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I love it when a plan comes together. I love it even more when two breweries work together. In this case we have a brewery from St. Louis and a brewery from Kalamazoo, Michigan to put on one great event at Three Kings Public House.

You see, the folks at 4 Hands Brewing and the folks at Bell’s Brewery are taking over the taps at Three Kings and giving you a line-up that you have to see to believe:

4 Hands

  • Cuvee Diable
  • Beyond the Bricks
  • Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Smoked Pigasus
  • 1220 Series
  • Single Speed
  • Reprise Centennial Red
  • Divided Sky Rye IPA

Bell’s Brewery

  • Black Note Stout
  • Quinannan Falls
  • Consecrator Dopplebock
  • Hopslam
  • Two Hearted
  • Smitten
  • Oarsman
  • Third Coast Old Ale
  • Amber
  • Midwest Pale Ale

Whoa.

When can you enjoy this luscious list of beers? Well, if you mosey your way into Three Kings this Thursday, March 6th beginning at 6PM, you’ll see one of the most righteous line-ups of beer we’ve seen in quite some time. Now that sounds like a plan.

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I’m usually the first person to admit when I’m wrong. Nothing wrong with making a mistake, that’s how we all learn. I will fully admit I was wrong way back in 2009 when the International Tap House in Chesterfield opened.

I thought to myself, “No way this works.”  It’s not that I didn’t trust what co-owners Brad Lobdell and Sean Conroy were doing. It’s not that I didn’t think they could run a bar.  I honestly didn’t trust the St. Louis drinking public to embrace this new kind of bar.

In hindsight, it’s all rather genius.  A beer focused solely on craft beer.  No food, no brewery-on-premise, no gimmicks; just a bar serving awesome craft beer.

Brad and Sean will be the first to admit the concept of a craft-focused bar wasn’t a unique idea.  But opening this kind of bar right on the cusp of a beer Renaissance in St. Louis forever changed how craft beer was viewed in St. Louis.

Five years later, Brad and Sean proved a lot of people wrong. And now it’s time to celebrate how wrong many of us were. To celebrate five years, iTAP Chesterfield will be throwing a week-long celebration.  Here’s the line-up of events:

Sunday February 2nd Super Bowl – Super Share 3PM

  • Bottle Share
  • Homebrew Share
  • Pot Luck

The event will last throughout the Super Bowl and we encourage everyone to bring in a rare/special bottle or even a homebrew for a “kick-off” toast to our 5 years of being open! We’ll also be having a pot luck, so if you’re a good cook, bring plenty to share!

Monday February 3rd – “Memory Monday” 6pm

  • 1/2 off all the taps
  • Original beer lineup (or close as we can)
  • DJ Randall at 8pm

We’ll be bringing back our very first draft lineup we had back in 2009, or as close as we can get to it! You’ll be surprised by how far we’ve come in our beer choices in St. Louis! ALL taps will be ½ off.

Tuesday February 4th -Bell’s Takeover 6pm

  • Cherry Stout
  • Expedition Stout
  • Java Stout
  • Black Note

Bell’s Trip Giveaway*:
-One night stay at a hotel
-Brewery Tour
-$100 gift certificate
-$100 gas card
*winner for trip will be chosen at 8pm – enter by buying a bell’s beer

We’re giving away a trip for two to Bell’s Brewery in Michigan! All you have to do is drink Bell’s beer at our Chesterfield or Soulard location now until 2/3/14 to be entered. Winner will be chosen at 8pm on 2/4 and you must be present to win! Also enjoy some of Bell’s special release beers.

Wednesday February 5th –Perennial/Abraxas Night 6pm

  • Abraxas 2013
  • Abraxas Vanilla
  • Abraxas Coffee
  • 17
  • Peach Berliner Wiesse
  • MAYBE Fantastic Voyage –(have to wait to see if Cory thinks it is good)

The Perennial team will be celebrating with us on Wednesday by sharing some of their most sought after Abraxas variants: including the 2013 release, Abraxas Vanilla, and Abraxas Coffee. Other special release offerings by Perennial will also be on draft.

Thursday February 6th – Boulevard & Passport Appreciation 6pm

  • Saison Bret3
  • Chocolate Ale (stl launch party)
  • Foeder Projekt

Brewer Jeremy Danner will be traveling to St. Louis to party with us at iTap. We’ll be featuring some awesome special releases including 2013 Saison Brett, the release of 2014 Chocolate Ale, and an exclusive Keg of Foeder Projekt (very rare wood barrel-aged series). We’ll also be showing our Passport Members some love with a limited edition iTap 5-year t-shirt.

