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STLHops_ShadedHello everyone, or as I’ll be saying about 36 hours from now, guten tag. I’m headed out for my honeymoon as of tomorrow and I’ll be gone for about three weeks.

But that doesn’t mean that the STL Hops train stops. I’ve gotten the venerable Jason Spann stepping in for me for a little bit.  If you have some stories that you’ll like to submit to get posted on STL Hops send your story to stories@stlhops.com.

Jason will do his best to get everything posted. Have fun everyone and don’t burn the website down.

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You ever have one of those months?  Seriously, this has been one of the weirdest and most stressful months I’ve had in a while.  I apologize for the delay of getting this information out to you all. It takes a bit of time to get the books in order and checks cut so I wanted to do that before I put this post up.

I want to begin by saying that I want to thank you all for making this the best STL Hops Anniversary Party yet.  None of this could be done without all of you and I can’t thank you enough for your generosity and support over the years.

This was our biggest turnout, our biggest amount of beers, and our biggest amount of money earned for Stray Rescue and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. Before I reveal the total, I have to thank some people individually.

First thanks needs to go to Dave Bailey and his team at Baileys’ Restaurants for not only devoting their space, but also a lot of time and patience for letting us put on this event at their new event space Willow. These events just don’t drop in and work, there are a lot of logistics at play and Dave Bailey and his team went above and beyond to help us set everything up. A million thank yous to everyone from the Baileys’ Restaurants who helped put this event on.

A next thank you goes out to Eric, Carl, my wife Irene, my parents, my sister-in-law, my brother, and all of the volunteers that helped make this event happen. Like I mentioned, there is a lot of work in coordinating everything and this could not have been done without the countless number of man-hours devoted to picking up beer, picking up auction items, coordinating logistics, setting up, and cleaning up.  This was our smoothest event yet and a lot of thanks goes to my friends and family for volunteering their time to making this event happen.

A very special shout out to all of the distributors for their help in coordinating and donating to this event. As a former member of this tier of the beer industry I know that we can definitely endure our share of scorn, but this event would not have happened without their help. There is no way we would have any of the jockey boxes, beer, or swag for this event if they didn’t step up and help out. Thank you to Lohr, Major Brands, Summit, and Shelton Brothers.

This is a beer festival after all, so we have to thank all of these breweries, distributors, and retailers for donating beer:

4 Hands
Goose Island
Bell’s
New Belgium
Urban Chestnut
Founders
Oskar Blues
Perennial
International Tap House
Deschutes
O’Fallon
2nd Shift
Boulevard
Summit
Ballast Point
Beachwood Brewing
Odell Brewing
Old Bakery Brewery
Earthbound Beer
Narrow Gauge
Excel Brewing
Shelton Brothers
Side Project
Sierra Nevada
Off Color
Sun King
Penrose
Half Acre
Schlafly
Civil Life
Treehouse Brewing

We also couldn’t have raised as much money as we did without the generous donations from all of the following people:

Cugino’s
Wine and Cheese Place
Bailey’s Restaurants
Lohr
Cicero’s
Juniper
Vin de Set
21st Street Brewers Bar
Mission Taco
Milagro
Peacemaker
Sidney Street Cafe
Craft Beer Cellar
Sun King
Nick’s Pub
SoHa
O’Fallon Brewery
Perennial Artisan Ales
Fortune Teller Bar
Bottle Cellars/Cellar House
BTR Woodworks
Southern
Karen King
Cory King
Llywelyn’s
OSP Tap Haus
Global Brew Tap House
St. Louis Brewers Guild
EdgeWild Bistro
4 Hands
Beachwood Brewing
The Royale
2nd Shift
Dressel’s
Old Bakery Brewery
Quincy St. Bistro
Hair of the Dog
Sierra Nevada
Eric Hildebrandt
Teresa Sweeney
Urban Chestnut
Strange Donuts
International Tap House

God, I hope I didn’t forget anyone. And if I did, please notify me immediately so I can get you on the list. I honestly can’t say thank you enough to everyone. It really means a lot to me to see what we can generate for two great charities when we all work together.

And because I’ve made you wait long enough, here’s what we raised:

$10,000 for Stray Rescue and $5107.30 for St. Louis Bulldog Rescue.

This well exceeded my expectations and I can’t thank all of you enough.  Just a wonderful amount of money that will go and help many, many animals.  Thank you all again and we’ll see you all (probably later) this year again for this event!

