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stlcbwAll of this week I’ll be detailing the events of the inaugural St. Louis Craft Beer Week on STL Hops to bring more visibility to the event.

I can’t begin to stress enough how important it is for all of us to help make this event successful.

If you care about beer and beer awareness in St. Louis, it’s important to show the retailers, breweries and restaurants involved that there are people that care about beer. If you love beer and I know you all do otherwise you wouldn’t be here, it’s time to show it.

Anyway, here’s a rundown of the events taking place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday:

Thursday, June 4th

Craft/Beer – The Royale – 2PM-6PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
In the spirit of handcrafting unique and local treasures, The Royale is inviting the local craft community during the first annual STL Craft Beer Week. Independent crafting–be it with yarn, paper, glass, metal, or barley and hops–is one of the things that makes Saint Louis great. Come celebrate people-based production and meet others doing the same.

Beer Tasting for Wine Lovers – The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 6PM
$20 Per Person – Reservations are required (314-727-8788)
So many people say “I don’t really like beer”, I only drink wine. I think this is based on a limited exposure to just trying nothing outside of light American lagers. We will introduce you to a whole new world of beer. We will pick some beers from many different styles, different countries that we think will surprise you and expand your horizons.

History of Craft Beer – Schlafly Bottleworks – 6:30PM
Free Event
Join local beer historian Henry Herbst as he explains how craft beer got to where it is today. Henry will provide plenty of fascinating information that will teach you that the world of craft beer existed before Dogfish Head and Stone. If you’ve never had the chance to hear Henry speak, make sure not to miss this event.

O’Fallon Brewery Garden Party – Missouri Botanical Garden – 5PM-9PM
Free Event
In a series of events called Garden Party Nights, the Missouri Botanical Garden will be hosting O’Fallon Brewery for a beer tasting from 5PM-9PM.


Friday, June 5th

Beer Tasting – Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 4PM-6:30PM
Free Event
Paul Hayden of The Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth continues his series of weekly beer tastings with what he promises with be a jam-packed, extra-special tasting.

Brewers Heritage Festival – Forest Park – 6PM-10PM
The premiere beer festival in St. Louis, the Brewers Heritage Beer Festival will be kicking off its third year with the addition of new beers, new breweries, and a new Festival Beer! With over 18,000 attendees, this is one of the biggest festivals in the nation. This year we’ll see the addition of Mattingly Brewing Company, Buffalo Brewing Company, and Trailhead Brewing to join Schlafly, O’Fallon Brewing, Anheuser-Busch, Square One, Augusta Brewing, Alandale Brewing and Morgan Street Brewing. This event is the perfect way to cap off St. Louis Craft Beer Week.

Ss. Peter & Paul Craft Beer Fest – Alton Sportsmen’s Club – 6PM-10PM
Price $15 Per Person
Sample over 25 different beers from the likes of Schlafly, Boulevard, Bells, Sierra Nevada, O’Fallon, Dogfish Head, Three Floyds, Lagunitas and more. Tickets are $15 and include 10 three ounce samples. Additional Samples can be purchased for $1 each at the festival.


Saturday, June 6th

Brewers Heritage Festival – Forest Park – 12PM-4PM
The premiere beer festival in St. Louis, the Brewers Heritage Beer Festival will be kicking off its third year with the addition of new beers, new breweries, and a new Festival Beer! With over 18,000 attendees, this is one of the biggest festivals in the nation. This year we’ll see the addition of Mattingly Brewing Company, Buffalo Brewing Company, and Trailhead Brewing to join Schlafly, O’Fallon Brewing, Anheuser-Busch, Square One, Augusta Brewing, Alandale Brewing and Morgan Street Brewing. This event is the perfect way to cap off St. Louis Craft Beer Week.

