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 Saturday, Sunday and Monday:

Saturday, April 24th

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.

iTAP Prom – International Tap House – 7PM-Close
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Dust off your powder blue tux and come on out to the iTAP prom, where the theme for this prom is: “Two Hearts Beat as One.” In this case, the Two Hearts is a cask of Two Hearted Ale. There will be draught specials on Bell’s beers all night long.

Sunday, April 25th

Bell’s Beer Dinner – Bigelo’s Bistro – 4PM
Price $40 – Reservations are required (618-655-1471)
Owner Mark Pruitt is hosting Jim O’Conner from Bell’s Brewing and they’re working together to pair 5 different Bell’s beers paired with 5 courses. Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance.

Monday, April 26th

St. Louis Craft Beer Tweetup – The Bridge – 5-7PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
If you’re one of those pesky kids, with your newfangled Internets and your Twitters, well, I have an event for you. Evan Benn from the St. Louis Post Dispatch has put together the first St. Louis Craft Beer Tweetup. It’ll be like-minded individuals meeting up, talking and drinking some beer. No Twitter account is necessary to attend, but an RSVP would be nice.

IPA Night – The Good Pie – 6:30PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Hop heads unite! The Good Pie will be serving up some of the hoppiest beers known to man. Hops and Neapolitan-style pizza, sounds like a perfect pairing

Grand Teton Beer & Cheese Event – The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 5PM-7PM
Free Event
Chuck Nowicki from Grand Teton Brewing will be visiting the Wine and Cheese Place for a pairing of Grand Teton beers with delicious cheese. Now only will you be tasting their regular line-up, but word has it that Chuck will be bringing along some of their Cellar Reserve series to taste as well.

MOnday Local Beers & Burgers – The Bridge – All Day
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Celebrate being local by eating and drinking local. Dave Bailey will be featuring local burger made from Missouri Grassfed Beef along with a cask of Schlafly Organic Pale Ale.