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2015hopinthecityI’m pleased to announce that the three winners for the two tickets to the 2015 Schlafly Hop in the City beer festival are Neil Kulupka, Ken Newbury, and Bradley Darby! Congrats to Neil (who’s favorite beer is India Brown Ale) Ken (who’s a new dad and loves AIPA) and Bradley Darby (that loves TIPA) and thank you everyone for entering. For those of you that didn’t win, there are still tickets available, though they’re going fast.

I once again want to thank the team from Schlafly from The St. Louis Brewery and for providing the tickets to this event. This weekend’s weather looks amazing, so it should make for an awesome festival. If you haven’t had a chance to peak at the beer list, take a look below.

  • American IPA
  • Hop Trial Azacca
  • Hop Trial Summer
  • Pilot IPA
  • Tasmanian IPA
  • American Sour w/ Blackberries
  • India Brown Ale
  • Pumpkin Ale
  • Pumpkin Stout
  • Session IPA
  • Yakima Wheat
  • Hard Apple Cider
  • House Brown Ale
  • Oak Aged Barleywine
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Pale Ale
  • Vanilla Milk Stout
  • Dortmunder
  • Hefeweizen
  • Kölsch
  • Maibock
  • Oktoberfest
  • Summer Lager
  • White Lager
  • Bourbon Ale
  • Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
  • Euro-Pils
  • Grand Cru
  • Scotch Ale
  • STL Brews Saison
  • Belgian Golden Ale
  • Blackberry Cider
  • Grapefruit IPA
  • Raspberry Hefeweizen
  • Sour Blonde w/ Apricots & Peaches
  • Sour Cherry Cider
  • HOP in the City official beer Gose
  • (Fresh) Coffee Stout
  • (Randall of) Dry Hopped APA
  • Special tappings
  • 2014 Apricot Berliner Weisse
  • Lemon and Basil Gose
  • 2014 Blueberry Berliner Weisse
  • Kafir Lime Gose
  • 2014 Blackberry Berliner Weisse
  • Cider w/ Ella Dry Hop
  • King Kaya
  • Chocolate BA Imperial Stout
  • Coffee BA Imperial Stout

2015hopinthecityAre you the procrastinating type? Were you planning on waiting until the last minute to buy your tickets to Schlafly Hop in the City? Well today is your lucky day, STL Hops is giving away three sets of passes to this Saturday’s session of Hop which includes this year’s festival beer, the Gose.

This $60 value will allow you to partake in one of the best beer festivals in the area. All you need to do is email contest@stlhops.com with the subject of “Hop in the City 2015” and tell me your favorite of Schlafly’s 40+ different beer styles.   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.
  • You much be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.
  • If you don’t think you’ll be able to attend, please don’t enter. I’d like to make sure that people available to attend have a chance to win.

I want to thank the team from The St. Louis Brewery for providing the tickets to this event. This contest will end on September 17th at 9AM CDT when I will pick three winners at random.

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I’ve got a full plate today so I’m shocked that I remembered this in a somewhat timely manner.

I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the 2013  Schlafly Hop in the City beer festival is Katie Labruyere! Congrats to Katie (who couldn’t decide on just one favorite beer, but she picked three awesome ones: AIPA, Pumpkin, and Raspberry Coffee Stout) and thank you everyone for entering. For those of you that didn’t win, there are still tickets available, though they’re going fast.

I once again want to thank Stewart Wolfe and the team from Schlafly from The St. Louis Brewery and for providing the tickets to this event. Hope to see a lot of you at the festival! This weekend’s weather looks amazing, can’t wait for the festival!

hop-poster11x17lr-500Are you the procrastinating type? Were you planning on waiting until the last minute to buy your tickets to Schlafly Hop in the City? Well today is your lucky day, STL Hops is giving away two passes to this Saturday’s session of Hop which includes this year’s festival beer, the Cream IPA.

This $70 value will allow you to partake in one of the best beer festivals in the area. All you need to do is email contest@stlhops.com with the subject of “Hop in the City 2013” and tell me your favorite of Schlafly’s 40+ different beer styles.   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.
  • You much be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.
  • If you don’t think you’ll be able to attend, please don’t enter. I’d like to make sure that people available to attend have a chance to win.

I want to thank Stewart Wolfe and the team from The St. Louis Brewery for providing the tickets to this event. This contest will end on September 13th at 9AM CDT when I will pick one winner at random.

hop-poster11x17lr-500Ground control to beer drinkers. OK, maybe it doesn’t have the same ring as David Bowie’s classic Space Oddity, but this year’s trippy poster certainly has a Bowie-esque vibe that requires some homage to the song.

Anyway, September 14th will celebrate the 15th annual Hop in the City festival at the Schlafly Tap Room. If this is your first Hop, you’ll be treated to over 40 different Schlafly styles ranging from the light to the monstrous.

This is one of my favorite local festivals and one of the best parts is that it’s still inexpensive. You’re only paying a very reasonable $30 per ticket. Tickets are available at the Bottleworks, Tap Room and also online.

The other neat part of this festival is that Schlafly brews up a special beer to celebrate this fun time. This year’s festival beer is a Cream IPA (a new style even for me) which features lactose put into the boil and then dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops.

I guess you need some more details? This year’s festival will be taking place on Saturday, September 14th from 12-5PM. It will be held at the Schlafly Tap Room and will be another great time. Tickets will be available at the door if they don’t sell out. But don’t delay, buy your tickets ASAP and enjoy one of the best festivals in St. Louis.

Here’s a look at the beer styles that should be available at this year’s festival (as always, it’s subject to change.)

  • AIPA
  • APA
  • Bavarian Ale
  • Belgian Golden
  • Black IPA
  • Classic American Pilsner
  • Coffee Stout
  • Cream Ale
  • Cream IPA
  • Dortmunder
  • Double IPA
  • Dry-Hopped Märzen
  • ESB
  • Export IPA
  • Hefeweizen
  • Imperial Stout
  • India Brown Ale
  • IPA (English)
  • Irish Extra Stout
  • Kölsch
  • Maibock
  • Nitro Irish Stout
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Oktoberfest
  • Pale Ale
  • Porter
  • Pumpkin
  • Rauch
  • Razz Coffee Stout
  • Razz Hefe
  • Razz Imperial Stout
  • Schwarzbier
  • Scotch Ale
  • Session IPA
  • Summer Lager
  • TIPA
  • Vanilla Milk Stout
  • Weizenbock
  • Witbier

It’s always amazing how much weather can add or subtract from someone’s enjoyment of an activity.  Take the 2012 Schlafly Hop in the City, for example. While the forecast predicted it would be a little warmer that day, there were very few complaints about it being a little cool.

Great crowds, great attendance, and great beer made for another great festival.  I can’t wait to see what the 2013 Hop brings.  If you couldn’t attend, here are a few photos from the festival.

Whew, the world feels like it’s crashing down on me today, so this got missed.  Sorry about that.

I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the 2012  Schlafly Hop in the City beer festival is Jeff Weymouth! Congrats to Jeff(who’s favorite Schlafly beer is the Schlafly House in Session Ale) and thank you everyone for entering. For those of you that didn’t win, there are still tickets available, though they’re going fast.

I once again want to thank Stewart Wolfe and Troika Brodsky from The St. Louis Brewery and for providing the tickets to this event. Hope to see a lot of you at the festival! If the weather next week is anything like this weekend, we’re in for a treat.