Cantillon Zwanze Day 2019 at Side Project Brewing!

Worldwide Zwanze Toast - Zwanze Day 2018 at Side Project Brewing

Worldwide Zwanze Toast - Zwanze Day 2018 at Side Project Brewing

Side Project Brewing and The Side Project Cellar are thrilled to be hosting Zwanze Day 2019! Thank you to Cantillon and Shelton Brothers!

Our Zwanze 2019 tickets are not for sale yet, but I wanted to get a little info about Zwanze Day posted since we’ve started getting some questions about this year’s event.

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Here are some notes about this year’s Zwanze blend from Cantillon owner Jean Van Roy:

“The beer for this year's Zwanze was brewed in March 2016 and kegged January 26, 2018.
Contrary to past Zwanze beers, this beer is not the result of a special blend or the addition of a special fruit, but of a wholly unique brew.
On March 1, 2016, we brewed a smoked Lambic using a blend of classic pilsner malt and smoked malt.
Rather than taking the beer to an extreme, we looked instead to find a balance between the acidic character of Lambic and the woodiness of the smoked malt.
The result is a fine Gueuze with the classic notes of a Cantillon, complemented by an elegant smokiness in the nose and on the palate.”

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DATE: Saturday, September 28, 2019

TIME: 12pm to 5pm

(Check in begins at 11:30am, Beer starts flowing at 12pm.)


WHERE: The Parking Lot of Side Project Brewing: 7458 Manchester Avenue in Maplewood. There will be Zwanze fun going on inside & outside!

TICKETS: $110* Each ($75 Zwanze Day Ticket + $35 Side Project Beer) 

*Our Zwanze Tickets used to be $75 Total, but in the past, we've offered the surprise purchase of a fun Side Project beer during Zwanze Day! The purchasing of this beer was always a little hectic toward the end of the event, so we've decided to alleviate that craziness. The surprise beer will already be paid for - you'll only have to pick it up! Hence the $110 price - we are asking you to make one purchase all at once, instead of two separate purchases. (The Zwanze Day ticket price is non-negotiable. You cannot purchase a $75 ticket without the $35 beer.)

FOOD: Some wonderful Maplewood food vendors will be celebrating Zwanze Day with us! Food is NOT included in the price of the ticket. Food will be available for purchase.

BEER LIST: Whoop whoop! I don’t have a finalized list of breweries yet, but I can tell you we just received an incredible keg from Russian River Brewing Company this morning! YEA! We’ll definitely have plenty of Cantillon, Side Project and Shared flowing! More breweries will be announced later…

Our Friends of Kids with Cancer Magnum Raffle will return… More details to come!

More info about this great St. Louis organization is available here:


Ticket Information:

-      Ticket includes (1) Zwanze 2019/Side Project glass

-      Ticket includes (1) small pour of Cantillon Zwanze 2019

-      Ticket includes unlimited samples of beers being poured at Zwanze Day while they last. (You are not guaranteed a pour of every single beer. Similar to a beer festival, there will be delicious beer all around & you are invited to sample whatever you want!)

-      Ticket includes (1) Bottle of a Surprise To-Go Side Project Beer! This beer is included in the price of the ticket.

-      Tickets will be sold (1) per person. If you purchase more than (1) ticket, we will cancel all your tickets and re-sell them at The Side Project Cellar. 

-      Tickets are Non-Refundable. 

-      Tickets are Non-Transferable. 

-      Ticket Purchasers are required to be 21 years old.

-      A Valid Photo ID is required for entry into Zwanze Day.


How Tickets will be Sold:

There will be two ways to purchase Zwanze Day 2019 Tickets: (1) Inside The Side Project Cellar & Brewery Tasting Room and (2) Online via our website: 

1.    A portion of tickets will be sold inside The Side Project Cellar and inside the Brewery Tasting Room during our Open Hours at random times on random days. We will tweet from @SideProjectCell when they are available at The Side Project Cellar. We will tweet from @SideProjectBrew when they are available in the Brewery Tasting Room. 1 ticket per person – no exceptions. You must be present with a valid ID to purchase your ticket. (AKA if you send your Aunt Betsy to purchase your ticket at The Side Project Cellar, then your Aunt Betsy gets to attend Zwanze Day, not you.)

