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Stuff from around the web

  • Jay Brooks talks about hoppy beers, also includes a picture of Schlafly head brewer’s hands.
  • Evan Benn helps to navigate St. Louis Craft Beer Week by picking his favorite events of the week.
  • The St. Charles Patch visits Trailhead Brewing and likes it.
  • KTVI put together a nice little piece about St. Louis Craft Beer Week.

Retail Beer Releases

  • deVine Wines & Spirits (7/26/2011)
    • CIDERS
    • Crispin Brut
    • Crispin Original
    • Crispin English Dry
    • Crispin Honey Crisp
    • Crispin Saint
    • Crispin Lansdowne
    • Fox Barrel Black Current
    • Fox Barrel Pear
    • BEERS
    • Abita Jockamo IPA
    • Arcadia Witsun Summer Wheat
    • Avery IPA 6pk Cans
    • Avery Joe’s American Pilsner 6pk Cans
    • Avery White Rascal Ale 6pk Cans
    • Avery Maharaja Batch #14 June 2011
    • Avery Eighteen Dry-Hopped Rye Saison
    • Bell’s Summer Oberon
    • Bell’s Expedition Stout
    • Bell’s Third Coast Ale
    • Brouwerij Tripel Karmeliet
    • Boulevard Saison-Brett 2011
    • Cain’s Finest Bitter Ale
    • Firestone Walker Humbolt Hemp Ale
    • Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA
    • La Chouffe
    • Lakefront Fuel Cafe Coffee Stout
    • Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot
    • Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale
    • Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown
    • Left Hand Stranger APA
    • New Holland Sun Dog Amber Ale
    • New Holland Full Circle Kolsch
    • New Holland Night Tripper Imperial Stout
    • Odell’s Myrcenary Double IPA
    • Odell’s American IPA
    • Odell’s Strong American Red Ale
    • O’Fallon 5-Day IPA
    • O’Fallon Black Hemp Ale
    • O’Fallon Summer Wheach
    • Ommegang Abbey Ale
    • Rogue 1st Growth Dirtoir Black Lager
    • Schlafly Hop Toddy Ale
    • Schlafly Weissbier
    • Schlafly Raspberry Hefe
    • Schlafly American IPA
    • Schlafly Helles Summer Lager
    • Ska Pinstripe Red Ale
    • Ska Decadent Imperial IPA
    • Stone Arrogant Bastard
    • Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard
    • Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
    • Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
    • Stone IPA
    • Stone Runination IPA
    • Stone Levitation
    • Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout
    • Southern Tier Gemini Imperial IPA
    • Southern Tier Farmers Tan
    • Van Twee Brewmaster’s Collaboration
  • Milo’s Cigars and More (Maryville, IL) (07/29/11)
    • New Releases are listed on website every Friday
    • Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom (back in stock)
    • Wells Banana Bread Beer
    • New Holland
      • Oak Aged Hatter
      • Black Hatter
      • Rye Hatter
    • Samuel Smith Nut Brown
    • Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Dubbel (only have 12)
    • Boulevard Rye-on-Rye
    • Boulevard Two Joker
    • Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (back in stock)
    • Schlafly A IPA
    • Founder’s Curmudgeon (back in stock)
    • North Coast Scrimshaw
    • North Coast Red Seal
  • Starrs (07/29/2011)
    • North Coast Grand Cru
    • Sierra Nevada Southern Hemiphere Harvest (Found 2 Cases)
    • Sierra Nevada Big Foot 2011
    • Boulevard Colaberation Number 2
    • Stone Russian Imperial
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Clayton) (07/29/11)
    • Avery 18 Anniversary
    • Green Flash West Coast IPA
    • Green Flash Hop Head Red
    • Green Flash Imperial IPA
    • Green Flash Double Stout
    • Arcadia Whitsun (now in CANS)
    • Grand Teton Grand Saison
    • Schlafly AIPA – July 5 edition – last batch 2011
    • Stone IPA with St. Louis Label
  • Wine and Cheese Place (New Ballas) (07/29/11)
    • Charleville Mucho Hoppo Double IPA
    • Schneider Aventinus 2004/2006
    • Avery 18th Anniversay
  • Wine and Cheese Place (Rock Hill) (07/29/11)
    • Boulevard/Deschutes Collaboration No2 White IPA
    • Green Flash West Coast IPA
    • Green Flash Hop Head Red
    • Green Flash Imperial IPA
    • Green Flash Double Stout

