Beer parties help keep winter warm

2012-01-09T15:30:00Z 2012-02-06T12:23:28Z Beer parties help keep winter warmBY EVAN S. BENN • > 314-340-8348

Here are some beer festivals, tastings and other events coming up in the next few weeks around St. Louis to put on your radar:

Schlafly Cabin Fever, Jan. 21: The St. Louis Brewery snubs its nose at winter's chill by throwing an outdoor party with some of its biggest beers to warm things up. Cabin Fever is from noon to 4 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood). Tickets cost $25-$30 and include a tasting glass and 18 2-ounce samples of beer.  

Centennial Beer Festival, Jan. 27-28: Back for its fourth year, the Centennial Beer Festival will again take place at the Moulin Events space (2017 Chouteau Avenue) and will feature a beer dinner as well as general and VIP tasting sessions. Urban Chestnut brewmaster Florian Kuplent will lead a five-course dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 27, which costs $64 plus tax. There are two tasting sessions on the 28th; the earlier session (2 to 5 p.m.) costs $25, and the later session (6 to 9 p.m.) costs $35. Prices to those sessions increase by $5 after Friday. There will be a VIP area during the 6-9 p.m. session that costs an additional $10 to enter. Tickets, beer lists and more information are available at the festival's website.

Urban Chestnut Wolpertinger, Feb. 4: For its first birthday, Urban Chestnut is hosting a party to celebrate the spirit of craft beer in St. Louis. Called Wolpertinger, the event will feature beers from Urban Chestnut plus about 15 other local craft breweries. The party goes from 1 to 6 p.m. at UCBC (3229 Washington Boulevard). Tickets cost $30 for unlimited samples from a commemorative tasting glass. For a chance to win free tickets to Wolpertinger, see my latest Hip Hops column (scroll to the bottom of the text).

4 Hands Birdday Tweetup, Feb. 9: The Post-Dispatch's unflappable cartoon mascot, Weatherbird, is turning 111 next month. 'Bird likes to party (and tweet), so we're having a special Birdday Tweetup at the new 4 Hands Brewing Co. (1220 South Eighth Street). Join Weatherbird and friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 9. Dan Martin, who draws the Weatherbird every day in the P-D, will be on hand to make custom sketches for attendees. Admission is free, and RSVPs are welcomed here. Beer will be available to purchase from 4 Hands, and a food truck should be there to provide grub.

Evan S. Benn is the assistant editor of Go! magazine. He also writes about beer and food, and he is author of the 2011 Post-Dispatch book "Brew in the Lou: St. Louis' Beer Culture - Past, Present and Future," available here. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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