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sideprojectcellar“The best-laid plans of mice and men / Often go awry”, of course I’m paraphrasing Scottish poet Robbie Burns. His version is a bit more Scottish-y.

When Boulevard Brewing’s Brewmaster Steven Pauwels reached out to Cory and Karen King of Side Project Brewing about doing a collaboration beer, the plan had been to release the beer as a Boulevardia exclusive. This would be a beer created just for this special festival with a few kegs making their way to St. Louis exclusively for the Side Project Cellar.

But, there was a problem. Once the beer was created and ready to go, the label approval process was backlogged. What normally would have been a 21-day turn around turned into a 45-day fiasco. The beer meant for the patrons of Boulevardia unfortunately did not make it to the event.

Now that the legal mumbo jumbo has been cleared up, it’s time for the beer’s debut.  Boulevard and Side Project will; be hosting the first of two events on September 8th beginning at 4PM at the Side Project Cellar in Maplewood.

Steven Pauwels and Cory King will be on-hand to debut this special beer. Boulevard will be hosting their own event on September 10th in their tasting room (for those of you who want to make the road trip or are already in the KC area.)

The Show-Me Sour is a 4% ABV, Belgian-style, dark table beer created by blending a whiskey barrel-aged version and fresh version of the beer.  Side Project will be featuring a few other Boulevard goodies this evening including the always wonderful Saison-Brett (2015) and Hibiscus Gose.

itap-LOGONothing better than taking advantage of these lovely summer evenings than sitting outside with a beer and some friends.

The International Tap House in Soulard has put together a series of events under the stars with some stars with their Canned Beer Festival. On a selected Wednesday each month (weather permitting) iTAP will be showing a movie on the patio and providing some canned beers to go along with the film.

This Wednesday, June 3rd, iTAP will be featuring canned beers from Boulevard Brewing Company and will be showing Superbad for free. The movie will start at sundown (around 8:30PM).

Stay tuned for more classic movies and more canned beers over the summer.


BCR14_EclipseTapTakePoster11x17_F1One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying news beers that aren’t available locally. Some of us call this “ticking“. As we try a new beer we can tick it off the list.

But sometimes new (and exclusive) beers come to you; no traveling required! In this case the new beer is from Boulevard Brewing Company which will be available as part of a tap takeover taking place at the Moonrise Hotel on Friday, May 2nd beginning at 5PM.

The line-up for this tap takeover is pretty impressive.  You’ll have your chance to enjoy the Imperial Stout, the Rye-on-Rye, the Chocolate Ale, the Grainstorm Black Rye IPA, and the Foeder Projekt.  And if that wasn’t cool enough, you’ll also have a chance to try the Tasting Room ESB which is only available at the Boulevard tasting room.

Nothing like ticking a beer not available in St. Louis in your own backyard.


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!

piI’m happy to announce that the winner of the two tickets to tonight’s Boulevard Brewing beer dinner at Pi Pizzeria is Brian Deloriea!

Congrats to Brian and thanks everyone for entering. If you didn’t win, don’t be too upset, I will have another awesome contest later this week.

Big thanks again to Laura Swanson from Boulevard for the tickets. I believe there are a few seats available for tonight’s dinner, you can make reservations by calling 314-727-6633.

piSorry for the late notice on this one, we’ve had a lot of contests already this month. Laura Swanson from Boulevard Brewing has graciously given STL Hops two passes to the Boulevard Beer Dinner hosted by Neil Witte taking place tomorrow, January 21st at Pi Pizzeria in the Delmar Loop.

This meal begins at 6:00PM tomorrow night and will feature four courses paired with four different Boulevard Beers. You can win two tickets b sending an email to with the subject of Boulevard Beer Dinner, I’ll randomly pick two winners on Tuesday, January 21st at 9AM. 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’t attend, please don’t enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

Big thanks again to Laura Swanson from Boulevard for the tickets. Good luck!

piAlmost everyone loves a good team up. Batman and Superman, Mark Twain and Nikolai Tesla, Scooby Doo and the Harlem Globetrotters… You can’t beat a supergroup.

We’re going to have our own beer super team-up taking place next Tuesday, January 21st when Pi Pizzeria‘s executive chef Cary McDowell teams up with Boulevard Brewing‘s Neil Witte to put on a show-stopping beer dinner. For those that may not know, Neil Witte is one of only seven Master Cicerones in the world.

That’s a big deal.

You combine Neil’s knowledge with the kick-ass food that Cary McDowell makes and you have the makings of one of the best beer events of the new year. This four course dinner will take place at 6PM next Tuesday and will cost $45 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 314-727-6633. Make sure to stay tuned to the Pi twitter account as they’ll be sending out hints about the menu over the next few days.

Stay tuned to STL Hops as well, as we’ll be giving away two tickets thanks to Boulevard Brewing.