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While rumors of the closure of American Craft Brewing & Distilling (formerly known as The Stable) have literally circulated for years, it looks like they may have finally come true. Received a tip last evening that American Craft was closed yesterday (they’re typically open on Sundays) with the employees receiving no answer when trying to reach the owners by phone.

Any attempts to visit for lunch today proved fruitless as the door appears to be locked at 12PM. Posted hours have been removed and equipment seems to be stacked in their patio. Calls to the restaurant were not picked up. While there is no definitive proof American Craft is officially closed, this certainly does not look to be good news.  More information as we have it.

The Monsters of Beer Festival is happening this Saturday, October 15th at the The Stable from 2PM-5PM. You can purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.  Tickets this year will cost you $25 in advance and $30 day of. You can also purchase a VIP ticket for $45 which will get you into the event at 1PM and access to a free buffet as well.

Just to get your taste buds a salivating, he’s a preliminary list of beers that should be available at the festival:

  • Amalgamated Brewing Company Headless Horseman
  • Amalgamated Brewing Company Imperial Pilsner
  • Amalgamated Brewing Company Imperial Rum Porter
  • Augusta Tripel IPA
  • Avery Anniversary Eighteen
  • Bell’s Batch 10000
  • Boulevard Nommo
  • Brewery Ommegang Gnmegang
  • Charleville Barleywine
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack
  • Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw
  • Grand Teton Black Cauldron
  • Great Divide Double Hercules
  • Lagunitas Doppel Weizen
  • Lagunitas Gnarleywine 2010
  • New Belgium Abbey Grand Cru
  • New Belgium Super Cru
  • New Holland Oak Aged Dragon’s Milk
  • North Coast 20th Anniversary
  • Odell Myrcernary
  • Sam Adams Double Pumpkin
  • Schalfly Pumpkin
  • Southern Tier Crme Brulee Stout
  • Southern Tier Pumking
  • Straff Hendrik Quadrupel
  • Brouwerij Riva S.A.

I’ve also been informed that they’ll have a few surprises at the festival, as well. I guess you’re just going to have to show up and see what those surprises are!

stable_128x126.jpgThe Stable will be putting on a very special beer dinner on Monday, September 19th featuring four courses paired with beers from Stable’s own Amalgamated Brewing.  This beer dinner will be featuring the food and drink of that most epic of beer festivals, Oktoberfest.

The dinner will begin at 6:30PM and the price for this event is $45 which includes tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 314-771-8500 or by purchasing your tickets here. Here’s a look at the menu:

Beer Reception – Your choice of any Amalgamated Brewing Company’s beer along with appetizers
Das Butterbrot (Buttered bread) with assorted wursts, sausages, and German cheeses.
Gefullte Eeir (Deviled eggs)

Course 1 – Sauerkraut soup paired with Helles.

Course 2 – Rinderrouladen (Beef Rouladen) with Spaetzel paired with Oktoberfest.

Course 3 – Chicken Goulash with roasted potatoes.

Course 4 – Black Forest cake and assorted German sweets paired with Dunkelweizen.

Tickets for this dinner are available now and sales will end on Thursday, September 15th.  If you want to get your Munich on, this is the dinner to attend this September.

Get ready to poison your liver and harden your arteries, because it’s time to celebrate the third birthday of Benton Park’s best beer bar, The Stable.  To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Stable is throwing a bash on June 25th starting at 2PM.

What kind of bash, how about one featuring an “authentic low country boil featuring crawfish and shrimp.”  The Stable will be bringing in over 300lbs of crawfish from the gulf coast and it’s going to be all you can eat.

If all you can eat crawfish and shrimp isn’t enough, how about a bacon eating contest? If you think you can take down a pound of bacon the fastest, you’ll be the winner of an 85 Lashes/Amalgamated prize package.

