When: Tue., Dec. 1, 6 p.m. 2015
If you want to feel better about your drinking, you'll get a nice warm glow from the Home Brew Release Party. Dr. Jeff Michalski crafted the winning entry in the home-brew category at this year's BrewFest, and tonight his beer is released to the world. Michalski went for the under-appreciated Extra Special Bitter, a dark, well-balanced beer that traditionally has a maltier profile than the air-freshener-flavored IPAs that litter the shelves of America. It's an old-world style, balanced, drinkable and delightful with company. Even better, the party is a fundraiser for the Siteman Cancer Center, which is where Michalski has his day job. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Budweiser Brew House in Ballpark Village (601 Clark Avenue; 314-241-5575 or www.ticketfly.com). Admission is $15 to $20.