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Category: Beer Events

One of the cool parts about the influx of breweries opening around town is seeing how they all do events a little differently. I don’t know about you, but I love a beer festival. But what if someone took a beer festival and tried something completely different?

How about a beer carnival? On Saturday March 2nd, from 2PM-6PM 4 Hands Brewing Company will host their first beer festival with friends. The Lupulin Festival is a celebration of the hop and will be the release of War Hammer Imperial IPA.

War Hammer is a 9% 80 IBU Imperial IPA brewed with Pacific Northwest hops. War Hammer will be available on draft, and in bottles to go during the event.

The festival will be a carnival theme with a carnival emcee, sideshow performer, live art, live music, photo booth, and more. Food will be available for purchase from the Fifth Wheel. Tickets will be $35 and will include a hop forward selection from participating local breweries, tasting glass, and access to all of the carnival activities.

Check out the list of beers from participating breweries:

Double Unicorn Revenge Double IPA
Close Encounter Extra Hoppy Double Stout

Firestone Walker
Double Jack
Wookey Jack

Special Release

New Belgium
Special Release – Rampant Imperial IPA

Nelson Sauv IPA
Trafalgar cask

IPA #5 – Red IPA

Black IPA dry hopped with Simcoe and Mosaic

Square One
Single Hopped IPA
Belgian IPA

Toppling Goliath
Golden Nugget IPA
pseudoSue pale ale

Six Row

Morgan Street
Honey Wheat (with a Randall of cascade hops)
Golden Pilsner (with a Randall of Saaz hops)

2nd Shift
Brew Cocky
Art of Neurosis
Albino Pygmy Puma

Tickets can be purchased at the tasting room located at 1220 South 8th Street, via Brown Paper Tickets or by calling (314)436-1559. Get your tickets soon as this is sure to be a great time.

dresselspubIf there has been one restaurant I’ve recommended more than any other recently it’s been Dressel’s Pub. Without a doubt, they’ve been one of the most consistent and most enjoyable dining experiences I’ve had in the past year.  And they put on a pretty great beer dinner as well.

Want to find out? Well next Tuesday, February 26th beginning at 7PM, Dressel’s will be hosting a five course meal  featuring two of St. Louis’s best breweries: 2nd Shift Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales.

As is usually the case, Ben Dressel is once again breaking out some awesome beer to pair with the dinner including Perennial Abraxas, 2nd Shift Albino Pygmy Puma, and a cask of Art of Neurosis. There are a few seats left for this dinner and will cost you $60 (not including tax and gratuity.) Reservations can be made by emailing Ben Dressel or calling (314) 361-1060.

Here’s a look at the menu:

Meet and greet course
Albino Pygmy Puma Pale (2nd Shift)
Smoked Chicken Liver Parfait, toasted cranberry walnut levain, apricot chutney

1st Course
Aria (Perennial)
Fried Missouri Pork Trotters and Crispy Pigs Ear Salad, citrus supremes, watercress, pickled mustard seeds, grapefruit gastrique

2nd Course
Katy Saison (2nd Shift)
Illinois Rabbit Confit, grilled carrot bread, minted pea puree, poached pistacios, pea tendril and radish shoot salad

3rd Course
Art of Neurosis IPA(2nd Shift)
Smoked Pastrami Beef Tongue, pumpernickle gnochhi, sour-braised cabbage, horseradish confetti

4th Course
Black Walnut Dunkel (Perennial)
Pan Fried Veal Sweetbreads, salad of grains and barley, spiced walnuts, wild arugula, golden raisin agrodolce

5th Course
Abraxas (Perennial)
Chocolate Tres Leches Cake, Foie Gras and cinnamon buttercream icing, dried chilli spiced hazelnuts

deschutes_brewery_logoYou know what doesn’t get enough love? Nitro beer. Sure, we get all giddy when a new beer comes out on draft or even on cask, but the nitro handle is a workhorse that just does its job day in and day out.

Breweries know that nitro is special though, they also know that it’s kind of an (PUN ALERT) untapped market. Which is why a brewery like Deschutes Brewery is doing something very cool by throwing a Nitro Night.

Tonight only (Wednesday, February 13th) the International Tap House in Soulard will be putting on three different nitro beers from Deschutes: Jubelale, Obsidian Stout, and Red Chair. And if that wasn’t enough, beginning at 6PM you buy a pint and you get to keep a glass (while supplies last).

Also in attendance this evening will be Missouri Market Manager Karen King and Marketing Communications Specialist Erik Frank. They’ll be there to spread some Deschutes cheer and enjoy some great beer. You should come out and do the same.

codfestlogo2.gifThis seems to sneak up on me every year, but it looks like  Schlafly‘s annual Cod and Cask Festival takes place this Friday February 15th (5PM to Midnight) and Saturday February 16th (11AM to Midnight). Schlafly brings in the freshest cod to serve up multiple ways!

If that wasn’t enough, what goes better with Fish and Chips but cask-conditioned ale? These beers are carbonated in the cask and hand pumped up to the bar at “cellar temperature” to provide the most authentic experience this side of the pond.

Here’s the line-up of just some of casks that we can be expecting over the weekend:

  • American Brown Ale
  • American IPA
  • Coffee Stout
  • Dry-Hopped APA
  • English IPA
  • Scotch Ale
  • Vanilla Milk Stout

In addition to this line-up of fantastic Schlafly cask ale, here’s a few guest casks that will be opened this Saturday, starting at 3PM, as well:

  • 4 Hands Brewing
  • Civil Life
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Urban Chestnut

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 February 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 2013 St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival which will be taking place the weekend of February 22nd and February 23rd:

Friday 2/22/13
Brewmaster Dinner – 6-9pm (Tickets $67.50 + tax)
Includes beer, food and service.

If you have joined us for the Brewmaster’s dinner in either of the past three years, you know that aside from the great beer and fantastic food, it is really a lot of fun to hear the stories from the Brewmaster firsthand about everything related to beer (and often a whole lot more). The event takes on the personality of the host and this year we are fortunate to be partnered with the Evan Hiatt from Six Row Brewing.

Saturday 2/23/13
Beer Tasting – 2-5pm (Tickets $31.50
Beer Tasting – 6-9pm (Tickets $41.50
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 – Both Sessions (Tickets Additional $15)
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.