All right craft beer lovers: it’s the week we have been waiting for all summer. The thirst quenching St. Louis Craft Beer week is finally here, running from July 29 through August 6. The kickoff on Friday, July 29, will include the first ever St. Louis Brewer’s Picnic, located at the Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar, setting the tap for a great week of celebrating craft beer throughout the St. Louis Area. With 150 events held in various different areas, there are plenty options for everyone to enjoy, even for those who may not like beer as much as the rest of us.

“For a lot of people, there is only one style of beer, the American Lager,” Mark Sweeney, the mastermind behind Craft Beer week, says, “but beer is all over the place.”

Pilsners, stouts, ales, sours, ciders and many other styles; there is a beer out there for everyone, it’s just a matter of finding it. And that’s where the Beer Geek Fest comes in handy. This second year event will take place Sunday, July 31, from noon to 6 p.m. It is free to attend and will include 24 different breweries. The Beer Geek Fest will give the opportunity to not just non-beer drinkers, but everyone to taste test all sorts of beers from different breweries, hopefully ending in joining the love for craft beer as many others have succumbed to over the years.

Craft Beer 2Like most, the love for beer is already there, but it’s the price tag that becomes an issue. It’s no secret that young, broke and freshly-graduated college students will substitute nutritional foods and dining out for ramen noodles and pizza rolls just to have the money to enjoy a great tasting beer. Fortune Teller and Tallgrass Brewing have come together to create the Tallgrass Nuked Beer Pairing. This featured event will be happening August 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. All the guilty microwavable pleasures that we can’t help to love are only going to get better now that this event will pair them with Tallgrass beers.

Beer doesn’t just go with microwavable pieces of heaven, but it also can be paired very nicely with brunch – a Mexican-style brunch. Sunday, July 31, starting at 9:30 a.m., Milagro Modern Mexican – located in Webster Grove – will be supplying four different courses with four different beers for $30 a person. Seats are limited so run from your hangover on Sunday morning with a Six Mile Bridge Blood Orange Wit Beermosa and end with a Churro Waffle with Mexican chocolate sauce.

Come out and enjoy these festivities, along with iTAP’s Firkin Festival, Llewenlyn’s Barrel-Aged Blowout, St. Louis Hop Shop’s 2nd Annual Shrimp Boil, and many more. Local breweries including Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands, Second Shift and even a new brewery, Rockwell Brewing, can all be spotted at these various different locations and featured events throughout St. Louis Craft Beer Week.

Make sure to check out www.stlbeerweek.com for the entire list of events and dates to ensure that you don’t miss out. V

by Brenden Kleiboker