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edgewild-logoIs it just me or does there seem like there are less beer dinners?  And I mean that in a good way.  I remember seeing a beer dinner pop up almost every other week.  It just didn’t seem sustainable.

Personally, I prefer seeing quality over quantity and that’s what Edgewild Bistro & Tap has done by teaming up with Stone Brewing to put on a killer dinner next Wednesday, September 14th.

Beginning at 6PM you’ll get four courses paired with, wait for it, eleven beers!  And not just any beers, these are cream of the crop:

Duck & Bison Albondigas
Duck and bison meat balls with crispy pancetta, veal demi glace, and goat cheese fritters
Paired with Stone IPA, Stone Delicious IPA, RuinTen

Mushroom Stuffed Summer Squash
Roasted summer squash stuffed with garlic-rosemary sautéed mushrooms and lemon wilted arugula, finished with sage oil and pepita puree
Paired with Saison du Buff & Woot Stout

Snapper en Papillote
American red snapper over kaffir lime basmati rice pilaf with rainbow carrots and red bell peppers topped with orange-harissa butter
Paired with Who You Callin’ Wussie & Citricado

Roasted Strip Loin
Salt & black pepper crusted strip loin, red potato latkes, broccolini, and sweet corn-scallion hollandaise
Paired with Arrogant Bastard & Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard

Caramel Toffee Cheese Cake
Rich Tahitian vanilla bean cheese cake topped with toffee caramel over oatmeal-graham crust
Paired with Mocha IPA & Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

The price of the dinner is $55 per person or $100 per couple and a few reservations still remain. You can make reservations by calling (314) 548-2222.

ciceros.thumbnailThese first few weeks of November are the last chance to really sink your teeth into some beer events until the craziness of the holidays tries to catch you. Cicero’s knows this and has scheduled some really cool events over the next week to keep your November busy. Here’s the line up:

Saturday, November 1st
Celebrate your inner bastard by heading out to Cicero’s to celebrate National Bastard Day. Stone Brewing Co. is putting on some special beers including Double Bastard, Lucky Bastard and Arrogant Bastard Ale. Taps start at 11AM.

Monday, November 3rd
Carson’s Brewery out of Evansville, IN takes over the taps at Cicero’s featuring, RIPA, Pagan, Red Dawn and some other fine selections. The folks from Carson’s will also be in town for a meet and greet as well. Tap takeover starts at 7PM

Tuesday, November 4th
Were you a good American? Did you do your civic duty by voting today? Celebrate voting day with a special tapping of the New Belgium/Perennial collaboration of the Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout. This tasty treat is tapped at 7PM.

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300140-250Barrel-aged beers are the current darlings of the craft beer scene. It seems like everyone is doing them. Some places do them better than others and one of those places is Stone Brewing Co. To show off their barrel-aging prowess, Stone has partnered with International Tap House in the Central West End to put on a very special event.

On Tuesday, December 10th iTAP will be pouring 2013 Stone Russian Imperial Stout, 2013 Stone RIS Aged in Templeton Rye Barrels, and also Templeton Rye Whiskey. That’s right, you’ll get a chance to try the regular stout, the barrel-aged version, and also the whiskey that was in one of those barrels.

Want to go? Well, tickets are now on sale through Brown Paper Tickets.  Your $20 ticket will get you an 8oz pour of both of the beers listed above along with a 2oz pour of the whiskey. There will be two sessions (6:30PM and 8:30PM) available for your enjoyment. This is a great opportunity to enjoy this beer and all of its parts in one sitting.

itap.jpgEvery since the International Tap House came on the scene in St. Louis, they’ve easily been one of the foremost locations for events.  And for good reason, iTAP loves and cares about beer in a way only us beer nerds can understand.

There are a few events going down at iTAP in the next two weeks, so here’s a run-down:

iTAP Chesterfield Events
January 18th – Stone Vertical Epic Night (6pm)
On Tap:

  • Stone Vertical Epic 2009
  • Stone Vertical Epic 2010
  • Stone Vertical Epic 2011
  • Stone Vertical Epic 2012

iTAP Soulard Events
January 25th – Brewery Ommegang, (6pm)

  • Meet Head Brewer Phil Leinhart
  • Ommegang beers on tap!

January 30th – Bell’s Hopslam Cask, (6pm)

  • Cask of Bell’s Hopslam. ’nuff said.

Stone Brewing has always had their eyes and ears open to what people are saying and wanting from them. When Missouri beer nerds clamored loudly for their beers, they not only came, but they put out a shipment of IPA bombers specifically acknowledging the noise.

This time they’ve brewed a beer with the hopes to generate more noise. Enjoy By IPA will be heading to Missouri this week. According to MO Stone rep Nate Sellergren we should start seeing Enjoy By 12.21.12 IPA in St. Louis in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

So why the hashtags in the post title? Stone is utilizing social media to measure how excited people are about the beer, and in turn, this excitement will determine if and when future shipments of Enjoy By make it to that respective state or region. If you visit stonebrewing.com/enjoyby, you’ll see that the most recent states that received shipments, Colorado and Ohio, have ‘Enjoy-O-Meters’, which are measuring the amount of conversation around the beer by scraping for the hashtags #EnjoyBy and #CO or #OH, respectively, on Facebook and Twitter.

