Just in case you’ve missed it, the 2011 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. 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 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday:

Tuesday, August 2nd

Black IPA Flight – Six Row Brewing Company – 4PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
The best way to learn about beers is to sample them side by side.  Six Row Brewing has put together a flight of the newest craft beer rage, the Black IPA, to tickle you taste buds.

Green Flash Beer Tasting – The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 4PM-6PM
Free event
Celebrate the release of St. Louis’s newest visitor from the West Coast by coming out and tasting some delicious Green Flash beers. Representatives from Green Flash will be on hand to sample some of their hoppy ales along with their Belgian series as well.

Missouri Tap Takeover – International Tap House (Both Locations) – 6PM
Voluntary Cover Charge to Benefit the Crohns and Colitis Foundation (Drinks available for purchase)
Over the past three years, Missouri has quickly grown into a brewing powerhouse.  We have some amazing breweries from around the state, so, for the first time ever, iTAP is devoting a number of tap handles to only local breweries.  Come out and see what kind of beers are available from around the Show-Me state.

Boulevard Beer Dinner Growlers Pub – 6PM
Price $40 – Reservations are required (314-984-9009)
Growlers Pub loves Boulevard.  Just how much?  So much that they wanted to celebrate St. Louis Craft Beer Week by throwing a 5 course meal pairing delicious food with fantastic Boulevard beers.  $40 for 5 courses is a heck of a deal, so don’t let this one pass you by. Here’s a look at the menu for this event.

Beer and Cheese Tasting – Schlafly Tap Room – 7PM-9PM
Price $15 – Reservations are required
Schlafly Beer and Urban Chestnut partner with The Wine Merchant and The Wine and Cheese Place to provide 6 styles of craft beer painstakingly paired with 6 artisan cheeses. Tickets are available at the Schlafly Tap Room.

Green Flash Family Style Beer Dinner – Bridge Tap House – 7PM
Price $25 – Reservations are required (314-494-2174)
Green Flash how you like it, in the amounts you want it, with an amazing array of food served family style at a communal table. Your ticket price includes all you can eat on the family-style dinner.  Beer will cost extra, but Green Flash beers will be at a discounted rate.  Email dave@baileyrestaurants.com or call the number above for reservations.

Wednesday, August 3rd

Vienna Lager Release – Six Row Brewing Company – 4PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
One of the first examples of lager beer, the Vienna lager features a soft malt profile and just enough hop bite to keep you coming back for more.

Boulevard Tasting – Lukas Liquor – 4PM-7PM
Free Event
Come on out to Lukas Liquor to try three very unique beers from Boulevard Brewing. Laura Dale, from Boulevard will be on hand to sample the Collaboration #2 White IPA, Saison-Brett and a very special sampling of their Dry Hop Double Wide IPA on draught.

Beer School – Cicero’s – 5:30PM-6:30PM
Free Event
Join STL Hops founder Mike Sweeney as he goes over the fascinating and tasty world of Saisons.

Schlafly Cask Night – The Royale – 6PM
Free Event (Drinks and food available for purchase)
Three years ago Schlafly Tap Room brewer Brennan Greene got married. He created the IBA (India Brown Ale) as a wedding beer. He’s still brewing up this beer today. Come on out and enjoy a cask of one of the best beers brewed in St. Louis.

Boulevard Beer Dinner & a Movie – Piasa Pub – 6PM
Price $35 – Reservations are required (618-786-9463)
We have to go back, back to Piasa Pub! Well, you’re at least going to have to go to enjoy a dinner featuring Boulevard Beers and then after 9PM, they’ll be showing Back to the Future on their outdoor screen.

Avery Brewing 9 Circles of Hell – Llywelyn’s Webster – 6:30PM
Price $25 – Reservations are required (314-962-1515)
Do you know how hard it is to keep vintages of beer?  Not only do you have to sit on it for years, but you also have to have the wherewithal to not drink it!  Well, Avery and Major Brands have done the heavy lifting for you and will offer up a 2007 and 2010 Beast, a 2006 and 2011 Samael, and a 2008 and 2010 Mephistopheles.  If that wasn’t enough, they’ll also be offering samples of food to be paired with each beer.  All this for $25?  This will probably be the first event to sell out.  Don’t wait. Check out the menu with all of the beer pairings and samples.

Kirkwood Highlands Beer Dinner – Kirkwood Highlands – 6:30PM
Price TBD – Reservations are required (314-966-2739)
Kirkwood Highlands is putting on another of their always enjoyable beer dinners.  KH’s Jack MacMurray III has put together five different courses to pair with five different Kirkwood Highlands beers. Here’s a look at the menu.