Restaurant and Bar Beer List Updates

  • Blue Agave(7/29/11) Belleville, IL
    • DRAFT
      • New Holland Dragon’s Milk, Oak Barrel Aged Ale
      • Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout
      • Left Hand Milk Stout
      • Früli
      • Mad Hatter
      • New Belgium Fat Tire Ale
      • New Belgium Ranger IPA
      • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
      • Woodchuck Amber Cider
      • Woodchuck Pear Cider
      • Woodchuck Granny Smith Cider
      • Woodchuck Summer Cider
      • Guinness
      • New Holland Hatter Oak Age IPA
      • Shock Top Raspberry
      • Shock Top
      • Cathedral Square Iglesia Agave Ale
      • Magic Hat #9
      • Rogue Chocolate Stout
      • Hoegaarden Belgian White
      • Blue Moon
      • Boulevard Wheat
      • Schlafly American IPA
      • New Belgium Somersault
      • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
      • Six Row Whale
      • Strongbow Cider
      • Shiner Bock
      • Stag
      • Pabst Blue Ribbon
    • BOTTLES (Some, but not all)
      • Unibroue Terrible, 750ml
      • Ayinger Celebrator
      • Rogue John John Hazelnut, 22 oz
      • Sam Smith Organic Strawberry Ale, 20 oz
      • Coney Island Blockhead, 22 oz
      • Lindemans Frambois
      • Lindemans Faro
      • Orval Trappist Ale
      • Traquair Jacobite
      • Arcadia IPA
      • Arcadia Cereal Killer, Barleywine
      • Arcadia Hopmouth IPA
      • Victory Golden Monkey
      • Victory Storm King Imperial Stout
      • Bell’s Cherry Stout
      • Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale
      • Bell’s Hopslam
      • Skull Splitter
      • Big Sky Cowboy Coffee Porter
      • Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale
      • Founders Harvest Ale, IPA
      • New Belgium Trippel
      • New Belgium Abbey
      • Shiner Ruby Redbird
      • Shiner Black
      • Shiner 102 Double Wheat
      • Anchor Brewing Co., Anchor Steam
      • Anchor Brewing Co., Liberty Ale
      • Anchor Brewing Co., Anchor Bock
      • Schlafly Oatmeal Stout
      • Schlafly Pale Ale
      • Schlafly ESB
      • Schlafly APA
  • Cicero’s (7/24/11)
    • Nebraska Cardinal Pale Ale
    • Crispin Original Cider
    • Bass Ale
    • Six Row Porter
    • Tommy Knocker Maple
    • Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
    • Oak Aged Unearthly IPA
    • Blue Moon
    • Boulevard Pilsner
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Bud Light
    • Cathedral Square Abbey Ale
    • Delirium Tremens
    • Fitz’s Rootbeer
    • Franziskaner
    • Goose Island Matilda
    • Grand Teton Sweetgrass APA
    • Guinness
    • La Chouffe
    • Lefthand Milkstout
    • Lindeman’s Frambroise
    • Maredsous
    • Maudite
    • New Belgium Somersault
    • New Belgium Fat Tire
    • New Belgium Ranger IPA
    • Nectar IPA
    • Newcastle
    • Odell St. Lupulin XPA
    • O’fallon 5 Day IPA
    • O’fallon Wheach
    • Old Rasputin Imperial Stout
    • Paulaner Salvator
    • Pilsner Urquell
    • Reissdorf Kolsch
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • Nebraska Wit
    • Rogue Daddy’s Little Helper
    • Sam Adams Somer Ale
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Helles Lager
    • Schlafly Bavarian Weiss
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Shiner Bock
    • Sierra Neveda Summmerfest
    • Smithwick’s
    • Tall Grass Buffalo Sweat
    • St. Bernardus Prior 8
    • Stone Arrogant Bastard
    • Stone IPA
    • Urban Chestnut Calypso
    • Warsteiner Pilsner
    • Woodchuck Amber Cider
    • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
  • Pi (Central West End) (07/29/2011)
    • Schlafly Pi Common (A California Common stlye beer exclusive to Pi restaurants)
    • Schlafly Summer Lager
    • Schlafly Hefeweizen
    • Schlafly Ale 3.14 (Kölsch)
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Founders IPA
    • New Belgium Somersault
    • Southern Tier Jahva Stout (Bottle)
    • Bear Republic XPA (Bottle)
    • Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye (Bottle)
    • Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss (Bottle)
    • Stone IPA (Bottle)
    • New Belgium Fat Tire (Can)
    • Bard’s Gluten Free (Bottle)
    • Buckler NA Lager (Bottle)
  • The Royale (7/29/11)
    • Boulevard Tank 7
    • Boulevard Two Jokers
    • Founders Dirty Bastard
    • Guinness Stout
    • Nectar IPA
    • North Coast Old Rasputin nitro
    • Piraat
    • Saison Dupont
    • Schlafly American IPA
    • Schlafly Bavarian Weissbier
    • Strongbow Hard Cider
    • Urban Chestnut Zwickel
    • GUEST BOTTLES
      • Ayinger Jahrhundert-Bier
      • Bell’s Oberon
      • Boulevard Saison-Brett (25oz)
      • Corsendonk Pale
      • Founders Red’s Rye
      • Grimbergen Blonde
      • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (22oz)
      • Renaissance MPA (17oz)
      • Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry Ale (19oz)
      • Schlafly Summer Lager (can)
      • Ska Modus Hoperandi (can)
      • St. Bernardus Abt 12
      • Stone Belgo-Anise Stout (22oz)
      • Stone Imperial Russian Stout (22oz)
      • Witkap-Pater Singel
  • Tee’s Golf Grill – Chesterfield, MO (7/20/2011)
      • Craft Beer Program
    • Red’s Rye (Founder’s) [Draught]
    • Full Circle Kolsch (New Holland) [Draught]
    • Whale (6 Row Brewing) [Draught]
    • Ephemere Apple (Unibroue) [12oz Bottle]
    • Modus Hoperandi (Ska Brewing)[12oz Can]
      • Draught Beers
    • Bud Light
    • Bud Select
    • Schlafly Pale Ale
    • Schlafly Summer Lager
    • Blue Moon Unfiltered Wheat
    • Moose Drool Brown Ale
    • Stella Artois
    • Guinness
      • Bottles & Cans
    • Budweiser
    • Bud Light
    • Bud Select
    • Bud Select 55
    • Michelob Ultra
    • Busch [12oz Can]
    • Bud Light Lime
    • Coors Light
    • Miller Lite
    • Pabst Blue Ribbon [16oz can]
    • Samuel Adams Boston Lager
    • Sam Adams Summer Ale
    • Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
    • Corona Extra
    • Corona Light
    • Heineken
    • Newcastle Brown Ale

