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robsyersShopping for a beer nerd can be difficult. Sure, you could do the usual stuff like glassware or a beer of the month club, but why not give something a bit different?

The beer nerd in your life may know that Gumballhead is a delicious beer by 3 Floyds, but they may not know that Gumballhead the Cat was originally a comic strip drawn by local artist Rob Syers for the Chicago Reader.

Well, Rob is putting on a Gumballhead Art Show this weekend at Urban Chestnut in the Grove. On November 26th and 27th Rob will be on head selling paintings, prints, figures, t-shirts and stuff.

Head out and support a local artist and get something different for that beer nerd in your life.

 

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.)

parking

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.

ucbcAfter the sweltering weather we’ve endured over the past few weeks, we definitely deserve this respite. One way to celebrate this weather is by heading out to Urban Chestnut in Midtown for their third Blues & Que event for the summer.

From 12PM-6PM this Sunday, August 23rd, UCBC will be featuring delicious BBQ from Chef Andrew Fair and featuring music from the Down Home Blues Band from 1-5PM.  There will also be special fills of their .5L and 1L steins.

Go out and enjoy some awesome beer, awesome food, and awesome music this weekend at UCBC in Midtown.

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ucbcUrban Chestnut Brewing Company has teamed up with Bristol Seafood Grill in O’Fallon to put on an amazing four-course beer dinner. Beginning at 6PM next Tuesday, August 11th, you’ll enjoy four different beers paired with four unique courses (along with a complimentary greeting beer.)

This dinner is $55 per person (not including tax and gratuity) and reservations will be required. You can make your reservation by calling 636-625-6350. Take a look at the menu below:

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ACBW15_logoChances are if you visit this blog you know that May 11-17 is American Craft Beer Week.  If you did not know this, don’t feel bad because Urban Chestnut, Craft Beer Cellar, Whole Foods Galleria and Civil Life Brewing have you covered. Here’s a look at the events happening at these locations this week:

Urban Chestnut

Monday (5/11) – “A Case of the Mondays”: It isn’t always so terrible to have a “Case of the Mondays”: purchase a case of UCBC bier from our Midtown Brewery & Biergarten or Grove Brewery & Bierhall and get UCBC SWAG!

Tuesday (5/12)Prost! to STL Women’s Craft Beer Clubs: St. Louis is fortunate to have some wonderful groups dedicated to celebrating women in craft beer. We’re inviting all women who love craft beer, including Femme Ferment, St. Louis Girls Pint Out, and The OG to our Grove Brewery & Bierhall to celebrate with $4 beers for all female beer fanatics!

Wednesday (5/13)Winged Nut Wednesdays: Celebrate our Signature Ale with these nutty specials: $3 Winged Nut pours (add Corn Nuts for only $2), and a special Winged Nut-infused Poutine!

Thursday (5/14) – Cask & Cheese: Our very own Chef Andrew Fair (also an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional) will offer cheese pairings with unique UCBC cask ales all day at our Midtown Brewery & Biergarten!

Friday (5/15) – Cardinals & Craft Beer: Support local! Wear St. Louis Cardinals or UCBC gear to our Midtown Brewery & Biergarten or our Grove Brewery & Bierhall and get $4 STLIPAs! With the Detroit Tigers in town for the weekend, we’ll also feature three guest taps from Michigan brewery Jolly Pumpkin!

Saturday (5/16) – Oktoberfest in May: Oktoberfest is only 4 months away; it’s not too early to begin the preparations with German food, German music, and Masskrugstemmen (stein holding contest)! It’ll be just like Oktober…er…September, except we’ll have a whole Summer of Biergarten days to look forward to!

Sunday (5/17) – Sustainability Sunday: Did you know that our Grove Brewery & Bierhall is the only LEED Certified Brewery in Missouri? That means part of our Urban Efforts involves access to public transportation and access to bicycle parking. Join us in promoting sustainability by taking Metro St. Louis or riding your bike to the Grove Brewery & Bierhall on Sunday May 17, and receive $3 Zwickels! Just show us your bike or a valid Metro St. Louis pass.

ALL WEEK – VIP Tour and Tasting:  Our Self-Guided Tours at the Grove Brewery & Bierhall is debuting the option for a VIP Tour & Tasting! The purchase of a VIP Tour and Tasting comes with a souvenir glass and punch card good for four samples of UCBC bier!

Social Media Contest: We want to know how you Biergarten*! Share your best photos from the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #ucbcBiergartening. The best photo will be rewarded with a $25 gift certificate redeemable at the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten!

*”To Biergarten” or “Biergartening” is a verb meaning to enjoy a day/evening in the Biergarten.

Civil Life Brewing

We are going to be celebrating American Craft Beer Week at the pub and we are calling it a Civil Week of Cask. This will run from Tuesday, May 12 at 4pm until Saturday, May 16 at 10pm. We will be pouring traditional cask all week long. 

