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Anniversaries are special times. They not only allow us to look back at everything we’ve accomplished but also provide an opportunity to look forward at what’s to come.

There is no doubt that New Belgium Brewing has done more for craft beer than few other breweries. For how many people was Fat Tire their first taste of craft beer?  For how many of us was La Folie your first chance to try a sour beer?

After 25 years I’d dare to guess that all of us have enjoyed a New Belgium beer at least once and there are few breweries that get to have that honor. To celebrate 25 awesome years NBB has teamed up with the International Tap House in the Central West End to throw a birthday party.

This Saturday, November 5th iTAP CWE is putting on a killer party featuring some heavy hitters from New Belgium. Starting at 3pm you’ll have a chance to enjoy draft beers including Love Blackberry Oscar, Love Apple Felix, Flowering Citrus Ale, La Folie, Abbey Ale and more!

You’ll also have a chance to win New Belgium prizes all afternoon with a special grand prize being given away at 6pm.  There is also a special 25th anniversary glass available while supplies last.

Head down and toast New Belgium for 25 awesome years.

 

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“Making friends is our business.” – Adolphus Busch

Though I’m not entirely sure that New Belgium Brewing‘s Lauren Salazar would approve of being compared to one of the beer czars of old, she’s certainly made a lot of friends in the beer business.  In fact, I’d argue she’s one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met in the beer world.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Lauren, well, here’s your chance.  Starting today New Belgium’s Wood Beer Specialists Lauren Salazar and Ted Peterson will be in St. Louis to do a bunch of events in the area. Here’s a rundown of everything going on:

Wednesday, January 6th
Meet the Brewers at Three Kings w/Perennial Artisan Ales 7:30-9:30pm
Lauren Salazar & Ted Peterson, New Belgium’s Wood Beer Specialists and Phil Wymore, Co-Owner of Perennial Artisan Ales

Featuring: Love Felix Apple, Le Terroir, Bier de Mars, Blackberry Barleywine, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout on Nitro & a special test batch keg of Clutch, and a keg of Perennial Blue Label Maman

Thursday, January 7th
Sour Symposium at Bridge 4-6pm & 7-9pm

Guests will go through the art of blending beer from grain to glass focusing on techniques Lauren and Ted use in New Belgium’s cellar. Attendees will also get to blend their own sour beers using different samples of unblended base beers kept in individual foeders of the brewery’s cellar and document their blend ratios to see who has what it takes to be the next Master Blender.

Full details and to purchase tickets please visit: http://stlsoursymposium.brownpapertickets.com

After Party to immediately follow the close of the 7-9pm session at Bridge

Friday, January 8th
Schnucks Des Peres 5-7pm
Lauren Salazar & Ted Peterson will be talking about New Belgium, brewing and upcoming beers!

Featuring samples of: Love Felix Peach, Le Terroir, La Folie and a sneak peak of new releases, Glutiny & Citradelic!

nbbBeer blending gets a bad rap. Many craft beer nerds often think of the bigger breweries when the word “blending” comes up.  But it’s impossible to create some of the barrel-aged beers we all love so much without blending.

There is a real art to combining certain attributes of one barrel to another barrel to achieve the taste profile that you’re looking for. Two people that know a little something about this are Lauren Salazar and Ted Peterson, New Belgium Brewing‘s wood beer specialists.

To give you a little sample of what it’s like to do this blending process, New Belgium is working with Bridge Tap House to put on a very special event that they’re calling St. Louis Sour Symposium.

On Thursday, January 7th, Lauren Salazar and Ted Peterson will be in town and will be bringing in unblended beers from five different foeders and will give you the opportunity to blend each of these samples to create your own sour masterpiece. NBB is also working with Bridge’s Chefs Erik Peterson and Stephen Trouvere to create special pairings to go along with your new sour creation.

There will be only two sessions (4-6pm and 7-9pm) for this unique opportunity.  Tickets are $50 each and you can purchase them here.

