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The winner of the two tickets to tonight’s Widmer Brothers Brewing beer dinner at Boogaloo is Julie Thole.  Congrats to Julie, I’m sure it will be an awesome time.

A few seats are still available for tonight’s dinner, here’s the menu if you missed it:
First Course – Hefeweizen with Boogaloo Mixed Greens
Spring mix with hearts of palm, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and raisins tossed in citrus sherry vinaigrette.
Second Course – Drifter Pale Ale with Shrimp and Grits
Drifter Pale Ale marinated shrimp seasoned and grilled served over a bed of creamy smoked Gouda grits topped with a Drifter Pale Ale reduction drizzle.
Third Course – Rotator IPA with Jerk Smoked Chicken Breast
Coconut and Rotator IPA brine chicken breast jerk seasoned and apple wood smoked served over Cuban rice and topped with key lime aioli.
Fourth Course – Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’11 with Chocolate Creme Brulee
Brrrbon Ale infused chocolate custard with a sugar crystal crust.

The meal will set you back $40 per person and reservations can be made by calling (314) 645-4803. Thanks again to Alaina Kantner from Grey Eagle Distributors for giving away two tickets to tonight’s event. Hope everyone is having a great time during St. Louis Craft Beer Week.

Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting. Here’s some of the beers they’ll be sampling: New Holland Black Hatter Black IPA, New Holland Rye Hatter, Evil Twin Yin, and Evil Twin Yang. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cory from deVine Wines and Spirts, located at 2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd, holds a beer tasting every Wednesday evening from 5PM to 8PM. Each Wednesday will offer up a few new beers for you to taste. Swing on by and check it out.

Today, from 3PM-7PM, at Schnuck’s Des Peres (12332 Manchester) a representative from Grey Eagle will be pouring O’Fallon Wheach, 5 Day IPA, Hemp Hop Rye, and Black Hemp while Schnuck’s employees serve delicious BBQ sandwiches.

Also today, Today, from 3PM-7PM, at Schnuck’s Wildwood (16580 Manchester) a representative from Grey Eagle will be O’Fallon Wheach and Hemp Hop Rye during the store’s weekly RibFest.

Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

It all started back in November of 2010 with a business card. Then, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Evan Benn confirmed that we would be seeing Deschutes Brewery in 2011.  Well, I’m happy to report that Deschutes has found their distribution partners and we’ll begin seeing them in St. Louis toward the end of July.

STL Hops has learned that Deschutes has chosen Lohr Distributing (St. Louis City), Grey Eagle Distributing (St. Louis County) and Krey Distributing (St. Charles County) to sell their beer in the St. Louis area.  We’ll see a roll-out of Deschutes beginning in Kansas City about mid-July with St. Louis following a couple of weeks after.

The Oregon brewery, which produced about 200,000 barrels in 2010, will begin with sending out draught and bottles of their year-round beers like Mirror Pond and Black Butte with us seeing their very sought-after 22oz beers like The Abyss and Black Butte XXIII as the year progresses.

With the addition of Stone, Firestone Walker, Deschutes, and the soon to arrive Green Flash, it looks like we no longer need to head out to the west coast, because it’s headed to us.

News breaking this morning that Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has chosen Grey Eagle Distributors for their distribution in St. Louis County along with portions of Franklin and Gasconade counties.  This deal marks the first new brewery to be sold by Grey Eagle outside of the Anheuser-Busch breweries.

“It’s exciting for us,” says UCBC co-founder David Wolfe, “You need someone behind you to get big and we think Grey Eagle is the best choice.”

The deal will take place within the next 30 days.  Grey Eagle will begin by distributing the flagship Winged Nut and Zwickle beers. Distribution for the city will continue to be self-managed by UCBC.

“This distribution agreement will enable Grey Eagle to participate more fully in the growth of the craft beer category,” says, David Stokes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Grey Eagle. “Both Grey Eagle and Urban Chestnut are local companies that are committed to the communities we serve.”

microfest.jpgI’m happy to announce that the winner of two tickets to the Saturday night session of the 2011 St. Louis Microfest is Bill Cann? Congrats to Bill and thanks to Dave Berkbigler from Grey Eagle Distributors for the passes.

This looks like a great weekend for a beer festival, I hope everyone has a safe, great time.  Be certain to check out the exclusive list of brewers that Evan Benn put up on STL Today.  And thanks again to Dave and Grey Eagle for the tickets.

Be sure to visit next week as we’ll be giving away some other very exciting things here at STL Hops.

microfest.jpgThis weekend is fast approaching and you haven’t bought your tickets to the 2011 St. Louis Microfest yet, have you? Well fear not, because thanks to Dave Berkbigler from Grey Eagle Distributors, I’m giving away two free passes for the Saturday evening session.

Send an email to contest@stlhops.com with the subject of 2011 Microfest, I’ll randomly pick one winner on Thursday, May 5th at 9AM.  A couple of quick notes:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • If you can’t attend, please don’t enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

Also be certain to check out the exclusive list of brewers that Evan Benn put up on STL Today.

If my review of the Sunday beer dinner at the 1904 Beerhouse whet your interest as well as your appetite, you’ll be happy to know they’re holding another on this Sunday, April 25th featuring beers distributed from Grey Eagle Distributors. This dinner, which begins at 6PM, will feature three different courses and a dessert paired with a number of different beers.

The cost of the meal is $25/person (tax and gratuity not included) and reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling 888-578-7289. Here’s a look at this week’s menu:

1904 BEERHOUSE STARTERS
Fried 1000 Islands Reuben
Grilled Pretzel Bruschetta with Mustardy Fried Green Tomatoes
Beer & Cheese Soup Shots
House-Made Garlic Sausage in Puff Pastry
Leffe Blonde
Long Hammer IPA

1st Course
Fresh Cherry Wood Smoked “Foley” Salmon Fillet,
Hoegaarden/Violet Mustard Risotto, Crispy Leek Hay
Hoegaarden Belgian White

Entrée
Gascony Style Duck Leg Confit on Sweet Pea/Parmesan Whipped Potatoes
Odwalla Carrot and Honker’s Ale Reductions
1904 Beerhouse Ale
Goose Island Honker’s Ale

Dessert
Rustic Banana and Chocolate Pithivier with Caramel Essence
Dunkel Weisse Dark Wheat Ale