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sohaThe first time I met Tallgrass Brewing‘s owner Jeff Gill we were eating lunch at the always delicious Farmhaus. He was telling me about a brand new beer they were coming out with they named 8-Bit.

He explained it was going to be a juicy American Pale Ale with a big tropical fruit aroma and flavor thanks to Galaxy hops.  And while the beer sounded delicious on paper, what hooked me is when he described the can.

He told me they were looking to make a retro video game can, with 8-bit graphics on the side.  I immediately was hooked.  I flat out told him it would be a hit.  And while the packaging looks great, the beer is even better.  So when Tallgrass’ sales rep Jordan Luster told me about the bigger version of 8-Bit, named 16-Bit, I knew I wanted to try it.

Well, you’ll have your opportunity today when South Hampton Bar and Grill releases cans of 16-Bit when the bar opens. Every can of Tallgrass that gets purchased has a chance of winning a pair of tickets to Microfest! So, go enjoy some new beer in a retro way today at SoHa.

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Canned craft beer is big business in St. Louis right now.  We’ve seen Kirkwood Station Brewing Co. and 4 Hands Brewing show up with new cans in the market and I’m happy to announce that Six Row Brewing is canning beer as well.

Utilizing the same mobile canning unit that KSB and 4 Hands are using, Six Row decided to make a splash and bring out a 16oz 4-pack of cans as well.  But new packaging wasn’t enough for head brewer Evan Hiatt, he decided to give Six Row a bit of a refresh and introduce two new beers as well.

If all goes to plan, beginning late next week we should be seeing 4-packs of Whale and two new offerings: Sunshine Slowdown and Arch Nemesis Midnight Black IPA.

Sunshine Slowdown is a Six Row’s take on a American-style Cream Ale, which is perfect for the warm summer months. The Arch Nemesis is a bigger monster, a Black IPA coming in at 8.5% ABV with 80 IBUs.

These are going to be year-round beers and if everything goes the way Six Row expects, a fourth seasonal can should be online later this autumn. Great to have another can option here in St. Louis!

While there is certainly a small (disturbed) minority of craft beer drinkers that don’t like canned beer, I count myself among the majority that understands how awesome a can is for craft beer.  I know I sound like a broken record: but it’s better for the environment, get cold faster (which is also better for the environment), and doesn’t let any light or oxygen in.

They’re superior vessel for beer.  So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that more of our local breweries are getting on-board with cans. For one brewery, it’s a new foray into packaged beer.  For another brewery, it’s a new item.

First up, Kirkwood Station Brewing Co. will begin offering 16oz cans of their IPA and they’re Blackberry Wheat.  Both beers should be filled into cans next week with a short delay until they’re available on the market.  Here’s a look at the artwork:

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4 Hands Brewing is also getting into the can game with their very popular hoppy wheat Contact High making its way into 12oz cans. According to 4 Hands’ Twitter feed, we should begin seeing these cans this April.

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There are some more cans coming out from local breweries soon. When I get more information I’ll make sure to send it your way.

sf-brewing-coRecently you may have noticed a few new cans on the shelves at your favorite beer store or bar. Santa Fe Brewing Company is New Mexico’s oldest brewery and has started distributing around the St. Louis metro. We’ll initially see Pale Ale on draught and cans of Irish Red, Java Stout, Happy Camper, and Saison 88 in cans.

To celebrate their entry into the market, Missouri Beverage is throwing a party this Thursday, February 27th from 6-9PM at Plush. Head Brewer Brian Lock will be on hand to talk about the brewery and introduce the brand. The new Missouri Beverage Craft Beer Team will be on hand as well. Enjoy complimentary beer samples and housemade snacks.

You can RSVP for this event you can email Jill Sites at jsites@mobev.com

Afterwards, for a $7 cover, enjoy music from local bands Unanimous, The Peacelords, and The Deems.

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Stone Brewing has always had their eyes and ears open to what people are saying and wanting from them. When Missouri beer nerds clamored loudly for their beers, they not only came, but they put out a shipment of IPA bombers specifically acknowledging the noise.

