Combine St. Louis' rich beer-brewing heritage with a recent explosion of local craft beers, and you've got all the reason you need to celebrate. Thus, the 2013 STL Craft Beer Week: a collection of wonderful events running from July 27 to August 4 that will make beer-lovers rejoice. With a schedule ranging from specialty releases and food pairings to educational panels and plain old bonhomie, it shouldn't be difficult to find a good time. In fact, there are so many events that it might be tough to choose which to attend. Rest easy: Gut Check is here with a list of events we are most looking forward to -- use it as your guide for the upcoming week.
When: Saturday July 27, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Where: 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar What better way to kick things off than meeting up at 33 Wine Bar? With one of the best beer menus in St. Louis (plus bratwurst) and Lafayette Square serving as a backdrop, it's the perfect jumping-off point. Cost: Free (food and drink available for purchase)
When: Saturday July 27, 2 - 6 p.m. Where: Perennial Artisan Ales Before the end of day one, you'll have to stop by the Belgian beer festival going down at Perennial Artisan Ales. Ticket price includes tastings from more than 35 breweries bringing their best Belgian-style beers, plus food from Farmhaus and Strange Donuts. Cost: $50 (or $15 if you're the designated driver), available here.
See also: - New Owner for 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar - Lafayette Square: The Food Lover's Guide to One of St. Louis' Tastiest 'Hoods - Andrew Jennrich of Farmhaus Sees St. Louis on the Precipice of National Recognition
When: Sunday, July 28, 6 p.m. Where: Schlafly Bottleworks Guest speakers Cory King (Perennial Beer) and Matt Murphy (Schlafly Beer) will be on hand to discuss the finer points of making awesome beer. Includes Q&A sessions and complimentary samples. Cost: Free (food and drink available for purchase)
When: Monday July 29, 6 p.m. Where: International Tap House - Chesterfield After ten years of brewing, Charleville Brewery is taking over the International Tap House in Chesterfield to celebrate. Cost: Free (food and drink available for purchase)
When: Tuesday, July 30, 5 p.m. Where: Six Row Brewing Baumann's Bacon Porter on Cask. Bacon. Porter. Cask. Enough said. Cost: Free (food and Drink available for purchase)
When: Wednesday, July 31, 6 p.m. Where: Cicero's Cicero's is hosting a special St. Louis Craft Beer Week Beer School with Mitch Turner from Major Brands...don't be tardy. Cost: Free, plus $1 off draft beers from 4-7 p.m.
When: Thursday, August 1, 8 p.m. Where: Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Come watch the documentary Crafting the Nation and learn about craft beer. Cost: $5 suggested gets you a bag of popcorn and $3 Zwickels
When: Friday, August 2, 4 - 6 p.m. Where: Wine and Cheese Place Deschutes beer will be in abundance at the Wine and Cheese Place where you can sample "Fresh Black Butte" and "The Dissident"! Plus, you'll be at a store dedicated to craft beer...not too bad. Cost: Free
When: Saturday, August 3, noon Where: International Tap House - Soulard Firkin Fest is one of the most-looked-forward-to days of the year for avid beer drinkers. A Firkin is cask-aged beer that creates unique flavors. The International Tap House in Soulard's third annual Firkin Fest taps into a collection of amazing local and nationals casks every hour. Cost: Free (food and drink available for purchase)
When: Sunday, August 4, noon - 6:00 p.m. Where: Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar The Schurcipefones Festival brings the fourth annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week to close by pulling together the best beers from Schlafly, Charleville, Urban Chestnut, Civil Life, Perennial, New Belgium and 2nd Shift. Each brewery is rumored to be working on something special. Cost: $25 in advance and $35 the day of, available here.
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