2.    A portion of tickets will be sold online in our Side Project online shop: There will be TWO opportunities to purchase online tickets. This is not a lottery - If you purchase a ticket before it sells out on one of the two online-selling occasions, then we will see you at Zwanze Day! We will not tweet any advanced notice, we will only tweet from @SideProjectCell when they are available for sale. 1 ticket per person – no exceptions.

-      In the past, online tickets have sold out very quickly. Please note that you may have the ticket placed in your online “cart” (along with many other people at the exact same time), but you must fully complete your transaction and receive an email confirmation to have successfully purchased an online ticket to Zwanze Day. Once you receive that confirmation email, then we were emailed your name and you successfully purchased a ticket!

Tickets are not for sale yet! I will post a more detailed blog post soon and then you’ll know that ticket sales are on the way :) I just wanted to give everyone an update.

Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend!

Karen King & the Side Project Team

Black & Wild Blend #3 Release Details : Saturday, August 3rd at The Side Project Cellar and Side Project Brewing


On Saturday, August 3rd, we will have a new blend of Black & Wild available to-go at both locations!

After being double barrel-aged in spent Derivation barrels over the course of more than 4 years and being infused with Michigan Balaton Cherries twice, we are happy to have Blend #3 ready to share with you.

Black & Wild began as a challenge to produce a black sour that I enjoyed. For me, black wild ales and wild ales over 10% ABV often strike my palate with too much force. Black & Wild was my challenge to change things up, not only for me, but for our Side Project lineup of beers. With a very soft, but black malt bill, aged in spent bourbon barrels that housed Derivation (double barrel-aged for more than 4 years) and re-fermented on Balaton Cherries twice, Black & Wild Blend #3 provides a rich, chocolatey palate with notes of vanilla and bourbon and finishes with tart cherries.

Black & Wild Blend #3 lends heavily on the characteristics of Blend #1 and we are very excited to share it with you to-go on Saturday, August 3rd at both locations. Like always, allocations will be based on turnout and if you are in line by noon, you will be guaranteed an allotment. This release will be out of the back door at the brewery. In addition to Black & Wild Blend #3, we will also be releasing a new Shared Double IPA, Junk Shop - a collaboration with Perennial Artisan Ales, in cans to fulfill your need of hops!

Thank you all for reading this and for your love and support of our tiny niche brewery. See you on Saturday.


Saison du Fermier Blend # 5 Release Details & Fermier Day 2019!


On Sunday, July 14th, in the Side Project Brewing Tasting Room, we are going to be releasing Saison du Fermier Blend #5 to-go and for on-site enjoyment during our annual Fermier Day! Also, we will be introducing Cassis du Fermier Blend #2 and Abricot du Fermier Blend #4 for on-site enjoyment! (both to be released to-go on a later date!)

We will also be pulling out several variants of Saison du Fermier as well to kick off the return of some of our favorite du Fermiers. These will be available for on-site enjoyment at the Brewery for Fermier Day:

Oude Fermier Blend #1 (bottled 4/2014)
Oude Fermier Blend #2 (bottled 9/2016)
Framboise du Fermier Blend #2 (bottled 4/2018)
Quetsche du Fermier Blend #2 (bottled 3/2018)
Bleuet du Fermier Blend #1 (bottled 2/2016)
Saison du Fermier Blend #3 (kegged 3/2015)
Saison du Fermier Blend #4 (kegged 6/2017)
Saison du Fermier Blend #5 (kegged 4/2019)
Saison du Fermier from Pinot Noir Puncheons Blend #1 (bottled 6/2016)
Saison du Fermier from Pinot Noir Puncheons Blend #2 (bottled 12/2017)
Saison du Fermier from Pinot Noir Puncheons Blend #3 (bottled 12/2018)
Abricot du Fermier Blend #4 (bottled 4/2019)
Cassis du Fermier Blend #2 (bottled 4/2019)
Pêche du Fermier Blend #2 (kegged 6/2018)
Kriek du Fermier Blend #1 (kegged 3/2017)

