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Way back in 2010 a small group of us met in the basement of the now shuttered Mattingly Brewing Company for an event our friend Drew Huerter dubbed Big Black Beer Bash. Before the scene took off and well before bottle shares were commonplace, Big Black Beer Bash was an event to share some of the biggest blackest beers from our “cellars.” In 2011, with Mattingly Brewing having closed and Drew moving on, we moved the event to the patio of iTap Soulard on a Sunday afternoon.

The event swelled to a much larger group of like-minded beer folks sharing beers. Part of that crew that day was this guy named Cory King. At the time he was working behind the bar at iTap and none of us really realized what was to come. For a couple of years the event was moved to Perennial Artisan Ales to handle the influx of the growing scene. Fast forward to Cory and Karen starting Side Project. Cory approached us about having a smaller version of BBBB at the new Side Project Cellar in early 2015. It was one hell of a party, but the constraints of The Cellar’s size didn’t allow us to host as many folks as before.

After a year off, we’re happy to announce that we are ready to bring back Big Black Beer Bash. Cory and Karen have graciously offered up the new brewery space for the event. I’ll let Cory tell you more:

What: The Big Black Beer Bash 2017. The BBBB was started by our friend Drew Huerter, formerly of Mattingly’s and then of Schlafly, where a small group gathered in the basement of Mattingly’s to sip on bottles of big stouts, porters and barleywines during the coldest parts of the winter. After a short hiatus, we would love to bring the tradition back of opening those dusty, huge beers, that are ripe for sharing.

Where: Side Project Brewing – 7458 Manchester Road Maplewood MO 63143

When: Friday, February 10th from 4pm to 8pm

Who: Anyone who wants to attend that can bring a big beer to share! (no cost to come, but you MUST bring at least 1 bomber or 750mL to share)

Why: Because these are the best bottles for bottle shares ;).

The brewery will not be open, we will just be using the facility for the bottle share and the restrooms. No glassware will be provided. Please bring everything you would need, as if this bottle share was outside in some remote location. You can bring your own food. Just please respect our place, clean up after yourself and see you in February!

Cheers,
Cory King

If you have attended this event in the past you know it’s a great time. If you haven’t, we invite you to what we believe is one of the better bottle shares you’ll attend. So here’s to Drew Huerter and here’s to sharing some Big Black Beers. See you there!

In many ways, the STL Hops Big Black Beer Bash is a lot like Fight Club. The obvious example is that there is a set of rules:

1. You must be 21
2. You must bring your own tasting glass
3. Must bring a big black beer of some sort
4. You must not act a fool

It’s also a pretty quiet affair, it’s not something we really advertise on the front page as it’s not something we want to get out of hand. You need to post on the forums to see when it takes place. But, that’s pretty much where the resemblance ends.

There aren’t a bunch of sweaty shirtless dudes fighting each other. There are a bunch of very awesome people who bring some big, black beers to share with everyone. It’s a lovely event and Cory King and Perennial Artisan Ales are awesome people for helping put it on. If you weren’t able to attend, here are a couple of photos to enjoy:\

Begun 3 years ago by local brewing legend Drew Huerter, the STL Hops Big Black Beer Bash celebration seems to be getting bigger every year. Again this year, Cory King (with the help of Eric Hildebrandt) took the reigns for putting the event together and it was another tremendous success. So much delicious big and black beer being drank.

If you couldn’t make it out, here are a few photos from the event:

This is kind of a bittersweet post.  On one hand, we’re going to be able to enjoy the Big Black Beer Bash again this year.  On the other hand, it’s a reminder that Mattingly Brewing Company is no longer with us.  But, we can use the BBBB to pour one out for our homies.

This very special version of the Big Black Beer Bash is going to be held on Sunday, January 30th beginning at 3pm at the International Tap House in Soulard.  Why is this a very special version?  Well, it’s because iTAP in Soulard isn’t open on Sunday’s, which means the following:

  • iTAP will NOT be selling beer that day.  They’re opening their doors and letting us party.
  • This event is BYOB.  You must bring at least one beer to attend the party.
  • Keep in mind the theme when you bring a beer.  Make it dark, make it black.
  • Food/snacks are absolutely welcome.
  • Make sure to be respectful. iTAP is being very generous by opening its doors.

Big thanks to Eric Hildebrandt, Cory King, Drew Huerter, and of course Brad Lobdell and Sean Conroy for bringing back this very cool event.  Can’t wait for the 30th.

mattingly_84x128.jpg Let’s face it, February sucks.  It’s too cold, too dark and pretty boring.  But, one of the best parts about Winter is that it’s the perfect time of year to drink some big, dark stouts.

Luckily Mattingly Brewing Company‘s head brewer Drew Huerter agrees with that notion and has decided to celebrate the dark and cold by giving us a bunch of dark and cold beer.  Drew has deemed his event the Big Black Beer Bash.

This Saturday, February 6th beginning at 4pm, Mattingly will have Black Forest Maple Imperial Stout and Bourbon Oak American Stout on tap as well as some selections from Drew and Jerid’s personal cellars to share.  Like what from their personal cellars?

  • GI BCS ’07, ’08
  • Terrapin/Left Hand Midnight Project Brew Two 2009 Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout
  • 3F Dark Lord ’09
  • Deschutes The Abyss ’08
  • Lost Abbey Serpents Stout
  • Stone Imperial Russian Stout ’09
  • Pisgah Cosmos
  • Samuel Smith RIS
  • Bell’s Expedition Stout Batches: 8729, 8728, 7251
  • Arcadia Shipwreck Porter
  • Brew Dog Rip Tide Stout
  • Left Hand Smokejumper
  • Avery Mephistopheles Stout 11/06, 11/08
  • Schlafly Irish Extra Stout 3/07
  • Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter 05G, 07L
  • Bell’s Cherry Stout Batch 7674
  • ODell Imperial Stout 2008
  • Arcadia Imperial Stout 2006
  • Olfabrikken Porter
  • Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
  • Schlafly Imperial Stout ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09
  • Old Rasputin XII

If you’re looking to warm up, this selection of beer is about the best way to do it.