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IMG_001I had someone ask me today, “What’s Criderfest?”  I had to explain that it’s our shorthand way of describing our annual beer festival properly known as the 2nd Shift and Friends Beerfest.  As this is our 777th annual beerfest and we’ve moved into our new digs in the city, we all wanted to throw a hell of a party.

We’ve invited some new friends and they’re bringing some awesome beer.  If you haven’t purchased your tickets, don’t wait, they’re going fast. Here’s a look at the (almost!) complete beer list:

18th St Brewery
Barrel Aged Hunter
Fox and the Goat
Mr. Bright

4 Hands Brewing Co.
Loose Particles
Passion Fruit Prussia

Against The Grain Brewery
Bloody Show
Pile of Face
Something Special

Augusta Brewing Co.
Blitzkrieg IPL
Pilsner
Hippopotamus Extra IPA

Bell’s Brewery
Traverse City Porter
Mango Habanero Oberon

Blackberry Farm Brewery
Classic Saison
Boundary Tree

Boulevard Brewing Co.
Saison Brett
Show Me Sour

Cathedral Square Brewery
Heavenly Honey Razz
White Ale
Hail Mary IPA

Charleville Microbrewery
Rye by Night
Ale Mucho Hoppo
Chouteau Common

Crane Brewing
Farmhouse IPA
Nostalgia

Crown Valley Brewery
2016 Barrel-aged Barleywine
Gunslinger 2xIPA
Pink Lemonade Cider

Desthil Brewery
Wild Sour Series Blueberry Gose
Amra Mango IPA

Dogfish Head Brewery
60 Minute IPA
Seaquench

Earthbound Beer
Thai Basil IPA
Ginger Yarrow Gruit

Exit 6 Brewery
Mango IPA
Citra Wheat

Friendship Brewing Co.
Bunny Love
Rasmanian Devil Ryenot
Laplander DIPA

Great Divide
Yeti
Nadia Kali
Samurai Denver Pale Ale

Heavy Riff Brewing Co.
Left Coast Envy
Prison Bound Pale Ale
Foeder Beer
Imperial Coffee Milk Stout
Vanilla Coffee Underbrown

Logboat Brewing Co.
Lei-A
Barrel-Aged Mamoot

Main & Mill Brewing Co.
Peach Berliner Weiss
Strisselspalt Bier
Missouri Brunch Stout

Mark Twain Brewing Co.
Orion’s Apprentice
Huck’s Habanero Apricot Wheat

Marz Community Brewing
Midway CHIpa
Jungle Boogie

Memphis Made Brewing
DubbelThink
Fireside
RockBone
Lucid

Mikerphone
Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit
Thursty

Missouri Beer Co.
Berliner Weiss
English Dark Mild
Mango Hibiscus
Kolsch

Mother’s Brewing Co.
Snapback
Cucumber Saison

Modern Brewing
Odinson
LED

Narrow Gauge Brewing Co.
Nelson’s Galaxy
Hoppy Meal
Fallen Flag
Red Rye IPA

Odell Brewing Co.
Drumroll APA
St. Lupulin

O’Fallon Brewery
Grape Escape
Show Me IPA
STL Red
Daze of Summer

Old Bakery Beer Co.
Hibiscus Tart
Gentle Giant Double IPA

One Trick Pony Brewing
Nowhere Fast
The Wall

Oskar Blues Brewery
Dale’s Pale Ale
Pinner
Fugli

Penrose Brewing Co.
Wild 19
Cherry Vanilla Wild 10

Perennial Artisan Ales
Owen
Suburban Beverage
Funky Wit Raspberry
Funky Wit Melon

Pinckney Bend Distillery
Our World Famous Gin & Tonic
Rested American Whiskey Cask Finished Gin
Hibiscus Gin

Pollyanna Brewing
Ernest 1953
Norman 1943
Orenda Volume 02

Revolution Brewing
Rosa
Citra Hero

Rock Bridge Brewing Co.
Blood Spree
Option #2
Rye You Lil’ Punk Rye IPA
Friday Meeting

