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cellarbration IISome of us nerdy people like to hold on to beers. We keep them all nice and cozy in our little cellars waiting for that perfect opportunity to crack them open.

But sometimes the perfect opportunity is to just head to your cellar and pop something open for your own enjoyment. Well, Llywelyn’s Pub agrees with that idea and wants to throw a little party to pop open some bottles from their cellar.

That Saturday, March 5th, starting at 9:30AM, Llywelyn’s in Webster is throwing a Cellarbration. They’re going to be busting out some cool bottles from their cellar for you to purchase and enjoy. (And if you haven’t had a chance to try their new brunch, you should, it’s pretty delicious.)

Bottles will include Goose Island BCS variants, Firestone Walker variants, some of the Goose Sour Sisters, and some other rare goodies.  The 4 Hands Apple Brandy Woodsman will be on draft along with the Perennial Jameson Whiskey collab.

So, no need to bust into your cellar when Llywelyn’s will do it for you.

15_perennialPerennial Artisan Ales has teamed up with Hyatt Brewhouse downtown to put on an amazing six-course beer dinner. Beginning at 6PM on Wednesday, September 30th, you’ll enjoy six different beers paired with six unique courses.

This dinner is $45 per person (not including tax and gratuity) and reservations will be required. You can make your reservation by calling 314-259-3261. Take a look at the menu below:

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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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itap-LOGOThings are going to get strange at the International Tap House in Soulard as Strange Donuts and iTAP prepare for an invasion. This invasion involves stouts, donuts, and two different birthdays.

Next Saturday, October 18th, starting at 11AM, iTAP Soulard and Strange Donuts are holding an event they’re calling a Strange Invasion. To celebrate stout season (and Perennial’s 3rd anniversary) iTAP is putting on two of the best stouts around, Founders Breakfast Stout and Perennial 2013 Abraxas.

To celebrate their birthday, Strange Donuts is pairing a donut with each of these beers. For $10 you’ll get a 12oz pour of Founders Breakfast Stout, a branded Breakfast Stout Ceramic Mug or a “Stout Season” Pint Glass, and a Strange Donut.

If you’re looking for some more spice, for $8 you can get a 12oz pour of Abraxas paired with the Mexican Hot Chocolate donut. What a strange way to spend a Saturday (unless you’re like me and drinking beer and eating donuts is how your Saturdays usually go down.)

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I’m usually the first person to admit when I’m wrong. Nothing wrong with making a mistake, that’s how we all learn. I will fully admit I was wrong way back in 2009 when the International Tap House in Chesterfield opened.

I thought to myself, “No way this works.”  It’s not that I didn’t trust what co-owners Brad Lobdell and Sean Conroy were doing. It’s not that I didn’t think they could run a bar.  I honestly didn’t trust the St. Louis drinking public to embrace this new kind of bar.

In hindsight, it’s all rather genius.  A beer focused solely on craft beer.  No food, no brewery-on-premise, no gimmicks; just a bar serving awesome craft beer.

Brad and Sean will be the first to admit the concept of a craft-focused bar wasn’t a unique idea.  But opening this kind of bar right on the cusp of a beer Renaissance in St. Louis forever changed how craft beer was viewed in St. Louis.

Five years later, Brad and Sean proved a lot of people wrong. And now it’s time to celebrate how wrong many of us were. To celebrate five years, iTAP Chesterfield will be throwing a week-long celebration.  Here’s the line-up of events:

Sunday February 2nd Super Bowl – Super Share 3PM

  • Bottle Share
  • Homebrew Share
  • Pot Luck

The event will last throughout the Super Bowl and we encourage everyone to bring in a rare/special bottle or even a homebrew for a “kick-off” toast to our 5 years of being open! We’ll also be having a pot luck, so if you’re a good cook, bring plenty to share!

Monday February 3rd – “Memory Monday” 6pm

  • 1/2 off all the taps
  • Original beer lineup (or close as we can)
  • DJ Randall at 8pm

We’ll be bringing back our very first draft lineup we had back in 2009, or as close as we can get to it! You’ll be surprised by how far we’ve come in our beer choices in St. Louis! ALL taps will be ½ off.

Tuesday February 4th -Bell’s Takeover 6pm

  • Cherry Stout
  • Expedition Stout
  • Java Stout
  • Black Note

Bell’s Trip Giveaway*:
-One night stay at a hotel
-Brewery Tour
-$100 gift certificate
-$100 gas card
*winner for trip will be chosen at 8pm – enter by buying a bell’s beer

We’re giving away a trip for two to Bell’s Brewery in Michigan! All you have to do is drink Bell’s beer at our Chesterfield or Soulard location now until 2/3/14 to be entered. Winner will be chosen at 8pm on 2/4 and you must be present to win! Also enjoy some of Bell’s special release beers.

