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stable_128x126.jpgThe Stable will be putting a on a beer dinner next Wednesday, December 1st featuring five courses paired with beers from Bell’s Brewery. If that’s not enough to whet your interest, I’m also told that this dinner will be hosted by Jim O’Connor from Bell’s!

The dinner will begin at 7:00PM and the price for this event is $40 which included tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 314-771-8500. Here’s a look at the menu:

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Crispy grit cakes,shrimp etouffee with braised kale.

Bell’s Double Cream Stout Cask
Braised beef short ribs,root vegetable puree` ,parsnip turnip and roasted carrots with a cream stout gravy.

Bell’s Winter White
Bone in pork chop,fennel apple and potato gratin,warm arugula salad with a mustard bacon vinaigrette.

Bell’s Batch 9000
Plum clafoutis with salty caramel ice cream.

stable_128x126.jpgThere are few things better than beer, but nothing says love like getting up early on a Sunday to drink some beer. On Sunday, November 21st, starting at 9AM, The Stable will be holding a Founders Beer Brunch featuring not only Breakfast Stout and Kentucky Breakfast Stout, but the sought-after Canadian Breakfast Stout. For those not aware of CBS, here’s a description from Founders:

Founders Breakfast Stout aged in Kentucky whiskey barrels that were also used by a small maple syrup maker.  The beer is then aged underground in the town’s local mine.  Maple & whiskey soaked wood, Sumatra and Kona coffee beans breakfast stout.  Damn. What else can you say?

If stouts aren’t your thing, it’s important to note that The Stable is also celebrating November as IPA month. They’ve set aside 20 of their tap handles for an ever rotating selection of IPAs from around the country. Whether you like the black beers or hoppy beers, The Stable has something for you.

All the I’s have been dotted and all of the ink is now dry; 2nd Shift Brewing Company is now ready to distribute.  To celebrate the newest brewery coming into St. Louis, 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar will be hosting a launch party this Saturday, November 13th starting at 11AM.  Here’s the details direct from 33 Wine’s Jeff Stetner:

It’s a good time to be a St. Louis beer drinker with all the new breweries coming online over the next 12 months. This will hopefully be the first of many new beer tasting opportunities in the near future. On November 13, 33 Wine shop and Tasting Bar in Lafayette Square will open it’s doors early in the day (11:00 am) to allow the STL Hops community a chance to try 4-5 of Second Shift’s first trench of beers. There will be a 1/6 of each beer and they will be poured until the beer runs out. Beers include:
  • Art of Nuerosis IPA (6.2%)
  • Cat Spit Stout (4.2%)
  • Weiss and Virtue Weissbeer (4%)
  • Sort of Belgian Brown (6%)
  • Little Big Hop Session (3.5-4%) – (HOPEFULLY)

I’ve also been told that all of the beer available to enjoy will be a meager $4.00 per 12oz pour. So, not only do you get to try beer from the area’s newest brewery, but it’s light on the pocket as well. Hope to see everyone there on Saturday!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled beer news to bring you some cider news. biglogo.JPG Mark from Bigelo’s Bistro is putting on his first cider dinner. Mark will be bringing in Derek Bean and Crispin Ciders for a dinner pairing five different ciders with five different courses.

The dinner will be taking place this Sunday, November 14th at 4PM. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, will be $35 each or $65 per couple, not including gratuity. You can make reservations by calling 618-655-1471. Here’s a look at the dinner:

beer-312_1280×960.jpgAh, it’s that time of the year again. Time to break out your mash paddle, fire up the burners and teach someone how to homebrew! According to the American Homebrewers Association, “Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day is an international event to introduce people to the homebrewing hobby and establish relationships with local homebrew supply shops.”

Each year on the first Saturday in November homebrewers get together and gather up some friends and teach them how to brew beer. It could be possible that your friends may not ever brew a beer again, but I think it’s very important that if you love beer, you understand how beer is made.

But what if you don’t know a friend that homebrews? Well, you always have a friend at the St. Louis Wine and Beermaking shop, as they’re hosting a homebrewing demonstration on November 6th running from 9AM-4PM:

All grain demonstrations starting at 9AM-4PM at St. Louis Wine & Beer Making.  Local brew club memebers from St. Louis Brews, Garage Brewers Society and East Side Brewers will be on hand doing demonstrations and answering homebrew questions.

If you’re looking for some used equipment, you’re also in luck as the they’ll also also be running a St. Louis Area Brewers Flea Market at St. Louis Wine and Beermaking from 11AM-12:30PM. Homebrewers from the area will be peddling their wares and you may be able to pick up quite a bargain on some used equipment.

You can also sell your old equipment. For more information about this event, please check out this thread on the St. Louis Brews forum.

itap.jpgCASK! CASK! CASK! CASK! Who has two thumbs and loves cask beer? This guy. Judging by other cask events in the area, I know I’m not the only one.

Well, lucky for all of us cask beer lovers, it turns out that the International Tap House in Chesterfield will be tapping a cask of Founders Harvest Ale this Friday, November 5th beginning at 5:30PM. This is the only cask of this once a year beer to make it to Missouri, so you know it’s not going to last long.

Opportunities like this don’t come around very often so make sure to make it out to iTap on Friday!

Schlafly will be holding one of their annual SIP Club Beer Dinners this Thursday, November 4th beginning at 6:30PM.  “But, I’m not a SIP Club member!”, you say.  No worries, this event is open to the public.

This six-course meal, which has been designed by Tap Room head chef Andy White will run you $55 per person (or $45 if you’re a SIP Club member) and you can reserve a spot by calling Stewart Wolfe at 314-241-2337 ext 252.  Here’s the menu:

Winter ESB – Grains
Quinoa, Black Barley, Farro, Bulgur

Belgian Spice – Shell Fish
Scallop, Conch, Oyster, Cockle

Rye IPA – Vegetables
Butternut Squash, Sunchoke, Cauliflower, Greens

Cask American Brown Ale – Potatoes
Gratin, Croquette, Chilled Salad, Chip

2010 Oak-Aged Barleywine – Meat
Beef, Venison, Pork, Veal

2010 Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout – Sweets
Custard, Cake, Jelly, Chocolate

For the record, I’ve attended one of these dinners in the past and they will kill you with food. You will leave uncomfortably full, which isn’t a terrible thing.