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GIFs (pronounced “jif” and all of you hard G people are wrong) have basically become one of my favorite forms of communications.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a moving picture is got to be worth a bajillion.

If I had to put Craft Beer Cellars in Clayton 2nd anniversary party into GIF terms, it would probably go something like this:

Tomorrow, Sunday May 22nd, Craft Beer Cellars throws a 2nd Anniversary party with extended hours from 10AM to 7PM. They’re going to have a kick-ass draught list including:

Perennial Kiwi Berliner
Civil Life Mega Hopped Angel & Sword
4 Hands Contact High w Lime
Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse
Oskar Blues Death By Coconut
Perennial Blue Label Maman

So head out to CBC tomorrow, GIF it up, and party hard.


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
New Belgium
Urban Chestnut
Oskar Blues
International Tap House
2nd Shift
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
Half Acre
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:

Wine and Cheese Place
Bailey’s Restaurants
Vin de Set
21st Street Brewers Bar
Mission Taco
Sidney Street Cafe
Craft Beer Cellar
Sun King
Nick’s Pub
O’Fallon Brewery
Perennial Artisan Ales
Fortune Teller Bar
Bottle Cellars/Cellar House
BTR Woodworks
Karen King
Cory King
OSP Tap Haus
Global Brew Tap House
St. Louis Brewers Guild
EdgeWild Bistro
4 Hands
Beachwood Brewing
The Royale
2nd Shift
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_ShadedThe STL Hops Eigth Anniversary Party is almost sold out. But I’m feeling generous, so I’m going to be giving away two VIP tickets to this Saturday’s Anniversary Party.

If you’re interested in winning two general admission tickets send an email to with the subject of “Anniversary Party Tickets”. I’ll pick the winner on Thursday, March 17th at 9AM. If you’ve already got tickets I’d ask that you’d be kind enough to let those who didn’t get tickets have a chance of winning. 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 much be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.
  • If you don’t think you’ll be able to attend, please don’t enter. I’d like to make sure that people available to attend have a chance to win.

There is a good chance tickets will sell out today. If you’re not feeling lucky, tickets can still be purchased HERE.

Black and BLues Poster-page-001If running a business and keeping it thriving wasn’t difficult enough, finding your own unique spin for an anniversary party is its own monster. Everyone wants to hoe our own road and not step on the toes of their fellow brewers. So I applaud Old Bakery Beer Company for not only celebrating their first year in business, but also coming up with a cool idea to boot.

This Sunday, March 13th, OBB is putting on a Black & Blues Beer Festival. Starting at 1PM, you’ll be able to enjoy black beer samples from over twenty local breweries along with some delicious BBQ and a DJ playing “old-school blues and soul”.

A ticket is $30 (or $35 day of) and will get you a commemorative glass and tastings from the following breweries:

  • 2nd Shift
  • 4 Hands
  • 4204 Main Street
  • Alpha
  • Augusta
  • Charleville
  • Civil Life
  • Earthbound
  • Excel
  • Exit 6
  • Griesedieck
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Main and Mill
  • Peel
  • Perennial
  • Public House
  • Recess
  • Schlafly
  • Six Mile Bridge
  • Square One
  • St. Nicholas
  • Stubborn German
  • Templar
  • Urban Chestnut

This will also be your first opportunity to try Old Bakery’s new creation, their Double Stout along with their 1st Anniversary Barleywine. They describe it as “an American-style Barleywine partially aged in bourbon barrels, and partially aged on cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and oak.”

The event runs from 1PM-5PM and your tickets can be purchased here. Don’t miss out from some great beer from one of my favorite new breweries!

STLHops_ShadedTechnically by the time this party takes place, STL Hops will be about 8.5 years old.  But, I like a party and I hope you do as well.  So I’m happy to announce that the 8th Annual STL Hops Anniversary Party will be taking place on Saturday, March 19th.

In the past we’ve held this party at a local brewery, but as all of our locals are getting super big and popular, we’ve run out of room this year.  Luckily David and Gene Bailey are about to open a new event space called Willow (right at 10th and Locust) which is right next door to Bridge. It’s a cool space and I’m honored that they’re allowing us to throw the party there.