Brewery and Brewpub Beer List Updates

  • Schlafly Bottleworks (07/29/11)
    • Dry Hopped APA
    • Export IPA
    • Summer Lager
    • Hefeweizen
    • Pale Ale
    • Blueberry Cider
    • Pilsner
    • Kölsch
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Bavarian-Style Weissbier
    • Belgian Singel
  • Schlafly Taproom (07/29/11)
    • Pale Ale
    • Hefeweizen
    • Dry Hopped APA
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Belgian Singel
    • Cask American Brown Ale
    • American IPA
    • Summer Lager
    • 80/-
    • Cask AIPA
    • Kölsch
    • Belgian Dubbel
    • Cream Ale
    • India Brown Ale
    • Blueberry Cider
    • Bavarian-Style Weissbier
    • Grand Cru

Here’s a list of upcoming beer events:

Get your livers ready, because today is the day that we start the 2011 St. Louis Craft Beer Week. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the events that are taking place all week long at some various establishments.

I, once again, cannot begin to stress enough how important it is for all of us to help make this event successful. We have over 55 events this year, so it’s important to get the word out about this week.

If you love beer and I know you all do otherwise you wouldn’t be here, it’s time to show it. Anyway, here’s a rundown of the events taking place all week long:

Week Long Events

Keep the St. Louis Craft Beer Week Pint – Growlers Pub – All Week
Want a souvenir of this amazing week of beer events taking place in St. Louis? Then stop by Growlers Pub all week and purchase a Boulevard draught beer (excluding Tank 7) and receive a pint glass featuring the STLCBW logo. Supplies are limited, so act fast.

