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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!

schnucksI try to set deadlines for myself to get these things done, but clearly sometimes I do a very poor job of announcing winners.  Never less, let’s get down to it.

I’m happy to announce that the winner of the Schnucks Evening of Ultimate Pairings in Eight Flights” is Vanessa Lanier! Congrats to Vanessa and thanks everyone for entering.

I know that there are still a few tickets available for what’s not only going to be a super delicious event but also one for a good cause. If you’d like to attend you can do so by contacting:

Matt Wider or Diane Bruce – Schnucks Des Peres – (314) 965-3094
Michelle Tolish – Schnucks Ladue – (314) 725-7574
Tammy Hollingsworth – Schnucks on the Plaza – (314) 991-0510
Liz Spengemann – Schnucks Kehrs Mill – (636) 207-3401
Marian Fiore – Schnucks Richmond Center – (314) 644-0510

Thanks again to the folks and Schnucks for providing the tickets and thanks to all who entered!

schnucksOur friends at Schnucks Markets have teamed up with Anheuser-Busch to put on a pretty impressive beer pairing that’s taking place this Saturday, June 20th from 7-8:30PM. This event, which they’re dubbing “An Evening of Ultimate Pairings in Eight Flights” features a fantastic line-up of beers from the Anheuser-Busch portfolio paired with an impressive menu. Here’s a look:

Flight one: Raisin River Smoked Duck Carpaccio served with Fresh Mozzarella, Cucumber and Tomato salad and coulee of Sweet Balsamic Glaze- Michelob Golden Draft Light
Flight two: Whole Lobster Claw atop MontAmore and VAT17 Cheddar Mac and Cheese- Amber Bock.
Flight three: Brie Bites. St. Rocco Triple Creme Tartlette with Fruit compote- Sofie
Flight four: Mini Quiche with diced Salume Beddu and Robiola Du Latti Cheese – Matilda
Flight five: Dauphinois Potato wedge with Sweet Crème and Challerhocker Cheese- Zeigen Bock.
Flight Six: Carr Valley Cocoa Cardona, Effie’s Oatcakes, Golden Sultans and Honey Threads- Bourbon County Coffee.
Flight Seven: Pralined Nueske Bacon, Dolcina Gorgonzola and Semi Sweet Chocolate Truffle-Oatmeal Stout
Final Flight (Grand Finale): Featuring the nationally publicized Hooks 20-Year-Old Cheddar (over $200/lb.) not available in stores; paired with the limited and highly acclaimed Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. This pairing is a once in a lifetime tasting opportunity!

Taking place at Schnucks Kehrs Mill, this event has a limit of 50 seats, but Schnucks has been kind enough to give us two tickets to give away to this fundraiser for Operation Food Search.  This $150 value will allow you and a friend to enjoy this very special event. All you need to do is email contest@stlhops.com with the subject of Schnucks Ultimate Pairings

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 follow the bolded directions above. If you don’t follow the rules, you’re automatically disqualified.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

This contest will end on June 18th at 9AM CDT when I will pick one winner at random.  Thanks again to Schnucks for providing the tickets. As this is a fundraiser for a great cause, a few tickets are still available to purchase.  You can do so by contacting:

Matt Wider or Diane Bruce – Schnucks Des Peres – (314) 965-3094
Michelle Tolish – Schnucks Ladue – (314) 725-7574
Tammy Hollingsworth – Schnucks on the Plaza – (314) 991-0510
Liz Spengemann – Schnucks Kehrs Mill – (636) 207-3401
Marian Fiore – Schnucks Richmond Center – (314) 644-0510

Good luck!

Odell_Brewing_Company_logoWe all have our own beer-related pet peeves.  For those that know me closely, they know that my A #1 pet peeve is how people continually screw up Odell Brewing Company. O’dell, O’Dells, etc. The owner’s name is Doug Odell.  No apostrophe.

Whew, I feel better.

Anyway, I don’t think people realize how lucky we are to have Odell Brewing. Personally, they’re one of my favorite breweries and they’re currently only available in 11 states.

