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CraftBeerCellarLogoWe’ll see a lot of trick or treating this Friday, but it’ll all treats at Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton as they’re hosting a very special food and beer pairing on Halloween. Just like when you were a wee tot visiting your neighborhood looking for candy, this beer pairing will also involve neighbors.

In this case CBC has paired with The Libertine to create a special menu of small bites to pair with some beers from Bell’s Brewery. The Libertine’s Josh Galliano has taken some of Bell’s limited and year-round beers and worked with the Certified Cicerones at CBC to create a neat menu showcasing beer and food pairings!

This event begins at 7PM and will run to 10PM. Both the food and beer are free for sampling. And it being Halloween, costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Great food and great beer are great treats and that’s no trick.

femme_ferment_logo_BWLet’s be honest, the craft beer scene can feel like a bit of a boy’s club at times. This is unfortunate, because some of my favorite people in craft beer also happen to be female.

We’ve seen a few organizations devoted to women and beer pop up over the past few years. But it’s always nice to have a homegrown organization that understands the St. Louis milieu.

Which brings me to the kickoff of a new local organization with an emphasis on women in craft beer: Femme Ferment. To introduce their new organization, Femme Ferment will be holding a happy hour on Monday, May 19th from 5:30-8:30PM at the International Tap House in Soulard.

While this organization is about women in craft beer, Femme Ferment is welcoming women and men alike to come out on Monday and learn what they’re all about. Check out their press release after the break.

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.

Welcome STL Hops’ newest advice column: “Ask Cubby.” For those of you that may not frequent the forums, cubby_swans is one of the oldest and most vocal curmudgeons on STL Hops. He’s now here to give you a little advice and possibly a swift kick in the teeth. If you have a question for Cubby, you can reach him at cubby@stlhops.com.

Dear Cubby,

I pick up pint glasses when I visit breweries throughout the country.  I acquired one from Free State which is quite heavy because of thick glass and when I measured the volume capacity it only equals 14 fluid ounces.  What are your thoughts on these 14oz. pints?

Thanks, Feeling Fucked By Free State

Dear FFFS,

I think you’ll find that most places are offering ‘xxx beer: $5 or thereabouts’, and not advertising a “pint” for that cost (unless they actually have pint-sized glasses).  I think the main problem here is the consumer sees a common shaker style glass and thinks it’s a pint glass.  Well, the consumer (you in this case) is wrong.  The style of glass you are looking at is called a shaker glass.  A pint glass is not a style of glass.  A pint is a size/volume of a container.

Do you walk around with a 32oz mug and say “Hey guys, check out my cool quart glass!  Those assholes over there are selling 28oz double pints.  Can you believe that bullshit?”  What about a 10oz snifter?  Do you call that a 1.25 cup glass?  I think every beer nerd out there needs to take a class on volumes/units of measurement or something like that.  There is no such thing as a 14oz pint glass.

I have this app on my phone and no matter how many times I plug in the numbers, it tells me a pint is 16oz.  It doesn’t matter if the glass is a shaker, a tulip, a goblet, or a tupperware bowl.  It’s not a pint glass unless it contains 16oz of liquid exactly.  You’re the one calling these pint glasses.  So basically you’re fucking yourself into believing that you’re buying more than what the establishment is offering.

I checked out Free State’s website, and under the beer section and various ways you can order their tasty beers, they state this under “The Glass” section:

This is without a doubt, the time honored, true way to best enjoy Free State beer. Order a beer, and it will most likely be served in the traditional, clear 14 or 10 oz. glass. We also have 16 oz. pilsner glasses for our lighter beers, such as traditional favorite Wheat State Golden. Seasonal beers are often served in our attractive, symmetrical snifters.

So they are pretty much telling you they are giving you a 14oz glass.  You have simply chosen not to educate yourself as a consumer.  Feeling Fucked By Free State, I believe you owe Free State an apology.

If an establishment is advertising on their menu or chalkboard or whatever xxx pint – Y$, and giving you a 14oz glass.  Then you are being fucked.  That’s probably illegal in most states.  Otherwise it’s your own damn fault.

Bourbon barrel-aged beers are all of the rage these days. It seems like you can’t swing a dead cat without a brewery releasing one of these very special beers. But while we’ve all probably experienced drinking a bourbon-barrel beer, have you ever seen the process of turning whiskey into bourbon?

Well you have an opportunity this Saturday, February 11th, from 3PM to 6PM at American Craft Brewing and Distilling (formerly The Stable) to see the magic of seeing how whiskey becomes bourbon. But this is a beer site, what if neither bourbon or whiskey appeals to you.

How about an opportunity to enjoy some Founders Brewing KBS and CBS? Starting at 3PM, American Craft will have a very limited amount of these sought-after elixirs from Michigan.

It’s a very special opportunity to see not only how these barrel-aged beers get started, but to enjoy some of the finest examples around.

The International Tap House has spirit, yes they do.  So, they have spirit, how about you?  Well, maybe you don’t have spirit, but on September 4th you could have some Missouri beers all for $3 a glass.

To celebrate the Missouri vs. Illinois football game on September 4th, iTAP in Soulard will be holding an event they’re calling MIZBRU.  All day long, iTAP will be featuring some beer made in Missouri at a special discounted rate of $3 per glass.

Here’s a list of beer that will be available at this special price:

Schlafly:
Belgian Spice
Smoked Porter
India Brown Ale
Doppelbock
AIPA Dry-Hopped with Simcoe and Columbus (Cask)

Charleville:
Belgian Spiced Pumpkin Ale (cask)

6 Row:
Double IPA (Cask)

O’Fallon:
TBD

Boulevard:
Amber (currently being tested in Nebraska not available on tap in any other market)
Boulevard Stout (on tap)

iTAP will also be offering up some free brats before the game and they’ll be offering up some BBQ after the game as well.  Also, for all of you Illinois fans, they haven’t forgotten you (though I’m sure they’ve tried), they’ll also have $1 off of Goose Island products.

sq1r-y-cropped-small-web-viewThis time of year can always be a bit too hectic.  Sometimes all we need is to sit down, drink a beer and unwind.  Square One Brewery is here to help.

This week continues their Big Beers of Christmas event. The best part about this event is that every Monday they’ll be selling these Big Beers for the same price as their normal beers.  Here’s a list what’s in store:

  • Dec 14th – Imperial IPA
  • Dec 21st – Double Pilsner
  • Dec 28st – Imperial Stout

If you can’t make it out to Square One over the next few weeks they’ll be offering up these beers at their New Years Eve Big Beer Dinner. Big beers and great prices. Too bad the holidays aren’t year round.