Chef’s Choice Pairing Menus – Various Locations – All Week
Making time for a beer dinner can sometimes be more difficult than getting reservations to a beer dinner! How about if you can do a beer dinner on your time? Then the Chef’s Choice Pairing Menus are just for you. The following restaurants will be putting together special menus pairing beer with food for set prices. Be sure to stop by and see what they have up their sleeve.

Milagro Modern Mexican
TwinOak Wood Fired Fare

Beer Cocktails – DeMun Oyster Bar – All Week Long
Free Event (Cocktails available for purchase)
The mixologists at DeMun have come up with some clever twists to spark up your beer. We’ve been informed that each drink will contain the whole beer, the other ingredients are just along to give the beer a little quirk. Check out these drinks:

Kaffir Shandy
Schlafly Raspberry Hefe
Hangar One Kaffir Lime
Dolin Blanc Vermouth
Cocchi Americano Apertivo

Assasiner
Avery White Rascal
Hangar Raspberry
Green Chartreuse
Bitter Truth Sloe Gin
Antica Formula Italian Vermouth

Crispin on the Juice
Crispin Brut
Boluard Calvados
The Big “O” Ginger Liqueur

Stone to the Head
Stone IPA
Bombay Sapphire Gin
Green Chartreuse
Velvet Falernum

Keep the Pint – Square One Brewery – All Week
When a customer purchases one of the Square One logo imperial glasses, they will get it filled at the regular pint price. Refills will continue at pint prices as long as the customer is at Square One that particular day.

Happy Hour Prices – Ferguson Brewing Company – All Week
To help celebrate STLCBW, Ferguson Brewing Company will be featuring happy hour prices all week long. If you haven’t been to Ferguson yet, make sure to check out their beautiful building in historic downtown Ferguson.

Left Hand Beer Week Sauce Porter – Various Locations – All Week
In honor of Craft Beer Weeks all around the US, Left Hand created a special one-off beer called Beer Week Sauce Porter. This American-style porter contains a fair amount of coffee; which is just the thing that you’ll need to keep going through this week! Check for this beer at the following locations:

The Bridge
Cicero’s
Dressel’s Pub
Growler’s
iTap Soulard
iTap Chesterfield
Lone Wolf Coffee Co.
Mojo Tapas Restaurant & Bar
The Royale Food & Spirits
The Shaved Duck
The Stable
Wildflower

Today, from 4PM to 6:30PM the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton will hold its weekly Friday beer tasting. Here’s some of the beers they’ll be sampling: Charleville Ale Mucho Hoppo, North Coast Grand Cru, Schlafly AIPA, Avery 18th Anniversary. Additional information can be found at their blog.

Cory from deVine Wines and Spirts, located at 2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd, holds a beer tasting every Wednesday evening from 5PM to 8PM. Each Wednesday will offer up a few new beers for you to taste. Swing on by and check it out.

Also on Wednesday, the Naked Vine holds a beer tasting from 5-7PM. This tasting will give you a chance to try some of Naked Vine’s offerings and is absolutely free. Check out their Twitter feed for more updates.

Once again, if you’re a retail shop, bar, restaurant, brewery or distributor and want me to list your tasting, make sure to email me at mike@stlhops.com.

Just in case you’ve missed it, the 2011 St. Louis Craft Beer Week begins this Saturday. As we near the end of this week, we also near the end of my promotion of it on STL Hops.

I, once again, cannot begin to stress enough how important it is for all of us to help make this event successful. We have over 55 events this year, so it’s important to get the word out about this week.

If you care about beer and beer awareness in St. Louis, it’s important to show the retailers, breweries and restaurants involved that there are people that care about beer.

So, I know a lot of events are during the middle of the week and people have jobs and lives that make it difficult to attend some of the events, you at least make an effort to try and attend at least one event during the middle of the week. I also realize that money is tight, but a ton of the events are free, so it won’t hurt the pocketbook to attend more than a few.

If you love beer and I know you all do otherwise you wouldn’t be here, it’s time to show it. Anyway, here’s a rundown of the events taking place on the final Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the week:

Friday, August 5th

Raspberry Coffee Stout release – Schlafly Tap Room & Bottleworks – 11AM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
Schlafly’s Raspberry Coffee Stout was so popular last year as a bottle-only release that they’ve decided to bring it back. Come out and enjoy this quintessential American beer at one of the finest breweries in St. Louis. This year includes a draft version as well as the lovely 750 ml. bottles. On tap at the Tap Room and Bottleworks at 11:00 a.m.