And how about the beer?  A local party deserves local beer.  The Stable will be featuring beers from Missouri breweries all day long for $3.  Here’s a list of just some of the beers that will be available on Saturday:

  • Amalgamated Helles
  • Amalgamated Zoigl
  • Amalgamated Rye APA
  • Charleville Tornado Alley
  • Charleville Half Wit Wheat
  • Charleville Hoptimistic IPA
  • Urban Chestnut Winged Nut

If a bacon eating contest and $3 Missouri beers are wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

stable_128x126.jpgFirst things first, I know how many of you play hooky from work on Friday afternoons.  While some of us are slaving away until 5PM, you’re out drinking beer.  As if you needed another excuse to cut out a little early and drink some beer, The Stable made the idea a bit sweeter.

From 2PM-6PM every Friday, the Stable is holding an event they’re calling, “Why go back to work Fridays?” During this very special happy hour, all draught beers will be 50% off.   Sounds like a hell of a start to a weekend.

If you’re the kind of studious person that can’t cut out of work early on a Friday, how about a Saturday event instead?  On Saturday, May 14th, The Stable will be hosting a Bell’s Brewery Night.  Starting at 6PM, they’ll have a huge line-up of Bell’s beer on draught:

  • Hopslam
  • Bells 10,000
  • Bells Third Coast Old Ale, year and a half old
  • Rye Stout
  • Double Cream
  • Oarsmen
  • Porter
  • Two Hearted
  • Oberon
  • Scotch Ale
  • Consecrator

I’ve been told that’s the only keg of Rye Stout that made it into the state of Missouri. Bell’s Jim O’Connor will also be on hand for the festivities. So, if you can cut out early next Friday and attend the event on Saturday, that will make for a hell of a weekend.

If you’re anything like me, you already had plans tonight and you’re not going to be able to make it to the Founders Beer Dinner at The Stable.  (But, hopefully you’re nothing like me and can attend, a few seats still available.)

But maybe, like me, your event is late or early in the evening and you can still squeak out a trip to The Stable.  What if I told you that beginning at 7PM tonight, all of the Founders beers that they’re putting on for their beer dinner will be available for purchase by the glass? Now that I have your attention, here’s the 9 Founders beers that’ll be on tap tonight:

  • Founders Double Trouble
  • Founders Cerise
  • Founders Nemesis
  • Founders Black Biscuit
  • Founders Imperial Stout
  • Founders Curmudgeon
  • Founders Reds Rye
  • Founders Centennial
  • Founders Backwoods Bastard

Some of these beers are absolutely limited and will not last long. This may be your last chance to try some of these beers in St. Louis for quite some time.

Wow. Yesterday was pretty insane. I’ve gotten word back from everyone who attend events around the area and huge props to all of the venues for putting on some great events. But the fun didn’t stop yesterday, today and tomorrow provides us with some more great events. Check them out:

Friday, April 22nd

Randall’s (Jefferson) 4PM-5:30PM
Tasting
Join Nate Sellergren and Jason Armstrong as they taste a selection of Stone beers.

The Stable 6-8PM
Multi-Tap Madness
Nothing says sticking it to the man quite like enjoying some craft beer just feet from one of the biggest breweries on the planet. Come out to the Stable and enjoy one of these 11 beers on tap:

  • Stone IPA
  • Stone Pale Ale
  • Stone Levitation Ale
  • Stone Smoked Porter
  • Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
  • Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
  • Stone Ruination IPA
  • Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean
  • Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle

International Tap House (Chesterfield) 8:30PM-?
Prom, Stone & Love
Get out your powder blue tux and come celebrate your love of Stone.  Music, dancing and a DJ will be there to make your night magical.  Can anything else make it magical?  How about this list of beers on tap:

  • Stone IPA
  • Stone Pale Ale
  • Stone Levitation Ale
  • Stone Smoked Porter
  • Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • Stone Cali-Belgique IPA
  • Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
  • Stone Ruination IPA
  • Stone Imperial Russian Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels 2008
  • Stone 14th Anniversary Ale
  • Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle
  • Stone Smoked Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Saturday, April 23rd

Lukas Liquor 12PM-2:30PM
Tasting
Join Nate Sellergren as he provides some tasty Stone beers for your to sample.