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stlhopshbcDid you know that STL Hops has our own Homebrew Club? I may be biased, but I think our club has some of the best brewers in the area. Attend any of the festivals providing homebrew and you’ll see what great beers these guys and gals have to offer.

Did you also know it’s an award winning club? The brewers have won some local and regional awards for some of their beers. One such award was during the Ballpark Village Brewfest this past November when Dave McWilliams (aka DAVO) won the competition with his American IPA.

The award for winning that comp? He got to brew his beer at the Anheuser-Busch pilot brewery. DAVO’s winning recipe included Golden Promise malt, Simcoe hops and the classic 1056 American yeast strain. The beer was brewed a few weeks ago and it’s finally ready for everyone’s enjoyment.

You know what’s better than beer brewed by an awesome brewer? Free beer. Yep, that’s right, starting this Sunday, January 18th, you’ll have your chance to enjoy DAVO’s American IPA free of charge at the Budweiser Brew House at Ballpark Village.

Everyone is invited to attend a special release party this Sunday, January 18th from 1PM to 5PM featuring DAVO and Ballpark Village’s official “Beer Man” Tony Caradonna as they sample out this winning beer.

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There aren’t many beers that beer nerds in this town clamor for more than Schlafly American IPA. A recent winner in the STL Hops Beer Challenge, AIPA has droves of fans here and across the country. Well, the time is upon us. It’s time for the beer with more hop aromatics than any other beer in the Schlafly portfolio. It’s time for the beer that stands up to any IPA on the West and East coasts. It’s AIPA time!!

American IPA has big, bold hop flavor from American-grown hops and is deep golden and full bodied. Made with large quantities of 2 row and Crystal malted barley, this beer is an American, scaled-up version of its cousin style, English IPA. Flavored with the American hops, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe, this beer has pronounced bitterness and very prominent aromas of citrus and fruit. After fermentation is complete, we dry hop AIPA with a complex blend of 3 of the most aromatic US grown hops: Amarillo, Centennial, and Simcoe. Combined together they create a unique bouquet of aromatics that is the stuff of legends.

To help get things started, Schlafly Bottleworks will be tapping a cask of AIPA dry-hopped with Simcoe tonight, April 24th at 6:30. Bottleworks’ brewer Jerad Williamson is kicking off what he is calling his Olfactory Education Series where each cask is dry-hopped differently each week. Check out the schedule:

Upcoming Bottleworks Cask Nights:

  • April 24th AIPA dry hopped with Simcoe
  • May 8th AIPA dry hopped with Centennial
  • May 22nd AIPA dry hopped with Amarillo
  • June 12th AIPA dry hopped with Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe

In addition to the planned casks at Schlafly Bottleworks, we can confirm that both International Tap House locations will be tapping casks simultaneously next Wednesday, 5/2 at 6PM.

So what about draught? Well, you will be happy to know that both The Tap Room and Bottleworks will tap AIPA on this Friday, April 27th when their doors open. You will start to see draught at accounts around town the first week of May. As for bottles, while there is no definitive date, look for them to start showing up around the area mid-May, with the possibility that it is sooner at the two brewery locations.

I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of year. AIPA time!

It’s that time again.  It’s time for the awesome, delicious, wonderfully fantastic slap of hops to the face known at the Schlafly American IPA.  According to the Schlafly Facebook page, we will begin seeing the AIPA on tap at the Tap Room beginning next Monday by 4PM with bottles in the market shortly thereafter.

Some interesting notes about this year’s version of the AIPA include the fact that the ABV has dropped from 8% to the 7.2% that was similar to the one at 2009’s Hop in the City.  There is also a change in the hopping from last year.  Previously we saw Simcoe and Columbus whereas this year we’ll see Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial.

If you haven’t had a chance to try this wonderful beer, be ready.  It’s a big citrusy, hoppy beer that will just smack your tongue around.  Can’t wait to enjoy it all summer.

Last year, I showed you a photo of just some of the casks that Schlafly purchased to expand their cask beer program. Well, when you have this many casks at your disposal, it means you get to put on events showcasing your beer.

In this case, it’s taking a cask of Schlafly beer and serving it at Bigelo’s Bistro in Edwardsville, Illinois.

This Friday, March 28th, starting a 5PM, a representative from Schlafly will be tapping a cask of the new American IPA that’s been dry-hopped with Columbus, Simcoe, and Centennial Hops. They’ll  be serving it until the cask runs out or until Bigelo’s closes.

Nothing quite like being able to enjoy some great cask beer right in your own backyard.   While you’re at Bigelo’s, make sure to ask for the very awesome STL Hops pizza.

On Tuesday, May 25th, starting at 6:00PM, a representative from the Schlafly will be tapping a cask of the American IPA and will be serving it at the Cabin Inn located at The City Museum.

This beer will be available until they run out or the pub closes. My guess is that they won’t have to worry about it not running out.

Are you excited?  Let me tell you, the feeling is palpable.  After what seems like an eternity, the Schlafly American IPA is finally being bottled and should hopefully be available in the stores by the end of this week or early next week.

If you can’t wait that long to enjoy this hoppy, bottled goodness, you can also visit the Schlafly Tap Room or Bottleworks where it’s currently available on draught.

logo1Well, this is it, this is the beer that created quite a sensation at last year’s Hop in the City festival, the Schlafly American IPA. But Mike, didn’t we just have American IPA at The Good Pie?

You sure did, but this isn’t the same one made back in March. This is the new 8% version of the AIPA that’s arriving in bottles later this month. But unlike the new bottled version that’s been dry-hopped with Columbus and Simcoe, this cask will contain Columbus, Simcoe, and Centennial.

This Friday, May 7th, starting a 5PM, a representative from the St. Louis Brewery will be tapping a cask of this very special beer and will be serving it until the cask runs out or The Good Pie closes.

So, not only do you get one of the best IPAs in the St. Louis area served on cask, but you can get it alongside the best place to get Neapolitan Pizza in the St. Louis area, The Good Pie.