STLHops_ShadedTomorrow brings us to the STL Hops 8th Anniversary Party, I thought I’d give you a little update on the eats and drinks that will be available on Saturday evening. It should be a great time and I’m pretty excited about what’s in store. First up, the eats.

The Baileys’ Restaurants make some amazing food and will be selling food to enjoy during the party.  We will also have an area downstairs for people who’d like to sit and enjoy their meal and a beer.

Parking!  As we all know, parking downtown can sometimes be a bit tricky.  Luckily I found a map detailing some areas to park near the venue. (Please note that any area that doesn’t have a price does not currently offer parking.)

parking

Don’t want to deal with parking and want to get home safely?  Our friends at Uber have provided us with a code that gives you $20 off your FIRST RIDE! The code is STLHOPS and it expires after the first 1000 people use it or June 1st, whichever comes first.

Next up, a few do’s and don’ts of the party:

  • Don’t crash the party. We’ll have bouncers and wristbands, so if we see you drinking and you don’t have a ticket, we’ll kindly ask you to leave.
  • Do bring your wallet. We received a ton of AMAZING swag this year, so bring some money along (a check book or credit card wouldn’t hurt for the silent auction) with you as this is for two great causes: Stray Rescue of St. Louis and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue.
  • Don’t bring your own beer. We have A LOT of beer, so no bringing your own bottles of homebrews or commercial beers please.
  • Do bring growlers.  We will probably have a bunch of beer left after this event and we’ll let you fill up a growler for a $10 donation per growler. Bridge will also be selling growlers for $15 (which will include the glass and beer) to donate back to the party. Respect the local breweries that want to take their beer back though.
  • Don’t bring your own glass. Glassware is provided this year.
  • Do eat some food! There will be plenty of food options, so let’s support the Bailey restaurants.
  • Don’t puke. If I see you puke, it means you can’t handle yourself and we’ll kindly ask you to leave.
  • Do be safe. Make sure to have a sober ride home after this event.  We have a lot of big beers and we want you to attend the next party.
  • Do have a great time. Unless your idea of a great time includes puking, then I ask that you stay home.

Here are the beers the STL Hops Homebrew Club will be providing tomorrow:

1. Paul – Whiskey BA Vanilla RIS (random tapping, about 2 gallons), brett beer.
2. DAVO – TRAPPIST SINGLE
3. Steve A – Dry Hopped Rye Barleywine
4. Rick – Vanilla Imperial Stout
5. Amy – Deep Ellum Double Brown clone (Oatmeal Baltic Porter)
6. Doc – Raspberry Berliner
7. Kyle – Mixed Fermentation Saison
8. Troy – Bretta Sang #2 (yes, that Bretta Sang, homebrew)
9. Sean – Porter
10. John/Troy – IPA
11. Robert – Cascade Pale w/Orange zest and Coriander

If you want to sneak a peek at this year’s program, here you go!

If I didn’t make this clear, we are SOLD OUT. Please do not crash. Please do be safe and make sure you have a sober driver. We will be able to accept credit cards for all purchases this evening!

Thank you all for coming, it’ll be a great time.

STLHops_ShadedLooking for a chance to help out during the STL Hops Eighth Anniversary party and also attend?  Well, you’re in luck, because I’m looking for a few hard-working souls (this won’t be hard-work) to help out at the STL Hops Anniversary Party.

You’ll work a shift and get to enjoy part (or maybe even all) of the party. I’ll need people for set up, during the party, and for break down.

It’s as simple as that. If you’re interested, please email me (mike@stlhops.com) with a subject line of STL Hops Volunteer. I only need a few people, so it’ll probably be first come, first serve.

Stay tuned for additional information about the party on next Saturday along with a chance to win a pair of tickets!

STLHops_ShadedSorry for the delay on this one, wanted to get the books in order and checks cut before putting a post up. This is the time of year to look back, look forward, and to give thanks. Without pause, I have to give thanks to all of you for helping to make this the best anniversary party yet.

This was our biggest turnout, our biggest amount of beers, and our biggest amount of money earned for Stray Rescue and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. Before I reveal the total, I have to thank some people individually.

First thanks needs to go to Urban Chestnut for not only devoting their space, but also a lot of time and patience in letting us put this event on at their Grove location. These events just don’t drop in and work, there are a lot of logistics at play and UCBC’s Ryan Rakel (and the whole UCBC crew) went above and beyond to help us set everything up. A million thank yous to all of UCBC.

