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ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their Summer Beer School semester this Wednesday from 6:00-7:00PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry.

This week’s school is being taught by the ladies at Femme Ferment. They’re going to be discussing the wonderful world of Pale Ales.  You’re going to blind taste four different beers to the see subtle and sometimes not so subtle differences of this amazing style.

So, if you’re interested in getting a true beer training be certain to head out to Cicero’s Beer School tonight. If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at Cicerosbeerschool.com.

femme_ferment_logo_BWAnniversaries are worth celebrating, especially when that anniversary celebrates an organization that focuses on women in the craft beer industry. To celebrate their first year in St. Louis, Femme Ferment worked with Schlafly to create a collaborative beer.

To celebrate the season, Femme Ferment and Schlafly decided to brew up a Maibock as “a nod to St. Louis’s German heritage”. Called “Femme Bock the Elder”, this 6.0% lager was “dry-hopped” with elderflowers to impart a floral aroma reminiscent of spring time.

This beer will be tapped at 11AM tomorrow, May 8th at both the Tap Room and Bottleworks. Festivities to celebrate spring and Femme Ferment will begin at 5PM at the Tap Room which will include a Maypole and dancing (weather permitting).

Head out to the Tap Room (or Bottleworks) tomorrow to celebrate Femme Ferment and spring!

3-women-logoI love a good super group. Blind Faith, Traveling Wilburys, New Pornographers… the list goes on. Great musicians getting together to create something awesome.

We have three different groups of women in St. Louis that are all trying to promote women in craft beer. They’ve joined forces to create three events providing not only camaraderie for women, but delicious beer and education as well. Here’s a look at the events:

The OG, Femme Ferment, and Girls Pint Out will kick off their “Biére de Girls” series with an interactive homebrew-style event at O’Fallon Brewery on March 15. This ticketed event will offer women a chance to watch and engage in brewing one of four unique beer styles, from milling to mashing to grain out.

The second event in the series will be a lesson on tasting, beer styles, and food and beer pairings, held at 33 Wine Shop in Lafayette Square on April 6. Beers indicative of the styles brewed at the first event will be featured this evening.

The series wraps up with a happy hour and keep-the-glass tasting event at Heavy Riff Brewing Co. in Dogtown on April 27, where the four homebrews will be featured, along with a line up of other local and national craft beer favorites.

The brew day and educational pairing and tasting event are open to women only, and no prior brewing experience is required. The keep-the-glass night is open to all.

Tickets for individual events or the full series are available through Brown Paper Tickets, linked at each group’s website.

#3tff_dec2014‘Tis the season. The season of getting together with family and friends. The season of getting and most importantly, the season of giving. To celebrate all of these things Femme Ferment has teamed up with Girls Pint Out to put on a special happy hour tomorrow, December 16th from 5PM-8PM at the Schlafly Tap Room.

Not only is this a great time to get together and see some friends for some holiday cheer, but also FF and GPO are using this as an opportunity to help a good cause. This time of year is a great reminder to help those who are less fortunate than some of us.

The happy hour is looking for donations of “winter necessities” including coats, scarves, mittens, hats, women’s deodorant and men’s underwear in larger sizes. All of these items will be benefiting the St. Patrick Center.

Head out tomorrow night, have a couple of beers and help some people out.

femme_ferment_logo_BWLet’s be honest, the craft beer scene can feel like a bit of a boy’s club at times. This is unfortunate, because some of my favorite people in craft beer also happen to be female.

We’ve seen a few organizations devoted to women and beer pop up over the past few years. But it’s always nice to have a homegrown organization that understands the St. Louis milieu.

Which brings me to the kickoff of a new local organization with an emphasis on women in craft beer: Femme Ferment. To introduce their new organization, Femme Ferment will be holding a happy hour on Monday, May 19th from 5:30-8:30PM at the International Tap House in Soulard.

While this organization is about women in craft beer, Femme Ferment is welcoming women and men alike to come out on Monday and learn what they’re all about. Check out their press release after the break.