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STLHops_ShadedHello everyone, or as I’ll be saying about 36 hours from now, guten tag. I’m headed out for my honeymoon as of tomorrow and I’ll be gone for about three weeks.

But that doesn’t mean that the STL Hops train stops. I’ve gotten the venerable Jason Spann stepping in for me for a little bit.  If you have some stories that you’ll like to submit to get posted on STL Hops send your story to stories@stlhops.com.

Jason will do his best to get everything posted. Have fun everyone and don’t burn the website down.

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You ever have one of those months?  Seriously, this has been one of the weirdest and most stressful months I’ve had in a while.  I apologize for the delay of getting this information out to you all. It takes a bit of time to get the books in order and checks cut so I wanted to do that before I put this post up.

I want to begin by saying that I want to thank you all for making this the best STL Hops Anniversary Party yet.  None of this could be done without all of you and I can’t thank you enough for your generosity and support over the years.

This was our biggest turnout, our biggest amount of beers, and our biggest amount of money earned for Stray Rescue and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. Before I reveal the total, I have to thank some people individually.

First thanks needs to go to Dave Bailey and his team at Baileys’ Restaurants for not only devoting their space, but also a lot of time and patience for letting us put on this event at their new event space Willow. These events just don’t drop in and work, there are a lot of logistics at play and Dave Bailey and his team went above and beyond to help us set everything up. A million thank yous to everyone from the Baileys’ Restaurants who helped put this event on.

A next thank you goes out to Eric, Carl, my wife Irene, my parents, my sister-in-law, my brother, and all of the volunteers that helped make this event happen. Like I mentioned, there is a lot of work in coordinating everything and this could not have been done without the countless number of man-hours devoted to picking up beer, picking up auction items, coordinating logistics, setting up, and cleaning up.  This was our smoothest event yet and a lot of thanks goes to my friends and family for volunteering their time to making this event happen.

A very special shout out to all of the distributors for their help in coordinating and donating to this event. As a former member of this tier of the beer industry I know that we can definitely endure our share of scorn, but this event would not have happened without their help. There is no way we would have any of the jockey boxes, beer, or swag for this event if they didn’t step up and help out. Thank you to Lohr, Major Brands, Summit, and Shelton Brothers.

This is a beer festival after all, so we have to thank all of these breweries, distributors, and retailers for donating beer:

4 Hands
Goose Island
Bell’s
New Belgium
Urban Chestnut
Founders
Oskar Blues
Perennial
International Tap House
Deschutes
O’Fallon
2nd Shift
Boulevard
Summit
Ballast Point
Beachwood Brewing
Odell Brewing
Old Bakery Brewery
Earthbound Beer
Narrow Gauge
Excel Brewing
Shelton Brothers
Side Project
Sierra Nevada
Off Color
Sun King
Penrose
Half Acre
Schlafly
Civil Life
Treehouse Brewing

We also couldn’t have raised as much money as we did without the generous donations from all of the following people:

Cugino’s
Wine and Cheese Place
Bailey’s Restaurants
Lohr
Cicero’s
Juniper
Vin de Set
21st Street Brewers Bar
Mission Taco
Milagro
Peacemaker
Sidney Street Cafe
Craft Beer Cellar
Sun King
Nick’s Pub
SoHa
O’Fallon Brewery
Perennial Artisan Ales
Fortune Teller Bar
Bottle Cellars/Cellar House
BTR Woodworks
Southern
Karen King
Cory King
Llywelyn’s
OSP Tap Haus
Global Brew Tap House
St. Louis Brewers Guild
EdgeWild Bistro
4 Hands
Beachwood Brewing
The Royale
2nd Shift
Dressel’s
Old Bakery Brewery
Quincy St. Bistro
Hair of the Dog
Sierra Nevada
Eric Hildebrandt
Teresa Sweeney
Urban Chestnut
Strange Donuts
International Tap House

God, I hope I didn’t forget anyone. And if I did, please notify me immediately so I can get you on the list. I honestly can’t say thank you enough to everyone. It really means a lot to me to see what we can generate for two great charities when we all work together.

And because I’ve made you wait long enough, here’s what we raised:

$10,000 for Stray Rescue and $5107.30 for St. Louis Bulldog Rescue.

This well exceeded my expectations and I can’t thank all of you enough.  Just a wonderful amount of money that will go and help many, many animals.  Thank you all again and we’ll see you all (probably later) this year again for this event!

STLHops_ShadedTomorrow brings us to the STL Hops 8th Anniversary Party, I thought I’d give you a little update on the eats and drinks that will be available on Saturday evening. It should be a great time and I’m pretty excited about what’s in store. First up, the eats.

The Baileys’ Restaurants make some amazing food and will be selling food to enjoy during the party.  We will also have an area downstairs for people who’d like to sit and enjoy their meal and a beer.

Parking!  As we all know, parking downtown can sometimes be a bit tricky.  Luckily I found a map detailing some areas to park near the venue. (Please note that any area that doesn’t have a price does not currently offer parking.)

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Don’t want to deal with parking and want to get home safely?  Our friends at Uber have provided us with a code that gives you $20 off your FIRST RIDE! The code is STLHOPS and it expires after the first 1000 people use it or June 1st, whichever comes first.

