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STLHops_ShadedWhat a night.

Honestly, I don’t think the STL Hops Sixth Anniversary party could have gone much better. Great venue, great beers, great crowd, great eats, and great music.  It was just a fantastic time all around. And I don’t say that lightly. No one is tougher on themselves than me when it comes to this party.

First off a big thanks to Perennial Artisan Ales for hosting us. Emily and Phil and the rest of the gang at Perennial were patient and completely fantastic about this whole party. I couldn’t have done it without them. So, thank you.

Second, a big thanks to Eric, Carl, Irene, my parents, and all of the volunteers for helping put this party on. I can’t do this alone and having their help is the only way we can pull this all off, so a huge thanks to them.

A big thank you to Jim Leabig. Without a doubt he was the MVP of the party, turning what was a pretty fun beer festival into an actual party.

Thank you to Guerrilla Street Food for providing some scrumptious food. The Wandering Pig and Chicken Adobo are delicious and helped get me (and a lot of other people) through an epic night of drinking.

It wouldn’t be a beer festival without beer, so a big thanks to all of the breweries that donated beer to the party. Also a big shout-out to the STL Hops Homebrew Club for providing some delicious beer for the party. I heard a lot of compliments about the quality of the beer from our club all night.

Here’s a list of the breweries that provided beer, give them some extra love this year:

  • 4 Hands
  • Goose Island
  • Bell’s
  • Deschutes
  • Excel
  • Ferguson
  • Square One
  • Schlafly
  • Boulevard
  • Cathedral Square
  • Perennial
  • Heavy Riff
  • Civil Life Brewing
  • Morgan Street
  • Founders
  • 2nd Shift
  • Urban Chestnut
  • Tallgrass
  • Off Color
  • Half Acre
  • New Belgium

It’s important to remember that we put on this party to raise some money for Stray Rescue. We wouldn’t be able to do that without your donations and without these retailers and people donating swag for us to auction and raffle off, so a huge thanks to everyone here (god, I hope I didn’t forget anyone). Please be certain to give these guys some extra love and patronage over the next year:

  • Wine and Cheese Place
  • Bridge
  • New Belgium
  • Lohr
  • Cicero’s
  • Urban Chestnut
  • Major Brands
  • Vin de Set
  • Schlafly
  • Mission Taco
  • Milagro
  • The Libertine
  • Basso
  • Pappy’s Smokehouse
  • Nick’s Pub
  • SoHa Bar and Grill
  • Square One Brewery
  • Sydney Street Café
  • Bigelo’s Bistro
  • O’Fallon Brewery
  • Feast Magazine
  • iTAP
  • Flying Saucer
  • Dan Bostelmann
  • Jim Leabig
  • Keir Haug
  • Mark Pruitt
  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Side Project Brewing
  • Charlie Brinza
  • Paul Jensen
  • Geri Heberlie
  • Llywelyn’s

Now, the thing I know you’re dying to hear. We have a couple of things outstanding, but after it’s all said and done, I’m proud to announce we raised over $8500 for Stray Rescue. Last year we raised $6000 and I was hoping to raise $7000, so this huge jump is just amazing.  We couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you very much.

This party is a lot of work, but it’s for a great cause and it’s always a great time.  Thank you again and we’ll see you for party #7 this November.

STLHops_ShadedThis is happening a little later than normal this (or next) year, but I wanted to get past the holidays and give you something to look forward during a bleak January.

On January 18th, STL Hops will be having its Sixth Anniversary Party at Perennial Artisan Ales. We’ve moved this party around over the past six years and Perennial was kind enough to host for a second time.  I want to thank Schlafly and 4 Hands Brewing for hosting the previous years of events, they were awesome hosts.

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets. This year we’re doing something different and will be offering two different price points. The General Admission ticket will cost you $30.00 (not including Brown Paper Ticket fees) and will get you samples from 6PM-10PM. For those of you feeling extra saucy, we’re going to do an extra special VIP ticket for $40 which will get you in an hour early to taste some of these extra awesome beers. All of the proceeds for this event will be donated to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Your ticket will include beer and a special glass made specifically for this event. I’ve also added a designated driver ticket for $2 that will get you in the door for the fun.

I’m still working on what beer will be available at the event, but as you’ve seen in the past, there will be plenty of great stuff to drink this evening. Part of the reason I’ve been dragging my feet is that I’ve been trying to lock down all of the beer.  But let me tell you, there is some cool stuff already lined up. I’ve confirmed that Guerrilla Street Food will be setting up shop outside to provide you with some sustenance

Keep checking back because I’m working on not only getting a bunch of brewers but also a bunch of swag as well. 200 tickets are being made available for this event, so get them while you can.

Purchase tickets HERE.

stlhopslogosmall.gifI’ve been kind of dragging my feet on putting up this post, but I can’t wait much longer. (Plus, from what I hear, you guys and gals are clamoring to buy tickets.)

On November 10th at 6:00PM, STL Hops will be having its Fifth Anniversary Party at 4 Hands Brewing Company. As many of you know this party was originally held at Schlafly. But, with the all of the new breweries in the area, I thought it would be fun to kind of share the love and move the event around.  I want to thank Schlafly and Perennial for hosting the first years of events, they were awesome hosts.

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets and the cost is $26.10. Why the extra ten cents? Because with the BPT service fee, the exact cost of the ticket is $28.00. All of the proceeds for this event will be donated to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Your ticket will include beer and a special glass made specifically for this event. I’ve also added a designated driver ticket for $2 that will get you in the door for the fun.

I’m still working on what beer will be available at the event, but as you’ve seen in the past, there will be plenty of great stuff to drink this evening. Part of the reason I’ve been dragging my feet is that I’ve been trying to lock down all of the beer.  But let me tell you, there is some cool stuff already lined up. Food will be available for purchase, still working out all of the details on that.

