The Haps: St. Louis Craft Beer Week

| Events Columnist

So, I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but St. Louis is kind of big on beer. Although Anheuser-Busch has the biggest name and the biggest hold on the town, there are plenty of smaller breweries with high-quality products worth checking out. The St. Louis Craft Beer Week, starting April 24 and running through May 3, offers a lot of great events and opportunities to learn about beer and brewing and, best of all, to taste local products.

The events will be held at venues all over the city, and a full list of events is available at http://www.stlbeerweek.com/events. There are tastings, classes on food pairings and even a few info sessions on the history of brewing in St. Louis. It’s a great way to celebrate St. Louis’ brewing heritage—and get a little buzzed. I’d recommend checking out some of the following events, which are being held closer to campus.

IPA Night: The Good Pie offers a rotating tap of local craft beers. Currently, they are serving some of the best and hoppiest beers in town. Pair any of those with one of their Neapolitan-style pizzas, and you have a meal that can’t be beat. The Good Pie is near Saint Louis University at 3137 Olive St., and the event is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 26. The event is free, but food and drinks are not.

Beer and cheese tasting: While wine and cheese is the more traditional pairing, we’re way too young for that—which is why a beer-and-cheese tasting is deliciously perfect. For $15 your taste buds can explore all the wonders of mixing beer and cheese. Tickets are available beforehand online. The event is 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, at the Schlafly Tap Room, which is at 2100 Locust St.

Beer bingo: Located at the Newstead Tower Public House, which is at 4353 Manchester Ave., this event is a little farther away, but come on, it’s beer bingo. It’s free to play, and there are great prizes, but table space is limited so get there early for a seat. The games start at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 28.

$2 Pitcher Night at Morgan Street: Enough said.

Boulevard beer tasting: A representative of Boulevard will be at the Wine and Cheese Place, which is at 7435 Forsyth Blvd., right down the street from the Forsyth Metro stop, offering free tastings of Boulevard’s beers. Tasting is 4 p.m.–6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30.

St. Louis Microfest: From April 30 to May 2, St. Louisans will be celebrating beer by the Muny. Although tickets for this event run from $27 in advance to $35 at the door, there are some awesome demonstrations, booths and beers to be seen at Microfest. Plus a portion of the ticket sales go to Lift for Life, a local gym that teaches children about health, nutrition and exercise. This event will also have food and music. Check out http://stlmicrofest.com/index.php for more details.

other happenings:

cocktail hour
April 20, 7 p.m. at Sanctuaria, 4198 Manchester Rd.

Learn about the history of cocktails and enjoy drinks from a professional mixologist as he makes drinks from the 1800s through today for you to sample. $25 a person.

a year in forest park in one evening
April 20, 7 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum, at Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park

After pledging to take a different picture of a different part of Forest Park every day for a year, Alex Paradowski has collected some great shots of St. Louis’ iconic park. Paradowski will be discussing his experiences and the book he created with his photos at the museum.

spring artwalk

April 23-25, Main Street in St. Charles

Art from local artists will be displayed in the streets of historic downtown St. Charles. Many restaurants will have live music and specials all weekend long.