We’ll be doing two different price points again this year. We still have the standard ticket which will get you into the party from 6-10PM and will set you back $30. This will get you unlimited samples as well as a commemorative glass.

We’re also doing the VIP ticket again which will cost you $10 more but will get you in an hour early. I’m also going to throw a special raffle for you VIP members for something cool, you’ll get raffle tickets as you arrive. (You can purchase more as well.) There is a limited number of VIP tickets available, so don’t wait for these.

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

This event WILL SELL OUT!  Do not delay in getting tickets.

Again the lion-share of proceeds will benefit Stray Rescue but this year I’m also going to be donating a small portion to the St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. I lost my bulldog last year and I’d like to continue this small gift to honor her. Last year we raised over $10,000 for Stray Rescue and $2000 for St. Louis Bulldog and I know we can top that this year!

We’ll have plenty of auction items for you to try and win and raffles and 50/50 as well. And the Baileys’ Restaurants will be lining up some delicious food for you to purchase.

One cool treat that I’ve already confirmed is thanks to our friends at Goose Island, you’ll be enjoying some Bourbon County Stout Regal on draft. I’ve already gotten some commitments from 2nd Shift, Off Color Brewing, Penrose Brewing, Boulevard, Narrow Gauge Brewing, and Old Bakery. And of course I’ll be making my annual pilgrimage to Chicago so you know we’re going to have some fun treats.

Thank you all for supporting STL Hops over the past 8 years and also donating all of this money to these two great charities!

perennial-4thannivAccording to Back to the Future Part II, the future is now. We’re living in a world of flying cars, dehydrated pizza, and Perennial Artisan Ales. What a time to be alive.

Perennial turns four years old this Friday, November 6th and to celebrate they’re going to not just throw a party, but in the immortal words of that great philosopher Sinbad they’re going to throw a “par-tay.”

Perennial is pulling out all of the stops and is putting on some delicious beers to celebrate. Here are the tap times:

4PM: 2015 Abraxas, 2014 Savant Blanc, Savant Beersel
6PM: Coffee Abraxas, Vanilla Abraxas, Funky Wit
8PM: 2014 BA Abraxas, Maman, Procatstination

Doors open at 3PM and tickets for all stout pours start when the doors open. And for those of you with little ones, Perennial will have a face painter and balloon artist from 5-7PM.

And it’s not a party without food and music and it’s world-class featuring DJ MF Grocery on the 1s and 2s and Chefs Brian and Kaleigh providing chili and hot dogs.

So make like a tree on Friday and get your butt over to Perennial to celebrate their 4th birthday.

excelExcel Brewing in Breese, IL celebrates three years of making kick-ass beers this Saturday, September 19th by throwing a equally kick-ass anniversary party.  They’re throwing this party at the brewery in Breese.

Beginning at 2PM, your ticket (which is $30 right now and $40 at the door) gets you unlimited pours of beer, snacks, “and one of those sweet 4 oz tasting glasses.” There are also $10 designated driver tickets available which gets your DD some soda and snacks.

If a party wasn’t enough to celebrate, Excel is also releasing two specials beers to consecrate this momentous event.  I’ll let head brewer Rod Brewguiere take over for the description:

We’ll also be releasing our 3rd Anniversary Saison which has been aging in red wine barrels for the past 9 months and Forbidden Island, a 10% ABV DIPA brewed with all New Zealand hops. Bombers of said saison and NZ DIPA will be available for purchase along with a very limited amount of 2nd Anni Porter and Ryeday we’ve been saving.

They’ll also be pouring:

  • Lefty’s Lager
  • Southside Stout
  • Bose Roggen
  • East Side IPA
  • Flash Bang
  • 3rd Anniversary Saison
  • 2nd Anniversary Imperial Porter
  • Bruja
  • Plague Bringer
  • Piasa Pilsner
  • Forbidden Island
  • Oktoberfest
  • Winter Warmer

And a party isn’t complete without friends, and Excel has invited out the following breweries to have some fun:

  • 4 Hands
  • Ale Syndicate
  • Big Muddy
  • Earthbound
  • Exit 6
  • Ferguson
  • Heavy Riff
  • Old Bakery
  • Recess
  • Scratch
  • Urban Chestnut

Head out to Breese this Saturday to celebrate three great years of beer at Excel. Congrats guys and gals!