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schnucksI try to set deadlines for myself to get these things done, but clearly sometimes I do a very poor job of announcing winners.  Never less, let’s get down to it.

I’m happy to announce that the winner of the Schnucks Evening of Ultimate Pairings in Eight Flights” is Vanessa Lanier! Congrats to Vanessa and thanks everyone for entering.

I know that there are still a few tickets available for what’s not only going to be a super delicious event but also one for a good cause. If you’d like to attend you can do so by contacting:

Matt Wider or Diane Bruce – Schnucks Des Peres – (314) 965-3094
Michelle Tolish – Schnucks Ladue – (314) 725-7574
Tammy Hollingsworth – Schnucks on the Plaza – (314) 991-0510
Liz Spengemann – Schnucks Kehrs Mill – (636) 207-3401
Marian Fiore – Schnucks Richmond Center – (314) 644-0510

Thanks again to the folks and Schnucks for providing the tickets and thanks to all who entered!

schnucksOur friends at Schnucks Markets have teamed up with Anheuser-Busch to put on a pretty impressive beer pairing that’s taking place this Saturday, June 20th from 7-8:30PM. This event, which they’re dubbing “An Evening of Ultimate Pairings in Eight Flights” features a fantastic line-up of beers from the Anheuser-Busch portfolio paired with an impressive menu. Here’s a look:

Flight one: Raisin River Smoked Duck Carpaccio served with Fresh Mozzarella, Cucumber and Tomato salad and coulee of Sweet Balsamic Glaze- Michelob Golden Draft Light
Flight two: Whole Lobster Claw atop MontAmore and VAT17 Cheddar Mac and Cheese- Amber Bock.
Flight three: Brie Bites. St. Rocco Triple Creme Tartlette with Fruit compote- Sofie
Flight four: Mini Quiche with diced Salume Beddu and Robiola Du Latti Cheese – Matilda
Flight five: Dauphinois Potato wedge with Sweet Crème and Challerhocker Cheese- Zeigen Bock.
Flight Six: Carr Valley Cocoa Cardona, Effie’s Oatcakes, Golden Sultans and Honey Threads- Bourbon County Coffee.
Flight Seven: Pralined Nueske Bacon, Dolcina Gorgonzola and Semi Sweet Chocolate Truffle-Oatmeal Stout
Final Flight (Grand Finale): Featuring the nationally publicized Hooks 20-Year-Old Cheddar (over $200/lb.) not available in stores; paired with the limited and highly acclaimed Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. This pairing is a once in a lifetime tasting opportunity!

Taking place at Schnucks Kehrs Mill, this event has a limit of 50 seats, but Schnucks has been kind enough to give us two tickets to give away to this fundraiser for Operation Food Search.  This $150 value will allow you and a friend to enjoy this very special event. All you need to do is email contest@stlhops.com with the subject of Schnucks Ultimate Pairings

A couple of quick notes:

  • If you’ve won something from STL Hops in the past 6 months, please be cool and let someone else enter.
  • If you can follow the bolded directions above. If you don’t follow the rules, you’re automatically disqualified.
  • You must be 21 or older to enter.
  • No multiple entries.

This contest will end on June 18th at 9AM CDT when I will pick one winner at random.  Thanks again to Schnucks for providing the tickets. As this is a fundraiser for a great cause, a few tickets are still available to purchase.  You can do so by contacting:

Matt Wider or Diane Bruce – Schnucks Des Peres – (314) 965-3094
Michelle Tolish – Schnucks Ladue – (314) 725-7574
Tammy Hollingsworth – Schnucks on the Plaza – (314) 991-0510
Liz Spengemann – Schnucks Kehrs Mill – (636) 207-3401
Marian Fiore – Schnucks Richmond Center – (314) 644-0510

Good luck!

This is the time of the year where you’re going to see article after article giving you advice on what beer pairs best with Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s a noble effort.  When beer pairings are done well, they can truly be works of art sending your taste buds on a majestic journey.

But I’m going to give a piece of advice that a lot of beer writers/bloggers are less likely to give: Drink what you want.

Instead of worrying and fretting over what beer will pair with not only the cranberry sauce but also the turkey, green beans and sweet potatoes (hint, there are things that go well with each, but nothing that pairs amazing with everything.) Just pick your favorite beer and enjoy.

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything that we have to give thanks for.  For many of us, it can be about family, friends, and the company of others.  It’s perfectly fine just to sit back, enjoy your meal and just enjoy your favorite beer.

And while we’re at it, these family get-togethers are the perfect opportunity to introduce people to new beers.  This is the time to break out some of the beer you’ve been meaning to try but didn’t have that specific spot for it.  Who better to share some of your best beer with than the people you spend a holiday with?

Sure, they may not be some of your beer buddies, but that’s even better.  Instead of sitting there trying to analyze the beer, you can let someone who may not have had something this complex really experience what great beer is.

So, give thanks this holiday by freeing yourself from the shackles of constantly trying to pair beer with Thanksgiving. Sitting back and just enjoying a beer with friends and family is something truly to be thankful for.

Provisions Gourmet Market in Creve Coeur will be holding a Beer and Food Pairing on Tuesday, November 10 from 6:30-7:45pm.

1st Course
provisions.GIFFontina & Argula Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette
Paired with Cantillon St. Lamvinus

2nd Course
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Paired with Avery DuganA
Plus another IPA

3rd Course
Wiener Schnitzel with Gruyere Spätzle
Paired with Great Divide Tripel

4th Course
Baby Bison Burgers with Tomato Relish & Sharp Cheddar
Paired with Beer Here Pumpernickel Porter

5th Course
Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding with Coffee Mousse
Paired with Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiac

The cost of this event is $25 per person and reservations can be made by clicking the link here.

Why is it that I’ve seen (and even participated) in numerous wine dinners at Saint Louis area restaurants, but never a beer dinner?  I know that Schlafly is trying to do their part in the foodandbeer.gifeducation process, but (and no offense to them as I would do the same thing in their shoes) my guess is that they’re going to feature their own beers at the dinner.  And while they make a mighty fine product and offer a ton of styles to help with the pairing process, I personally think if you’re going to teach people about pairing beer and food you should offer the best that a specific style has to offer.

But why is it that some of the restaurants that pride themselves on their beer selections don’t have food and beer pairing educational dinners?  Hell, they don’t even have to be educational, how about putting together a menu that just does a damn fine job of pairing great food with great beer?

Overall I think the problem (not unlike the beer menu problem) boils down to education.   Restaurants need to be aware of beer styles and what foods they best pair with.   I’ll be honest, I’m a beer snob and even I have a hard time recommending beer pairing choices (mostly due to my less than refined food palate) so I know that planning an actual menu that takes the beer’s flavor and body into account and then formulating a menu around those features isn’t an easy thing.  But I know there have got to be some chefs and restaurants in the area that are up for the task.

This event is being held at Wild Oats, looks to be a fun and educational time.

Join Mitch Turner of Schlafly Beer and Jill Duncan of Wild Oats for an adventurous night of beer and food pairings! Learn how beer is made, sample and discuss pairings provided and receive a free Schlafly Beer glass! 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Wild Oats Market, 8823 Ladue Rd., $15/person. Reserve your spot by phoning Jill at 314-289-3553.