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Seems like Illinois is getting all of the fun stuff as of recent. And why not? When you have a venue like Bigelo’s Bistro that has put forth a time of time and effort to put on some great beer events, they should be one of your first options when thinking about releasing a new beer.

Unfortunately for Illinois, this will be your first and only chance to enjoy Cathedral Square‘s Barrel-Aged Holy Moly on that side of the river. This is very highly allocated beer and it won’t be released in Illinois this year.  So, being the good guy he is, Cathedral’s Jerad Gardner will be bringing over a few bottles of BA Holy Moly to Bigelo’s on Tuesday, October 16th to sample beginning at 6PM.

Here’s Jerad’s description of the beer:

Imperial stout aged in Buffalo Trace barrels for 4 months. 9.5%ABV.  Going to be on draft and 22oz bottles at the end of October. 

I know Jerad has been very proud of this beer, so make sure to take some time to visit Bigelo’s and try out this tasty concoction.

They’re back!  For those of you that really enjoyed the Sunday beer dinners at the restaurant formerly known as the 1904 Beerhouse, they’re now back at the newly named Beerhouse.  This dinner, which will take place on April 17th at 6PM, will feature three different courses and a dessert paired with four different Cathedral Square Brewery beers.

The cost of the meal is $45/person (tax and gratuity not included) and reservations are required. You can make reservations by calling 314-388-7655. Here’s a look at the menu:

Starter
Baby Spinach Salad, Mustard Maple Dressing, Scotch Egg
Belgian Style Abbey Ale

Appetizer
Iglesia Poached Lobster Tail, Jicama Pickled kumquat Slaw, Poblano Foam
Iglesia Agave Ale

Entrée
10oz Rib-Eye, Wild Mushroom Medley, Matchsticks, Hail Mary Demi
Hail Mary Belgian IPA

Dessert
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Pistachios
Belgian Style White Ale

In other Cathedral Square related news, Jerad Gardner announced that he’ll be the new sales rep for Cathedral Square. Congrats to Jerad, I’m sure he’ll do a fantastic job.

Do you know this man?  His name is Jim O’Connor and he works for Bell’s Brewery.  Where Jim goes, great beer follows.  Need proof?  How about what’s got to be one of the final casks of Hopslam available in the St. Louis metro area.

Jim will be pouring this cask next Wednesday, March 30th beginning at 5PM at Bigelo’s Bistro.  And because this is always fun, Mark from Bigelo’s will be putting on a keg of Hopslam as well to give you a chance to compare and contrast the cask version to the standard draught version.

Do you need more incentive?  How about a surprise guest appearance by beer celebrity bartender Jerad Gardner?  Any time Jerad shows up for a party, you know you’re in for a good time.

So, if you’re on the east side of the river or if you’re looking for something fun to do next Wednesday night, be sure to head out to Bigelo’s.  Oh, and make sure to try the STL Hops pizza while you’re there!

bigeloscaskIf you’re like me, you may be missing out on Cabin Fever at the Schlafly Bottleworks this year.  Well, if you’re still craving some delicious Schlafly beer, I have another option for you.

Last year, I showed you a photo of just some of the casks that Schlafly purchased to expand their cask beer program. Well, when you have this many casks at your disposal, it means you get to put on events showcasing your beer.

In this case, it’s taking a cask of Schlafly beer and serving it at Bigelo’s Bistro in Edwardsville, Illinois.

This Satuday, January 23rd, starting a 6PM, a representative from Schlafly will be tapping a cask of Dry-Hopped APA and will be serving it until the cask runs out or until Bigelo’s closes.

Sure, you can get cask beer at the Tap Room, but you can get to see Jerad Gardner’s smiling face while drinking it?  This is like the best of both worlds.

beer 1665While this probably could have been a news story in itself, some of you may now know that Jerad Gardner no longer is working with Amalgamated Brewing.  But, for those of you looking for your Jerad fix, fear not.

Mark Pruitt from Bigelo’s Bistro knows a good opportunity when he sees it and has offered Jerad a job bartending on Friday and Saturday nights at Bigelo’s.  What’s more is that starting December 4th, Bigelo’s will now be open until 11 or 12AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Last I saw, Bigelo’s has Three Floyds Gumballhead on draught, seems like a good excuse to visit Bigelo’s and Jerad this Friday night.

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You have to give it to The Stable’s beverage manager Jerad Gardner, he’s not one to rest upon the 2009 Best Beer Selection in a Restaurant award from the Riverfront Times, he’s always trying to push the envelope. So it should be no surprise that his newest creation tugs at the beer geek’s heart.

Back in May, Jerad began a series of events he calls “Firkin Fridays.” Over a number of different Fridays, Jerad will be bringing in different cask ales from different breweries around the nation. This Friday, November 3rd, beginning at 6PM, you’ll have a chance to purchase pints of the Double Cream Stout from Bell’s Brewery.

Exciting stuff. Many of us have been begging for more cask ale in the St. Louis area and Jerad, as always, has been listening.

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You have to give it to The Stable’s beverage manager Jerad Gardner, he’s not one to rest upon the 2008 Best Beer Selection award from the Riverfront Times, he’s always trying to push the envelope. So it should be no surprise that his newest creation tugs at the beer geek’s heart.

Back in May, Jerad began a series of events he calls “Firkin Fridays.” Over a number of different Fridays, Jerad will be bringing in different cask ales from different breweries around the nation. Next Friday, September 25th, beginning at 6PM, you’ll have a chance to purchase pints of a mystery beer from Arcadia Brewing Company.

Apparently this cask is so secret and so special, Jerad hasn’t even let me know what it is.  Exciting stuff.  Many of us have been begging for more cask ale in the St. Louis area and Jerad, as always, has been listening.