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Category: Beer Events

Why does it seem like the city gets all of the fun? Please know I’m not trying to get a city/county turf war started here, I live in the county and work in the city. But there is no doubt that when it comes to beer festivals, they almost always take place in the city.

But, chin up county folks, Ferguson Brewing Company is celebrating their second birthday and they’ve inviting everyone along to have a party. On Saturday, April 14th from 1PM to 5PM, Ferguson Brewing will be throwing an Anniversary Brew Fest featuring beers from fifteen local breweries.

Tickets for this event will be $25 and will feature a souvenir tasting glass, light appetizers, and samples from all of the breweries in attendance. To order your tickets, just follow this link. Congrats to Ferguson, looking forward to many years with you guys in St. Louis.

ciceros.jpg While Cicero’s Beer School Field Trip isn’t exactly what Mr. Benn was talking about in the tweet up above, it’s a pretty close approximation. There are a few seats remaining this Saturday, March 24 for the Cicero’s Field Trip which will take you to four different local breweries in the St. Louis area all from the comfort of a bus. Here’s the rundown of where they’re visiting:

1st stop – The Civil Life Brewery – 10:30 – 11:45
3714 Holt Ave, St. Louis, MO 63116

2nd stop- Perennial Artisan Ales – 12:00-1:30
8125 Michigan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63111

3rd stop- 4 Hands Brewing Company -2:00-3:30 Kevin Lemp
1220 S 8th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104

4th Stop – Ferguson Brewing Company – 4:00-5:30
418 S. Florissant Road, St. Louis, MO 63135

At the end of the trip you’ll be taken back to Cicero’s where a brewer from Boulevard Brewing will be on hand to try this year’s batch of Rye on Rye. Tickets for this trip will cost you $48, but will provide plenty of food, beer, and fun beer school education.

For more information or to make your reservation, call (314) 862-0009.

You see plenty of barrel aged beers and plenty of casks, but how often do you get to sample a cask of a barrel aged beer? Well, next Thursday, March 22nd, Iron Barley will be the first location in St. Louis to tap Six Row Brewing‘s newest creation, the Whiskey Barrel Aged Porter.

Beginning at 7PM, Iron Barley will tap a firkin of this blend of Six Row’s Strong Porter and a Jack Daniels Whiskey Barrel. This will be a kick-off party to the official release of this beer at Six Row Brewing the next day.

See that guy to the right? That’s Carl Niermann. Who’s Carl you may ask? Well, Carl is one of the best dudes ever associated with STL Hops. He’s a really good guy and someone I’m lucky enough to call a friend.

How good of a guy is Carl? Well, when The Civil Life Brewing was in the throes of getting open, Carl happily stepped up and volunteered his help to get any little thing they needed to get done. What did Carl ask for in return? Nothing.

Well, not entirely nothing. He once asked the boys at Civil Life to brew a “Maibock/helles.” Well, in honor of Carl, they’ve done just that. And to honor Carl even further, they’ve named the beer after him.

And to celebrate the new beer and also the awesomeness that is Carl, they’ve even decided to have a number of release parties this weekend “following in Carl’s footsteps.” The parties celebrating Carl and CarlBock begin on Friday, March 16th at 1PM at the International Tap House in Soulard. After iTAP, Carl then heads to 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar at 3:30PM for the next tapping of CarlBock.

The party continues at 12PM on Saturday, March 17th when Carl arrives at The Civil Life for the ceremonial tapping of CarlBock. Over the next two days (the 17th and 18th) Carl will also visit Bailey’s Range and Bridge Tap House where the CarlBock will also be on tap.

For those of you who can make it to iTAP on Friday afternoon, you will also be given a CarlBock Passport. If you’re one of the first 50 people who can make it to all 5 spots listed above, you’ll receive a limited-edition CarlBock t-shirt!

For more details about all of the events (put way more amusingly than I’ve put them here) make sure to check out The Civil Life Blog. Get out this weekend and have a CarlBock!

I know for some of you, this is the festival you’ve been most eagerly awaiting for, the Schlafly 2012 Stout and Oyster Festival. Schlafly is flying in over 30,000 fresh oysters from both coasts and will offer a tantalizing “array of dishes, like Oysters Rockefeller and fried oyster Po’ Boys.” They will also be offering up a raw bar as well to give you the ability to try several different vararites.

Schlafly will also be flying in some some celebrity shuckers to open up your oyster faster than you can blink.

Oh, and then there’s the beer. Schlafly will be offering their Nitro Irish, Oatmeal and Kaldi’s Coffee Stout. You’ll be able to combine some of your favorite Schlafly stouts with the briny delight of fresh oysters.

Schlafly’s festival will be on start on Friday, March 9th from 5:00 p.m.-Midnight and continue on Saturday, March 10th when it will run from 11AM-Midnight.

Why can’t we be friends? Why can’t wine and beer get along? We’re both delicious, we both go well with food, we both can share equal footing, can’t we?

Rather than look at the Perennial Artisan Ales Wine vs Beer Dinner as a competition, I’d rather view it as an opportunity to provide enlightenment for the two groups that seemingly love to battle each other over something that should unite and not divide.

The dinner, which is taking place next Tuesday, March 6th, will feature four different courses paired with wines from Harsha Wines and beers from Perennial with the dinner being created by Entre. Tickets for this event are $60 per person and reservations can be made by calling 314-631-7300.  Here’s a look at the menu:

Cheese course: Parmesan broth with winter root veg
Fruit course: Grits, scallops, blueberries
Nut course: Black walnut mole, lamb loin, shiitakes.
Dessert: Bitter orange cake