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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!

qandbrewI’m happy to announce that the winner of two tickets to this Saturday’s Q & Brew in the Lou is Dave T!  Congrats to Dave and thank you to everyone who entered.

I want to once again thank the fine folks at the RFT for providing the tickets to this event. If you weren’t lucky enough to win you can get $5 off your ticket by using the code STLHOPS (until Thursday, 8/21 at 10PM). Buy tickets here.

Thanks again to everyone and you can look forward to more contests soon!

qandbrewQ & Brew in the Lou is taking place this Saturday and you were probably looking to buy some tickets. What if you could win them instead? Well today is your lucky day, as I’m giving away a set of passes to Saturday session of this celebration of smoke and hops.

This $50 value will allow you to partake in this fun festival. All you need to do is email contest@stlhops.com with the subject of Q and Brew.  

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.
  • If you can follow the bolded directions above. If you don’t follow the rules, you’re automatically disqualified.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

I want to thank the fine folks putting on the RFT for providing the tickets to this event. This contest will end on August 21st at 9AM CDT when I will pick a winner at random for each set of tickets.

If you don’t trust your luck, for a limited time (until Thursday, 8/21 at 10PM) you can get $5 off your ticket by using the code STLHOPS. Buy tickets here.

Here’s a look at the beer list for the festival:

4 Hands Brewing Co. – Single Speed, Contact
Alpha Brewing Co. – Belgian Black IPA, Liberty Brown Ale, Gameday Red Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co. – Pop Up IPA, Ginger – Radler
Cathedral Square: Hail Mary IPA, Begian Styles White IPA
Charleville Brewing Co. – Hoptimistic IPA, Half Wit Wheat
Crispin: Crispin Original, Crispin Pear, Crispin Black Berry, Crispin Honey Crisp
Exit 6 Brewery: Vanilla Cream Ale, TBFIE, Ryane’s Red
Excel Brewing Co. –  Eastside IPA, Oktoberfest, and Flash Bang.
Ferguson Brewing Co. – Pecan Brown Ale, Lemon Grass Saison, Belgian IPA
Goose Island Beer Co. – 312, 312 Pale Ale, Endless IPA
Granite City Brewery: Northern Lager, The Bennie, The Duke, Bourbon Brown Ale
Griesedieck Brothers Brewery: Golden Pilsner, Unfiltered Bavarian-style Wheat
Kirkwood Station: Blackberry Wit, Rye IPA
Kraftig: Kraftig, Kraftig Light
Modern Brewery: Saison, Pale Ale, Modern/Kuva Collaboration, Hickory Smoked Baltic Porter
Morgan Street Brewery: Virgin Territory: IPA, Lactovision: Sour Belgian, Oktoberfest: Marzen
O’Fallon Brewery: Zeke’s Pale Ale, Berry Best, Wheach
Schlafly Beer: Pumpkin Ale, Dry-Hopped APA, Lewis Osterweis Hard Ginger Beer
Shock Top: Belgian White, Honeycrisp Apple Wheat, Honey Bourbon
Six Row Brewing Co. – Punktoberfest, Arch Nemesis Midnight
Square One Brewery: Oh Hawaii American Wheat Beer, American Style IPA
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. – Stammtisch (German Pilsner), Ku’Damm (Berliner Weisse)

qandbrewEvery time the topic of some of the best food and beer pairings comes up, I almost immediate discuss one of my favorites: beer and BBQ.  There is something about smoky meat and beer that makes me happy.

The Riverfront Times must have been reading my mind when they decided to put on their first craft beer and BBQ event that they’re calling Q & Brew in the Lou. This event will be taking place on Saturday, August 23rd from 4PM to 8PM at the St. Louis Union Station South Plaza.

Your $25 ticket (or $30 at the door) will get you unlimited samples of beer from over 20 breweries. BBQ will be available for purchase if you’re looking for that great pairing. There is also a VIP ticket for $55 for those ballers out there. A list of the breweries include:

  • 4 Hands
  • Boulevard
  • Cathedral Square
  • Charleville
  • Excel
  • Exit 6
  • Ferguson
  • Goose Island
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Morgan Street
  • O’Fallon
  • Schlafly
  • Six Row
  • Square One
  • UCBC

But there’s more! For a limited time (until Saturday, 8/9) you can get $5 off your ticket by using the code STLHOPS. If that’s not enough, stay tuned next week for a contest where we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to the event!

I can think of few better pairings than beer and barbecue. Don’t believe me? Ask those fine folks that visit Bogarts and iTAP Soulard on a Saturday afternoon. There is just something about smoky meat that pairs well with craft beer.

Evidently Copia Restaurant & Wine Garden agrees, which is why they’re throwing their first ever Beer and BBQ tasting event. On Thursday, September 13th, Copia will be featuring beers from over 10 different local and regional breweries along with BBQ cooked up by Copia’s award-winning Chef Dave Rook.

The event will feature beers from 2nd Shift, 4 Hands, Six Row, Ferguson Brewing Company, Perennial Artisan Ales and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Abita, Deschutes Brewery, Founders Brewing Co., Goose Island, and Tallgrass Brewing Company.

This event begins and 7PM and will cost you $37 ($47 at the door) and will feature unlimited samples along with that BBQ. You can make your reservation by calling 314-241-9463.

This long weekend gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to all of the soldiers that helped make this country what it is. It’s also synonymous with the unofficial kick off of summer. And nothing says summer like BBQ and beer.

Dressel’s Public House has picked up a giant new smoker and in anticipation of summer has created a new menu featuring some tasty smoked BBQ. To celebrate this new menu, Dressel’s will be throwing a little shindig on Monday, May 28th running from 12PM-10PM.

Dressel’s, who’s long been known for their support of cask beer, will have three different casks to help celebrate the start of summer. On Monday, you’ll be able to try casks of the new Homefront IPA from Perennial Artisan Ales, the new Ratsalad from 2nd Shift Brewing, and the Civil Life Bitter.

If you like bluegrass music, Dressel’s will be feature live bluegrass from 2-8PM. All of these make for a great way to start your summer. Check below the break for the new full menu from Dressel’s Pub.

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Growlers Pub in Creve Couer will be throwing their first outdoor celebration titled Blues, Brews and BBQ on Saturday, August 1st from 12PM-6PM.  Not sure about what beers will be available for the event, but $35 for live music and all you can eat and drink is a pretty sweet deal.

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