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The Cellar House in Oakville is a hidden treasure for those of you looking for craft beer in South County. And if great beer wasn’t enough, they have done some amazing beer dinners as well.

Next Wednesday, January 25th, Cellar House is putting on a beer dinner featuring Perennial Artisan Ales. This five course meal begins at 7PM and will cost $65 per person. Besides the beers paired during the courses, they will also have Abraxas on tap.

Here’s a look at the menu:

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You can make reservations by calling 314-846-5100.

SOCIETE_logo-web_biggerPerennial Artisan Ales produces some outstanding examples of traditional styles, but they’re also quite well-known for their more unique experiments.

While owners Phil and Emily Wymore have enjoyed seeing tremendous growth with their year-round creations, the heart of Perennial was always about producing those one-off, barrel-aged beers. But barrel-aged beers have a cost and that cost is availability.

There is only so much room for beer that sits in barrels for months (or even years) at a time. Which means that only so many people can get their hands on these special creations. And while the parties to release these beers are fun, there are only so many one can do without problems cropping up.

Last year Perennial announced the Société du Chêne (Society of Oak) membership. This unique club offered up the ability to access some of these fantastic barrel-aged beers simply by having a membership to the club.  Perennial reached out to announce that they’re accepting new members for the 2016 Société du Chêne.

Because this membership will be a highly sought-after ticket, the 2016 memberships will be available via the Perennial Tasting Room beginning on Wednesday, September 14th at 4pm.

Each membership will be $300 (tax included) and will include:

  • One bottle of each of the first twelve barrel-aged beers to be released over the course of the next year.  This year, we are including a mix of wine, foeder and spirits barrel-aged beers (yes, even stouts)
  • a Société du Chêne glass
  • 10% discount on all on-premise purchases with valid membership ID (does not include bottles to go or merchandise)
  • Entry to one Members-Only party.  Details to be released at a later date. (Trust us—we’ll make it a good one)
  • The ability to purchase a one-bottle allocation of Abraxas, Sump & 17.
  • One bottle of each of the first twelve barrel-aged beers to be released over the course of the next year.  This year, we are including a mix of wine, foeder and spirits barrel-aged beers (yes, even stouts)

Now, for some of the rules and regulations for this club (because people love to find loopholes!):

  • One membership per person.
  • Each of these beers will be released at some time during the membership period. Perennial will release the beers when they feel that they are ready. For this reason, a release schedule will not be shared in advance.
  • Members will be have a two week window to pick up bottles as they become available and must be picked up by the member or his or her proxy. If the bottles are not claimed within the designated pickup time, the bottles will be forfeited. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY.
  • If there are excess bottles available, (depending on the number) bottles will either be offered to members for purchase, sold on or off-premise in the Perennial Tasting Room.
  • In the event that that more than twelve barrel-aged beers mature during the membership period, members will also be guaranteed the ability to purchase an undetermined allocation of these beers as well.
  • Bottles must be picked up in the tasting room. Under no circumstances are they able to ship bottles.
  • Members may designate one trustee to pick up his or her bottles from the tasting room. Membership benefits do not apply to trustees.
  • 2017 Memberships will be offered first to 2016 members. Renewal is, of course, optional.

Sign-up Details:

  • Trustee information will be requested after sign-up period is complete.
  • Remaining memberships will be offered via a local signup on a first come, first serve basis in the Perennial Tasting Room on Wednesday, September 14th at 4pm.
  • Each member may pick up his or her membership card, glass and first bottle in the Perennial Tasting Room between Wednesday, September 21st and October 5th.
  • The first beer to be released on 9/21 to Société members will be Reverie, a Blended Strong Ale aged in Whiskey and Wine Barrels.

Any questions about the club should be sent to societe@perennialbeer.com. That will be your one-stop shop for answers.

2016-mwbbfJuly is almost upon us and with it brings hot dogs, ‘Merica, and beer.  Specifically it brings the 8th annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week (more on that soon), but one of the largest and best parts of STLCBW is the Perennial Artisan Ales Midwest Belgian Beer Festival.

Believe it or not, this is actually the 5th MWBBF and Perennial is celebrating their “funky fifth” with 54 breweries from across the United States (and beyond.)  This year’s festival takes place on Saturday, July 30th and will run from 1-5PM.  The proceeds from this year’s festival will go toward St. Louis Public Radio.

