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mbsl_127226_threekings_firestonetaptakeover_11x17_r2I know I’ve told this story before, but why not tell it again:

I don’t typically fanboy out when meeting brewers because, they’re just that– brewers. They’re super cool people (for the most part) but they’re still dudes that brew beer.

Except this one time.

Way back in 2010 I got a chance to visit the Craft Brewers Conference in Chicago. I had a chance to visit this party put on by Lauren Salazar from New Belgium and that’s when my fanboy experience happened. Lauren introduced me to Matt Brynildson, brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

At the time I was obsessed with Union Jack (and frankly, I still am, that beer is off the chain) and I believe the first thing I said to Matt was, “HOLY SHIT, YOU’RE MATT BRYNILDSON!”  I’ve never done this before when meeting a brewer and haven’t done it since.

What does this story have to do with anything?  Well, other than making me look like an idiot, it’s your chance to geek out over some Firestone Walker beers this Saturday, July 8th starting at 3PM at Three Kings Public House in the Loop.

FW rep John Kellerman will be on hand with some super cool beers including XX Anniversary, Bravo, Parabola, Stickee Monkee and featuring for the first time in Missouri: Sloambic and PGW. So head out to Three Kings this Saturday and do some geeking out of your own.

shmaltz-dresselsBeing a goy, I’ve never really paid attention to when the Jewish holiday of Passover occurs. I just assumed that Passover happened right around Easter because historically Jesus and his disciples had the Last Supper as part of a Passover seder. So I always just assumed they would follow each other.

But apparently, Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox (which is based on a solar calendar). Whereas Passover takes place on the first full moon of Nisan, which is based on the Jewish calendar (which happens to be a lunar calendar).

Because solar and lunar calendars don’t match up, this is why Easter and Passover don’t continue to line up. Why did I tell this all to you?  Well, it’s to let you know that Passover begins tomorrow evening.

To celebrate one of the holiest of holidays, Shmaltz Brewing and Dressel’s Pub are putting on a very special tap takeover this Sunday, April 24th from 10AM-10PM. The event, which they’re dubbing the Passover Hang Over Take Over, will feature a bevy of delicious Shmaltz beers including:

  • Bock Bock
  • Chanukah in Kentucky
  • Funky Jewbelation
  • Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA
  • Slingshot American Craft Lager

So, you got a bit of a history lesson and also a plan to drink some cool beers this weekend.  Sounds like a win-win.

three-kings-delivery-and-cateringStory time.  I don’t typically fanboy out when meeting brewers because, they’re just that– brewers. They’re super cool people (for the most part) but they’re still dudes that brew beer.

Except this one time.

Way back in 2010 I got a chance to visit the Craft Brewers Conference in Chicago. I had a chance to visit this party put on by Lauren Salazar from New Belgium and that’s when my fanboy experience happened. Lauren introduced me to Matt Brynildson, brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

At the time I was obsessed with Union Jack (and frankly, I still am, that beer is off the chain) and I believe the first thing I said to Matt was, “HOLY SHIT, YOU’RE MATT BRYNILDSON!”  I’ve never done this before when meeting a brewer and haven’t done it since.

What does this story have to do with anything?  Well, other than making me look like an idiot, it’s your chance to geek out over some Firestone Walker beers this Thursday, February 11th starting at 6PM at Three Kings Public House in the Loop.

This Tap Tour features some of your old favorites like Easy Jack, DBA, and Union Jack and also some fun choices like Nitro Merlin Milk Stout, 19th Anniversary, and Stickee Monkee. John Kellerman from Firestone will be on hand with a little bit of swag to giveaway as well.

Geek out over some Firestone Walker tomorrow night at Three Kings.

cuginoYou can definitely tell it’s Goose Island Bourbon County Stout season in St. Louis (by the way, try and say that three times fast after a BCS.)  There is a genuine excitement around this time of year and I can count myself among those ranks.

To celebrate all things BCS, Cugino’s Bar & Grill in Florissant is throwing what has to be the best BCS event in the area this year.  This Saturday, December 5th, Cugino’s is putting on an epic Bourbon County Stout Tap Takeover.

Starting at 5PM, you’ll have an opportunity to taste multiple years and multiple variants of Bourbon County Stout.  Here’s the list:

They will be tapping kegs of

  • 2013 BCS
  • 2014 BCS
  • 2015 BCS
  • 2015 BCS Coffee

They will have bottles for sale of the following (in limited amounts):

  • 2015 BCS Regal Rye
  • 2015 BCS Barleywine
  • 2015 BCS Coffee
  • 2014 BCS Vanilla Rye
  • 2012 BCS

Hold onto those bottles that you’ve bought (or didn’t get a chance to buy) and head out to Cugino’s to try some of these special beers this weekend.

fortunetellerAs I keep getting older time seems to be passing much faster. For instance, I can hardly believe that The Fortune Teller Bar is celebrating their third anniversary. It seems like it just opened yesterday.

To help mark this momentous occasion, FTB has teamed up with Schlafly to put on a tap takeover taking place this Sunday, November 8th beginning at 4PM. Not only will this tap takeover feature specialties such as Coffee Stout and the new White Lager, but you’ll also have a chance to try their newest IBEX offering, the Eleventh Labor.

An ode to Hercules – whose pursuit of apricots proved just as successful as ours – The Eleventh Labor is an exceptional example of the 16th century style wheat beer that’s fermented in a housemade culture for a slight sourness and with apricot pure for a subtle sweetness.

Head out to The Fortune Teller Bar on Sunday to help them celebrate three amazing years on Cherokee Street!

oct_taptakeover (1)Over the course of seven years, the International Tap House has done a lot of tap takeovers, but they’ve never done a tap takeover as big as the one they’re putting on this Saturday. Beginning at 2PM, iTAP CWE and 4 Hands Brewing will be putting twenty different beers on tap.

While you’ll be able to enjoy classic favorites like Single Speed and Cast Iron Oatmeal, 4 Hands is certainly pulling out all of the stop. Here’s a look at the list:

  • Madagascar
  • Resurrected
  • Downfall
  • Cuvee Ange
  • Fruit Cake
  • Passion Fruit Prussia
  • Hugo Saison
  • Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Divided Sky Rye
  • Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown
  • Single Speed
  • Peacemaker
  • Imperial Milk Stout
  • Guava Session
  • Send Help
  • Centennial Red
  • Absence of Light
  • Ca$h Mony
  • Preserved Lemon Gose
  • Constellation Citra

If that wasn’t enough, the first 50 customers to purchase a 4 Hands beer will receive a 4 Hands scratch off that will provide you with a chance to win beer or swag. Head out on Saturday to experience one of the most epic tap takeovers 4 Hands and iTAP have ever put on.

quincy-streetQuincy Street Bistro is making some of the best home-style cooking in St. Louis. 4 Hands Brewing is hand-crafting some of the best beers in St. Louis. So it only makes sense that they collaborate on putting together an awesome tap takeover.

Tomorrow, August 13th, beginning at 5PM, 4 Hands will be doing a tap takeover at Quincy Street Bistro. Not only will you have the delicious old guard like Single Speed and Divided Sky, but also some of the new kids on the block like Guava Session and Super Flare.

Here’s a look at the whole line-up:

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