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theogBeer and trivia. These are two things I love. You know another thing that I love? That we now have a few groups in St. Louis promoting women and beer.

One of those groups is the OG: St. Louis Women’s Craft Beer Collective. To celebrate their first anniversary they’re throwing a Beer Trivia Fundraiser next Friday, January 23rd at the Schlafly Bottleworks.

Their non-profit club is using the event to raise some funds to help further their cause and have put together a trivia night to test your beer knowledge and to have a bit of fun as well. Beginning at 7PM, your team of four (or less, if you’re feeling super-smart) will have five rounds of beer-themed trivia to enjoy.

The cost is $100 per table which will include appetizers, door prizes, and of course the trivia. There will be prizes for each round and a grand prize for the team with the highest score. You can sign up for this fun event via Brown Paper Tickets. Don’t miss out!

cabinfeverart.gifI may sound like a broken record, but Schlafly Cabin Fever beer festival is easily one of my favorite festivals in St. Louis. It combines two of my favorite things: beer and weather.

Whenever a beer festival approaches, I’m continuously checking the weather to see what it’s going to be like during the festival. This is a festival where weather is a defining portion of the event.  We’ve had years with snow on the ground and years where people have wore shorts.

While most people probably enjoy it warmer, I think this festival is at its best when beer is beginning to freeze on the tables. Unfortunately for those of us who like it that way, this year is shaping up to be a balmy 54°.  Weather aside, it’s still going to be a great time.

This year’s event will take place this Saturday, January 12th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Tickets will run you $25 in advance or $30 day of. Tickets are on sale now and you can purchase tickets here. Here’s a look at the beer list (which, as always, is subject to change):

  • 2010 Oak-Aged Barleywine
  • 2012 Oak-Aged Barleywine
  • APA
  • American IPA
  • Bière de Garde
  • Black IPA
  • Blackberry Mead
  • Bourbon-Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
  • Christmas
  • Cider
  • Coffee Stout
  • Common
  • ESB
  • Grand Cru
  • Hefeweizen
  • Hop Harvest
  • India Brown Ale
  • Irish Extra Stout
  • Kölsch
  • Maibock
  • Mead
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Old Ale
  • Pale Ale
  • Pilsner
  • Porter
  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Stout
  • Quadrupel
  • Raspberry Coffee Stout
  • Rauchbier
  • Single Malt Scottish Ale
  • Tasmanian IPA
  • Tripel
  • Weizenbock

Be sure to look out next week for your chance to win a set of tickets for the event.  I’m sure I’ll see you there, unless you’re standing inside, sissy.

I’m pleased to announce that the winners for the two tickets to the Saturday afternoon’s Homebrew Festival at the Schlafly Bottleworks are Colin Rogers, Matt Mayes, and Nathan Letcher! Congrats to Matt, Nathan and Colin and thank you everyone for entering.

I once again want to thank Stewart Wolfe from The St. Louis Brewery and Troy Meier, Supreme Overlord of the STL Hops Homebrew Club for providing the tickets to this event. A big thank you to Schlafly for stepping up and making sure the hard work of our local homebrewers doesn’t go to waste. I’m sure this festival will be a great time.

I don’t know if you remember, but there was a little hubbub over homebrew in St. Louis a couple of weeks ago. Something about money and friends and family?  I dunno. Trying to keep up with the politics of beer can make your head spin.  And if I want my head to spin, I’d rather just drink a few too many.

But, regardless of my ignorance, there was a lot of homebrewers left with a lot of homebrew that should have made it to the St. Louis Brewers Heritage festival.  Not wanting that beer to go to waste and not wanting the homebrewers to show off their talents, Dan Kopman at Schlafly did the next best thing, throw a Homebrew Festival at the Schlafly Bottleworks.

Unfortunately, due to the archaic nature of the laws surrounding homebrew, this is not a public festival.  You cannot buy tickets and you can’t just show up and attend.  But, fortunately for the readers of STL Hops, you can win tickets to this festival. We’re all friends here, right?

