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Beer fest of the northwest, er, Troy

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015

When we’ve gone just about anywhere to drink good craft beer, we’ve made new connections. Craft beer lovers love to talk to each other and they start supplying their knowledge of what’s happening in the local scene.

So when we ventured to the Wentzville Rotary Brewfest in August, we weren’t surprised to make the acquaintance of someone from the Troy Rotary Club and learn they have their own event coming up.

This Thursday, Oct. 2, the Troy Rotary Club will host Backyard Brews & Vino from 4-8 p.m. at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $25 per person and you must be at least 21.

Now, this event isn’t quite (at all) in St. Charles County, but it’s a lot closer for some than it is to downtown St. Charles. If you live in Wentzville, it would provide a great chance to take in a beer event that’s practically in your own backyard.

The event will feature samples from breweries including O’Fallon, Bat Creek, Schlafly, Urban Chestnut, Crown Valley, Six Row, and Rock Bridge. Troy Rotary will have The Garage Brewers Society in attendance brewing a batch of beer.

There will be Crown Valley ciders and wine as well. The event also will feature food from local restaurants, attendance prizes, music and 50/50.

Get ahold of Chris at 636-462–3704 or fandscollision@aol.com to find out more. And let him know we told you about the event. We’d appreciate the shout out.

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Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival This Saturday!

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015

11021512_794630653924310_2204546373291930361_nThis year’s Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival promises to be a good time. The festival will take place this Saturday, Oct. 3 and will feature beer from many local and regional breweries.
Here’s a rundown of which breweries will be represented at the 13th Annual Augusta Bottoms Festival: 2nd Shift Brewing, 4 Hands Brewery, 6 Mile Brewing, Alpha Brewing, Augusta Brewing Company, Bat Creek Brewery, Big Muddy Brewing Company, Boulevard Brewing Company, Broadway Brewery, Bur Oaks Brewing Company, Cathedral Square Brewery, Charleville Microbrewery, Civil Life Brewery, Crown Valley Brewing, Earthbound Brewing, Excel Brewing Company, Exit 6, Ferguson Brewing Company, Friendship Brewing Company, Heavy Riff Brewing, Kirkwood Brewing Company, Kraftig, Leaky Roof Meadery, Log Boat Brewery, Main & Mill Brewery, Mark Twain Brewing Company, Morgan Street Brewery, O’Fallon Brewery, Perennial Artisan Ales, Piney River Brewery, Prison Brews, Public House Brewing Company, Rock Bridge, Square One Brewery & Distillery, St. Louis Brewery – Schlafly, Standard Brewing Company, Tin Mill Brewing Company, Trailhead Brewery, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Winkelmeier Brewing Co., Griesedieck Bros., Garage Brewers Society, STL Hops,

The festival will will be housed under 8,000 square feet of tent space on two acres in the Augusta Bottoms area across the Katy Trail from Augusta Brew Haus. The Brew Haus is located at 5521 Water St. in Augusta. Parking will be available at the Katy Trail trailhead, the ball diamond, and anywhere else you can find it. You can purchase tickets here.

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Goodtimes and the first ever STCCraftTap bottleshare

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015

stc_craft_tap_bottleshareThank you to everyone who came out this past Tuesday night for the first ever STCCraftTap bottleshare. A good time was had by all, the beer styles ranged from your basic blonde to complex barrel-aged sours and even a carrot-cake style beer from Bobby Love brewing made an appearance. Special thanks to Hari from Bombay Wine and Spirits(7884 Mexico Rd. in Saint Peters & 2190 1st Capitol Dr. in Saint Charles) for donating four impressive bombers including the new Canes of Judas from Cathedral Square brewing. A big thank you to Sherri from Everything Wine and Cigars / The Barrel Bar(1001 Rondale Ct. in Dardenne Prairie) for graciously giving us an amazing venue to host the first ever STCCraftTap bottleshare. By the way, the food was also a huge hit!

Dont’ forget about the next STCCraftTap bottleshare taking place Tuesday, October 13th at Mike’s Grill & Tap, 2447 State Hwy K in O’Fallon. It’s sure to be a blast.