Wednesday February 5th –Perennial/Abraxas Night 6pm

  • Abraxas 2013
  • Abraxas Vanilla
  • Abraxas Coffee
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  • Peach Berliner Wiesse
  • MAYBE Fantastic Voyage –(have to wait to see if Cory thinks it is good)

The Perennial team will be celebrating with us on Wednesday by sharing some of their most sought after Abraxas variants: including the 2013 release, Abraxas Vanilla, and Abraxas Coffee. Other special release offerings by Perennial will also be on draft.

Thursday February 6th – Boulevard & Passport Appreciation 6pm

  • Saison Bret3
  • Chocolate Ale (stl launch party)
  • Foeder Projekt

Brewer Jeremy Danner will be traveling to St. Louis to party with us at iTap. We’ll be featuring some awesome special releases including 2013 Saison Brett, the release of 2014 Chocolate Ale, and an exclusive Keg of Foeder Projekt (very rare wood barrel-aged series). We’ll also be showing our Passport Members some love with a limited edition iTap 5-year t-shirt.

Friday February 7th – Firkin Friday 4pm

  • 4 Hands – making us a special IPA Variation
  • New Holland Dragon’s Milk
  • 2nd Shift LSD with Blue Print Coffee
  • Left Hand Milk Stout

Some of our favorite breweries are kind enough to give us super fresh Casks of their beer. What better way to celebrate the Friday of our 5 year anniversary?

Saturday February 8th –Celebrity Bartender 12pm

  • 12pm – Brad, Sean, & Greg
  • 1:30pm – Cory and Karen King
  • 3pm – Tracy, Jon, & Lisa
  • 4:30pm – Jason & Caitlin
  • Music by Adam Stanley at 3pm

To bring an end to the week of iTap beer drinking, we are throwing some familiar faces back behind the bar. There will also be some free food at 1pm for all to enjoy. Bartenders will pick the beer special during their shift. This gang is sure to not disappoint!

MBBF2013_Logo_St. Louis Craft Beer Week is fast approaching (expect a very full list of events on that website in the next couple of days) and one of the premiere events of the week is the Midwest Belgian Beer Festival.  2013’s festival will be once again put on and hosted by Perennial Artisan Ales and they’ve lined up an insane amount of Belgian-style beers.  More on that list in a minute.

This festival takes place on Saturday, July 27th from 2PM-6PM and will cost you $50 online or only $45 if you were to purchase the tickets at the Perennial tasting room.  This ticket price include food from Farmhaus Restaurant and Strange Donuts along with a sampling of Midwestern cheeses.

But, we’re here for the beer and just take a look at this list:

Kirkwood Station Brewing Company

  • Big 5 Oh – Saison
  • Funky Pineapple Express – Tripel

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

  • Kleinmanneken – Dubbel
  • Pierre’s Wit – Belgian Wit

Goose Island

  • Sofie Paradisi – Saison
  • Matilda Lambicus – Belgian Pale

Charleville

  • Belgian Brown – Brown/Dubbel
  • Half Wit Wheat – Belgian Wit

Ferguson Brewing

  • Belgan Wit – Belgian Wit
  • Watermelon Saison – Saison

Ozark Beer Company

  • Saison – Saison
  • Bramble Saison – Saison

Sun King

  • Batch 666: Sympathy for the Devil – Belgian Style Black
  • Batch 777: Touched by an Angel – Tripel
  • Batch 333: The Velvet Fog – Belgian Strong

Schlafly

  • Oud Bruin – Oud Bruin
  • Bourbon Barrel Quad – Belgian Quad
  • India Brown Ale Brown – AIPA
  • Raspberry Imperial Stout – Imperial Stout

DESTIHL

  • Ambassador Am-Belgo – Belgian Pale
  • Abbey’s Single – Single
  • Clarice Belgian Strong Dark – Belgian Strong
  • St. Dekkera Sour – Wild Ale

Solemn Oath

  • Oxford Comma – Belgian Blonde
  • Famine – Belgian Pale
  • Mr. Inappropriate – Belgian IPA

