On Tap: PW Pizza and Ferguson Brewing Company Team Up for Beer Pairing Dinner

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Photo courtesy of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

Photo courtesy of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

On Friday, Sept. 19, Anheuser-Busch is celebrating Global Be(er) Responsible Day, a day dedicated to promoting alcohol responsibility. To drive the message home, St. Louis employees and wholesalers will canvass retail locations and street corners and display signs to remind adults to use or be a designated driver. A-B employees will also collect donations outside the St. Louis Cardinals games at Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village with the Budweiser Clydesdales on Sept. 16-19 to support BackStoppers, an organization that provides financial assistance to the families of fallen first responders.

Two of the city’s biggest breweries are getting together for a giant Oktoberfest bash full of German food, German music and, of course, plenty of German beer. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and Schlafly are hosting Oktoberfest Saint Louis 2014 on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Urban Chestnut Biergarten. Choose from over six styles of German biers from UCBC and Schlafly – Oktoberfest, Kolsch, Schwarzbier, Oachkatzlschwoaf (Fest Bier), Schnickelfritz (Weissbier), Zwickel, and Dorfbier (Dunkel) and German fare like Brats, Currywurst, Pretzels and Über Pretzels. Bring your A-game for the Oktoberfest contests including Masskrüge (stein holding) and Fingerhackeln (finger wrestling). They’ll also have plenty of live music from Über Cool, The Deutschmeister Brass Band, Dave Hylla’s Good Times Band and more. Buy a glass stein ($10 day of or $8 in advance) and receive $8 liter fills during the entire festival. No tickets are required, but you’re strongly encouraged to bring cash. 3229 Washington Ave, Downtown, 314.222.0143

Looking for a way to show your support for Ferguson? Ferguson Brewing Company and PW Pizza have teamed up for a four-course dinner featuring food pairings with craft beer on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 6pm at PW Pizza. The menu will include grilled chicken lettuce wraps with chile-basil sauce, paired with a Lemongrass Saison beer; an October-themed pizza with herb cream sauce, roasted sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, mushrooms, fried sage and goat cheese on a honey-wheat crust, paired with an Oktoberfest beer; a pizza with chipotle and caramelized onion jam, braised pork, Gorgonzola cheese, paired with an Indian pale ale; a warm oatmeal stout cake with apples and coffee creme anglaise, paired with a stout beer. Reservations are limited, and the dinner costs $25.99 per person. 2017 Chouteau Ave., Downtown, 314.241.7799

Do you want to feel more comfortable uncorking and serving wine, as well as serving fine-dining tables, wine dinners and parties? If so, look to the PreSomm course offered through the St. Louis branch of the Mid-American School of Wine. Eight industry-focused classes focus on the world of wine basics, tableside service and wine tasting. You’ll learn to answer questions about wine regions and grapes, serving according the the rubrics of the Court of Master Sommeliers and mastering the interpersonal art of selling wine. Classes begin Monday, Oct. 13, and are every Monday at 12pm to 2:30pm at Tree House Vegetarian Restaurant. You can also enroll in the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) course, beginning in January 2015 at Robust Wine Bar in Webster Groves on Sunday afternoons.

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