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The Cellar House in Oakville is a hidden treasure for those of you looking for craft beer in South County. And if great beer wasn’t enough, they have done some amazing beer dinners as well.

Next Wednesday, January 25th, Cellar House is putting on a beer dinner featuring Perennial Artisan Ales. This five course meal begins at 7PM and will cost $65 per person. Besides the beers paired during the courses, they will also have Abraxas on tap.

Here’s a look at the menu:


You can make reservations by calling 314-846-5100.

Way back in 2010 a small group of us met in the basement of the now shuttered Mattingly Brewing Company for an event our friend Drew Huerter dubbed Big Black Beer Bash. Before the scene took off and well before bottle shares were commonplace, Big Black Beer Bash was an event to share some of the biggest blackest beers from our “cellars.” In 2011, with Mattingly Brewing having closed and Drew moving on, we moved the event to the patio of iTap Soulard on a Sunday afternoon.

The event swelled to a much larger group of like-minded beer folks sharing beers. Part of that crew that day was this guy named Cory King. At the time he was working behind the bar at iTap and none of us really realized what was to come. For a couple of years the event was moved to Perennial Artisan Ales to handle the influx of the growing scene. Fast forward to Cory and Karen starting Side Project. Cory approached us about having a smaller version of BBBB at the new Side Project Cellar in early 2015. It was one hell of a party, but the constraints of The Cellar’s size didn’t allow us to host as many folks as before.

After a year off, we’re happy to announce that we are ready to bring back Big Black Beer Bash. Cory and Karen have graciously offered up the new brewery space for the event. I’ll let Cory tell you more:

What: The Big Black Beer Bash 2017. The BBBB was started by our friend Drew Huerter, formerly of Mattingly’s and then of Schlafly, where a small group gathered in the basement of Mattingly’s to sip on bottles of big stouts, porters and barleywines during the coldest parts of the winter. After a short hiatus, we would love to bring the tradition back of opening those dusty, huge beers, that are ripe for sharing.

Where: Side Project Brewing – 7458 Manchester Road Maplewood MO 63143

When: Friday, February 10th from 4pm to 8pm

Who: Anyone who wants to attend that can bring a big beer to share! (no cost to come, but you MUST bring at least 1 bomber or 750mL to share)

Why: Because these are the best bottles for bottle shares ;).

The brewery will not be open, we will just be using the facility for the bottle share and the restrooms. No glassware will be provided. Please bring everything you would need, as if this bottle share was outside in some remote location. You can bring your own food. Just please respect our place, clean up after yourself and see you in February!

Cory King

If you have attended this event in the past you know it’s a great time. If you haven’t, we invite you to what we believe is one of the better bottle shares you’ll attend. So here’s to Drew Huerter and here’s to sharing some Big Black Beers. See you there!

narrowgaugeIt’s been a long time coming, but the boys at Cugino’s in Florissant are ready to officially launch Narrow Gauge Brewing Company this Thursday, June 16th. If you’ve been paying attention, there has been a lot of buzz developing about Head Brewer Jeff Hardesty’s beers. At the STL Hops Anniversary Party in March, Narrow Gauge nearly stole the show with their SHB (Single-Hopped Beer) Galaxy IPA and Zavtrak Imperial Stout. A few festivals later and more and more people having been asking when they’d be able to get more. Well the time is here!

The name Narrow Gauge is a tribute to the three owners’ hometown. In October 1878, the St. Louis and Suburban Railway, one of several independent rail car lines in the area at the time, started narrow gauge steam railway service from Midtown to Florissant and dubbed it West End Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Cugino’s tapped two beers earlier this month. Mordecai, a juicy American Pale Ale, and Old Town Porter, a smooth Porter with just the right amount of roast. Thursday they will also have full batches of Fallen Flag American IPA and SHB: Galaxy. You can also expect small, pilot batches of Copra (a Porter brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and coconut), Pineapple Mordecai and a few other SHB variants. And they’ll be filling 32oz growlers.

So get up to Narrow Gauge tomorrow night and kick these guys off right!

IMG_0388Cugino’s Italian Bar and Grill is an oasis of craft beer for those folks living and visiting north county. Pair the passion that the folks at Cugino’s have for craft beer with our friends from 2nd Shift Brewing and you’ve got yourself a party. This Thursday July 9th starting at 5:00 pm, Cugino’s will feature 11 taps from New Haven’s finest. Whether you’re looking for the hops of Brew Cocky and Art of Neurosis, or that big black LSD, this list has it all. They’ll even have three different batches of Mullineax. Check out the full lineup:

  • LSD
  • Submission
  • Art of Neurosis
  • Brew Cocky
  • El Gato Grande
  • Technical Ecstasy
  • Katy
  • Hibiscus Wit
  • Mullineaux 3
  • Mullineaux 4
  • Mullineaux 5

So head out to Cugino’s Thursday night. It’s sure be a great time!

MBSTL_113267_FoundersCrewDrive_IntlTapHouse (1)This coming Monday February 16, the Soulard location of the International Tap House is hosting the crew from Founders Brewing Company. There will be 20 members from the Founders sales staff from the lower 48 states in town for this party and you’ll be able to enjoy a selection of drafts including:

  • Red’s Rye
  • Porter
  • All Day IPA
  • Breakfast Stout
  • Nitro Oatmeal Stout

But here’s what makes this a truly unique event. All of the members of the Founders’ team will be bringing a bottle from their personal cellar to open that night with the crowd. You never know what they’ll have up their sleeves. You are also invited to bring a bottle if you’d like to share with the crowd.

