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WF New logoUrban Chestnut Brewing Company has partnered with Wild Flower Restaurant to put on a beer dinner next Thursday, July 25th beginning at 6:30PM. This meal will be five courses and will run you $60 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 314-367-9888. Here’s a look at the menu:

1st course
seared scallops, cured ham, radicchio salad
Pierre’s Wit Bavarian Weiss

2nd course
corn pablano chowder, pumpernickel croutons, gruyere

3rd course
slow roasted pork loin, stilton bread pudding, pork jus

4th course
grilled quail, carmelized peaches & beer blanc

carmelized banana tart with chocolate ganache

blood-and-sandWhile membership sometimes has its privileges, you won’t need to be a member at  the exclusive restaurant Blood and Sand  to attend their 4 Hands Brewing beer dinner this Thursday, July 11th. This beer dinner will begin with punch service at 6:30PM with dinner starting at 7PM.

This four course meal will cost you $65 per seat and will feature the release of Home and 2nd Hand (4 Hand’s collaboration with 2nd Shift Brewing) along with Contact High and Prussia.  If you’d like to attend, send an email to  Here’s a look at the menu:

1st Course
Duck spring rolls.

2nd Course
Seared scallop, heirloom tomatoes, anise hysop.

3rd Course
BBQ quail, zucchini salad.

4th Course
Mixed berry terrine.

stlflagIt seems like only yesterday that I got a message on Twitter that there were was a group of documentary film makers rolling into town to capture some of what it is that makes the St. Louis beer scene special. Hard to believe it was actually January 2012 that I got a chance to hook up with and share a few beers with the Crafting a Nation crew as they visited some of our town’s breweries and beer bars to include in their film.

A year and a half and a lot of hard work later, the movie is complete and ready to be enjoyed with a beer in hand. On Thursday, July 18th MX Movies will host the St. Louis premiere of Crafting a Nation. Doors will open at 6:30 and showtime is at 7:30. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

After the film there will be a short Q & A session with director Thomas Kolicko and a special guest. There will also be an after party next door at Pi MX starting at 9:15 that will include a welcome pizza tasting buffet and Happy Hour pricing on all local craft beers.

Filmed by Free Mind Productions, from Denver, CO, Crafting a Nation covers economic recovery and the American Dream via the booming craft beer industry. The film visits craft breweries in 15 locations including St Louis, along with following a new Colorado brewery from idea to grand opening. The movie shows these breweries as they finish construction, launch their brands, and open to the public, and focuses on the struggles and triumphs of small business owners.

Crafting A Nation tells stories of local economies, where a brewery serves as a catalyst to a chain reaction which occurs from breweries revitalizing a section of a city and providing jobs, and the resulting domino effect that follows with other small businesses that work together to succeed as a result of the brewery.

Along with following Black Shirt Brewing Company on their journey to open in Colorado, the film intertwines plenty of footage and interviews with St. Louis brewery folk. 4 Hands, Urban Chestnut, Schlafly, The Civil Life, and Perennial are all featured and tell their story about coming to be in the town that only a few years ago was dominated by a behemoth.

While I don’t want to give too much of the film away, I especially enjoyed a long scene in which many of our town’s brewers sat at a round table in the cellar of The Tap Room and discussed what it meant to be a part of what was happening in the local beer scene. Another great part about the film is that it is not preachy. They aren’t trying to tell us what to think or what to drink.

Come out, grab a pint at your seat, and see what craft beer is doing for our city and our country. Who knows you may even have a cameo in the film.

Civil Life Brewing

If you haven’t noticed, Civil Life is a big fan of pigs. First we had Pigs and Pints Part 1. Then we had Pigs and Pints Part 2: Electric Pigaloo. If you didn’t make it to either of these shindigs, you missed out on some great food, beer, and fun. Lucky for you, they will never stop in their quest to serve more pig.

This Saturday, July 6th, Civil Life Brewing Company will be having a South City Pig Roast. From 12:30 until the pig runs out, they will be serving 1/3lb sandwiches with 2 sides for $8 (cash only). Throw in a pint of Civil Life beer for $5 and you’ve got a meal that’s tough to beat.

Civil Life is probably the kid friendliest brewery in St. Louis, so bring the whole family down and enjoy some beer and meat this holiday weekend, just like Jesus intended when he invented the United States.