of Nisan, which is based on the Jewish calendar (which happens to be a lunar calendar).

Because solar and lunar calendars don’t match up, this is why Easter and Passover don’t continue to line up. Why did I tell this all to you?  Well, it’s to let you know that Passover begins tomorrow evening.

To celebrate one of the holiest of holidays, Shmaltz Brewing and Dressel’s Pub are putting on a very special tap takeover this Sunday, April 24th from 10AM-10PM. The event, which they’re dubbing the Passover Hang Over Take Over, will feature a bevy of delicious Shmaltz beers including:

  • Bock Bock
  • Chanukah in Kentucky
  • Funky Jewbelation
  • Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA
  • Slingshot American Craft Lager

So, you got a bit of a history lesson and also a plan to drink some cool beers this weekend.  Sounds like a win-win.