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We couldn’t have asked for better weather this year for the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival, it was an absolutely gorgeous day, I know that we really needed it here in St. Louis.  Not only did we have awesome weather, but delicious beer as well.  It was very cool to see what the breweries in Washington are doing and to enjoy them (even if briefly) here in St. Louis.

If you weren’t able to attend, here are a few photos from the day:

There were some big changes to the 2013 St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival. The festival was previously put on via a joint collaboration between Anheuser-Busch and Schlafly, but this year’s festival was taken over by the newly created St. Louis Brewer’s Guild.

Without a doubt, the previous versions of this event were one of the biggest and grandest beer festivals in St. Louis. How did the newest version hold up? Pretty damn well in my opinion. You could tell it was scaled back a bit, but it still held some of that same pomp and grandiosity that makes this one of the best events to showcase local beers.

There was certainly a little (understandable) hubbub over the event being canceled early on Saturday night due to inclement weather. But it looks like the Guild is working to rectify this problem and make good on the shortened session. If you weren’t able to attend, here are a few photos for you to enjoy.

For those of you that don’t pay attention to the forums, or Twitter, or local newspapers, one of the greatest battles of all time took place last Saturday. No, it wasn’t our St. Louis Cardinals beating the Colorado Rockies, it took place one block west of Busch Stadium at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.

The Flying Saucer awards a special plate for people in their UFO Club who have drank 200 different beers on the menu. Five gentlemen were all vying for the first plate at this Flying Saucer location. But, there’s a catch. One “gentleman” was a Kansas City Royal fan. Joe Hoffmann was determined to have the first plate and use that plate as a reminder of the notorious 1985 World Series.

A group of St. Louis Cardinals fans were not going to let that happen and nominated Richard Haegele to champion our cause and drink 3 beers per day for 67 days in a row to take Joe down. It was a battle called the I-70 Saucer Showdown.

Joe and Richard weren’t alone in this battle though, three other gentlemen made it through 67 grueling days and made it to the final contest. And what a contest it was. This showdown consisted of four rounds that included Beer Knowledge Trivia, Flip Cup, Coaster Castle, and the final round where the last two standing had to name beers off of their list of 200 without repeating.

I’d love to say that we were victorious. I’d love to say that Joe lost. But the beer gods were smiling down on St. Louis, but Joe won. But, a lot of money was raised for charity and at least the Cardinals won on Saturday all while the Royals lost. Small victories my friends, small victories.

Beer! Fun! Hops! Cotton Candy !Clowns!  OK, the 4 Hands 2013 Lupulin Carnival featured all of those things except those scary-ass clowns.  If you were looking to get your palate rocked, this was certainly the festival for you.  Not only did we get a chance to try some of the hoppy creations from our local breweries, but it was fun having some out of state breweries pouring some beers as well.

Here are a few photos if you weren’t able to attend.

It’s been a week and not only do I think I’m still full from last Tuesday’s beer dinner at Dressel’s Pub, but I’m also still thinking about it.  Maybe some of the ingredients weren’t your typical beef and beer, but that’s what made it so exciting.  It was so different than most so-called “beer dinners.”

The best part to me was the effort put forward to showcase how the Perennial and 2nd Shift beers paired with the dishes.  There was genuine thought put behind each dish that made this dinner so awesome.  If you weren’t able to attend, here are a couple of photos for your drooling pleasure.

It was a long day for some, but certainly a fun one. We can official say we’ve closed the books on another very successful Centennial Beer Festival. Large crowds came out to try a bunch of offerings from around the globe along with some tasty local creations as well.

All of the people that put on Centennial Beer Fest should pat themselves on the back for a well-managed festival that showcased a bunch of great beer.  If you weren’t able to attend, here are a few photos for your enjoyment:

In many ways, the STL Hops Big Black Beer Bash is a lot like Fight Club. The obvious example is that there is a set of rules:

1. You must be 21
2. You must bring your own tasting glass
3. Must bring a big black beer of some sort
4. You must not act a fool

It’s also a pretty quiet affair, it’s not something we really advertise on the front page as it’s not something we want to get out of hand. You need to post on the forums to see when it takes place. But, that’s pretty much where the resemblance ends.

There aren’t a bunch of sweaty shirtless dudes fighting each other. There are a bunch of very awesome people who bring some big, black beers to share with everyone. It’s a lovely event and Cory King and Perennial Artisan Ales are awesome people for helping put it on. If you weren’t able to attend, here are a couple of photos to enjoy:\