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Perennial_Abraxas_V04I’m such a schmuck, in the craziness of life, I totally forgot to announce the winner of the 2014 STL Hops St. Louis Beer Challenge. But that doesn’t make the win any less special, I’m happy to announce that this year’s winner is Perennial Artisan Ales Abraxas!

Abraxas had a hard fought battle in the final round beating last year’s champion 2nd Shift Brewing Art of Neurosis with a 62.3% to 37.7% win. What’s so cool about the win is that we’ve had three different champions in the past three years. We definitely have some power house beers and it’s fun to see them face off against each other.

Can’t wait to see what we have in store for next year. Congrats to Perennial, Abraxas is an awesome beer and deserved the win!

milgroEvents for St. Louis Craft Beer Week are coming in fast and furious (we have over 70 events throughout the week now!) One of my favorite events from last year was the special beer brunch that was put on at Milagro Modern Mexican.

They dubbed the event “Huevos con Cervezas” and I’m happy to announce that they’re bringing it back again this year. On Sunday, July 28th beginning at 10AM, Milagro will be presenting a four course brunch featuring four different local beers along with a beermosa. The cost of the brunch is a very reasonable $35 per person (not including tax and gratuity) and reservations can be made by calling 314-962-4300.

Here’s a look at the menu:

Welcome
Beermosa – 4 Hands Contact High (American Pale Wheat Ale 5.0%)

1st Course
Smoked chile crepe with caramelized plantains, ancho berry syrup, crema
Pairing – 2nd Hand (4 Hands & 2nd Shift Collab Belgian Table Beer 4.0%)

2nd Course
Sweet potato chorizo hash, poached egg, chipotle hollandaise
Pairing – Perennial Artisan Ales Woodside (Honey Tripel 9.1%)

3rd Course
Beef brisket birria, white onion, micro cilantro, radish, corn tortilla
Pairing – 2nd Shift Art of Neurosis (American IPA 7.7%)

4th Course
Capirotada – Mexican chocolate bread pudding, dried cherries, pistachio
Pairing – Civil Life Milk Stout (Milk Stout 4.6%)

2ndshiftlogoOver 12,000 votes later, we now have a winner for the 2013 STL Hops St. Louis Beer Challenge. Ladies and gentlemen, this year’s winner is 2nd Shift Brewing’s Art of Neurosis IPA.

It was a hard-fought final match versus its brethren the 2nd Shift Brewing Katy, with a 67.7% to 32.3% final match up. It’s great to see Art of Neurosis come back this year to win it all after being runner-up last year to Schlafly’s AIPA. It’s even more exciting that newcomer Katy made it all the way to the championship round.

I hope everyone had a lot of fun with this and didn’t take it too seriously. Congrats to 2nd Shift for having two beers in the finals and we’re all winners for having so much great beer in St. Louis.

Almost 10000 votes later, we now have a winner for the STL Hops St. Louis Beer Challenge. Ladies and gentlemen, this year’s winner is the Schlafly’s American IPA.

It was a hard-fought final match versus the 2nd Shift Brewing’s Art of Neurosis IPA, with a 67.1% to 32.9% final match-up. AIPA was a juggernaut all the way through the tournament, which isn’t that surprising as it’s always one of the most talked about beers on STL Hops. It’s especially exciting as this beer should be hitting store shelves very soon. Talk about a good way to celebrate a win!

I hope everyone had a lot of fun with this and didn’t take it too seriously. Congrats to all of the contestants and thanks again for giving us some great beer in St. Louis.

The HandleBar, a new joint venture from the folks the used to run The Cabin next to City Museum, will be opening tomorrow, Friday, September 10th at 4PM.  The Handlebar in this case is not a mustache themed bar, but a bicycle themed bar.

The other theme of the HandleBar is local.  You’ll see in the beer list below that with the exception of the Fat Tire (back to the bicycle theme) all of the draught beers are from local vendors.  It’s exciting to think that within the next year they could have possibly six different tap handles pouring from six different breweries.

Here’s a look at the list:

  • Schlafly Kolsch (draft)
  • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale (draft)
  • Fat Tire (draft)
  • O’Fallon Hemp Hop Rye (draft)
  • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA (draft)
  • Six Row Strong Porter (draft)
  • Lemp
  • Schlafly Pale Ale
  • Schlafly APA
  • Schlafly Pilsner
  • Schlafly Hefeweisen
  • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
  • Schlafly No. 15
  • Schlafly Octoberfest
  • Schlafly Saison
  • O’Fallon Gold
  • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
  • O’Fallon Unfiltered Wheat
  • O’Fallon Smoke
  • O’Fallon Wee Heavy
  • O’Fallon Pumpkin
  • O’Fallon Wheach
  • Boulevard Pale Ale
  • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
  • Tallgrass Oasis
  • Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat
  • PBR
  • Budweiser
  • Bud Light
  • Bud Select
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA
  • New Belgium Mothership Organic Wit
  • Blue Moon
  • Stella
  • Red Stripe
  • Heiniken
  • Guinness
  • Left Hand 400lb Monkey
  • Newcastle
  • Strongbow

So make sure to ride your bike over to the HandleBar. And don’t worry, if you don’t have a bike, they’ll still serve ya.

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.

schlaflyapaOver 11000 votes and we now have a winner for the STL Hops St. Louis Beer Challenge. Ladies and gentlemen, this year’s winner is the Schlafly’s Dry-Hopped APA.

It was a hard-fought final match versus the Buffalo Brewing Rye IPA, with a 66.2% to 33.8% final match-up. Earlier in the week, the Rye IPA took a large lead in the poll, but Schlafly fans came around and fought their way back to make this a very impressive win.

I hope everyone had a lot of fun with this and didn’t take it too seriously. Congrats to all of the contestants and thanks again for giving us some great beer in St. Louis.