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Category: Beer Events

Let me tell you, putting on a beer dinner ain’t easy. Putting on my first one was pretty nerve-racking.  From the pairings, to the serving, to the putting butts into the seats, there is a lot that goes on.    So, I’m always wanting to give a bit a love to any place that decides to put on a dinner featuring some great craft beer.

This Thursday, June 2nd, beginning at 7PM, Boogaloo in Maplewood is putting on a beer dinner featuring 7 different beers from the Goose Island Brewery.  These 7 beers and six different courses will cost you a staggering $30.  That’s an insane deal.  If you’d like to attend, make sure to call 314-645-4803 for reservations.  At this price, this is sure to sell out fast.

Here’s a look at the menu:

I honestly don’t know how this one took so long.  Kirkwood Highlands Brewing has a great brewer, they have a restaurant, how did this great idea not come up sooner?  Well, let’s not get caught up on why and just celebrate the fact that Kirkwood Highlands is finally doing a beer dinner.

This five course meal, which will take place on Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30PM, pairs five of Kirkwood Highlands’ handcrafted beers with a meal designed by Chef Jack MacMurray III. After working at restaurants such as Crazy Fish, Wild Horse Grill, and Sage, you know that Chef MacMurray will know how to expertly pair dishes with Brewmaster Dave Johnson’s beer.

Here’s a look at the menu:

Spiced BBQ Shrimp over Boursin Cheese Swirl Rye Crostini

Blackberry Wheat
Brewery Spinach Salad with Warm Goat Cheese, Spiced Nuts and Blackberry Vinaigrettte

Bohemian Pilsner
Tomato Cheddar Ale with Proscuitto Cracklin

Cajun Roasted Pork Loin with Andouie Suasage Mustard Creole Sauce, Sweet Potato Hash and Spinach

Brown Ale
Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding with Brown Ale Caramel Sauce

Reservations for this dinner, which will cost $45 per person, are required and can be made by calling (314) 966-2739.

June is almost here and we have another great beer festival right around the corner.  The 2011 Saints Peter & Paul Craft Beer Fest will be taking place next Friday, June 3rd from 6-9PM, held on the grounds of the Alton – Wood River Sportsman Club. (3109 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, Illinois 62035) Tickets for the festival are still available here.

$20 gets you in the door with 20 tasting tickets.  Additional tickets will be available for $1 a piece. There will be over 60 different craft beers to sample along with food from Bigelo’s Bistro and music from Matt Taul & Friends.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this event and organizer Mark Pruitt has always done a great job of putting together a fun and interesting selection of beers to taste.  I’ve also been told that there will be a table of STL Hops members there pouring beer, which will give you an opportunity to talk up some fellow craft beer nerds.

So, head on out and help out the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and School in Alton, IL.

Let’s face it, the weather has kind of sucked. It seems like every day has either been cold or raining. Well, we’re all in luck as this weekend has a chance of having some pretty great weather.

And isn’t great weather what May is all about? Well, the International Tap House in Chesterfield is ready to celebrate all things May and all things German by throwing another of their very popular Maifest celebrations this weekend. Running from 4PM-Midnight on Friday, May 20th and from 1PM-Midnight on Saturday, May 21st, iTap will have plenty of beer, brats and Bavarian pretzels.  It even only costs you $5 to attend.

Here’s a line up of the beer they’ll be serving:

Hofbrau Original
Hofbrau Maibock
Hofbrau Hefe

Paulaner Hefe
Reissdorf Kolsch
Warsteiner Dunkel
Spaten Orig
Franz Hefe
Charleville Maibock
Boulevard Boss toms
Schlafly Kolsch
Urban Chestnut Zwickel
Urban Chestnut Maibock
Six Row Honeyweizen
Tucher Hefe

I’m even told there will be 1 liter and half liter mugs available, that you’ll get to keep after buying a Hofbrau (1L and .5L) and Spaten (1L only) draught beer. There will also be plenty of music as well with acts including:

3-6 Randall’s Vinyl experience
6-9 Adam Stanley
9-midnight The Schwag

1-4 Waterloo German Band
4-6 Local Gents
6-9 TBD
9-midnight Steve Ewing Band

So, get out this weekend and enjoy the May weather we’ve all been missing.

American Craft Beer Week, not to be confused with St. Louis Craft Beer Week, begins next Monday, May 16th and to kick it off, Six Row Brewing Company is putting on a myriad of events.  Here’s a look at what’s in store:

Monday 5/16 – Releasing first small batch: Cream Ale. We have a small batch release of our Cream Ale. If you liked our Kolsch, we think you’ll like this one.

Wednesday 5/18 – Cocoa Porter Cask, tapping at 5pm.

Thursday 5/19 – Six Row Triple Red small batch. This sucker has a 12% ABV and almost 100 IBUs.

Friday 5/20 – Falconer’s Flight Hopped Double IPA cask, tapping at 5pm.

Saturday 5/21 – “A Whale of a Time Featuring Lohr’s Locals” backyard blowout.
1-9p, Live music, BBQ, and beer! In addition to Whale, our flagship wheat pale ale, we’ll be offering several other Six Row beers, as well as beer from some of our local compatriots including Morgan Street, Second Shift and Ferguson brewing companies. We’ll also be tapping a few unique beers throughout the day, includng a cask of Vanilla Bean Porter and a small-batch beer called Bailene, our Whale fermented with French Saison yeast.

I don’t know about you, but it’s nice to have spring back in St. Louis. I know this week’s weather doesn’t exactly feel like spring, but this weekend will be a lovely return to more moderate temperatures. This weekend also marks the first Maifest festival at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.

Along with BBQ from Pappy’s Smokehouse, UCBC, and Dusty’s, this will also be your first chance to try out two new beers from UCBC: the Weizenbock and the Maibock.

The best part about this festival?  It’s free.  There are no ticket charges, just come out between 1PM-5PM on Sunday, May 15th and purchase beer and food to sample throughout the day.  There will be commemorative t-shirts and glassware available for purchase as well.

This Sunday will be a great opportunity to rock out with your bock out at UCBC.

stable_128x126.jpgFirst things first, I know how many of you play hooky from work on Friday afternoons.  While some of us are slaving away until 5PM, you’re out drinking beer.  As if you needed another excuse to cut out a little early and drink some beer, The Stable made the idea a bit sweeter.

From 2PM-6PM every Friday, the Stable is holding an event they’re calling, “Why go back to work Fridays?” During this very special happy hour, all draught beers will be 50% off.   Sounds like a hell of a start to a weekend.

If you’re the kind of studious person that can’t cut out of work early on a Friday, how about a Saturday event instead?  On Saturday, May 14th, The Stable will be hosting a Bell’s Brewery Night.  Starting at 6PM, they’ll have a huge line-up of Bell’s beer on draught:

  • Hopslam
  • Bells 10,000
  • Bells Third Coast Old Ale, year and a half old
  • Rye Stout
  • Double Cream
  • Oarsmen
  • Porter
  • Two Hearted
  • Oberon
  • Scotch Ale
  • Consecrator

I’ve been told that’s the only keg of Rye Stout that made it into the state of Missouri. Bell’s Jim O’Connor will also be on hand for the festivities. So, if you can cut out early next Friday and attend the event on Saturday, that will make for a hell of a weekend.