On Tap: Where to Enjoy STL Craft Beer Week

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In addition to enjoying more than 50 beers at Schlafly Beer’s annual HOP in the City festival, you can go all-out this fall with a new beer vacation destination at Lodging Hospitality Management’s (LHM) St. Louis Union Station Hotel by DoubleTree and The Cheshire. These Hop Hotel Rooms will feature everything from brews chilling in the sink and Schlafly robes to beer-scented soap by local company sammysoap plus much more. The speciality suites will be available for the festival on Sept. 17 with package rates starting at $175 for a more than $500 value.

Photo courtesy of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

Photo courtesy of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

Randolfi’s (6665 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130), introduced a new cocktail menu this week. Head to The Loop for new creations by head barman Jeffrey Moll with lighter choices like A Step in the Right Direction made with Ransom Old Tom Gin, Campari, house-made strawberry shrub, lemon, Luxardo Fernet and muddled strawberry; or rejoice in the return of one of Moll’s signature cocktails, the Moll’s Cup #3, which is a take on a Pimm’s Cup in a bourbon-based, fruit cup liqueur soda, which is carbonated and bottled in-house.

As we enter STL’s Craft Beer Week, here are some of the events you should be sure to check out:

July 29: Kick off the week of beer events with the St. Louis Brewer’s Picnic. Tonight from 5pm-9pm, head Downtown for a free indoor/outdoor festival including Bridge Tap House, Baileys’ private event space Willow and Locust Street. Enjoy more than 30 local craft brews from Perennial, 2nd Shift, Earthbound, 4 Hands and more as well as the
debut of four unique beers dubbed The Class of 2011 Collaboration Beers. The class of 2011 is Civil Life, 4 Hands, Perennial and Urban Chestnut. 10th and Locust St., Downtown

July 30: Join Perennial Artisan Ales and 55 other local craft brews for the Funky Fifth Annual Midwest Belgian Beer Fest. From 1-5pm, your $65 ticket will get you a tasting glass to peruse the funky, sour and Belgian-style beers at the Sheet Workers’ Local 36. 2319 Chouteau Ave. Lafayette Square

July 31: Check out what five STL female professional brewers have been up to at Crafty Brewsters: A Conservation Collaboration for Missouri’s Rivers in The BHIVE at Brennan’s. Chefs Jenny Cleveland of Cleveland Heath and Michelle Allender of The Muddled Pig will bring you the eats—like curried crab beignets with cilantro aioli—for a pop-up beer and food pairings event to benefit Great Rivers Greenway Foundation. The brewers include Cat Golden of Mark Twain Brewing Company, Rebecca Shranz of Earthbound Beer, Emily Byrne of Schlafly, Amber Powell of Piney River Brewing Company and Troy Bedick of The Civil Life to pour 10 of their favorite handcrafted beers. 4659 Maryland Plaza, Central West End

Aug. 1: The 21st Street Brewers Bar will be celebrating each night of STLCBW with different specials and events. On Monday, enjoy a Class of ’96 Party featuring Schmaltz, Stone & Ballast Point, a ’90s-themed music and costume contest with prizes and giveaways. Enjoy $1 off brew drafts, half-price snacks and more from 4-6pm the entire week. 2017 Chouteau Ave., Downtown

Aug. 2: Party in Soulard all night with a Block Party on 9th St. by iTap, Mission Taco Joint and Llywelyn’s. Featuring brews like 2nd Shift, Civil Life, Mark Twain and more, the party will start at 6pm with a special edition Brews ‘N Clues Trivia by Billy Tomber. There will also be a 9th Street bingo game and other food and beer specials all night. 1711 S. 9th St., Lafayette Square

Aug. 4: Drink and give back during STLCBW with Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. at 5 Star Burgers in Clayton. All of the proceeds from UCBC sales at 5 Star Burgers Clayton during the week will benefit Gateway to Hope. Be sure to take advantage of the Burger & Bier Pairing on the 4th, though to also receive a UCBC glass from 5-7pm. 8125 Maryland Ave., Clayton

Aug. 6: With next Saturday as National Mead Day, celebrate all things mead at Design 2 Brew. Also known as honey wine (or miruvor to the Tolkien fanbase), mead is made from boiling honey and water into a syrup, adding yeast and other ingredients before fermenting. Events for the day will include a beekeeping seminar by Three Rivers Beekeepers, samples and more. 9995 Winghaven Blvd., O’Fallon, Mo.

For the full lineup of events for Craft Beer Week, visit stlbeerweek.com.

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