Just in case you’ve missed it, the 2011 St. Louis Craft Beer Week begins this Saturday. As we near the end of this week, we also near the end of my promotion of it on STL Hops.

I, once again, cannot begin to stress enough how important it is for all of us to help make this event successful. We have over 55 events this year, so it’s important to get the word out about this week.

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 a ton of the events are free, so it won’t hurt the pocketbook to attend more than a few.

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 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the week:

Friday, August 5th

Raspberry Coffee Stout release – Schlafly Tap Room & Bottleworks – 11AM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
Schlafly’s Raspberry Coffee Stout was so popular last year as a bottle-only release that they’ve decided to bring it back. Come out and enjoy this quintessential American beer at one of the finest breweries in St. Louis. This year includes a draft version as well as the lovely 750 ml. bottles. On tap at the Tap Room and Bottleworks at 11:00 a.m.

Trippel release – Six Row Brewing Company – 4PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
You don’t need to fly all over the world to get beers from around the globe. Just stop by Six Row and try out one of the most popular Belgian-styles ever, the always delicious Trippel.

Meet the Brewer The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 4PM-6PM
Free Event
Boulevard Brewer, Jeremy Danner, will be on hand to taste some beer including the Boulevard/Deschutes Collaboration.

Zwickel Vom Fass – Urban Chestnut Brewing Co – 5PM
Free Event (Drinks and food available for purchase)
To celebrate “International Beer Day” UCBC will be having an event they are calling “Zwickel Vom Fass”, a night featuring a cask of “Zwickel” and likely a dry-hopped cask of “Delta Hop”, a keep the glass special, and live music from the “Bar Room Troubadours”, who will hopefully be playing outdoors (if the weather cooperates) in the UCBC parking lot converted into a beer garden for the evening. Cask(s) will be released and glassware special begins at 5pm. Music begins at approximately 7pm.

Goose Island Barrel-Aged Buddiesfest – The Stable – 6PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
Goose Island is taking over 10 taps and rolling out some very rare beers. Check out this incredible lineup:
Bourbon County (2010)
Night Stalker
Dominique
Fleur
Sofie
Matilda
312
Honker’s
IPA
Summertime Kolsch

We will also be pouring bottles of these very hard to get beers
Bourbon County VANILLA Stout
Bourbon County COFFEE Stout
Big John

Share this event with the beer buddy in your life. They will thank you.

Meet the Brewer – Bigelo’s Bistro – 8PM
Free Event
Boulevard Brewing’s own Jeremy Danner will be at Bigelo’s Bistro and there will be a very special keg of Saison-Brett on draught as well as a few other Boulevard beers.


Saturday, August 6th

Firkin Fest International Tap House Soulard 12PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
Welcome to St. Louis’s first cask beer festival! The International Tap House in Soulard has lined up the most casks I’ve ever seen in the metro area and will be tapping them all day long. Beginning at 12PM two casks will be tapped and every two hours two new casks will be opened up. Here’s a few that will be available:

 

Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
Founders Centennial IPA
Green Flash West Coast IPA
Green Flash Imperial IPA
Urban Chestnut
Schlafly
O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
Six Row Double IPA with Columbus
Charleville Ale Mucho Hoppo

Brewers Summit Beer Tasting HandleBar2PM-5PM
$10 adv/$15 day of
Rub elbows with some of the best brewers in St. Louis as the HandleBar puts on the first Brewers Summit Beer Tasting in  St. Louis.  Your ticket gets you one 2-3oz sample from each of the breweries in attendance and a full pint of beer to be enjoyed during the Q&A panel.  Some of the breweries in attendance include:

Charleville
2nd Shift
Six Row
Schlafly
Perinnial
4 Hands
Urban Chestnut
Morgan Street
O’Fallon

Cask Bacon Porter – Six Row Brewing Company – 1PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
When Six Row first served up a cask of Bacon Porter back in June of 2011, it quickly became one of the most talked about and sought-after beers in the St. Louis region. Well, it’s back.

1/2 off St. Louis Craft Brews – Bridge Tap House – 9PM-1AM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Looking for a way to end your evening? How about getting some inexpensive beer and also supporting some local breweries as well? Bridge Tap House will be your late-night destination as they’re putting all of their local draught beers on sale.


Sunday, August 7th

Founders Beer Dinner – Bigelo’s Bistro – 4PM
Price $40 – Reservations are required (618-655-1471)
Owner Mark Pruitt is hosting a beer dinner featuring beers from Founders Brewery. Mark is working to pair 4 different Founders beers paired with 4 courses. Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance. Check out the full menu here.

Stone Brewing Company Beer Dinner – Balaban’s – 6:30PM
Price $50 – Reservations are required (636-449-6700 )
“There is an old saying in the wine business “It takes a lot of cold beer to make great wine”. We here at Balaban’s love our wine and our beer and could not be more excited about teaming up with one of America’s best and most decorated Craft Breweries Stone Brewing Company from North County San Diego for our first ever beer dinner.” Here’s a copy of the menu for this event.

Herbst Brewing Symposium – Schlafly Bottleworks – 6PM-8PM
Free Event(Food and drink available for purchase)
A hand-picked panel of St. Louis Craft Beer professionals discussing industry trends and current events, followed by Q&A from the audience. Moderated by St. Louis Public Radio News Producer, Adam Allington.

1/2 off St. Louis Craft Brews – Bridge Tap House – 5PM-12AM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Looking for a way to end your evening? How about getting some inexpensive beer and also supporting some local breweries as well? Bridge Tap House will be your late-night destination as they’re putting all of their local draught beers on sale.