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SixRow_logoLet’s be honest, there are few better combinations than bourbon and stout.  I don’t know what it is, but they just go hand and hand.  Throw in a little oak and not only does the oak compliment the already oak-y bourbon, but it also gives the stout a nice little vanilla tinge.

Well, lucky for us, the fine folks at Six Row Brewing Company decided to combine some oak and bourbon with their export stout to create a cask of Bourbon Oak Export Stout.  They’ll be holding a special cask event this Thursday, March 3rd starting at 5PM.

Here’s a description of the beer:

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)

So, make sure to head on out this Thursday to try this very special creation, it’s sure not to last long.

hopslam.jpgTaste memory is a fascinating thing. With each new release of beer, we have to determine if it was like our previous version. It’s even more fascinating when it comes to yearly releases.

You’re forced to try and remember what a beer tasted like from a year ago. Sometimes it’s easier when they’re beers that can be aged so you’ll have an idea of what it tasted like at one time, but for something like hoppier beers, you’re going off of memory and tasting notes if you have them.

Sometimes it’s even difficult to differentiate between a bottle and draught unless they’re side by side. How about an event that not only let’s you try them side by side, but also throws in a cask for good measure. What if I told you that the draught, bottle and cask were all Bell’s Hopslam?

I knew I’d get your attention.

This Friday, February 25th, starting at 7PM, the International Tap House in Chesterfield will be doing an “experiment” putting a sample of draught, bottle, and cask up for your taste buds. You can purchase all three in 5oz sample glasses for $13, or if you’re just interesting in drinking them alone, that can be arranged as well.

Give your taste memory a break and try this one a year beer side by side.

The thing I find most exciting about beer dinners is not just the beer or just the food, but seeing how chefs work with both items to try and find the best pairings possible. Eclipse Restaurant will be holding their first ever beer dinner next Tuesday, March 1st beginning at 6PM.

This dinner will be featuring four different Belgian beers paired with four different courses. The price of this dinner will be $40 per person and reservations will be required for the event. You can make reservations by calling (314) 726-2222. Here’s a look at the menu:

1st Course:
Pork roulette with lardons
Chimay Rouge

2nd Course:
Cheese plate
Orval

3rd Course:
Braised short rib with charred brussel sprout and loose polenta
Saison Dupont

4th Course:
Apricot studded bread pudding
Rochefort 10

They’re back!  For those of you that really enjoyed the Sunday beer dinners at the restaurant formerly known as the 1904 Beerhouse, they’re now back at the newly named Beerhouse.  This dinner, which will take place on February 27th, will feature three different courses and a dessert paired with four different Schlafly beers.

The cost of the meal is $35/person (tax and gratuity not included) and reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling 314-388-7655. Here’s a look at the menu:

Starter
Fresh Winter Mozzarella, Basil Wild Mushroom Salad, Mustard Vinaigrette, Pretzel Tots
Winter ESB

Appetizer
Kölsch Shallow Pan Poached Salmon, Purple Must Pappardelle, Leeks
Kölsch

Entrée
Braised Leg of Lamb, Horseradish Mint Scented Whipped Potatoes, Beet Strings, Irish Jus
Irish Style Extra Stout

Dessert
Black Forest Tower
Oak-Aged Barleywine

sq1r-y-cropped-small-web-viewTime flies when you’re brewing beer.  Square One Brewery and Distillery is turning five years old and plans on celebrating by throwing a party on Monday, February 21st from 4PM to 7PM.

Not only will also be plenty of free giveaways throughout the evening but at 7:00pm they will be offering one final huge grand prize. Titillating, isn’t it?

But the fun doesn’t stop there, they also will be featuring their anniversary beer which they’ve named the Pentabulous.  Featuring five different malts, five different hops (which were added at five different times) and a final ABV that will be 11.5%, it’s a beer they’re calling a “New World Strong Ale.”

Do me a favor, just don’t try and have five glasses of Pentabulous next Monday, OK?

stable_128x126.jpgIf you’re reading this site, there’s a good chance that one of two things has happened:

  1. You love beer.
  2. You were looking for naked women from St. Louis jumping up and down.

If you’re in the second camp, you need some help.  If you’re in the first camp, then The Stable is here to help you. On Saturday, February 19th from 2PM to 5PM Amalgamated Brewing will be hosting the 4th annual Beer Lovers Anonymous.

This will finally be your chance to face your beer loving demons by drinking a bunch of delicious beer.  If that seems counterintuitive, well, then drink a few more beers and it’ll make more sense. Tickets for Beer Lovers Anonymous are on sale now at The Stable. Tickets will cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

As there is a good chance this event sells out, I’d buy your tickets as soon you can as this event is sure to sell out. Apparently they had to turn away at least 50 people last year.

Check back later as I’ll hopefully have a beer list and I’ll also be giving away two tickets for this event.

codfestlogo2.gifI don’t know how this just snuck up on me, but it looks like  Schlafly‘s annual Cod and Cask Festival takes place this Friday February 11th (5PM to Midnight) and Saturday February 12th (5PM to Midnight). Schlafly brings in the freshest cod to serve up multiple ways!

If that wasn’t enough, what goes better with Fish and Chips but cask-conditioned ale? These beers are carbonated in the cask and hand pumped up to the bar at “cellar temperature” to provide the most authentic experience this side of the pond.

Schlafly brewer Brennan Greene assures me that he’s is doing his best this year to make sure cask beer is available all weekend, but just to be certain I would show up as early as you can on Friday to make sure you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Here’s the line-up of just some of casks that we can be expecting over the weekend:

English IPA
American Brown Ale
Scotch Ale
APA
Oatmeal Stout
and a few others