St. Louis was chosen as one of only five cities for this amazing event. This is an awesome Christmas gift for that sour beer nerd in your lift.

150197 3 Kings LITW 11x17 WEBTick, tick, tick. This isn’t a bomb, this is how some beer guys view drinking beers. No judgement here, I love being able to tick a new beer off of my list.

Three Kings Public House on Delmar is offering up a tickers dream by partnering with New Belgium Brewing to put on a special event they’re calling Lost in the Woods.

Running from 5PM-10PM tomorrow, February 7th, Three Kings will be offering up four vintage sour beers along with two 2015 sour beers. Here’s the list:

  • 2013 Belgian Salted Chocolate Stout
  • 2014 Le Terroir
  • 2014 Yuzu Imperial Berliner Wiess
  • 2015 La Folie
  • 2015 Transatlantique Kriek ( our newest version in collaboration with Oud Beersel)
  • 2013 Cherry Felix (Felix the base beer for Le Terroir aged in Cherry Whiskey BBls from Leapold Brothers)

And because tickers love tastes, Three Kings will be offering up a flight of five 5oz beers for $18. If you want to enjoy a full pour, you can purchase 10oz for $5 (or $6 for the Cherry Felix.)

If you’re looking for a little sweetness to balance with the sour, there will be cupcakes available made by Lil Bitty Sweets to pair specifically with the beers. Each cupcake will run you $2.

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142866-Slow-Ride-coming-soon-11x17If you’re in the beer business, or one of those weird people who follows the business of beer (I used to count myself among that group when I wasn’t part of the industry) then you’ll know that the style of “Session IPA” is on fire. And what’s not to like? You get all of the tasty hoppiness of an IPA without the (sometimes) high ABV.

New Belgium Brewing now has their own entry into this exciting (and enjoyable) style of beer with their new Slow Ride. To celebrate the launch of this new beer in St. Louis, NBB has put together a bunch of events all throughout January. Here’s a look:

  • January 12th – 3 Kings (Loop) Happy Hour 5-7PM
  • January 12th – Heavy Riff Brewing Company 8-10PM | Slow Ride Slow Shuffle on the shuffle board, live record spin featuring Jake Flick
  • January 14th – Tilted Kilt Slow Ride | Keep the Pint 6-8PM
  • January 15th – Mike’s Bar and Tap Hwy K 5-7PM | Keep the Pint $5 with $3 refills
  • January 17th – Lucky’s Market | Sampling 1-3PM
  • January 20th RT Weilers Beer School – 6:30PM | Reception & 7pm dinner and 4 beer pairing including Slow Ride, Portage Porter, Rampant and Triple (see bartender for details)
  • January 22nd- Llyweleyn’s Winghaven Trivia | Slow Ride beer of the month. Keep the pint $5.50 with $4.50 refills from January 12th to February 12th
  • January 29th- iTAP CWE Weekly Trivia | Featuring Slow Ride. NBB Swag Giveaway throughout the night

ciceros.thumbnailThese first few weeks of November are the last chance to really sink your teeth into some beer events until the craziness of the holidays tries to catch you. Cicero’s knows this and has scheduled some really cool events over the next week to keep your November busy. Here’s the line up:

Saturday, November 1st
Celebrate your inner bastard by heading out to Cicero’s to celebrate National Bastard Day. Stone Brewing Co. is putting on some special beers including Double Bastard, Lucky Bastard and Arrogant Bastard Ale. Taps start at 11AM.

Monday, November 3rd
Carson’s Brewery out of Evansville, IN takes over the taps at Cicero’s featuring, RIPA, Pagan, Red Dawn and some other fine selections. The folks from Carson’s will also be in town for a meet and greet as well. Tap takeover starts at 7PM

Tuesday, November 4th
Were you a good American? Did you do your civic duty by voting today? Celebrate voting day with a special tapping of the New Belgium/Perennial collaboration of the Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout. This tasty treat is tapped at 7PM.

