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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!

Odell_Brewing_Company_logoWe all have our own beer-related pet peeves.  For those that know me closely, they know that my A #1 pet peeve is how people continually screw up Odell Brewing Company. O’dell, O’Dells, etc. The owner’s name is Doug Odell.  No apostrophe.

Whew, I feel better.

Anyway, I don’t think people realize how lucky we are to have Odell Brewing. Personally, they’re one of my favorite breweries and they’re currently only available in 11 states.

Odell has a whole crew of people in town and they’ve put together a bunch of events all next week to get the word out about Odell.  Here’s a look at the line-up:

Moonrise Hotel Rooftop – 4/20/15 – 6pm

  • 90 Shilling
  • IPA
  • Myrcenary
  • Perle White IPA
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
  • Fernet Porter

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Tuesday – 4/21/15 – 4-6pm
In-store Samplings

  • Wine & Cheese Forsyth
  • Whole Foods Brentwood
  • Schnuck’s Arsenal
  • Schnuck’s Big Bend

Layla – 4/21/15 – 6:30pm

  • 90 Shilling Amber Ale
  • Runoff Red IPA
  • St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
  • Jaunt
  • Fernet Porter

ITAP CWE – 4/21/15 – 6:30pm

  • 90 Shilling Amber Ale
  • Myrcenary Double IPA
  • Perle White IPA
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
  • Firkin – Pineapple IPA

SoHa – 4/21/15 – 8:30pm

  • 90 Shilling Amber Ale
  • Odell IPA
  • St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
  • Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry

Wednesday – 4/22/15 – 4-6pm
In-store Samplings

  • Lucky’s
  • Lukas Liquor
  • Craft Beer Cellar
  • Schnucks Richmond Heights
  • Randall’s Jefferson

Shamrock’s – 4/22/15 – 6:30pm

  • 90 Shilling Amber Ale
  • Runoff Red IPA
  • St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA

Flying Saucer – 4/22/15 – 6:30pm

  • 90 Shilling Amber Ale
  • Runoff Red IPA
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
  • 180 Shilling Anniversary Ale

Three Kings Delmar – 4/22/15 – 8:30pm

  • 90 Shilling Amber Ale
  • Odell IPA
  • St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA
  • Fernet Porter
  • Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting in which they’ll be pouring: Boulevard Saison Brett, Stone Brewing Saison (arrives tomorrow), Deschutes Hop in the Dark Black IPA, Zeffer Apple Cider, and He’Brew Death of a Contract Brewer Black IPA. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Today, from 4PM to 6PM the Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas will continue their Friday beer tastings to celebrate the store’s expanded selection. They’ll be sampling the following beers: Rouge VooDoo Donut Pretzel Raspberry, Left Hand Sawtooth, Great Divide Anniversary Ale, and Well’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Jason Small from O’Fallon Brewery will be at Whole Foods Town and Country on Thursday, May 29th from 5-7PM to taste Zeke’s Pale Ale, 5 Day IPA, Kite Tail and Wheach.

Abita will be at Fields Foods tomorrow from 2-5PM to taste some of their year-round and seasonal beers!

Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates.

Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

Sometimes the Saints smile upon us and give us a new beer.  In this case, it was a brewery out of Ste. Genevieve, MO delivering a beer called St. Dorian.

Charleville Brewery will be exclusively offering their St. Dorian Abbey Rye ale at the Galleria and Town and Country locations of Whole Foods Markets.  According to the label, this is a “playful blend of Belgian brewing techniques and American ingredients.”

This beer is apparently brainchild of Tony from Charleville and Mike from Whole Foods Market Galleria.   We should begin seeing 22oz bombers of this beer next week, with a release on March 30th.

wfm.gifAndy Snead brings back his monthly beer tastings at the Whole Foods Galleria in February with an emphasis on Barley Wines:

That’s right; the monthly beer series is back and in full swing with the ever popular style of Barley Wine! Ranging from sweet to bitter, these complex and high alcohol brews are just what you need to shake off the chill from Jack Frost. There will be examples foreign, domestic and seasonally available for you to experience. Perfectly paired snacks provided. Cheers!

This tasting will cost $25. The date is Thursday, February 11th and it runs from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. You can buy tickets online here.

wfm.gifAndy Snead continues his monthly beer tastings at the Whole Foods Galleria in May with an emphasis on Tripels:

In our third installment of the Belgian tradition, we delve in to the double fermented goodness, know simply as Abbey. These beers, brewed in the Trappist tradition are dark and rich with plenty of flavors. Dark fruit, toffee nuances and candy yeast abound in these strong ales. Perfectly paired light snacks provided.

This tasting will cost $20. The date is Thursday, June 11th and it runs from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. You can buy tickets online here.

wfm.gifAndy Snead continues his monthly beer tastings at the Whole Foods Galleria in May with an emphasis on Tripels:

Please join us as we continue our tour of Belgium with an in-depth, informative and tasty tour of Tripels. These rich and delicious brews are three times fermented and have a great depth of complexity and a rolling palate. Light and perfectly paired snacks provided.

This tasting will cost $20. The date is Thursday, May 21 and it runs from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. You can buy tickets online here.