Trippel release – Six Row Brewing Company – 4PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
You don’t need to fly all over the world to get beers from around the globe. Just stop by Six Row and try out one of the most popular Belgian-styles ever, the always delicious Trippel.

Meet the Brewer The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 4PM-6PM
Free Event
Boulevard Brewer, Jeremy Danner, will be on hand to taste some beer including the Boulevard/Deschutes Collaboration.

Zwickel Vom Fass – Urban Chestnut Brewing Co – 5PM
Free Event (Drinks and food available for purchase)
To celebrate “International Beer Day” UCBC will be having an event they are calling “Zwickel Vom Fass”, a night featuring a cask of “Zwickel” and likely a dry-hopped cask of “Delta Hop”, a keep the glass special, and live music from the “Bar Room Troubadours”, who will hopefully be playing outdoors (if the weather cooperates) in the UCBC parking lot converted into a beer garden for the evening. Cask(s) will be released and glassware special begins at 5pm. Music begins at approximately 7pm.

Goose Island Barrel-Aged Buddiesfest – The Stable – 6PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
Goose Island is taking over 10 taps and rolling out some very rare beers. Check out this incredible lineup:
Bourbon County (2010)
Night Stalker
Dominique
Fleur
Sofie
Matilda
312
Honker’s
IPA
Summertime Kolsch

We will also be pouring bottles of these very hard to get beers
Bourbon County VANILLA Stout
Bourbon County COFFEE Stout
Big John

Share this event with the beer buddy in your life. They will thank you.

Meet the Brewer – Bigelo’s Bistro – 8PM
Free Event
Boulevard Brewing’s own Jeremy Danner will be at Bigelo’s Bistro and there will be a very special keg of Saison-Brett on draught as well as a few other Boulevard beers.


Saturday, August 6th

Firkin Fest International Tap House Soulard 12PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
Welcome to St. Louis’s first cask beer festival! The International Tap House in Soulard has lined up the most casks I’ve ever seen in the metro area and will be tapping them all day long. Beginning at 12PM two casks will be tapped and every two hours two new casks will be opened up. Here’s a few that will be available:

 

Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
Founders Centennial IPA
Green Flash West Coast IPA
Green Flash Imperial IPA
Urban Chestnut
Schlafly
O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
Six Row Double IPA with Columbus
Charleville Ale Mucho Hoppo

Brewers Summit Beer Tasting HandleBar2PM-5PM
$10 adv/$15 day of
Rub elbows with some of the best brewers in St. Louis as the HandleBar puts on the first Brewers Summit Beer Tasting in  St. Louis.  Your ticket gets you one 2-3oz sample from each of the breweries in attendance and a full pint of beer to be enjoyed during the Q&A panel.  Some of the breweries in attendance include:

Charleville
2nd Shift
Six Row
Schlafly
Perinnial
4 Hands
Urban Chestnut
Morgan Street
O’Fallon

Cask Bacon Porter – Six Row Brewing Company – 1PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
When Six Row first served up a cask of Bacon Porter back in June of 2011, it quickly became one of the most talked about and sought-after beers in the St. Louis region. Well, it’s back.

1/2 off St. Louis Craft Brews – Bridge Tap House – 9PM-1AM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Looking for a way to end your evening? How about getting some inexpensive beer and also supporting some local breweries as well? Bridge Tap House will be your late-night destination as they’re putting all of their local draught beers on sale.


Sunday, August 7th

Founders Beer Dinner – Bigelo’s Bistro – 4PM
Price $40 – Reservations are required (618-655-1471)
Owner Mark Pruitt is hosting a beer dinner featuring beers from Founders Brewery. Mark is working to pair 4 different Founders beers paired with 4 courses. Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance. Check out the full menu here.

Stone Brewing Company Beer Dinner – Balaban’s – 6:30PM
Price $50 – Reservations are required (636-449-6700 )
“There is an old saying in the wine business “It takes a lot of cold beer to make great wine”. We here at Balaban’s love our wine and our beer and could not be more excited about teaming up with one of America’s best and most decorated Craft Breweries Stone Brewing Company from North County San Diego for our first ever beer dinner.” Here’s a copy of the menu for this event.