Brewers Heritage Festival – Forest Park – 6PM-10PM
The premiere beer festival in St. Louis, the Brewers Heritage Beer Festival will be kicking off its third year with the addition of new beers, new breweries, and a new Festival Beer! With over 18,000 attendees, this is one of the biggest festivals in the nation. This year we’ll see the addition of Mattingly Brewing Company, Buffalo Brewing Company, and Trailhead Brewing to join Schlafly, O’Fallon Brewing, Anheuser-Busch, Square One, Augusta Brewing, Alandale Brewing and Morgan Street Brewing. This event is the perfect way to cap off St. Louis Craft Beer Week.

mattingly_84x128.jpgThe Mattingly Brewing Company may now be producing full scale productions of beer, but that doesn’t stop them from showing off what’s yet to come. Tonight, Head Brewer Drew Huerter will be offering his Black Night Bourbon Oak Coffee Porter. Be sure to head out tonight and taste some of Drew’s excellent beer.

Here’s a list of what to expect over the next few weeks:

5/27 Black Night Bourbon Oak Coffee Porter
6/3 Pale Ryeder Palm Sugar Rye Tripel
6/10 Cardinal Direction Abbey Dubbel – Dry Hopped w/ Summit & Ahtanum
6/17 Dampfbier
6/24 Bentonshire Ordinary Bitter – Dry Hopped w/ Columbus
7/1 Bentonshire Ordinary Bitter – Dry Hopped w/ Simcoe
7/8 Sunbeam English Summer Ale
7/15 Sunbeam English Summer Ale – Dry Hopped w/ Mt. Hood
7/22 Sunbeam English Summer Ale – Dry Hopped w/ Ahtanums
7/29 Wall Cloud Smoked Steam Beer

stlcbwAll of this week I’ll be detailing the events of the inaugural St. Louis Craft Beer Week on STL Hops to bring more visibility to the event.

I can’t begin to stress enough how important it is for all of us to help make this event successful.

If you care about beer and beer awareness in St. Louis, it’s important to show the retailers, breweries and restaurants involved that there are people that care about beer.  If you love beer and I know you all do otherwise you wouldn’t be here, it’s time to show it.

Anyway, here’s a rundown of the events taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday:

Tuesday, June 2nd

Beer and Cheese Matching – The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 6PM
$20 Per Person – Reservations are required (314-727-8788)
We will try some great cheese matched with great beers. We are going into places where many people think only wine should go. Try some IPA and Cheddar, some Cave Aged Gruyere and Doppelbock, Livarot and Biere de Garde, Barleywine and Stilton, Humbolt Fog and Saison. This will be a fun time and a great learning experience. (Matchings subject to change based on which cheeses are available and delicious at the time)

Founder’s Draught Release Party – The Stable – 6PM-9PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Founder’s Brewery will finally be available in Missouri and now it’s time to celebrate. Join Missouri Beverage and Founder’s Director of Sales, Michael Bell as they kick off the release of draught Founder’s Beer in Missouri at The Stable.

Tenacious Trivia: Beer Edition – Newstead Tower Public House – 8PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Time to test your beer knowledge with some Beer Trivia thanks to Newstead Tower Public House. First come, first serve and tables fill up fast, so make sure to get there early and stake out your spot!

Bell’s Beer Dinner – Renaissance St. Louis Airport – 7PM
$50 Per Person – Reservations are required (314-890-3027)
Join Bell’s Brewery’s Jim O’Connor and Renaissance’s Tbone Trattoria’s Executive Chef Chris Stroup as they delight you with five course that are expertly paired with five different beers from Bell’s Brewery. Click this link to see the full menu.

Sam Adams Beer Tasting – Lukas Liquor – 4PM-7PM
Free Event
No better way to celebrate St. Louis Craft Beer Week than tasting some of the newest selections from one of the original craft brewing pioneers. Join Jay Hornback and Lukas Liquor to taste the new Sam Adams Imperial Series, which include the Imperial Stout, Imperial White and Imperial Double Bock. With any luck there will also be some tastings of the Longshot beers as well.


Wednesday, June 3rd

Bell’s Brewery Beer School – Cicero’s – 5:30PM-6:30PM
Free Event
Bell Brewery’s Jim O’Connor will be at Cicero’s weekly Wednesday Beer School where he’ll be talking about cask ales and secondary fermentation and a history on traditional beer vessels and pouring techniques. Afterward, he’ll be opening a cask of Bell’s Porter for you to purchase at the bar.

