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“Making friends is our business.” – Adolphus Busch

Though I’m not entirely sure that New Belgium Brewing‘s Lauren Salazar would approve of being compared to one of the beer czars of old, she’s certainly made a lot of friends in the beer business.  In fact, I’d argue she’s one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met in the beer world.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Lauren, well, here’s your chance.  Starting today New Belgium’s Wood Beer Specialists Lauren Salazar and Ted Peterson will be in St. Louis to do a bunch of events in the area. Here’s a rundown of everything going on:

Wednesday, January 6th
Meet the Brewers at Three Kings w/Perennial Artisan Ales 7:30-9:30pm
Lauren Salazar & Ted Peterson, New Belgium’s Wood Beer Specialists and Phil Wymore, Co-Owner of Perennial Artisan Ales

Featuring: Love Felix Apple, Le Terroir, Bier de Mars, Blackberry Barleywine, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout on Nitro & a special test batch keg of Clutch, and a keg of Perennial Blue Label Maman

Thursday, January 7th
Sour Symposium at Bridge 4-6pm & 7-9pm

Guests will go through the art of blending beer from grain to glass focusing on techniques Lauren and Ted use in New Belgium’s cellar. Attendees will also get to blend their own sour beers using different samples of unblended base beers kept in individual foeders of the brewery’s cellar and document their blend ratios to see who has what it takes to be the next Master Blender.

Full details and to purchase tickets please visit: http://stlsoursymposium.brownpapertickets.com

After Party to immediately follow the close of the 7-9pm session at Bridge

Friday, January 8th
Schnucks Des Peres 5-7pm
Lauren Salazar & Ted Peterson will be talking about New Belgium, brewing and upcoming beers!

Featuring samples of: Love Felix Peach, Le Terroir, La Folie and a sneak peak of new releases, Glutiny & Citradelic!

logo-bridge-wpThere are certain breweries and beers that it’s difficult to hide my excitement about. For instance, when Sierra Nevada Celebration comes out, I usually wax poetic about it.

Another one of those breweries that has got me pretty jazzed is Ballast Point out of San Diego. When deciding upon beers to be served at our wedding, I was this close to picking up a keg of Grapefruit Sculpin for a delicious IPA option (it ended up losing out to another San Diego brewery, Alesmith IPA.)

Well, if you’ve been paying attention to social media you know that starting today BP is now available in STL. To celebrate this event, Bridge Tap House is hosting a Ballast Point Launch Party next Wednesday, December 23rd.

Starting at 5PM you’ll have your chance to enjoy the original Sculpin, the Grapefruit Sculpin, and Dorado Double IPA. Head out to the Bridge tonight because t’s time to get excited about another great brewery in our area!

nbbBeer blending gets a bad rap. Many craft beer nerds often think of the bigger breweries when the word “blending” comes up.  But it’s impossible to create some of the barrel-aged beers we all love so much without blending.

There is a real art to combining certain attributes of one barrel to another barrel to achieve the taste profile that you’re looking for. Two people that know a little something about this are Lauren Salazar and Ted Peterson, New Belgium Brewing‘s wood beer specialists.

To give you a little sample of what it’s like to do this blending process, New Belgium is working with Bridge Tap House to put on a very special event that they’re calling St. Louis Sour Symposium.

On Thursday, January 7th, Lauren Salazar and Ted Peterson will be in town and will be bringing in unblended beers from five different foeders and will give you the opportunity to blend each of these samples to create your own sour masterpiece. NBB is also working with Bridge’s Chefs Erik Peterson and Stephen Trouvere to create special pairings to go along with your new sour creation.

There will be only two sessions (4-6pm and 7-9pm) for this unique opportunity.  Tickets are $50 each and you can purchase them here.

St. Louis was chosen as one of only five cities for this amazing event. This is an awesome Christmas gift for that sour beer nerd in your lift.

PrintWe envy what we don’t have. We’re all human and it’s easy to get caught up in looking for the next thing. But it’s nice to appreciate what we have.

One of those things is Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales out of Ann Arbor, MI. While we all go searching for that difficult to source bottle, Jolly Pumpkin stoically sits on the shelf, waiting for the next lucky soul to purchase it.