Keep checking back because I’m working on not only getting a bunch of brewers but also a bunch of swag as well. 200 tickets are being made available for this event, so get them while you can.

Purchase tickets HERE.

stlhopslogosmall.gifSorry about the delay on this, this party and my job are keeping me busy!

So, I’m pleased to announce that the winner for the two tickets to the STL Hops Fourth Anniversary Party is Kris Stutko ! Congrats to Kris 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. If you didn’t win, there are still tickets available for purchase here!

Coming tomorrow, a list of some of the prizes that will be available for silent auction and raffle along with what you’ll need on Saturday.

stlhopslogosmall.gifAs each day brings us ever so closer to the STL Hops 4th 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.

Fair warning to all of you vegetarians/vegans, other than beer, we don’t have much to offer you and for that, I’m sorry. But if you can get down on some meat, we have BBQ from Pappy’s Smokehouse.  We’ll have over 30lbs of beef brisket, 17 slabs of ribs, and 6 gallons of cole slaw. Yum yum.

But, I’m sure you’re all here for the beer.  So, without further ado, here’s the current list of beers that we’ll having pouring on Saturday:

  • UCBC – Schnickelfritz
  • UCBC – Pilgrim 7
  • Boulevard – Saison Brett
  • Schlafly – Belgian Single
  • Civil Life – Scotch Ale
  • Charleville – Maplewood Stout
  • Ferguson – Double Red
  • Six Row – Black IPA
  • 2nd Shift – LSD
  • 2nd Shift – UK2
  • 2nd Shift – Dumpster Fire
  • 2nd Shift – “Funky Beer”
  • Stone – Ruination
  • Firestone Walker – Walkers Reserve Porter
  • Buffalo Brewing – Kettle Black IPA
  • Kirkwood Station Brewing – Black Rye IPA
  • Jim Leabig – Berliner Weisse
  • Jim Leabig – GBS Cabernet barrel-aged Flanders Red
  • Jim Leabig – Brown EyePA w/megazoid dry hopz (Simcoe, Amarillo and Columbus)
  • Troy Meier – Pumpkin Ale
  • Troy Meier – Citra IPA
  • Perennial – Saison de Lis
  • Perennial – Peace Offering
  • Perennial – Black Walnut Dunkleweiss
  • Square One – American Barley Wine
  • O’Fallon Cocoa Cream Stout

This is a pretty awesome list of beers. Something for everyone! We should have a few more come through in the next couple of days as well. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, there are plenty still available.

We’ve got some great items for auction and door prizes, so stay tuned for those.

It’s always cool to develop new relationships. As this site has developed, so have the relationships. Well we are happy to introduce a new one, and this one is pretty cool! If you head on over to Growlers Pub, you’ll notice their new Seasonal Menu has hit. How’s that a new relationship you ask?

Well Growlers Pub and STLHops are proud to announce the “STLHops Selection” as a choice on the menu. Each month, or whenever the selection runs dry, we’ll have a hand in picking the next choice. With a partnership with Major Brands, we’ll be choosing beers that are either limited, harder to find, or just fun.

To kick things off, we’ve been lucky enough to secure a few kegs of Schlafly 20th Anniversary Volume 3 Citrus Wit to highlight the bottle release of this beer. Here’s a little info from Schlafly:

No.20 – Volume 3: Citrus Witbier

ABV: 6.5% | IBU: 19

•Appearance: Light golden, hazy
•Process: Belgian unfiltered, Flavored with coriander and orange, lemon and grapefruit peel
•Hops: Tradition
•Malt: Euro-Pils, White Wheat, Torrified Wheat
•Yeast: Belgian Witbier
•OG: 14.4
•SRM: 3.5

To celebrate 20 years of Schlafly Beer, our brewers past and present offer you the anniversary series of four beers.

Schlafly 20, Volume 3: Citrus Wit is designed and brewed by our third generation of Schlafly brewers (1998-2008: Neal Curtis, Matt Peterson, Joseph Davis, Eric Roy, Bill Joslyn, Matt Murphy, Nick Vickery, Chris Faerber), who were instrumental in our transition from local brewpub to regional brewery. With the third generation comes experience from brewers who joined us from around the country and world; Citrus Wit is a collaboration of this shared experience.

This traditional Belgian-style white beer is flavored with orange, lemon and grapefruit peel and coriander to refresh a parched palette.

This is just the start of our new relationship, so keep checking back and head into Growlers to check out their
full list of beers and get ready for news of some cool upcoming events!

stlhopslogosmall.gifI know people have been asking about it, but it’s time to let the cat out of the bag. On November 12th at 6:00PM, STL Hops will be having its Fourth Anniversary Party at Perennial Artisan Ales. This is the first year where the event won’t be held at Schlafly. With the all of the new breweries opening in the area, I thought it would be fun to kind of share the love and move the event.  I want to thank Schlafly for hosting the first three years, they were awesome hosts.

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets and the cost is $24.01. Why the extra penny? Because with the BPT service fee, the exact cost of the ticket is $26.00. All of the proceeds for this event will be donated to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Your ticket will include beer and snacks. I’ve also added a designated driver ticket for $10 that will get you in the door for food, snacks and fun.

I’m still working on what beer will be available at the event, but as you’ve seen in the past, there will be plenty of great stuff to drink this evening. We’ll also have some snacks available from Pappy’s Smokehouse.

Keep checking back on this post because I’m working on not only getting a bunch of brewers but also a bunch of swag as well. 200 tickets are being made available for this event, so get them while you can.

Purchase tickets HERE.