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BCAA_2016_WordmarkLast year Sierra Nevada collaborated with 12 different breweries to create an epic twelve pack of beer they called Beer Camp Across America. This year they’ve upped the game by collaborating with 30 different breweries across the US.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to try all six different collaborations at one time, head out to International Tap House in Soulard next Tuesday, May 26th beginning at 6PM. Here’s a run down of what’s being tapped:

West Latitude — Session Rye with Hibiscus
Stout of the Union — Robust Stout
Moxee­Moron — Imperial Session IPA
Family Values — Imperial Brown Ale with Cocoa
Pat­Rye­Ot — Revolutionary Pale Ale
Sweet Sunny South — Southern Table Beer

Odell Brewing, one of the collaborators for Moxee-Moron, and hometown favorite Perennial, one of the brewers on Family Values will also be in attendance for this event. Odell will be bringing St. Lupulin and Prop Culture while Perennial will be bringing Funky Wit and Hommel Bier.

Flights of all 10 beers will be available for $25 along with 1/2 and full pours.

homebrew-cfield5Way back when I used to be a homebrewer. It was exciting to know how beer was made and even more exciting when something I crafted also turned out to be delicious.

I always dreamed of having one of my recipes made by a commercial brewery. It’s fun to give your beer to friends to try out and enjoy, but it’s a whole different ballgame to see your beers on tap at your favorite bar. I’m pretty sure this is a dream shared among most homebrewers

Well, the folks at the International Tap House and 4 Hands Brewing have teamed up to give one lucky homebrewer that dream. Next Saturday, April 30th, iTAP Chesterfield hosts its 4th annual Homebrew Competition.

There is still time to enter beers into the competition. Here is the link to the PDF which provides all of the rules and ingredient guidelines for the competition.

The competition begins at 3PM, but the fun doesn’t exclude those of you who aren’t homebrewers. For $5 you can come by iTAP to enjoy samples from all of the entries and vote for a “People’s Choice” winner.  You’ll also have your first chance to try the debut of the 3rd annual winning homebrew, a Pineapple IPA from Kevin Hampton.

If you happen to also like BBQ, PM BBQ will be featuring some tasty eats. BBQ and homebrew? There are few better ways to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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Those that know me know that I don’t always have much (or any) Christmas spirit. December is not one of my favorite months. One of the things that annoys me the most is just how damned early it gets dark. It’s not much fun to wake up in the dark and come home from work in the dark.

But dark isn’t always bad.  Take for instance the iTAP Nightmare Before Christmas.  This Saturday, December 12th the International Tap House in Chesterfield will be putting on a bunch of big/rare beers and a bunch of dark beers to boot. Then next week, on December 19th, the Soulard location will be putting on a Nightmare of their own. Here’s a list of what to expect (as always, beers are subject to change):

CHESTERFIELD

  • 2nd Shift Cat Spit Stout with Vanilla
  • 4 Hands Bona Fide
  • Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout
  • Bell’s Expedition
  • Big Sky Ivan the Terrible
  • Boulevard Rye on Rye
  • Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
  • Founders Backwoods Bastard
  • Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
  • High Water Campfire Stout
  • Left Hand Wake Up Dead
  • Left Hand Bittersweet
  • Mikkeller Black Imperial Stout
  • North Coast XVII BA Old Rasputin
  • Odell Russian Pirate
  • Oskar Blues 2014 Ten Fidy
  • Perennial 17 Mint Chocolate Stout
  • Perennial 2013 Abraxas
  • Prairie BOMB!
  • Stone W00t Stout
  • Tallgrass Big RICC

SOULARD

  • 2nd Shift Cat Spit Stout with Vanilla
  • 4 Hands Downfall
  • 4 Hands Volume # 3
  • Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout
  • Bell’s 30th Anniversary Stout
  • Boulevard Rye on Rye
  • Firestone Parabola
  • Founders Imperial Stout
  • Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
  • Left Hand Oak Aged Wake Up Dead
  • New Belgium Oscar Worthy Coffee
  • North Coast XVII BA Old Rasputin
  • North Coast BA Rye Old Rasputin
  • North Coast 2014 Old Stock
  • Odell Russian Pirate
  • Perennial 2015 Abraxas
  • Perennial Coffee Abraxas
  • Prairie BOMB!
  • Stone W00t Stout
  • Tallgrass BA Buffalo Sweat
  • Tallgrass BA Buffalo Sweat with Vanilla & Cinnamon

oct_taptakeover (1)Over the course of seven years, the International Tap House has done a lot of tap takeovers, but they’ve never done a tap takeover as big as the one they’re putting on this Saturday. Beginning at 2PM, iTAP CWE and 4 Hands Brewing will be putting twenty different beers on tap.

