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 (with more and more added every day), 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 all week long:Week Long Events

St. Louis Tap Takeover – Bigelo’s Bistro – All Week
To help celebrate STLCBW, Bigelo’s Bistro will be featuring nothing but beers brewed in St. Louis on their taps all week long. If you haven’t been to Bigelo’s yet, make sure to check out their wonderful location in historic downtown Edwardsville.

New Belgium Tap Invasion – Pi (Delmar) – All Week
Pi with rotate 8 New Belgium handles all week, including some very special and rare Lips of Faith drafts that will be tapped throughout the week. Here’s a schedule of the special tappings:
07/28 – Kick and Clutch (6PM)
07/31 – La Folie (3PM)
08/02 – Tart Lychee (6PM)

Green Flash Tap Takeover – The Good Pie – All Week
West Coast meets the Midwest meets a touch of Naples when Green Flash takes over the taps at The Good Pie featuring over seven different beers on tap including the first tapping of the Retro Pale Ale in St. Louis. A cask of West Coast IPA will also be available on Friday, July 27th.

Craft Beer Tastings – Randall’s (Jefferson) – Various Times (See Below)
Free Event
Sampling at Randall’s on Jefferson all week long! See list below for times and breweries:
Sat 7/28 – Bell’s and Oberon (12PM-2PM)
Mon 7/30 – Magic Hat (4PM-6PM)
Tue 7/31 – Lagunitas (4:30PM-6:30PM)
Wed 8/1 – Abita (4PM-7PM)
Thu 8/2 – Woodchuck (4PM-7PM)
Fri 8/3 – Belgian beers (Duvel, Blanche de Bruxelles, Rochefort, Orval, Westmalle) (4PM-7PM)
Fri 8/3 – Dundee (5PM-7PM)
Sat 8/4 – Stone (12PM-2PM)

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.

Duff’s Restaurant
Twin Oak – Wood Fired Fare
Five Bistro