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Standard Brewing Company to Open Tomorrow

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015

While we try to keep our coverage within St. Charles County, we stray from our jurisdiction from time-to- time. This time, we want you to know about the soon to open Standard Brewing Company. This is the full scale creation of the guys who brought the J2 brew on premises ex’beer’ience a few years back.

the_standard-brewing_1000pxStandard Brewing Company, a new brewery and restaurant, located at 12322 Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights, will open its doors at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, September 12). The brewpub will feature a variety of handcrafted beers brewed on-site as well as beer grain-crusted pizzas and a full menu including sandwiches, salads and brewery snacks from partners Pulse Pizza.

“We want to make Maryland Heights a mecca for craft beer in West County,” said co-founder Jeff Harlan. “With the popularity of craft beer continuing to rise, especially in Maryland Heights, there’s plenty of room in the market for a brewpub that also has a focus on great food and atmosphere.”

The brewpub will seat over 140 guests and the ample patio will increase capacity by 30. Guests near the expansive bar will have an unobstructed view of the 3 ½ barrel brewery where head brewer Jeff “Jonesy” Jones will produce Standard’s initial flagship beers: the Enigma IPA, brewed with local honey, and the traditionally brewed Klassisch Hefeweizen. Additional beers brewed on-site will include a blond ale and a stout, as well as a rotation of small-batch, single-release beers. Standard Brewing Company will also feature a selection of 8-10 locally sourced beers.Current tap list via TapHunter HERE!

“We want to set the standard for craft beer. We take pride in serving our beers as fresh as possible, so most draughts will be pulled straight from our serving tanks.” Jones said. “We’re psyched to serve a full menu from the guys at Pulse Pizza featuring beer-grain crusted pizzas made from the spent grains of our beers!”

Harlan notes that Standard Brewing Company will also be open for lunch at 11 a.m. daily. “We wanted to serve a food menu that really pairs well with beer or stands on its own,” said Harlan. “We are excited about our partnership with J.R. Gates and his Pulse Pizza team.”

Gates has been working in restaurants around St. Louis since he was 13 and started working for Pi Pizza on Delmar in 2007 and has been perfecting his own recipes ever since. Blending traditional pizza making techniques with local beer grains and unexpected toppings, J.R. mirrors his home town’s own mixture of tradition and innovation through his food.

For more information, visit Standard Brewing Company online atwww.standardbrewingstl.com. To stay up to date, find the brewery on Facebook (Standard Brewing Company) and on Twitter (@StandardbrewSTL). For an always up-to-date tap list, find Standard Brewing Company on the TapHunter andOnTapSTL apps. Also, be sure to check in those brews on Untappd!

Location:

12322 Dorsett Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Hours:
M-Th: 11 a – 10 p
F-Sa: 11 a – midnight
Sun: 11 a – 9 p

 

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Taking Beer to the Next Level, then Beating the Boss!

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015

When I walked into Exit 6 in Cottleville on a recent Sunday night I thought I’d be on the lookout for two guys in blue overalls, red shirts and puffy hats. I was wrong. Robert Schowengerdt an11233491_1477530582537975_1975333477735470234_nd John Simon of Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade sat near the back of the nano-brewery sipping brews and looking anything but Mario-like.

After losing their day gigs, Schowengerdt, an animator by trade and gamer & maker by passion, and Simon, a microbiologist by day and homebrewer by night, decided to turn their passions into a business dubbed Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade, with plans to open in St. Charles spring 2016. The name, an homage to the virtual duo Mario and Luigi reflects perfectly the guy’s plans for a nano-brewery chock-full of retro arcade games in custom, hand-hewn cabinets.

Schowengerdt has already started building the custom cabinets and the duo have collected an eclectic grouping of old-school games (original boards, no emulators here) ready to call Two Plumbers home. The plan is to pack the soon-to-be located 30,000 square-foot brewpub with 15 classic cabinets and up to 14 pinball machines.