Herbst Brewing Symposium – Schlafly Bottleworks – 6PM-8PM
Free Event(Food and drink available for purchase)
A hand-picked panel of St. Louis Craft Beer professionals discussing industry trends and current events, followed by Q&A from the audience. Moderated by St. Louis Public Radio News Producer, Adam Allington.

1/2 off St. Louis Craft Brews – Bridge Tap House – 5PM-12AM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Looking for a way to end your evening? How about getting some inexpensive beer and also supporting some local breweries as well? Bridge Tap House will be your late-night destination as they’re putting all of their local draught beers on sale.

St. Louis has seen quite an uptick of new beer locations and breweries opening in the past few years. For those of us that love beer, it’s been the renascence we’ve been waiting for. This time around, we don’t just have a beer location or a brewery opening, we have both.

I’m excited to announce that Exit 6 Brewery, located at 5055 Highway N in Cottleville, will be opening its doors tomorrow, July 29th, at 4PM. In a format that has worked famously for other beer bars in the area, Exit 6 will only be selling beer. You’re welcome to bring your own food in or even have it delivered.

Exit 6 will not only be a bar featuring some of the best beers you can find in the metro area, but it will also eventually be a nano-brewery as well. Exit 6 will be using its all electric brewing system to create 1 barrel batches of beer. Jeff Britton, owner of Exit 6, is still waiting on government approval to begin brewing on his new system, but Jeff informed me yesterday that approval could come as soon as next week.

In the mean time, Exit 6 will still be selling plenty of great beer. Here’s a look at the line-up:

  • Lagunitas WTF
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA
  • Nebraska Cardinal Pale Ale
  • 2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit
  • Goose Island Matilda
  • O’Fallon 5 Day IPA
  • Goose Island 312
  • Schlafly Kolsch
  • Stone IPA
  • Stone Ruination
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack
  • Blvd Tank 7
  • Sam Adams Dunkle
  • Founders Reds Rye
  • Founders Dirty Bastard
  • Left Hand Milk Stout
  • Bell’s Two Hearted
  • Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale

And in a very special treat, there will also be a cask of O’Fallon 5 Day IPA that’s been dry-hopped with Centennial and Citra hops. The doors open at 4PM tomorrow, so be certain to pre-game your St. Louis Craft Beer Week right by visiting Exit 6.

Just in case you’ve missed it, the 2011 St. Louis Craft Beer Week begins this Saturday. Over the rest of the week I’ll be detailing the events of the festival on STL Hops to bring more visibility to the event.

I, once again, cannot begin to stress enough how important it is for all of us to help make this event successful. We have over 55 events this year, so it’s important to get the word out about this week.

If you care about beer and beer awareness in St. Louis, it’s important to show the retailers, breweries and restaurants involved that there are people that care about beer.

So, I know a lot of events are during the middle of the week and people have jobs and lives that make it difficult to attend some of the events, you at least make an effort to try and attend at least one event during the middle of the week. I also realize that money is tight, but a ton of the events are free, so it won’t hurt the pocketbook to attend more than a few.

If you love beer and I know you all do otherwise you wouldn’t be here, it’s time to show it. Anyway, here’s a rundown of the events taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday:

Tuesday, August 2nd

Black IPA Flight – Six Row Brewing Company – 4PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
The best way to learn about beers is to sample them side by side.  Six Row Brewing has put together a flight of the newest craft beer rage, the Black IPA, to tickle you taste buds.

Green Flash Beer Tasting – The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 4PM-6PM
Free event
Celebrate the release of St. Louis’s newest visitor from the West Coast by coming out and tasting some delicious Green Flash beers. Representatives from Green Flash will be on hand to sample some of their hoppy ales along with their Belgian series as well.

Missouri Tap Takeover – International Tap House (Both Locations) – 6PM
Voluntary Cover Charge to Benefit the Crohns and Colitis Foundation (Drinks available for purchase)
Over the past three years, Missouri has quickly grown into a brewing powerhouse.  We have some amazing breweries from around the state, so, for the first time ever, iTAP is devoting a number of tap handles to only local breweries.  Come out and see what kind of beers are available from around the Show-Me state.

Boulevard Beer Dinner Growlers Pub – 6PM
Price $40 – Reservations are required (314-984-9009)
Growlers Pub loves Boulevard.  Just how much?  So much that they wanted to celebrate St. Louis Craft Beer Week by throwing a 5 course meal pairing delicious food with fantastic Boulevard beers.  $40 for 5 courses is a heck of a deal, so don’t let this one pass you by. Here’s a look at the menu for this event.

