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crownvalleybrewery.gifCrown Valley Brewery will be hosting their inaugural Brewmaster’s Dinner this Friday night, October 2nd.  Happy Hour begins at 6PM with the dinner beginning at 7:30PM.

Crown Valley will be offering up a four course meal that will pay tribute to some of Oktoberfest’s most delicious dishes.  Each course will be paired with a different Crown Valley Beer.

This event will also provide you with the first opportunity to try CV’s newest release, Oktoberfest Beer.  It will also allow you to tour their very impressive brewing facility and meet the brewers that brew the beer.

Tickets for this event at $45 and you must RSVP by calling 573-756-9700.

hopsartArt St. Louis will be holding Hops Art 2009 Saturday, October 17th from 6PM-9PM. According to their website, Art Saint Louis helps to create exhibitions, while supporting growth opportunities for emerging and established contemporary artists within the St. Louis region.

Hops Art 2009 allows local artists talents to be displayed all while enjoying local cuisine and local beers. Here’s the quote from the press release:

Hops Art is an evening of outstanding art along with scrumptious cuisine paired with tasty beer. The main focus of Hops Art is an image presentation of Art Saint Louis member artwork. One presentation will be projected; several additional presentations will be viewable on laptops positioned around the gallery. Again this year, participating artists will exhibit one piece of artwork to compliment the image presentation. St. Louis area restaurants and caterers will be on hand to sample their delectable menus and local breweries and distributors will sample their latest brews.

Hops Art will take place at the Art Saint Louis gallery which is located at 555 Washington Avenue, #150, St. Louis, MO 63101. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 day of show. They can be purchased at the Art St. Louis Gallery.

This is a great chance to help local artists all while enjoying some beer and food.

averyI think there are few things more fascinating than meeting the guys that brew the beer we drink.  The International Tap House agrees and they’ll be hosting brewer/owner Adam Avery of Avery Brewing in an event they’re calling The Avery Experience.

And let me tell you, this will be one hell of an experience.  Occurring on Monday, October 5th from 7PM-9PM, you’ll have your chance to sample the following beers:

Avery Big Beers
1. Ellie’s Brown Ale – American Brown Ale – 5.6% abv – 17 IBUs
2. White Rascal Ale – Belgian Wit – 5.6% abv – 10 IBUs
3. India Pale Ale – American IPA – 6.5% abv – 69 IBUs

Bigger Beers

4. Piglet Purgatory – American Pale Ale – 4.6% abv – 60 IBUs
5. SIXTEEN Avery Anniversary Ale – Saison – 7.69% abv – 14 IBUs
6. Brabant Barrel-Aged Wild Ale – American Wild/Sour Ale – 8.65% abv – 25 IBUs

The Holy Trinity of Ales
7. Salvation Belgian Golden Ale – Belgian Strong Golden Ale – 9% abv – 23 IBUs
8. The Reverend Belgian Quadrupel Ale – Belgian Dark Strong Ale – 10% abv – 18 IBUs
9. Hog Heaven Barleywine – American Barleywine – 9.2% abv – 104 IBUs

The Dictators Series

10. The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale 2009 – Imperial IPA – 10.69% abv – 102 IBUs
11. The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest 2009 – German Strong Lager – 9.73% abv – 24 IBUs
12. The Czar Imperial Stout 2005 – Russian Imperial Stout – 11.03% abv – 70 IBUs

The Demons of Ale
13. The Beast Grand Cru Ale 2004 Batch 1!! -Belgian Dark Strong Ale -15.70% abv – 68 IBUs
14. Samael’s Oak-aged Ale 2009 – English Barleywine – 16.45% abv – 41 IBUs
15. Mephistopheles’ Stout 2008 – Belgian Imperial Stout – 15.92% abv – 107 IBUs

HOLY S#*$! That’s a hell of a line-up. Like most good things in life, this one isn’t free. It’s going to cost you $25 to attend and you’ll need to make a reservation by emailing

augbotlogow_barley-small-web-view.jpgIf you’ve never attended the Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival, you’re missing out.  It’s just a nice time outdoors with beautiful weather in the Missouri Wine Country. This year’s festival is on October 3rd from 12PM-5PM, ticket will run you $25.

I do ask one thing, as Augusta is about a hour away from St. Louis, please make sure to have a designated driver, it’s the responsible thing to do. Here’s a run down of the breweries in attendance this year:

  • Augusta Brewing Company
  • St. Louis Brewery
  • Square One Brewery
  • Buckner Brewing Company
  • Morgan Street Brewery
  • Charleville Vineyard Winery and Brewery
  • Griesedieck Brothers Brewing
  • Anheuser Busch Michelob Specialty Brews
  • Mattingly Brewing Company
  • O’Fallon Brewery
  • Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Tin Mill Brewing Company
  • Buffalo Brewing
  • Prison Brews Brewpub
  • Amalgamated Brewing
  • Highlands Restaurant & Brewing Company
  • Hill Brewing Company
  • Cathedral Square Brewery
  • Garage Brewers Society

Bring your lawn chairs and your sun screen and be sure to come out. This is my second favorite beer festival in the area and I don’t think you should miss it.

flea_marketIf you’re a new homebrewer or you’re just looking at upgrading some equipment then you may want to block away some time this Sunday, September 27th from  12:30 until 3:00 PM for the St. Louis Area Brewers Flea Market located in the parking lot of the Schlafly Tap Room.

Homebrewers from the area will be peddling their wares and you may be able to pick up quite a bargain on some used equipment. You can also sell some equipment of your own, for more information check out the St. Louis Brews forum and I’m sure I’ll see you there.

freshhopFor all of you hop heads out there, you know this is a very special time of the year, it’s hop harvesting time.  It’s the time when breweries begin receiving their 2009 hop crop and begin producing some of the best fresh hop beers available.

To help celebrate that time, Schlafly has decided to put on the first, and I hope  what will become annual, Fresh Hop Ale Festival.  This festival will be occurring on Saturday, October 17th from 12PM-4PM at the Schlafly Bottleworks and tickets will cost $25 in advance ($30, day of.)

The St. Louis Brewery purchased a bulk amount of fresh hops which were then distributed to a number of area brewers who will create their own freshly hopped creation.  Here’s the currently list of participating breweries:

I normally don’t post events this early in advance, but as this will be held in a format similar to Cabin Fever, tickets will be limited and this is sure to sell out fast. You can purchase tickets here, beginning September 25th.

winemerchant.jpgBeer and cheese, there are few better pleasures in life and few things that pair better together.  Don’t believe me?  Well find out for yourself by attending the Artisan Cheese & Craft Beer Tasting at the Wine Merchant in Clayton this Thursday, September 24th, starting at 6PM.

This class will be hosted by Wine Merchant cheesemonger Simon Lehrer.  Simon has taught many different beer and cheese pairings including the ever-popular Schlafly Beer & Cheese tastings.

The cost of this event is $25 and reservations can be made by calling 314-863-6282.