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If you’re the type to keep your eyes on the Twitter-verse or if you’re someone who love the STL Hops forums, you’ll know that Boulevard Brewing‘s latest Smokestack beer, the Chocolate Ale is headed to St. Louis.  I’ve been told that only 48 cases of this beer and a handful of 1/6th barrels have been allocated for St. Louis.

What’s that?  You’ve never heard about this beer?  Here’s a description from the label:

“One of the brightest of Kansas City’s culinary stars, Christopher Elbow has earned a worldwide reputation for his handcrafted chocolate masterpieces. His sweets are distinguished by their use of unusual, sometimes surprising ingredients, and that adventurous spirit has left its print on this special ale. The aroma is given over to earthy, fruity cocoa, with just a hint of hops. Smooth layers of dark chocolate intertwine with threads of caramel, vanilla, and nutty malt as the flavor warms and rounds to a bittersweet finish.”

This beer is scheduled to arrive in St. Louis today and should start arriving on store shelves as soon as tomorrow. As with all things, make sure to contact your favorite retailers, restaurant, and bar before heading out to enjoy this beer.

Want to know where to get this beer?  Here’s a list:

Bottles:

Illinois

  • Plaza Liquor (O’Fallon)
  • Randall’s (Fairview Heights
  • Friar Tuck (Springfield)
  • Milo’s (Maryville)
  • Township Grocer (Edwardsville)
  • Godfrey Meat Market (Godfrey)

Missouri

  • 33 Wine Bar
  • Cork Wine Bar
  • Devine Wine & Spirits
  • Friar Tuck O’Fallon
  • Friar Tuck Watson
  • Friar Tuck Fenton
  • HandleBar
  • ITAP – Chesterfield
  • ITAP – Soulard
  • Local Harvest
  • Lukas Liquor Superstore
  • Picasso’s Coffee House
  • Randall’s Jefferson
  • Royale Food & Spirits
  • Shaved Duck
  • Starrs
  • The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth
  • The Wine & Cheese Place Manchester
  • The Wine Merchant

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Illinois

  • Bigelo’s Bistro

Missouri

  • Pi on Delmar
  • The Stable
  • The Royale
  • ITAP – Chesterfield
  • ITAP – Soulard

So, I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to tonight’s Boulevard Smokestack Dinner at Luciano’s is Terra Cappel! Congrats to Terra 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 want to thank Laura Dale from Boulevard Brewery and Marc Del Pietro Luciano’s from for providing the tickets to this event.

Luciano’s will be holding a beer dinner on December 8th, starting at 6:30PM, featuring beers from Boulevard Brewing Company. This four course dinner was designed by Luciano’s Executive Chef/Owner Marc Del Pietro and Boulevard’s VP of Marketing and Sales Bob Sullivan along with the Director of Marketing Jeremy Ragonese will be there to discuss the beer.

Tickets for this meal will be $45 (not including tax and tip) and reservations (which are required) can be made by calling 314-863-9969. Here’s a list of the courses along with the beer pairings:

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
Pan roasted striped bass, littleneck clams, mussels, sauce boulilbasse

Double-Wide I.P.A.
Porchetta & seared sea scallops cauliflower purée, apple slaw, cider vinegar gastrique

Long Strange Tripel
Roasted rack of lamb, house~made gnocchi, lamb bolognese, wild mushrooms, roasted garlic oil

The Sixth Glass
Vanilla pound cake, fennel seed & orange ice cream, honey reduction

image003I know people have been asking about it and looking for it, your wait is almost over.  Starting next week, we should begin seeing Boulevard Brewing’s Boulevard Pilsner hitting the shelves.  Also, if you haven’t read it, visit KC Beer Blog for an awesome review of this beer.

What about the some of the sought after Smokestack beers?  Well, SeeYouLator Dopplebock is now available on store shelves and I’ve been told that 48 cases of  the Limited Release Saison-Brett should be arriving in October.
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But the news I was most exciting about getting yesterday was that of a new kid on the Smokestack block.  In November, we should see the release of Harvest Dance Wheat Wine.  If you don’t know what a wheat wine is, think Barleywine, but with wheat.  I’m a big fan of these beers because the wheat adds a wonderful viscosity to the beer.

Maybe it’s just the weather these past two days, but I’m really looking forward to fall.

newstead.jpgI’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the Newstead Boulevard Dinner is Brian Schrumpf!  Brian’s favorite Smokestack beer is the Double Wide, but he’s a fan of all of them!

Congrats to Brian and thank you everyone for entering. 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 Laura Dale from Boulevard Brewery for providing one of the tickets for this event. This looks like a great line up of beer and food, there are still spaces available so get your reservation in today!

newstead.jpgI’m giving away two tickets to the August Boulevard Smokestack Dinner at Newstead.  The dinner is on August 26th at 7PM.

If you’re interested in winning two tickets that include a four courses being paired with four different Boulevard Smokestack beers (you will be required to pay the gratuity) email contest@stlhops.com with a subject of “Newstead Boulevard Dinner” and tell me what your favorite Smokestack Series Beer is.

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 Monday, August 24th at 9AM.

Newstead Tower Public House is hosting another in their line of monthly beer dinners with this dinner featuring Boulevard Brewery’s Smokestack Series. The date of the dinner is August 26th at 7PM. The cost of this event is $40 and reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling 314-535-7771.

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Stay tuned for an opportunity to win one free seat for this dinner later on today.