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Way back in 2010 a small group of us met in the basement of the now shuttered Mattingly Brewing Company for an event our friend Drew Huerter dubbed Big Black Beer Bash. Before the scene took off and well before bottle shares were commonplace, Big Black Beer Bash was an event to share some of the biggest blackest beers from our “cellars.” In 2011, with Mattingly Brewing having closed and Drew moving on, we moved the event to the patio of iTap Soulard on a Sunday afternoon.

The event swelled to a much larger group of like-minded beer folks sharing beers. Part of that crew that day was this guy named Cory King. At the time he was working behind the bar at iTap and none of us really realized what was to come. For a couple of years the event was moved to Perennial Artisan Ales to handle the influx of the growing scene. Fast forward to Cory and Karen starting Side Project. Cory approached us about having a smaller version of BBBB at the new Side Project Cellar in early 2015. It was one hell of a party, but the constraints of The Cellar’s size didn’t allow us to host as many folks as before.

After a year off, we’re happy to announce that we are ready to bring back Big Black Beer Bash. Cory and Karen have graciously offered up the new brewery space for the event. I’ll let Cory tell you more:

What: The Big Black Beer Bash 2017. The BBBB was started by our friend Drew Huerter, formerly of Mattingly’s and then of Schlafly, where a small group gathered in the basement of Mattingly’s to sip on bottles of big stouts, porters and barleywines during the coldest parts of the winter. After a short hiatus, we would love to bring the tradition back of opening those dusty, huge beers, that are ripe for sharing.

Where: Side Project Brewing – 7458 Manchester Road Maplewood MO 63143

When: Friday, February 10th from 4pm to 8pm

Who: Anyone who wants to attend that can bring a big beer to share! (no cost to come, but you MUST bring at least 1 bomber or 750mL to share)

Why: Because these are the best bottles for bottle shares ;).

The brewery will not be open, we will just be using the facility for the bottle share and the restrooms. No glassware will be provided. Please bring everything you would need, as if this bottle share was outside in some remote location. You can bring your own food. Just please respect our place, clean up after yourself and see you in February!

Cheers,
Cory King

If you have attended this event in the past you know it’s a great time. If you haven’t, we invite you to what we believe is one of the better bottle shares you’ll attend. So here’s to Drew Huerter and here’s to sharing some Big Black Beers. See you there!

Side Project Brewing by Cory King in St. Louis, Missouri.

Photo by Tim Bottchen

A little rain nor opening day is going to get in my way of giving away two passes to the Wine and Cheese Place/Side Project Brewing Noir du Fermier release party taking place tomorrow, April 12th.

I’m pleased to announce that the twp winners for the tickets to the Wine and Cheese Place/Side Project Release are Meg Giaminetti and Bill Watson!

Congrats to Meg and Bill and thanks everyone for entering this very popular contest. If you didn’t win, don’t be too upset, I’ll once again have some cool stuff to give away soon.

I once again want to thank Paul Hayden from The Wine and Cheese Place for donating the two tickets to the release. This is an invite only event, but I’m sure you’ll have more chances to get some of these special beers in the near future.

 

Side Project Brewing by Cory King in St. Louis, Missouri.

Photo by Tim Bottchen

As the old American Express ads told us, membership has its privileges.  In this case it’s membership in the Wine and Cheese Place Beer Reward Club. TWCP listened to their customers and created a new membership club that rewarded regular customers.  This totally free club has gotten some really cool releases and has help to give their regulars some really special beers.

Being a forward thinking retailer, TWCP got on the Side Project Brewing bandwagon early and got Cory and Karen King a couple of barrels to age some beer in.  Cory and Paul are releasing some Noir du Fermier and unless you’re one of the lucky few to receive an invite to the release party taking place next Tuesday, April 12th.

You didn’t receive an invite?  Well, lucky for you Paul Hayden from the Wine and Cheese Place has given me two invites to give away for this very special event.  What do these invites get you?

  • You will be allocated three bottles of Noir du Fermier to purchase that night.  
  • You will get to taste Side Project Noir du Fermier and Side Project Merci
  • You will receive a Derivation glass to take home
  • The event begins at 6PM.
  • Cory King will be on hand to answer any questions

Clearly this is a big deal, so we’ll be giving away one ticket to two separate people. Send an email to contest@stlhops.com with the subject of TWCP/Side Project Noir du Fermier, I’ll randomly pick two winners on Monday, April 11th at 9AM.  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.
  • If you already have an invite to the party, please don’t enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

This is your only chance to buy this very special release, so thanks to Paul and TWCP for the tickets! Good luck!

scribeI was actually all prepared to give away the two passes to the Wine and Cheese Place/Side Project Brewing The Scribe release party taking place this Friday, January 8th right at 9AM.  But then like a dog seeing a squirrel, I got distracted.

