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bottomsup.gifDerek Bean of Missouri Beverage dropped me a note about a LaChouffe tasting at Bottoms Up Brewhouse in O’Fallon, Missouri.  The tasting will be from 9PM to 11PM this Thursday, January 22.  Derek has this to say about the tasting:

Tom Gardner, our rep from Duvel Moortgat USA will be there to share beers and beer stories with everyone. He’s a great guy, with a passion for beer, even worked for Sprecher for 7 years. As you may be aware, Duvel Moortgat is the importer for Duvel, Maredsous, Chouffe, as well as owning and operating Ommegang. They are very much behind the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown Beer Festival at Brewery Ommegang every August; and Tom can fill you in on all the gritty details of that event!

Derek also mentioned that while supplies last, you’ll get a complimentary LaChouffe glass upon their initial LaChouffe bottle purchase.

bottomsup.gifBack in September I reported that Sam Huff’s award winning Vanilla Brown Ale was being brewed at Buffalo Brewing Company in conjunction with Bottom’s Up Brewhouse‘s contest to have a homebrewing beer brewed professionally.  While it’s been available at Buffalo for a few weeks, it looks like it’ll finally be available at Bottom’s Up.

To celebrate the occasion, Bottom’s Up is thorwing a little party on Thursday, December 18th starting at 7PM. Here’s a map to Bottom’s Up.  Make sure to stop by and congratulate Sam for his accomplishment.

buffalobottomsup.gifI don’t know if I mentioned this or not (and if I didn’t it was a huge mistake on my part) but way back in July, Sean Sweeney of the St. Louis Brews Homebrewing club, got a chance to brew his award winning Dubbel at Buffalo Brewing with Dave Johnson. Well, Dave has informed me that another local homebrewer and frequent STL Hops commenter Sam Huff will have the opportunity to brew his American Brown Ale at Buffalo as well.

Recently Bottoms Up Brewhouse held a homebrew competition with the grand prize of having your beer on tap at Bottom’s Up. Sam entered his American Brown Ale and won, so now he’s working with Dave to switch his extract recipe to all-grain to have it brewed on Buffalo’s system. After the beer is done it will be available not only at Bottoms Up but a small amount will hopefully be available at Buffalo as well. As soon as the beer has been released, I’ll make sure to let everyone know. Congrats to Sam!

Usually when you hear the words “beer” and contest” the rules deal mainly with how much beer a person has to drink. So when Sam brought this contest at Bottom’s Up Brewhouse to my attention I was at first skeptical, but after quickly reading the rules I quickly grew intrigued:

You pay $5 to enter
You get 2 samples for each round
They might be #1 Bud, #2 Miller, (for example) it’s a blind tasting, you will be told what beer is served, but YOU have to pick which is which.
It’s a double elimination tournament
Prizes will be awarded each week

According to Dave Johnson, it turns out that O’Fallon Brewery founder, Tony Caradona, had come up with this idea almost 20 years ago when he owned a bar in Maryville, Illinois. Tony was talking to the owner of Bottom’s Up and he loved the idea. If there is any luck, people will take this as seriously as they did 20 years ago at Tony’s bar. Dave suggested the idea of teams from other bars competing against each other in a league. Which in my opinion is just a brilliant idea. I know I’ll be trying to make my way out to O’Fallon soon to try my hand at tasting beers.