Rockwell Beer Co.
Faffin
Hold Up, Slow Down
Stay Gone

Schlafly
White Lager
Coconut Creme Ale
Farmhouse IPA
Apricot IPA

Schwerpunkt Brewing
NE Triple IPA
Watermelon Gose
Mango Ginger Berliner Weisse
Imperial PB&J Stout

Scratch Brewing Co
Tulsi Basil Dark Sour
Barrel-Aged Black Cherry

Side Project Brewing
Foedre Fermier
Blended 2017
Fancier Beer

Six Mile Bridge Beer
Blood Orange Wit
Galaxy IPA
Irish Red Ale with Honey

Southern Grist
Guava Upside Down Cake
Chambéry

Square One Brewery
Massachusetts Bay NEIPA
Lambic Blend

Stag

The Civil Life Brewing Co.
#Carlbock
Black Lager
German Pilsner

Toolbox Brewing Co.
Bramble on Rose
Nyssa with Peaches

Transient Artisan Ales
Juice is Loose
Rum Jumbie Buckley
Mutual Aberration

Two Plumbers Brewery
St. Porkins
Chinook-Man

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
Kudamm
Stammtisch

Windmill Brewing
Memes and Dreams
No Ma’am

Wellspent Brewing Co.
T-Rex Macarena
Praxis

Wiseacre Brewing
Tiny Bomb
Avast! Pirate Porter
Lord Skylark

Yazoo Brewing Co.
Maracuya Y Tradicional
Grisette
Yazoo Lovin’ on Peaches

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Urban Chestnut Cocoa CowTao (Chocolate Milk Stout), Urban Chestnut Cherry Thrales RIS with Cherries, Destihl Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour Ale Flanders Oud Bruin, Urban Family Citron Noir, and Strafee Hendick Wild. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight from 7-9PM featuring: Avery Tweak – Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee Stout, Avery Mephistopheles, Ballast Point Victory at Sea Peppermint, Ballast Point Victory at Sea Coconut, and Destihl Dosvidanya Imperial Stout. $16 gets you five 5oz pours of these beers.

Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates.

Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Founders PC Pils, Founders Dirty Bastard, Founders Breakfast Stout, and a few more. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight from 7-9PM featuring: Evil Twin Aun Mas Cafe Jesus, Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’ete, Perennial Meriwether, 4 Hands Snake Oil, and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. $12 gets you five 5oz pours of these beers.

Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates.

Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

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!

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Crane Brewing Tea Weiss, Estrelle Damm Inedit, 4 Hands Snake Oil IPA, Fantome Artist Series, and Mikkeller Spontan Framboos. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight from 7-9PM featuring: Dugges Tropic Sunrise!, Crane Tea Weiss, Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee Porter, Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies IPA, and Grimm Double Negative Imperial Stout. $12 gets you five 5oz pours of these beers.

Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates.

Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they will be pouring: Crane Brewing Dry Hopped Grapefruit Gose, Crane Brewing BRETT IPA, Deschutes Sagefight Imperial IPA, Deschutes Fresh Hop Chasin’ Freshies, Birra Troll Geisha Barleywine, and Mark Twain Blueberry Saison. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton continues its Friday Night Flight of the Week tonight from 7-9PM featuring: St. Bernardus Oak Aged Abt 12, Stone Citracado Imperial IPA, Deschutes Hopzeit Marzen-inspired IPA, Avery Certatio Equestris Bourbon Barrel Aged Sour Ale, and Prairie 4th Anniversary. $15 gets you five 5oz pours of these beers.

Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates.

Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

arbormeisterIt’s Monday morning which means it’s time to announce the winner of the two tickets to the Arbormeisters Homebrew Festival.  I’m happy to announce that the winner is Timothy Redel.

Congrats to Timothy for winning and thanks for the fine folks from Forest ReLeaf of Missouri for providing the tickets to the event. Tickets for this event are still available for the event this weekend and the weather is looking perfect, don’t miss out!