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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, 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:

If you’ve never had some of Schlafly’s Belgian offerings, this weekend’s Belgian Beer and Mussel Mania Schlafly Tap Room gives you the perfect opportunity to try them. Stephen Hale sent me over a list of some of the treats Schlafly has in store for this weekend:

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  • Dubbel
  • Citrus Witbier
  • Grand Cru

Oh, I hear there will be some mussels too. This “festival” runs from 11AM-1AM on Friday, July 22nd and on Saturday, July 23rd. There is no cost for the event, just show up and buy some mussels and beer!

I’m proud to announce that on July 27th, STL Hops will be hosting its second beer dinner.  I’m also happy to announce that the dinner will be helmed, once again, by none other than James Beard Award Nominee, Josh Galliano.  As you may know, Josh is currently the Executive Chef at Monarch and previously the chef de cuisine at An American Place.

Plus, just look at that photo, isn’t he dreamy?

Anyway, I’m lucky enough to call Josh a friend and he was up for the challenge of putting together another beer dinner for STL Hops.  The dinner will be taking place on July 27th, starting at 6:30PM.  The cost for the dinner is $55, not including gratuity, and will feature five different beers along with four different courses.  The dinner will be hosted at Monarch this year. Here’s a current look at the menu:

Reception Beer: TBD

First Course
Herb Cured Wild Salmon
shaved radishes, citrus pearls, crispy basil, mango vinegar
Nebraska Infinite Wit

Second Course
Chicken Wings
whipped Maytag, Crystal hot sauce, lovage stuffing
2nd Shift Art of Neurosis IPA

Third Course
Black Springs Farm berkshire
Scorched okra, semi dried tomatoes, field caviar, smashed peanuts
Perennial Hommelbier

Peach pudding cake
Candied almonds, peach leaf, blackberry sorbet, shortbread cookie
Left Hand Week Sauce Porter

Reservations can be made by calling Monarch at 314-644-3995.  There are only a limited number of seats available for this fantastic meal, so I wouldn’t put off making your reservation.

One of the coolest things I’ve ever heard associated with STL Hops is, “I’ve learned so much from the blog.”  That really means a lot to me as I believe beer education is one of the things that is most important in getting the word out about craft beer.

There are a lot of people that may just be getting hip to craft beer or right on the cusp of being new drinkers, so it’s very neat to see this event pop up.  This Thursday, July 14th from 6:30-8:30PM, the Schnucks Market at Wildwood Crossing will be holding their first beer school.

They’ve invited in representatives from Goose Island Brewing and Cathedral Square Brewery to come in, pour some beer and even have it paired with some cheese.  This is a completely free event, but RSVP will be required.  If you’re interested in attending you’ll need to call 636-458-5544 or email Matt Maxfield at

They’ve already signed up 50 people for the class and can fit about 50 more.  It’s always great to see that hopefully many people will soon discover what a lot of us already know: craft beer is awesome.