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It’s easy to be reflective during this time of the year.  The holidays allow us to not only look back on the year that was but look forward to the year ahead.  It also gives a good opportunity to share great times with friends and family alike.

The International Tap House knows how to put on a good time.  They’ve been doing it for almost seven years now. To celebrate New Years Eve, iTAP in the Central West End is throwing their first NYE event.

On Thursday, December 31st from 8PM to 1AM iTAP will be hosting an all-inclusive NYE party.  For $75 per person you’ll enjoy all 61 draft beers and wine all night long (bottled beer available for purchase.)  They’re also include food (while supplies last), music and a special toast to ring in the new year.

You can purchase tickets now here. Keep the champagne at home and ring in the new year with beer at iTAP CWE.

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new-years-eve-times-square-1.jpgIf you’re still looking around for something to do on New Year’s Eve, I’m sure you’re trying to find a spot where you’ll not only have a great time, but also get some great beer. Here are a couple of different spots around town where you can have your beer and drink it too.

Schlafly Bottleworks:

Enjoy food favorites & specials from local farmers & dessert (dinner hours: 5-10pm). Live music in the Crown Room by The Foggy Memory Boys & The Wayward Mountaineers ($15-9pm) & Colonel Ford in the Bottleworks Bar (free-9pm). A midnight toast of Black Velvet, a mix of Oatmeal Stout & sparkling wine. $15 cover for the Crown Room includes live music, midnight toast & the tasting glass. No reservations necessary.

Growler’s Pub

Includes an appetizer buffet from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., open bar from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., party favors, champagne toast and DJ. Hotel packages available with late check-out, free shuttle and great rates! Cost is $50.

International Tap House

Nothing complicated about this New Years party.  Just show up.  No tickets, no package deals, just great beer.

Iron Barley

$65 will get you: Wine/Draft Beer Included, A Fabulous Endless Dinner Buffet, Musical Entertainment by Sins of the Pioneers, and Hats, Party Favors/ Champagne at Midnight.


If you’re a restaurant or pub that’s not on the list, drop me an email and I’ll make sure to add you on. If you’re a reader of STL Hops, keep checking back on this post for updated information. Also, if you’re going out, make sure to do it safely and order a cab in advance. We all want to be able to celebrate the next year together.

This was a phenomenal year for STL Hops.  Not only did we all get to enjoy the first St. Louis Craft Beer Week, we also celebrated our Second Anniversary and had a few fantastic events like the tasting party at CP Pinball.

Stay tuned for big events coming up in 2010.  Happy New Year everyone.

new-years-eve-times-square-1.jpgIf you’re still looking around for something to do on New Year’s Eve, I’m sure you’re trying to find a spot where you’ll not only have a great time, but also get some great beer. Here are a couple of different spots around town where you can have your beer and drink it too.

Schlafly Bottleworks:

Enjoy food favorites & specials from local farmers & dessert (dinner hours: 5-10pm). Live music in the Crown Room by The Foggy Memory Boys & The Wayward Mountaineers ($15-9pm) & “Naked Mike” Newman in the Bottleworks Bar (free-9pm). A midnight toast of Black Velvet, a mix of Oatmeal Stout & sparkling wine. $15 cover for the Crown Room includes live music, midnight toast & the tasting glass. No reservations necessary.

Growler’s Pub

Includes an appetizer buffet from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., open bar from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., party favors, champagne toast and DJ. Hotel packages available with late check-out, free shuttle and great rates! Cost is $50.

Cicero’s

Cicero’s throws everything in a pot and cooks up a New Year’s Eve that provides a little bit of something for everyone. Live music is served by Machree and the Morley’s, while hypnotists, mind readers and Tarot card readers tell you what the new year holds for you. You also get a magician or two, some comedy and a hard-working DJ rocking the dance floor. And then at midnight, blammo, Champagne toast. All this merriment is reserved for those 21 and older only, please. Cost is $35-$40.

Newstead Tower Public House

Ring in the New Year with Newstead and a Beer Dinner. Newstead is hosting its final beer dinner of 2009 featuring the favorites of 2009! The date of the dinner is December 31st. Reservations for this dinner are being accepted for the entire evening.

The cost of this five course dinner is $55 and reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling 314-535-7771.

Blueberry Hill

40 ‘Tils, Spark Treez, Fufops, Inappropriate Behavior; open bar (draft and rail), party favors & Champagne toast. Starts at 9PM. Price: $35

International Tap House

The International New Year Party – $40 per ticket 7pm-1am
Includes appetizer buffet, live music (C-Box Prophets) and complimentary select draughts from around the Globe. As different time zone around the world celebrate their new year, we will too by featuring their beers on tap (these draught features are included in the price of the ticket).
8-9pm: European Mainland (Belgium and German beers)
9-10pm: British Isles
10-11pm: Eastern Time Zone (New York and Michigan beers)
11-12pm: Central Time Zone (Missouri Beers)
12-1am: Mountain Time Zone (Colorado and Montana beers)

Riddle’s Penultimate Cafe & Wine Bar
Just to let you know Riddles will be having live music performed by the Swirl band from 9:00 – 1:00 on New Years Eve, we will also have Prix Fixe Menu options, and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight with party favors. Of course, like always, there is never a cover charge at Riddles.

