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 Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday:

Tuesday,July 31st

Journey to the Deschutes Abyss– Llywelyn’s Pub (Webster Groves) – 3PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
This is a Deschutes tap takeover featuring Hop in the Dark, Chainbreaker White IPA (releasing in July for the first time in Missouri), Abyss 2011, Mirror Pond, & Twilight.

Small Batch Wee-Heavy– Six Row Brewing – 5PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Scottish-style strong ale, est 8-9% ABV. Malty and strong!

Avery IPA 3 Way– Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar – 7PM
Price – $10/person
Join Ted Whitney of Avery Brewing as he explains three different takes on the similar styles of beer. Featuring Avery IPA, Maharaja, and Hog Heaven.

Sharing and Pairing Beer Dinner– Bigelo’s Bistro – 6PM
Price – $20 – Reservations are required (618) 655-1471
This is a four course beer dinner, with a twist. All of the beers will be provided by you! Mark at Bigelos has put together four courses and asks that you bring four beers that you think pair best with the meal. This is a great way to share and pair. Here’s the menu:
1st – Huitlacoche tamale w/ poblano creme
2nd – Pale ale and cheddar polenta fries w/ house bbq sauce
3rd – Korean bbq short rib tacos w/ sriracha slaw
4th – White chocolate bread pudding w/ carmel sauce

Goose Island Beer Dinner– Prime 1000 – 7PM
Price – $65 – Reservations are required (314) 241-1000
Goose Island knows how to put on a beer dinner, this five course meal will ber paired with five different Goose Island beers. Here’s a look at the menu.

Beer Geek Trivia Night– Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar – 7PM
Price – $10/person
In celebration of Craft Beer Week, Bridge is hosting its first ever trivia night. Their trivia night will feature ten rounds of two questions each and a blind tasting of beers. Questions will focus on the history of craft beer in St. Louis and throughout the world. A broad selection of brews will be featured in the blind tastings. People can sign up to compete in teams or as individuals.

Cathedral Square Meet the Brewer– Diablitos – 7PM-9PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Meet the guys who make your beer! Cathedral Square head brewer Brian Neville will be on hand to talk beer at Diablitos. They’ll be featuring $2 Cathedral Square pints and a couple of food specials.


Wednesday, August 1st

Barrel-Aged Blowout– Llywelyn’s Pub (Webster Groves) – 3PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Do you like barrel-aged beers? Well, does Llywelyn’s have an event for you! They’re filling the taps with these barrel-aged beers: New Holland Brewery Barrel-Aged Dragon’s Milk, Firestone Walker Brewery Parabala Imperial Stout 2012, Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout, Schlafly Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout 2011, and more.

3 Way Stone IPA– The Royale – 4PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Join representatives from Stone as they’re be discussing three different versions of an IPA. You’ll have your chance to try Stone IPA, a firkin of Stone IPA w/ Newport, and Ruination IPA.

Small Batch Bier de Chute– Six Row Brewing – 5PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Much like a Bier de Garde this Belgian style is perfect for the approaching fall season; fermented cooler than most ale styles and then aged cold like a lager. Quite smooth and strong with some apparent but restrained esters. Est 7% ABV.

New Belgium Brewing Tap Takeover– Hair of the Dog – 5PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
New Belgium Tap Takeover featuring a Ranger IPA cask dry hopped with crystal hops, Biere De Mars, Lost Abbey Brett, Tart Lychee, Valentines Day Ale and many more!

Firestone Walker Mini Tap Takeover– Three Kings – 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!

Beer School – Cicero’s – 6:15PM-7:15PM
Free Event(Food and drink available for purchase)
Join Nate Sellergren and Laura Ulrich of Stone Brewing Company as they discuss Stone beer and Stone Brewery. IPA and Double Dry-Hopped IPA will be available to taste.

Beer and Cheese Tasting – Schlafly Tap Room – 6PM-9PM
Price – $15 – Reservations are required (314) 241-2337
Schlafly Beer partner with an area cheesemonger to provide craft beer painstakingly paired artisan cheeses. Tickets are available at the Schlafly Tap Room.

