The passion for beer in St. Louis has been absolutely insane.  It seems like every time you turn around, you’re seeing another dinner or festival.  This is truly a great time to love beer in the St. Louis area.  It’s good to know that even the chill of late January doesn’t keep people from putting on great beer festivals such as the St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival.

Here’s a look at what’s going on for the 2011 St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival which will be taking place the weekend of January 28th and January 29th:

Friday 1/28/10
Brewmaster Dinner – 6-9pm (Tickets $59)
Includes beer, food and service.

Join Schlafly’s co-founder Dan Kopman, as he takes us on a culinary tour of the portfolio of Schlafly craft beers paired with Chef’s Tony Cole’s inspired menu. Dan worked at Young’s Brewery in England before bringing his beer expertise back home to open The Saint Louis Brewery. Then, after several years in Scotland, Dan returned to the states to concentrate on the brewery full-time this evening promises a wide variety of tastings, history, insight, stories and opinions served alongside a phenomenal five course meal that will inspire and inform. This is an encore event and sold out quickly last time.

Saturday 1/29/10
Beer Tasting – 2-5pm (Tickets $20)
Beer Tasting – 6-9pm (Tickets $25)
We have made ticket prices even more affordable with the starting price at just $20. With more than 80 beers to taste, live entertainment and food to purchase, this is a great way to spend your football-free weekend. Guests will receive a complimentary tasting glass and be treated to some of the best selection and widest variety of beers from around the world. Live performance by the Melvin Turnage Band.

VIP Tasting Room – 6-7:15pm or 7:45-9pm (Tickets Additional $15)
You have probably noticed that there are more and more ultra-premium beers hitting the market and for the price of a couple of bottles, you can enjoy a seventy five minute open tasting. The number of tickets is limited so that everyone will have an opportunity to taste and discuss the portfolio of high end specialty beers. Please indicate session 1 or 2 when purchasing your ticket.

Tickets for all of the events are available by calling 314-241-4949 or by visiting the Moulin Events website. Sounds like a great way to spend a weekend in St. Louis.