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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:

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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!

Cheers,
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!

robsyersShopping for a beer nerd can be difficult. Sure, you could do the usual stuff like glassware or a beer of the month club, but why not give something a bit different?

The beer nerd in your life may know that Gumballhead is a delicious beer by 3 Floyds, but they may not know that Gumballhead the Cat was originally a comic strip drawn by local artist Rob Syers for the Chicago Reader.

Well, Rob is putting on a Gumballhead Art Show this weekend at Urban Chestnut in the Grove. On November 26th and 27th Rob will be on head selling paintings, prints, figures, t-shirts and stuff.

Head out and support a local artist and get something different for that beer nerd in your life.

 

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Anniversaries are special times. They not only allow us to look back at everything we’ve accomplished but also provide an opportunity to look forward at what’s to come.

There is no doubt that New Belgium Brewing has done more for craft beer than few other breweries. For how many people was Fat Tire their first taste of craft beer?  For how many of us was La Folie your first chance to try a sour beer?

After 25 years I’d dare to guess that all of us have enjoyed a New Belgium beer at least once and there are few breweries that get to have that honor. To celebrate 25 awesome years NBB has teamed up with the International Tap House in the Central West End to throw a birthday party.

This Saturday, November 5th iTAP CWE is putting on a killer party featuring some heavy hitters from New Belgium. Starting at 3pm you’ll have a chance to enjoy draft beers including Love Blackberry Oscar, Love Apple Felix, Flowering Citrus Ale, La Folie, Abbey Ale and more!

You’ll also have a chance to win New Belgium prizes all afternoon with a special grand prize being given away at 6pm.  There is also a special 25th anniversary glass available while supplies last.

Head down and toast New Belgium for 25 awesome years.

 

image1In case you missed it, Charleville Brewing Co. announced a new location located in downtown St. Louis at 2101 Chouteau Ave.

This new location will serve as a second location for Charleville, allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy Charleville beers without having to travel to Ste. Genevieve. To preview this new location, Charleville and their new partners the Hamilton Hospitality Group are throwing a little party to show off the space.

This Thursday, October 20th from 5-8pm Charleville will be hosting Boar and Brew. Charleville will be selling four different barrel-aged beers by the bottle:

Flanders Red – aged in oak barrels with cherries
Kick in the Cranberries – aged in white wine barrels with Cranberries
BA Barleywine – aged in bourbon barrels **VERY LIMITED Quantites**
BA Box of Chocolate – aged in bourbon barrels **VERY LIMITED Quantities**

They will also be serving a pig roast dinner with two sides for $11.99 per person. You will also have the opportunity to look over the new space and the blueprints as well.

Congrats to our friends at Charleville for this very exciting announcement!

mce_beer4waterfinal-20160921-131809125It takes a lot of water to make beer. Way more water than you’d ever imagine. We’re very lucky in Missouri that we have an organization devoted to making sure our water stays clean. The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is throwing a fundraising beer festival this Sunday, from 2pm-5pm called Beer 4 Water.

Thanks to the MCE, I have two tickets to give away for this event.

We’ll make this an easy contest, just email contest@stlhops.com with Beer4Water as the subject. I’ll pick two winners on Friday, October 7th 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.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

If you don’t win this one, don’t worry I will be holding more contests like this in the future, so you’ll have another chance then. Good luck! Tickets for this event are still available as well!

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 Stone Brewing to put on a killer dinner next Wednesday, September 14th.

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

Duck & Bison Albondigas
Duck and bison meat balls with crispy pancetta, veal demi glace, and goat cheese fritters
Paired with Stone IPA, Stone Delicious IPA, RuinTen

Mushroom Stuffed Summer Squash
Roasted summer squash stuffed with garlic-rosemary sautéed mushrooms and lemon wilted arugula, finished with sage oil and pepita puree
Paired with Saison du Buff & Woot Stout

Snapper en Papillote
American red snapper over kaffir lime basmati rice pilaf with rainbow carrots and red bell peppers topped with orange-harissa butter
Paired with Who You Callin’ Wussie & Citricado

Roasted Strip Loin
Salt & black pepper crusted strip loin, red potato latkes, broccolini, and sweet corn-scallion hollandaise
Paired with Arrogant Bastard & Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard

Caramel Toffee Cheese Cake
Rich Tahitian vanilla bean cheese cake topped with toffee caramel over oatmeal-graham crust
Paired with Mocha IPA & Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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.