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ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant Winter Beer School may have graduated, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. This Monday from 6:15-7:15 Cicero’s is putting on a special edition of Beer School. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry. It’s perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s school features Brennan Greene of Schlafly. Brennan will be on hand to discuss the differences between English and American IPAs and Pale Ales. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at Cicerosbeerschool.com.

itap.jpgWhat if you created a red beer, but it wasn’t just red, it was very red.  What would you name it? Well, the guys at the International Tap House have a beer so red, it’s Sofa King red.  Say that name fast, just don’t say it in polite company.

It’s important to note that while this awesomely named beer will be nicknamed Sofa King Red at iTap, you’ll find it at Schlafly named as “American Red.”  Probably for the best that they didn’t try and push that name through the government.

This beer is a collaboration with Schlafly brewer Brennan Greene and former iTap manager Cory King.  Cory provided the idea, Brennan tweaked the recipe, Cory came up with the dry-hopping schedule, and the owners of iTap said, “Make it red!”

That’s a collaboration at its finest.  So, when can you get this bloody beer?  How about starting at Noon on Thursday, March 31st at iTap.  It’s a red beer to celebrate some redbirds coming out that day.  They’ll be throwing a party to celebrate this release with free hot dogs and nachos available at iTap Soulard during the baseball game.

If you can’t make it out to Soulard, this beer will be available at both iTap locations starting on Thursday.  Get out and try this very special really red beer.  It’s not just good, it’s Sofa King good.

codfestlogo2.gifI don’t know how this just snuck up on me, but it looks like  Schlafly‘s annual Cod and Cask Festival takes place this Friday February 11th (5PM to Midnight) and Saturday February 12th (5PM to Midnight). Schlafly brings in the freshest cod to serve up multiple ways!

If that wasn’t enough, what goes better with Fish and Chips but cask-conditioned ale? These beers are carbonated in the cask and hand pumped up to the bar at “cellar temperature” to provide the most authentic experience this side of the pond.

Schlafly brewer Brennan Greene assures me that he’s is doing his best this year to make sure cask beer is available all weekend, but just to be certain I would show up as early as you can on Friday to make sure you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Here’s the line-up of just some of casks that we can be expecting over the weekend:

English IPA
American Brown Ale
Scotch Ale
APA
Oatmeal Stout
and a few others

codfestlogo2.gifFish and chips, fresh cod and Real Ale? Where do I sign up? Well, luckily no sign up is required to attend Schlafly‘s 2010 Cod and Cask Festival on Friday February 5th (5PM to Midnight) and Saturday February 6th (5PM to Midnight). Schlafly brings in the freshest cod as well as bringing in Icelandic Chef Hakon Orvarsson to help serve up all of this fish!

If that wasn’t enough, what goes better with Fish and Chips but cask-conditioned ale? These beers are carbonated in the cask and hand pumped up to the bar at “cellar temperature” to provide the most authentic experience this side of the pond.

Schlafly brewer Brennan Greene assures me that he’s is doing his best this year to make sure cask beer is available all weekend, but just to be certain I would show up as early as you can on Friday to make sure you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Here’s the line-up of casks that we can be expecting over the weekend:

APA – Dry Hopped with Simcoe
APA – Dry Hopped with Cascade & Chinook
APA – Dry Hopped with Simcoe & Columbus
APA – Dry Hopped with Columbus
Brown Ale
English IPA – Dry Hopped with Goldings
English IPA – Dry Hopped with Northdown
Oatmeal Stout
Scotch Ale
Smoked Porter
Porter – From Sixpoint Craft Ales
Scotch Ale  – From Sixpoint Craft Ales

08ibahandle.jpgSchlafly brewers get a very special present from Schlafly when they get married, they get to brew a wedding beer.  Brennan Greene celebrated his wedding over the weekend to his lovely fiance Natasha.  In celebration of this even Brennan designed a India Brown Ale.  It was in his hopes that the beer would pair the nuttiness of a brown ale with the floral bitterness of an IPA.  In my opinion, I think he really succeeded.

It’s a 5.5% beer (so a bit low for a true IPA) but the brown ale really works well with the bitterness and makes for a delicious session beer.  I had 5 or 6 glasses of this on Friday night alone.  Stop in at the Schlafly Tap Room and get this beer as soon as you can (I think they even have a few casks of it as well!) because when it’s gone, it’s gone.