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 Thursday and Friday:

Thursday, April 29th

Left Hand Cask Night – International Tap House (Chesterfield) – 7PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
The International Tap House will be hosting some fellas from the Left Hand Brewery, and they’ll be bringing out a 1 “Pin” (a 5 gallon firkin) of their new year-round 400# Monkey IPA on tap that night, plus some other fun beer from Left Hand!

Blind IPA Tasting – The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 6-7:30PM
$5 per person.
So you have a favorite beer huh? Think you could pick it out of a line-up? Too many times our eyes and brains deceive us and the beer you think is your favorite might not be. A blind beer tasting gives you the opportunity to taste beers without having to worry about what the label says. This is a great chance to give some beers a second chance.

Schlafly Beer Dinner – Outlaw Blues Restaurant and Saloon – 6-9PM
$30 per person
Outlaw Blues Restaurant and Saloon will be putting a on a beer dinner featuring four courses paired with beers from Schlafly. The price for this event is $30 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 618-589-3628. Here’s a look at the menu.

$2 Pitcher Night – Morgan Street Brewery – 10PM-2AM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
s are tough, but Morgan Street Brewery is here to help. In honor of Craft Beer Week, they’ll be offering up $2 pitchers on all of their drafts starting at 10PM. Great beer at a great price.

Friday, April 30th

Boulevard 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 by inviting Boulevard representative Laura Dale out to taste some fantastic Boulevard beers.

Bell’s Beer Tasting – Lukas Liquor – 4PM-6PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Join Bell’s representative Jim O’Connor as he samples some of the great beers that Bell’s Brewery has to offer.

2010 St. Louis Microfest – Forest Park – 7PM-10PM
International Beers including wide variety of Belgian Beers; select group of Belgian Beers in the VIP Biergarten. Music by the Falling Martins.