I have six tickets to give away, so I’ll pick three winners to give a pair a tickets away to.  Send an email to contest@stlhops.com with the subject of Homebrew Fest, I’ll randomly pick three winners on Thursday, July 5th at 4PM. A couple of quick notes:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • If you can’t attend, please don’t enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

Big thanks to Stewart Wolfe from Schlafly along with Troy Meier from the STL Hops Homebrew Club for donating the tickets to the event.

cabinfeverart.gifI’ve said this many times in the past, but the Schlafly Cabin Fever beer festival, which takes place at the Schlafly Bottleworks is consistently one of my favorite beer events in St. Louis.    For those who haven’t attended before, this festival isn’t for the faint of heart.

Imagine a bunch of people, all wearing the warmest clothes they could find and all standing outside on a January afternoon and drinking some of the biggest beers that the St. Louis Brewery has to offer.  Oh, there are also a few wusses that stand inside.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, January 21st from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Tickets will run you $25 in advance or $30 day of. Tickets are on sale now and you can purchase tickets here. Here’s a look at the beer list (which, as always, is subject to change):

  • American IPA
  • Barleywine
  • Bière de Garde
  • Black IPA
  • Blackberry Mead
  • Bock
  • Christmas Ale
  • Coffee Stout
  • Doppelbock
  • Dry-Hopped APA
  • Grand Cru
  • Hefeweizen
  • Imperial Stout
  • India Brown Ale
  • Irish Extra Stout
  • Kolsch
  • Maibock
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Pale Ale
  • Pilsner
  • Pumpkin
  • Quadrupel
  • Raspberry Coffee Stout
  • Rye IPA
  • Schwarzbier
  • Scotch Ale
  • Singel
  • Smoked Porter
  • Southern Hemisphere IPA
  • Strawberry Cider
  • Strawberry-Cocoa Porter
  • Tripel
  • Vanilla Milk Stout
  • Winter ESB

Be sure to look out next week for your chance to win a set of tickets for the event.  I’m sure I’ll see you there, unless you’re standing inside, sissy.

image080.jpgAs it’s the second Tuesday of the month, that must mean it’s time for Cask Night at the Schlafly Bottleworks. Tonight will provide you with a chance to try a traditional ale, similar to what you would have found before the days of stainless steel and forced carbonation.

Tonight’s cask will be the Old Ale (aka: Schnucks Culinaria Holiday Ale).  They’ll tap the cask at 6PM.

If you’re not clear on what cask beer is, here’s a little information from Schlafly’s VP Dan Kopman on how they create their cask beer:

We take beer off the sample point at that 5 day point where the primary fermentation is complete and yeast and sugar still remain. We then simply bung the cask and store it to allow the additional fermentation and conditioning to happen. So the beer is cask conditioned.

If we take it too late then we don’t get enough natural carbonation and we can get very flat cask ale on tap. If we take it too early the opposite. Then we dispense without CO2 or nitrogen – no cask breather. We do not add finings as I seem to be the only consumer of cask ale that is still hung up on a “bright pint”. We do not add any extra sugar to the cask or yeast.

This is an excellent opportunity to educate or re-educate yourself on just how great cask beer can be.

Quickly interrupt your standard Friday posts to tell you that a new Schlafly Bottleworks exclusive beer is going on tap today, the Single Hop Citra Pale Ale.  This is Schlafly’s continued effort to not only get people to drink great beer, but to learn more about it as well.

When you limit your beer to just a single ingredient, in this case a hop, you have a better opportunity to learn what you may or may not like about that ingredient.  The most fascinating thing about this beer is that Schlafly is highlighting a new-ish hop variety called Citra.  Here’s some info from Northern Brewer about Citra:

A very new American hop with parentage from Hallertau Mittelfruh, East Kent Goldings, and others. High alpha and strong tropical fruit aromas and flavors (think mango, papaya, and pineapple). Best known as a dry hop in Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. Typical alpha: 10-12%.

So, if you’re the type of person who loves a fruity hop aroma and flavor, this 6.2% ABV 37 IBU beer might be right up your alley.