Peek-a-Brew – Mattingly Brewing Company – 6PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Mattingly Brewing Company Head Brewer Drew Huerter will be serving up his famed Pale Ryeder Tripel. Drew describes it as such: “At 9.2% ABV and 35 IBUs, brewed with Pilsner and Rye malts, Thai Palm Sugar, Magnum, Sterling and Styrian Goldings hops, then fermented with our house Belgian yeast culture and aged for four months before release. Please, enjoy savor the Pale Ryeder as if it your last pleasure in the moral plane, and be responsible enough that it isn’t.”

Founder’s Release Party – Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth – 6:30PM-8PM
Free Event
Founder’s Brewery will finally be available in Missouri and now it’s time to celebrate. Join Missouri Beverage and Founder’s Director of Sales, Michael Bell as they kick off the release of Founder’s Beer in Missouri.

Two Jokers Wit and Smokestack Tasting – Lukas Liquor – 7PM-9PM
Free Event
Join Laura Dale and Lukas Liquor as they kick of Boulevard’s newest beer, Two Jokers Double Wit. This is your chance this newest Summertime treat along with other selections from the Smokestack series including one of your few opportunities to try Boulevard’s Saison Brett on draught.

Beer and Cheese Tasting – Schlafly Tap Room – 8PM
Price $20
Join Schlafly Tap Room Head Brewer Stephen Hale and Wine Merchant’s Adam Smith as they take you the wonderful world of pairing Beer and Cheese. Each pairing has been hand selected to show you the excellent possibilities that beer provides when pairing to food. Purchase tickets online here.

Sam Adams Beer Tasting – Randall’s Wine and Spirits – 4PM-6PM
Free Event
No better way to celebrate St. Louis Craft Beer Week than tasting some of the newest selections from one of the original craft brewing pioneers. Join Jay Hornback and Randall’s Wine and Spirits to taste the new Sam Adams Imperial Series, which include the Imperial Stout, Imperial White and Imperial Double Bock. With any luck there will also be some tastings of the Longshot beers as well.

Meet the Brewery – International Tap House – 9PM-11PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Founder’s Brewery’s Michael Bell will be at the International Tap house to mingle and talk about the newest releases from Founder’s in St. Louis. Michael is extremely knowledgeable and will really give you some great information about this fantastic brewery.

Provisions Gourmet Market in Creve Coeur will be holding a special beer tasting today, May 27th from 5-7pm.

  • provisions.GIFSam Adams Longshot Double IPA — “Pliny the Elder Clone”
  • Sam Adams Longshot Cranberry Wit
  • Sam Adams Longshot Traditional Bock
  • Ommegang’s Witte

    Along with all of these beers, they’ll also give you a chance to check out Provisions ever expanding beer selection. The Sam Adams Longshot Six Packs are almost gone, so this may be your last chance to try and buy these beers!

    stlcbwJust in case you’ve missed it, the inaugural St. Louis Craft Beer Week begins this Saturday. Over the rest of the week I’ll be detailing the events of the festival on STL Hops to bring more visibility to the event.

    I can’t begin to stress enough how important it is for all of us to help make this event successful.

    If you care about beer and beer awareness in St. Louis, it’s important to show the retailers, breweries and restaurants involved that there are people that care about beer.

    So, I know a lot of events are during the middle of the week and people have jobs and lives that make it difficult to attend some of the events, you at least make an effort to try and attend at least one event during the middle of the week. I also realize that money is tight, but over half of the events are free, so it won’t hurt the pocketbook to attend some of the events.

    If you love beer and I know you all do otherwise you wouldn’t be here, it’s time to show it. Anyway, here’s a rundown of the events taking place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday:
    Saturday, May 30th

    Beer and Brats Festival – Westport Plaza – 12PM-5PM
    Price $20 (314-878-0780)
    Few things in life go better than craft beer and bratwurst. Be certain to visit Westport Plaza and partake in street entertainers, live music, and even a bratwurst eating contest. This event will be held either rain or shine in the West Parking Lot. For more information, please call the number above.

