On Tap: Esquire Names STL Bar City Of The Year

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May 27: STL’s newest bar formally opens for business at 5pm on Wednesday, May 27. Tiny Bar, located on Lucas Street Downtown, has five taps and will also serve liquor. With three spots at the bar, a tiny table for two and a couch and armchair space, the bar certainly lives up to its name. 1008 Locust St., Downtown, 314.800.7218

Tiny Bar's soft opening. Photo courtesy of Tiny Bar

Tiny Bar’s soft opening. Photo courtesy of Tiny Bar

June 2: Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria is pairing up with Modern Brewery for a tap take-over event in early June. Modern will be bringing eight beers, including an American stout made with Kuva Coffee and Rick Jordan chocolate. If the takeover inspires a hunger in you, Katie’s has prepared a $35, three-course meal intended to pair with the beers, though the meal is optional.

In other Modern Brewery news, the company will be opening its first tasting room next to its brewery this summer. Until now Modern’s beers have only been available on tap at various locations around St. Louis. 9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.942.6555

June 5 & 6: 4 Hands Brewing Co. is heading to the nation’s capital on June 5 and 6 for Savor 2015, a craft beer and food pairing event presented by the Brewers Association. The brewery will be pouring their Super Flare (brettanomyces IPA) and Madagascar (imperial milk stout) beers during the main event as well as Passion Fruit Prussia (their version of a Berliner Weisse) and Contact High (citrus wheat) during smaller sessions. Also representing Missouri in the Central region category will be Boulevard Brewing Company and Schalfly.

June 10: Alton brewery Old Bakery Beer Company is hosting its first-ever beer and yoga event on Wednesday, June 10 at 6pm. At Bend & Brew, attendees will be treated to a yoga session with Riverbend Yoga and a beer of their choice for $20. For more information, call 618.463.1470. 400 Landmarks Blvd.; Alton, IL; 618.463.1470

STL’s expertise in craft beer seems to be attracting the attention of some high-profile people. Perennial Artisan Ales recently noted its brewmaster, Phil Wymore, assisted  “Top Chef Masters” winner and restauranteur Rick Bayless in creating the flagship beer for Bayless’ new. soon-to-open brewery, Cruz Blanca, in Chicago. The beer, called La Guardia, was brewed with coriander, hominy, lime peel and epazote to pair with Bayless’ Mexican cuisine and will be available in Bayless’ other restaurants before the brewery opens.

Esquire writer David Wondrich has named St. Louis as the 2015 Bar City of the Year in the magazine’s most recent issue. In his write-up of his tour de STL, Wondrich calls out Harlem Tap Room, Dressel’s Public House, Llywelyn’s, Silverleaf Lounge, The Dubliner, Schlafly Tap Room, Urban Chestnut, The Royale, Sanctuaria, Rigazzi’s, Milo’s Bocce Garden, O’ Connell’s Pub, Planter’s House and Jack Patrick’s Bar and Grill.

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