Simon, a gamer in his own right, will spend slightly less time manning the joystick as he takes the helm as the head brewer. After a career in the lab paired with eight-plus years of homebrewing and experience with Square One and Six Row, Simon plans to initially offer a pale and a brown ale to establish a good base and then start to experiment with variations of those base-beers. Level two will include a couple of seasonals in addition to a quartet of local handles. The duo, who recognize there are folks who aren’t beer drinkers (apparently they do exist), will offer house-brewed hard ciders and hand-crafted sodas. No food to be sold in house, but outside morsels are welcome.

To make sure this awesome place can exist in good ol’ St. Chuck, be sure to check out and support the Two Plumbers Kickstarter right HERE! Hurry, there’s just a week to go!

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More than just Märzans to Flow at this Year’s St. Charles Oktoberfest

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015

We know you’re cultured and are “well aware that Oktoberfest isOKT_logo_left celebrated in September,” but we want to be sure you know that you can get your lips on more than 30 brews at this year’s St. Charles Oktoberfest, Sept. 25 – 27 in Frontier Park.

Yeah, they’ll have oompah bands as well as good ol’ rock ’n’ roll for those of you who aren’t into the whole tuba/squeezebox combo. And of course, they’ll have some German wares and foodstuffs for sale… but this article’s about beer.

This year’s Oktoberfest will features a solid lineup of…get this, Oktoberfest beers from Boulevard, Goose Island, Haufbräu, Leinenkugel’s, Paulaner, Schlafly and Spaten. Paulner and Haufbräu will also feature their Hefe and Original recipes and Haufbräu will also be tapping their Dunkel. The local boys from Schlafly will be letting their German-style Hefe and Kölsch flow too. Traditionalists should also be content with a Bitburger or a few steins of Warsteiner’s Verum.

For those weary of traditional Marzen’s and German recipes that have been perfected over hundreds of years, the locals from Kirkwood Station will make their Blackberry Wheat available, while Magic Hat’s #9 will be flowing and New Belgium’s Fat Tire too. Fans of shandy-style brews and the tastes of fall may be drawn to a stein of Jack-O-Traveler Shandy.

Yeah… that’s not even the full beer list, but we didn’t want to keep adding “creative” things, so read it below.

Oh, also, if you want to live it up at this year’s fest, check out the new VIP option. For just 50 bucks you’ll get a 32-ounce stein and koozie, plus 96 ounces of beer and eight monopoly bucks for food. Plus, to keep your German going strong, you’ll get a Bavarian pretzel as well as free water and soda all day. Not to mention, you’ll also get access to both VIP lounges and the best private port-a-potties around.

The St. Charles Oktoberfest kicks off at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 and runs until 11 p.m that night. On Saturday, the fun begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m. The final day, Sunday, Sept. 27 begins at 10 a.m. and hangs up the lederhosen at 5 p.m. Visithttp://saintcharlesoktoberfest.com/.

Prost and remember to drink German!

das Bier Liste

Hofbräu Oktoberfest
Schlafly Oktoberfest
Spaten Oktoberfest
Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen
Boulevard Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest
Goose Island Oktoberfest
Samuel Adams Octoberfest

Paulaner Original Munich Lager
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen Natural Wheat
Hofbräu Original
Hofbräu Dunkel
Hofbräu Hefe-Weizen
Warsteiner Premium Verum
Belukus Bitburger – German Pilsner
Schlafly Hefe-Weizen
Schlafly Kolsch

Lagunitas IPA
Kirkwood Station Blackberry Wheat
Magic Hat #9
Jack-O-Traveler
New Belgium Fat Tire

Kräftig Light
Bud Light
Miller Lite
Blue Moon
Shock Top
Guinness Blonde American Lager
Heineken

Woodchuck Gumption
Angry Orchard

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St. Louis Craft Beer Week is Near

Posted by on Jul 18, 2015

We love beer and we know you do too.

Because of our shared love for great craft beer, we took some of our Saturday (time normally dedicated to brewing and drinking) and called on St. Charles’ many craft brew bars & breweries to determine where the heck all the St. Louis Beer Week events are happening this side of the Missouri river… don’t worry, we still found time for some beer drinking.

So, if you want to know where you ought to be for awesome beer the week of July 25 – Aug. 2, then look no further than this guide to St. Louis Craft Beer Week in St. Charles County!