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I say this without hyperbole, New Belgium Brewing‘s Lauren Salazar may be one of the nicest people in all of brewing.  That’s a pretty big compliment when you realize just how nice most people in the brewing industry are.  Lauren’s job of  specialty brand manager has her working on the really cool beers of New Belgium.

But, the coolest part of her job is that she’s the primary person to to do New Belgium’s barrel-aged blending, the wood beer czar.  She gets to taste all of the sour/funky beers coming out of the New Belgium and blend them into things like La Folie or the more recent Le Terroir.

To celebrate the release of New Belgium’s collaboration with Perennial Artisan Ales, the Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, she’s coming to town and she wants to meet all of you. Here’s a list of events she’ll be attending next week:

Thursday, October 16th

Meet and Greet Sour Treat
4 – 6 p.m.
SoHa Bar & Grill – 2605 Hampton Ave., St. Louis
Mingle with New Belgium’s Lauren Salazar and Perennial’s Phil Wymore while sipping their crafted sours. Perennial will pour Stefon and Saison de Lis; New Belgium will pour Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, Le Terroir and La Folie. Cans of Ranger IPA will also be available. Win a raffle ticket for each pour and two for each bomber purchased. At the end of the night, everyone with a raffle ticket has a shot at walking away with a bottle of vintage Perennial beer and New Belgium swag.

#CatchTheBike Giveaway
7:30 – 9 p.m.
Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar – 1004 Locust St., St. Louis
The conclusion of #CatchTheBike is finally here! Dave Bailey Restaurants in St. Louis have been offering specials since August and New Belgium is finally ready to give away a beloved cruiser to one lucky drawing winner. And what better way to celebrate #CatchTheBike than with a party? This celebration is complete with small pairing menus and beer from New Belgium and Perennial. The two breweries’ collaboration beer, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, will be served; New Belgium’s Snapshot Wheat, Gratzer Ale and La Folie will be on tap; and guests can sip on La Boheme, Aria and Stefon from Perennial. 

Friday, October 17th

Happy Hour
3 – 6 p.m.
International Tap House (Central West End) – 16 S. Euclid, St. Louis
During this happy hour, Perennial and New Belgium will feature four of their own beers, alongside the Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout collaboration. New Belgium will pour Rampant Imperial IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Gratzer Ale, Le Terroir and Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout; Perennial will serve up 2013 Heart of Gold, Hopfentea, Hommel and Saison de Lis. For every beer purchased, a raffle ticket is given and the chance to win brewery swag.

Three Kings Hot Seat
7:30 – 10 p.m.
Three Kings Pub – 6307 Delmar Blvd., University City
Lauren Salazar of New Belgium and Phil Wymore of Perennial are in the hot seat. Submit questions via social media or ask the brewers directly while enjoying New Belgium’s Le Terroir, La Folie, NBB Loves Blackberry and Gratzer Ale; selections from Perennial include Anniversaria, Stefon and Homel; and, of course, the breweries’ collaboration, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout. Catch it in person or on the web via live podcast. Mike Sweeney, co-founder of STLHops, will mediate. Stay tuned for more information on purchasing tickets for this event. 

Saturday, October 18th

Mingle with New Belgium’s Wood Czar, Lauren Salazar
2 – 4 p.m.
The Wine and Cheese Place – 7435 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton
Interact with one of New Belgium’s key brewers in an intimate environment while sipping New Belgium beers. Choose from Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, New Belgium’s Le Terroir, Snapshot Wheat, Transatlantique Kriek and Gratzer Ale while chatting with Lauren Salazar.

Perennial Artisan Ales Anniversary Party
6 p.m.
Perennial Artisan Ales – 8125 Michigan Ave., St. Louis
Help New Belgium throw Perennial Artisan Ales an epic third birthday at Perennial’s tasting room. The breweries are serving up their collaboration beer and there are plenty of good times to be had by all. (It’s worth noting that tickets to the Anniversary Party are sold out.)