After several years of waiting, we are very excited to be able to once again share Saison du Fermier with you. For the 5th blend and release of our flagship Missouri Saison, new to us French Oak Chardonnay barrels were selected and then filled with our Fermier wort. We inoculated these barrels with a blend of yeast and our Missouri cultures to ferment and age to maturity entirely in oak. This barrel-fermented Saison expresses that subtle characteristics of our house cultures in a very Chardonnay-like way. Soft and round with notes of vanilla meringue, almonds, and a gentle, bright Side Project finish.  

I couldn't be happier with how Saison du Fermier has progressed and aged over the years and I am excited to dig into our library of aged variants to share this weekend. 

Saison du Fermier Blend #5, Abricot du Fermier Blend #4, and Cassis du Fermier Blend #2 will be available for on-site enjoyment Sunday at the Brewery and will continue to be available for on-site enjoyment the following week at The Side Project Cellar. Abricot du Fermier Blend #4 and Cassis du Fermier Blend #2 are scheduled to have a to-go releases in the near future and we will post when we have an official date to announce. Thanks again for your love and support of our small niche brewery and we hope that you enjoy one of our favorite events of the year - Fermier Day!

Cory and Karen King

To-Go Release Details: Side Project Längst Blend #2 - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Adambier


Side Project Brewing is excited to announce the release of Längst Blend #2. Here’s a little info about this unique beer from Brewer Cory King:

I’ve always been a lover of malty, low bitterness beers so the Adambier, although rare, has always intrigued and inspired me. When I began Side Project and had the ability to brew whatever I wanted, I chose the Adambier for Längst early on to add to our rotation of Spirit Barrel-Aged Beers. 

Längst was first brewed exclusively for and named by The Wine and Cheese Place in St. Louis. Conceptualized after researching, learning and drinking as many examples of the style as I could, I developed a recipe that I felt represented this traditional style, but also had the Side Project thumbprint on it. A little bigger, more robust, while allowing the barrel to be the star and conditioning to a very mild carbonation level, Längst represents our interpretation of this old-world beer. 

For Längst Blend #2, the recipe consisted of 7 malts and was then fermented with a rich, fruity yeast strain. We then aged the beer in Bourbon Barrels until the notes of dried dark fruits, wet leather, peat, caramel and barrel created a harmonious experience. After 18 months in Bourbon barrels, we allowed Längst to condition for an additional 3 months before confirming that it is ready to share with you. 

I am very excited to have this beer back and to have bottles that we are able to release to go. With this batch, we are also going to try a new release method (we are going to allow proxies!) to fairly and easily spread one of our Spirit Barrel-Aged examples to as many people as possible.

So! Similar to how you purchase Beer : Barrel : Time, we are going to have an online sale for Längst Blend #2, but we’re going to try a couple different things that will hopefully make the beer easier to purchase and pick up. 


Purchasing Details:

1.    To-Go Side Project Längst Blend #2 is a 750ml bottle for $40 + tax. You must be 21 years old to purchase. We will check your valid photo ID when you pick up. 

2.    Bottles of Längst will be available to purchase TO GO via our web site only. The bottles will go live in our online shop: Saturday, June 8th, between 10am and 10:15am Central Time. We will Instagram and Tweet from @SideProjectCell when the shop is live. 

3.    You are allowed to purchase up to TWO BOTTLES TOTAL per person. If you purchase more than two bottles, all of your purchase will be refunded. Make sure there is only 1 or 2 bottles in your cart at checkout!

