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GlobalBrew_MainLogo_RGBPeople like to long for the good old days of craft beer, but I argue we’re in the good old days of craft beer. We have more options, better beer, better glassware, and more knowledgeable people.

One of those places we didn’t have five years ago was Global Brew Tap House in Edwardsville.  And now, five years later Global Brew is still going strong.  To celebrate their fifth anniversary GB is throwing a little party.

This Friday, February 5th at 5PM (get it?) Global is putting on a hell of an event. They’ll be featuring some delicious beers including:

  • Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout and Kentucky Breakfast Stout
  • Goose Island 2015 Bourbon County Stout
  • Dogfish Head Higher Math American Strong Ale AND 120 Minute IPA

There will also be live music and brewery giveaways all night. Celebrate the the good old days of craft beer with Global Brew in Edwardsville this Friday!

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gb-abraxasIf you’ve got Perennial Artisan Ales Abraxas Fever (and not that abraxas fever that attacked my intestinal lining some years back) then you’ll need to make your way out to Global Brew Tap House in Edwardsville this Friday, November 20th.

In what certainly has to be one of the biggest Abraxas events outside of Perennial’s own tap room, GB has lined up a cadre of delicious kegs for your enjoyment.  This events begins at 6PM when Global taps the 2015 Abraxas.

It continues at 7PM when GB taps Coffee Abraxas and then Vanilla Abraxas at 8PM.  If you’ve not had either of these variants, do not miss out, they’re both remarkable.

This is sure to be a great time, so cure your Abraxas fever with Global Brew and Perennial tomorrow.

GlobalBrew_MainLogo_RGBFall is here and I couldn’t be happier.  This is definitely my favorite time of the year. And what better way to celebrate this fantastic season than by enjoying the weather and the beer outside?

Next Saturday, October 17th, Global Tap House in Edwardsville will be celebrating spring by hosting the Edwardsville Fall Beer Festival. Running from 11AM to 7PM, this festival will feature over 30 different craft beers and a portion of the proceeds will be split evenly among City of Edwardsville: A Better Place to Play projectToys for Tots, and Edwardsville Parks.

Here’s a rundown of some of the breweries that will be participating:

  • Goose Island – Fulton Street  Coffee and 312 Urban Wheat
  • Tallgrass – Zombie Monkie and 8 Bit
  • Lost Coast – Great White
  • Horny Goat Brewing Co. – Tango Delta and Peanut Butter Chocolate
  • Bur Oak – Brown, Lilly and IPA
  • Erdiger – Oktober
  • Urban Chestnut – Schnickelfritz

There will be live music throughout the day and some great food from restaurants like Cleveland-Heath and 1818 Chophouse. Don’t miss out on this wonderful east-side experience.

The beautiful thing about taste is not everyone is going to agree. For instance, I can’t stand Citra. My nose and tongue just don’t enjoy that hop. Which leaves more for the rest of you. But I’m sure some of my favorite hops are someone else’s lease favorite.

Breweries play around with all kinds of different new hops to find that next hit. Oskar Blues goes one step further by producing very special batches of beer dry-hopped with four different types of hops and then use you as the guinea pigs!

They’ve created a pale ale and have dry-hopped it with Comet, HBC 472, Hop Head Farms Experimental 069, and Mandarina Bavaria.  Only one location in all of the St. Louis area was chosen to try these beers and Global Brew Tap House in Edwardsville was that lucky location.

Tomorrow at 5PM, Oskar Blues Jen Whitney will be on-hand to host this special sampling where you’ll be the judge. Jen will collect the votes which will then be submitted to the brewery to determine the overall winner.

If tasting beer makes me a lab rat, sign me up!

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GlobalBrew_MainLogo_RGBWhy can’t we be friends? In the spirit of friendship and new breweries, Global Brew Tap House is throwing a festival, tomorrow from 12PM-5PM featuring breweries from the Missouri side of the river and the Illinois side of the river.

They’re calling the event East Meets West Brewer’s Fest and it’s taking place at City Park in Edwardsville (across from Global Brew).  $25 gets you a commemorative glass and 25 sample tickets to taste from the following breweries:

  • Scratch (Ava, IL)
  • Little Egypt (Ava, IL)
  • Destihl (Bloomington, IL)
  • Kaskaskia (Red Bud, IL)
  • Schlafly (St. Louis, MO)
  • Perennial (St. Louis, MO)
  • 4 Hands (St. Louis, MO)
  • Urban Chestnut (St. Louis, MO)
  • Big Muddy (Murphysboro, IL)
  • Old Bakery (Alton, IL)
  • Recess (Edwardsville, IL)
  • Peel (Edwardsville, IL)
  • Excel (Breese, IL)

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globalThe big game is coming up, and by “big game” I mean the Super Bowl. Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you just how little I know about football. I enjoy watching it (if it’s on) and understand the basic rules, but I couldn’t tell you the difference between a shotgun or pistol formation.

But I do know that the Super Bowl is typically the best of the best. (Other than that drubbing last year; what a terrible game.) It’s an opportunity to (typically) see the best players of the year bring it. How is this related to beer? Well, I think Global Brew Tap House is feeling the Super Bowl fever and is bringing out their best as well.

This Friday and next Friday will see Winter Warmer events at each of the Global Brew locations. This Friday kicks off with the O’Fallon location featuring these beers:

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And next Friday, January 30th, will see an equally awesome list of tasty black beers for your enjoyment at the Edwardsville location:

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fall-fest-2014-PDFI can always get behind a beer festival that not only allows you to have a good time, but to also to some good. The Saturday, October 11th, Global Brew Tap House in Edwardsville throws their third annual Fall Beer Festival.

The event, which runs from 11AM-7PM will feature over 30 different craft beers including Anderson Valley Goze, Schalfly Pumpkin, Founders Breakfast Stout, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, and Abita Pecan Harvest. At 2PM they will also be tapping three special casks from Tallgrass which include Ethos, 8 Bit, and Zombie Monkey Banana Hammock (porter with chocolate and banana).

All of the proceeds from this event benefit the local chapter of Toys for Tots. Last year Global Brew donated over $2,000 worth of toys that helped to benefit area children. Do some good, drink some beer, and head out to Edwardsville City Park for the Fall Beer Festival this Saturday.