    B33r and Brats – 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar – 12PM-5PM
    Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
    If you’re trying to avoid the summer crowds and you’re looking for local freshly-grilled bratwurst, 33 Wine Bar will be hosting a special B33r and Brats event. Enjoy beer off of one of the best beer menus in St. Louis with some bratwurst from local farmers, all in the comfort of Lafayette Square.

    Wine-Beer-BBQ – The Wine and Cheese Place Ballwin – 1PM-4PM
    Free Event
    The Wine and Cheese Place in Ballwin is having an Open House and you’re invited! Swing on by and sample over 30 different beers and 50 different wines (if that’s your thing) and enjoy some BBQ as well.


    Sunday, May 31st

    Homebrew With Drew – Mattingly Brewing Company – Begins at 9AM
    Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
    Email Drew to Reserve a Spot to Homebrew
    Whether you’re a long-time or a brand new homebrewer, this is your opportunity to Homebrew with Drew Huerter, the head brewer at Mattingly Brewing Company. Drew will be homebrewing that morning and is welcoming homebrewers to join him, but please make sure to RSVP with Drew. A four tap jockey box will be set up to pour beer. Anyone who brings ball lock corny keg can pour their beer through the box for the party.


    Monday, June 1st

    Craft Beer Dinner – The Shaved Duck – 6:30PM
    Price $35 – Reservations are required (314-776-1407)
    Owner Ally Nisbit is going to pair some of the best craft beer the region has to offer with The Shaved Duck’s take on rustic American cuisine. 5 different beers paired with 5 courses. Full menu available here.

    Meet a Griesedieck – The Royale – 4PM-6PM
    Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
    The Royale is having a meet&greet with members of the Griesedieck family, brewers of Griesedieck Brothers beer. This family has been as important as any in the history of St Louis brewing and we at the Royale think their story should be better known. A true regional treasure, GB today thrives as the big guys gobble each other up and the little guys make craft beer to change the world. Come spend happy hour with some real survivors, and enjoy free t-shirts and beer specials, too!

    Boulevard Tank 7 Sampling – International Tap House – 7PM-9PM
    Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
    For those of you who didn’t have a chance to try Boulevard Brewery’s newest draught-only beer, Tank 7 at the St. Louis Microfest a few weeks ago, here’s another chance! Laura Dale will be handing out complimentary samples of the Tank 7 Saison. This wonderfully hoppy saison is sure to be a summertime hit, so be certain to stop by and try it!

    logo1Way back in January, I showed you a photo of just some of the casks that Schlafly purchased to expand their cask beer program.  Well, when you have this many casks at your disposal, it means you get to put on events showcasing your beer.

    In this case, it’s taking a cask of Schlafly beer and serving it alongside the best place to get Neapolitan Pizza in the St. Louis area, The Good Pie.

    This Saturday, May 23, starting a 7PM, a representative from Schlafly will be tapping a cask of Dry-Hopped APA and will be serving it until the cask runs out or The Good Pie closes.  Sure, you can get cask beer at the Tap Room, but you can’t get Neapolitan Pizza to go along with it!  Head on out there for some great pizza and beer.

    Mangia Italiano is putting on another of their wonderful beer dinners on Thursday, May 28th at 7PM featuring courses paired with New Belgium Brewing beer. The cost is $50 per person; reservations are required and can be made by calling 314-664-8585. Here is the menu for the event:

    mangia.gifFried goat cheese with salad of arugula, blood orange and almonds.
    Paired with: Blue Paddle Pilsner.

    Wild Pacific snapper encrusted with coconut, topped with mango and avocado.
    Paired with: Mothership Wit Organic Wheat Beer.

    G&W salsiccia and artichoke flatbread.
    Paired with: Fat Tire Amber Ale.

    Rabbit fricassee over sage tagliatelle.
    Paired with: Biere De Mars Ale.

    Smoked pork spareribs with ancho chile and fried corn on the cob.
    Paired with: 1554 Enlightened Black Ale.

    Bananas foster with Dulce de Leche ice cream.
    Paired with: Abbey Belgian Style Ale.