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2ndshiftlogoWill power is a difficult thing. It’s difficult to buy a beer to put in your cellar and then… wait. We all have good intentions when we try to put together a cellar, but, that’s delicious beer just sitting there, wanting to be opened!

No one is judging you. In fact, I’d argue you’re doing the right thing, beer is meant to be drank. But what if you want to try a vertical of beer, then that’s going to take some will power and space to hold onto beer.

That is unless you let Exit 6 do the heavy lifting for you. This Saturday, April 23rd Exit 6 in Cottleville will be hosting an event where they will be selling bottles of 2nd Shift Brewing Mullineaux 2-5 and also Grace 1-4.  (Oh and they’ll also have Grace 4 on draft as well.)

Each bottle will be sold to-go and each bottle will be specially numbered. Three lucky bottles will win someone a Brewer for a Day with owner Steve Crider.  Already have a cellar full of 2nd Shift? No worries, they’ll also be some raffle tickets available to purchase (with proceeds going to charity) for two additional winners.

Not only do you not have to put forth the time and effort to cellar beer, but you also have a chance to win a very exciting contest. Oh, I’m also hearing that Steve Crider will be on hand to sign bottles.  The event starts at 6PM, don’t miss out on this very fun event.

Late summer/early fall is easily one of the busiest times for craft beer in St. Louis. For all of the time we waited through the sludge of summer to enjoy some craft beer events, we have a full cornucopia to enjoy right now. Here are a few happening in the next couple of weeks:

Boogaloo Left Hand Beer Dinner – Sept 15th – Always one of the best deals in town, the Boogaloo series of beer dinners never seem to disappoint. $35 gets you 5 different courses paired with 5 different Left Hand Beers. Here’s the menu for the dinner. Call 314-645-4803 for reservations.

Schlenkerla Cask at Exit 6 – Sept 16th – Get your cask on with this very special cask of Schlenkerla Marzen that’s arrived at Exit 6 Brewery in Cottleville. They’ll be tapping this smokey beer at 6PM. If you love bacon, do not miss this beer.

FestivAle – Sept 17th – Come on out to the Bottleneck Blues Bar at the Ameristar Casino and help a good cause. The Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is holding its 3rd Annual FestivAle, a beer tasting event which will allow you to sample beers from Augusta, Morgan Street Brewery, Growlers Pub, Charlesville Microbrewery, Highlands Brewing Company, Schlafly, Cathedral Square Brewery, Ferguson Brewing and Urban Chestnut Brewing. This event runs from 3:00 to 6:00PM and tickets can be purchased here.

Salt Sour Beer Dinner – Sept 26th – In what’s got to be a first for the area, Salt in the Central West End will be holding their a beer dinner featuring nothing but sour and funky beers. This meal, which begins at 7PM, will feature five different sour beers paired with five different courses. Tickets for this event will cost you $75 and you can make reservations at 314-932-5787. Evan Benn has the full menu posts on the STL Today site.

UPDATE: Due to a SNAFU with getting registration with the state of Missouri, this event has been postponed. They’re hoping to reschedule for next week. Stay tuned!

For the past few years, the Great American Beer Festival has held a Brewery/Homebrewer Pro-Am competition where a brewery works with an award winning homebrewer to produce a beer to send to the GABF competition.

Two years ago the O’Fallon Brewery worked with Jim Yeager from the Garage Brewers Society to select a beer to send to the Pro-Am comp. In the end, Jim Yeager’s Alright Already American Amber won silver at the GABF Pro-Am competition.

This past January, Jim Leabig won a competition held by the GBS and the prize was to brew with O’Fallon for the GABF Pro-Am Competition.  What did Jim come up with?  A little beer he’s calling the Brown EyePA

Jim describes the beer as such:

A big American Brown Ale brewed to IPA thresholds for ABV and hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. Caramel and robust chocolate notes provide the foundation for a charge of Summit, Cascade and Simcoe kettle hops. The beer is then dry-hopped for 5 days with larger dose of Simcoe to satisfy the hop lovers.

OG 1.063
ABV 6.8%
IBU 65
SRM 21

The launch party for this beer will be held at the newly opened Exit 6 Brewery on Thursday, September 8th from 4PM until the keg blows. Sounds like a great opportunity to try a new local collaboration.

St. Louis has seen quite an uptick of new beer locations and breweries opening in the past few years. For those of us that love beer, it’s been the renascence we’ve been waiting for. This time around, we don’t just have a beer location or a brewery opening, we have both.

I’m excited to announce that Exit 6 Brewery, located at 5055 Highway N in Cottleville, will be opening its doors tomorrow, July 29th, at 4PM. In a format that has worked famously for other beer bars in the area, Exit 6 will only be selling beer. You’re welcome to bring your own food in or even have it delivered.

Exit 6 will not only be a bar featuring some of the best beers you can find in the metro area, but it will also eventually be a nano-brewery as well. Exit 6 will be using its all electric brewing system to create 1 barrel batches of beer. Jeff Britton, owner of Exit 6, is still waiting on government approval to begin brewing on his new system, but Jeff informed me yesterday that approval could come as soon as next week.

In the mean time, Exit 6 will still be selling plenty of great beer. Here’s a look at the line-up:

  • Lagunitas WTF
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA
  • Nebraska Cardinal Pale Ale
  • 2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit
  • Goose Island Matilda
  • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
  • Goose Island 312
  • Schlafly Kolsch
  • Stone IPA
  • Stone Ruination
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack
  • Blvd Tank 7
  • Sam Adams Dunkle
  • Founders Reds Rye
  • Founders Dirty Bastard
  • Left Hand Milk Stout
  • Bell’s Two Hearted
  • Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale

And in a very special treat, there will also be a cask of O’Fallon 5 Day IPA that’s been dry-hopped with Centennial and Citra hops. The doors open at 4PM tomorrow, so be certain to pre-game your St. Louis Craft Beer Week right by visiting Exit 6.