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Anniversaries are special times. They not only allow us to look back at everything we’ve accomplished but also provide an opportunity to look forward at what’s to come.

There is no doubt that New Belgium Brewing has done more for craft beer than few other breweries. For how many people was Fat Tire their first taste of craft beer?  For how many of us was La Folie your first chance to try a sour beer?

After 25 years I’d dare to guess that all of us have enjoyed a New Belgium beer at least once and there are few breweries that get to have that honor. To celebrate 25 awesome years NBB has teamed up with the International Tap House in the Central West End to throw a birthday party.

This Saturday, November 5th iTAP CWE is putting on a killer party featuring some heavy hitters from New Belgium. Starting at 3pm you’ll have a chance to enjoy draft beers including Love Blackberry Oscar, Love Apple Felix, Flowering Citrus Ale, La Folie, Abbey Ale and more!

You’ll also have a chance to win New Belgium prizes all afternoon with a special grand prize being given away at 6pm.  There is also a special 25th anniversary glass available while supplies last.

Head down and toast New Belgium for 25 awesome years.

 

Do you know what’s a wonder of the modern age?  Air conditioning. Why am I waxing on about modern conveniences on a beer blog?  Because I hear too many people talk about not wanting stouts during the summer.

I’m not advocating drinking a 13% beer after mowing the grass (though, there isn’t anything wrong with that.)  But, there is no reason not to enjoy some big beer after work in the comfort of your temperature-controlled home.

Do you know who has air conditioning and awesome beer?  The International Tap House in Central West End. While their beer selection is awesome all of the time, it’s extra awesome this Saturday, September 10th beginning at 2PM when they hold their Nightmare WAY Before Christmas event.

This event features some of the biggest and baddest beers in St. Louis all at one time.  Take a look at the list:

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BCAA_2016_WordmarkLast year Sierra Nevada collaborated with 12 different breweries to create an epic twelve pack of beer they called Beer Camp Across America. This year they’ve upped the game by collaborating with 30 different breweries across the US.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to try all six different collaborations at one time, head out to International Tap House in Soulard next Tuesday, May 26th beginning at 6PM. Here’s a run down of what’s being tapped:

West Latitude — Session Rye with Hibiscus
Stout of the Union — Robust Stout
Moxee­Moron — Imperial Session IPA
Family Values — Imperial Brown Ale with Cocoa
Pat­Rye­Ot — Revolutionary Pale Ale
Sweet Sunny South — Southern Table Beer

Odell Brewing, one of the collaborators for Moxee-Moron, and hometown favorite Perennial, one of the brewers on Family Values will also be in attendance for this event. Odell will be bringing St. Lupulin and Prop Culture while Perennial will be bringing Funky Wit and Hommel Bier.

Flights of all 10 beers will be available for $25 along with 1/2 and full pours.

It’s easy to be reflective during this time of the year.  The holidays allow us to not only look back on the year that was but look forward to the year ahead.  It also gives a good opportunity to share great times with friends and family alike.

The International Tap House knows how to put on a good time.  They’ve been doing it for almost seven years now. To celebrate New Years Eve, iTAP in the Central West End is throwing their first NYE event.

On Thursday, December 31st from 8PM to 1AM iTAP will be hosting an all-inclusive NYE party.  For $75 per person you’ll enjoy all 61 draft beers and wine all night long (bottled beer available for purchase.)  They’re also include food (while supplies last), music and a special toast to ring in the new year.

You can purchase tickets now here. Keep the champagne at home and ring in the new year with beer at iTAP CWE.

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oct_taptakeover (1)Over the course of seven years, the International Tap House has done a lot of tap takeovers, but they’ve never done a tap takeover as big as the one they’re putting on this Saturday. Beginning at 2PM, iTAP CWE and 4 Hands Brewing will be putting twenty different beers on tap.

While you’ll be able to enjoy classic favorites like Single Speed and Cast Iron Oatmeal, 4 Hands is certainly pulling out all of the stop. Here’s a look at the list:

  • Madagascar
  • Resurrected
  • Downfall
  • Cuvee Ange
  • Fruit Cake
  • Passion Fruit Prussia
  • Hugo Saison
  • Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Divided Sky Rye
  • Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown
  • Single Speed
  • Peacemaker
  • Imperial Milk Stout
  • Guava Session
  • Send Help
  • Centennial Red
  • Absence of Light
  • Ca$h Mony
  • Preserved Lemon Gose
  • Constellation Citra

If that wasn’t enough, the first 50 customers to purchase a 4 Hands beer will receive a 4 Hands scratch off that will provide you with a chance to win beer or swag. Head out on Saturday to experience one of the most epic tap takeovers 4 Hands and iTAP have ever put on.

For_Web_iTAP-BCS-PosterPatience and will-power.  If you plan on cellaring beer, you need to have both of these items in spades. It’s difficult to see that beer just sitting there any not want to drink it.

If you’re anything like me, it’s especially difficult when it’s Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. While it’s difficult to choose favorite beers, BCS always seems to end up as part of my deserted island list of beers.

Luckily the International Tap House has the patience to bring you what might be the biggest beer event of the year.  At 11AM on 12/13/14, iTAP Central West End will be pouring a vertical of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Bourbon County Stout.

That’s right, they’ve held on to three kegs of this magical beer to put on this very special event. Tickets for this spectacular go on sale this Saturday, November 15th and will run you $30 per person.

That $30 includes a 5oz pour of each of these beers,  gratuity, along with a 12oz snifter that commemorates this (possibly life-changing?) event. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at Midnight. Now we just have to be patient enough to wait for this event!

deschutes-mirrormirror-09“It’s not really barleywine season,” I heard someone say.

I mean, sure, some beers are definitely seasonal. Things like stouts and barleywines will definitely get more love in November than in August. But there are some beers that defy logic.

When Deschutes Brewery came to St. Louis, there were two beers that Deschutes fans were clamoring to get: Abyss and Mirror Mirror. Abyss makes its way here every year, but sadly we missed out on the last release of Mirror Mirror which hasn’t been available since 2009.

When Deschutes began their Reserve Series of beers, it began with a double batch of their flagship beer Mirror Pond. This oak aged barleywine pays reverence to the barrel-aging of the old world with new world ingredients.

You Deschutes fans better be ready because Mirror Mirror is back and will be available in St. Louis. To celebrate this event Deschutes is working with the International Tap House in the Central West End to launch the beer in STL. The event takes place this Wednesday, March 26th beginning at 5PM.

As an extra treat, this will also be a Keep the Glass night featuring the highly sought after Teku glasses that you glass nerds love (while supplies last.) Who am I kidding? I love them too!

And as a super extra fun treat, Deschutes brewmaster Brian Faivre sent along two bottles of 2009 Mirror Mirror that Karen King will be pouring samples of (also while supplies last.)

I don’t know if it’s barleywine season or not, but it’s certainly Mirror Mirror season.