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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.

If my review of the Sunday beer dinner at the 1904 Beerhouse whet your interest as well as your appetite, you’ll be happy to know they’re holding another on this Sunday, April 25th featuring beers distributed from Grey Eagle Distributors. This dinner, which begins at 6PM, will feature three different courses and a dessert paired with a number of different beers.

The cost of the meal is $25/person (tax and gratuity not included) and reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling 888-578-7289. Here’s a look at this week’s menu:

1904 BEERHOUSE STARTERS
Fried 1000 Islands Reuben
Grilled Pretzel Bruschetta with Mustardy Fried Green Tomatoes
Beer & Cheese Soup Shots
House-Made Garlic Sausage in Puff Pastry
Leffe Blonde
Long Hammer IPA

1st Course
Fresh Cherry Wood Smoked “Foley” Salmon Fillet,
Hoegaarden/Violet Mustard Risotto, Crispy Leek Hay
Hoegaarden Belgian White

Entrée
Gascony Style Duck Leg Confit on Sweet Pea/Parmesan Whipped Potatoes
Odwalla Carrot and Honker’s Ale Reductions
1904 Beerhouse Ale
Goose Island Honker’s Ale

Dessert
Rustic Banana and Chocolate Pithivier with Caramel Essence
Dunkel Weisse Dark Wheat Ale

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.

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 Tuesday and Wednesday:

Tuesday, April 27th

Beer and Cheese Tasting – Schlafly Tap Room – 7PM-9PM
Price $15
Join Schlafly and the Wine Merchant 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.

Beer and Food Pairing – Provisions Gourmet Market – 6:30-7:45PM
$25 Per Person – Reservations are required (314-989-0020)
Most BEER dinners feature one brewery, we have the option of choosing from 1,000 different beers. We have paired two experts Certified Sommelier Angela Ortmann (stlwinegirl) and Chef Scott from Provisions Gourmet Market for 5 courses of Food and BEER Pairing. The best bargain in town. Tickets can be purchased here.


Wednesday, April 28th

Beer School Graduation – Cicero’s – 5:30PM-6:30PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
You’ve learned all about beer at Cicero’s Beer School this part semester and now it’s time to celebrate by, you guessed it, drinking beer! All are welcome to this fun graduation party!

Schlafly Beer School – Herbie’s – 5:30PM-6:30PM
$25 per person.
Don’t know the difference between and Ale and a Lager? You will after a night at the Schlafly Beer School. Join Schlafly brewer Brennan Greene as he teaches you about different styles of beer and how they’re brewed. You’ll get to enjoy some food from Herbie’s along with a chance to sample six different styles of Schlafly beer. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations can be made by calling 314-769-9595.

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 what he called “Night of the Hops”! He’ll be offering up the Citra IPA, Jefferson Brown Ale and Dark Days Black IPA. You can almost taste those hops from here.

Left Hand Beer Dinner – The Stable – Time 7PM
$45 per person, gratuity and tax included.
The Stable will be putting a on a beer dinner featuring five courses paired with beers from the Left Hand Brewery. If that’s not enough to whet your interest, they’ll also be bringing out a 1 “Pin” (a 5 gallon firkin) of their Jackman’s APA! The price for this event is $45 which included tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 314-771-8500. Here’s a look at the menu.

Beer Bingo! – Newstead Tower Public House – 8PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
It’s time to break out your markers and your bingo cards as Newstead Tower Public House will be hosting an event called Beer Bingo! First come, first serve and tables fill up fast, so make sure to get there early and stake out your spot!

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.

If my review of last Sunday’s beer dinner at the 1904 Beerhouse whet your interest as well as your appetite, you’ll be happy to know they’re holding another on this Sunday, April 18th featuring beers distributed from Summit Distributing. This dinner, which begins at 6PM, will feature three different courses and a dessert paired with a number of different beers.

The cost of the meal is $25/person (tax and gratuity not included) and reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling 888-578-7289. Here’s a look at this week’s menu:

1904 BEERHOUSE STARTERS
Fried 1000 Islands Reuben
Potato Crusted Cod with Creamy Coleslaw
Blackened Prime Rib Sliders with Fried Green Tomatoes
Shredded Smoked Rib Quesadillas with Cilantro Cream

BOULEVARD WHEAT
LEINENKUGEL HONEY WEISS

1ST Course
Cilantro Roasted “Foley” Cod Fillet with Avocado, Tomato and Lagunitas Pink Grapefruit Dressing

LAGUNITAS IPA

ENTRÉE
Pepper &Walnut Crusted Rib Eye Steak, 6 Cheese Mac n Cheese
Roasted Shallot/Black Lager Reduction

SAM ADAMS BLACK LAGER
BIG SKY MOOSE DROOL

DESSERT
Roasted Banana Bread Pudding, Frozen Banana Treat, Caramel Gelato

MAGIC HAT #9

Riddle’s Penultimate will be hosting a beer dinner next Thursday, April 22nd featuring beers from Avery Brewing. This dinner, which begins at 7PM, will feature five courses and a dessert each paired with a different beer from Avery.

The cost of the meal is $38/person (tax and gratuity not included) and reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling 314-725-6985.