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You’ve now had a few days to fully recover from the spectacle that was St. Louis Craft Beer Week. Here’s the thing though in case you haven’t been paying attention. Kick ass events never stop around here, and our friends at Handlebar have one for you this week.

Wednesday, August 6th starting at 4PM, Handlebar presents “MadHander-The Firkin Off.” Representatives from New Holland Brewing and Left Hand Brewing will have a battle to the finish featuring firkins of limited release beers. The first firkin to sell out will be declared the winner and the losing beer rep will be “punished” by the winning rep that night in the bar.

In one corner, New Holland Brewing National Beer Director Clay “Dirt” Cooper will be tapping a firkin of Golden Flash, their pub only Traditional English Pale. Across the ring, Left Hand Brewing’s Missouri representative Ryan Call will tap Peppermint Patty.

What’s Peppermint Patty you ask? How about their Milk Stout with mint. The game is to see who can kick their firkin first. The first 40 people get to keep the glass from the brewery of their choice. There can only be one winner in a firkin off.

And the loser will pay. Who wins, who loses, and what will the punishment be? There are rumors of head shaving, dresses, and all sorts of good stuff. I’d recommend you stop on into Handlebar and check it out. It’s sure to be a great time.

sf-brewing-coRecently you may have noticed a few new cans on the shelves at your favorite beer store or bar. Santa Fe Brewing Company is New Mexico’s oldest brewery and has started distributing around the St. Louis metro. We’ll initially see Pale Ale on draught and cans of Irish Red, Java Stout, Happy Camper, and Saison 88 in cans.

To celebrate their entry into the market, Missouri Beverage is throwing a party this Thursday, February 27th from 6-9PM at Plush. Head Brewer Brian Lock will be on hand to talk about the brewery and introduce the brand. The new Missouri Beverage Craft Beer Team will be on hand as well. Enjoy complimentary beer samples and housemade snacks.

You can RSVP for this event you can email Jill Sites at

Afterwards, for a $7 cover, enjoy music from local bands Unanimous, The Peacelords, and The Deems.



PrintMy 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 launching in Chicago, big things are in store for the LaSalle Park brewery both here and elsewhere.

This Friday, January 24th starting at 3PM 4 Hands will be celebrating their 2nd Anniversary at the brewery. The tasting room will open normally at noon, but the allocated offerings and Beyond the Bricks will go on sale starting at 3PM.

Friday’s festivities will see the official release of Beyond the Bricks, their 2nd anniversary beer. Inspired by the yellow brick road, Beyond the Bricks is a Belgian Strong Golden Ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with Apricots. They will release both draft and bottles starting at 3PM. There will be a 6 bottle maximum.

Rotating Draft List:

  • Beyond the Bricks – (we hope to have enough to serve on draft all night)
  • Bona Fide
  • Barrel Aged Bona Fide
  • Madagascar – BA Imperial Milk Stout with vanilla beans
  • Cuvee Ange
  • 1220 – The 1st in our 1220 series, Saison aged in zinfandel barrels with pears
  • Eclipse – BA Imperial Milk Stout with Raspberries
  • No Place Like Home
  • Volume #1
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout

We’re told they will also have a nitro cold toddy from Goshen Coffee on draft! Think of it as coffee that pours like a nitro stout.

With this fantastic lineup and the Beyond the Bricks bottle release this is surely to be a great celebration. Head on down and congratulate Kevin, Will, Martin, Salas, and the rest of the crew at 4 Hands.

4hands_HotAndHeavyEvent_11x17_WIPTo kick off this year’s Annual Delmar Loop Ice Carnival, 4 Hands Brewing Company will be doing a very special tap takeover at the Moonrise Hotel this Friday, January 17th beginning at 5PM. Hot and Heavy Night will take place upstairs in the New Moon Room. An attendance raffle will be held for all who come.

The event will feature an amazing lineup:

  • 2012 Bona Fide Imperial Stout
  • 2013 Bona Fide Imperial Stout
  • Volume 1
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Beyond The Bricks (This will be the first appearance of their 2nd Anniversary beer)
  • Eclipse Exclusive – Barrel Aged Raspberry Milk Stout (Aged in Four Roses barrels)

I can’t think of a better way to start what is going to be a fantastic weekend in St. Louis beer than to head out and try some of these fantastic brews!

PrintIf you check Twitter and other social media sites, one of the most asked questions of 4 Hands Brewery is when Cuvee Ange is coming back. Well I’m here to tell you that the time is almost upon us.

On Monday December 9th at 3PM, 4 Hands will release the 2013 version of this beautiful funky beer. Cuvee Ange is a barrel aged farmhouse ale with raspberries and blackberries. The 2013 version spent 10 months in French Oak barrels to enhance its complexity. This year the brewery changed up the packaging a bit, offering it up in stunning 750ml wax dipped bottles with a unique wood label.

