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libertine-logoThe Libertine has been one of the hottest tickets in town since opening its doors this past May. It shouldn’t be that surprising a the Libertine’s Josh Galliano is one of the best chefs in town. While Josh’s roots are in Louisiana, he’s laid down some new roots in Southern Illinois.

To celebrate these new roots, Josh will be throwing an Illinois Beer Dinner to celebrate St. Louis Craft Beer Week. On Monday, July 29th the Libertine will be throwing a five course beer dinner featuring beers with an Illinois flavor. Some of the selections will be a surprise, but expect beers from Excel and of course the Perennial/Half Acre collaboration Plan B.

Reservations will be required and can be made by calling (314) 862-2999. The dinner begins at 6:30PM and tickets will be $60 per seat. Here’s a look at the menu:

First Course
Frozen Foie Gras
apricot mostarda, candied marcona almonds

Second Course
Double Up
bone marrow custard, pickled oyster, bone marrow vinaigrette, fried oyster

Third Course
Sunflower Seed Fried Rice
lop yuk, pickled carrots, quail egg, Claverach sprouts

Fourth Course
Crispy Pig Tails
buffalo style

Fifth Course
Black & Yellow
sweet corn ‘burrata’, blackberry coulis, fried corn silk

As some of you are wine drinkers, you may know that the first Wednesday of every month at Monarch Restaurantis a little event they call Wine Down Wednesday.  Chef Josh Galliano puts together a series of dishes to pair with a few wines picked by their Wine Director, Tim Anselm.

Never ones to stick with the status quo, Monarch has decided to give beer its due and put on their first Beer Down Wednesday on Wednesday, October 5th beginning at 7PM.  The event will cost you $45 per person and you’ll be treated to three different courses paired with three different beers.

Steamed mussels with tomatoes and chiles La Chouffe

Sweet potato crusted catfish with braised red cabbage Avery The Kaiser

Shredded lamb shank, onion sauerkraut, rye crumbs, 1000 island jusSix Row Centennial Rye

The neat thing about this event is that Josh also does a cooking demonstration before the dinner beings, so you can see how he put some of these wonderful dishes together. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in attending, call (314) 644-3995 to make your reservations today.

I’m proud to announce that on July 27th, STL Hops will be hosting its second beer dinner.  I’m also happy to announce that the dinner will be helmed, once again, by none other than James Beard Award Nominee, Josh Galliano.  As you may know, Josh is currently the Executive Chef at Monarch and previously the chef de cuisine at An American Place.

Plus, just look at that photo, isn’t he dreamy?

Anyway, I’m lucky enough to call Josh a friend and he was up for the challenge of putting together another beer dinner for STL Hops.  The dinner will be taking place on July 27th, starting at 6:30PM.  The cost for the dinner is $55, not including gratuity, and will feature five different beers along with four different courses.  The dinner will be hosted at Monarch this year. Here’s a current look at the menu:

Reception Beer: TBD

First Course
Herb Cured Wild Salmon
shaved radishes, citrus pearls, crispy basil, mango vinegar
Nebraska Infinite Wit

Second Course
Chicken Wings
whipped Maytag, Crystal hot sauce, lovage stuffing
2nd Shift Art of Neurosis IPA

Third Course
Black Springs Farm berkshire
Scorched okra, semi dried tomatoes, field caviar, smashed peanuts
Perennial Hommelbier

Dessert
Peach pudding cake
Candied almonds, peach leaf, blackberry sorbet, shortbread cookie
Left Hand Week Sauce Porter

Reservations can be made by calling Monarch at 314-644-3995.  There are only a limited number of seats available for this fantastic meal, so I wouldn’t put off making your reservation.

stlhopslogosmall.gifI realize that this post is really only for about 40 people and that it’s just a tease for those of you that want to attend, but here are a couple quick things about tonight’s dinner.

Beer Selections and Menu will be a surprise.

I’ve been going back and forth on this, but I had enough people on Twitter tell me that they wanted the menu to be a surprise, that I decided to go that way. If you have an open mind about food, have faith that Josh Galliano is a kick-ass chef who will serve some kick-ass food.

As far the beer I’ve selected, I’m hoping to temper some expectations right now.  Don’t expect any kind of crazy one-off beers. First, there is the issue of cost at play, but second, I just wanted to see how great beer gets paired with great food.

If you can figure out what four of my favorite beers are, then you can probably figure out what will be served.

Dinner will START at 6:30PM, doors open at 6:00PM

Not really much more to say about this.

If there is just two of you, you may be sitting with another couple.

If you haven’t been to Farmhaus, just know that it’s a small joint, so seating will be at a premium.  So, enjoy sitting and talking with another group of like-minded people.

Gratuity was not included in the ticket price.

Help those that are serving you tonight.  Make sure to tip your servers as many of them are working this event on their night off.


I think that’s pretty much all the information I have for tonight.  Please bear with Josh and I tonight.  This isn’t his normal kitchen and I’ve never done this before.  I’m very fortunate to have such an awesome crew working at tonight’s event that I’m feeling very confident that this will go well.  Can’t wait to see everyone tonight.

I’m proud to announce that on July 12th, STL Hops will be hosting its first ever beer dinner.  I’m also happy to announce that the dinner will be helmed by none other than James Beard Award Nominee, Josh Galliano.  As you may know, Josh is currently the Executive Chef at Monarch and previously the chef de cuisine at An American Place.

Plus, just look at that photo, isn’t he dreamy?

Anyway, I’m lucky enough to call Josh a friend and he was up for the challenge of putting together a beer dinner for STL Hops.  The dinner will be taking place on July 12th, starting at 6:30PM.  The cost for the dinner is $35, not including gratuity, and will feature four different beers paired with four different courses.  W ill be holding this meal at Farmhaus Restaurant as Monarch is currently under construction.

The beers and menu have not been set as of yet, but I should hopefully have more information about the menu as soon as next week.   Ticket can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.  As there are only 40 seats available, I have to imagine this is going to go fast.  I’d purchase your tickets as soon as you can.

Big thanks to Kevin Willmann and Farmhaus for providing the space for the event.  Hope to see a bunch of you there.