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For those of you that may have a bit of cask envy when you missed out on the awesome time that was the 2nd Shift Brewing WinterCask Festival last Saturday, fear not. You’ll be able to sample a small part of why that event was so awesome tomorrow at 2PM at 33 Wine Bar when they tap a very special cask of 2nd Shift Brewing’s Brew Cocky IPA.

If you haven’t had a chance yet to sample this fantastic beer, here’s a small description:

“Yup, we love hops and this IPA puts them all up in your face. Loads and Loads of Falconer’s Flight, a blend of Northwest hops, were used in such a gratuitous manner heretofore no seen in these parts.”

As with all 2nd Shfit casks, I’m sure this one will go fast. So don’t miss out on this very special event.

More breweries in town means we’re never at a loss for things to do in the St. Louis beer scene. Never at a loss for putting on some cool events, Perennial Artisan Ales is keeping the next few weeks rather busy. Here’s a look at what’s going on:

Thursday, February 23 -Edwardsville Rollout Party at Erato 5:00-??
To kick off their entry into the Illinois market, Perennial is throwing a little party at Erato on Main. They will have Hommel, Saison de Lis, Plan B & Black Walnut Dunkel on tap. There will also be some giveaways including shirts, hoodies and a Private Tour & Tasting for Ten.

Saturday, February 25th – Perfect Your Palette 4:00-6:30 in the cellar

“Perfect your Palette is a hybrid art class/wine and beer tasting. The celebration of art in all forms is a large part of what Perfect your Palette is about. We hope to cultivate students that enjoy all things fresh and innovative.

Perfect your Palette will teach people the basic techniques for creating a strong, personal piece of art. You’re not just there to have a drink or paint, you are there to be around people who are passionate about life’s most flavorful experiences. Whether you are passionate about art, wine or beer, we will strive to combine all of these passions into one experience.”

Visit www.perfectyourpalette.com to sign up!

Wednesday, February 29th – Beer School at Cicero’s

Tuesday, March 6 – 6:30 Perennial Beer vs. Harsha Wine Dinner at Perennial

This will be a four courses from John Perkins & Entre, each paired with a Perennial beer and a wine from Harsha Wines. $60 plus tax & gratuity. Hosted by Perennial (with special guest, Mike Sweeney:) and Kyle Harsha. Call 314-631-7300 or email info@perennialbeer.com for more info/reservations.

A funny thing happens when you walk into a bar, sometimes you’ll be given the opportunity to meet people that can show you some cool tricks. In this case, I was lucky enough to be sitting at Bridge on Monday afternoon when Mike Walters from Left Hand Brewing stopped in to say “hi.”

Never being shy about asking the tough questions, I inquired about when St. Louis would begin seeing Left Hand’s newest creation, the Milk Stout Nitro in St. Louis. The bad news is, probably not until late 2012. The good news (at least for me) was that I was not only about to try the Nitro, but to take a video of the proper way to pour the beer.

You’ll notice that this beer has the same wonderful cascading effect as a draught nitro pour, but it does it without the need for a widget. Apparently it’s a specially designed bottle that gives it that nitro look and feel. The coolest part was having it side by side with a draught nitro pour.

The results? The draught pour had maybe a slightly bigger body, but otherwise they were almost identical. I can see this being a huge hit when it finally arrives in St. Louis. For now, we’ll all just have to enjoy the cool video.

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant begins their Winter Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM and a second class from 7PM-8PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry. It’s perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s school is being hosted by Keith Villa creator of Blue Moon. Keith will be on hand to discuss and sample some Blue Moon, Blue Moon Spring Blonde, Vintage Blonde Ale, Valencia Amber Ale, and Pale Ale. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at Cicerosbeerschool.com.

While it’s fun to be on the hunt to try and find that special or fun beer, it can be pretty tiring. Well, you can stop running all around town and visit Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves to see something cool on tap. Llywelyn’s is starting a new program that they’re calling “A Brew You Never Knew.”

Each Wednesday, Llywelyn’s will feature a single beer on draught that may have been overlooked or in some cases is the only draught version of that beer in town. It’ll be a chance to re-visit an old favorite or even discover something you’ve never had before.

This week Llyweyln’s will be featuring the 4 Hands Bona Fide Imperial Stout on draught. This beer will only be available at the Webster Groves location and will only be on tonight. If you’re looking for something special without all of the lists and missed opportunities, make sure to stop into Llywelyn’s tonight.

Way back in August of 2010, we mentioned that Schlafly was getting into the sour beer game. As part of a $500,000 renovation, the cellar below the Schlafly beer garden was going to be renovated and turned into a nice home for this new funky beer.

The renovations look to be nearly complete and the new room looks wonderful. There has even been talk that this room may even be used to house a couple of very special beer dinners in the near future. While the beer sitting in the cellar isn’t quite ready, I thought you’d like to see just how awesome this room is.

SixRow_logoIf you’re looking for some fun in between this lull of Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day, Six Row Brewing is releasing a few beers to help keep you out of the house this February:

Thursday, February 23rd – Six Row Foreign Extra Stout Released
Roasted barley, coffee, and dark fruit dominate the aroma of this high gravity version of the traditional dry stout. Originally brewed for tropical markets, the Foreign Extra Stout is easy drinking due to its light body and dry finish. Don’t let the pitch-black color fool you; this is truly a “session” ale good for any season.

Wednesday, February 29th – Six Row Kolsch Released
Six Row’s Kolsch is a bright, light-bodied, moderately hopped golden ale/lager hybrid beer. We ferment and age it at lower temperatures than most of our ales to make it especially smooth, clean and refreshing. “Crisp” and “spritzy” are words that might come to mind when you try it.

Thursday, March 1st – Baumanns Bacon Porter Cask
Well, maybe not the whole hog, but a couple pounds of the belly, anyhow, cured and smoked – what most normal folks call bacon. As most of the carnivorous world can attest, there are few good things that can’t be made better by adding bacon, and we believe beer is no exception. To prove that point, we’re going to fill a fifth of a hogshead with our fine Robust Porter, cook up a small slab of bacon that Baumann’s Fine Meats is preparing just for us, poke a sack of that pig into the cask to soak for a spell.

The days a re getting a bit longer, so that should help to keep you up and moving and Six Row is making it easier by putting on some great beers in the next week. Head on out and find out for yourself!