The bottle limit for this release at the brewery will be 6 bottles and they’ll go for $14.99 each. For $6 you’ll also be able to grab a 12oz pour in the tasting room while you grab your bottles. So head on over to 4 Hands on Monday afternoon and grab this much anticipated release.

stlflagIt seems like only yesterday that I got a message on Twitter that there were was a group of documentary film makers rolling into town to capture some of what it is that makes the St. Louis beer scene special. Hard to believe it was actually January 2012 that I got a chance to hook up with and share a few beers with the Crafting a Nation crew as they visited some of our town’s breweries and beer bars to include in their film.

A year and a half and a lot of hard work later, the movie is complete and ready to be enjoyed with a beer in hand. On Thursday, July 18th MX Movies will host the St. Louis premiere of Crafting a Nation. Doors will open at 6:30 and showtime is at 7:30. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

After the film there will be a short Q & A session with director Thomas Kolicko and a special guest. There will also be an after party next door at Pi MX starting at 9:15 that will include a welcome pizza tasting buffet and Happy Hour pricing on all local craft beers.

Filmed by Free Mind Productions, from Denver, CO, Crafting a Nation covers economic recovery and the American Dream via the booming craft beer industry. The film visits craft breweries in 15 locations including St Louis, along with following a new Colorado brewery from idea to grand opening. The movie shows these breweries as they finish construction, launch their brands, and open to the public, and focuses on the struggles and triumphs of small business owners.

Crafting A Nation tells stories of local economies, where a brewery serves as a catalyst to a chain reaction which occurs from breweries revitalizing a section of a city and providing jobs, and the resulting domino effect that follows with other small businesses that work together to succeed as a result of the brewery.

Along with following Black Shirt Brewing Company on their journey to open in Colorado, the film intertwines plenty of footage and interviews with St. Louis brewery folk. 4 Hands, Urban Chestnut, Schlafly, The Civil Life, and Perennial are all featured and tell their story about coming to be in the town that only a few years ago was dominated by a behemoth.

While I don’t want to give too much of the film away, I especially enjoyed a long scene in which many of our town’s brewers sat at a round table in the cellar of The Tap Room and discussed what it meant to be a part of what was happening in the local beer scene. Another great part about the film is that it is not preachy. They aren’t trying to tell us what to think or what to drink.

Come out, grab a pint at your seat, and see what craft beer is doing for our city and our country. Who knows you may even have a cameo in the film.

Last year our friends at The Civil Life brought us a great beer and food event that was fun for all. Well it’s back and it’s going to be even better than last year’s. On Sunday May 19th The Civil Life presents Pigs & Pints Part Deux.

What’s New: Bigger Tent. They super-sized from a 30 by 90 to a 40 by 100. There will be two bands. First up is Bottoms up Blues Gang at 12 noon, followed by Folk’n BluesGrass at 2 PM.

New beers from the Civil Life:

Premium Bitter – 5.6% and fermented with our usual “Bitter” yeast, we dropped in a little more specialty malt and quite a few more hops – Challenger and First Gold – and dry hopped with EKG. Despite being more hop forward, the malt is still right there with the work load being shared between Maris Otter and Pearl. Taps at Noon

Carlbock returns at 1PM!!!

English IPA– 5.8?% We reached to our ESB for yeast and put it against Thomas Fawcett and Simpsons Golden Promise and a touch of Pale Crystal. Bittered with UK Pilgrim. Taps at 2PM

Prairie Pils-5.1% Brewed for Bailey’s Range. For this beer they racked off yeast from the Carlbock and threw it into a Moravian Pils Wort. Hopped with Tettnanger and that’s it.

This family friendly all-inclusive event will include a pig roast featuring pigs sourced by Mac’s Local Buys. These pigs come from Kluesner’s Farm in Marthasville. They’ll be prepared by the good folks from The Block Restaurant in Webster Groves, Mike Emerson from Pappy’s and Skip Steele from Bogart’s. There will even be fresh bread from Companion. Afterwards, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with ice cream from Bailey’s Range. Food will be served from 1PM-3PM.

They luckily didn’t have to turn people away last year but this year they are limiting tickets and it will sell out. Please arrange today to purchase your tickets. AVAILABLE AT THE BREWERY! CASH ONLY. $45.00 adults. Kids 5 to 12 $7.00. Under 5 Free! Under 5 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Actually anyone coming should be a responsible adult.

This is an all day event. Organize a group of friends and get a table. Show us another beer event for $45 (tax included) that goes on for 6 1/2 hours, is all inclusive, has three new beer releases, is ordering over a pound of pig per person, plus sides plus ice cream, is being held on Sunday, May 19th at 3714 Holt and and Jake give you your ticket for free!