Iron Barley

$65 will get you: Wine/Draft Beer Included, A Fabulous Endless Dinner Buffet, Musical Entertainment by Bob Case, and Hats, Party Favors/ Champagne at Midnight.


If you’re a restaurant or pub that’s not on the list, drop me an email and I’ll make sure to add you on. If you’re a reader of STL Hops, keep checking back on this post for updated information. Also, if you’re going out, make sure to do it safely and order a cab in advance. We all want to be able to celebrate the next year together.

Newstead Tower Public House is hosting its final beer dinner of 2009 featuring the favorites of 2009! The date of the dinner is December 31st.  Reservations for this dinner are being accepted for the entire evening.

The cost of this five course dinner is $55 and reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling 314-535-7771.

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new-years-eve-times-square-1.jpgIf you’re still looking around for something to do on New Year’s Eve, I’m sure you’re trying to find a spot where you’ll not only have a great time, but also get some great beer.  Here are a couple of different spots around town where you can have your beer and drink it too.

Schlafly Bottleworks:

Enjoy the best of both worlds! Whether you prefer a black velvet tuxedo or faded overalls, join us for a New Year’s Eve celebration at Bottleworks.

Fancy Food
Enjoy your Bottleworks favorites and specials. Featuring food from local Missouri farmers and delicious desserts. Our kitchen will serve dinner from 5:00-10:00 p.m. Sorry, no reservations accepted for this evening.

Live Music in the Bar
Enjoy the music of “Naked” Mike Newman from 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Live Music & Midnight Toast in the Crown Room
Doors at 8:00 p.m., music from 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Featuring the very best in local acoustic music: The Grass Pack. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary midnight toast with a glass of smooth and delicious Black Velvet (a dreamy concoction of grape and grain – rich, dark, full-bodied Oatmeal Stout with light, crisp sparkling wine). The cover charge for the Crown Room is $15 and includes live music and the midnight toast and tasting glass. The event concludes at 1:00 a.m. Toast in the Crown Room only.

Growler’s Pub

Appetizer buffet from 8 to 10 p.m., open bar on all draught beers from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., plus party favors, DJ and midnight toast. Cost is $50.

The Stable

In/Out Early Option gets you select open bar, dinner buffet from 7 to 10 p.m., $65/person.

Classic Option gets you select open bar, appetizer buffet from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., $40/person.

Hangover City Option costs $80/person and you stay all night.

Cicero’s

Open bar, tarot card readings, caricatures and Champagne toast at midnight; live music by The Livers, Fundamental Elements, Dear Future and DJ Patrick Baum; 21 and older. Cost is $30-35.

Mattingly Brewing Company

Mattingly Brewing Co will be tapping the first batch of Brightside Belgium Witbier. As it is also Wednesday they will be offering small batches of Hurterbrau Hefeweizen, Drew’s 90 Schilling Ale, and a cask of Double Dry Hopped HOPtimal Munition APA.

Newstead Tower Public House

Ring in the New Year with Newstead and a Bell’s Beer Dinner.  The dinner starts at 8PM and will be featuring 4 courses for $40.  You can also stay at Newstead until the ball drops for $65 (which includes dinner) and enjoy an open bar all night.


If you’re a restaurant or pub that’s not on the list, drop me an email and I’ll make sure to add you on. If you’re a reader of STL Hops, keep checking back on this post for updated information.  Also, if you’re going out, make sure to do it safely and order a cab in advance.  We all want to be able to celebrate the next year together.

I hope the freshly new year finds you well. I spent my New Years Eve attempting to finish off the keg of my 80 Schilling. (Unfortunately, I failed. But I put up a mighty strong fight.) Rather than make a list of resolutions I’ve decided to make a list of beers I plan on brewing this year. This will be by far the most beer I’ve ever brewed in one year. It’s a pretty ambitious schedule, but I don’t think it’s unachievable.

January

  • La Fin du Monden Clone
  • Southern English Brown
  • Oatmeal Stout

February

  • Saison
  • Schwarzbier (my first lager)

March

  • Imperial IPA (Pliny the Elder Clone)
  • Mango Blonde (A recipe I’ve been playing with for some time.)

April

  • Raspberry Wheat
  • Witbier
  • Classic American Pils

May

  • Southern English Brown
  • Belgian Dark Strong

June

  • Weissbier
  • California Common

July

  • Flanders Red
  • Wee Heavy

August

  • Oktoberfest
  • Pumpkin Beer

September

  • Robust Porter
  • 80 Schilling
  • Christmas Ale

October

  • Southern English Brown
  • Dopplebock

November

  • Belgian Dubbel
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • December Chocolate Cherry Stout

December

  • English Barleywine
  • Brown Porter

I’ve already begun purchasing my hops now (wow, what a pain in the pocketbook) to make sure I’m fully stocked for the year. I’m going to continue to use the blog to update my progress along the way. Make sure to stay tuned to find out which ones flounder (hopefully none) and which ones flourish (hopefully all.)