Brewers’ Pig Roast – Eclipse Rooftop Bar – 6:30PM
Price $30 – For more information call 314-726-2222
Five of St. Louis’ newest distributing breweries will be providing libations from 6:30 PM until the beer runs out. Come down and drink with the brewmasters of Urban Chestnut, Six Row, Morgan Street, 2nd Shift, and Civil Life. We will be feasting whole hog on a delicious roasted pig. All you can eat! Thirty dollars will get you a never ending plate, and a pint of cask ale provided by the Civil Life Brewing Company. Drafts from the other four breweries will be available at the bar. Don’t miss it!

Goose Island Invasion International Tap House Chesterfield7PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
Goose Island!  CHARGE!  The fine folks from Chicago are invading St. Louis to let us try some tasty, and rare, treats from them.  Here’s a list of beers that will be available at this very special event:

Pere Jacques
Pepe Nero

Madame Rose

Meet the Brewer – Side Pockets in St. Charles – 7PM
Free Event (Drinks and food available for purchase)
Did you know that Augusta Brewing won a gold medal last year at the Great American Beer festival? Needless to say, Augusta has an awesome team and this is your chance to meet them. Come out and visit with Augusta’s Terry Heisler and Shawn Herrin and ask them what it takes to win a gold.

Boulevard Hoppy Wheat Sampling – Pi Delmar – 7PM-9PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Shhh, want to sample one of the newest creations from Boulevard for free? Then make sure you check out the @PiSTL. They’ll have a super secret tweet put out that day that’ll get you a taste of this new mysterious beer.

Left Hand Weak Sauce and Nitro Wake Up Dead Tapping – Bridge Tap House – 8PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Looking for that very special Left Hand Beer Week Sauce porter? You’ll find it and a nitro version of Left Hand’s Wake Up Dead at the Bridge.

Thursday, August 4th

Charleville Mucho Hoppo Cask – Pi Delmar – 3PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Here’s one of your first chances to try Charleville’s newest creation, the Mucho Hoppo, and you get to try it on cask. Sounds like a win-win.

Cask Peppercorn Double IPA – Six Row Brewing Company – 4PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for one of Six Row’s always amazing cask beers.  This one is a real doozy as they take their very popular Double IPAs and mix in some peppercorns.  This spicy combination is sure to be a real hit.

Burgers, Breakfast, and Beer – Bridge Tap House – 4PM-10PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Bridge Tap House, Rooster, and Baileys’ Range teaming up with New Belgium for a family friendly event. This will be held at Bridge, either outside or in the banquet space if it rains or is oppressively hot. We will be serving Grass Fed MO Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Fried Egg Sandwiches, and Local Beef Hot Dogs for the kids, with guest Celebrity Grill Master Steve Gontram of Blue Ribbon Burgers. Games for kids and Adults,including a sidewalk chalk contest and washers. Lips of Faith brews on tap.

Boulevard Beer Dinner – Atomic Cowboy – 6PM
$40 Per Person – Reservations are required (314-775-0755)
In honor of STLCBW, FEAST and Boulevard Brewing Co. invite you to join Atomic Cowboy for a dinner that pairs Atomic’s stellar Mexican eats with Boulevard’s Pilsner, Zōn, Tank 7, 6th Glass and Dark Truth Stout. View the full menu here.

Goose Island Beer and Cheese Pairing – The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 6PM-8PM
Price TBD  – Reservations are required (314-727-8788)
Join Goose Island’s Karen King as she pairs some delicious vintage ales from Goose Island with the extensive and equally delicious cheeses from the Wine and Cheese Place.

Schlafly Beer Dinner – Ballyhoo – 6PM
$35 Per Person – Reservations are required (636-244-6900)
It’s always fun to dine with someone from a brewery.  They almost always have some great stories about beer and brewing.  Join Schlafly’s Kent Householder at a beer dinner that will not only provide you with five different Schlafly beers, but also four different courses as well.

Beer vs Wine – Home Wine Kitchen  – 6PM & 8PM seatings.
$40 Per Person – Reservations are required (Purchase tickets here.)
In honor of St. Louis Craft Beer Week, your resident St. Louis enthusiasts, STLwinegirl Angela Ortmann and Hip Hops’ Evan Benn go head-to-head in a food pairing showdown to prove who provides the better match! With dishes prepared by Home Wine Kitchen’s Chef Cassy Vires, each guest will be served one craft beer and one wine with courses of cheese, charcuterie and chocolate. See more information on Home’s website.

Beer Trivia – Ferguson Brewing Company – 7PM
$120 for a six person team. Call 314-521-2220 to sign up.
While all of the questions will have something to do with beer in one way or another, you won’t have to be a beer geek to be able to compete at this trivia night, but it helps. Ferguson will be giving away all sorts of beer related stuff from other breweries around the area (and their own) for raffle/attendance prizes as well. Proceeds from this event will be going to “A Soldier’s Wish List” Check out this PDF for more information.