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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.

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.

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“Making friends is our business.” – Adolphus Busch

Though I’m not entirely sure that New Belgium Brewing‘s Lauren Salazar would approve of being compared to one of the beer czars of old, she’s certainly made a lot of friends in the beer business.  In fact, I’d argue she’s one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met in the beer world.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Lauren, well, here’s your chance.  Starting today New Belgium’s Wood Beer Specialists Lauren Salazar and Ted Peterson will be in St. Louis to do a bunch of events in the area. Here’s a rundown of everything going on:

Wednesday, January 6th
Meet the Brewers at Three Kings w/Perennial Artisan Ales 7:30-9:30pm
Lauren Salazar & Ted Peterson, New Belgium’s Wood Beer Specialists and Phil Wymore, Co-Owner of Perennial Artisan Ales

Featuring: Love Felix Apple, Le Terroir, Bier de Mars, Blackberry Barleywine, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout on Nitro & a special test batch keg of Clutch, and a keg of Perennial Blue Label Maman

Thursday, January 7th
Sour Symposium at Bridge 4-6pm & 7-9pm

Guests will go through the art of blending beer from grain to glass focusing on techniques Lauren and Ted use in New Belgium’s cellar. Attendees will also get to blend their own sour beers using different samples of unblended base beers kept in individual foeders of the brewery’s cellar and document their blend ratios to see who has what it takes to be the next Master Blender.

Full details and to purchase tickets please visit: http://stlsoursymposium.brownpapertickets.com

After Party to immediately follow the close of the 7-9pm session at Bridge

Friday, January 8th
Schnucks Des Peres 5-7pm
Lauren Salazar & Ted Peterson will be talking about New Belgium, brewing and upcoming beers!

Featuring samples of: Love Felix Peach, Le Terroir, La Folie and a sneak peak of new releases, Glutiny & Citradelic!

150197 3 Kings LITW 11x17 WEBTick, tick, tick. This isn’t a bomb, this is how some beer guys view drinking beers. No judgement here, I love being able to tick a new beer off of my list.

Three Kings Public House on Delmar is offering up a tickers dream by partnering with New Belgium Brewing to put on a special event they’re calling Lost in the Woods.

Running from 5PM-10PM tomorrow, February 7th, Three Kings will be offering up four vintage sour beers along with two 2015 sour beers. Here’s the list:

  • 2013 Belgian Salted Chocolate Stout
  • 2014 Le Terroir
  • 2014 Yuzu Imperial Berliner Wiess
  • 2015 La Folie
  • 2015 Transatlantique Kriek ( our newest version in collaboration with Oud Beersel)
  • 2013 Cherry Felix (Felix the base beer for Le Terroir aged in Cherry Whiskey BBls from Leapold Brothers)

And because tickers love tastes, Three Kings will be offering up a flight of five 5oz beers for $18. If you want to enjoy a full pour, you can purchase 10oz for $5 (or $6 for the Cherry Felix.)

If you’re looking for a little sweetness to balance with the sour, there will be cupcakes available made by Lil Bitty Sweets to pair specifically with the beers. Each cupcake will run you $2.

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threekingsWhile there are many neat things about cask beer, I think one of the coolest aspect is the experimentation that using a firkin allows. Brewers can alter the beer to try out new variations and different ingredients to give a new twist on an already fantastic beer.

New Belgium Brewing is doing just that by putting out a cask of Rampant Imperial IPA that they’ve dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace. On paper this sounds like a fantastic combination, you take a big monster of an imperial IPA and dry hop it with the lemony Sorachi Ace and that sounds like a winner.

Want to enjoy this delicious experiment? Head out to Three Kings Public House this Friday, September 26th at 5PM and grab yourself a pint before it runs out.

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threekingsWhile there are many neat things about cask beer, I think one of the coolest aspect is the experimentation that using a firkin allows. Brewers can alter the beer to try out new variations and different ingredients to give a new twist on an already fantastic beer.

New Belgium Brewing is doing just that by putting out a cask of Snapshot Wheat that they’ve dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace. On paper this sounds like a fantastic combination, you take the slightly tart Snapshot and dry hop it with the lemony Sorachi Ace and that sounds like a winner.

Want to enjoy this delicious experiment? Head out to Three Kings Public House this Friday, August 15th at 6PM and grab yourself a pint before it runs out.

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I love it when a plan comes together. I love it even more when two breweries work together. In this case we have a brewery from St. Louis and a brewery from Kalamazoo, Michigan to put on one great event at Three Kings Public House.

You see, the folks at 4 Hands Brewing and the folks at Bell’s Brewery are taking over the taps at Three Kings and giving you a line-up that you have to see to believe:

4 Hands

  • Cuvee Diable
  • Beyond the Bricks
  • Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Smoked Pigasus
  • 1220 Series
  • Single Speed
  • Reprise Centennial Red
  • Divided Sky Rye IPA

Bell’s Brewery

  • Black Note Stout
  • Quinannan Falls
  • Consecrator Dopplebock
  • Hopslam
  • Two Hearted
  • Smitten
  • Oarsman
  • Third Coast Old Ale
  • Amber
  • Midwest Pale Ale

Whoa.

When can you enjoy this luscious list of beers? Well, if you mosey your way into Three Kings this Thursday, March 6th beginning at 6PM, you’ll see one of the most righteous line-ups of beer we’ve seen in quite some time. Now that sounds like a plan.