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I guess the first piece of news is that paperwork has been submitted to change the name of what is now known as the Hill Brewing Company to the Ferguson Brewing Company. This change will take place as soon as the paperwork goes through, no ETA or reason for the change was given.

In actual beer related news, Hill Brewing just put on their newest creation, a Imperial Vanilla Bourbon Porter, on tap. According to Hill Brewing’s Josh Wilson the beer has “a nice mellow warming sensation from the 10% abv with a taste of bourbon and vanilla and a bit of chocolate flavor to finish it off nicely.”

Also, beginning next week you’ll also have a chance to try Hill’s spiced Winter Lager. This seasonal beer contains sweet orange peel, grains of paradise and honey. After the Winter Lager is tapped, Hill will have 14 different beers available at their Ferguson location.

Hill Brewing Company in Ferguson, MO, will be putting on their first ever beer dinner on Thursday, September 2nd from 6:30-9PM. This event, which will pair four different beers from Hill Brewing with four different courses will run you the low, low price of $30 (not including tax and gratuity).

If great beer and great food aren’t enough to entice you, then how about the fact that all proceeds from this dinner will be going to the Ferguson Community Gardens.  Here’s a look at the menu which was designed by guest chef Freddie Holland:

A surprise created by the chef from the actual gardens that the dinner is supporting.
Beer Pairing: Golden Ale

Second Course
Fresh spring mix tossed in our house vinaigrette and topped with candied pecans, diced pineapple, fresh strawberries, bacon, and bleu cheese crumbles
Beer Pairing: Hefeweizen

Main course
Blackened Mahi Mahi served on a bed of rice with fresh steamed vegetables
Beer Pairing: Pale Ale

Fresh made Strawberry Cheese Cake
Beer Pairing: Pecan Brown

Reservations for this event can be made by calling Craig (314-522-3151) or Heather (314-522-3225).

All of you lucky people who happen to own a kegerator and are looking for another option for local beer, I’m happy to report that Hill Brewing Company has begun selling kegs of beer to go.  Hill Brewing will be offering up both ½ and ¼ barrels of all ten beers they have on tap.

Here’s a look at their current line-up:

  • Blonde Ale
  • Classic American Pilsner
  • Belgian Wit
  • Bavarian Hefeweizen
  • American Pale Ale
  • Irish Red
  • Pecan Brown Ale (Real Pecans are used in the mash)
  • Munich Dunkel
  • Imperial IPA
  • Chocolate Stout

For those of you without a kegerator, fear not. Hill Brewing is currently working on getting a license to distribute their beers, so you may be seeing Hill Brewing popping up at your favorite bar or restaurant soon.

I know for a lot of beer enthusiasts, staying local is a very big part of drinking great beer. It’s always nice to see another brewery expand the selection of great St. Louis beers.

The Hill Brewing Company located at 418 S. Florissant Rd. in Ferguson, is set to open at 11AM this morning.  Some things have slightly changed since I took some photos of Hill Brewing last September.  For starters, Ray Hill is no longer involved in this venture.

Sounds like the economy is sort of to blame for Ray having to pull out, but according to an interview with Ray’s partner Joe Lonero in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it was an amicable departure.  What this means now is that the recipes that will be featured at the new brewery are the work of Dr. John Witte of  Square One Brewery and Augusta Brewery fame.

But, it’s important to note that Ray Hill’s signature Classic American Pilsner will still be brewed on site and will be available on tap.  Great to see another brewery opening up in St. Louis, especially that’s currently lacking any local brewpub options.

Be certain to check out some of the photos I took way back in September.

Had a chance to visit the new Hill Brewing Company yesterday and thought I would share some photos with you all.  The good news is everything is progressing well and Ray is expecting to be open by December.  The bad news is that you’ll have to wait until December!

Here are some of the key points Ray laid out for me in my visit yesterday:

  • The Classic American Pilsner is currently being contract brewed by Lion Brewery in Pennsylvania and will be hitting the shelves with new packaging in the next few weeks.
  • Ray purchased not only a 15bbl brewing system, but 15 bbl fermenters and 15bbl temperature controlled serving tanks which will insure a optimal serving temperature when the beer hits your glass.
  • This new facility will allow for seating of 150 people upstairs and 150 downstairs.
  • Ray will be using the basement for bottling and kegging his beer in the near future.

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their Winter Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry. It’s perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s school is being taught by Ray Hill from Hill Brewing. Ray will be on hand to discuss his Pilsner as well as his new Northern English Brown Ale. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at