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Category: Beer Events

I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to get up at 4AM, stand in the bitter cold all to buy some crap for 2 bucks off. Wouldn’t you rather sleep in, eat some leftovers and then go out and join your friends for some beer? More importantly, wouldn’t you rather partake in some special beer and beer specials?

The International Tap House (both locations) will be opening at 12PM this Friday and will be kicking off the holiday season with some holiday beers. Here’s a list of beers that will be pouring on Friday:

  • Scaldis Noel
  • Delirium Noel
  • Bon Voeux
  • Samiclaus (not really seasonal, but the name fits)
  • N’Ice Chouffe
  • Wittkerke Winter White
  • St. Bernardus Christmas
  • Petrus Winter 9
  • St. Feullien Speciale
  • Schlafly Christmas
  • Great Divide Hibernation
  • Avery Old Jubilation
  • Affligem Noel
  • New Belgium Snow Day
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration
  • Boulevard Nutcraker
  • Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale
  • Charleville Whiskey Scented Santa
  • Bells Christmas
  • Goose Island Christmas
  • So Tier Old Man Winter

This event will run from 12PM until iTap closes.

There are a countless number of homebrewers that wish they could brew professionally. I won’t say it’s the dream of every homebrewer, but I’m sure it crosses their mind at some point during their homebrewing career. But let’s be honest, opening any new business is difficult, but opening your own brewery is a pretty staggering endeavor.

If only there was a Brewery Fantasy Camp here in our region! Well, now there is. On Saturday December 10th, 2nd Shift Brewing in New Haven, Missouri will be holding their first 2nd Shift Saturday School. This will be your opportunity to gets a hands on lesson in brewing a few hundred gallons of beer on the 2nd Shift system.

The $250 cost for this school provides you with the brewing experience, lunch, dinner, overnight lodging, breakfast the next morning, and two 750ml bottles of the beer once it’s completed. While the $250 includes meals and lodging for one guest of the student, only 10 students will be allowed to take part in the Saturday class.

If this is something you’re interested in (or know would make for a great early Christmas present) call Steve or Craig at the brewery at 573-237-3421 or send Craig an email at

While it’s always cool to meet a brewer from your favorite breweries, they’re something slightly cooler about meeting the owner. It takes some very big cojones to start your own business and I think there is something special about meeting the guys who have the gumption to go out and make their own road.

One of those guys who made a go of it is Jeremy Cowan of Shmaltz Brewing Company. Jeremy will be in St. Louis later this week to promote his new book Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah, a memoir detailing what it took to start Shmaltz.

If you’d like to meet Jeremy he’ll be speaking at the Jewish Community Center as part of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival on Thursday, November 17th at 7:30PM (you can purchase tickets here.) He’ll also be signing copies of his book at Left Bank Books (the downtown location) on Saturday, November 19th from 4PM to 6PM.

After the book signing, Jeremy will be heading next door to the Bridge to enjoy some Messiah Bold and RIPA on draft. This is a great opportunity to meet one of the guys who helped to make this US craft beer renaissance a reality.

Mangia Italiano is putting on another of their beer dinners this Thursday, November 17th at 6:30PM (doors open at 5:30) featuring courses paired with beers from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. The cost is $45 per person; reservations are required and can be made by calling 314-664-8585. Here is the menu for the event:

mangia.gifPoached Pear Salad
Fresh pears poached in beer and orange juice over mixed greens with red onions, spicy walnuts, and goat cheese.
7 Grain Pale Ale

Kentucky Burgoo
A hearty stew with beef, pork, and turkey with a wide array of fresh vegetables.
Apotheosis Saison

Steamed in a creamy Schnickelfritz citrus broth with pepperdews, jalapeos, and red onions.
Schnickelfritz Bavarian Weissbier

Venison Chops
Dry rubbed with smoked tomatoes, grilled and served with honey tarragon rainbow carrots and a twice-baked potato.
Hopfen ‘Bavarian IPA’

Stout Ice Cream
Topped with pralines and a chocolate honey sauce.
Russian Imperial Stout

As I was enjoying some beer last night at the International Tap House, I was introduced to a gentleman named Paul who is moving to St. Louis from Syracuse, NY.  One of his biggest concerns about moving to St. Louis was a lack of a beer scene. After his visit I think all of his fears have been allayed.

But Paul is lucky, he’s going to be living in the sweet craft beer confines of St. Louis City. But what if you don’t live in the city, or near the city for that matter?  Believe it or not, stuff happens outside of the 270 loop.  Take for instance this event.

On Wednesday, November 16th, beginning at 6PM, the Basket Case Deli in Washington, MO will be holding a beer dinner featuring beers from O’Fallon Brewery. The meal will set you back $45 per person (tax and gratuity not included) and will provide four courses paired with four different O’Fallon Beers.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling (636)239-3131.  Here’s a look at the menu:

Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Seared bacon wrapped scallops served with asparagus spears and finished with an apricot glaze
Paired with O’Fallon Wheach

Grilled Veal Tenderloin
A grilled veal tenderloin served with fried garlic Parmesan gnocchi, sauted spinach and finished with a sage lemon butter sauce
Paired with O’Fallon 5 Day IPA

Braised Pork Belly
A smoke braised pork belly served over whipped butternut squash; finish with a natural jus reduction with cranberries
Paired with O’Fallon Smoked Porter

Black Forrest Cake
A dark chocolate cake layered with cherries and whip cream
Paired with O’ Fallon Black Hemp

While beer names can often be silly or downright stupid, you have to give it up to Ska Brewing for naming their winter seasonal American Pale Ale so aptly.  I don’t think I’ve seen as much good-feelings and merriment around a beer, it’s no wonder it’s called Euphoria.

In a move that should add to your elation, the International Tap House in Soulard will be tapping a special cask of Euphoria beginning at 6PM.  And in a move that should not only provide ecstasy to your taste buds, but also your brain, they’ll be serving Euphoria on draught as well.

Cask and draught side by side, this is something that should make everyone happy. Head on out to iTAP tomorrow evening for a big helping of good vibes.

Many of you may know that I’m pretty vocal about glassware. Ok that might be an understatement. I’m kind of a glass snob. Too often am I seeing great craft beer get somewhat squandered when people drink it out of a bottle or pour it into the dreaded shaker pint.

The good news is that we have an event that people on our very own forums have been clamoring for. As part of our new relationship with Grolwers Pub, we are pleased to announce a special event that they will be holding on November 22 beginning at 7:00PM. Growlers Pub, STL Hops and Spiegelau Glassware will be teaming up to put on the this craft beer and specialty glass tasting event.

For $35 you’ll get beer, appetizers and your very own 4-piece Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur Glassware Set which normally has a retail value $49.95. As we’ve referenced in the past, these are truly some of the nicest glasses available.

We hope to see you there. Sign up for the event here: