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Without a doubt, we have some some restaurants in town that have quickly become institutions. I doubt many among us wouldn’t quickly and happily recommend Pappy’s Smokehouse, Pi Pizzeria, or Bailey’s Chocolate Bar to out of town visitors.   These are new classics here in our area.

So, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that 4 Hands Brewing Company would want to work with the owners of these restaurants to create some new and exciting collaborations. The start of these collaborations began with PiPA, a new American Pale Ale created exclusively for Pi Pizzeria.

Next up after that is a Smoked Rye Porter brewed with malt that will be smoked (alongside a few racks of ribs) by Mike Emerson of Pappy’s Smokehouse.  This beer, named the Smoked Pigasus, will be available this September along with a trio of candied bacon created by Kakao Chocolate, Salume Beddu, and The Shaved Duck.

To round out the new beers this fall, 4 Hands will work with Dave Bailey, owner of the aforementioned Bailey’s Chocolate Bar, and also Bailey’s Range, Bridge, and Rooster to create a beer featuring sweet potatoes, vanilla beands, nutmeg, and all spice. Dave Bailey has offered up his commissary kitchen to help bake the 300lbs of sweet potatoes that will be needed for this fall seasonal.

With creative new beers like these, there is no doubt that 4 Hands will become a new classic as well.

I don’t want to inundate you with posts about St. Louis Craft Beer Week, but I thought some of you may be interested in the line up of beers that will be available during tonight’s Road Trip in the U-City Loop.  Here’s what you’ll find:

Pi (Delmar) – California
Green Flash Double Stout
North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
Nectar IPA
Green Flash Hop Head Red
Moylans Moylander
Green Flash Imperial IPA
Stone Arrogant Bastard
Bear Republic Racer 5
North Coast Red Seal
Bear Republic Hop Rod

Cask: Green Flash West Coast IPA

Three Kings – Colorado
New Belgium 1554
New Belgium PIPA
New Belgium Somersault
New Belgium Lips of Faith 10.10.10
Avery Maharaja
Avery 18th Anniversary
Avery White Rascal
Avery Karma
Avery Ellies Brown
Great Divide 17th Anniversary
Great Divide Chocolate Yeti
Odell St. Lupulin
Odell Odell Myrcenary
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
Tommyknocker Hop Strike Black IPA

Cicero’s – Michgan
New Holland Rye Hatter
New Holland Black Hatter
New Holland Farmhouse Hatter
New Holland Imperial Hatter
Bell’s Two Hearted
Arcadia Hopmouth (Bottles)
Founders Centennial (Bottles)
Founders Red’s Rye (Bottles)

Today’s the day so many people have been waiting for, Stone Brewing Company will be kicking off their arrival in Missouri by throwing a few parties around the area. In case you missed it, here’s what is in store for today:

Thursday, April 21st

Pi Restaurant (Delmar) 12PM-2PM
Pizza Pairing Lunch
How about some awesome pizza and some awesome beer? Stone is working with Pi to pair some of their award-winning beers with some of the most sought after pizzas in St. Louis. Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch will be in attendance.  According to Evan Benn, Pi plans on having two special pizzas today, the Red Devil (which has spicy Volpi salami) and Three Cheese (with gorgonzola, mozzarella, and parmesan)  Here’s a list of beers on tap:

  • Stone Pale Ale
  • Stone IPA
  • Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
  • Double Dry Hopped Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale

Pizzas:

  • Escondido (thin crust):  minced garlic, spinach, mozzerella, parmesan, gorgonzola, rosemary, and pine nuts
  • Gargoyle (deep dish) :  mozzerella, volpi spicy sopresatta salami, mushroom, white onion, kalamata olive, red pepper flake
  • Bastard (thin crust): mozzerella, fontina, goat cheese, pepperoni, basil, and sriracha-agave sauce
  • Citracado (deep dish):  mozzerella, roasted miller amish hormone-free chicken, snowpeas, roasted red pepper, mushroom, cilantro, spicy soy dijon

The Wine & Cheese Place 4PM-5PM
Autograph signing
Greg Koch will be on hand to sign some of your bottles of Stone beer.  They will also be tasting Stone beers that include: Stone IPA, Stone Levitation Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Stone Ruination IPA, Stone IPA, Smoked Porter, Stone Cali Belgique IPA, Stone Ruination IPA, Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, and Arrogant Bastard.

