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Category: Beer Events

Heritage Tour PosterIf you weren’t aware, there’s a cool little blog on the world wide interwebs that likes to discuss the history of St. Louis and Manhattans. It’s called Distilled History and you should check it out if you feel like learning some interesting things about the history of our fair city.

One beer-relevant post he did back in October was the history of Joseph Schnaider’s Brewery and its amazing beer garden.  I’ll spare you most of the details (click here to read the post), but the beer garden was several acres big and would serve thousands of people on any given day.

There are many more interesting posts, and after reading them, you will quickly learn why it was voted as the Best Personal Blog in the 2013 RFT Web Awards.

All this back story leads to why you should take part in the Southside Brewing Heritage Tour that will be hosted by the Landmarks Association of St Louis and Distilled History on Sunday, May 19. You will tour old brewing sites and buildings that still exist all while having a few local beers on the bus.

Tickets are $45.00 for members of Landmarks Association and $55.00 for non-members. Call Landmarks Association at (314) 421-6474 or email Andrew Weil ( at Landmarks to purchase tickets. Seats are limited and additional bar tabs at tour stops are not included. Participants must be 21 or older.

You can read some more info about the tour in Distilled History’s post here.

How are we only 5 days away from May and I’m still wearing a sweater? I didn’t see them myself, but I know there were even some snow flurries the other day. That’s crazy talk.  We need spring and we need it now.

So, to help bring spring here  Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has brought back their  Maifest festival. Taking place on Saturday, May 11th, this will certainly be a party that would make Bacchus blush.

Along with BBQ from The Block, Smoki-O’s, and Matthews, 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 11AM-11PM on Saturday, May 11th 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 11th will be a great opportunity to rock out with your bock out at UCBC.

bassoWith a beautiful location and a pretty great selection of beers it’s not surprising that Basso has begun hosting  beer dinners. Next Wednesday, April 17th, Basso will feature a dinner pairing courses with Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.

The cost is $48 per person (which includes tax and tip); reservations are required and can be made by following this link. Here is the menu for the event:

Single Hop Trafalgar with Prosciutto Toasts, burnt pine nut butter, blood orange marmalade
Zwickel with Fried Anchovy ‘Whitebait’, whipped ricotta, fines herbs
STLIPA with Marrow Tots, grapefruit aioli
Hop Switch (Aramis) with Crispy Soft Boiled Egg, shaved asparagus, pecorino cream
Trafalgar (E Kent Hops) with Lamb Sausage Roll, caraway, goat cheese rarebit, mustard
Schnickelfritz with Parsnip Panna Cotta Parfait, banana bread and cream, candied walnuts

Dinner begins and 7PM and will feature UCBC’s brewmaster Florian Kuplent to talk about the beers. Sounds like a fun time in a great space. Don’t miss out.

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 third birthday and they’ve inviting everyone along to have a party. On Saturday, April 27th from 1PM to 5PM, Ferguson Brewing will be throwing an Anniversary Brew Fest featuring beers from fourteen local breweries including: Six Row Brewing Company, O’Fallon Brewery, Square One, Schlafly, 4Hands Brewing, 2nd Shift Brewing, Trailhead, Kraftig, Exit 6, Charleville, Urban Chestnut, Kirkwood Station, Morgan Street Brewery, and Augusta Brewery

Tickets for this event will be $25 and will feature a souvenir tasting glass 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.