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Black and BLues Poster-page-001If running a business and keeping it thriving wasn’t difficult enough, finding your own unique spin for an anniversary party is its own monster. Everyone wants to hoe our own road and not step on the toes of their fellow brewers. So I applaud Old Bakery Beer Company for not only celebrating their first year in business, but also coming up with a cool idea to boot.

This Sunday, March 13th, OBB is putting on a Black & Blues Beer Festival. Starting at 1PM, you’ll be able to enjoy black beer samples from over twenty local breweries along with some delicious BBQ and a DJ playing “old-school blues and soul”.

A ticket is $30 (or $35 day of) and will get you a commemorative glass and tastings from the following breweries:

  • 2nd Shift
  • 4 Hands
  • 4204 Main Street
  • Alpha
  • Augusta
  • Charleville
  • Civil Life
  • Earthbound
  • Excel
  • Exit 6
  • Griesedieck
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Main and Mill
  • Peel
  • Perennial
  • Public House
  • Recess
  • Schlafly
  • Six Mile Bridge
  • Square One
  • St. Nicholas
  • Stubborn German
  • Templar
  • Urban Chestnut

This will also be your first opportunity to try Old Bakery’s new creation, their Double Stout along with their 1st Anniversary Barleywine. They describe it as “an American-style Barleywine partially aged in bourbon barrels, and partially aged on cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and oak.”

The event runs from 1PM-5PM and your tickets can be purchased here. Don’t miss out from some great beer from one of my favorite new breweries!

oldbakeryIt’s been interesting to watch the “second wave” of new breweries progress in the St. Louis area. It’s neat to see what new venues, new ideas, and new styles they bring to our area.

One of my favorites of the next generation is Old Bakery Brewing. I had my first taste of their beer at last year’s Brewers Heritage Festival and it blew me away.  Their Porter is one of the best in the area and therefore makes it one of the best in the country.

Well, I’m happy to announce that starting today, you’ll now be able to be able to find Old Bakery Beer on draft in St. Louis.  They’re beginning by launching the Porter, “a classic English-style porter brewed with American ingredients” and the North End IPA, “an IPA dry-hopped with Citra, Casade, and Crystal.”  And as usual with Old Bakery, both beers are certified organic.

To celebrate the launch, OBB is throwing a couple of events including a meet and greet with James and Patrick at OBB at Shamrocks Pub and Grill from 7pm-9pm tonight, February 18th and also a Keep the Glass event at Saint Louis Hop Shop on Saturday, February 20th from 6pm-8pm.

And if that news wasn’t exciting enough, Old Bakery has informed me that they’re going to begin canning later this month with cans of Porter and Citrus Wheat hitting our market in early March! Can’t wait to have another great beer available in a can from a great local brewery.

 

oldbakeryI sound like a broken record, but I’m astonished just how big craft beer has gotten since I started this website 7 years ago. Not only have we seen more beer bars, more taps, and more craft beer on the shelves, but we’ve seen the number of breweries explode in the area.

We’ve been blessed in St. Louis City and now the east side is getting in on the fun and seeing breweries open in Illinois as well. One of those breweries is the new Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton, Illinois.

Old Bakery has been quietly open for about a month, but they’re finally officially open this Saturday, March 14th beginning at 11AM. To celebrate this occasion, Old Bakery is introducing two new beers to their line-up, a Midwest Red Ale and Rye Bock, along with a special menu incvluding pulled pork and BBQ brisket. And in celebration of Pi Day (3.1415), Old Bakery will be holding a Pie Eating Contest!

From everyone I’ve heard that’s visited, it’s a beautiful spot and a great excuse to visit Alton. Head out to Old Bakery this weekend and celebrate their grand opening.

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