So it’s nice to see the Bridge Tap House put on an event to celebrate all things JP. The event, which takes place tonight, May 27th, is entitled “April Showers Bring Jolly Pumpkin Sours” and will feature La Roja du Kriek, Rojilla, Bam Biere, Noel de Calabaza and Fuego del Otono.

Tappings begin at 5PM and Bridge will also be giving away Jolly Pumpkin glassware as well. Pay honor to one of the workhorses of sour beer available in our area by visiting the Bridge tonight.

logo-bridge-wpI hope you have your drinking shoes on because as the weather is warming up, we’re seeing more and more events going on around town. The Bridge Tap House has not just one, but two killer events they’re putting on in the next two weeks.

Next Monday, April 27th, Bridge will be featuring a Deschutes Brewery tap takeover and hosting Deschutes master blender Anthony Stone. Starting at 5PM, Bridge will be featuring  Mirror Mirror 2014, Mirror Pond, Black Butte XXV, Obsidian Nitro Stout and Fresh Squeezed IPA.

Then on Thursday, May 7th, Bridge will be hosting a Founders Brewing tap takeover featuring the one, the only KBS.  The best part about this tap takeover is that it’s kind of a match off against big sister, little sister.  Bridge will be doing side-by-side pourings of Breakfast Stout/KBS, Rubeaus/Blushing Monk, Dirty Bastard/Backwoods Bastard (2014) and Old Curmudgeon.

logo-bridge-wpSometimes I feel like Rip Van Winkle. I wake up and years have passed. Wasn’t it just 2010? How is it already 2015?

Granted, this isn’t a terrible thing. Watching as the world keeps changing is certainly fascinating. But time can definitely sneak up on you. What’s more surprising to me is not finding out the Dave Bailey’s beautiful beer bar Bridge is celebrating five years in business, but that it’s ONLY celebrating five years in business.

It feels like the Bridge has been with us much longer than that, which speaks to just how wonderful of an establishment he and his staff have created. To celebrate this wonderful occasion Bridge has lined up an amazing menu of beers that they’ll begin pouring this Thursday, February 26th beginning at 5PM.

Some of these beers they’ve been holding on to since the day they opened their door. That’s only speaks to their patience and seriousness of being one of the best beer bars in St. Louis. Here’s a look at the list:

  • 2010 Avery Mephistopheles
  • 2010 Avery The Beast
  • 2010 Schlafly Imperial Stout
  • 2010 Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van de Keizer Blauw
  • 2010 Great Divide Hibernation
  • 2014 Perennial Anniversaria
  • Schlafly Chestnut Mild
  • Stone Reason Be Damned
  • Firestone Walker Double DBA
  • Cantillon Saint Gilloise
  • Bell’s Hopslam
  • Bell’s Red Nose ESB
  • Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus
  • Siren/Prairie Artisan Ales Ratchet
  • Perennial Peach Berliner Weisse
  • Perennial Sump Coffee Stout

And for the first 75 guest, purchasing a beer from the birthday beer list will get you a hand-etched commemorative glass to keep! And for those of you that like cocktails, there will be a few creations including “the Silverwood, made with Rooster’s Breakfast Beer, brewed by 4 Hands Brewing Company, and The Five Year Sting, featuring Greenbird, brewed for Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar by 2nd Shift Brewing.”

Head out this Thursday and enjoy not only a great time, but also one of the best places to enjoy a beer over the past five years.

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logo-bridge-wpDecember 26th is known as Boxing Day in the commonwealth nations. Regardless of why it came about, it means an extra holiday for folks living in current (or former) British colonies.

As a former British colony, it’s a shame we don’t have one extra day to celebrate the holidays. But if you’re one of the lucky few off this Friday (or even if you’re not), perhaps you’ll want to pop into Bridge Tap House to enjoy some very special beers that Bridge has received from Mikkeller.

Beginning at 6PM, Bridge will be tapping Spontanrosehip (a sour ale brewed with rosehip & aged in oak barrels), Spontanelderflower (a sour ale brewed with sea buckthorn), and the Limoncello IPA (a collaboration with Hill Farmstead).

Friday night at one of the most beautiful beer bars in the country seems like a pleasant way to enjoy this holiday season, even if we didn’t get the day off.