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fergusonWhy does it seem like the city gets all of the fun? Please know I’m not trying to get a city/county turf war started here, I live in the county and work in the city. But there is no doubt that when it comes to beer festivals, they almost always take place in the city.

But chin up county folks, Ferguson Brewing Company is celebrating their third birthday and they’ve inviting everyone along to have a party. On Saturday, April 26th from 1PM to 5PM, Ferguson Brewing will be throwing an Anniversary Brew Fest featuring beers from sixteen local breweries:

  • Schlafly
    • AIPA
    • Kolsch
    • Belgian Golden
    • Raspberry Hefeweizen
  • Trailhead
    • Bock
    • Hazelnut Brown
  • UCBC
    • Zwickle
    • Cascade IPA
  • Augusta
    • Privateer (spiced English IPA)
    • Stout
    • Golden Strong Ale
  • Square One
    • Czech Pilsner
    • Traditional Bock Beer
    • Biscotti Brown Ale
    • IPA
  • Morgan Street
    • Honey Wheat
    • Golden Pils
    • Virgin Territory IPA
  • Kirkwood Station
  • Perennial
    • Regalia – Brett saison
  • 4 Hands
    • Single Speed
    • Contact High
  • 2nd Shift
    • Green Bird Gose
    • Sub-Mission IPA
  • Six Row
    • Whale
    • 105.7 the Point Birthday Brew
  • Crown Valley
    • Gunslinger Double IPA
    • Strawberry Cider
  • Alpha
    • Muscovy Russian Imperial Stout
    • Simcoe Pale Ale
    • ESB
    • Sagwa Imperial IPA w/ Mosaic Hops
  • Exit 6
    • Vanilla Cream Ale
    • Ryane’s Red
    • Coffee IPA
  • Charleville
    • Triple Wit

 

Ferguson will themselves be featuring a cask of Vanilla Bourbon Porter with Coconut and a keg of Watermelon Wit along with some of their year-round beers.

Tickets for this event will be $25 and will feature a souvenir tasting glass and samples from all of the breweries in attendance. To order your tickets, just follow this link. Congrats to Ferguson, looking forward to many years with you guys in St. Louis.

Why does it seem like the city gets all of the fun? Please know I’m not trying to get a city/county turf war started here, I live in the county and work in the city. But there is no doubt that when it comes to beer festivals, they almost always take place in the city.

But chin up county folks, Ferguson Brewing Company is celebrating their third birthday and they’ve inviting everyone along to have a party. On Saturday, April 27th from 1PM to 5PM, Ferguson Brewing will be throwing an Anniversary Brew Fest featuring beers from fourteen local breweries including: Six Row Brewing Company, O’Fallon Brewery, Square One, Schlafly, 4Hands Brewing, 2nd Shift Brewing, Trailhead, Kraftig, Exit 6, Charleville, Urban Chestnut, Kirkwood Station, Morgan Street Brewery, and Augusta Brewery

Tickets for this event will be $25 and will feature a souvenir tasting glass and samples from all of the breweries in attendance. To order your tickets, just follow this link. Congrats to Ferguson, looking forward to many years with you guys in St. Louis.

Why does it seem like the city gets all of the fun? Please know I’m not trying to get a city/county turf war started here, I live in the county and work in the city. But there is no doubt that when it comes to beer festivals, they almost always take place in the city.

But, chin up county folks, Ferguson Brewing Company is celebrating their second birthday and they’ve inviting everyone along to have a party. On Saturday, April 14th from 1PM to 5PM, Ferguson Brewing will be throwing an Anniversary Brew Fest featuring beers from fifteen local breweries.

Tickets for this event will be $25 and will feature a souvenir tasting glass, light appetizers, and samples from all of the breweries in attendance. To order your tickets, just follow this link. Congrats to Ferguson, looking forward to many years with you guys in St. Louis.

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their Winter Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM and a second class from 7PM-8PM. 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 is being hosted by Mike Lonero and Josh Wilson of Ferguson Brewing. Mike and Josh will be on hand to discuss and sample some Munich Dunkel, Pecan Ale, and St. Louis Pale Ale. 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.

Very few things are as special as the first time you do something.  It’s so mysterious and new that it seems almost alien. Creating your first cask at a brewery must be a bit of a harrowing experience.  You have no clue about how it’s going to turn out and then you release it for public scrutiny.

But, let’s be honest, these guys are professionals.  They’re brewing beer day in and day out so they know what’s up.  It’s especially neat that the guys from Ferguson Brewing Company didn’t just dump one of their everyday beers into a cask and just call it a day.  They played with it a bit and created something that sounds pretty cool. Here is Ferguson’s head brewer Josh Wilson to describe his creation:

We finally got a couple of firkins in and are about to tap our first cask beer.  Its been long overdue and Im pretty excited to see what happens to our Pecan Brown Ale when we fill the cask up with a huge amount of candied pecans and then prime it with some brown sugar.  Honestly your guess is as good as mine as to what the flavor will come out as, but if I was a gamblin man, Id guess nutty.  

The addition of brown sugar to create carbonation in the cask probably isn’t unique, but I’ve not heard of any brewery in St. Louis that’s done it before, so it’s definitely a new experience for me. If you want to try some of this cask, Ferguson will begin pouring it tomorrow, Thursday October 20th beginning at 4PM. If you haven’t visited, this is an excellent opportunity to check out their beautiful location and try some delicious beer.

There’s a good chance you’ve been to Midtown Alley in St. Louis and not even known it.  If you’ve visited Pappy’s Smokehouse, The Good Pie or Buffalo Brewing, you’ve visited Midtown Alley.  It’s a vibrant part of town that’s made quite a comeback in the past few years.

To celebrate this exciting rejuvenation, Midtown Alley will be throwing the 3rd Annual Midtown Alley Street Fest on October 1st from 10AM-11PM.  There will be live music on two different stages, a car show, and most importantly for us beer fans, a beer garden.

This will be a great opportunity to taste some beers from some of the best locals breweries that St. Louis has to offer.  In attendance will be: Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Six Row Brewing, Charleville Brewery, Augusta Brewing, Ferguson Brewing, Cathedral Square Brewery, and Schlafly Brewing.

If you haven’t been to Midtown Alley, this is a great festival to see how awesome this part of town has become.  And you’ll get to drink some great beer to boot.