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CraftBeerCellarLogoYou can’t stop and men and ladies at Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton, you can only hope to get enough time to enjoy all of the events they’re putting on.  And if you’re planning on hitting all of the events they’re putting on this week, then you’re going to be busy.

Wednesday October 14 – 5PM to 9PM – Deschutes Tapping & Party

CBC is welcoming this Bend, OR favorite and putting together a crazy list of beer for you to enjoy:

  • Special Tapping of The Stoic
  • RARE FLIGHTS including Black Butte XXVII, Black Butte XXVI, and The Stoic ($10 for three 5oz pours)
  • Samplings on ALL the Deschutes IPAs
  • Official release of Hop Trip & Jubel Ale
  • Special Deschutes Swag Raffle

The event is free to attend. Samples are free. Flights are first come, first served and may go quickly.

Thursday October 15 – 4PM to 8PM – Beer Geek Social

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Head out to CBC on for this regular Thursday event. This is your chance to meet beer geeks, share bottles, and discover some delicious new beers. All full draught pours are $1 off during this event.

Saturday October 17 – 5PM to 9PM – PUBLIC HOUSE & THE URGE – Meet The Brewers & Band

If you grew up in STL during the 90’s there was no escaping the Urge.  To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album (damn, I’m old) of Receiving the Gift of Flavor, the Public House Brewing Company collaborated with the Urge to create a very special beer.

Head out to CBC to have a chance to win one of five bottles signed by the band, shirts, CDs, tickets, and more.

flyingsaucerlogoIf you like dark and delicious beers, Flying Saucer will be pouring Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXVI and Goose Island 2013 Bourbon County Stout beginning at 12PM tomorrow, Saturday, September 27th.

I don’t really have much more to add other than these beers are awesome and you should totally visit the Flying Saucer and drink them.

It’s the weekend, you should live a little!

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.

deschutes_brewery_logoYou know what doesn’t get enough love? Nitro beer. Sure, we get all giddy when a new beer comes out on draft or even on cask, but the nitro handle is a workhorse that just does its job day in and day out.

Breweries know that nitro is special though, they also know that it’s kind of an (PUN ALERT) untapped market. Which is why a brewery like Deschutes Brewery is doing something very cool by throwing a Nitro Night.

Tonight only (Wednesday, February 13th) the International Tap House in Soulard will be putting on three different nitro beers from Deschutes: Jubelale, Obsidian Stout, and Red Chair. And if that wasn’t enough, beginning at 6PM you buy a pint and you get to keep a glass (while supplies last).

Also in attendance this evening will be Missouri Market Manager Karen King and Marketing Communications Specialist Erik Frank. They’ll be there to spread some Deschutes cheer and enjoy some great beer. You should come out and do the same.

As more and more people have started putting together beer cellars, I’ve had plenty ask how long you should age beer. I wish I had an easy answer.  There are so many factors that go into aging beer that make it almost impossible to give an answer.

But, what if you want to get an idea of what a beer tastes like over the course of five years without putting in the time, effort, and patience to cellar that beer? Well, my friends, do I have an event for you.

On Thursday, December 27th beginning at 7PM, 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar will be throwing a very special tasting featuring a five year vertical of Deschutes Brewery The Abyss Imperial Stout.

This will be a ticketed event (which will cost you $25) which will give you 4oz samples of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Abyss as well as a chance to hang out with Brian Faivre, head brewer of Deschutes.   As you can imagine, this will be a popular event. So to make it fair, Jeff Stetner (owner of 33 Wine) will be doing a lottery for the 33 (get it?) tickets that will be made available for this event.

If you’re interested in your chance to attend, email abysstasting@gmail.com with the subject of “STL Hops.” Each entry (and only one entry per person, please) will get you and a guest and opportunity to purchase a ticket for the event.  Jeff will be drawing the winners tomorrow (December 5th) at 3PM.

To add a cherry to the top of this delicious sundae, Jeff will allow everyone to bring a favorite bottle from your cellar to pass around to your friends after we finish the Abyss.  Good luck everyone!

The Beerhouse at River City Casino continues it’s series of Sunday beer dinners on Sunday, September 23rd featuring beers from Deschutes Brewing. This dinner, which begins at 6PM, will feature four different courses and a dessert paired with five different Deschutes beers.

The cost of the meal is $35/person (tax and gratuity not included) and reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling 888-578-7289. Here’s a look at the menu:

Starter:
Chainbreaker White IPA
Roasted Northern Pike with a Pomelo Chutney, Peach Risotto and grilled Asparagus

Appetizer:
Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Antelope Rarebit, Polenta Fries and Creamy Slaw

Entrée:
Inversion IPA
Grilled Elk Loin Chop with Huckleberry sauce, Chanterelle Spaetzle and glazed baby Carrots

Entrée:
Black Butte Porter
Wild Boar Schnitzel, Sweatbreads, Madeira Demi Glaze sauce, Sweet Potato Hash and crispy Brussel Sprouts

Dessert:
Stoic
Chef’s Choice

How often do you get to meet a president? I’m not talking about a politician or some homeless dude claiming to be the president. I’m talking about the president of a brewery. More importantly, how often do you get to break bread with a president?

Thanks to Dressel’s Pub, you’ll have your chance to sit and have a beer dinner with Gary Fish, President and Founder of Deschutes Brewery. This five course meal will be taking place on Tuesday, September 11th beginning at 7PM and will cost you $60 (not including tax and gratuity.)

As is usually the case, Ben Dressel is once again breaking out some awesome beer to pair with the dinner including 2011 Stoic, Collage, and Black Butte XXIV. There are a few seats left for this dinner and reservations can be made by emailing Ben Dressel or calling (314) 361-1060. Here’s a look at the menu:

Amuse Bouche – Double Star Farms Chicken Gallentine -Anson Mills polenta, pickled green beans, natural jus, bbq cracklins.
Twilight Summer Ale

1st- Grilled Belgian Endive Salad – oranges, pine nuts, pimenton spiced duck ham, corriander vin.
Chainbreaker White IPA

2nd – Molasses Glazed Salmon – butter leaks, cannellini bean puree, spiced walnuts, pomegranate
2011 Stoic Belgian Quad

3rd – Coco & Ancho Chili Rubbed Missouri Ribeye – smoked mushrooms, crispy sweetbreads, cherry bacon relish, whiskey gastrique
Conflux No. 1: Collage

4th –Chocolate Bustock – chocolate brioche, apricot jam, almond cream
Black Butte XXIV