Next up, a few do’s and don’ts of the party:

  • Don’t crash the party. We’ll have bouncers and wristbands, so if we see you drinking and you don’t have a ticket, we’ll kindly ask you to leave.
  • Do bring your wallet. We received a ton of AMAZING swag this year, so bring some money along (a check book or credit card wouldn’t hurt for the silent auction) with you as this is for two great causes: Stray Rescue of St. Louis and St. Louis Bulldog Rescue.
  • Don’t bring your own beer. We have A LOT of beer, so no bringing your own bottles of homebrews or commercial beers please.
  • Do bring growlers.  We will probably have a bunch of beer left after this event and we’ll let you fill up a growler for a $10 donation per growler. Bridge will also be selling growlers for $15 (which will include the glass and beer) to donate back to the party. Respect the local breweries that want to take their beer back though.
  • Don’t bring your own glass. Glassware is provided this year.
  • Do eat some food! There will be plenty of food options, so let’s support the Bailey restaurants.
  • Don’t puke. If I see you puke, it means you can’t handle yourself and we’ll kindly ask you to leave.
  • Do be safe. Make sure to have a sober ride home after this event.  We have a lot of big beers and we want you to attend the next party.
  • Do have a great time. Unless your idea of a great time includes puking, then I ask that you stay home.

Here are the beers the STL Hops Homebrew Club will be providing tomorrow:

1. Paul – Whiskey BA Vanilla RIS (random tapping, about 2 gallons), brett beer.
2. DAVO – TRAPPIST SINGLE
3. Steve A – Dry Hopped Rye Barleywine
4. Rick – Vanilla Imperial Stout
5. Amy – Deep Ellum Double Brown clone (Oatmeal Baltic Porter)
6. Doc – Raspberry Berliner
7. Kyle – Mixed Fermentation Saison
8. Troy – Bretta Sang #2 (yes, that Bretta Sang, homebrew)
9. Sean – Porter
10. John/Troy – IPA
11. Robert – Cascade Pale w/Orange zest and Coriander

If you want to sneak a peek at this year’s program, here you go!

If I didn’t make this clear, we are SOLD OUT. Please do not crash. Please do be safe and make sure you have a sober driver. We will be able to accept credit cards for all purchases this evening!

Thank you all for coming, it’ll be a great time.

STLHops_ShadedDrumroll please!

So, I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the STL Hops Eighth Anniversary Party is Mary Pentecost! Congrats to Mary and thank you everyone for entering.

It’s very exciting to see how passionate people are about beer in St. Louis and this event is proof that people care not only about beer, but also about helping stray animals. Thank you all once again.

Unfortunately, that was your last chance to get tickets because we’re SOLD OUT! Also, look out tomorrow for everything you need to know about Saturday’s party.

STLHops_ShadedThe STL Hops Eigth Anniversary Party is almost sold out. But I’m feeling generous, so I’m going to be giving away two VIP tickets to this Saturday’s Anniversary Party.

If you’re interested in winning two general admission tickets send an email to contest@stlhops.com with the subject of “Anniversary Party Tickets”. I’ll pick the winner on Thursday, March 17th at 9AM. If you’ve already got tickets I’d ask that you’d be kind enough to let those who didn’t get tickets have a chance of winning. 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.

There is a good chance tickets will sell out today. If you’re not feeling lucky, tickets can still be purchased HERE.

STLHops_ShadedLooking for a chance to help out during the STL Hops Eighth Anniversary party and also attend?  Well, you’re in luck, because I’m looking for a few hard-working souls (this won’t be hard-work) to help out at the STL Hops Anniversary Party.

You’ll work a shift and get to enjoy part (or maybe even all) of the party. I’ll need people for set up, during the party, and for break down.

It’s as simple as that. If you’re interested, please email me (mike@stlhops.com) with a subject line of STL Hops Volunteer. I only need a few people, so it’ll probably be first come, first serve.

Stay tuned for additional information about the party on next Saturday along with a chance to win a pair of tickets!

STLHops_ShadedTechnically by the time this party takes place, STL Hops will be about 8.5 years old.  But, I like a party and I hope you do as well.  So I’m happy to announce that the 8th Annual STL Hops Anniversary Party will be taking place on Saturday, March 19th.

In the past we’ve held this party at a local brewery, but as all of our locals are getting super big and popular, we’ve run out of room this year.  Luckily David and Gene Bailey are about to open a new event space called Willow (right at 10th and Locust) which is right next door to Bridge. It’s a cool space and I’m honored that they’re allowing us to throw the party there.

We’ll be doing two different price points again this year. We still have the standard ticket which will get you into the party from 6-10PM and will set you back $30. This will get you unlimited samples as well as a commemorative glass.

We’re also doing the VIP ticket again which will cost you $10 more but will get you in an hour early. I’m also going to throw a special raffle for you VIP members for something cool, you’ll get raffle tickets as you arrive. (You can purchase more as well.) There is a limited number of VIP tickets available, so don’t wait for these.

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

This event WILL SELL OUT!  Do not delay in getting tickets.

Again the lion-share of proceeds will benefit Stray Rescue but this year I’m also going to be donating a small portion to the St. Louis Bulldog Rescue. I lost my bulldog last year and I’d like to continue this small gift to honor her. Last year we raised over $10,000 for Stray Rescue and $2000 for St. Louis Bulldog and I know we can top that this year!

We’ll have plenty of auction items for you to try and win and raffles and 50/50 as well. And the Baileys’ Restaurants will be lining up some delicious food for you to purchase.

One cool treat that I’ve already confirmed is thanks to our friends at Goose Island, you’ll be enjoying some Bourbon County Stout Regal on draft. I’ve already gotten some commitments from 2nd Shift, Off Color Brewing, Penrose Brewing, Boulevard, Narrow Gauge Brewing, and Old Bakery. And of course I’ll be making my annual pilgrimage to Chicago so you know we’re going to have some fun treats.

Thank you all for supporting STL Hops over the past 8 years and also donating all of this money to these two great charities!