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shmaltz-dresselsBeing a goy, I’ve never really paid attention to when the Jewish holiday of Passover occurs. I just assumed that Passover happened right around Easter because historically Jesus and his disciples had the Last Supper as part of a Passover seder. So I always just assumed they would follow each other.

But apparently, Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox (which is based on a solar calendar). Whereas Passover takes place on the first full moon of Nisan, which is based on the Jewish calendar (which happens to be a lunar calendar).

Because solar and lunar calendars don’t match up, this is why Easter and Passover don’t continue to line up. Why did I tell this all to you?  Well, it’s to let you know that Passover begins tomorrow evening.

To celebrate one of the holiest of holidays, Shmaltz Brewing and Dressel’s Pub are putting on a very special tap takeover this Sunday, April 24th from 10AM-10PM. The event, which they’re dubbing the Passover Hang Over Take Over, will feature a bevy of delicious Shmaltz beers including:

  • Bock Bock
  • Chanukah in Kentucky
  • Funky Jewbelation
  • Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA
  • Slingshot American Craft Lager

So, you got a bit of a history lesson and also a plan to drink some cool beers this weekend.  Sounds like a win-win.

label_sumpIt takes a balanced hand to create beers with special adjuncts. Too little and you can’t even enjoy a specialty beer, too much and it become overwhelming. It’s also equally important to pick the right ingredients, finding that harmony between the base beer and the adjuncts is crucial. If you have any interest in how these beers are created, it’s always nice to learn from the experts.

If learning more about this very special talent the you’ll need to head out to Dressel’s Pub on Tuesday, February 2nd for a Perennial Sump Blending Event. Starting at 7PM you’ll have a chance to talk to two experts in the field of blending beer and coffee, co-owner of Perennial Artisan Ales Phil Wymore and owner of Sump Coffee Scott Carey.

You’ll have your chance to blend from the following beers:

  • Perennial Imperial Stout (base beer)
  • Perennial Blue Label Maman
  • Perennial Abraxas
  • Perennial Sump

Tickets for this very limited event at $50 each and include a guided beer and coffee blended session with beer flights and appetizers.  You can make your reservations by calling 314-631-1060 or emailing mary@dresselspublichouse.com.

I love breakfast the same way Ron Swanson loves dark-haired women… and breakfast.  So if you’re like me you’re going to want to head out to Dressel’s Public House this Sunday, April 26th because beginning at 10AM they’re going to be featuring brunch and a Perennial Artisan Ales tap takeover.

Check out the poster below for all of the deets:

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dresselspubIt’s definitely fair to say I’m prone to hyperbole when it comes to beer events around town. It’s easy to throw the word “epic” around to describe an event, but maybe it’s just my lack of a large vocabulary that keeps me from thinking of another word to describe this beer dinner.

On February 25th, at 7PM, Dressel’s Pub will be throwing a pretty epic beer dinner as part of their new Collaboration Series. For this first attempt, they’ll be working with The Libertine to put on a five course meal featuring beers from 4 Hands Brewing.

But these just aren’t any beers, these will be five different barrel-aged beers. I’ll allow you some time to pick your jaw up off the ground. This meal will also feature Dressel’s executive chef Mike Miller and chef de cuisine Derek Roe who will be pairing up with Libertine’s executive chef/co-owner Josh Galliano along with his executive sous chef Josh Poletti.

The price of this meal will be $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and reservations can be made by calling 314-361-1060 or by emailing mary@dresselspublichouse.com. This meal is sure to sell out fast, so don’t wait. Here’s a look at the menu and the beers.

4handsbeerdinner

It’s been a week and not only do I think I’m still full from last Tuesday’s beer dinner at Dressel’s Pub, but I’m also still thinking about it.  Maybe some of the ingredients weren’t your typical beef and beer, but that’s what made it so exciting.  It was so different than most so-called “beer dinners.”

The best part to me was the effort put forward to showcase how the Perennial and 2nd Shift beers paired with the dishes.  There was genuine thought put behind each dish that made this dinner so awesome.  If you weren’t able to attend, here are a couple of photos for your drooling pleasure.

dresselspubIf there has been one restaurant I’ve recommended more than any other recently it’s been Dressel’s Pub. Without a doubt, they’ve been one of the most consistent and most enjoyable dining experiences I’ve had in the past year.  And they put on a pretty great beer dinner as well.

Want to find out? Well next Tuesday, February 26th beginning at 7PM, Dressel’s will be hosting a five course meal  featuring two of St. Louis’s best breweries: 2nd Shift Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales.

As is usually the case, Ben Dressel is once again breaking out some awesome beer to pair with the dinner including Perennial Abraxas, 2nd Shift Albino Pygmy Puma, and a cask of Art of Neurosis. There are a few seats left for this dinner and will cost you $60 (not including tax and gratuity.) Reservations can be made by emailing Ben Dressel or calling (314) 361-1060.

Here’s a look at the menu:

Meet and greet course
Albino Pygmy Puma Pale (2nd Shift)
Smoked Chicken Liver Parfait, toasted cranberry walnut levain, apricot chutney

1st Course
Aria (Perennial)
Fried Missouri Pork Trotters and Crispy Pigs Ear Salad, citrus supremes, watercress, pickled mustard seeds, grapefruit gastrique

2nd Course
Katy Saison (2nd Shift)
Illinois Rabbit Confit, grilled carrot bread, minted pea puree, poached pistacios, pea tendril and radish shoot salad

3rd Course
Art of Neurosis IPA(2nd Shift)
Smoked Pastrami Beef Tongue, pumpernickle gnochhi, sour-braised cabbage, horseradish confetti

4th Course
Black Walnut Dunkel (Perennial)
Pan Fried Veal Sweetbreads, salad of grains and barley, spiced walnuts, wild arugula, golden raisin agrodolce

5th Course
Abraxas (Perennial)
Chocolate Tres Leches Cake, Foie Gras and cinnamon buttercream icing, dried chilli spiced hazelnuts

How often do you get to meet a president? I’m not talking about a politician or some homeless dude claiming to be the president. I’m talking about the president of a brewery. More importantly, how often do you get to break bread with a president?

Thanks to Dressel’s Pub, you’ll have your chance to sit and have a beer dinner with Gary Fish, President and Founder of Deschutes Brewery. This five course meal will be taking place on Tuesday, September 11th beginning at 7PM and will cost you $60 (not including tax and gratuity.)

As is usually the case, Ben Dressel is once again breaking out some awesome beer to pair with the dinner including 2011 Stoic, Collage, and Black Butte XXIV. There are a few seats left for this dinner and reservations can be made by emailing Ben Dressel or calling (314) 361-1060. Here’s a look at the menu:

Amuse Bouche – Double Star Farms Chicken Gallentine -Anson Mills polenta, pickled green beans, natural jus, bbq cracklins.
Twilight Summer Ale

1st- Grilled Belgian Endive Salad – oranges, pine nuts, pimenton spiced duck ham, corriander vin.
Chainbreaker White IPA

2nd – Molasses Glazed Salmon – butter leaks, cannellini bean puree, spiced walnuts, pomegranate
2011 Stoic Belgian Quad

3rd – Coco & Ancho Chili Rubbed Missouri Ribeye – smoked mushrooms, crispy sweetbreads, cherry bacon relish, whiskey gastrique
Conflux No. 1: Collage

4th –Chocolate Bustock – chocolate brioche, apricot jam, almond cream
Black Butte XXIV