The passion for beer in St. Louis has been absolutely insane.  It seems like every time you turn around, you’re seeing another dinner or festival.  This is truly a great time to love beer in the St. Louis area.  It’s good to know that even the chill of late January doesn’t keep people from putting on great beer festivals such as the St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival.

Here’s a look at what’s going on for the 2011 St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival which will be taking place the weekend of January 28th and January 29th:

Friday 1/27/12
Brewmaster Dinner – 6-9pm (Tickets $64 + tax)
Includes beer, food and service.

Brewmaster Florian Kuplent promises to make this dinner one that should not be missed. Join us as we hear from Florian about his voyage as an apprentice for a small brewery in Germany to developing award winning recipes for one of the largest breweries in the world. And that is just the start as we will enjoy some of the stories about what it takes to open a brewery and all that is related to the first full year of business. Above all it is about the beers so come find out why Urban Chestnut is where ‘new world meets old world. Executive Chef Tony Cole and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company will take us on a tour our tastebuds will not soon forget.

Saturday 1/28/12
Beer Tasting – 2-5pm (Tickets $25$30 after 1/13/12
Beer Tasting – 6-9pm (Tickets $35$40 after 1/13/12
With more than 80 beers to taste, live entertainment and food to purchase, this is a great way to spend your football-free weekend. Guests will receive a complimentary tasting glass and be treated to some of the best selection and widest variety of beers from around the world.  Advance tickets available now through Friday 1/13/12.

VIP Tasting Room – 6-9pm (Tickets Additional $10)
You have probably noticed that there are more and more ultra-premium beers hitting the market and for the price of a couple of bottles, you can enjoy this VIP tasting session. The number of tickets is limited so that everyone will have an opportunity to taste and discuss the portfolio of high end specialty beers. Please indicate session 1 or 2 when purchasing your ticket.

Tickets for all of the events are available by calling 314-241-4949 or by visiting the Centennial Beer Fest website. Sounds like a great way to spend a weekend in St. Louis.