A next thank you goes out to Eric, Carl, my fiance Irene, my parents, my sister-in-law, and all of the volunteers that helped make this event happen. Like I mentioned, there is a lot of work in coordinating everything and this could not have been done without the countless number of man-hours devoted to picking up beer, picking up auction items, coordinating logistics, setting up, and cleaning up.  This was our smoothest event yet and a lot of thanks goes to my friends and family for volunteering their time to making this event happen.

Another thank you to Guerrilla Street Food and Completely Sauced for dealing with a cool and rainy night and serving up food to you all. These are the best food trucks in St. Louis, make sure to spend some money with them the next time you see them.

A very special shout out to all of the distributors for their help in coordinating and donating to this event. As a member of this tier of the beer industry I know that we definitely endure our share of scorn, but this event would not have happened without their help. There is no way we would have any of the jockey boxes, beer, or swag for this event if they didn’t step up and help out. Thank you to Lohr, Major Brands, Summit, Grey Eagle, and Shelton Brothers.

This is a beer festival after all, so we have to thank all of these breweries, distributors, and retailers for donating beer:

4 Hands
Goose Island
Bell’s
New Belgium
Urban Chestnut
Founders
Six Row
Stone
Oskar Blues
Perennial
International Tap House
Deschutes
O’Fallon
2nd Shift
Boulevard
Summit
Cathedral Square
Excel Brewing
Shelton Brothers
Side Project
Avery
Major Brands
Sierra Nevada
Off Color
Binny’s
Sun King
Penrose
Pipeworks
Half Acre
Schlafly
Civil Life
Treehouse Brewing

We also couldn’t have raised as much money as we did without the generous donations from all of the following people:

Cugino’s
Wine and Cheese Place
Bailey’s Restaurants
Lohr
Cicero’s
Vin de Set
21st Street Brewers Bar
Schlafly
Mission Taco
Milagro
The Libertine
Nick’s Pub
SoHa
Square One Brewery
O’Fallon Brewery
Perennial Artisan Ales
Karen King
Cory King
Niche
Llywelyn’s
U-Gas
Global Brew Tap House
4 Hands
2nd Shift
Feast Magazine
Dressel’s
Layla
Flying Saucer
O’Shay’s Pub
Paul Jensen
Paul McGrew
Eric Hildebrandt
Teresa Sweeney
Urban Chestnut
Ices Plain and Fancy
Yoga Buzz STL
Strange Donuts

God, I hope I didn’t forget anyone. And if I did, please notify me immediately so I can get you on the list. I honestly can’t say thank you enough to everyone. It really means a lot to me to see what we can generate for two great charities when we all work together.

And because I’ve made you wait long enough, here’s what we raised:

$10,000 for Stray Rescue and $2091.46 for St. Louis Bulldog Rescue.

This well exceeded my expectations and I can’t thank all of you enough.  Just a wonderful amount of money that will go and help many, many animals.  Thank you all again and have a wonderful holiday season.  We’ll see you all next year for this event!

STLHops_ShadedTomorrow brings us to the STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party, I thought I’d give you a little update on the eats and drinks that will be available on Saturday evening. It should be a great time and I’m pretty excited about what’s in store. First up, the eats.

I’m very excited that we were able to line up my two favorite food trucks in STL this year. You will be able to purchase some awesome food from Guerrilla Street Food and Completely Sauced who will be located outside.

Parking!  As we all know, parking in the Grove can sometimes be a bit tricky.  Luckily Ryan from Urban Chestnut gave me some tips on where you can park:

The best places to find a spot at the Grove Brewery and Bierhall are the 3 lots we have surrounding the building. The largest lot is accessible from Manchester on the eastern side of the building. There are also two smaller lots just north of the building that are accessible from Taylor (west side of the building) and down our alley. If these should be full, there is a decent amount of street parking to the south of the building along Manchester. Please try not to park in the residential areas.

