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BCAA_2016_WordmarkLast year Sierra Nevada collaborated with 12 different breweries to create an epic twelve pack of beer they called Beer Camp Across America. This year they’ve upped the game by collaborating with 30 different breweries across the US.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to try all six different collaborations at one time, head out to International Tap House in Soulard next Tuesday, May 26th beginning at 6PM. Here’s a run down of what’s being tapped:

West Latitude — Session Rye with Hibiscus
Stout of the Union — Robust Stout
Moxee­Moron — Imperial Session IPA
Family Values — Imperial Brown Ale with Cocoa
Pat­Rye­Ot — Revolutionary Pale Ale
Sweet Sunny South — Southern Table Beer

Odell Brewing, one of the collaborators for Moxee-Moron, and hometown favorite Perennial, one of the brewers on Family Values will also be in attendance for this event. Odell will be bringing St. Lupulin and Prop Culture while Perennial will be bringing Funky Wit and Hommel Bier.

Flights of all 10 beers will be available for $25 along with 1/2 and full pours.

itap-beercampI’m not much of a camper. Growing up, my Dad’s idea of camping involved a few extension cords, box fans, and a small TV. An evening without air conditioning was our idea of “roughing it.”

Needless to say, I’m pretty soft. So, Sierra Nevada‘s idea of Beer Camp is definitely intriguing to me. Twelve different collaborations with twelve different breweries? This is my idea of camping.

While there are some 12-packs that arrived in our area, it’s pretty limited. You’re probably not going to have much of a chance in finding one. But what if you had the opportunity to try all twelve of these beers in one spot? Well, this Thursday, July 17th at 6PM you will.

For one-night-only, the International Tap House in Soulard will be tapping all twelve Sierra Nevada Beer Camp collaborations.  Here’s a run down of what’s being tapped and when:

6pm: West Coast
Ballast Point & Sierra Nevada: Electric Ray
Ninkasi Brewing & Sierra Nevada : Double Latte
Firestone Walker & Sierra Nevada: Torpedo Pilsner
Russian River & Sierra Nevada: Yvan the Great

7pm: Midwest 
Oskar Blues & Sierra Nevada: CANfusion
New Glarus & Sierra Nevada: There and Back
Bell’s & Sierra Nevada: Maillard’s Odyssey
3 Floyds & Sierra Nevada: Chico King

8pm: East Coast 
Asheville Brewers Alliance & Sierra Nevada: Tater Ridge
Allagash Brewing & Sierra Nevada: Myron’s Walk
Cigar City & Sierra Nevada: Yonder Bock
Victory Brewing & Sierra Nevada: Alt Route

All beers will be sold in flights of four (5oz) for $12 and tickets for each session will go on sale at 5PM night-of at iTAP Soulard. Air conditioning and awesome beer? Sign me up for camp.

It seems like if you have a beer blog, you do beer reviews. For some reason, you feel like your opinions are more important than the massive amount of reviews that exist on BeerAdvocate and Ratebeer. You feel like your opinions deserve their own page on the world wide interwebs.

Well, here at STL Hops, we’re better than that. We have opinions, but about really stupid shit. We feel that there’s one important aspect lost in the world of beer reviews: the beer label. So begins a new series where we breakdown label art. First up is Sierra Nevada Hoptimum.

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum Label

A PORTMANTEAU! We know this beer is going to be good right off the bat because they did that cute little thing where they combined the word “hop” with another word. But what part of the hops is optimum? The optimum number of hops? The optimum variety of hops? EXPLAIN YOURSELF DAMN IT!

Moving on, we see hop vines surrounding a portrait of what appears to be a man from the 1820s whose head is a whole-cone hop. First of all, I wasn’t alive in the 1820s, so I have no idea if this man actually existed, but if he did exist, I’m really surprised he got to be as old as he looks.

Imagine a woman giving birth to a baby whose head was a whole-cone hop? I think the 1800s is just not a time and place where that baby would be welcomed into the world. They’d probably bring in the town doctor and at first he’d be like “WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?” Then he’d try to pour whiskey on it, because that was the cure for everything back then. Maybe he tried to rub some honey on it too, I don’t know.

