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logo-bridge-wpDecember 26th is known as Boxing Day in the commonwealth nations. Regardless of why it came about, it means an extra holiday for folks living in current (or former) British colonies.

As a former British colony, it’s a shame we don’t have one extra day to celebrate the holidays. But if you’re one of the lucky few off this Friday (or even if you’re not), perhaps you’ll want to pop into Bridge Tap House to enjoy some very special beers that Bridge has received from Mikkeller.

Beginning at 6PM, Bridge will be tapping Spontanrosehip (a sour ale brewed with rosehip & aged in oak barrels), Spontanelderflower (a sour ale brewed with sea buckthorn), and the Limoncello IPA (a collaboration with Hill Farmstead).

Friday night at one of the most beautiful beer bars in the country seems like a pleasant way to enjoy this holiday season, even if we didn’t get the day off.

itap.jpgThere are four major ingredients that go into making beer: water, malt, yeast and hops.  If that final ingredient is the one you can’t quite wrap your head around, then maybe you need to make it out to the International Tap House next Wednesday, March 3rd starting at 7PM.

Mikkeller out of Denmark has produced a series of IPAs where each recipe is identical except it features only a single type of hop.  What this allows you to do is see what kind of flavors and aromas that each type of hop can provide to a beer. Each sample of beer will be $3 for a 5oz sample.  Here’s a list of ten beers that will be available for tasting:

  • Amarillo Single Hop IPA
  • Cascade Single Hop IPA
  • Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA
  • Nugget Single Hop IPA
  • Simcoe Single Hop IPA
  • Tomahawk Single Hop IPA
  • Warrior Single Hop IPA
  • Centennial Single Hop IPA
  • Chinook Single Hop IPA
  • East Kent Golding Single Hop IPA

Thanks to Brent in the forums, he’s provided a few other tidbits about this event including the fact that prizes will be given away like iTAP gift certificates, Mikkeller products, and  Hops Direct will be giving away 5lbs of hops!  Also, Brent believes that iTAP will be the only place in the world that is serving all ten of these beers on draught at the same time.

So basically, this is kind of a big deal.  I’d bet this is one of those deals that you may never see come back around again. If I were you, I’d probably head out to iTAP next Wednesday and check this out.

mikkeller_beergeek.jpgIf you were paying close attention to some of the comments yesterday you may have noticed that a new beer has made it’s way to St. Louis. If you don’t know much about Mikkeller brewery, don’t feel bad, I don’t know much either. But I know that their Beer Geek Breakfast is pretty sought after and pretty highly rated on Beer Advocate.

Dylan told me he didn’t have very much of this or the other Mikkeller beer, Jackie Brown, they received so if you want to get your hands on this get down to 33 as quickly as possible. I know I will.