stlcbwJust in case you’ve missed it, the 2010 St. Louis Craft Beer Week begins this Saturday. Over the rest of the week I’ll be detailing the events of the festival on STL Hops to bring more visibility to the event.

I, once again, cannot begin to stress enough how important it is for all of us to help make this event successful.

If you care about beer and beer awareness in St. Louis, it’s important to show the retailers, breweries and restaurants involved that there are people that care about beer.

So, I know a lot of events are during the middle of the week and people have jobs and lives that make it difficult to attend some of the events, you at least make an effort to try and attend at least one event during the middle of the week. I also realize that money is tight, but over half of the events are free, so it won’t hurt the pocketbook to attend some of the events.

If you love beer and I know you all do otherwise you wouldn’t be here, it’s time to show it. Anyway, here’s a rundown of the events taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday:

Tuesday, April 27th

Beer and Cheese Tasting – Schlafly Tap Room – 7PM-9PM
Price $15
Join Schlafly and the Wine Merchant as they take you the wonderful world of pairing Beer and Cheese. Each pairing has been hand selected to show you the excellent possibilities that beer provides when pairing to food. Purchase tickets online here.

Beer and Food Pairing – Provisions Gourmet Market – 6:30-7:45PM
$25 Per Person – Reservations are required (314-989-0020)
Most BEER dinners feature one brewery, we have the option of choosing from 1,000 different beers. We have paired two experts Certified Sommelier Angela Ortmann (stlwinegirl) and Chef Scott from Provisions Gourmet Market for 5 courses of Food and BEER Pairing. The best bargain in town. Tickets can be purchased here.

Wednesday, April 28th

Beer School Graduation – Cicero’s – 5:30PM-6:30PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
You’ve learned all about beer at Cicero’s Beer School this part semester and now it’s time to celebrate by, you guessed it, drinking beer! All are welcome to this fun graduation party!

Schlafly Beer School – Herbie’s – 5:30PM-6:30PM
$25 per person.
Don’t know the difference between and Ale and a Lager? You will after a night at the Schlafly Beer School. Join Schlafly brewer Brennan Greene as he teaches you about different styles of beer and how they’re brewed. You’ll get to enjoy some food from Herbie’s along with a chance to sample six different styles of Schlafly beer. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations can be made by calling 314-769-9595.

Peek-a-Brew – Mattingly Brewing Company – 6PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Mattingly Brewing Company Head Brewer Drew Huerter will be serving up what he called “Night of the Hops”! He’ll be offering up the Citra IPA, Jefferson Brown Ale and Dark Days Black IPA. You can almost taste those hops from here.

Left Hand Beer Dinner – The Stable – Time 7PM
$45 per person, gratuity and tax included.
The Stable will be putting a on a beer dinner featuring five courses paired with beers from the Left Hand Brewery. If that’s not enough to whet your interest, they’ll also be bringing out a 1 “Pin” (a 5 gallon firkin) of their Jackman’s APA! The price for this event is $45 which included tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 314-771-8500. Here’s a look at the menu.

Beer Bingo! – Newstead Tower Public House – 8PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
It’s time to break out your markers and your bingo cards as Newstead Tower Public House will be hosting an event called Beer Bingo! First come, first serve and tables fill up fast, so make sure to get there early and stake out your spot!