Beer and Cheese Tasting – Schlafly Tap Room – 7PM-9PM
Price $15 – Reservations are required
Schlafly Beer and Urban Chestnut partner with The Wine Merchant and The Wine and Cheese Place to provide 6 styles of craft beer painstakingly paired with 6 artisan cheeses. Tickets are available at the Schlafly Tap Room.

Green Flash Family Style Beer Dinner – Bridge Tap House – 7PM
Price $25 – Reservations are required (314-494-2174)
Green Flash how you like it, in the amounts you want it, with an amazing array of food served family style at a communal table. Your ticket price includes all you can eat on the family-style dinner.  Beer will cost extra, but Green Flash beers will be at a discounted rate.  Email dave@baileyrestaurants.com or call the number above for reservations.


Wednesday, August 3rd

Vienna Lager Release – Six Row Brewing Company – 4PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
One of the first examples of lager beer, the Vienna lager features a soft malt profile and just enough hop bite to keep you coming back for more.

Boulevard Tasting – Lukas Liquor – 4PM-7PM
Free Event
Come on out to Lukas Liquor to try three very unique beers from Boulevard Brewing. Laura Dale, from Boulevard will be on hand to sample the Collaboration #2 White IPA, Saison-Brett and a very special sampling of their Dry Hop Double Wide IPA on draught.

Beer School – Cicero’s – 5:30PM-6:30PM
Free Event
Join STL Hops founder Mike Sweeney as he goes over the fascinating and tasty world of Saisons.

Schlafly Cask Night – The Royale – 6PM
Free Event (Drinks and food available for purchase)
Three years ago Schlafly Tap Room brewer Brennan Greene got married. He created the IBA (India Brown Ale) as a wedding beer. He’s still brewing up this beer today. Come on out and enjoy a cask of one of the best beers brewed in St. Louis.

Boulevard Beer Dinner & a Movie – Piasa Pub – 6PM
Price $35 – Reservations are required (618-786-9463)
We have to go back, back to Piasa Pub! Well, you’re at least going to have to go to enjoy a dinner featuring Boulevard Beers and then after 9PM, they’ll be showing Back to the Future on their outdoor screen.

Avery Brewing 9 Circles of Hell – Llywelyn’s Webster – 6:30PM
Price $25 – Reservations are required (314-962-1515)
Do you know how hard it is to keep vintages of beer?  Not only do you have to sit on it for years, but you also have to have the wherewithal to not drink it!  Well, Avery and Major Brands have done the heavy lifting for you and will offer up a 2007 and 2010 Beast, a 2006 and 2011 Samael, and a 2008 and 2010 Mephistopheles.  If that wasn’t enough, they’ll also be offering samples of food to be paired with each beer.  All this for $25?  This will probably be the first event to sell out.  Don’t wait. Check out the menu with all of the beer pairings and samples.

Kirkwood Highlands Beer Dinner – Kirkwood Highlands – 6:30PM
Price TBD – Reservations are required (314-966-2739)
Kirkwood Highlands is putting on another of their always enjoyable beer dinners.  KH’s Jack MacMurray III has put together five different courses to pair with five different Kirkwood Highlands beers. Here’s a look at the menu.

Brewers’ Pig Roast – Eclipse Rooftop Bar – 6:30PM
Price $30 – For more information call 314-726-2222
Five of St. Louis’ newest distributing breweries will be providing libations from 6:30 PM until the beer runs out. Come down and drink with the brewmasters of Urban Chestnut, Six Row, Morgan Street, 2nd Shift, and Civil Life. We will be feasting whole hog on a delicious roasted pig. All you can eat! Thirty dollars will get you a never ending plate, and a pint of cask ale provided by the Civil Life Brewing Company. Drafts from the other four breweries will be available at the bar. Don’t miss it!