This time they’ve brewed a beer with the hopes to generate more noise. Enjoy By IPA will be heading to Missouri this week. According to MO Stone rep Nate Sellergren we should start seeing Enjoy By 12.21.12 IPA in St. Louis in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

So why the hashtags in the post title? Stone is utilizing social media to measure how excited people are about the beer, and in turn, this excitement will determine if and when future shipments of Enjoy By make it to that respective state or region. If you visit stonebrewing.com/enjoyby, you’ll see that the most recent states that received shipments, Colorado and Ohio, have ‘Enjoy-O-Meters’, which are measuring the amount of conversation around the beer by scraping for the hashtags #EnjoyBy and #CO or #OH, respectively, on Facebook and Twitter.

So, when Enjoy By 12.21.12 reaches St. Louis, drink it and be loud on Twitter and Facebook (I really can’t imagine this will be difficult for most of us) to increase our chances of getting this beer back in our city.

So where will you be able to find bottles of this beer? Here’s the list of St. Louis locations:

  • Arena Liquor
  • Devine Wine & Spirits
  • Dirt Cheap Cape Girardeau
  • Friar Tuck Beverage Crestwood
  • Friar Tuck Beverage Fenton
  • Friar Tuck Beverage O’Fallon
  • Gustine Market
  • Local Harvest Grocery Kirkwood
  • Local Harvest Grocery STL
  • Lukas Liquor Superstore
  • Main Street Liquors
  • Parkers Table At Oakland
  • Primo Vino
  • Randall’s (All MO Locations)
  • Schnucks 104 Brentwood
  • Schnucks 133 Chesterfield
  • Schnucks 174 Kehrs
  • Schnucks 188 Ladue
  • Schnucks 192 Loughborough
  • Schnucks 209 Des Peres Corners
  • Schnucks 258 Hampton Village
  • Schnucks 272 Richmond Heights
  • Schnucks 301 Culinaria
  • Schnucks 702 Cape
  • Starr’s
  • Vineyards Wine & Spirits
  • Whole Foods Market (Both Locations)
  • Wine & Cheese Place (All Locations)
  • Wine Merchant Ltd
  • Wolfbrau House Of Beer

We’ll see draught around town also so keep your eyes peeled for those taps!

Just a couple of days left to wait, so practice your hashtagging (#EnjoyBy #MO) and get ready for Enjoy By IPA!

Without a doubt, St. Louis has seen quite a renascence in food. We in the beer community have seen the changes as more and more people seek out craft offerings and more and more breweries have opened up. But we’ve also seen more and more amazing chefs come into the area and rock our world.

4 Hands Brewing owner Kevin Lemp not only has seen the changes, but has also been on the front line of the revolution. To help celebrate St. Louis’s culinary re-birth, he decided to collaborate with four James Beard Award semi-finalist chefs and also a James Beard Best New Restaurant nominee to create a new beer.

Named “Foundation” this beer was the design of Gerard Craft (Niche, Brasserie, Taste), Josh Galiano (formerly of Monarch), Kevin Nashan (Sidney Street Cafe), Kevin Willman (Farmhaus) and the team at Salt. Using fresh ginger, local lemon balm (out of Kevin Lemp’s backyard), local basil, and organic peach juice, the team of chefs and 4 Hands will create a blonde beer based on a list of seasonal ingredients used by all of the chefs.

The label (which is still being designed) will be based on the five pointed star seen above. Each point of the star representing each of the teams that went into the design of this beer. Look for Foundation to be available at each of the restaurants and at the 4 Hands tasting room later this fall.

Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting. Here’s some of the beers they’ll be sampling: 2nd Shift Art of Neurosis, 2nd Shift Cat Spit Stout, 2nd Shift El Gato Grande, and Six Row Porter. You’ll also be able to try Mikkeller Sur Monk and Fantome La Dalmatienne as well. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cory from deVine Wines and Spirts, located at 2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd, holds a beer tasting every Wednesday evening from 5PM to 8PM. Each Wednesday will offer up a few new beers for you to taste. Swing on by and check it out.

Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates.

Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.