stlcbwJust in case you’ve missed it, the 2010 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, once again, cannot 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 the final Saturday, Sunday, and Monday:

Saturday, May 1st

2010 St. Louis Microfest – Forest Park – 12PM-4PM
North American Craft Beers. Brewer Olympics, Homebrew Competition Awards, StLHops Meet & Greet. Music by The BlueTones.

2010 St. Louis Microfest – Forest Park – 6PM-9PM
American and International Beers. Music by Spontaneous Nugent.

Schlafly Export IPA Cask – Felix’s Bar and Grill – 6PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
One of the best ways to enjoy a traditional English IPA is to drink it the traditional way, from a cask. Felix’s Bar and Grill will be offering up a cask of the Schlafly Export IPA so you too can savor it like the would have 100 years ago.

Sunday, May 2nd

2010 St. Louis Microfest – Forest Park – 1PM-5PM
American and International Beers. Strongmen Exhibition. Music by the Funky Butt Brass Band.

Monday, May 3rd

Herbst Brewing Symposium – Schlafly Bottleworks – 7:30PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Join A-B’s corporate historian Bill Volmer as he discusses a history of beer in America. Bill will provide plenty of fascinating information that will teach you that the world of beer existed before Dogfish Head and Stone. This symposium is in honor of our good friend Henry Herbst.