Stuff to do: December 2016
Miracle on Chouteau
Through Dec. 24 – 4 to 11:30 p.m., 1740 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, 314.243.7175, Facebook: Miracle STL
Kick off your holiday celebrations at Miracle on Chouteau, a pop-up bar from the owners of Planter’s House in the former Gast Haus space. Sip on festive holiday cocktails like the Jingle Ball Nog (brown butter fat-washed cognac, amontillado, almond milk, cream, sugar, egg and nutmeg) or the Santa-Quila (cacao nib-infused tequila, Pedro Ximenez sherry, maple syrup and black walnut bitters). While you sip, grab a bag of house-made snacks including holiday popcorn, Christmas cookies and lumps of coal, aka crispy rice treats with Oreos.
Kegs and Eggs 8
Dec. 3 – 9 a.m. to noon, Quincy Street Bistro, 6931 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314.353.1588, quincystreetbistro.com
Beer and brunch combine once again at Quincy Street Bistro’s Kegs and Eggs 8. Pair Civil Life Kolsch with a crab and crawfish Benedict covered in chipotle hollandaise, or sip a 4 Hands City Wide with Fire in the Bowl! — house-made sourdough brioche bowls filled with eggs, spicy chorizo, baby spinach and ghost pepper cheese sauce. Three other food and beer pairings are available, as well as nine additional offerings from Urban Chestnut, Earthbound and Tallgrass.
The Waffle Nut Pop-Up
Dec. 3 and 4 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brennan’s, 4659 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, 314.497.4449, Facebook: The Waffle Nut
Rise and shine with Revel Kitchen chef-owner Simon Lusky and chef Adam Altnether at a waffle-themed pop-up. Start with a Liege-style pearl sugar waffle or a yeasty sourdough waffle, then customize with sweet options like tiramisu, American Pie or Waffle Nutter. If savory is more your speed, try the Lambert Red Eye, chicken and waffles or the Boss Hog – bacon, pulled pork, barbecue sauce and eggs. Feed your caffeine addiction with a cereal milk latte flavored with Cocoa Puffs, Fruity Pebbles, Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch or Honey Nut Cheerios, or opt for a bloody mary or mimosa from Brennan’s bar.
Dec. 3, 10 and 17 – 2 to 6 p.m., Urban Chestnut’s Midtown Brewery & Biergarten, 3229 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314.222.0143, urbanchestnut.com
Pair your holiday shopping with a pint or two at Urban Chestnut’s annual Wintermarkt in Midtown. Peruse local vendors selling jewelry, crafts and home goods while you enjoy beer specials, mulled wine, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Grab an afternoon snack of warming goulash, Leberkäse (a Bavarian beef and pork meatloaf), German Christmas cookies or take a seat at the fire pits and make some s’mores.
Great St. Louis Czech Beer Festival
Dec. 10 – 1 to 5 p.m., American Czech Education Center, 4690 Lansdowne Ave., St. Louis, 978.785.7486, stlpivo.com
Raise a glass of pivo (beer in Czech) and celebrate at the Great St. Louis Czech Beer Festival. Twenty area breweries like Earthbound Beer, Big Muddy Brewing and Square One Brewery pour their latest and greatest, and see which brewery takes the award for Pivo of the Year, the best Czech American Pilsner. Seven Czech import brews are also available, including Pilsner Uquell. Sample Czech-American food, too, including stuffed kolache and paprikash meatballs. Tickets available online.
Buck, Buck, Moose Dinner
Dec. 11 – 5:30 p.m., Companion West St. Louis Campus, 2331 Schuetz Road, Maryland Heights, 314.627.5262, Facebook: Buck Buck Moose in St. Louis
Author Hank Shaw introduces St. Louis to his newest cookbook, Buck, Buck, Moose, with a book signing and a five-course dinner. Shaw joins Companion chef Josh Galliano to serve game-inspired dishes like Hinkebein Ranch Elk with potatoes and jus; rabbit confit with radishes, sprouts and butternut romesco; and Missouri trout with creamed onions, cabbage and country ham. Guests can bring their own beer or wine. The cookbook is included in the price of the ticket. Tickets available online.