Officially Sanctioned St. Louis Craft Beer Week Events

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St. Louis Local Day, 3 p.m.
Everything Wine and Cigar Bar
Sip on a few local favorites from Schlafly, 4 Hands, The Civil Life, and Excel Brewing.

Sunday, July 26

Great Divide Tap Tour, 3 p.m.
Everything Wine and Cigar Bar
Enjoy a selection of Great Divide beers including Espresso Oak Yeti, Showdown Rye IPA and Hoss Rye Lager.

Monday, July 27

Oskar Blues Tap Tour, 3 p.m.
Everything Wine and Cigar Bar

Oskar Blues hit the St. Louis market less than a year ago and has since taken the market by storm. For their first St. Louis Craft Beer week they’ll be pouring Deviant Dales, G’Night and Mama’s Little Yella Pils.

Tuesday July 28

Avery Tap Tour, 3 p.m.
Everything Wine and Cigar Bar
The Colorado theme continues with Avery pouring White Rascal, Mephistopheles, Avery IPA and a few more to be named.

Friday, July 31

New Holland Tap Tour, 3 p.m.
Everything Wine and Cigar Bar
Coming from Michigan, New Holland beers on tap will include Rye Hatter, White Hatter and Dragon’s Milk.

Schlafly Anniversary Party, 6 p.m.
Shamrocks Pub and Grill
Celebrate the 23rd anniversary of Schlafly with a tap takeover featuring some very special beers from St. Louis’ largest craft brewer. Tap list coming

Saturday, August 1

Two Brothers Tap Tour, 3 p.m.
Everything Wine and Cigar Bar
Hailing from the Windy City, Two Brothers will be pouring a few brews yet to be determined. Tap list coming soon

Sunday, August 2

The Dudes Brewing Tap Tour, 3 p.m.
Everything Wine and Cigar Bar
The Dudes, hailing from Torrence, CA,  will be on hand to answer your questions and share their awesome brews. Tap list coming soon.

 

Events That Just so Happen to Take Place During St. Louis Craft Beer Week 

Monday, July 27

Abbey Brewing Brewer Visit
Exit 6 Pub and Brewery
The owner/brewer of Abbey Brewing will be on hand to talk beer and share his creations.  Various Monks beers will be on tap and a stainless steel growler giveaway is scheduled.

Tuesday, July 28

Avery Brewer Visit
Exit 6 Pub and Brewery
Avery’s brewer will be on hand to talk beer. Featured beers include Lilkoi Kepola, Mephistapoles Stout, The Beast Grand Cru, and Samael Oak Aged

Wednesday, July 29

Sour Tap Takeover
Exit 6 Pub and Brewery
Enjoy a few of the 10 plus sour beers on tap including Petrus, Hermitage Boysenberry, Charleville Flanders, Evil Twin Justin Bleaber, Prairie Cherry Funk and many others.

Exit 6 will release their own 2015 Bitches Be Triple and 2015 Blondage and will be tapping their 2014 Blondage and 2014 Wicked Sour Imperial Pumpkin Porter.

Friday, July 31

New Belgium Ranger Firkin Tapping, 5 p.m.
Mike’s Grill + Tap
Experience New Belgium’s Ranger IPA infused with Simcoe and keep the globe and enjoy $3 refills.

Lagunitas Beer Tasting, 6 – 8 p.m.
28/65 Brewhouse
Sample Lagunitas’ VINTAGE Brown Sugar Ale.

Locations

Everything Wine and Cigar Bar
1001 Rondale Ct
Dardenne Prairie, Missouri

Shamrocks Pub and Grill
4177 Veterans Memorial Pkwy,
St Peters, MO 63376

Exit 6 Pub and Brewery
5055 State Highway N,
St Charles, MO 63304

28/65 Brewhouse
2865 Veterans Memorial Pkwy,
St Charles, MO 63303

Mike’s Grill + Tap
2447 State Hwy K,
O’Fallon, MO 63368

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Inaugural Craft Tap Session-Session

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015

We’re Back, Baby!

It’s been awhile since the Craft Tap Crew had an epic bottle share, but as George Costanza would say “we’re back, baby!” We paraphrased, but watch out folks, this is the summer of STC Craft Tap and we started it off with a big ol’ Session-Session. That is, we gathered up 22 session brews and drank the hell out of ‘em. We even got crazy and did a head-to-head, Elite 8-style, blind tasting of our top picks. This resulted in tons of major upsets!