Goose Island Invasion International Tap House Chesterfield7PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
Goose Island!  CHARGE!  The fine folks from Chicago are invading St. Louis to let us try some tasty, and rare, treats from them.  Here’s a list of beers that will be available at this very special event:

Draft:
Sofie
Fleur
Matilda
Pere Jacques
Pepe Nero
Minx
Demolition
Dominique

Bottles:
Juliet
Madame Rose

Meet the Brewer – Side Pockets in St. Charles – 7PM
Free Event (Drinks and food available for purchase)
Did you know that Augusta Brewing won a gold medal last year at the Great American Beer festival? Needless to say, Augusta has an awesome team and this is your chance to meet them. Come out and visit with Augusta’s Terry Heisler and Shawn Herrin and ask them what it takes to win a gold.

Boulevard Hoppy Wheat Sampling – Pi Delmar – 7PM-9PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Shhh, want to sample one of the newest creations from Boulevard for free? Then make sure you check out the @PiSTL. They’ll have a super secret tweet put out that day that’ll get you a taste of this new mysterious beer.

Left Hand Weak Sauce and Nitro Wake Up Dead Tapping – Bridge Tap House – 8PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Looking for that very special Left Hand Beer Week Sauce porter? You’ll find it and a nitro version of Left Hand’s Wake Up Dead at the Bridge.


Thursday, August 4th

Charleville Mucho Hoppo Cask – Pi Delmar – 3PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Here’s one of your first chances to try Charleville’s newest creation, the Mucho Hoppo, and you get to try it on cask. Sounds like a win-win.

Cask Peppercorn Double IPA – Six Row Brewing Company – 4PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for one of Six Row’s always amazing cask beers.  This one is a real doozy as they take their very popular Double IPAs and mix in some peppercorns.  This spicy combination is sure to be a real hit.

Burgers, Breakfast, and Beer – Bridge Tap House – 4PM-10PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Bridge Tap House, Rooster, and Baileys’ Range teaming up with New Belgium for a family friendly event. This will be held at Bridge, either outside or in the banquet space if it rains or is oppressively hot. We will be serving Grass Fed MO Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Fried Egg Sandwiches, and Local Beef Hot Dogs for the kids, with guest Celebrity Grill Master Steve Gontram of Blue Ribbon Burgers. Games for kids and Adults,including a sidewalk chalk contest and washers. Lips of Faith brews on tap.

Boulevard Beer Dinner – Atomic Cowboy – 6PM
$40 Per Person – Reservations are required (314-775-0755)
In honor of STLCBW, FEAST and Boulevard Brewing Co. invite you to join Atomic Cowboy for a dinner that pairs Atomic’s stellar Mexican eats with Boulevard’s Pilsner, Zōn, Tank 7, 6th Glass and Dark Truth Stout. View the full menu here.

Goose Island Beer and Cheese Pairing – The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 6PM-8PM
Price TBD  – Reservations are required (314-727-8788)
Join Goose Island’s Karen King as she pairs some delicious vintage ales from Goose Island with the extensive and equally delicious cheeses from the Wine and Cheese Place.

Schlafly Beer Dinner – Ballyhoo – 6PM
$35 Per Person – Reservations are required (636-244-6900)
It’s always fun to dine with someone from a brewery.  They almost always have some great stories about beer and brewing.  Join Schlafly’s Kent Householder at a beer dinner that will not only provide you with five different Schlafly beers, but also four different courses as well.

Beer vs Wine – Home Wine Kitchen  – 6PM & 8PM seatings.
$40 Per Person – Reservations are required (Purchase tickets here.)
In honor of St. Louis Craft Beer Week, your resident St. Louis enthusiasts, STLwinegirl Angela Ortmann and Hip Hops’ Evan Benn go head-to-head in a food pairing showdown to prove who provides the better match! With dishes prepared by Home Wine Kitchen’s Chef Cassy Vires, each guest will be served one craft beer and one wine with courses of cheese, charcuterie and chocolate. See more information on Home’s website.

Beer Trivia – Ferguson Brewing Company – 7PM
$120 for a six person team. Call 314-521-2220 to sign up.
While all of the questions will have something to do with beer in one way or another, you won’t have to be a beer geek to be able to compete at this trivia night, but it helps. Ferguson will be giving away all sorts of beer related stuff from other breweries around the area (and their own) for raffle/attendance prizes as well. Proceeds from this event will be going to “A Soldier’s Wish List” Check out this PDF for more information.

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, July 28th, beginning at 7PM, Boogaloo in Maplewood is putting on a Cajun-themed beer dinner featuring 5 different beers from Abita Brewing.  These 5 beers and 5 different courses will cost you just $35.  That’s a great 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: