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Do you know this man?  His name is Jim O’Connor and he works for Bell’s Brewery.  Where Jim goes, great beer follows.  Need proof?  How about what’s got to be one of the final casks of Hopslam available in the St. Louis metro area.

Jim will be pouring this cask next Wednesday, March 30th beginning at 5PM at Bigelo’s Bistro.  And because this is always fun, Mark from Bigelo’s will be putting on a keg of Hopslam as well to give you a chance to compare and contrast the cask version to the standard draught version.

Do you need more incentive?  How about a surprise guest appearance by beer celebrity bartender Jerad Gardner?  Any time Jerad shows up for a party, you know you’re in for a good time.

So, if you’re on the east side of the river or if you’re looking for something fun to do next Wednesday night, be sure to head out to Bigelo’s.  Oh, and make sure to try the STL Hops pizza while you’re there!

Do you like drinking beer?  Do you like helping good causes?  What if you could do both?  This isn’t some sort of alcohol fueled delusion, this is an event being called One Fish, Two Fish, Starfish, Brewfish being held on April 9th from 1PM-6PM.

Tickets for Brewfish will cost you $25 and will allow you to not only sample 2 competition- more on that later- beers from four midtown breweries (Schlafly, Buffalo Brewing, Urban Chestnut, and Six Row Brewing) along with shuttle service to all four breweries and five small beers or appetizers.

After you’ve sampled all 8 samples, you’ll be voting on which brewery had the best beer and environment.  Democracy, yay!

Proceeds from this event go to help the Starfish One By One program.  Starfish works to educate Mayan girls from Guatemala.  They hope that the education will help to break the “cycle of poverty” that’s stricken the Mayan girls.

This will provide some great beer and you’re helping good cause, so go out and purchase your ticket at any of the four participating breweries today.

Edit: Just received word from Amalgamated about this event: “The Founders Beer Dinner at The Stable on 3/28 has been rescheduled for Monday, April 25 at 6:30 pm. We will be serving the identical menu as before. Those with reservations can keep them for the new date or cancel and receive a full refund. Those looking to attend and have yet to make reservations now have until Friday, April 22 to to do so.”


stable_128x126.jpgThe Stable will be putting on a very special beer dinner on Monday, April 25th featuring five courses paired with beers from Founders Brewing.  Normally any beer dinner featuring Founders would automatically be cool, but this beer dinner looks to be epic.  You’ll quickly see below, but there are a couple of beers on the menu that haven’t been available in St. Louis in quite some time.

The dinner will begin at 6:30PM and the price for this event is $60 which does not included tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 314-771-8500. Here’s a look at the menu:

Beer reception featuring Cerise

Appetizer course
Saffron Artichoke Flatbread, Chilled Shrimp Salad tossed with an IPA Vinaigrette served on an Endive Spea
Double Trouble (2011)

Salad Course
Roasted Beet Salad with Sweet Corn and Goat Cheese tossed in a Citrus Vinaigrette
Nemesis (2011)

Main Course
Steamship Roast with a Bourbon Molasses glaze, Smoked Baked Potato (Bacon, Sour Cream, Butter, Green Onion, Candied Pecans, Cheddar, and other assorted toppings.), Roasted Glazed Carrots
Black Biscuit (2010)

Dessert Course
Imperial Stout Ice Cream with Assorted toppings; Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, Brazil Nuts, Dried Cherries soaked in Bourbon, Dried Apricots, Dehydrated Banana Chips, Beer whipped Cream, 85 Lashes Rum Butterscotch, Mexican Chocolate Sauce
Imperial Stout (2011)

It should be noted that all beers will be draught. The Stable has been sitting on Black Biscuit since last year. Very cool. This will certainly sell out, so don’t miss out.

The tickets for the very, very special Alaskan Brewing and Schlafly Vertical Tasting, which will be taking place on April 14th, have gone on sale. You can purchase tickets online or at either brewery.

If you don’t remember, this event will allow you to taste a vertical of Schlafly 2006, 2008, and 2010 Reserve Series Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout and some aged Alaskan Smoked Porter.

The tickets will run you $35 and are going to be very limited. This event will  absolutely sell out quickly. If you’re the kind of person who likes to see how beers change over time, this will be a can’t miss event. Buy your tickets now.

If you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Thursday, but you’re looking for someone a little better to drink than beer with some food coloring in it, here are a few options to help you Erin Go Bragh:

The Stable:  Opening at 6:30AM on Thursday and they’ll be serving up a breakfast buffet that will include of scrambled eggs, sausage, Irish bacon, corned beef hash, baked beans, sliced tomatoes, toast and brown bread.  A great way to start the morning.  As all of you die-hards know, it’s important to lay down a base. The buffet will cost you $9.95 and there will be plenty of Irish beers to choose from.

International Tap House:  As St. Patty’s Day falls also on the start of March Madness, that also means that iTap will be opening at 11am; Irish and “Irish Style” ales for $3 from open to close.  All of the NCAA games will be available on the TVs.

Growlers Pub:  Growlers will be offering up an all you can eat breakfast buffet from 6am to 10am that includes your choice of coffee, juice or a pint of Harp, Smethwicks, or Guinness.  The from 11am to close they’ll be offering a Corn Beef and Cabbage dinner.  Live music as well.

The Royale: Offering up a selection of stouts, ales, whiskeys, stout beef stew, bangers and mash (meat or vegetarian) and more starting at 11:30AM.  They’ll also provide “Eileen Gannon on harp and Mary on flute playing Irish music from 1:30-3pm.”  John Gassel will provide Irish and Irish inspired music at some point during the evening. There will also be some literature readings throughout the day and other surprises as well.

Global Brew Tap House: For all of you Illinois folk, Global Brew is celebrating St. Patty’s Day all week serving up some Irish and Irish inspired beers: Rogue Kells Irish, Schlafly Irish Style Extra Stout, Six Row Foreign Extra Stout, Wexford Irish Cream Ale (Nitro Tap), Murphy’s Stout (Nitro Tap), Murphy’s Irish Red, Smithwicks, and Harp. From March 14-18 they’ll be doing a Pot-O-Gold Giveaway where they’ll be giving away a $250 American Airlines gift card. One entry per person per day, winner will be drawn on March 19th.

Six Row Brewing Company: Tapping a cask of their very special Vanilla Porter at 5PM.  This cask went dry in less than two hours last time around, so make sure not to miss out.

The fine folks at Schlafly also sent over some events they’re putting on:

  • Tapping a cask of APA at Pat’s (corner of Oakland and Tamm) at 9am
  • Pat’s Dogtown Liquor (corner of Tamm and West Park) will have an entire pallet of Summer Lager Cans for sale during the parade.
  • In the old lumberyard behind Seamus McD’s there will be a trailer full of Schlafly APA, Pale, and Hef on tap

If there are other locations that want their events listed, just add them to the comments section and I’ll add them throughout the day.

Noble hop fans, rejoice, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has line up an event to celebrate all things Hallertau.  On Sunday, March 27th from 1-4PM, UCBC will be throwing their first annual Hopfenfest.

Hopfenfest is a party to honor the noblest of the noble hops all grown from the Hallertau region of Bavarian.  This will be your chance to not only meet and talk to hop growers from Hallertau, but also to try some awesome beer brewed with this hops.

Your $30 ticket will not only get you a commemorative glass and live music, but also some delicious beer containing the Hallertau hop.  You can purchase your ticket here, but make sure to buy them soon as there are only a limited number available.

Here’s a list of beers they’re going to be offering up:

  • Zwickel
  • Hopfen
  • Pilsner (with Hallertau Mittelfruh)
  • Pilsner (with Hallertau Tradition)
  • TBD or Wasandis
  • Winged Nut (Only one without Hallertau!)

It’s time to welcome the newest brewery to the St. Louis area. Ladies and gentlemen let’s give it up to Firestone Walker Brewing Company! To celebrate the arrival of this west coast behemoth, Major Brands has worked to put on a number of events around the area. Here’s a list:

  • Monday 3/14 – Wine & Cheese Place, Clayton – tasting 5pm – 7pm
  • Monday 3/14 – The Bridge promo scheduled, 7PM
  • Tuesday 3/15 – Lukas Liquor tasting scheduled 4pm – 6pm
  • Tuesday 3/15 – iTap Chesterfield promo scheduled 5pm – 7pm
  • Tuesday 3/15 – iTap Soulard promo scheduled 8pm – 11pm
  • Wednesday 3/16 – Cicero’s Beer School, 5:30pm – 7pm

Each of these events should provide an excellent chance to try a number of different Firestone Walker beers along with beers from the Nectar Ales line.  Here’s a list of beers that have made their way into Major Brands warehouse:

  • Anniversary #14
  • Abacus
  • Double Jack Imperial IPA (draught and bottles)
  • Walker Reserve Porter
  • Nectar Hemp (draught and bottles)
  • Nectar IPA (draught and bottles)

I know there are a few things missing on this list, but we should hopefully be seeing them in St. Louis soon. Can’t wait to see some of these beers around town.