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Sunday-Funkday-Poster-Web-9-27A lot of people talk about trends in craft beer. One of those trends are funky and sour beers. But let’s be honest, funky beers aren’t a trend, they’re the original beers.

Before the days of stainless steel and caustic, beers were aged in wood and inoculated in the open air. These beers were funky from the get-go. This isn’t a trend, it’s revisiting how beer used to be made.

To celebrate these funky beers, the International Tap House in Soulard is throwing a Sunday Funkfest this Sunday, May 31st beginning at 12PM. Here’s the line-up of beers:

  • 4 Hands Cuvee Diable
  • 4 Hands Cuvee Ange
  • New Belgium La Folie
  • New Belgium Eric’s Ale
  • New Belgium Le Terroir
  • Prairie Elizabeth
  • Nogne O Kriek Of Telemark
  •  Mikkeller Spontanhibiscus
  • De Proefbrouwerij Sour Barrel #2

Celebrate the original beers this Sunday at iTAP.

Sunday-Funkday-Poster-Web-4-24-15A lot of people talk about trends in craft beer. One of those trends are funky and sour beers. But let’s be honest, funky beers aren’t a trend, they’re the original beers.

Before the days of stainless steel and caustic, beers were aged in wood and inoculated in the open air. These beers were funky from the get-go. This isn’t a trend, it’s revisiting how beer used to be made.

To celebrate these funky beers, the International Tap House in Soulard is throwing a Sunday Funkfest this Sunday, May 31st beginning at 12PM. Here’s the line-up of beers:

Vanderghinste Oud Bruin
Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge
2nd Shift Katy
Oude Gueuze Tilquin
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura

And for those of you that like funky music along with your funky beers, MF Grocery will be on the 1s and 2s from 12PM-4PM. Celebrate the original beers this Sunday at iTAP.

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!

CraftBeerCellarLogoSing it with me: Sour beers are awesome!

Wait, you’re telling me this isn’t a song? It should be. Because sour beers are awesome. And to celebrate the awesomeness of sour beers Craft Beer Cellar in Clayton is throwing a sour beer tasting this Sunday, October 12th from 12PM to 3PM.

Much like a Christopher Nolan movie, this is a multi-layered affair that will leave you excited and feeling amazed. One layer is a free tasting involving breweries that include:

  • Jolly Pumpkin
  • Alpha Brewing
  • New Belgium
  • Boulevard
  • Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck

But for the ballers among us, there is also a limited VIP experience (that will run you $40) that includes “private tastings from some special breweries, a free tasting glass, 2 free pours on some uber-rare sour beers, and 10% off store-wide.” Here’s a list of the VIP breweries:

  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Santa Fe Brewing Co
  • New Belgium
  • Boulevard

The private tastings will include “educational information from each of the breweries and special beer samples that are only available to VIPs.” Tickets for the VIP experience are available in store or over the phone (314-222-2444)

And if that’s not enough to hook you, CBC will have Tilquin Gueuze, Evil Twin / Crooked Stave Ryan and the Gosling, and New Belgium Wild Dubbel on tap as well. What a way to spend a Sunday, don’t miss out.

Sour beers are not for everybody.  In fact, the first time many people try them they don’t even believe they’re beers. But if you’re a sour beer fan, more than likely you’re a raving lunatic looking to try every sour beer that comes your way.

On Sunday, July 20th from 1PM to 5PM, Bigelo’s Bistro in Edwardsville, IL will be throwing the fourth annual Sour Sunday. Mark Pruitt has put together a great list of sour and funky beers on draught for the day including Perennial Regalia, New Belgium La Folie, and Goose Island Lolita. There will also be bottle pours for sale of Boulevard Love Child #4, New Belgium Le Terrior, Goose Island: Halia, Gillian, Juliet, and Madame Rose.

The full kitchen at Bigelo’s won’t be running on Sunday, but Mark will be offering up Carbonnade a la Flamande (a delicious Belgian beef and onion stew), mini pulled pork sliders, and their house made potato chips and sweet potato chips, and Nathan’s Fire Roasted Corn Salad.

And because Mark is a beer geek at heart, he’s encouraging you to bring out those sour beers that you’ve been carefully holding onto in your cellar to share. This may be called Sour Sunday, but it certainly sounds pretty sweet to me.

sundayfunkdayA lot of people talk about trends in craft beer. One of those trends are funky and sour beers. But let’s be honest, funky beers aren’t a trend, they’re the original beers.

Before the days of stainless steel and caustic, beers were aged in wood and inoculated in the open air. These beers were funky from the get-go. This isn’t a trend, it’s revisiting how beer used to be made.

To celebrate these funky beers, the International Tap House in Soulard is throwing a Sunday Funkfest this Sunday, April 27th beginning at 1PM. Here’s the line-up of beers:

Odell Friek
4 Hands Cuvee Diable
Oude Tilquin Gueze
Cantillon Mamouche
Monks Cafe
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja
Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca

And for those of you that like funky music along with your funky beers, there will be funk played from 2PM-4PM. Celebrate the original beers this Sunday at iTAP.

OLIO3Looking for love can be sweet, but many of us know it can also be sour. Many people want to eschew the typical Valentine’s Day events because who wants to be around all of the saccharine sweetness?

Maybe though you want to meet someone who not only shares your disdain for the “holiday” but also enjoy some delicious sour beer? Olio knows what you’re looking for and they’re here to help. Olio will be hosting its first Valentine’s Day “Sour Hour” Singles Mixer this Friday, February 14th starting at 6PM. Olio has put together a nice selection of sour beers for your enjoyment with some glass pours. Also since many of these bottles are large format, maybe you’ll find someone else to enjoy these with. Here’s a list of the beers:

  • 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze
  • 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek
  • Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
  • Cantillon Fou’Foune
  • 4 Hands Cuvee Ange 2013
  • Panil Bariquee
  • Loverbeer BeerBera