Ciceros 5:30-6:30PM
Cicero’s Beer School
You’ll get a chance to listen to Greg Koch talk about Stone beers and also get to try a few as well:

  • Stone IPA
  • Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Stone Levitation Ale
  • Stone Ruination IPA
  • Stone 14th Anniversary Ale

Bridge Tap House 7PM-8:30PM
Beer/Popcorn Pairing (Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch will be in attendance.)
If you don’t know, Bridge Tap House has some fascinating and fantastic popcorn. But this ain’t your run of the mill buttered fare. This is the kind of popcorn that can stand up to some of the beer Stone can throw at it.  Here’s a list of that beer:

  • Stone IPA
  • Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
  • Stone Pale Ale
  • Stone Levitation Ale
  • Stone Smoked Porter
  • Stone Smoked Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels

International Tap House (Soulard) 8:30PM-?
Total Tap Takeover (Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch will be in attendance.)
This is the event many have you have been waiting for. Stone Brewing is invading iTap and taking over 24 taps of beer. This will, no doubt, be one of the premiere beer events this year. And as an extra special bonus, check out the cask they’re also bringing as well.  Do not miss this list:

  • CASK: Stone IPA Dry Hopped with Simcoe
  • Stone IPA
  • Stone Pale Ale
  • Stone Levitation Ale
  • Stone Smoked Porter
  • Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
  • Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
  • Stone Ruination IPA
  • Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2011
  • Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2010
  • Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2009
  • Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2007
  • Stone Old Guardina BELGO Barley Wine
  • Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2010
  • Stone 14th Anniversary Ale
  • Double Bastard Ale 2010
  • DDH Stone IPA
  • DDH Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
  • Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean
  • Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle
  • Stone Smoked Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • Arrogant Bastard Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels
  • Stone Imperial Russian Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels 2008

While it’s fun to turn the big 2-0, let’s face it, it’s all about turning 21.  To celebrate their 21st anniversary, Boulevard Brewing is throwing a party on both sides of the river to celebrate.  On Wednesday, November 17th, Boulevard will be throwing parties at both Bigelo’s Bistro in Illinois and Pi Pizzeria on Delmar.

Not only will representatives from Boulevard be available at restaurants, but rumor has it that some of the special 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale will be available.  I’ve been told these are the only two kegs available in the area, so you know it’s not going to last long.

While there are no set times for these events, it sounds like Boulevard’s Laura Dale will be at Bigelo’s starting at about 4PM and Pi at around 7PM.  Be sure to go out and wish Boulevard a very happy birthday.

beer 2912Beer and pizza are good.  But if you can eat some beer and pizza and raise some money for the relief efforts in Haiti, well that’s even better.  Tomorrow, two places in St. Louis that are known for great pizza and great beer will be donating proceeds from their sales to help out Haiti.

On Tuesday evening, January 19th, starting at 4PM The Good Pie will be donating all of the proceeds from food and beverage sales to MercyCorps.org.

On Tuesday as well, all three Pi Pizzeria locations will be donating 20% of their gross sales to MercyCorps.org.

This is a great opportunity to help out just by dining out.

piStarting tonight at 5PM, the newest Pi Restaurant will  now be open in the Central West End. A new location means a new beer list, so let’s see what’s in store for the pizza and beer lover:

Draught:

  • Schlafly Pale Ale
  • Schlafly Hefeweizen
  • Schlafly Seasonal (ESB)
  • Schlafly 3.14 Ale (Kolsch)
  • Old Rasputin Russian Imperial
  • Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale

Bottle:

  • New Belgium Lips of Faith Dark Kriek
  • Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca
  • Southern Tier Oatmeal Stout
  • New Holland Imperial Hatter
  • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Gluten Free:

  • Bard’s

The draught list is a bit small to start, but I’ve been told that it will increase over the next few months as they add extra draught boxes in the new location. So we’ll all have to stay tuned.

piSo, I guess the word is now out, the newest Pi Restaurant is now open in Kirkwood. What does this mean for you the beer lover?  Well, the newest location allowed Pi to expand their beer selection to offer 15 different draught beers.

As someone who lives only 5 minutes away from the new Pi, I have to say it’s nice knowing that I not only have some great pizza nearby, but also some great beer.  Here’s a list of what they have to currently offer:

Upstairs:

  • Schlafly Pale Ale
  • Schlafly Pilsner
  • Schlafly Hefeweizen
  • New Belgium Fat Tire
  • New Belgium 1554
  • New Belgium Lips of Faith
  • Stella Artois
  • Charleville Explicit APA
  • Left Hand Milk Stout
  • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
  • Bell’s Two Hearted

Downstairs:

  • Schlafly Pale Ale
  • Schlafly Hefeweizen
  • Schlafly Pilsner
  • Schlafly APA
  • Stella Artois
  • Founders Reds Rye
  • Founders Dirty Bastard
  • Bells Seasonal