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SixRow_logoWoooooooo, beer!  Seriously, how can you not be excited about beer?  I mean, you’re visiting a website devoted to beer.  C’mon!

Sorry, got a little too revved up.  Anyway, back to beer.  Six Row Brewing Company will be holding a special cask event next Thursday, February 3th starting at 6PM.

They’ll be serving up a cask of their of their ESB which they’ve dry-hopped with Fuggle. Here’s a description of the beer:

“Six Row’s ESB is a smooth and creamy traditional English ale with great malty characteristics and hop aroma; bitterness isn’t the defining characteristic of this ale! Belonging to the Pale Ale group of beers, the Extra Special Bitter, or ESB, has a much more complex malt and hop character and a higher ABV than others in the group.

We used traditional English pale ale malt combined with a substantial amount of both Fuggle and Goldings hops to make this beer well balanced and easy to drink. One of the favorites of the brewers.” (ABV: 4.47%, Bitterness Units: 33.7 IBUs, Color: 8.1, Original Gravity: 11.63 degrees Plato)

The excitement is palpable.  The only visual demonstration that would accurately express how excited I am is if we had a cask of beer crashing through the wall, Kool-Aid Man style.

OK, I’ll calm down now.

SixRow_logoI don’t know if you’ve been to Six Row Brewing Company recently, but they’ve begun cooking up some great grub.  To show off their new kitchen skills, Six Row will be holding their first ever beer dinner on Wednesday, February 9th beginning at 6:30PM.

They’ll be pairing five different beers with four different courses and you’ll be guided by Six Row Brewmaster Evan Hiatt. Tickets for the dinner will be $40 each which includes tip.  Here’s a look at the courses:

First Course
Roasted Garlic, Red Peppers, Granny Smith Apples and Brie
Warm Artichoke and Honeyweizen Dip Served with Toast Points
Served with Six Row’s Honey Weizen

Second Course
Warm Spinach Salad with Apples and Bacon
Served with Six Row Whale

Third Course
Beer Braised Brisket served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Smoked Gouda
Served with Six Row ESB (Extra Special Bitter), aka ESB

Fourth Course
Cheesecake with Mixed Berries
Served with Six Row Double IPA

Chocolate Brownies Drizzled with Caramel
Served with Six Row Porter

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.

burns03.tomonbar“Get yer haggis, right here. Chopped heart and lungs boiled in a wee sheeps’ stomach. Taste’s as good as it sounds. Good for what ails ya….”

Groundskeeper Willie

19 years and counting.  That’s how long Schlafly has been holding their longest running event, Burns Night, a celebration of Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns. If you’ve never attended, make sure that next Tuesday, January 25th is open on your calendar, because this is an event you do not want to miss.

Beginning at 5pm, you’ll start to see a bunch of people proudly sporting the tartan ready to get their fill of Scottish delights such as haggis, shepherd’s pie and scotch eggs. Then sit back and listen as St. Louis Brewery co-founder Tom Schlafly recites his yearly poem and make sure to enjoy the release of this year’s addition of the Scotch Ale.

So dust off your bagpipe and your kilt and get your arse to the Tap Room on Tuesday night (but don’t get there too late or you won’t find a seat downstairs.)

Beer supper!
Beer supper!
I want to attend a beer supper
At the HandleBar
I want to enjoy tasty beers
Goose Island beers are the star!

Every time I think about the HandleBar, I think about Queen’s brilliant song Bicycle Race. Now that we have my insanity out of the way, I’m happy to announce that the HandleBar will be putting on its first ever beer supper with the fine folks at Goose Island Beer Company. This supper will be taking place on Monday, January 24th beginning at 6:30PM.

Tickets for this event will be $35 dollars a piece. But tonight only (01/13/11), the HandleBar will be offering two tickets for $65. Plus, if you visit the HandleBar tonight, all Goose Island draughts and bottles will be $1 off. Here’s a look at the menu for this four course meal:

Opening Reception:
312 Urban Wheat Ale

1st Course:
White Cheddar IPA Soup
Paired with Honker’s Ale

2nd Course:
Spinach Salad with Roasted Beets, Walnuts, Goat cheese, Basil Vinaigrette
Paired with Matilda

3rd Course: Pizzas!
Shrimp, Feta, Ricotta, Tomato, Garlic Butter
Paired with Sofie

Pancetta, Goat Cheese, Carmelized Onions
Paired with a Surprise!

Roasted Winter Vegetables and Fontina
Paired with Mild Winter

Dessert Reception:
Winter-Spiced Thins
Paired with Pere Jacques

Tickets can be purchased at the HandleBar, for more information call 314-652-2212 .

hopslam.jpgUnlike the dreaded Yellow Fever or Pac Man Fever, Hopslam fever is real and it’s begun affecting St. Louis.  Some of the symptoms include: humulus hallucinations, maltalgesia, and irritability at local distributors.  But the Stable, has your cure.

On Friday, January 21st, beginning at 6PM, The Stable will begin pouring a very special cask of Bell’s Brewery’s Hopslam.  As far as I know, this is the only cask of Hopslam that will be coming into the St. Louis area.  It’s also the first one we’ve had in two years.

And just a word of advice, if the last Hopslam cask is any idea of how fast this will go, I wouldn’t show up after 6:45PM and expect to get a drink of this beer.  If you’re getting crazed over the fact you haven’t been able to enjoy Hopslam yet, just think how sick you’ll feel if you miss this.

This is kind of a bittersweet post.  On one hand, we’re going to be able to enjoy the Big Black Beer Bash again this year.  On the other hand, it’s a reminder that Mattingly Brewing Company is no longer with us.  But, we can use the BBBB to pour one out for our homies.

This very special version of the Big Black Beer Bash is going to be held on Sunday, January 30th beginning at 3pm at the International Tap House in Soulard.  Why is this a very special version?  Well, it’s because iTAP in Soulard isn’t open on Sunday’s, which means the following:

  • iTAP will NOT be selling beer that day.  They’re opening their doors and letting us party.
  • This event is BYOB.  You must bring at least one beer to attend the party.
  • Keep in mind the theme when you bring a beer.  Make it dark, make it black.
  • Food/snacks are absolutely welcome.
  • Make sure to be respectful. iTAP is being very generous by opening its doors.

Big thanks to Eric Hildebrandt, Cory King, Drew Huerter, and of course Brad Lobdell and Sean Conroy for bringing back this very cool event.  Can’t wait for the 30th.