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Category: Beer Events

Let’s face it, when it comes to the boys down at The Civil Life Brewing Company, Jake, Dylan, and Mike know how to throw a party. We all remember the pomp and circumstance that was their Grand Opening. It was big! I have no issue saying it was one of the coolest beer events I have ever been a part of. That sense of community and neighborhood that came along with the event was like no other I have seen. Well get ready because they are back for more!

On Sunday, May 6th from 10AM-6PM The Civil Life Brewing Company presents Pigs & Pints. This will not be your run of the mill beer event, instead it will focus on much of what The Civil Life stands for. This is a “Festival of Local.”

This family friendly event will include a pig roast featuring Red Wattle hogs, sourced by Mac’s Local Buys. These Red Wattles come from Kluesner’s Farm in Marthasville. They’ll be prepared by the good folks from The Block Restaurant in Webster Groves alongside vegetables from Local Harvest Grocery and bread from Companion.

If you have a sweet tooth, there will be ice cream from Baileys’ Range and baked goods from Pint Size Bakery. Need coffee? Well you’re in luck, as the new “it” coffee spot in town will be there in the form of Sump Coffee.

There will be entertainment provided by Stickley & Canan and family tunes from Celia along with a balloon artist for the kids. Local speakers will include Justin Leszcz from YellowTree Farm and author Liz Fathman speaking on Missouri farmers.

But Eric, you said beer. What about beer? Of course there’s beer. The Civil Life will be pouring all of their beers throughout the festival including the release of their new American Pale Ale at 11:30. I contacted Head Brewer Dylan Mosley about the beer and he replied to me in typical Dylan fashion:

So you want to know our secrets?

  • APA – Rahr 2 Row Pale
  • Simpsons Golden Promise
  • Pale Crystal
  • Mashed at 151F
  • Bittered and FWH with Columbus and Cascade
  • Cascade for Middle and Aroma Additions

FG at 3.1P for 5% , Fermented at 68F with American Yeast, Crash Cooled and awaiting its turn in the brite tank. Brew was inspired by classic American Pale Ale themes from the Genesis of the American Craft Brew Movement and structured to pair well with a Pig Roast Throw Down coupled with Great Weather on May 6th.

But wait! There’s more! Given that this festival has a local flare, Jake invited some friends from other breweries around town to share in the festivities. The visiting brews available include:

All-inclusive (beer and food) tickets for this event are $40. Kids’ tickets are $5. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at the brewery, Sump Coffee, and The Block. This is sure to be a can’t miss event!

Remember those days in March where it seemed more like summer? I don’t know who the hell thought 86° in the middle of March was a good idea, but it was a load of malarkey.   Luckily, for all of us, spring has made its triumphant return and we’ve been enjoying a very lovely April.

And when you’re having a good spring, why not celebrate.  So,  Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has brought back their  Maifest festival. Taking place on Saturday, May 12th, this will certainly be a party that would make Bacchus blush.

Along with BBQ from The Block, Smoki-O’s, and The St. Louis BBQ Society, you will also be able to enjoy some of the fresh bock beer UCBC brewed especially for this celebration of spring.

The best part about this festival?  It’s free.  There are no ticket charges, just come out between 12PM-11PM on Saturday, May 12th and purchase beer and food to sample throughout the day.  There will be commemorative t-shirts and glassware available for purchase as well.

Saturday, May 12th will be a great opportunity to rock out with your bock out at UCBC.

Hendel’s Market Cafe is presenting a beer dinner this Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30PM featuring the beers of 4 Hands Brewing Company. The cost is $45 per person; reservations are required and can be made by calling (314)837-2304. Here is the menu for the event:

Potato latkes. roasted red pepper. cumin sour cream.
Single Speed Session

Reuben. melted swiss. rye crouton.
Pyrus Saison

Smoked pork loin. blueberry bbq.
Fingerling potatoes. spring vegetables.
Reprise Centennial Red

Brandy chocolate pecan pie.
Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown

itap.jpgGreen Flash Brewing is coming to the International Tap House in Soulard with a big shindig. On Wednesday, April 18th beginning at 6PM, you’re going going to get three, count ’em, three big events packed into one.