Friday February 7th – Firkin Friday 4pm

  • 4 Hands – making us a special IPA Variation
  • New Holland Dragon’s Milk
  • 2nd Shift LSD with Blue Print Coffee
  • Left Hand Milk Stout

Some of our favorite breweries are kind enough to give us super fresh Casks of their beer. What better way to celebrate the Friday of our 5 year anniversary?

Saturday February 8th –Celebrity Bartender 12pm

  • 12pm – Brad, Sean, & Greg
  • 1:30pm – Cory and Karen King
  • 3pm – Tracy, Jon, & Lisa
  • 4:30pm – Jason & Caitlin
  • Music by Adam Stanley at 3pm

To bring an end to the week of iTap beer drinking, we are throwing some familiar faces back behind the bar. There will also be some free food at 1pm for all to enjoy. Bartenders will pick the beer special during their shift. This gang is sure to not disappoint!

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant kicks off their 9th year of Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM and a second class from 7PM-8PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry. It’s perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s school is being hosted by Jim O’Connor from Bell’s Brewery. Jim will be on hand to discuss and sample Hopslam, Smitten, Expedition Stout, Cherry Stout, and Oarsman. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at Cicerosbeerschool.com.

sohaWe could possibly have one of our hottest days of the year today, but that doesn’t stop you from enjoying some awesome stouts. Let’s be honest, nothing satisfies like a big, black beer.

Tonight, beginning at 7PM, South Hampton Bar and Grill will be serving up two of the biggest, blackest beers around. You’ll get a chance to enjoy 4 Hands Brewing Company Bona Fide Imperial Stout and also Bell’s Brewery Black Note Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout.

If you haven’t had these beers, here’s the descriptions for you:

Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a collaborative effort with Goshen Coffee, a local fair trade coffee roaster. This beer is big, bold, and in your face. Bona Fide pours black as night with a smooth mouth feel. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, with nuances of vanilla. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years. 9% ABV / 65 IBU’s

Black Note Stout blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout and ages the combination in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The resulting harmony of flavors captures the finest features of all three components: malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso & dried fruits, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout and bourbon aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark. 11.5% ABV

threekings

I love it when a plan comes together. I love it even more when two breweries work together. In this case we have a brewery from St. Louis and a brewery from Kalamazoo, Michigan to put on one great event at Three Kings Public House.

You see, the folks at 4 Hands Brewing and the folks at Bell’s Brewery are taking over the taps at Three Kings and giving you a line-up that you have to see to believe:

4 Hands

  • Cuvee Ange
  • No Place Like Home
  • Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Contact High
  • Smoked Pigasus
  • Pyrus Saison
  • Single Speed (Jasmine Flowers)
  • Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown
  • Divided Sky Rye IPA
  • Reprise Centennial Red

Bell’s Brewery

  • Expedition Stout
  • Bourbon Barrel aged Cherry Stout
  • Third Coast Old Ale
  • Java Stout
  • Consecrator Doppelbock
  • Two Hearted
  • Midwestern Pale Ale
  • Best Brown
  • Double Cream Stout
  • Smitten Golden Rye

Whoa.

When can you enjoy this luscious list of beers? Well, if you mosey your way into Three Kings next Wednesday, March 20th beginning at 6PM, you’ll see one of the most righteous line-ups of beer we’ve seen in quite some time. Now that sounds like a plan.

itap.jpgEvery since the International Tap House came on the scene in St. Louis, they’ve easily been one of the foremost locations for events.  And for good reason, iTAP loves and cares about beer in a way only us beer nerds can understand.

There are a few events going down at iTAP in the next two weeks, so here’s a run-down:

iTAP Chesterfield Events
January 18th – Stone Vertical Epic Night (6pm)
On Tap:

  • Stone Vertical Epic 2009
  • Stone Vertical Epic 2010
  • Stone Vertical Epic 2011
  • Stone Vertical Epic 2012

iTAP Soulard Events
January 25th – Brewery Ommegang, (6pm)

  • Meet Head Brewer Phil Leinhart
  • Ommegang beers on tap!

January 30th – Bell’s Hopslam Cask, (6pm)

  • Cask of Bell’s Hopslam. ’nuff said.

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their fall Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM and a second class from 7PM-8PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry.

It’s a perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s school is being hosted by Jim O’Connor from Bell’s Brewery. Jim will be on hand to discuss and sample some beers including the Best Brown, Porter, Two Hearted, and Kalamazoo Stout. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at Cicerosbeerschool.com.