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mbsl_127226_threekings_firestonetaptakeover_11x17_r2I know I’ve told this story before, but why not tell it again:

I don’t typically fanboy out when meeting brewers because, they’re just that– brewers. They’re super cool people (for the most part) but they’re still dudes that brew beer.

Except this one time.

Way back in 2010 I got a chance to visit the Craft Brewers Conference in Chicago. I had a chance to visit this party put on by Lauren Salazar from New Belgium and that’s when my fanboy experience happened. Lauren introduced me to Matt Brynildson, brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

At the time I was obsessed with Union Jack (and frankly, I still am, that beer is off the chain) and I believe the first thing I said to Matt was, “HOLY SHIT, YOU’RE MATT BRYNILDSON!”  I’ve never done this before when meeting a brewer and haven’t done it since.

What does this story have to do with anything?  Well, other than making me look like an idiot, it’s your chance to geek out over some Firestone Walker beers this Saturday, July 8th starting at 3PM at Three Kings Public House in the Loop.

FW rep John Kellerman will be on hand with some super cool beers including XX Anniversary, Bravo, Parabola, Stickee Monkee and featuring for the first time in Missouri: Sloambic and PGW. So head out to Three Kings this Saturday and do some geeking out of your own.

royaleWhen you’ve been around as long as The Royale, you start building a pretty deep cellar of beer. What better way to use that cellar than to throw a party?

Tomorrow night The Royale is throwing one hell of a cellar party. Starting at 6pm, all of the big guns are being broke out.  Here’s the line-up:

  • Bell’s Expedition Stout 2014
  • Boulevard Saison-Brett 2016
  • Deschutes The Abyss 2015
  • Firestone-Walker Bravo
  • Firestone-Walker Bretta Weiss 2016
  • Founders KBS 2016
  • Founders Nitro Pale Ale
  • Perennial Campers Reserve
  • Stone Farking Wheaton W00Tstout 2.0 2015
  • Struise Black Albert 2016
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2015*
  • Perennial Barrel Aged Sump*
Hell of a line-up, eh? If you want to enjoy this awesome selection of beers, be sure to purchase a ticket to this event. Tickets are $50 for all you can drink (with the exception of Perennial BA Sump and GI BCS, which are limited to a single 6oz pour of each.)
The Royale was even kind enough to give away two tickets to the event.  We’ll make this an easy (and quick) contest, just email contest@stlhops.com with Cellar Night as the subject. I’ll pick two winners  on Thursday, March 30th at 8AM. 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!

Crider_FestLet’s get this out of the way. Yes, I work for 2nd Shift Brewing. But, I’ve always had a deep love for #Criderfest.  It’s always a great time with great breweries in attendance. Although we’ve moved from Cedar Creek, we’re trying to keep the spirit of the original 2nd Shift and Friends Beer Festival alive at our new location.

I’m happy to announce that the 777th Annual 2nd Shift and Friends Beer Festival will be taking place at our new home at 1601 Sublette Ave. this June 24th from 3pm-7pm. Here’s a look at the breweries and friends that are coming this year:

  •  4 Hands Brewing Co.
  •  18th St Brewery
  •  Against The Grain Brewery
  • Art Farm STL
  •  Artisan Cellars
  •  Augusta Brewing Co.
  •  Bell’s Brewery
  •  Blackberry Farm Brewery
  •  Boulevard Brewing Co.
  •  Brewminati
  •  Cathedral Square Brewery
  •  The Civil Life Brewing Co.
  •  Crane Brewing
  •  Crown Valley Brewery
  •  Desthil Brewery
  •  Dogfish Head Brewery
  •  Earthbound Beer
  •  Embrace The Funk
  •  Exit 6 Brewery
  •  Foeder Crafters of America
  •  Friendship Brewing Co.
  •  Heavy Riff Brewing Co.
  •  Logboat Brewing Co.
  •  Main & Mill Brewing Co.
  •  Mark Twain Brewing Co.
  •  Marz Community Brewing
  •  Memphis Made Brewing
  •  Mission Taco Joint
  •  Missouri Beer Co.
  •  Mother’s Brewing Co.
  •  Narrow Gauge Brewing Co.
  •  Odell Brewing Co.
  •  O’Fallon Brewery
  •  The OG Women’s Craft Collective
  •  Old Bakery Beer Co.
  •  One Trick Pony Brewing
  •  Oskar Blues Brewery
  •  Penrose Brewing Co.
  •  Perennial Artisan Ales
  •  Pinckney Bend Distillery
  •  Pipeworks Brewing
  •  Revolution Brewing
  •  Rock Bridge Brewing Co.
  •  Rockwell Beer Co.
  •  Salt + Smoke BBQ
  •  Scratch Brewing Co.
  •  Schlafly
  •  Schwerpunkt Brewing
  •  Shelton Brothers Importers
  •  Side Project Brewing
  •  Six Mile Bridge Beer
  •  Stag
  •  Square One Brewery
  •  STL Hops Homebrew Club
  •  Tallgrass Brewing Co.
  •  Toolbox Brewing Co.
  •  Transient Artisan Ales
  •  Two Plumbers Brewery
  •  Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
  •  Wellspent Brewing Co.
  •  Wiseacre Brewing
  •  Yazoo Brewing Co.

Tickets for this year’s #Criderfest will be $40 in advance and $45 day of.  Stay tuned for more information about ticket sales (which will be announced very soon.)

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.