So, when Enjoy By 12.21.12 reaches St. Louis, drink it and be loud on Twitter and Facebook (I really can’t imagine this will be difficult for most of us) to increase our chances of getting this beer back in our city.

So where will you be able to find bottles of this beer? Here’s the list of St. Louis locations:

  • Arena Liquor
  • Devine Wine & Spirits
  • Dirt Cheap Cape Girardeau
  • Friar Tuck Beverage Crestwood
  • Friar Tuck Beverage Fenton
  • Friar Tuck Beverage O’Fallon
  • Gustine Market
  • Local Harvest Grocery Kirkwood
  • Local Harvest Grocery STL
  • Lukas Liquor Superstore
  • Main Street Liquors
  • Parkers Table At Oakland
  • Primo Vino
  • Randall’s (All MO Locations)
  • Schnucks 104 Brentwood
  • Schnucks 133 Chesterfield
  • Schnucks 174 Kehrs
  • Schnucks 188 Ladue
  • Schnucks 192 Loughborough
  • Schnucks 209 Des Peres Corners
  • Schnucks 258 Hampton Village
  • Schnucks 272 Richmond Heights
  • Schnucks 301 Culinaria
  • Schnucks 702 Cape
  • Starr’s
  • Vineyards Wine & Spirits
  • Whole Foods Market (Both Locations)
  • Wine & Cheese Place (All Locations)
  • Wine Merchant Ltd
  • Wolfbrau House Of Beer

We’ll see draught around town also so keep your eyes peeled for those taps!

Just a couple of days left to wait, so practice your hashtagging (#EnjoyBy #MO) and get ready for Enjoy By IPA!

Whether you are a St. Louis native or a transplant to our great city, you probably know that we have an affinity for those who hail from St. Louis. Be it be World Series MVP David Freese, that suave actor Jon Hamm, or even our continuing fascination with Nelly, we always have a soft spot for our own. Well did you know that one of the most highly regarded craft breweries in the country has a St. Louis native running their pilot brewing system?

Meet Laura Ulrich, Stone Brewing Company‘s Small Batch Brewer. Small Batch Brewers at Stone take care of the barrel-aging program, oversee casks for local and national accounts, and manage the pilot brewing system, where they try new recipes as well as make special creations and unique one-offs. With all of that also comes conducting tasting panels, upkeep of inventory, and the tracking of these beers progress.

A graduate of Bishop DuBourg High School (you know you were gonna ask), Laura attended Lindenwood University where she earned a degree in English. After college, she moved to Fort Collins, CO where she worked as a bartender for a while and started learning about craft beers. There was an opening at one of the local breweries–Odell Brewing Co. and she couldn’t wait to apply. Part of her interview was hands on, and by her own admission, she wasn’t very good at hand packing bottles into the cases.

I knew in my heart it would be something that I could learn and master. I was told working on the bottling line would be hard, but I was hell bent on proving that I could do it.

Although she always loved Odell Brewing Co (and still does), Laura always wanted to live in Southern California. Hearing that Stone Brewing Company had an opening on the line, she applied.

I was given the job and 30 days to move out, so I packed my car and my cat and we headed west, not knowing anyone or what would happen

Laura has been with Stone Brewing Co. since March of 2004. Starting off on the bottling line and working her way up through the cellar, to the Brewhouse, and then as the Brewery Trainer, before landing her latest gig as Small Batch Brewer. She’s the brewer behind the Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean, which came about after tasting a Stone Smoked Porter Real Beer Float.

I was the only female on the line, in the cellar, and then eventually the first female to brew at Stone Brewing Co. Working here has opened my ideas and my passion for beer and brewing. I recall buying my brother homebrewing books while I worked at Odell’s, never thinking that brewing was for me until I got to San Diego.

It’s led to all sorts of cool projects, like helping start the Pink Boots Society, a professional group for women in the beer industry, now with over 800 members!

And while it’s definitely been a crazy ride, I wouldn’t change a thing

Want to meet Laura? Well we’ve got a few events planned during St. Louis Craftbeer Week where you’ll get a chance:

Wednesday August 1st
3 Way Stone IPA – The Royale – 4PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Join Laura Ulrich and Nate Sellergren from Stone as they’ll be discussing three different versions of an IPA. You’ll have your chance to try Stone IPA, a firkin of Stone IPA w/ Newport, and Ruination IPA.

Beer School – Cicero’s – 6:15PM-7:15PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Join Nate Sellergren and Laura Ulrich of Stone Brewing Company as they discuss Stone beer and Stone Brewery. IPA and Double Dry-Hopped IPA will be available to taste.

Thursday August 2nd
Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean Tapping – Wild Flower Restaurant – 5-6:30
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
Meet Stone Small Batch Brewer Laura Ulrich and taste her now famous creation: Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean

Ruination Domination! – International Tap House (Soulard) – 7PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
Featuring Laura Ulrich and Mate Sellergren from Stone
Special tapping of Stone Ruination, Double Dry-Hopped Ruination, Ruination 10th Anniversary and Ruination Cask w/ Chinook

Make sure to come out and show Laura some hometown craftbeer love!