The annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week extravaganza is almost upon us. St. Louis Craft Beer Week 2014 will run from July 26th to August 3rd. This event does one better than The Beatles and lengthens the “week” to nine days. Almost 90 events will be crammed onto the calendar, from beer dinners to tap takeovers to beer releases to cookouts to festivals. The events stretch from downtown to Bevo Mill to Chesterfield to O’Fallon, Missouri and many towns in between. This is the sixth edition of the event, which has grown from 20 events in its first year. Here’s our post from last year on the event.
Mike Sweeney is one of the organizers of St. Louis Craft Beer Week. He has run the excellent local beer site STL Hops since 2007. Sweeney noted to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is excited in particular about two events during the week. A special craft-beer edition of Loser: A Live Action Shame Show will be held Monday at The Heavy Anchor. Loser was created by local amusing fellows Jeremy Essig and Chris Ward. It combines aspects from several different game shows into its own unique experience. Allison Babka of the Riverfront Times had a great account last year of being a participant.
The other event Sweeney noted is the Henry Herbst Memorial Craft Beer Symposium at Schlafly Bottleworks on Monday night, July 28. The topic for the event is “Women In Craft Beer.” The panel has not yet been announced for that event, but expect Femme Ferment to be well represented.
Speaking of Femme Ferment, the local group recently established to further the role of women in the St. Louis craft beer scene. The group recently brewed a Dry-Hopped Saison named “Femme Saison” with Charleville Brewing Co. and will be releasing it this Friday at the Soulard location of International Tap House. You will also be able to take home the commemorative glass it comes in. The group will also be hosting Pink Taco Night on Tuesday July 29th at Mission Taco along with Mission and 2nd Shift Brewing.
Here are some other events throughout the week.
B33R and Brats at 33 Wine Bar – Saturday July 26
The wine and craft beer bar in Lafayette Square kicks STLCBW each year with this event. 33 has an extensive beer list and also will be grilling bratwurst. The event is free to attend with food and beer available for purchase. 11a-6p.
Midwest Belgian Beer Fest- Saturday July 26
Although hosted by Perennial Artisan Ales and its off-shoot Side Project Brewing, this event will take place at the Moto Museum in midtown. Along with Perennial and Side Project, 40 other breweries fill also be represented. Many St. Louis breweries will be in attendance as well as breweries like Crooked Stave, Cigar City, and Wicked Weed. Food will be available for purchase from Completely Sauced and guest chef Brian Moxey. Tickets to the event are $50 and include a souvenir tasting glass.
BA Sump Coffee Stout Blending at SoHa – Monday July 28
Tickets are $20 to this event where Scott Carey from Sump Coffee and a Perennial brewer will be on hand blending two different Sump coffees with Perennial’s barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Your ticket gets you two 5-ounce pours of the base beer and coffee to blend. You will also receive a ticekt good for a drink at Perennial’s Between the Barrels event the next night.
Cicero’s Special Beer School – Wednesday July 30
Cicero’s will be hosting a special free edition of the Beer School along with representatives from Schlafly, Avery and Great Divide.
Yoga Buzz STL – Thursday July 31
This is the first year for this event, which will be held from 6p-8p Thursday night at the Schlafly Tap Room. Elle Porter will conduct a one-hour yoga class with live music and then Schlafly will hosting a tasting afterwards. $15 includes yoga and beer.
Firkin Fest – Saturday August 2
This will be the 4th edition of this event, held at the Soulard location of International Tap House. It’s billed as having “most firkins in St. Louis at one time”. Don’t know what “firkins” are? Read here.
Schurcipefones Festival – Sunday August 3
For the third year this event will cap STLCBW. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. 10 breweries will be on tap pouring their beers. They will each have some new and special release beers for the crowd as well. Food and entertainment will also be on hand. This event will be held behind the new Rooster location at 3150 S. Grand.
Another highlight of St. Louis Craft Beer Week is the new beers that are released. Here’s a rundown of those.
Saturday July 26
Strawberry Braggot – Six Row Brewing Company
Monday July 28
Belgian IPA – Six Row Brewing Company
Schlafly Milk Chocolate Stout – Tilted Kilt
Tuesday July 29
Cascade Whale – Six Row Brewing Company
Wednesday July 30
Volume #2 (Wood Series) – 4 Hands Brewing Company
Anise-Aged Arch Nemesis (Black IPA aged with star anise) – Six Row Brewing Company
Thursday July 31
Chinook Wet-Hop Red Release – Six Row Brewing Company
TBA – – Perennial Artisan Ales
Mallards Odyssey (Sierra/Bells) – Flying Saucer
Friday August 1
Simcoe Arch Nemesis Midnight dry-hopped with Simcoe – Six Row Brewing Company
Tap Room Remix – Perennial Artisan Ales
Founders Dissenter – The Royale
Punktoberfest – Six Row Brewing Company
See what events the Riverfront Times picked as their “15 Must-Drink Events”.
St. Louis Craft Beer Week has an excellent website where you can see all of the events for the week. You can also break them down by date, location and neighborhood. Several restaurants around town will also be featuring special menus throughout the week in honor of STLCBW. Check the website for for information.