It's summertime, and that means craft beer: ST. LOUIS CRAFT BEER WEEK will be held at a variety of venues around town from July 27 through Aug. 4. Events will include include tap takeovers, beer dinners, beer-and-cheese tastings, Firkin Fest and the second annual Midwest Belgian Beer Festival. Some of the locations include the 33 Wine Shop, Llywelyn’s Pub, Schlafly Tap Room, Milagro Modern Mexican, Perennial Artisan Ales, Cicero’s, International Tap House, 4 Hands Brewing Company, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company and Handlebar. For more information, visit stlbeerweek.com.
In other brew news, EXCEL BOTTLING CO. is now distributing products in Missouri through the Missouri Beverage Co. The initial distribution will include Excel’s craft beer labels Shoal Creek Wheat, Excel Citra and Eastside IPA. Through Missouri Beverage, Excel beers will be available in 6-pack bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs. Go to excelbottling.com for specific locations carrying the beers.
TABLE, the latest restaurant from chef CASSY VIRES which opened recently at 1821 Cherokee St., is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Like dinner service, the brunch menu will feature a selection of small plates.
Restaurant owners PAUL and WENDY HAMILTON have announced plans to have solar energy panels installed near their historic building at 2017 Chouteau Ave. in St. Louis. The 25-kilowatt photovoltaic system will be completed by September, and will be the first time an area restaurant has utilized the technology. The Hamiltons’ building houses Vin De Set, PW Pizza, Moulin Events and the Malt House Cellar event space. The solar carport canopy will be located on the east portion of the parking lot and will provide cover for a long row of vehicles. The location is adjacent to Ameren UE headquarters, and Ameren will purchase excess power generated by the canopy. The solar energy project is being designed and installed by Brightergy, which has recently completed similar projects for Lambert St. Louis International Airport and the Robert Young Federal Building.
It's been announced that the last GARAVELLI'S location at 6600 Chippewa Ave. has closed. The cafeteria chain had six locations in town at one time. And DUFF'S in the CWE had its final night of service on June 23, after 41 years in business.