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We were unable to narrow it down to a final winner, but here are the top brews from the inaugural Craft Tap Session-Session: 

Pinner by Oskar Blues Brewery
Go To IPA by Stone Brewing Co.
South Bay Session by The Dudes’ Brewing Co.
IPA by Schlafly
Easy Jack by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Shout out to our buddy Hari at Bombay Wines & Spirits in St. Peters and St. Charles and the fine folks at Friar Tucks in O’Fallon for carrying such a solid selection of craft brews. 

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We Love O’Fallon Brewery Because They Love Beer

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015

O’Fallon to open new location June 22

Updated 6/21 | 12:03 p.m. – Tours, packaging space and brewhouse 

In 2000, O’Fallon Brewery made one beer and one beer only — its O’Fallon Gold — and the only way you could get it was by bellying up to the bar at your favorite St. Charles County drinking establishment and ordering it by the pint. Boy have things changed!

ofallon_brewery_bgCome Monday, June 22, our hometown brewery will be calling a beautiful, 40,000 square-foot facility in Maryland Heights home. The new location will feature a 25,000-barrel annual capacity brewery, a huge restaurant featuring beer-infused items including beer lime shrimp marinated in 5-Day IPA, as well as a massive 20-tap bar dubbed the “O-Bar” which will feature test batches like the Maple Bacon Dopplebock (10% ABV and aged in cognac barrels) alongside regular and seasonal offerings including Zeke’s Pale Ale and its famous Pumpkin Ale. The new beer-wonderland will accommodate tours  as well as a gift shop where products featuring its brands of the most popular beers will be for sale. An O’Fallon Brewery spokesperson reports that because the brewhouse and packaging spaces are still being worked on, tours will not be available immediately.

This new brewery is made for making connections,” said O’Fallon Brewery CEO and president Jim Gorczyca in a recent piece by Feast Magazine. “I don’t think people recognized us as a local brewery. Now, we can better connect with customers. They can see what we do and taste what we make, and we can make a lasting impressing on our customers.”

The connection-enabling O-Bar may even feature guest taps at times, or even collaborations with area groups like the Garage Brewers Society, who used to meet at O’Fallon’s old location and will move their meetings to Maryland Heights, reported Feast. For folks in O’Fallon’s distribution market, recent reports state that a canning line will be added sometime in the October and, according to recent photos, the famous “O” along with the “We Love Beer” slogan will be embossed on the neck of bottled offerings. The increase in space will also allow for a greater number of the beers currently only available on draught to be distributed in bottle format.

O’Fallon’s new brewery is located at 45 Progress Pkwy, Maryland Heights, MO 63043 and will open to the public at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 22 after a private ribbon cutting ceremony. Craft Tappers Andrew and Tim are scheduled to attend and can be found nerding out over this massive new brewery.

Make sure to follow @Stccrafttap on Twitter for live tweets of grand opening and potentially witty remarks.

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St. Louis Craft Beer Community Steps Up in Time of Need

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015

Tragedy sucks! We’re sad to hear about the fire at Ferguson Brewing Co. but we’re happy to hear about the outpouring of support the local beer community is showing to the folks affected.

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On Friday, June 26, Kyle Dent, owner of Shamrocks in St. Charles will host Cold Ones for a Cause for Ferguson Brewery, and on Saturday, June 27, Jeff Britton of Exit 6 in Cottleville will host a Ferguson tap takeover with all proceeds going to help in the Ferguson Brewery clean up.

According to Shamrocks’ event page on Facebook, Cold Ones for ae6_logo Cause will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 1 a.m. Pints of Ferguson’s beer will be five bucks and Shamrocks will be donating $4 back to Ferguson Brewing and their staff. Exit 6’s  event page reports that all proceeds from the Ferguson tap takeover will go towards helping the Ferguson Brewery clean up effort anshamrocks_logod will kick-off at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 27.

We’ll see you out there fellow beer lovers! Thanks for the support and please spread the word! 

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