While you’ll be able to enjoy classic favorites like Single Speed and Cast Iron Oatmeal, 4 Hands is certainly pulling out all of the stop. Here’s a look at the list:

  • Madagascar
  • Resurrected
  • Downfall
  • Cuvee Ange
  • Fruit Cake
  • Passion Fruit Prussia
  • Hugo Saison
  • Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Divided Sky Rye
  • Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown
  • Single Speed
  • Peacemaker
  • Imperial Milk Stout
  • Guava Session
  • Send Help
  • Centennial Red
  • Absence of Light
  • Ca$h Mony
  • Preserved Lemon Gose
  • Constellation Citra

If that wasn’t enough, the first 50 customers to purchase a 4 Hands beer will receive a 4 Hands scratch off that will provide you with a chance to win beer or swag. Head out on Saturday to experience one of the most epic tap takeovers 4 Hands and iTAP have ever put on.

Sunday-Funkday-Poster-Web-9-27A lot of people talk about trends in craft beer. One of those trends are funky and sour beers. But let’s be honest, funky beers aren’t a trend, they’re the original beers.

Before the days of stainless steel and caustic, beers were aged in wood and inoculated in the open air. These beers were funky from the get-go. This isn’t a trend, it’s revisiting how beer used to be made.

To celebrate these funky beers, the International Tap House in Soulard is throwing a Sunday Funkfest this Sunday, May 31st beginning at 12PM. Here’s the line-up of beers:

  • 4 Hands Cuvee Diable
  • 4 Hands Cuvee Ange
  • New Belgium La Folie
  • New Belgium Eric’s Ale
  • New Belgium Le Terroir
  • Prairie Elizabeth
  • Nogne O Kriek Of Telemark
  •  Mikkeller Spontanhibiscus
  • De Proefbrouwerij Sour Barrel #2

Celebrate the original beers this Sunday at iTAP.

iTAP-80s-Draft2I could sit here and lament that the 80’s were THIRTY YEARS AGO and realize how old I feel.  Instead, I think I’d rather extrapolate how much the world has changed for craft beer in 30 years.

There were 110 breweries in 1985. This year we will probably see over 4000.  The amount of choice we have is staggering. And without a doubt, one of the establishments that helped to kick off this plethora of choice in St. Louis is the International Tap House in Chesterfield.

iTAP Chesterfield wants to throw a party to celebrate all things 80’s. This Saturday, September 26th at 7PM iTAP is throwing a Totally 80’s Bash.

They’re going to have 80’s music and some “bodacious” breweries that got their start in the 80’s including Deschutes, Sierra Nevada, Boulevard, Odell, and Goose Island.  Here’s the line-up of beers:

  • Odell Oak Haven (Bourbon Barrel Aged Tree Shaker)
  • Sierra Nevada Narwhal (Russian Imperial Stout)
  • Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
  • Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury
  • Goose Island Apple Radler
  • North Coast Barrel Aged Old Rasputin
  • Boulevard Saison Brett

They’re encouraging 80’s fashion and there might be some late night karaoke to boot. So break out your Jams, your Swatch Watch, and your Member’s Only jacket and head out to iTAP on Saturday night.

 

iTAP-Midsummer15-webDo you know what’s a wonder of the modern age?  Air conditioning. Why am I waxing on about modern conveniences on a beer blog?  Because I hear too many people talk about not wanting stouts during the summer.

I’m not advocating drinking a 13% beer after mowing the grass (though, there isn’t anything wrong with that.)  But, there is no reason not to enjoy some big beer after work in the comfort of your temperature-controlled home.

Do you know who has air conditioning and awesome beer?  The International Tap House in Central West End. While their beer selection is awesome all of the time, it’s extra awesome this Saturday, August 29th beginning at 2PM when they hold their Midsummer Nightmare event.

This event features some of the biggest and baddest beers in St. Louis all at one time.  Take a look at the list:

  • 4 Hands Volume 1
  • Deschutes Abyss
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus
  • Evil Twin I Love You With All My Stout
  • Humboldt black Xantus
  • Sierra Nevada Narwhal
  • Founders KBS
  • Prairie Bomb!
  • Stone Woot
  • Mikkeller Black Hole
  • Pretty Things Fumapapa
  • Evil Twin Biscotti Break
  • Perennial Fantastic Voyage
  • Perennial Abraxas 2014
  • BCS Barleywine
  • BCS 2014
  • Stone Woot Stout

And if you want to feel good all while drinking beer, iTAP will be collecting “Back to School Supplies” for Lift For Life. Bring in any the items listed below for a free commemorative glass:

  • Backpacks for ages 10 to 18
  • Bandaids
  • Calculators
  • Colored pencils
  • Combinations locks
  • Computer paper
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Flash drives (2 GB or bigger)
  • Folders
  • Folders that fit in a binder
  • Gift certificates
  • Glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Kleenex boxes
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Magic erasers
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil cap erasers
  • Pencil pouch
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Post it notes
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Small notebooks for assignments
  • Small pack of tissues
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Staplers
  • Tape
  • Three ring binders
  • Three ring binder divider tabs
  • Water based markers
  • Watercolor paints

Good beer and a good cause. Sounds like a great Saturday.