I’m pleased to announce that the twp winners for the tickets to the Wine and Cheese Place/Side Project Release are James Coston and Ryan Freshley!

Congrats to James and Ryan and thanks everyone for entering this very popular contest. If you didn’t win, don’t be too upset, once again I have some cool stuff to give away soon.

I once again want to thank Paul Hayden from The Wine and Cheese Place for donating the two tickets to the release. This is an invite only event, but I’m sure you’ll have more chances to get some of these special beers in the near future.

scribeAs the old American Express ads told us, membership has its privileges.  In this case it’s membership in the Wine and Cheese Place Beer Reward Club. TWCP listened to their customers and created a new membership club that rewarded regular customers.  This totally free club has gotten some really cool releases and has help to give their regulars some really special beers.

Being a forward thinking retailer, TWCP got on the Side Project Brewing bandwagon early and got Cory and Karen King a couple of barrels to age some beer in.  Their newest release, The Scribe, is finally ready and unless you’re one of the lucky few to receive an invite to the release party taking place this Friday, January 8th.

You didn’t receive an invite?  Well, lucky for you Paul Hayden from the Wine and Cheese Place has given me two invites to give away for this very special event.  What do these invites get you?

  • You will be allocated two bottles to purchase that night.  
  • You will get to taste the new Side Project The Scribe, Derivation #1, and Derivation #4
  • The event begins at 6PM.
  • Cory and Karen King will be on hand to answer any questions

Clearly this is a big deal, so we’ll be giving away one ticket to two separate people. Send an email to contest@stlhops.com with the subject of TWCP/Side Project The Scribe, I’ll randomly pick two winners on Thursday, January 7th at 9AM.  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.
  • If you already have an invite to the party, please don’t enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

This is your only chance to buy this very special release, so thanks to Paul and TWCP for the tickets! Good luck!

sideprojectcellarI was sipping on a beer last night from a 6-pack that I paid $19 for and all I could think was, “This is certainly a tasty beer, but we’re pretty lucky to have breweries that produce beers of equal deliciousness in our own backyard.” It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come over the past ten years.

Two of those breweries that are making super tasty beers are 2nd Shift Brewing and Side Project Brewing. To celebrate that tastiness, Side Project Cellar is throwing a party.

Today, beginning at 4pm, SPC will be putting on new beers every hour featuring some of the best beers that 2nd Shift and Side Project have to offer.  Here’s the list:

4pm: 2nd Shift / Side Project Collaboration P.A.R.K.A.S. and Side Project / 2nd Shift Collaboration Lattice

5pm: 2nd Shift Peach Katy and Side Project Abricot du Fermier Blend #2

6pm: 2nd Shift Bourbon Barrel-Aged LSD and Side Project 2 Candles

7pm: A Fun Surprise!

Skip that Christmas shopping and swing by the Cellar to celebrate having some delicious and unique beers in our backyard.

sideprojectcellar“The best-laid plans of mice and men / Often go awry”, of course I’m paraphrasing Scottish poet Robbie Burns. His version is a bit more Scottish-y.

When Boulevard Brewing’s Brewmaster Steven Pauwels reached out to Cory and Karen King of Side Project Brewing about doing a collaboration beer, the plan had been to release the beer as a Boulevardia exclusive. This would be a beer created just for this special festival with a few kegs making their way to St. Louis exclusively for the Side Project Cellar.

But, there was a problem. Once the beer was created and ready to go, the label approval process was backlogged. What normally would have been a 21-day turn around turned into a 45-day fiasco. The beer meant for the patrons of Boulevardia unfortunately did not make it to the event.

Now that the legal mumbo jumbo has been cleared up, it’s time for the beer’s debut.  Boulevard and Side Project will; be hosting the first of two events on September 8th beginning at 4PM at the Side Project Cellar in Maplewood.

Steven Pauwels and Cory King will be on-hand to debut this special beer. Boulevard will be hosting their own event on September 10th in their tasting room (for those of you who want to make the road trip or are already in the KC area.)

The Show-Me Sour is a 4% ABV, Belgian-style, dark table beer created by blending a whiskey barrel-aged version and fresh version of the beer.  Side Project will be featuring a few other Boulevard goodies this evening including the always wonderful Saison-Brett (2015) and Hibiscus Gose.