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I love a good acronym.  The problem with an acronym is if you have to repeat what it means each time you use said acronym for an audience that may not be aware of what it means.  But, I think I’m  PIADAG will be my my new acronym of choice.

What does it mean, you ask?  Pour It in A DAmn Glass. Too often am I seeing great craft beer get somewhat squandered when people drink it out of a bottle.  I don’t know how often I’ll continue using my addition to the world of beer acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms, but it’ll be fun to try.

This brings us around to a very special event that Schlafly will be holding on June 10th, beginning at 6:30PM at the Schlafly Bottleworks.  Schlafly and Spiegelau Glassware will be teaming up to put on the first craft beer and specialty glass tasting event.

For $30 (or $25 if you’re a SIP Club member) you’ll get beer, snacks and your very own 4-piece Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur Glassware Set which normally has a retail value $49.95.  I can tell you that one of the glasses included in this glassware set is a tulip glass I received what at the Craft Brewers Conference in Chicago.  It could be one of the finest glasses I’ve ever owned.

So, if PIADAG is important to you, you may want to hop on the chance to attend this very special event.  Tickets can be purchased here.

Last year, I showed you a photo of just some of the casks that Schlafly purchased to expand their cask beer program. Well, when you have this many casks at your disposal, it means you get to put on events showcasing your beer.

In this case, it’s taking a cask of Schlafly beer and serving it at Bigelo’s Bistro in Edwardsville, Illinois.

This Friday, March 28th, starting a 5PM, a representative from Schlafly will be tapping a cask of the new American IPA that’s been dry-hopped with Columbus, Simcoe, and Centennial Hops. They’ll  be serving it until the cask runs out or until Bigelo’s closes.

Nothing quite like being able to enjoy some great cask beer right in your own backyard.   While you’re at Bigelo’s, make sure to ask for the very awesome STL Hops pizza.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past four years, you know that the 4th annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival is coming up in June. This festival was started to not only honor the history of brewing in St. Louis but to also showcase the talent of the area’s brewers.

This year’s festival will be featuring three different sessions will take place on June 11th and 12th. If the 20,000 people this festival attracts each year wasn’t impressive enough, I think addition of several new local breweries will make 2010 the best festival yet.

  • The grounds open on Friday, June 11th for a session that runs from 7 – 11 p.m. and again Saturday, June 12, from 1 – 5 p.m. and 7 – 11 p.m. Tickets for the Friday evening session and Saturday events cost $30 per person ($35 day of the events, so get your tickets now).
  • Restaurants participating in this year’s Festival are all from the St. Louis Originals group. Companion Bakery, Harvest, LoRusso’s Cucina, SqWires and Vin de Set have all created dishes designed to compliment the more than 70 beer styles available at the event.
  • Not only will you be able to taste beer from 14 local breweries, but this year you’ll also have the chance to sample beers from a number of area homebrewers.
  • This year’s Heritage Festival Beer recipe is David Roesch and Joe Orsa’s Bavarian Hefeweisen.  If you’re not familiar, this recipe will be brewed by a number of local breweries to be served at the festival.

Last year’s festival provided for some amazing weather and some amazing beer.  If you haven’t taken part in the Heritage Festival, I fully recommend it.  I’ve had some great times at the Saturday afternoon session, and I’m sure this year will be just as much fun.

SixRow_logoLuciano’s will be holding a beer dinner on May 27th, starting at 6:30PM, featuring beers from Six Row Brewing Company. This five course dinner was designed by Luciano’s Executive Chef/Owner Marc Del Pietro and Head Brewer Evan Hiatt will be there to discuss the beer.

Tickets for this meal will be $40 and reservations (which are required) can be made by calling 314-863-9969. Here’s a list of the courses along with the beer pairings:

Grilled Illinois Peaches, Gorgonzola Pine Nuts, Balsamic Glaze
Kolsch

Seared Sea Scallops, Fennel, Grapefruit, Herb Oil
Extra Pale Ale

House-Made Gnocchi, Spring Garlic,English Peas Cherry Tomatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano
Whale

Local, House Butchered Pork Duo
Roasted Pepperonada, Pork Jus

ESB

Chocolate And Honey Truffles, Pistachio
Honey Weizen

This Friday, May 21st, starting at 6PM, Buffalo Brewing Company will be releasing the first in their experimental series that they’ve dubbed the “Open Range Series.”

This is a new series of beers that will, according to new assistant brewer Jerid Saffell, “be spontaneously released throughout the year.” They’re not going to limit their imaginations for these beers and we’ve been promised that they’ll “encompass a vast amounts of styles.”

The first beer to be tapped at 6PM will be the Buffalo Tracks American Wheat. Here’s Jerid’s description of the beer:

Is it a Wheat beer with a hop problem, or a IIPA with an affinity for wheat? You get to be the judge. 4 malts (American 2 Row, Golden Promise, White Wheat, and Honey Malt) set the backdrop at an A.B.V. of 8%. Backing up all that malt are Summit, Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade, and Citra hops packing a whopping 203 calculated IBU punch. This one has been hopped at nearly every phase possible, even in the Mash Tun. Finishing it all off is our clean fermenting house American Ale yeast.

The second beer to be tapped that night will be the Dear Agony Imperial Stout. This is monster of a beer is over a year old. Here’s a description:

This beer packs an 11% punch. Deep chocolate and dark fruit on the palate with a backdrop of hops are the order here. And although it was brewed at 104 IBU’s the much needed storage on a beer this big has left the bitterness as a balancing agent to the malt as opposed to a distinct flavor in the beer. Although much more was brewed, only a 1/6th barrel (just over 5 gallons) will be served at this time.

And if everyone can drink through the Dear Agony, Jerid will also put on his Amy’s Tripel:

A few years ago a good friend of mine passed away suddenly. Each year I brew a Tripel in her honor. This one has been brewed with organic Raw Hawaiin Cane Sugar and Corriander Blossom Honey along with Pilsner and Wheat Malt with the Belgian Yeast culture from Mattingly Brewing. The honey has lended a unique earthy note to the beer which has been nicely balanced by the phenolics of the Mattingly belgian yeast strain. Strong and complex just like the woman it honors. 10% A.B.V. 28 IBU’s

On Tuesday, May 25th, starting at 6:00PM, a representative from the Schlafly will be tapping a cask of the American IPA and will be serving it at the Cabin Inn located at The City Museum.

This beer will be available until they run out or the pub closes. My guess is that they won’t have to worry about it not running out.

Newstead Tower Public House has begun putting together a line of beer dinners on random Sundays being titled GastroSoul. The object of these beer dinners, is to pair craft beer with Soul Food.

This month’s dinner is being held this Sunday, May 23rd, and it begins at 6PM. The cost of the meal is $45/person and reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling 314-535-7771.