Just in case you’ve missed it, the 2012 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 60 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, & Sunday:

Friday, August 3rd

Walnut Reddish Ale Release – Ferguson Brewing – 12PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Caramel malts and crushed walnuts are combined to make a nice caramely/malty and nutty Red Style Ale. Low hopped with Willamette hops to let the walnut flavor come to the front of the beer but just enough to balance out the sweetness. There is only a 5 gallon batch of this beer, so it’s sure to go fast!

Stone Special Sampling– Wine and Cheese Place (Forsyth) – 4PM-6PM
Free event
The Wine and Cheese Place is proud to host a special Stone Brewing tasting
featuring a couple of rare beers including the Stone Brewing Double Bastard Ale 2009 Vintage Ale and the Stone Brewing 15th Anniversary. There will only be two of each of these bottles to sample, so don’t dawdle.

Sam Adams Tap Takeover – 360 Lounge – 4PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
Featuring 9 Samuel Adams beers on draft including Limited Release Specialty Beers. Available for a Limited Time Only. Here is a list of the beers they’re going to put on tap:
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Samuel Adams Seasonal (more than likely we should have transitioned to Octoberfest by this time frame)
Samuel Adams Belgian Session
Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager
Samuel Adams Double Bock
Samuel Adams Tasman Red
Samuel Adams Norse Legend
Samuel Adams Old Kentucky Ale
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

Small Batch Triple Red Release– Six Row Brewing – 5PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Brought back from Craft Beer Weeks of past this is an imperial version of a Red Ale; robust with tons of hop character. Est 9% ABV, 85 IBU

Firestone Walker Mini Tap Takeover– Exit 6 – 5PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Firestone Walker Mini Tap Takeover, featuring Parabola Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Union Jack, Double Jack, Walker Anniversary #15 and a few more. You will just have to come by and check it out for yourself!

StoneLevitationFirkin– Llywelyn’s Pub (Webster Groves) – 5:30PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Come out to Llywelyn’s for a Levitation on tap and a tasty firkin of Levitation dry-hopped with Liberty.

Keep the Glass at UCBC– Urban Chestnut Brewing Company – 6PM-11PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Join UCBC for BBQ, live music (8-11pm), and keep the glass specials on Zwickel, Winged Nut, and Schnickelfritz. This is a great way to visit their beer beer garden!

Wine vs. Beer: The Re-match– Wine and Cheese Place (Forsyth) – 7PM-8:30PM
Price – $25 – Tickets available here.
This class will feature wine versus beer paired with some cheese and light appetizers. We have our own Aaron Zwicker picking the wines and Evan Benn, beer writer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch “Hip Hops” column picking the beers. Which will match better with the food? This will be a fun and informative event for both wine and beer lovers. Something for everyone for this re-match.

StoneRuination Firkin– International Tap House (Chesterfield) – 6PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Come out to iTAP for a tasty firkin of Ruination dry-hopped with Chinook.

Widmer Bros Meet the Brewer– Three Kings Public House – 7PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Stop by to meet and chat with Widmer Bros brewer, Jacob Leonard, and drink some great Widmer Bros beers! Three Kings chef will also put together a small plate menu paired with each beer. Buying food is optional. Featured beers: Pitch Black IPA, Kill Devil Brown Ale, Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout, Drifter Pale Ale, Rotator IPA

Sour Tap Takeover – Hair of the Dog – 7:30PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Sour beers have really grown in popularity in St. Louis, and to celebrate that growth Hair of the Dog will be putting on one of the strongest line-ups of sour beers ever put together in St. Louis. This event will feature Duchesse De Bourgogne, Goose Island Juliet and Lolita, New Belgium La Folie, Brett Beer, and Tart Lychee, Cantillon Iris and Doc’s Sour Cherry Cider all on draught.

Saturday, August 4th

Firkin Fest – International Tap House (Soulard) – 12PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
Welcome to St. Louis’s 2nd annual multi-brewery 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.

Draws for Paws Pub Crawl – Main Street St. Charles – 12PM-5PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Pub crawl benefiting Five Acres Animal Shelter in St. Charles. 8-10 bars will be participating and will feature Boulevard beers, t-shirts for the first 200 participants and St. Louis Craft Beer Week glassware. Here are the full details about each stop.

Cask of Baumann’s Bacon Porter– Six Row Brewing – 12PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Also a craft beer week favorite around Six Row, they age the Porter with smoked bacon supplied by Baumann’s Fine Meats; always a crowed pleaser.

Brewers Summit Beer Tasting – HandleBar – 1PM
Price – $20 adv/$25 day of – Tickets available here.
Rub elbows with some of the best brewers in St. Louis as the HandleBar puts on the second 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. A list of attending breweries will be posted soon!

Beer Tapas– Three Kings Public House – 5PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Enjoy the Chef’s special appetizers designed to pair with each of Averys rare drafts featuring:

LilikoI Kepolo White Rascal with a passion fruit puree
Tweek Mephistopheles with a coffee Toddy
Out of Sight Out of Bounds Stout with a coffee Toddy

Sunday, August 5th

Enlightenment Series Release: Sertaozinho Weiss– Urban Chestnut Brewing Company – 11AM-1PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Kaldi’s and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company have teamed up to launch a new series of coffee beers. Join us at the UCBC tasting room to try samples of both Sertaozinho coffee and the first beer of this new series, Sertaozinho Weiss.

SchurcipefonesClosing Ceremonies– The Bridge – 12PM-6PM
Price – $25 (Tickets can be purchased here.)
A festival to close out the 4th annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week. Tickets will cost you $25 which will get you unlimited samples from Schlafly, Charleville, Urban Chestnut, Civil Life, Perennial, Four Hands, New Belgium (who I hear is bringing a cask), and 2nd Shift. But these aren’t the standard year-round beers from these breweries, they’re all bringing something special created just for the festival. What a way to end the week!