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royaleFor a long while now, The Royale hosted an event on Tuesday evenings where they guided you through the wonderful world of beer styles, breweries and beer history. But now there is some sad (yet happy) news. Tonight’s event, called The End of the Beginning will be the last Royale Beer Showcase for a little while :

The Royale on Tuesday nights has become a really special place. Interesting, knowledgeable, generous people drinking some ridiculously good beers. But for some of us, such sweet things must unfortunately be put on hold for now. Long story short, your Tuesday night beertenders are moving on–John’s taking a short sabbatical along the state highways of the American West, and Matt needs to stop working at so many different bars if he ever hopes to open one of his own. So while we will remain your Southside Source for Superlative Suds, the formal weekly showcase will be no more.

From now on, you get to make up your own themes! Come to the Royale on Tuesdays thinking about great lagers. Imagine a side-by-side tasting of all of our Belgian ales. Decide to finally tell Steve about that one stout you just know we should carry. And bring your own. Bring your favorite stuff, or just clear out the cellar. Get to know the other beer lovers in the room, share your stuff, and come up with your own events, parties, trips, experiments. Because we’ve built a strong community here at The Royale and in the wider Saint Louis beer world, and we want you to be more a part of it–whether you’re visiting us for the first time or you’ve already become a faithful regular.

So, cheers to you, and we’ll see you at the bar.

The Royale is one the finest pubs in St. Louis to enjoy a beer and their employees are extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable people. If you’ve yet to visit, this is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to meet some of the great people who helped to put this event together.

Good luck to Matt and John in their future endeavors.

I have to be honest, I don’t know very much about Catholic saints. I mean, I know what they are, but I couldn’t name more than five to save my life (and all five that I’d name would be hospitals or churches.) While I did know that the city of St. Louis was named after Louis IX of France, I wasn’t aware he was also our patron saint. You learn new things every day.

It turns out that on the Catholic liturgical calendar, August 25th is the Feast day of Louis IX. A Feast Day, for those of you, like me, who didn’t know is a celebration of specific saints. While the Royale was inspired by the Catholic holiday to put on an event, their focus is more on the local and less on the religious.

Today, starting at 5:30PM, the Royale will be throwing an event celebrating all things St. Louis. Specifically for us beer guys, they’re put together one humdinger of an event. They’ve invited out all of the St. Louis city breweries that will open or have opened in 2011 to create special beers to honor this great city of ours.  Here’s a list:

Urban Chestnut Apotheosis Farmhouse Ale
Perennial Artisan Ales Peach Cardamom Blonde
The Civil Life Brewing Co. (Pilot Batch)
4 Hands Brewing Co. (Pilot Batch)

The UCBC beer is a French-style Saison which will be available on draught and also they’ll have a very special cask. The neatest part about the cask? It was dry-hopped with local hops from a St. Louisan’s backyard. There will also be a keg of Schlafly‘s always delicious Bière de Garde available as well.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate and honor St. Louis by drinking some of the best beers the city has to offer.

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale hosts an event where they guide you through the wonderful world of beer styles, breweries and beer history. This week they’ll be featuring the An Evening with North Coast Brewing. Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

“A brewery that defined several styles of American craft beer over a decade ago, North Coast remains a proud representative of kickass California beer. And tonight we are featuring three–three!– of their offerings on draught and one in a bottle, a rare ratio indeed.

Old Rasputin–The quintessential American imperial stout served on nitro the way the brewers intended. Black and beautiful. 9%

Brother Thelonious–A Belgian-style strong dark ale with a surprisingly light body and that telltale Belgian fruit-funk yeast character. 9.4%

Grand Cru–This term has been used by wineries to signify their best selection, reserved for those with discerning tastes. Lately, breweries have been producing strong Belgian-style pale ales under the name, many with wine-like characteristics. This beer has a bright, spiced pear & honey character, with very little evidence of its ABV. Careful, now. 12.9%

Scrimshaw Pilsner–Our sole bottle selection, this hearty, flavorful, Bohemian-style pilsner lager will be just what you need to cool off after this brutal summer–or after a much more substantial first round from the list above. 4.4%”

The Royale is one the finest pubs in St. Louis to enjoy a beer and their employees are extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable people. This is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer and breweries we have available in St. Louis.

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale hosts an event where they guide you through the wonderful world of beer styles, breweries and beer history. This week they’ll be featuring the From Michigan with Love (and Dave Engbers). Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

“Synchronicity.

Sometimes inspiration works itself out in this way: when asked what theme we’d like to use for this week’s Beer Showcase, we decided to pull a card from the Griffins’ deck and head to West Michigan.

This is well-traveled territory for us at the Royale, but we felt that the feast of flavors available to us from Bell’s, Jolly Pumpkin, and Founders was rich enough to focus on for another night.

While our GM and First Man were sipping tipples at Founders’ tasting room in Grand Rapids, we learned that this Tuesday (August 9) VP and Co-Founder of Founders, Dave Engbers, will be enjoying a late happy hour with us at the Royale.

A Founder of Founders, Dave Engbers, will be drinking at the Royale.

The Royale is one the finest pubs in St. Louis to enjoy a beer and their employees are extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable people. This is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer and breweries we have available in St. Louis.

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale hosts an event where they guide you through the wonderful world of beer styles, breweries and beer history. This week they’ll be featuring the 2011 Founders Blushing Monk. Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

“This week, one draught beer that should take minimal effort on my part to convince the willing: Founders Blushing Monk. Described as a “decadent Belgian raspberry ale” that has been out of production since 2007, Blushing Monk is the first release of Founders’ “Backstage Series” and a one-off beer you might have to wrestle an off-duty staff member for.

9.2% abv.
Tapping promptly at 6pm.

The Royale is one the finest pubs in St. Louis to enjoy a beer and their employees are extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable people. This is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer and breweries we have available in St. Louis.

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale hosts an event where they guide you through the wonderful world of beer styles, breweries and beer history. This week they’ll be featuring an event they call: “It’s Always Sunny in Wallonia.” Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

“There are a lot of beers that go well with overwrought descriptions, but this week, we’re keeping it simple. We’re featuring bright, funky, and pillowy beers of Belgium that make for perfect summer quenchers. They’re simple brews but each has a distinct and complex elegance that makes them easy to savor as well.”

The Royale is one the finest pubs in St. Louis to enjoy a beer and their employees are extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable people. This is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer and breweries we have available in St. Louis.

royaleJust about every Tuesday evening, The Royale hosts an event where they guide you through the wonderful world of beer styles, breweries and beer history. This week they’ll be featuring an event they call: “The Original Smokebeer.” Here’s a quick synopsis of what will be on tap:

“Schlenkerla” is the brand name of the world-renowned smoked beer to come out of Bamberg, in northern Bavaria. The original. It’s still brewed in accordance with the 1516 Reinheitsgebot (“purity law”), the barley malt is still kilned over beechwood fires, and the beer is packaged and served in traditional wooden kegs.

We got our hands on one of those beautiful barrels and will be tapping our Aecht Schlenkerla Märzen promptly at 6pm on Tuesday June 7th. We’re also planning on firing up the grill to cook a few batches of bratwurst.

This will be the smokiest night the Royale’s seen in years.

This is absolutely the first time I’ve seen a cask of this beer ever come into St. Louis, so this is a very big deal.

The Royale is one the finest pubs in St. Louis to enjoy a beer and their employees are extremely passionate and extremely knowledgeable people.  This is a great opportunity to not only enjoy some great beer, but to learn about just some of the great styles of beer and breweries we have available in St. Louis.