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There has been a lot of debate as of recent about beer and wine, two books came out last year alone about the topic: Grape vs Grain and He Said Beer, She Said Wine. So it’s not surprising to see that we’re seeing the beer versus wine experimentation here in St. Louis as well. Schlafly in conjunction with thebeervswine1.jpg Sheraton Clayton will be hosting a dinner on Wednesday July 30th from 6PM to 10PM where they’ll be comparing and contrasting beer and wine with five different courses. Here’s the full description from the Sheraton invitation:

Sheraton Clayton Executive Chef Christian Gullet, along with Majestic Wines and Schlafly Beer, will be executing a five-course gourmet dining experience that will feature specialty wines and beer strategically paired for each course, in a challenge for culinary top honors!

The “Beer vs. Wine” Dinner includes a welcome reception, commentary by experts and full descriptions of the wines and beers served with each course, and the five-course gourmet dinner experience.

Every guest will receive an attendance gift from Majestic Wines and Schlafly Beer, and the evening will feature a charitable raffle and silent auction. Prizes for the evening’s festivities include a 2-night weekend stay at the Sheraton Clayton, a Schlafly VIP Brewery Tour for Ten, an exclusive magnum of wine from Majestic Wines, plus gift baskets from the Sheraton Clayton, Majestic Wines and Schlafly Beer.

Tickets for the event are $75 per person and all proceeds will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (314) 719-4318. The full menu for this event is available after the jump.

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grape-vs-grain.jpgSorry for the delay on this, you can blame AB and InBev, but I’m happy to announce that the winner of the autographed copy of Charles Bamforth’s Grape vs Grain is Eric Burnley!

Once again, if you didn’t win, don’t be too upset, I’ve got some more awesome stuff to give away in the near future. So keep your eyes open for more prizes.

grape-vs-grain.jpgCharles Bamforth, the chairman of the department of food science and technology at University of California, Davis as well as Anheuser-Busch Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences, recently put out a book called “Grape vs Grain.” The description from the publisher’s website:

Why is wine considered more sophisticated even though the production of beer is much more technologically complex? Why is wine touted for its health benefits when beer has more nutritive value? Why does wine conjure up images of staid dinner parties while beer denotes screaming young partiers? Charles Bamforth explores several paradoxes involving these beverages, paying special attention to the culture surrounding each. He argues that beer can be just as grown-up and worldly as wine and be part of a healthy, mature lifestyle. Both beer and wine have histories spanning thousands of years. This is the first book to compare them from the perspectives of history, technology, nature of the market for each, quality attributes, types and styles, and the effect that they have on human health and nutrition.

If learning more about the battle between wine and beer is up your alley, then send and email with the subject of “Grape vs Grain” to contest@stlhops.com. I’ll choose the random winner from the entries on Monday at 9AM.