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logo-bridge-wpSometimes I feel like Rip Van Winkle. I wake up and years have passed. Wasn’t it just 2010? How is it already 2015?

Granted, this isn’t a terrible thing. Watching as the world keeps changing is certainly fascinating. But time can definitely sneak up on you. What’s more surprising to me is not finding out the Dave Bailey’s beautiful beer bar Bridge is celebrating five years in business, but that it’s ONLY celebrating five years in business.

It feels like the Bridge has been with us much longer than that, which speaks to just how wonderful of an establishment he and his staff have created. To celebrate this wonderful occasion Bridge has lined up an amazing menu of beers that they’ll begin pouring this Thursday, February 26th beginning at 5PM.

Some of these beers they’ve been holding on to since the day they opened their door. That’s only speaks to their patience and seriousness of being one of the best beer bars in St. Louis. Here’s a look at the list:

  • 2010 Avery Mephistopheles
  • 2010 Avery The Beast
  • 2010 Schlafly Imperial Stout
  • 2010 Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van de Keizer Blauw
  • 2010 Great Divide Hibernation
  • 2014 Perennial Anniversaria
  • Schlafly Chestnut Mild
  • Stone Reason Be Damned
  • Firestone Walker Double DBA
  • Cantillon Saint Gilloise
  • Bell’s Hopslam
  • Bell’s Red Nose ESB
  • Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus
  • Siren/Prairie Artisan Ales Ratchet
  • Perennial Peach Berliner Weisse
  • Perennial Sump Coffee Stout

And for the first 75 guest, purchasing a beer from the birthday beer list will get you a hand-etched commemorative glass to keep! And for those of you that like cocktails, there will be a few creations including “the Silverwood, made with Rooster’s Breakfast Beer, brewed by 4 Hands Brewing Company, and The Five Year Sting, featuring Greenbird, brewed for Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar by 2nd Shift Brewing.”

Head out this Thursday and enjoy not only a great time, but also one of the best places to enjoy a beer over the past five years.

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We couldn’t have asked for better weather this year for the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival, it was an absolutely gorgeous day, I know that we really needed it here in St. Louis.  Not only did we have awesome weather, but delicious beer as well.  It was very cool to see what the breweries in Washington are doing and to enjoy them (even if briefly) here in St. Louis.

If you weren’t able to attend, here are a few photos from the day:

Perennial_Abraxas_V04I’m such a schmuck, in the craziness of life, I totally forgot to announce the winner of the 2014 STL Hops St. Louis Beer Challenge. But that doesn’t make the win any less special, I’m happy to announce that this year’s winner is Perennial Artisan Ales Abraxas!

Abraxas had a hard fought battle in the final round beating last year’s champion 2nd Shift Brewing Art of Neurosis with a 62.3% to 37.7% win. What’s so cool about the win is that we’ve had three different champions in the past three years. We definitely have some power house beers and it’s fun to see them face off against each other.

Can’t wait to see what we have in store for next year. Congrats to Perennial, Abraxas is an awesome beer and deserved the win!

STLHops_ShadedDid I call it, or did I call it? While the four beers in the final four were absolutely fantastic, it was going to be difficult to take out last year’s champion and one of the most sought-after beers in the United States. (Click here for all the Round 5 results)

2nd Shift Art of Neurosis had its toughest match-up  to date in Round 5 beating 2nd Shift Katy 54.3% to 45.7%. While Perennial Abraxas gave a whooping to Schlafly Pumpkin winning 85.6% to 14.4%.

While I was quick to call the last match-ups, I think this one is too close to call. 2nd Shift Art of Neurosis did beat Abraxas in the final four of last year’s Beer Challenge, but does it have the magiv to pull it off twice? It’s up to you to decide.

Round Dates
Winner Announced – Thursday, Apr 10th

If you can’t see the poll below, click on this link to visit the website hosting it.


STLHops_ShadedWe’re getting down to the  nitty gritty, it’s time to check out the Round 4 match-ups. (Click here for all the Round 5 results)

2nd Shift Art of Neurosis continues its domination beating 4 Hands Centennial Red 88.1% to 11.9%. Schlafly Pumpkin had a tougher match-up facing off against (and beating) Urban Chestnut Zwickel 57.3% to 42.7%.  In the other match-ups 2nd Shift Katy ended the fantastic run by Charleville Box of Chocolates and Perennial Abraxas took out Schlafly Coffee Stout.

The final four consists of Art of Neurosis taking on Katy while Schlafly Pumpkin will take on Abraxas. If I were a betting man, I’m thinking we’re going to see Art of Neurosis take on Abraxas in the finals. But never say never.

These match-ups run through Monday, so go out and vote for your favorites.

Round Dates
Round 4 – Mon Mar 31
Round 5 – Thu Apr 3
Championship – Mon Apr 7

If you can’t see the poll below, click on this link to visit the website hosting it.


STLHops_ShadedRound 2 featured more than a few match-ups of breweries facing off against each other, let’s see how a few of these match-ups fared. (Click here for all the Round 2 results)

Last year’s champion 2nd Shift Art of Neurosis is still going strong and took down the 2011 & 2012 champion Schlafly AIPA.  Schlafly Pumpkin took out Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz with a 62.5% to 37.5% win.  And because I always love to see a new challenger in the mix, I’m happy to report that Charleville Box of Chocolates moved on to round 4 with a 56.2% to 43.8% win against Perennial Hommelbier.

Round 4 provides some tough match-ups as 2nd Shift Katy goes up against up-start Charleville Box of Chocolates and Schlafly Pumpkin goes up against Urban Chestnut Zwickle.

These match-ups run through Thursday, so go out and vote for your favorites.

Round Dates
Round 4 – Mon Mar 31
Round 5 – Thu Apr 3
Championship – Mon Apr 7

If you can’t see the poll below, click on this link to visit the website hosting it.


STLHops_ShadedRound 2 featured more than a few match-ups of breweries facing off against each other, let’s see how a few of these match-ups fared. (Click here for all the Round 2 results)

Last year’s champion 2nd Shift Art of Neurosis handily took down its bigger brother  Brew Cocky 73.8% to 26.2%.  Schlafly Pumpkin had a more narrow victory over Schlafly Kolsch with a 55.5% to 44.5% win.  And lastly Charleville Ale Mucho Hoppo lost out to Charleville Hoptimistic IPA with a 39.8% to 60.2% drubbing.

Looking forward to Round 3 we have some real intense match-ups on our hands.  Last year’s first runner-up 2nd Shift Katy takes on a real tough challenger with Perennial Saison de Lis. In the battle of lighter beers, Schlafly Summer Lager takes on Urban Chestnut Zwickle.

These match-ups run through Monday, so go out and vote for your favorites.

Round Dates
Round 3 – Thu Mar 27
Round 4 – Mon Mar 31
Round 5 – Thu Apr 3
Championship – Mon Apr 7

If you can’t see the poll below, click on this link to visit the website hosting it.