You like casks? Well, it’s a cask night as Green Flash West Coast IPA will be tapped at 6PM. You like glassware? It’s also a keep the pint night. Buy yourself a Green Flash beer and you’ll be able to keep a Green Flash Pint.

You like new beer releases? Well, iTAP Soulard will be the launch location for Green Flash’s newest seasonal to St. Louis: Palate Wrecker. Here’s a description of the beer:

Palate Wrecker was originally brewed for the Hamilton’s Tavern 2nd Anniversary celebration. It’s the most complicated West Coast–inspired IPA we have ever brewed—mashing and sparging with hopped wort, in addition to our hop layering regimen for IPA. By popular demand, it is now released for the world to enjoy.

Once again, all of the festivities begin at 6PM and there’s a little of something for everybody. Head on out and get yourself some Green Flash.

So, things kind of changed between the time I started crafting this post and now, so pay close attention. As some of you may know, there is a local food podcast in town that I’m apart of called StewedSTL.

What started off as a way to goof around and create a fun podcast has turned into something relatively popular. Because it’s gotten so popular, we really thought we needed to up our game and do a better job on the sound quality of the show.

The problem is, we’ve already dumped over $2000 into putting this podcast together. For the sake of our marriages/relationships, we thought the best option to raise another $2000 was to create a Kickstarter for our upgrade. So, we’ve had a lot of people rally around us to try and get this raised.

Which includes the fine folks at 4 Hands Brewing Company which will be hosting an event this Thursday, April 12 from 4PM-9PM in which they’ll be donating 25% of their “total ring.” Also, friends and guests of Stewed, Guerrilla Street Food will be there dishing up some tasting food that evening.

So, this is all awesome. Right?

Well, like I said at the beginning, things have changed a bit.  We actually reached our goal of $2000 this afternoon. Which is fantastic, it’ll really help a long way.  But, we have 8 days left to raise money, and while we could definitely use the extra money for some other equipment we have our eye on, it didn’t seem right keeping all of the overages that will come from the 4 Hands event.

So, now that we’ve raised the $2000, StewedSTL will be donating 30% of all of the overages to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.  So, if this was all confusing, here’s all you need to know:

StewedSTL Kickstarter Fundraiser
Thursday, April 12th
4 Hands Brewing Company
30% of the money StewedSTL raises that evening will go to St. Louis Area Foodbank

Come on out, have a few beers, get some great food, and have a great time.

People get really wrapped up in what’s new. I’m not pointing fingers here, I get wrapped up in it too. With all of the amazing changes we’ve seen in St. Louis in the past few years, it’s easy to forget some of the brands that have been around for quite some time.

Let’s take New Holland Brewing Company for example. I don’t know about you, but I think that New Holland makes some pretty good beers. I’m a big fan of Mad Hatter, Night Tripper, Pilgrim’s Dole, and of course Dragon’s Milk.

And as good as Dragon’s Milk is, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it on cask in the St. Louis area, until now. Starting at 5PM on Wednesday, April 25th, The Wine Tap in Belleville will be putting on their first firkin party featuring the one and only Dragon’s Milk on cask. The will also be featuring several other New Holland favorites on tap that night including:

  • Imperial Hatter
  • Night Tripper Imperial Stout
  • Mole Ocho
  • Mad Hatter
  • Beerhive Tripel

This is a good opportunity to put a kibosh on looking for the newest thing and giving you the opportunity to stop and smell the roses, or in this case, enjoy some awesome beer.

Let me tell you, putting on a beer dinner ain’t easy. Putting on my first one was pretty nerve-racking. From the pairings, to the serving, to the putting butts into the seats, there is a lot that goes on. So, I’m always wanting to give a bit a love to any place that decides to put on a dinner featuring some great craft beer.

Next Tuesday, April 10th, beginning at 7PM, Boogaloo in Maplewood is putting on a beer dinner featuring four different beers from the 4 Hands Brewing Company.  These four beers and four different courses will cost you $40.  If you’d like to attend, make sure to call 314-645-4803 for reservations.  Seating is limited and this is sure to sell out fast.

Here’s a look at the menu (click to enlarge):