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AF-MORGAN.ST-WEBYou may be saying, “Whoa, wait, I don’t remember seeing a Morgan Street Brewery contest!” If you didn’t, that’s because you may not be part of our STL Hops Insider Email. We’ll be doing special contests like this in the future, so make sure to sign up using the form on the right side of this page.

That’s enough of that self-serving garbage, without further ado, the winner of the two tickets to this event is Bill Cann. Congrats to Bill and thanks to everyone who entered.

Thanks also to Morgan Street for giving us the tickets to give away.  Tickets for their Birthday Bash are still available, buy them here!

AF-MORGAN.ST-WEBI don’t think people realize what the 2nd oldest craft brewery in St. Louis is.  For over 18 years, Morgan Street Brewery has been producing award winning lagers on Laclede’s Landing.

“Over 18 years” is the key phrase here as Morgan Street is celebrating their 19th birthday this year and is throwing a beer festival on Saturday, September 6th to celebrate.  From 12-4PM Morgan Street is throwing this Birthday Bash and Beer Festival with 16 (and counting) of their closest friends.  Here’s a list of participating breweries:

  • Square One
  • 2nd Shift
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Exit 6
  • Six Row
  • Crown Valley
  • AB
  • 4 Hands
  • Alpha
  • Ferguson
  • Cathedral
  • Urban Chestnut
  • Trailhead
  • Charleville
  • Schlafly
  • Kraftig

Your tickets (which is $30 in advance and $35 at the door) will get you unlimited samples, a commemorative tasting glass, and live music from The Jeremiah Johnson Band. You can purchase your tickets here.

If you’re not signed up to the STL Hops Insider, sign up today as we’re giving away a set of tickets next week for the festival!

morgan-street-brewery-01Morgan Street Brewery kicks off its 18th year in business by throwing a big birthday party this Saturday, September 21st from 1PM to 5PM. Because it wouldn’t be a birthday bash without some friends, Morgan Street has invited a number of local (and regional) breweries to join in on the festivities.

Tickets (available online here) are available for $30 (or $35 at the door) and will get you samples from the following breweries:

  • Morgan Street
  • UCBC
  • 2nd Shift
  • Schlafly
  • Augusta
  • Charleville
  • Kraftig
  • Cathedral Square
  • Kirkwood Station
  • O’Fallon
  • Crown Valley
  • Trail Head
  • Exit 6
  • 4 Hands
  • Ferguson
  • Sun King
  • Perennial

After the beer fest the party keeps going with live bands and 1995 pint pricing on all Morgan Street Beers. The party will keep rocking all the way until 2:30AM. Congrats to Morgan Street on their 18th birthday. Sounds like one hell of a party.

Without a doubt, canned craft beers are one of the hottest segments of this already hot business. We’ve even seen a couple of other local breweries (Schlafly and O’Fallon) jump on board and can a couple of their best-selling beers. But both of them have to contract their canned beers out to other breweries as they don’t currently have the equipment to do this in-house. (This is a standard practice by the way, a lot of breweries do this with no hit to quality or taste.)

No one has canned craft beer here in St. Louis, until now. I’m happy to report that Morgan Street Brewery has purchased a canning line and will begin putting some of their most popular beers into cans.

Allow me to jump into “distributor mode” here for a second and explain why this is so important to a local brewery. Draft beer is awesome. It’s typically cheaper than packaged beer for the consumer, it’s easier to maintain, it’s easier to clean and fill kegs. But what can’t it get you? Enjoyment in your own home (unless you’re lucky enough to own a kegerator.)

Packaged beer (like bottles and cans) allow people to enjoy your beer wherever they want. The moment you can offer an easy package that can be enjoy at home, you’ll begin selling more and more beer. This is a great thing for everyone.

Morgan Street knows this, they also know that cans are the wave of craft beer. So, they jumped on board and will begin having beer in cans very, very soon. What beers you ask? How about their five-time award winning Golden Pilsner, along with that they’ll be serving up their 2012 Great American Beer Fest bronze-winning Black Bear, and also their always popular Honey Wheat.

We should begin seeing this on store shelves soon. Very exciting, can’t wait to enjoy a Golden Pilsner at home.

Mo’ breweries means mo’ representation at the Great American Beer Festival which was held this past weekend in downtown Denver. While not only being an enormous beer festival it also doubles as a competition for professional breweries.  The St. Louis area did pretty well this year as it had three local craft winners:

  • Category 13: Other Strong Beer (55 Entries) – Silver: Heart of GoldPerennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, MO
  • Category 40: German-Style Schwarzbier (32 Entries) – Bronze: Black BearMorgan Street Brewery, St. Louis, MO
  • Category 84: Barley Wine-Style Ale (51 Entries) – Silver: Barley WineCharleville Microbrewery, Ste. Genevieve, MO

It’s also worth noting that a couple of other Missouri breweries walked away with some awards as well:

  • Category 10: Rye Beer (62 Entries) – Silver: Kyles Baltic PorterFlat Branch Pub and Brewery, Columbia, MO
  • Category 13: Other Strong Beer (55 Entries) – Gold: Reverb PilsnerBoulevard Brewing, Kansas City, MO
  • Category 68: Belgian-Style Witbier (50 Entries) – Gold: ZONBoulevard Brewing, Kansas City, MO

Winning an award at a beer competition takes a little bit of luck but a hell of a lot of skill. Congrats to the boys at Perennial (Phil, Cory, and Jim), Morgan Street head brewer Dustin Chalfant and Charleville head brewer Tony Saballa on their very impressive wins. I’m sure we’ll see even more awards next year.

With the explosion of new breweries in the St. Louis area, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the guys who help pave the way.  To help keep up with the demand, both Morgan Street Brewing and Six Row Brewing  have recently made upgrades to their brewhouses to help prepare for the future.

Both breweries have added new fermentation tanks, which is always the bottleneck of any brewery, which will allow them to increase the amount of beer they brew each year. Six Row’s upgrade will allow them to brew up to 4500bbls of beer each year while Morgan Street will be able to double their capacity to about 1400bbls.  Morgan Street’s expansion should be online next week and Six Row is scheduled to have their new tanks online by mid-August.

Expanding how much they brew will also these breweries to expand their market.  Both breweries are currently exploring the possibility of increasing their footprint to include Kansas City and Columbia. It’s awesome to see that growth of beer culture in St. Louis is not only about new breweries, but existing ones being successful as well.

The Great American Beer Festival was held this past weekend in downtown Denver, while not only being a very special beer festival, also doubles as a competition for professional breweries.  The St. Louis area did pretty well this year as it had two local craft winners:

  • Category 71: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout (23 Entries) – Gold: Hyde Park Stout Augusta Brewing Co., Washington, MO
  • Category 26: Bohemian-Style Pilsener (42 Entries) – Silver: Golden PilsnerMorgan Street Brewery, St. Louis, MO

It’s also worth noting that Flat Branch Pub and Brewery out of Columbia, MO also walked away with two awards:

  • Category 2: American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast (43 Entries) – Silver: American Hefeweizen – Flat Branch Pub and Brewery, Columbia, MO
  • Category 74: Sweet Stout (29 Entries) – Silver: Oil Change Stout – Flat Branch Pub and Brewery, Columbia, MO

Winning an award at a beer competition takes a little bit of luck but a hell of a lot of skill. Congrats to Morgan Street head brewer Marc Gottfried and Augusta head brewer Shawn Herrin on their very impressive wins. Can’t wait to enjoy both of these beers in the near future.