Next up, a few do’s and don’ts of the party:

  • Don’t crash the party. We’ll have bouncers and wristbands, so if we see you drinking and you don’t have a ticket, we’ll kindly ask you to leave.
  • Do bring your wallet. We received a ton of swag this year, so bring some money along (a check book or credit card wouldn’t hurt for the silent auction) with you as this is for two great causes: Stray Rescue of St. Louis and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue.
  • Don’t bring your own beer. We have A LOT of beer, so no bringing your own bottles of homebrews or commercial beers please.
  • Don’t touch the equipment. Urban Chestnut has graciously donated this space to us, don’t let me or UCBC regret it.
  • Do bring growlers.  We will probably have a bunch of beer left after this event and we’ll let you fill up a growler for a $10 donation per growler. Respect the local breweries that want to take their beer back though.
  • Don’t park on residential streets. Respect UCBC’s neighbors and don’t park on residential streets.  Also, please don’t litter or leave loudly as well.
  • Don’t bring your own glass. Glassware is provided this year.
  • Do eat some food! We not only have two delicious food trucks that want your business, but UCBC’s kitchen as well. Plenty of food options, so let’s support these guys.
  • Don’t puke. If I see you puke, it means you can’t handle yourself and we’ll kindly ask you to leave.
  • Do be safe. Make sure to have a sober ride home after this event.  We have a lot of big beers and we want you to attend the next party.
  • Do have a great time. Unless your idea of a great time includes puking, then I ask that you stay home.

I failed to mention these beers on Monday, but here are the beers the STL Hops Homebrew Club will be providing tomorrow:

Paul McGrew:
Coffee Stout
Tart Fruited Wheat

Troy Meier:
Belgian Blonde
Christmas Spiced Imperial Stout

Troy Woodburn:
Rye Saison
Meanfiststompingfleas – 19% BA stout

Eric Kraus:
Rye Pale Ale with cranberry

Steve Agnew:
APA

DAVO MCWILLIAMS:
Belgian Wheat Wine

Jeff Hardesty:
Imperial IPA

Dan Vincent:
Funky Table Saison

Matt Crecelius:
BA Stout

We’re not holding back on this event.

If I didn’t make this clear, we are SOLD OUT. Please do not crash. Please do be safe and make sure you have a sober driver. We will be able to accept credit cards for all purchases this evening!

Thank you all for coming, it’ll be a great time.

STLHops_ShadedJust in case you’ve forgotten, we will be celebrating the STL Hops Seventh Anniversary Party at Urban Chestnut in the Grove this Saturday, from 6-10PM. It’s crazy to think how big this event has gotten from our first humble party in the basement at the Schlafly Tap Room.

What’s also crazy is the amount of generosity from all of the breweries, distributors, and retailers that have helped to make this event a success year after year. Part of that generosity is the awesome beers that distributors and breweries have helped to get us. I’ve been teasing it for a week, but here’s the (around 99%) complete beer list:

Stouts/Porters/Black Beers
Goose Island – Bourbon County Stout (2014)
Stone – Milk Stout
Oskar Blues – Ten Fidy
Deschutes – Abyss (2014)
O’Fallon – Joie de Vivre
Mother’s – Winter Grind
Excel Brewing – 2nd Anniversary Imperial Porter
Prairie Artisan Ales – Prairie Bomb!

IPAs/Pale Ales
4 Hands – Super Flare Brett IPA
O’Fallon – Simtrasaic
Bur Oak – DeVine IPA
Cathedral Square – Gabriel
New Glarus – Moon Man
Karben4 – Fantasy Factory
Pipeworks – Unicorn’s Revenge
Six Row – Arch Nemesis Midnight

Belgian Ales
Goose Island (Clybourn) – Demolition 1800
Penrose – P2
Sun King – Rye Barrel Batch 666: Sympathy for the Devil
5 Rabbit – 5 Lizard
Off Color – Biere De Guarde Dog

Funky/Tart
Bell’s – Kal Haven
New Belgium – NBB Loves Blackberry
Urban Chestnut – Ku’Damm
Perennial – Funky Wit with Charentais Melon
2nd Shift – Manor House
Boulevard – Za’Tart
Jolly Pumpkin – Fuego Del Otono
Side Project – Grisette
Surly – Pentagram (2014)

Barleywines/Brown Ales/Seasonals
Avery – #21
Founders – Backwoods Bastard
Logboat – Mamoot
Sierra Nevada – Tater Ridge
Great Lakes – Christmas Ale
Revolution – Fistmas

As with all beer festivals, things could shift or change at the last minute, but I’m pretty confident all of this should be pretty solid. We will also probably have a few other surprises up our sleeves for the event.

In case you missed it, we’ll have two food trucks on site. This year we’ll have two of my favorite trucks slinging up delicious food: Guerrilla Street Food and Completely Sauced.

There are only a handful of tickets still remaining. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Once again, the proceeds will benefit Stray Rescue and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. Let’s raise a lot of money and have a great time.