The fourth annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week has more than 60 beer tastings, dinners, festivals, demos, trivia nights and other events lined up over nine days.

Take a look at everything happening Saturday through Aug. 5, and plan accordingly. To help you sort through the best of the best, Hip Hops has compiled highlights below by various categories.

Call or email the venues listed for reservations, or check the STL Beer Week site for RSVP information.

Be sure to check Hip Hops this week for ticket giveaways.

And at 2 p.m. Friday, I'm hosting a Beer Week chat to talk about what's coming up and to answer any questions you have. Feel free to join in live or submit your questions in advance, starting Thursday. 


Beer-and-food pairings are the focus of these St. Louis Craft Beer Week events.

Cervezas con Huevos: 10:30 a.m. July 29, $35. Four-course beer brunch with five brews, including a beermosa. Milagro Modern Mexican, 314-962-4300.

Charleville: 6:30 p.m. July 30, $50. Four-course dinner paired with Charleville beers, including the new Duck Sauce, a wine-beer hybrid. The Shaved Duck, 314-776-1407. 

Sharing and Pairing: 6 p.m. July 31, $20. The restaurant will provide a four-course meal; you provide the beer. Bigelo's Bistro, 618-655-1471.

Goose Island: 7 p.m. July 31, $65. Five-course meal paired with Goose Island brews; a Goose Island brewer will be in attendance. Prime 1000, 314-241-1000.

Pizza and Beer Demo: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 2, $45. Pi Pizzeria executive chef Steven Caravelli will teach participants how to make a number of his winning pizzas, which I'll pair with local craft beers. Everyone in attendance will receive a copy of the Post-Dispatch book "Brew in the Lou: St. Louis' Beer Culture — Past, Present & Future." Schnucks Cooking School, 314-909-1704.

4 Hands: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2, $35. Four-course dinner paired with 4 Hands brews. Llywelyn's Pub in Webster Groves, 314-962-1515.

Widmer Bros.: 7 p.m. Aug. 2, $40. Brewer Jacob Leonard picks four Widmer Bros. beers to pair with four dishes. Boogaloo, 314-645-4803.

Wine vs. Beer: 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 3, $25. Four wines, four beers and four small plates of food. Which beverage will prove to be the better pairing partner? You be the judge. The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton, 314-727-8788. 

Chef's Choice: All week, prices vary. Chefs at Duff's, Twin Oak, Five and Wildflower have come up with special beer-and-food pairings, which they'll offer in addition to their regular menus during St. Louis Craft Beer Week.


Don't miss out on these rare, limited-release, never-before-in-St. Louis or otherwise cool beers.

Green Flash Retro Pale Ale: All week. The Good Pie. 

Six Row Strawberry Honey Weizen: Noon July 28. Six Row Brewing Co.

Avery 'Demon' Series: Vertical flights of Samaels, Beast and Mephistopheles. 5 p.m. July 28. Three Kings Public House.

Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary IPA: Tasted side-by-side with Stone's year-round Ruination IPA. 5 p.m. July 28. Exit 6.

Six Row Piled-High Pastrami on Rye Cask: Caraway seeds spice up Six Row's Centennial Rye. 5 p.m. July 30. Six Row Brewing Co.

Goose Island Bramble Rye Bourbon County: 6-7:30 p.m. July 30. The Wine and Cheese Place, Clayton. Tickets required.

Avery Lilikoi Kepolo: One of several tweaked versions of classic Avery beers. 8 p.m. July 30. International Tap House, Chesterfield. 

The Lost Abbey-New Belgium Brett Beer: Part of a New Belgium tap takeover. 5 p.m. Aug. 1. Hair of the Dog.

Samuel Adams Norse Legend: Part of a Sam Adams tap takeover. 5 p.m. Aug. 2. Growlers Pub.

Widmer Bros. Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout: 7 p.m. Aug. 3. Three Kings Public House.

Cantillon Iris: Part of a sour beer showcase. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Hair of the Dog.

Six Row Baumann's Bacon Porter Cask: noon Aug. 4. Six Row Brewing Co.

Urban Chestnut Sertaozinho Weiss: Be among the first to taste the new Urban Chestnut-Kaldi's collaborative brew. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 5. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.


The week's banner parties.

Midwest Belgian Beer Festival: 3-7 p.m. July 28, $35. Sample Belgian-style ales from more than 30 craft breweries. Perennial Artisan Ales, 314-631-7300.

Firkin Fest: Noon-close Aug. 4, beers available for purchase. Taste from an impressive lineup of cask-conditioned beers, with two being tapped every hour, starting at noon. International Tap House, Soulard.

Schurcipefones Festival: Noon-6 p.m. Aug. 5, $25. St. Louis breweries will pour special releases for this Beer Week closing party. Live music, activities for kids and food will be available. Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar. 


Got $10 or less in your pocket? Check out these wallet-friendly happenings.

Boulevard Sampling: 1-3 p.m. July 28, free. Try the Kansas City brewery's brand-new 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat and its limited-release Love Child Nos. 1 and 2. Brewer Jeremy Danner will be pouring. Friar Tuck, Crestwood.

Henry Herbst Memorial Symposium: 6-8 p.m. July 29, free. Hear a panel discussion and join in a Q&A with several St. Louis brewers. Schlafly Bottleworks.

Avery IPA 3-Way: 7 p.m. July 31, $10. Ted Whitney of Avery Brewing talks with participants about and pours samples of three of the brewery's India pale ales. Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar.

Beer Geek Trivia Night: 7 p.m. July 31, $10. Ten rounds of beer trivia, including blind tastings. Sign up with a team or by yourself. Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar.

Cathedral Square Meet the Brewer: 7-9 p.m. July 31, free admission; $2 pints. Cathedral Square brewmaster Brian Neville will chat with attendees over discounted drafts of his beers. Diablitos.

Craft Beer Tasting with Evan Benn: 6-8 p.m. Aug. 1, free. Join an interactive tasting with six local beers and snacks from The Civil Life Brewing Co. Reserve a space by emailing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri.

Cicero's Beer School: 6:15-7:15 p.m. Aug. 1, free. Stone Brewing Co. is the featured brewery. Cicero's.

Stone Special Sampling: 4-6 p.m. Aug. 3, free. A 2009 vintage of Stone Double Bastard Ale and Stone's 15th Anniversary brew will be featured. The Wine and Cheese Place, Clayton.

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.