It's freakin' beer mania here in St. Louis this week! Deschutes Brewery is in town from Portland, Oregon, and they're partnering with various bars and restaurants in town to bring you a plethora of beer-related activities and events.
The festivities, which Deschutes calls Base Camp for Fanatics, officially started on Friday, May 3 with St. Louis Microfest. There are events continuing throughout this week, so to help you decide how best to divide your time, we've created a handy list of all the Deschutes offerings. Of course, to make it simple, you could just go to everything. In fact, we recommend it.
Monday, May 6: Deschutes River Ale Launch Party Tonight Deschutes is celebrating their new River Ale with a launch party at Llywelyn's Pub (17 Moody Avenue; 314-962-1515) in Webster Groves. At the launch party, Deschutes will be introducing the never-before-tasted River Ale, which Deschutes' regional events manager, Erik Frank, describes as a "session beer." A session beer is a low alcohol-by-volume brew (4 percent) that invites drinkers to consume several pints in one extended "session" without having to worry about falling off their barstools at the end of the night. The launch party starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m., but we suspect the revelry will continue until Llywelyn's closes for the night.
Tuesday, May 7: Hats off to Homebrewers Beer geeks and homebrewers, this is the event for you. The gang from Deschutes Brewery and Perennial Artisan Ales will be at the International Tap House (1711 S. 9th Street; 314-621-4333) in Soulard with Perennial Brewmaster Phil Wymore and Deschutes Brewmaster Brian Faivre to celebrate homebrewing. A $25 ticket will get you complimentary brewing supplies, including recipe books and bags of hops (while they last), six beer samples, a commemorative snifter, a full glass of a collaboration brew between Perennial and Deschutes and tacos from chef Jason Tilford of Mission Taco Joint (and Milagro and Tortillaria). There will also be a Q&A with the brewmasters to help all you homebrewers become masters yourselves.
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