4.    We are going to offer a full weekend to full weekend of pick-up days so several options to pick up! You will purchase one of the following options based on where and when you’d like to pick up your 1 or 2 bottles of Längst:

  • CELLAR Friday, June 28th, 1pm to 11pm

  • CELLAR Saturday, June 29th, 1pm to 11pm

  • BREWERY Saturday, June 29th, 12pm to 7pm

  • BREWERY Sunday, June 30th, 12pm to 7pm

  • CELLAR Tuesday, July 2nd, 3pm to 10pm

  • CELLAR Wednesday, July 3rd, 3pm to 10pm 

  • CELLAR Friday, July 5th, 1pm to 11pm

  • CELLAR Saturday, July 6th, 1pm to 11pm

  • BREWERY Saturday, July 6th, 12pm to 7pm

  • BREWERY Sunday, July 7th, 12pm to 7pm

    All of the 10 time slots are already loaded into our online shop . They are currently listed as “Sold Out,” but I thought it might be beneficial to look at all the options beforehand and figure out which place & time is going to work best for you.

5.    If the beer cannot be picked up by the purchaser, we are going to allow proxies for Längst pick ups. If you cannot be there to pick up your beer, please forward your email confirmation to your proxy. We will not let anyone pick up beer that isn’t theirs without an email confirmation. Your proxy also needs their valid photo ID to pick up your beer. And yes, one proxy can pick up for multiple people.

6.    There is no physical “ticket.” After you successfully make your purchase, you and Side Project will receive an email confirmation with your name. All you need to pick up your Längst is your valid photo ID that matches the Längst purchaser name at the appropriate location on the appropriate day. If you end up needing to use a proxy, your proxy must have your email confirmation as proof you gave them permission to pick up your beer. We will also need to see your proxy’s valid photo ID.

7.    Purchases are non-transferable and non-refundable and must be claimed on the date and place specified.  

8.    Beer must be picked up at the location and on the specified date you chose. You cannot purchase a Cellar pick up and pick up your beer at the Brewery because the Brewery will NOT have your name on their pick up list. If you find out that you cannot pick up your beer at the time and place you purchase, you can use a proxy as stated above. 

9.    If you or your proxy fail to pick up your Längst, you are forfeiting your bottle(s). Any unclaimed bottles not picked up will be used for charitable donations, raffles or auctions by Side Project Brewing. 

Extra Notes:

We plan to have Längst Blend #2 available for on-site enjoyment during the pick-up dates as well!

The Side Project Cellar will be closed Thursday, July 4th, so there are no Längst pick ups on that day. 

If you have any additional questions, please email Thank you! 


The Side Project Brewing Team

Thicket Blend #2 Release - Saturday, May 4th at The Side Project Cellar and Side Project Brewing


It's crazy to think it has been more than 4 years since we released our favorite blackberry beer - Thicket. Outside of Fuzzy, Thicket has become our most popular and most asked about, fruited, Missouri Wild Ale. We are excited to announce that the second blend is now ready and we will be sharing it as both a to-go release and for on-site enjoyment starting Saturday, May 4th at open at both The Side Project Cellar and our Brewery location.

The first blend of Thicket started more than 5 years ago, a beer that was a blend of “Flanders - Inspired”, Missouri Wild Ales that were aged in red wine barrels with Missouri Blackberries. For Blend #2, we chose a blend of not only our “Flanders - Inspired” red beer, but also used a touch of our French Oak Foedre Beer, a beer that lays the base for Fuzzy, and has been aging via a solera method for more than 5 years now. This blend was then moved to Missouri Oak and aged atop more than 3000 lbs of Oregon blackberries from our friends at Decker Farms. The blend and the blackberries were combined in April of 2018 and allowed to re-ferment for almost a year before being bottle-conditioned prior to this release day.

The first blend was one of our most attended release days ever, so for Blend #2, we want to make sure that we are set up to recreate a great day of not only beer, but also food and bottle sharing. So, for the big day, we are going to shut down our parking lot and create a better space for all of those attending to bottle share until the tasting room opens at 12pm. Hopefully, the weather will be great! We will also have Bolyard’s Meat and Provisions here serving up food to keep everyone happy. The release will start at noon at The Brewery and at 1pm at The Side Project Cellar. Bottles will once again be $20 per and allocations will be set based on turnout. 

Thanks again to all of you reading this for your continued support and love of our tiny, niche brewery. We are very excited to have this beer back and hope to see you on May 4th.