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Archive for May, 2016

Beer-Fest-2016The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will be holding their tenth annual Beerfest, on Saturday, May 21st. In celebration of the event, Paul Hayden has given us three pairs of tickets to giveaway to the sold out 12PM-1PM limited session.

Not only will you get to leisurely try a lot of great beer from all over the world, but you’ll also receive a commemorative 4 Hands/TWCP tasting glass. Send an email to with the subject of 2016 Beerfest, I’ll randomly pick three winners on Thursday, May 19th 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.

Be sure to check out the brewery list on the TWCP blog, this is a hell of a tasting and something you just don’t want to miss! Thanks to Paul for the tickets!

Last week I was wearing a sweater and now I’m sweating? I guess we can say that spring is official here.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is helping to celebrate spring and has brought back their  Maifest festival. Taking place this Saturday, May 14th at their Midtown location, this will certainly be a party that would make Bacchus blush.

Along with BBQ from UCBC’s Andy Fair and special guests, you will also be able to enjoy some of the fresh bock beer UCBC brewed especially for this celebration of spring.

The best part about this festival?  It’s free.  There are no ticket charges, just come out between 12PM-10PM on Saturday, May 14th and purchase beer and food to sample throughout the day.  There will be commemorative t-shirts and glassware available for purchase as well.

There is also an $18 festival package available that includes a commemorative glass, a food ticket, and three beer tickets and three tickets good for either food or beer. Individual beer and food tickets may be purchased for $6 apiece.

Saturday, May 14th will be a great opportunity to rock out with your bock out at UCBC.

BOCK BOCK BLOCK-page-001We know that barrel-aged beers are all of the rage, but almost every single one of those beers is an ale. Why don’t we see more barrel-aged lagers?

Shmaltz Brewing wondered the same thing and designed Bock Bock imperial bock with that in mind. To celebrate the release of Bock Bock, Shmaltz is going pour Bock Bock all the way down the block on Cherokee this Saturday, May 14th.

Starting at 1pm, Shmaltz Brewing’s Jeff Doerr will be making his way down Cherokee.  His first stop will be Byrd & Barrel from 1-3pm where they will have Bock Bock on tap and will be featuring a very special hot sauce made with the signature beer.  This hot sauce “consists of Anaheim, Poblano, and Serrano peppers, with some garlic, sugar, vinegar, Byrd signature seasoning, and 2 full bombers of the delectable Bock Bock BA Lager reduced for about a 1/2 hour and then buzzed together.”

Then Jeff moseys down to Saint Louis Hop Shop from 3-5pm where they’ll be selling draft pours of Bock Bock and sampling Byrd & Barrel nugz with the homemade hot sauce. Jeff then finishes up at Yaquis from 5-7pm where they’ve put together a Byrd & Barrel pizza using Yaquis signature blanca sauce along with B&B nugz and the Bock Bock hot sauce.

edgewild-logoIs it just me or does there seem like there are less beer dinners?  And I mean that in a good way.  I remember seeing a beer dinner pop up almost every other week.  It just didn’t seem sustainable.

Personally, I prefer seeing quality over quantity and that’s what Edgewild Bistro & Tap has done by teaming up with Founders Brewing Company to put on a killer dinner this Thursday, May 12th.

Beginning at 6PM you’ll get four courses paired with, wait for it, eight beers!  And not just any beers, these are cream of the crop:

Course 1 
Ahi Tuna 
seared and served with black raspberry-jalapeno glaze, curly endive, toasted macadamia nuts, and rosemary-cocnut oil vinaigrette
Beer Pairing: Rubaeus and Red’s Rye IPA 
Course 2
Duck Confit 
slow braised duck leg, squid ink spatzle, local spinach, and spiced roast peaches
Beer Pairing: Dirty Bastard and Old Curmudgeon 
Course 3
Morel Prime Ribeye 
grilled center cut ribeye filet, roasted garlic broccoli rabe, harissa smashed red potatoes, and morel-red wine sauce
Beer Pairing: KBS and Porter 
Course 4 
Tropical Terrine 
with rum soaked fruit, blood orange reduction and candied grapefruit
Beer Pairing: Mango Magnifico and Azacca

The price of the dinner is $55 per person or $100 per couple and a few reservations still remain. You can make reservations by calling (314) 548-2222.

elijahpsWhile there is a decent chance you’re not a winner of the Elijah P’s beer dinner featuring Destihl Brewery, you can still make reservations by calling (618) 433-8445.

But one lucky person will be attending this awesome looking beer dinner free of charge, and that person is Lindsay Duggan!  Congrats to Lindsay, and thank you all for entering.

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 Zach Pohlman and the crew from Elijah P’s for donating the two tickets to the beer dinner.

elijahpsTo celebrate American Craft Beer Week, Elijah P’s in Alton is teaming up with Destihl Brewery to put on a very special event. Beginning at 6:30PM on May 17th, Elijah P’s will be hosting a four-course beer dinner featuring six different Destihl beers. Here’s a look at the menu:

Passed appetizers and opening comments w/ Abbey’s Single
-Smoked salmon “Loli Pops” with dill red pepper creme cheese
-Crostini with olive tapinade, sweet fig reduction sauce, and shaved asiago
-Dates stuffed with bleu cheese and wrapped with bacon

1st Course w/ Weissenheimer
Icelandic cod filet poached in lemon scented olive oil, topped with coconut, parsley, and lemon gremolata with Peruvian purple potatoes

2nd Course w/ Flanders Red
Baby kale and butter lettuce tossed in a dark cherry vinaigrette with toasted faro, walnuts, ricotta cheese, and pickled sweet potatoes and topped with fried shoestring Vidalia onions

Palate Cleanser w/ Vertex IPA
Maple orange granita

Entree w/ Antiquity Rye Wine
Braised beef shank served over whole wheat black pepper pappardelle noodles finished with a ginger snap gravy, french beans, and smoked piquillo peppers

Dessert w/ Privyet
“S’mores Cone”- Belgian dark chocolate mousse, marshmallow cream, caramel, and smoked peanuts in a graham cracker waffle cone

The cost of this beer dinner is $75 plus tax and gratuity and you can make reservations by calling (618) 433-8445. But if you’re feeling lucky, Elijah P’s has graciously given STL Hops two tickets to give away for this event.

To enter this contest, send an email to with the subject of Destihl Beer Dinner, and I’ll randomly pick a winner on Thursday, May 5th 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.
  • If you already have an invite to the party, please don’t enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.