Odell

  • Celastrina – Saison
  • Deconstruction – Wild Ale

Funkwerks

  • Saison – Saison
  • Belgian Blond – Blonde Ale

Deschutes

  • Chainbreaker – White IPA
  • Fresh Squeezed IPA – AIPA

2nd Shift

  • Katy – Wild Ale
  • Hibiscus Wit – Wit

Side Project Brewing

  • Saison du Fermier – Saison
  • Brux & Brux – Saison
  • Blueberry Flanders – Wild Ale

Morgan Street Brewing

  • Lactovision – Belgian Dark Strong Lager
  • Oak Lactovision – Barrel-aged Dark Strong Lager

Boulevard Brewing

  • Tripel Julep – Barrel-aged Tripel
  • Harvest Dance – Wheatwine
  • Love Child 1-3 – Wild Ale

Upland Brewing

  • Upland Wheat – Wit
  • Infinite Wisdom Tripel – Tripel
  • Lightwave Belgian Pale – Belgian Pale
  • The Juice – Belgo-American Red

Off Color

  • Troublesome – Gose
  • Scurry – Kottbusser
  • Blueberries Feel Pain – Gose

Haymarket Brewing

  • Mother Jone Abbey Dubbel – Dubbel
  • Rubber Monkey – Wheat IPA
  • Oscar’s Pardon – Belgian Pale
  • Strawberry Saison – Saison

Square One Brewing

  • Belgian Wit – Wit
  • Carmelized Pineapple Wheat – Wheat

4 Hands Brewing

  • 2nd Hand – Table Beer
  • Prunus – Saison
  • R&D Sour Plum Saison – Saison

Virtue Cider

  • Lapinette – Cider

Scratch Brewing

  • Carrot-Ginger Saison – Saison
  • Évier Belgique – Saison

Local Option [updated 7/15]

  • Sweat Leaf – Belgian Blonde
  • Happy Happy Cold Club – Belgian Red Rye

Revolution [updated 7/15]

  • Bottom Up – Wit
  • Coup d’Etat – Saison
  • A Little Crazy – Belgian Pale
  • Provocateur – Strong Golden
  • Fractured – Belgo-American Red

Toppling Goliath [updated 7/15]

  • Golden Nugget IPA – IPA
  • pseudoSue Pale Ale – Pale Ale
  • Smoove Operator – Brown Ale

Prairie Artisan Ale [updated 7/15]

  • Funky Galaxy – Dark Saison
  • Merica – Saison

Cathedral Square Brewing [updated 7/15]

  • Ave Maria- Bourbon Cherry Quad
  • St. Lennys- Belgian Rye Ale
  • Belgian White – Belgian Wit
  • Abbey Ale – Belgian Dark Ale

Perennial Artisan Ales [updated 7/15]

  • Savant Beersel – Wild Ale
  • Woodside Tripel – Tripel
  • Apricot Wild Ale – Wild Ale
  • Seizoen de Lis (Saison de Lis w/ Brett) – Saison
  • Double Dry-hopped Hommel (with Sorachi Ace + Mosaic) – Belgian Pale
  • Sauvin Supergolden – Belgian Golden Dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin

Tickets are on-sale now and I can’t imagine that they’re going to be around much longer. If you want to have you mind blown by Belgian-style beers, this is the festival for you.

stlhopswikiRound 2 of the challenge is complete and we can see in the brackets what’s been happening in St. Louis the past few years. A changing of the guard is happening, and the new breweries on the block are taking over.

The old favorites, beers like O’Fallon 5 Day and Schlafly APA, which have both done well in past tournaments, have been eliminated. Ten of the sixteen beers remaining are represented by 3 breweries: 2nd Shift, 4 Hands, and Perennial. 2nd Shift alone has four beers remaining. Each year that passes, these newer breweries are getting more and more popular around town, and it shows in the brackets.

Amazingly, we see a rematch of last year’s championship matchup in the sweet 16, with Schlafly AIPA going up against 2nd Shift Art of Neurosis. The other half of the IPA bracket has 4 Hands Divided Sky vs. 2nd Shift Brew Cocky. It will be interesting to see which one of these four will be left standing next week.

Over in the Belgian bracket, 2nd Shift Katy won a very tough matchup against 4 Hands Cuvee Ange and now has to face off with Perennial Saison de Lis. And in the wildcard bracket, you have to choose between two great summer beers: Schlafly Kolsch or O’Fallon Weach.

Check out all the matchups below and help your favorites continue on.

Round Dates
Round 3 – Thu March 28
Round 4 – Mon April 1
Final Four – Thu April 4
Championship – Mon April 8

If you can’t see the poll below, click on this link to visit the website hosting it.