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JBF_AWARDS_MEDALLION-BLOG_3If you know me, you know I’m a bit opinionated. You also know that I love to share my opinions, often whether you want to hear them or not. One of the drums I’ve been beating for quite some time is how lucky we are to have the Side Project Cellar in our own backyard.

While it’s cool to have a place to enjoy Side Project beer on a regular basis, what truly sets the Cellar apart for me is the level of love and passion they put into the treatment of beer. Think through how they’ve set up their beer program and find me another equal within 300 miles.

Let’s run down the list:

They serve their draft beers at three different temperatures to provide the perfect beer, ready to drink. They have top-of-the-line glassware giving each beer a proper pour. All of their lambics are served in lambic baskets giving you that unique old-world experience each time you order a bottle. All of their bottles beers are served at cellar temperature.  And if that wasn’t enough they have an outstanding wine and whiskey selection as well.

Well, we weren’t the only ones to recognize what and awesome treasure we have, the 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards nominations were announced today and Side Project Cellar was nominated nationally for Outstanding Bar Program.

This is a huge, huge, huge honor and something everyone at Side Project Cellar should be very proud off. I can’t say enough how proud I am of Karen King and her staff and how much they deserve this nomination. Congrats to all of you!

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.

zwanzeMissed out on that much sought-after Zwanze Day ticket? Well, you’re still not going to be able to attend the actual sold-out celebration, but Side Project Cellar is throwing a party outside that should hopefully dry those tears.

Starting at 12PM this Saturday, September 19th, the folks at Side Project Cellar are taking over Marietta Ave in Maplewood to throw a Zwanze Day Spillover Celebration. While Cantillon Zwanze won’t be on tap, there is a crazy line-up of beers that will be available for purchase.  Here’s the list:

  • Busch ($3!)
  • Firestone Walker Pivo Pils ($3!)
  • Oskar Blues Pinner ($3!)
  • Boulevard/SP Show-Me Sour
  • Jolly Pumpkin Rojzilla
  • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja du Kriek – (2:30PM Tapping)
  • Side Project Marietta
  • Cantillon Kriek
  • Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus – (2:30PM Tapping)
  • Side Project Saison du Fermier #3
  • Side Project Blueberry Flanders – (2:30PM Tapping)
  • Perennial Peach Berliner
  • De La Senne Taras Boulba
  • Side Project Unlabeled #2 (Bottles)
  • 2nd Shift Katy
  • Side Project La Fosse 1 – (2:30PM Tapping)
  • Crooked Stave Petite Sour – Passion Fruit
  • Crooked Stave Hop Savant – Galaxy – (2:30PM Tapping)

This party will run until 5PM.  No tickets are required for this event, each beer is available for individual purchase. Enjoy a day of fun at beer at Side Project Cellar.

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.

sideprojectcellarIt’s been lovely having Shelton Brothers back in Missouri.  Not only have we seen limited releases from breweries like Jester King and Anchorage Brewing, but also just announced this week is that Pretty Things has begun to hit shelves in Missouri this week.

Suffice it to say, Shelton Brothers has some of the best and most unique beers coming into our market. To celebrate these nifty beers, Shelton is working with Side Project Cellar next Wednesday, April 8th to create an event they’re called A Sour Affair.

Side Project scored some amazing beers and plan on doing three different tapping times to enjoyed these fruited sours delights:

  • 5pm: Cantillon Kriek
  • 6pm: Mikkeller SpontanBlackthorn
  • 7pm: Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d’Été

The smart person arrives well before 5pm to grab a seat and enjoy these beers, and Side Project has you covered as they’ll be pouring 3 Fonteinen Zwet.be, To Øl Sur Amarillo, and Nøgne Ø Kriek of Telemark right as they open at 3PM.

You know that Side Project will be adding a few other sour goodies to the list that evening, so be prepared!

sideprojectcellarJeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø from Evil Twin Brewing is visiting St. Louis on Tuesday, March 24th to brew a collaboration with Side Project Brewing. And while this alone would be headline worth news, I’m happy to announce that in honor of his visit The Side Project Cellar is doing an Evil Twin night to celebrate.

What does this mean? Well it means that Evin Twin and Side Project beers are taking over the Cellar 52-degree draft tower! It also means that Cory King and Jeppe will be on hand starting at 6PM to talk and drink some of these delicious beers.

Exactly what beers will be available is still a work in progress, but you know the list is going to be great. Mark this one down on your calendar and visit the Cellar to celebrate the collaboration between two great breweries.

sideproject-2ndShiftFor those of you that attended the Super Secret 2nd Shift party a few weeks ago, you had your first chance to try out the 2nd Shift Brewing and Side Project Brewing collaboration called PARKAS. Many of you asked when that delicious beer would be available, well, I have all of the details for you.

This Saturday, December 20th you’ll have your opportunity to not only purchase the 2nd Shift version of this collaboration, but also the Side Project version that owner Cory King has named Lattice. Sales of both beers begin at 12PM at the Perennial Artisan Ales tasting room.

To honor 2nd Shift’s love of hops, Cory created a farmhouse pale ale that he generously dry-hopped with Amarillo and Galaxy hops. And to celebrate Cory’s love of funk, 2nd Shift’s owner Steve Crider created a 100% barrel fermented, barrel-aged brett beer.

For those of you that are showing up to buy bottles on Saturday, the standard Perennial bottle release rules still apply. There will not be ANY overnight camping allowed. But you will be welcome to show up bright and early and bottle sharing will be allowed until the doors open at 12PM. (Please clean up your bottles, things have been kind of messy as of late, you don’t want to lose this amazing privilege.)

If you can’t make it out to buy these beers, don’t fret! I’ve been told that both of these beers will on draft side-by-side on Tuesday, December 30th at the Side Project Cellar at 6PM.

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