stlcbwJust in case you’ve missed it, the inaugural 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 can’t 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 Saturday, Sunday and Monday:
Saturday, May 30th

Beer and Brats Festival – Westport Plaza – 12PM-5PM
Price $20 (314-878-0780)
Few things in life go better than craft beer and bratwurst. Be certain to visit Westport Plaza and partake in street entertainers, live music, and even a bratwurst eating contest. This event will be held either rain or shine in the West Parking Lot. For more information, please call the number above.

B33r and Brats – 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar – 12PM-5PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
If you’re trying to avoid the summer crowds and you’re looking for local freshly-grilled bratwurst, 33 Wine Bar will be hosting a special B33r and Brats event. Enjoy beer off of one of the best beer menus in St. Louis with some bratwurst from local farmers, all in the comfort of Lafayette Square.

Wine-Beer-BBQ – The Wine and Cheese Place Ballwin – 1PM-4PM
Free Event
The Wine and Cheese Place in Ballwin is having an Open House and you’re invited! Swing on by and sample over 30 different beers and 50 different wines (if that’s your thing) and enjoy some BBQ as well.

Sunday, May 31st

Homebrew With Drew – Mattingly Brewing Company – Begins at 9AM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
Email Drew to Reserve a Spot to Homebrew
Whether you’re a long-time or a brand new homebrewer, this is your opportunity to Homebrew with Drew Huerter, the head brewer at Mattingly Brewing Company. Drew will be homebrewing that morning and is welcoming homebrewers to join him, but please make sure to RSVP with Drew. A four tap jockey box will be set up to pour beer. Anyone who brings ball lock corny keg can pour their beer through the box for the party.

Monday, June 1st

Craft Beer Dinner – The Shaved Duck – 6:30PM
Price $35 – Reservations are required (314-776-1407)
Owner Ally Nisbit is going to pair some of the best craft beer the region has to offer with The Shaved Duck’s take on rustic American cuisine. 5 different beers paired with 5 courses. Full menu available here.

Meet a Griesedieck – The Royale – 4PM-6PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
The Royale is having a meet&greet with members of the Griesedieck family, brewers of Griesedieck Brothers beer. This family has been as important as any in the history of St Louis brewing and we at the Royale think their story should be better known. A true regional treasure, GB today thrives as the big guys gobble each other up and the little guys make craft beer to change the world. Come spend happy hour with some real survivors, and enjoy free t-shirts and beer specials, too!

Boulevard Tank 7 Sampling – International Tap House – 7PM-9PM
Free Event (Food and drink available for purchase)
For those of you who didn’t have a chance to try Boulevard Brewery’s newest draught-only beer, Tank 7 at the St. Louis Microfest a few weeks ago, here’s another chance! Laura Dale will be handing out complimentary samples of the Tank 7 Saison. This wonderfully hoppy saison is sure to be a summertime hit, so be certain to stop by and try it!