Here’s a list of the participating breweries:

  • 18th Street Brewery
  • 2nd Shift Brewing
  • 4 Hands Brewing Co.
  • Against the Grain
  • Allagash
  • Almanac
  • Answer Brewpub
  • Barrelhouse Brewing
  • Bluejacket
  • Boulevard
  • Bruery
  • Charleville
  • Cigar City
  • Commons
  • Crane
  • Crooked Stave
  • De Garde
  • Destihl
  • Firestone Walker
  • Fremont
  • Funk Factory
  • Green Bench
  • Half Acre
  • Hardywood
  • Jester King
  • Jolly Pumpkin
  • Logboat
  • Mark Twain
  • Marz Brewing
  • Mikkeller
  • Moody Tongue
  • New Belgium
  • Oakshire
  • Off Color
  • Ommegang
  • Ozark Beer
  • Penrose
  • Rare Barrel
  • Right Proper
  • Rockwell
  • Schlafly
  • Scratch
  • Side Project
  • Solemn Oath
  • Sun King
  • Three Floyds
  • Transient Artisan Ales
  • Une Annee
  • Upland
  • Urban Chestnut
  • Whiner
  • Wicked Weed
  • Wiseacre
  • Yazoo

Tickets to this event are $65 and will go on sale beginning tomorrow, Wednesday June 15th beginning at 4PM. For those of you out of town, tickets will be available online beginning Monday, June 20th at 10am.

15_perennialIt’s almost May and I’m already tired of this election season. But what if you wanted to vote on something that really matters?

Well, Perennial Artisan Ales has an issue we all can get behind, picking the new flavor of their Berliner Weisse. Beginning at 4PM tonight, Perennial will have on eight different fruited versions of their delicious base Berliner Weiss and they need you to vote on them!

Each of these versions was submitted by the entire Perennial crew and includes:

  • Cascara & Pear
  • Balaton & Montmorency Cherry
  • Grapefruit & Mandarin
  • Mirabelle Plum, Mango & Grapefruit Zest
  • Tart Cherries & Cinnamon
  • Grapefruit & Basil
  • Cranberry & Orange
  • Pomegranate & Lime

You’ll have the ability to enjoy up to two samples of 5oz sample of each beer at a time and then you’ll vote on your favorite.  All the beers are limited and your vote will matter. The winner of this contest will have the beer scaled up and distributed to all of Perennial’s markets.

Feel the Berl; do your civic duty and head out to Perennial tonight and vote for this very important matter.

label_sumpIt takes a balanced hand to create beers with special adjuncts. Too little and you can’t even enjoy a specialty beer, too much and it become overwhelming. It’s also equally important to pick the right ingredients, finding that harmony between the base beer and the adjuncts is crucial. If you have any interest in how these beers are created, it’s always nice to learn from the experts.

If learning more about this very special talent the you’ll need to head out to Dressel’s Pub on Tuesday, February 2nd for a Perennial Sump Blending Event. Starting at 7PM you’ll have a chance to talk to two experts in the field of blending beer and coffee, co-owner of Perennial Artisan Ales Phil Wymore and owner of Sump Coffee Scott Carey.

You’ll have your chance to blend from the following beers:

  • Perennial Imperial Stout (base beer)
  • Perennial Blue Label Maman
  • Perennial Abraxas
  • Perennial Sump

Tickets for this very limited event at $50 each and include a guided beer and coffee blended session with beer flights and appetizers.  You can make your reservations by calling 314-631-1060 or emailing mary@dresselspublichouse.com.

label_sumpOver the past year or so, much to my wife’s chagrin, I’ve taken on another vice: coffee. While we’re all aware of how many awesome breweries we have in town, you may not be aware of how many small artisinal coffee roasters we have in town as well.

One of those delicious coffee roasters is Sump. For the past few years Perennial Artisan Ales has worked with Sump to create the delicious Sump coffee stout. Perennial is releasing this delicious beer tonight and here are all of the details:

Join us today for the debut of 2016 Sump Coffee Stout! For this year’s batch that is being packaged for distribution, Scott and Phil selected a bean from Colombia. This Fair Trade, Organic bean has notes of sweet caramel, ripe fruit and cinnamon which meld harmoniously with our rich Imperial Stout. This year, we have also packaged a variant for tasting room release only, using a bean from Burundi. The Burundi variant is slightly more subtle with citrus notes and a refined sugar sweetness. For both beers, we recommend drinking the bottles fresh, as coffee is delicate and tends to fade quickly with age.

Bottles of both Sump Coffee Stout and the Burundi variant will go on sale at 4:00PM and will be $17 each. Bottle limits will be determined at 4:00PM. We will also sell draft pour tickets ($6 each) starting at 4:00PM. However, these will not be redeemable until the time of the official draft release, 6:00PM. Scott and Marz from Sump will be joining us to present this year’s batches. We can’t wait to share them with you.

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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!