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zwanzeMissed out on that much sought-after Zwanze Day ticket? Well, you’re still not going to be able to attend the actual sold-out celebration, but Side Project Cellar is throwing a party outside that should hopefully dry those tears.

Starting at 12PM this Saturday, September 19th, the folks at Side Project Cellar are taking over Marietta Ave in Maplewood to throw a Zwanze Day Spillover Celebration. While Cantillon Zwanze won’t be on tap, there is a crazy line-up of beers that will be available for purchase.  Here’s the list:

  • Busch ($3!)
  • Firestone Walker Pivo Pils ($3!)
  • Oskar Blues Pinner ($3!)
  • Boulevard/SP Show-Me Sour
  • Jolly Pumpkin Rojzilla
  • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja du Kriek – (2:30PM Tapping)
  • Side Project Marietta
  • Cantillon Kriek
  • Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus – (2:30PM Tapping)
  • Side Project Saison du Fermier #3
  • Side Project Blueberry Flanders – (2:30PM Tapping)
  • Perennial Peach Berliner
  • De La Senne Taras Boulba
  • Side Project Unlabeled #2 (Bottles)
  • 2nd Shift Katy
  • Side Project La Fosse 1 – (2:30PM Tapping)
  • Crooked Stave Petite Sour – Passion Fruit
  • Crooked Stave Hop Savant – Galaxy – (2:30PM Tapping)

This party will run until 5PM.  No tickets are required for this event, each beer is available for individual purchase. Enjoy a day of fun at beer at Side Project Cellar.

sideprojectcellar“The best-laid plans of mice and men / Often go awry”, of course I’m paraphrasing Scottish poet Robbie Burns. His version is a bit more Scottish-y.

When Boulevard Brewing’s Brewmaster Steven Pauwels reached out to Cory and Karen King of Side Project Brewing about doing a collaboration beer, the plan had been to release the beer as a Boulevardia exclusive. This would be a beer created just for this special festival with a few kegs making their way to St. Louis exclusively for the Side Project Cellar.

But, there was a problem. Once the beer was created and ready to go, the label approval process was backlogged. What normally would have been a 21-day turn around turned into a 45-day fiasco. The beer meant for the patrons of Boulevardia unfortunately did not make it to the event.

Now that the legal mumbo jumbo has been cleared up, it’s time for the beer’s debut.  Boulevard and Side Project will; be hosting the first of two events on September 8th beginning at 4PM at the Side Project Cellar in Maplewood.

Steven Pauwels and Cory King will be on-hand to debut this special beer. Boulevard will be hosting their own event on September 10th in their tasting room (for those of you who want to make the road trip or are already in the KC area.)

The Show-Me Sour is a 4% ABV, Belgian-style, dark table beer created by blending a whiskey barrel-aged version and fresh version of the beer.  Side Project will be featuring a few other Boulevard goodies this evening including the always wonderful Saison-Brett (2015) and Hibiscus Gose.

sideprojectcellarTo say there has been a fever pitch of excitement about Cory and Karen King’s newest venture, Side Project Cellar, is under-selling it a bit. This is easily one of the most exciting beer projects opening in not only St. Louis, but also the United States.

I’m often accused of being prone to hyperbole, but that last statement is nothing of the sort. Cory and Karen have put together one of the finest locations to have a beer in the area. One of the unique things that sets Side Project apart is their treatment of draft beer.

For starters, Cory King has created a draft system of 24 taps that will pour eight of each of those beers at three distinct temperatures. It’s only one of three places in the United States (that I know of, feel free to prove me wrong) that’s pouring beers in this fashion.

Why is this so important? Certain beers should be poured at certain temperatures to properly pour and enjoy the beer. The draft system Cory designed allows for perfect pours at perfect temperatures almost every time. It’s a unique process that allows you to immediately enjoy your beer.

It’s some of the little touches that will set Side Project apart like Karen King’s choice of glassware. Not unlike the draft system, they’ve spared no expense. Karen has chosen not only the appropriate shaped glass, but also the best quality glass she could find.

Couple this with the lambic baskets (did you know you shouldn’t tip that lambic bottle vertical after you started pouring?) Cory and Karen sourced for their unique beers and you’ll see this is a place where beer comes first.

For those of you that aren’t beer lovers (and what are you doing here?) or looking for something else they’ve also put together a list of whiskey and wine that will make your tongue happy as well. Here is your first look at the draft list:

Served at 52°F
Side Project Saison du Blé
Side Project Grisette
Blaugies / Hill Farmstead Collaboration La Vermontoise
De Struise Pannepot 2012
De La Senne Zinnebir
De Ranke Guldenberg
Liefmans Cuvée-Brut
De Molen Hemel & Aarde (Bourbon Barrel)

Served at 46°F
Perennial Saison de Lis
New Belgium / Perennial Collaboration Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout
Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Ale
Evil Twin / Sante Adairius Collaboration Joey Pepper
Mikkeller Arh Hvad?! (Grand Marnier Barrel)
Boulevard Tank 7
Deschutes Nitro Jubelale Ale

Served at 40°F
Kulmbacher Mönchshof Schwarzbier
Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
Schlafly Kölsch
2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit
Civil Life American Brown
Goose Island Matilda
Deschutes Hop Trip
Sierra Nevada Celebration

Here are a couple of photos courtesy of Side Project and Tim Bottchen:

 

Side Project Cellar, located at 7373 Marietta in Maplewood, officially opens their doors tomorrow at 3PM. Hours will be 3-10PM Tuesday-Thursday and 12PM-11PM Friday and Saturday.