Craft Beer Tasting with Evan Benn – Big Brothers Big Sisters – 6PM-8PM
Free Event RSVP is required.
Evan Benn of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch leads a free beer tasting at Big Brothers Big Sisters (501 North Grand Boulevard) in Grand Center. Sample six St. Louis craft beers along with small sandwiches, Companion pretzels and other snacks from The Civil Life Brewing Co. The event is free, but attendees must RSVP to jyoung@bbbsemo.org.

Goose Island Invasion– International Tap House (Chesterfield) – 7PM
Free Event (Food and drink 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. Heres a list of beers that will be available at this very special event. Some of the special beers will include Lolita, Juliet, and Dominique.


Thursday, August 2nd

Black IPA Release and Cask– Six Row Brewing – 5PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Literally a black India Pale Ale, also known as a Cascadian Dark Ale, they use roasted malts to give it a nice dark color and slight roasted character to compliment the hops. Compared to a chocolate orange. The cask will be dry-hopped with Summit. Est 7% ABV, 65 IBU.

Sam Adams Tap Takeover – Growlers Pub – 5PM
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 going to be 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 Griffins Bow
Samuel Adams Double Bock
Samuel Adams Tasman Red
Samuel Adams Norse Legend
Samuel Adams Old Kentucky Ale
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

Schlafly Dry-hopped APA Cask – Exit 6 – 5PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Come on out for this very special tapping of the Schlafly APA that’s been firkin’d up for your pleasure.

St. Louis Breweries vs. America– Wine and Cheese Place (Forsyth) – 6PM-7:30PM
Price – $20 – Tickets available here.
With the increased choices in beers from St. Louis and the local area, Wine and Cheese Place wanted to see how they stand up on the national level. This will be a blind tasting pitting local IPAs and porters against IPAs and porters brewed elsewhere in the US.

Beer and Pizza Demonstration– Schnucks Cooking School – 6PM-9PM
Price – $45 – Tickets can be purchased here.
Pi Pizzeria Executive Chef, Steven Caravelli shares some great pizza and maybe a pizza secret or two, while St. Louis Post-Dispatch Hip Hops columnist Evan Benn talks and pairs craft beers with each dish. Onion Dip with Spudmaster Chips; Deep Dish Chicken, Artichoke and Spinach Pizza; Deep Dish Sausage, Mushrooms, Onions and Green Peppers and Thin Crust Olive Oil, Goat Cheese, Prosciutto and Figs. For dessert, Oatmeal Stout Chocolate Pudding.

4 Hands Beer Dinner– Llywelyn’s Pub (Webster Groves) – 6:30PM
Price – $35 – Reservations are required (314) 962-1515
This four course beer dinner will feature three small dishes in each course which will then be paired with 4 Hands beers. Here’s a look at the menu.

Ruination Domination! – International Tap House (Soulard) – 7PM
Free Event (Drinks available for purchase)
Special tapping of Stone Ruination, Double Dry-Hopped Ruination, Ruination 10th Anniversary and Ruination Cask w/ Chinook.

Widmer Bros Beer Dinner– Boogaloo – 7PM
Price – $40 – Reservations are required (314) 645-4803.
Join Widmer Bros Brewer, Jacob Leonard as he hosts a four course meal with Boogaloo in Maplewood. Each course will be paired with a Widmer Bros beer. Here’s the menu:
First Course – Hefeweizen with Boogaloo Mixed Greens
Spring mix with hearts of palm, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and raisins tossed in citrus sherry vinaigrette.
Second Course – Drifter Pale Ale with Shrimp and Grits
Drifter Pale Ale marinated shrimp seasoned and grilled served over a bed of creamy smoked Gouda grits topped with a Drifter Pale Ale reduction drizzle.
Third Course – Rotator IPA with Jerk Smoked Chicken Breast
Coconut and Rotator IPA brine chicken breast jerk seasoned and apple wood smoked served over Cuban rice and topped with key lime aioli.
Fourth Course – Barrel Aged Brrrbon 11 with Chocolate Creme Brulee
Brrrbon Ale infused chocolate custard with a sugar crystal crust.

Cathedral Square Meet the Brewer– Sanctuaria – 7PM-9PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Meet the guys who make your beer! Cathedral Square head brewer Brian Neville will be on hand to talk beer at Sanctuaria. They’ll be featuring $3 Cathedral Square pints and a couple of food specials.