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Edwardsville Spring Beer Fest PosterUnlike the past few years, I don’t think any of us can argue we haven’t gotten a proper spring. It certainly feels like spring now and I love it. What better way to celebrate this fantastic season than by enjoying the weather and the beer outside.

This Saturday, April 23rd, Global Tap House in Edwardsville will be celebrating spring by hosting the Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival. Running from 11AM to 8PM, this festival will feature over 20 different craft breweries and a portion of the proceeds will be used for the City of Edwardsville: A Better Place to Play project.

Here’s a rundown of some of the breweries that will be participating:

  • Perennial Sump @ 3 pm.
  • UCBC Moon Monkey
  • UCBC Xaver Amber Weissbier
  • Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Gose
  • Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale
  • Half Acre Pony Pils
  • Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin
  • Ballast Point Mango Even Keel
  • Schlafly Double Bean Blond
  • Avery Lilikoi Kepolo
  • Oskar Blues Beerito
  • Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter

There will be live music throughout the day and some great food from restaurants like Cleveland-Heath, Annie’s Frozen Custard, and 1818 Chophouse. Don’t miss out on this wonderful east-side experience.

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.

2ndshiftlogoWill power is a difficult thing. It’s difficult to buy a beer to put in your cellar and then… wait. We all have good intentions when we try to put together a cellar, but, that’s delicious beer just sitting there, wanting to be opened!

No one is judging you. In fact, I’d argue you’re doing the right thing, beer is meant to be drank. But what if you want to try a vertical of beer, then that’s going to take some will power and space to hold onto beer.

That is unless you let Exit 6 do the heavy lifting for you. This Saturday, April 23rd Exit 6 in Cottleville will be hosting an event where they will be selling bottles of 2nd Shift Brewing Mullineaux 2-5 and also Grace 1-4.  (Oh and they’ll also have Grace 4 on draft as well.)

Each bottle will be sold to-go and each bottle will be specially numbered. Three lucky bottles will win someone a Brewer for a Day with owner Steve Crider.  Already have a cellar full of 2nd Shift? No worries, they’ll also be some raffle tickets available to purchase (with proceeds going to charity) for two additional winners.

Not only do you not have to put forth the time and effort to cellar beer, but you also have a chance to win a very exciting contest. Oh, I’m also hearing that Steve Crider will be on hand to sign bottles.  The event starts at 6PM, don’t miss out on this very fun event.

elijahpsLearning is good. Learning about beer is even better. While drinking beer is definitely fun, I find that I enjoy something on a deeper level when I know more about it.

With that in mind Certified Cicerone® Zachary Pohlman is restarting his famous monthly beer school at Elijah P’s in Alton. Each moth Zach will feature different styles, breweries, or brewing techniques to give you a better peek behind the curtain in the wonderful world of beer.

This month Zach and Elijah P’s will be welcoming Revolution Brewing and special guest owner/brewmaster Josh Deth. Josh and Zach will be discussing and tasting:

  • Anti-Hero (American IPA: Ratebeer 96)
  • Galaxy Hero (American IPA: Ratebeer 98)
  • Eugene Porter (Porter: Ratebeer 97)
  • Deth’s Tar (Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout: Ratebeer 99)

This very awesome beer school will be taking place on Wednesday, April 13th beginning at 6:30PM. So, head out to Elijah P’s to drink and learn.

Side Project Brewing by Cory King in St. Louis, Missouri.

Photo by Tim Bottchen

A little rain nor opening day is going to get in my way of giving away two passes to the Wine and Cheese Place/Side Project Brewing Noir du Fermier release party taking place tomorrow, April 12th.

I’m pleased to announce that the twp winners for the tickets to the Wine and Cheese Place/Side Project Release are Meg Giaminetti and Bill Watson!

Congrats to Meg and Bill and thanks everyone for entering this very popular contest. If you didn’t win, don’t be too upset, I’ll once again have some cool stuff to give away soon.

I once again want to thank Paul Hayden from The Wine and Cheese Place for donating the two tickets to the release. This is an invite only event, but I’m sure you’ll have more chances to get some of these special beers in the near future.

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: 4 Hands City Wide, 4 Hands War Hammer, 4 Hands Constellation Mosaic, and Founders KBS (sampling only none for sale). 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: Fantome / Grimm Belgian Beer, 4 Hands Warhammer, New Belgium / Hof ten Dorrmaal LOF, Excel 2 Frenchmen Biere de Garde, and Avery Uncle Jacobs Stout. $14 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.