Then they’d most likely kill the baby, or dump it in the woods, after it was determined that he was an abomination of nature. After a short trial, they would then hang the woman in the public square, because she had improper relations with foliage (plant sex was a big no-no in the 1800s). So what I’m getting at here is, maybe this is just a drawing, and not an actual person that existed.

Under the portrait, we see the phrase “The Ultimate Whole-Cone Hop Experience.” I don’t know about you, but this phrase makes me think about porn. Anytime a company can successfully link their product to porn in a subtle way like this, it is guaranteed to fly off shelves. You really think we bought Sno Balls as kids because they tasted good? No, we bought them because they look like boobs. It’s not our fault, it’s science.

Since I already know Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is good, and I can presume, with the name, the gratuitous amount of the color green used, and the mysterious hop head man portrait, that this beer is a much hoppier version of that, I’m going to buy it.

9.1 / 10 on the Buyability Scale™.

Today’s an exciting day if you’re a fan of some big, black beers.  Starting today you should be able to find both the Goose Island Night Stalker Imperial Stout and the Sierra 30 – Fritz And Ken’s Ale, a 30th Anniversary collaboration stout from Sierra Nevada and Anchor Brewing.

Here’s some of the information I could dig up about each beer:

Night Stalker:
Brewmasters Notes:
A heavily-hopped imperial stout, Night Stalker is a heavyweight of a beer. It delivers a formidable punch of hops and rich roasted malt notes to the nose in a silky body that’s as dark as night.

Recipe Information:
Style: Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 11.2%
International Bitterness Units: 60
Color: Midnight
Hops: Mt Hood, Simcoe
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roasted Barley, De-Bittered Black

Serving Suggestions:
Preferred Glass: Snifter
Preferred Serving Temperature: 40º
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle over 5 years

Sierra 30 – Fritz And Ken’s Ale
Notes:
Fritz Maytag, owner of San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company, is regarded as the godfather of the craft brewing movement. Fritz agreed to guest brew this very special ale with us in honor of our 30th anniversary. As a nod to the robust black ales that seduced both Fritz and Ken in the early years, we bring you this Pioneers Stout, a rich and roasted ale, perfect for aging, and worth of your finest snifter. Enjoy!

Charity:
Fritz Maytag has always had a passion for knowledge. As a child in Iowa, he learned early about the wealth of information available to him at his local library. Maytag chose to donate to the Butte County Library system, which is library district local to Chico, California-home to Sierra Nevada Brewing.

Beer notes:
Style: American Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.20%

biglogo.JPGSo, I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to tonight’s Bigelo’s Valentine’s Beer Dinner is Brian Krebel! Congrats to Brian and thank you everyone for entering. Once again, if you didn’t win, don’t be too upset, I’m going to have a few more things to give away in the next few weeks.

I once again want to thank Mark from Bigelo’s Bistro for providing the tickets to this event.

biglogo.JPGMark from Bigelo’s Bistro was kind enough to provide two tickets to their Valentine’s Beer dinner featuring Sierra Nevada beers. The dinner is on Sunday, February 14th at 4 pm and Bigelo’s is located in Edwardsville, Illinois.

If you’re interested in winning tickets that include a five courses being paired with five different beers (you will be required to pay the gratuity) email contest@stlhops.com with a subject of “Bigelo’s Valentine Beer Dinner” and tell me what your favorite beer is only available in Illinois. 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.
  • You much be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.
  • If you don’t think you’ll be able to attend, please don’t enter. I’d like to make sure that people available to attend have a chance to win.

The winner will be drawn on Wednesday, February 10th at 9AM. There are still a few seats available for the dinner, you can make reservations by calling 618-655-1471.

biglogo.JPGAh, it’s almost that time of year, the time to remind your significant other that you care for them, and by significant other, I mean beer. Bigelo’s Bistro will be hosting a Beer Dinner on Sunday, February 14th starting at 4PM.

This dinner will be pairing five courses with five different beers from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.  The cost of the dinner will be $39 (tax and gratuity is not included).

Also on hand for the event will be Steve Thiel of Sierra Nevada.  Steve will be there to discuss the beers as well as the pairings for each course.

Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance.  Call 618-655-1471 for more information. Stay tuned next week as I’ll be giving away two tickets for this event.