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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.

saints of shmaltzThere is no such thing as too much of a good thing, but how about too much of two good things? Well the only way to find out is by visiting Llywelyn’s Pub in St. Charles this Friday, November 20th.

Beginning at 8PM, you’ll have your opportunity to only enjoy a creation from local favorite Cathedral Square Brewing and the always enjoyable Shmaltz Brewing in an event they’re calling Saint of Shmaltz. Owner Jeremy Cowan of Shmaltz and Brewmaster Brian Neville of Cathedral Square have collaborated a few times over the years and this event celebrates that fantastic partnership.

You’ll have a chance to not only try the St. Lenny’s Belgian Rye DIPA collaboration along with some other favorites from Shmaltz including the Chanuakah Beer, Hop Manna IPA, and She’Brew Triple IPA. This will also be your opportunity to taste their newest collaboration the St. Jewbelation Sour Rye.

So head out to Llywelyn’s in St. Charles on Friday to find out if two is too much of a good thing (it’s not.)

IMG_4338Last year STL Hops had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with 2nd Shift Brewing to create one of my favorite styles, a wheatwine. 2nd Shift was so happy with the beer they’ve decided to make this release an annual tradition.

I’m happy to announce that the 2015 version of I Am Become Death wheatwine is either now (or soon to be available) in St. Louis.  The recipe, which was devised by STL Hops Homebrew Club Supreme Overlord Troy Meier, remains the same.

In keeping with a new year, we have a new label as well.  This year’s label was once again created by my friend Mike Atwood previously of Hoosier Beer Geek fame and now 38th in charge at Sun King Brewery.  It’s a fantastic label and Mike is very happy with how it turned out.

I Am Become Death is a collaboration between friends and something we’re all very proud of.  You should start seeing it around town as early as today. Let us know what you think.

 

fraisecasseeCollaborations not only allow brewers to work on something together, but also usually provide some unique creations.  Such is the case when Six Row Brewing was approached by The OG, the St. Louis Women’s Craft Beer Collective, to brew up a a special beer they’re calling Fraise Cassèe.

Avid homebrewers Abbey Spencer and Kathy DeLassus developed the recipe for Fraise Cassèe last year and debuted it at the Flying Saucer.  It was such a hit that Evan Hiatt from Six Row was eager to work with Abbey and Kathy to scale this up to a full batch.  Here’s a description of the beer:

Fraise Cassèe (Broken Strawberry) is The OG’s signature Strawberry Saison recipe brewed in collaboration with Six Row Brewing COmpany. A traditional saison with the addition of pureed strawberry makes for a delightfully tart and dry ale with a hint of black pepper and a strawberry finish.

Beginning the first week of April you’ll be begin seeing a limited amount of bottles and draft around the St. Louis area.  And of course you’ll be able to find some at the Six Row tasting room as well. A perfect beer for the beginning of spring!

sideprojectcellarJeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø from Evil Twin Brewing is visiting St. Louis on Tuesday, March 24th to brew a collaboration with Side Project Brewing. And while this alone would be headline worth news, I’m happy to announce that in honor of his visit The Side Project Cellar is doing an Evil Twin night to celebrate.

What does this mean? Well it means that Evin Twin and Side Project beers are taking over the Cellar 52-degree draft tower! It also means that Cory King and Jeppe will be on hand starting at 6PM to talk and drink some of these delicious beers.

Exactly what beers will be available is still a work in progress, but you know the list is going to be great. Mark this one down on your calendar and visit the Cellar to celebrate the collaboration between two great breweries.

llywelyns-243x300Some of us, like yours truly have never known a world without Llywelyn’s Pub. They’ve now been in St. Louis for over 40 years. To celebrate this amazing accomplishment Llywelyn’s has partnered with a couple of local breweries to brew a special ale.

The first in these special collaborations is a collaboration into itself as Llywelyn’s partnered with Schlafly and Civil Life Brewing to create a beer that they’ve deemed as a “Welsh Ale.” This very special beer features the same ABV, SRM, IBUs and malt bill. The only difference are the types of hops used.

This Welsh Ale is 5.0% ABV, 20 IBU and 15 SRM. The malt bill features Marris Otter, Crystal, Amber, and Torrified Wheat. Schlafly version used Admiral and East Kent Goldings hops, while the Civil Life version used Fuggles.

Llyweyln’s will be tapping the Schlafly version of this beer(which they’ve dubbed Volume 1) at 3PM at all of their locations. As part of their “Brew You Never Knew” series, the Webster and St. Charles locations will be serving up the a firkin of this special beer. We can expect the Civil Life version in the near future as well.

Congrats to Llywelyn’s for this very special anniversary! Head on out to try this fantastic collaboration.

civillife-stlhopsI don’t know how, but I’ve tricked another brewery into collaborating with us here at STL Hops.

A few of us mentioned to Jake and Dylan at The Civil Life Brewery that we’d love to do a collaboration beer with them sometime. Jake, being the affable fellow he is, and Dylan, being the lovable, stalwart brewer he is, were up for brewing up something cool with us.

Naming a beer is harder work than one would think. During this great revolution of beer in America, there are a lot of breweries which means a lot of new beers are getting named. So, coming up with something unique can be tough.

But not as tough as being a brewer. It’s a sweaty, wet, and sometimes backbreaking job to brew beer. I know first-hand as I, along with Eric, Carl, and Troy helped to brew this collaboration with our friends at Civil Life.

Us all being fans of Civil Life, we wouldn’t want to much with the program too much. Their takes on traditional English and German styles are too pretty to mess with. So we all quickly agreed that a traditional bock not only fit Civil Life but gave us something big to enjoy during the winter.

Luckily for all of us, Troy Meier, the Supreme Overlord of the STL Hops Homebrew Club, has an award-winning recipe for a bock. So Troy sat down with Dylan and they hammered out and scaled up Troy’s recipe. And after almost two month, the Gordian Knot Bock is now ready.

You can get your first taste of this starting today at Civil Life.  It will also be available around town as well.  Here are some of the accounts that have brought in the beer:

Amsterdam Tavern
Baileys Range
The Bridge
Dressel’s
Exit 6
Stacked Burger Bar
International Tap House
Mike Duffy’s Kirkwood
Nick’s Pub
Quincy Street
South Hampton Bar and Grill
Royale
Ryders Tavern
Side Project
Tick Tock Tavern
Three Monkey’s
Triumph Grill
Over/Under

While I’m really proud of this beer, the coolest part is this would have never happened if not for the continued support of the STL Hops community for our local brewers. Thank you one and all, and happy holidays to everyone.