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I want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.  Make sure to enjoy your favorite beer and share some time with friends and family.

itap.jpgYou know what’s scary?  I mean besides that fat guy who breaks into your house to deliver presents.  I’ll tell you what’s scary, paying too much for beer.  It’s especially to important to save money this time of year so you can purchase all of the security necessary to keep red-suited visitors out of your house.

The International Tap House (both locations) will be helping to save you some dough with their Nightmare Before Christmas celebration.  Starting on December 14th iTAP will be offering up their sampler paddle for $13.  But that’s not all:

Due to be on tap starting Tuesday Dec. 14th. Avery The Beast, Avery Mephistopheles, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, New Holland Dragon’s Milk, Anchor Steam Old Foghorn Barleywine, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Founder’s Nemesis, Left Hand Wake Up Dead, Left Hand Fade to Black, New Holland The Poet, North Coast Old Rasputin, Founder’s Backwoods Bastard, Charleville Barleywine and a few more that we can conjure up.

Also, even with all these expensive selections we will drop the price of a sample paddle to $13. Most of these beers are rare and high in alcohol, so please plan ahead with a ride home.

Let’s be honest, this isn’t a nightmare, this is a dream come true. With any luck the nightmare I continue to have of the sounds of hooves on my roof and the bone-curdling “Ho, ho, ho” will soon come to an end.  Until then, I’ll have my shotgun ready.

As you may have guessed, the Friday Round-Up is going to be taking a week off.  But I’m curious, what is everyone drinking this X-Mas weekend?

sq1r-y-cropped-small-web-viewThis time of year can always be a bit too hectic.  Sometimes all we need is to sit down, drink a beer and unwind.  Square One Brewery is here to help.

This week continues their Big Beers of Christmas event. The best part about this event is that every Monday they’ll be selling these Big Beers for the same price as their normal beers.  Here’s a list what’s in store:

  • Dec 14th – Imperial IPA
  • Dec 21st – Double Pilsner
  • Dec 28st – Imperial Stout

If you can’t make it out to Square One over the next few weeks they’ll be offering up these beers at their New Years Eve Big Beer Dinner. Big beers and great prices. Too bad the holidays aren’t year round.

This Fall will see the release on what will be the definitive book about brewing in St. Louis when St. Louis Brews: 200 Years of Brewing in St. Louis 1809-2009 hits store shelves.  This hardbound, full color book will feature over 330 pages detailing the history of beer and its importance to the St. Louis region.

This book was researched and written by local brewing historians Don Roussin, Kevin Kious and Henry Herbst.  (Henry will also be a featured player at this years St. Louis Craft Beer Week where he will be hosting a discussion about the History of Craft Beer in the United States.)

If you’re interested in obtaining a copy of this book be certain to buy your signed copy here or you can also pay by check via this PDF.  I have a feeling this will be on a lot of local beer nerd’s Christmas lists come this fall.

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The Friday Round-Up is going to take a week off.  Have a Merry Christmas everyone.

A few friends that live all across the country decided to put together a Christmas “Beer it Forward” and I got into the mix.  Here’s a pile of goodies (mostly) from Pennsylvania.

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This is the line up:

  • 4 – Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
  • 1 – 2007 Sly Fox Christmas Ale
  • 1 – Slyfox Odyssey IPA
  • 1 – Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot Barleywine
  • 1 – Tyranena Brewing Bitter Woman IPA
  • A very cool 1994 Great Eastern International Microbrewery Festival Tasting Glass
  • Iron Hill Shaker Pint Glass