This party starts at 8PM and goes “until the beer runs out.” So head over to Soulard Monday night for this great opportunity. See you there!

3rdAnniversaryMy how time flies. It seems like just yesterday that our friends at 4 Hands Brewing Company opened their doors for a “soft opening” that saw people lined up outside the building and down the sidewalk. It was a sight to see. Fast forward to now and the momentum behind 4 Hands is not stopping. Recently kicking off their core beers in cans, big things are in store for the LaSalle Park brewery both here and elsewhere.

This Friday, January 16th starting at noon, 4 Hands will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary at the brewery. The tasting room will open normally at noon, and a lot of really cool beers will be on tap.

Friday’s festivities will see the official release of The Woodsman, their 3rd anniversary beer. Inspired by the Frank Baum’s The Tin Woodman of Oz, The Woodsman is a blended Imperial Stout. This beer is 50% Imperial Milk Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels and 50% Imperial Oatmeal Stout fermented in stainless steel. They will release both draft and bottles starting at noon. There will be a 3 bottle limit.

Rotating Draft List:

  • The Woodsman – (we hope to have enough to serve on draft all night)
  • Volume #1
  • Volume #2
  • Ill Repute
  • Blackberry Chocolate Milk Stout (Last keg at the brewery)
  • Beyond the Bricks
  • Barrel Aged Late Harvest (Saison with Wild Honey, Persimmons, and Ginger, aged in Big O ginger Liqueur Barrels)
  • Madagascar
  • Downfall (Formerly Eclipse – Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout with Raspberries)

We’re also told that besides their normal setup, The 5th Wheel will be selling burgers on the sidewalk.

With this fantastic lineup and The Woodsman bottle release this is surely to be a great celebration. Head on down and congratulate the crew at 4 Hands.

IMG_3377.JPGBeginning in November, Oskar Blues Brewery out of Longmont, CO will be available in Missouri. Just announced in a press release, Oskar Blues has chosen Major Brands to distribute their beers in the Show-Me State.

The launch events will take place the week of November 10th with kick-off events all around the state featuring the Oskar Blues and Major Brands teams. Here’s the press release:

Longmont, CO, and Brevard, NC–Oskar Blues Brewery, creator of the first American craft beer in a CAN, has partnered with Major Brands, Inc., of Missouri, to start distribution of the brewery’s full line-up of beers, in both CANS and on draft, in November.

“Major Brands is excited to be Oskar Blues’ choice in Missouri and we are ready to show Missouri what Oskar Blues is all about. Our companies’ shared passion for excellence and for giving back to our communities will ensure a successful partnership,” says Sue McCollum, Major Brands CEO.

The official Oskar Blues brew launch will take place during the week of November 10th with kick-off events and a market blitz featuring a full team of Oskar Blues and Major Brands folks.

“There were a lot of good options and great distributors that we talked with in the state but partnering with this third generation beverage distributor, led by Sue McCollum, was the right move for us,” says Oskar Blues Director of Business Management Chris Russell. “We are confident that we are positioned for a successful partnership with Major Brands, and we look forward to getting our beer into the hands of excited beer retailers and beer drinkers in the great state of Missouri very soon.”

Oskar Blues is bringing all of its award-winning beers to bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and bottle shops throughout the Show-Me state.

Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, and Old Chub CANS will be available in 12-ounce six-packs and a variety 12-pack called CANundrum. Dale’s and Mama’s will also be sold in 19.2 single-serve Imperial pints or stovepipe CANs.

Oskar Blues newest CAN, Old Chub Nitro, is available in 16.4-ounce over pint four-packs.

The Imperials, Deviant Dale’s IPA and G’Knight Red IPA, will be sold in 16-ounce four-packs.

Fall/Winter Seasonal, Ten FIDY, and Spring/Summer Seasonal, GUBNA, will also be available in 12-ounce four-packs of CANS.

The Missouri launch follows additional Oskar Blues distribution in Kansas, Nevada, Delaware, Minnesota, Idaho, southern Alabama, and central California in 2014, bringing the number of states that Oskar Blues distributes in to 36 total.

Look for more details on the Missouri launch and specifics of Oskar Blues kick-off events in the coming weeks.

More about Oskar Blues Year-Round Brews:

Dale’s Pale Ale: As Oskar Blues’ flagship beer, this American Pale Ale delivers balanced rich flavors of malts and hops (6.5% ABV, 65 IBUs). The award-winning beer was named the “Top U.S. Pale Ale” by The New York Times and is the number-one selling pale ale in Colorado.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils: This Bohemian Style Pilsner is a refreshing balance of Saaz hops and specialty German malts while providing a gentle flavor (5.3% ABV, 35 IBUs). Like summer in your mouth.

Old Chub Scotch Ale: Strong Scotch Ale, brewed with rich malts, specialty and smoked grains to deliver flavors of semi-sweet cocoa and coffee (8% ABV).

Old Chub NITRO: Old Chub, but on NITRO, which adds a creamy, velvety mouth-feel. And a little less ABV (6.8%). Watch the NEW OLD CHUB NITRO Video HERE. #oldchubnitrocan

G’Knight Imperial Red IPA: The dry-hopped double-red IPA embodies a strong aroma and malty hopped flavors while providing a rich finish (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs).

Deviant Dale’s IPA: American-style India Pale Ale, exemplifies aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins to deliver a full-flavor (8% ABV, 85 IBUs).