On Tap: Homebrewers Compete, Two Craft Worlds Collide And A Collaboration Brew Makes Its Debut

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

This weekend, homebrewers will be putting their best brews forward at the 3rd annual International Tap House (iTap) homebrew competition to be held at the Chesterfield iTap location. The 32 entries include some serious suds, ranging from chocolate pumpkin stouts to 100 percent brett IPAs. From 12-5pm, guests are invited to come taste the brews and vote for the “people’s choice” award, while members of the 4 Hands Brewing Co. staff will determine the official winner. The grand prize winner gets their beer brewed by 4 Hands and it will be distributed to all iTap locations. 161 Long Road, Chesterfield, 636.537.8787.

Image courtesy of New Belgium Brewing perennial artisan aies teams up with New Belgium to present the Salted Belgian Chocolate stout

Image courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

Arts of all kinds will be celebrated and showcased at Craftoberfest—a lantern-lit night market on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. in Midtown. From 5-10pm, market-goers can sip Urban Chestnut brews, like their seasonal black pumpkin wheat ale, named “Count Orlok,” while wandering through the booths of more than 35 local artists, makers and purveyors of vintage goods. 3229 Washington Ave., Midtown, 314.222.0143.

Perennial Artisan Ales has released their latest collaboration brew, Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, just in time to celebrate their 3rd anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 18. The stout was crafted with Belgian yeast, caramel malts and chocolate for a brew with deep, earthy notes. Salt helps push the flavors forward and actually helps accentuate the chocolate’s complexity.

New Belgium Brewing teamed up with Perennial for the brew and representatives will be in town for a long weekend of events leading up to Perennial’s anniversary party. Events include a meet-and-greet, featuring sour beers at SOHA Bar & Grill from 4-6pm on Thursday, a brewmaster’s happy hour on Friday at iTap Central West End from 3-6pm and a chance to meet Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s wood czar, at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton from 2-4pm on Saturday. A full listing of events can be found through New Belgium’s site.

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