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Time flies when you’re making beer but believe it or not we’re quickly coming up on the 2nd anniversary of the opening of  Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. It’s amazing just to see

I love looking back and seeing just how much change we see from our new breweries as they celebrate each of their anniversaries. In the case of UCBC, one of the biggest developments has to be the addition of bottle beer now available all over St. Louis.

To celebrate their 2nd Anniversary, UCBC is throwing a birthday bash. On Saturday, January 26th, UCBC will be holding their Wolpertinger beer festival (it’s also head brewer Florian Kuplent’s birthday!) If you don’t know what a wolpertinger is, here’s UCBC’s description:

For you newbies (or those that might need a refresher) … a wolpertinger is a small (or large depending on your perspective), primarily nocturnal mammal that inhabits the alpine forests of Bavaria. He’s quite rare, but we annually work with our hop growers in Hallertau to ‘import’ one of the little fellas for the special occasion. Mostly nocturnal, our “Wolpie” makes his grand appearance at the back end of the festival, which also coincides with our very limited release of his namesake UCBC beer.  This year as our special release, we will be re-releasing,“Wolpertinger 2012”, which we like to call Winged Nut on Acid – a 9.0% ABV, chestnut ale that has been aging for over a year on Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.  We will be pouring draught samples & bottles will also be available for purchase, BUT Wolpie will also be honoring what he recognizes as fellow wolpertingers with a few bottles from his personal stash (once again the “best-costumed Wolpertingers” will be rewarded…come on out you furries!).

While this party is definitely a celebration of their second anniversary, UCBC wants to use the occasion to celebrate the St. Louis beer scene as a whole. So, they’ve invited out over 15 different local brewers to get in on the fun. Here’s a list of who’s attending:

  • Schlafly
  • Charleville
  • Buffalo
  • Six Row
  • Four Hands
  • Perennial
  • Civil Life
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Ferguson
  • O’Fallon
  • Cathedral Square
  • Square One
  • Exit 6
  • Augusta
  • Morgan Street
  • 2nd Shift
  • Scratch
  • Crown Valley
  • Excel
  • Ommegang

This event will be running from 1PM to 5PM on Saturday, January 26th and tickets will cost you $35. You can purchase tickets by following this link here. And if all of this wasn’t enough to get you to come out, this festival will also feature a very special guest in that UCBC has invited Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart to the festival.

Happy birthday to UCBC, looking forward to many years to come.

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite expecting this kind of turn out for Urban Chestnut Brewing Company‘s first birthday party, Wolpertinger 2012. I don’t know how big of a turn out I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t this.

All in all, it was a very fun festival with breweries from around St. Louis bringing out some of their special one-off beers that you may not ever see unless you visit festivals like this. UCBC will fully admit there are some kinks to be worked out, but overall it was a very successful festival

If you weren’t able to attend, here are a couple of photos from the festival:

I’m pleased to announce that the two winners for the two tickets to the Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Wolpertinger 2012 beer festival are Brett Humphreys and Ryan Collier! Congrats to Brett and Ryan and thank you everyone for entering.

If you didn’t win, I’ve definitely have some cool contests lurking around the corner. I once again want to thank everyone from UCBC for providing the tickets to this event.

There are still a few tickets to the festival available, you can purchase them by visiting the UCBC store. Looks like the weather should hold out and we’ll have a great time. Hope to see a lot of you at the festival!

Come on out and celebrate Urban Chestnut Brewing Company‘s 1st anniversary by enjoying a big beer festival they’re calling Wolpertinger 2012. The fine folks are UCBC have given us 4 tickets to give away.

We’ll make this an easy (and quick) contest, just email contest@stlhops.com with Wolpertinger as the subject. I’ll pick two winners (and you’ll each get a pair of tickets a piece) on Thursday, February 2nd, at 9AM. A couple of quick notes:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

If you don’t win this one, don’t worry I will be holding more contests like this in the future, so you’ll have another chance then. Good luck!