On Tap: A New Brewery To Welcome And Area Beer Dinners Galore

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Area brewers are managing to keep St. Louisans excited about the craft beer scene with a constantly growing culture that welcomes new brewers and always boasts a long list of ever-changing events.

Image courtesy of Vin De Set

Image courtesy of Vin De Set

As reported in The Dish, Recess Brewing will be the next addition to the already impressive roster of breweries throughout the area. Located on Main Street in Edwardsville, Ill., Recess will be the first venture into professional brewing by owner Matt Flach. As of now the plan is to offer year-round brews along with seasonals that will use local ingredients whenever possible. Patrons can also look forward to joining the year-long membership that includes monthly growlers, discounts on taps and other perks. 307 N. Main St., Edwardsville, Ill.

The sixth annual Centennial Beer Festival at Moulin Events will be a dream come true for beer lovers with three days of events, 18 local brewers and more than 200 regional brews. The weekend kicks off with a five-course dinner featuring 4 Hands Brewing Company on Feb. 20. Tickets are available for both the dinner and the following three tasting sessions on Feb. 21 and 22. Brewmaster dinner tickets are $67.50 and tasting tickets range from $26.50 to $41.50 and include a complimentary glass. 2017 Chouteau Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.241.8989.

Foodies and beer enthusiasts have already begun drooling over the announcement by Dressel’s Pub to collaborate with 4 Hands Brewing Company and The Libertine on Feb. 25. The five-course meal will be driven by Dressel’s Mike Miller and Derek Roe along with The Libertine’s Josh Galliano and Josh Poletti. Barrel-aged beers will be paired with each course, even including dessert with the citrus curd and chamomile ice cream being served with the Cuvee Diable farmhouse ale. Reservations are $65 per person and the dinner begins at 7pm. 419 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.361.1060.

Alpha Brewing Company will celebrate their first birthday this spring by pulling out all the stops with beer tents, live music and plenty of kegs. Besides their own special brews, Alpha will also welcome Saddlebock Brewery from Springdale, Ark. to tap their first keg here in St. Louis. Hiro Asian Kitchen will be cooking up delicious dishes available for purchase and the cover band, Dance Floor Riot, will be providing the tunes. The event will take place on March 29 from noon to 5pm. Tickets are $35. 1409 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.2337. 

The Anheuser-Busch family is growing with recent news of purchasing the New York craft brewer, Blue Point Brewing Company. Slightly larger than Schlafly’s production last year, Blue Point began in 1998 and has devoted drinkers scattered across the East Coast. The situation is similar to when A-B acquired the Chicago-based Goose Island Brewery in 2011.

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