Odell has a whole crew of people in town and they’ve put together a bunch of events all next week to get the word out about Odell.  Here’s a look at the line-up:

Moonrise Hotel Rooftop – 4/20/15 – 6pm

  • 90 Shilling
  • IPA
  • Myrcenary
  • Perle White IPA
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
  • Fernet Porter

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Tuesday – 4/21/15 – 4-6pm
In-store Samplings

  • Wine & Cheese Forsyth
  • Whole Foods Brentwood
  • Schnuck’s Arsenal
  • Schnuck’s Big Bend

Layla – 4/21/15 – 6:30pm

  • 90 Shilling Amber Ale
  • Runoff Red IPA
  • St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
  • Jaunt
  • Fernet Porter

ITAP CWE – 4/21/15 – 6:30pm

  • 90 Shilling Amber Ale
  • Myrcenary Double IPA
  • Perle White IPA
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
  • Firkin – Pineapple IPA

SoHa – 4/21/15 – 8:30pm

  • 90 Shilling Amber Ale
  • Odell IPA
  • St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
  • Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry

Wednesday – 4/22/15 – 4-6pm
In-store Samplings

  • Lucky’s
  • Lukas Liquor
  • Craft Beer Cellar
  • Schnucks Richmond Heights
  • Randall’s Jefferson

Shamrock’s – 4/22/15 – 6:30pm

  • 90 Shilling Amber Ale
  • Runoff Red IPA
  • St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA

Flying Saucer – 4/22/15 – 6:30pm

  • 90 Shilling Amber Ale
  • Runoff Red IPA
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
  • 180 Shilling Anniversary Ale

Three Kings Delmar – 4/22/15 – 8:30pm

  • 90 Shilling Amber Ale
  • Odell IPA
  • St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
  • Fernet Porter
  • Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry

Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting. Here’s some of the beers they’ll be sampling: Bat Creek Pike County Pale Ale, Bat Creek Machine Shed Stout, Deschutes Hop Henge IPA, and Granite City Pale Ale. Additional information can be found at their blog.

This Saturday, Wolfbrau in St. Peters continues its “Wolfbrau’s Taste of Beer.” On select Saturdays, Wolfbrau will be featuring a single style or brewery to feature. This Saturday, from 4PM to 6PM, they’ll be featuring beers from Six Row Brewing. For more information, be sure to check out their Facebook page.

Cory from deVine Wines and Spirts, located at 2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd, holds a beer tasting every Wednesday evening from 5PM to 8PM. Each Wednesday will offer up a few new beers for you to taste. Swing on by and check it out.

Cathedral Square’s Jared Gardner will be at the Wildwood Crossing Schnucks from 1-3pm sampling the Agave, Belgian White, Belgian Abbey, Hail Mary IPA, Forbidden Fruit, and Holy Moly. Go on out and say “Hi” to Jared.

Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates.

Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

Today from 4PM to 6PM I’ll be sampling Southern Tier beers at Schnucks Market located at 5055 Arsenal. We’ll be sampling their 2XIPA, IPA, Phin & Matt’s and the Harvest Ale.

Griesedieck Brothers will conduct a sampling of G/B Premium Golden Pilsener and Unfiltered Bavarian-style Wheat from Noon-3:00 on Saturday, September 10th at Granite City Schnuck’s.

Cory from deVine Wines and Spirts, located at 2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd, holds a beer tasting every Wednesday evening from 5PM to 8PM. Each Wednesday will offer up a few new beers for you to taste. Swing on by and check it out.

Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates.

Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

When I first heard the idea of this creation from Schlafly last year, my first thought was, “Uh, that doesn’t sound very good.” While I’m a big fan of coffee in beers, the addition of raspberry didn’t really make sense to me.  But, after I tasted it for the first time last year, it made me quickly realize why I just write a blog and don’t brew professionally.

Well, this year batch is being bottled as we speak and will be available at Schnucks stores around the area soon. For those of you who want to try it on tap, it’s currently available at both the Bottleworks and the Tap Room.  It’s delicious.