On Tap: Meet The Brewers At Microbrewology, Get A First Taste Of Heavy Riff, Brew Your Own At J2 Brewing

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Image courtesy of Microbrewology.

Image courtesy of Microbrewology.

Want to learn more about the art of craft beer and get to know the folks behind your favorite local brews? Join St. Louis Public Radio and Sauce magazine in the Community Room at UMSL Grand Center on Wednesday, Sept. 25, for Microbrewology, part of KWMU’s Kitchen Sink Series. You’ll sample craft beer from Schlafly, Six Row, Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands, Perennial Artisan Ales and Ferguson Brewing Co. while brewmasters from these establishments take part in a panel discussion led by STL Hops blogger Eric Hildebrandt on the state of microbrewing and its future. Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door. STL Public Radio, 3651 Olive St., Grand Center, stlpublicradio.org

Heavy Riff Brewing Co. opened its doors last week, a relief to those antsy fans who had posted “When will you open?” on the brewery’s Facebook page all summer long. While owners Jarid and Justin Safell aren’t ready to debut their own brews, they are inviting the public into their space to enjoy a great selection of craft beer, their music-themed atmosphere and plenty of Dogtown Pizza. When the house brews are ready to serve, expect to see some barrel-aged Belgians, a hoppy blonde ale, Imperial stouts, barleywines and an oatmeal stout with toasted oats. 6413 Clayton Ave., Dogtown

J2 Brewing opened on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Chesterfield, creating a new kind of microbrewery business model in St. Louis; instead of enjoying the small-batch brews of local beer enthusiasts, visitors become the brewmaster with a “brew your own” experience. In a pitch written by owners Jeff Hanlan and Jeff Jones, they explain how it works: “For about the same price that our customers pay for the average craft or import beer, they will choose from dozens of tested and award-winning recipes and brew it themselves in our state-of-the-art nano brewery setting featuring German-crafted ‘Speidel Braumeister’ units. They will be instructed in all phases of the brewing process and we will offer all the needed guidance and knowledge to ensure a finished product that meets or exceeds the quality of today’s finest craft beers. While visiting our establishment, they will also be offered the option of designing their own custom labels at our computerized label making station.” Simplified, it’s Build-A-Bear for beer nerds. But we all know how successful a concept like that can be. 161 Long Road #105, Chesterfield, 636.536.9455, j2brewing.com

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