Craft Beer Cellar 

1 – Cathedral Square – 5/12 – 4PM to 7PM

We got a keg of St. Jewbelation which is barrel aged in Hebrew Funky Jewbelation barrels (which as you know is a blend of several different barrel aged beers). We’ll be tapping this at 5 PM. This one is free to sample. Cathedral Square dudes will be on hand to sample out all of their beers.

 2 – Abita – 5/13 – 6PM to 9PM

We got a keg of Pappy van Winkel barrel aged Baltic Porter and the Macciato milk stout. Both will be tapped at 6PM. They are free to sample and pours are $4. The Abita folks will be on hand to sample all of their seasonal and regular lineup beers.

3 – New Holland – 5/14 – 5PM to 8PM

We are featuring Dragons Milk, Beer Barrel Bourbon, and donuts from Strange Donuts MADE with Dragons Milk! This one will be a lot of fun! It’s free to attend, free samples, and free dones.

4 – 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY – 5/16 – ALL DAY

Our 1 year anniversary party is coming up this week. We’re getting a TON of awesome stuff on draft. Take a look at this:

  • Civil Life Super Hopped Rye Pale Ale – 10 AM
    These guys never leave their wheelhouse. But we got them to make us a cask dry-hopped variant of their gold medal Rye Pale ale!
  • Perennial Kiwi Berliner – 1 PM
    They brewed us a special beer for our anniversary. You cannot get this bad boy anywhere else!
  • 4 Hands Pineapple Contact High – 4 PM
    We got them to make us a pineapple variant of Contact High
  • 2nd Shift ??? – 7 PM
    Crider is making us a mystery beer. We have ABSOLUTELY no idea what to expect here. But we know it’s going to be crazy!

 Plus, all day, we’re going to have 2 beers on draft that are 100% free. We’re limiting this to 1 of each per person so it can spread way out but it’s free ALL FREAKIN DAY!

Whole Foods Galleria

Come on down to Whole Foods Market on Brentwood for a HUGE 25% off all beer sale, one day only, 5/16/15. Special orders welcome and encouraged!

STLHops_ShadedTomorrow brings us to the STL Hops 7th 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.

I’m very excited that we were able to line up my two favorite food trucks in STL this year. You will be able to purchase some awesome food from Guerrilla Street Food and Completely Sauced who will be located outside.

Parking!  As we all know, parking in the Grove can sometimes be a bit tricky.  Luckily Ryan from Urban Chestnut gave me some tips on where you can park:

The best places to find a spot at the Grove Brewery and Bierhall are the 3 lots we have surrounding the building. The largest lot is accessible from Manchester on the eastern side of the building. There are also two smaller lots just north of the building that are accessible from Taylor (west side of the building) and down our alley. If these should be full, there is a decent amount of street parking to the south of the building along Manchester. Please try not to park in the residential areas.

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 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.
  • Don’t touch the equipment. Urban Chestnut has graciously donated this space to us, don’t let me or UCBC regret it.
  • 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. Respect the local breweries that want to take their beer back though.
  • Don’t park on residential streets. Respect UCBC’s neighbors and don’t park on residential streets.  Also, please don’t litter or leave loudly as well.
  • Don’t bring your own glass. Glassware is provided this year.
  • Do eat some food! We not only have two delicious food trucks that want your business, but UCBC’s kitchen as well. Plenty of food options, so let’s support these guys.
  • 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.

I failed to mention these beers on Monday, but here are the beers the STL Hops Homebrew Club will be providing tomorrow:

Paul McGrew:
Coffee Stout
Tart Fruited Wheat

Troy Meier:
Belgian Blonde
Christmas Spiced Imperial Stout

Troy Woodburn:
Rye Saison
Meanfiststompingfleas – 19% BA stout

Eric Kraus:
Rye Pale Ale with cranberry

Steve Agnew:
APA

DAVO MCWILLIAMS:
Belgian Wheat Wine

Jeff Hardesty:
Imperial IPA

Dan Vincent:
Funky Table Saison

Matt Crecelius:
BA Stout

We’re not holding back on this event.

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.

There’s a good chance you’ve been to Midtown Alley in St. Louis and not even known it.  If you’ve visited Pappy’s Smokehouse, The Good Pie or Buffalo Brewing, you’ve visited Midtown Alley.  It’s a vibrant part of town that’s made quite a comeback in the past few years.

To celebrate this exciting rejuvenation, Midtown Alley will be throwing the 3rd Annual Midtown Alley Street Fest on October 1st from 10AM-11PM.  There will be live music on two different stages, a car show, and most importantly for us beer fans, a beer garden.

This will be a great opportunity to taste some beers from some of the best locals breweries that St. Louis has to offer.  In attendance will be: Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Six Row Brewing, Charleville Brewery, Augusta Brewing, Ferguson Brewing, Cathedral Square Brewery, and Schlafly Brewing.

If you haven’t been to Midtown Alley, this is a great festival to see how awesome this part of town has become.  And you’ll get to drink some great beer to boot.