Experimental Spirits Release
Head to Still 630 on the first Friday of each month (for the next five years!) to check out the latest in the distillery’s experimental spirits program. Get a free taste of the new creation and put in your two cents, then buy a 200-milliliter bottle if you like what they’re slinging. This month, sample a whiskey made with 100-percent mesquite-smoked barley.
Ferguson Winter Farmers Market
Just because the temps have dropped doesn’t mean you can’t get fresh, local ingredients. Stock up with essential seasonal produce and artisan goods at this venerable farmers market’s winter version, which includes vendors like EarthDance Farms, El Chico Bakery, Ferguson Youth Initiative and Alpacas of Troy.
Sweet Tooth Tour
Sweets fans find all manner of delights on this self-guided walking tour of Maplewood’s premier purveyors. Check in at Schlafly Bottleworks and then stroll the neighborhood and snag sweet confections from 15 spots, including Living Room, Strange Donuts, Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream, Traveling Tea, Pie Oh My! and Kakao. Tickets available online.
Frosty Brewfest & Spirits
It may be cold outside, but Crown Valley Brewery is warming things up in Ste. Genevieve at its annual winter beer fest. Sample beers and spirits from some of the region’s top producers, like Schlafly, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Jackson Street BrewCo and Main & Mill. Enjoy a special lunch plate available for purchase while you drink in front of the roaring fire pit and listen to live music courtesy of Scotty Kemp. Tickets available online.
Cooking with Tavon: A Vegan’s Experience
Looking to clean up your eating habits in the new year? Check out this monthly plant-based cooking experience, which features cooking demonstrations and samples of 15 to 20 vegan dishes, from barbecue tofu and macaroni and cheese to eggplant Parmesan and pepper “steak.” Participants also learn how to pair wines with the prepared dishes and take home an interactive recipe. Tickets available online.
Beer With A Woman Scientist
Get to know St. Louis-area women scientists over a pint of 4 Hands beer at this free event. The local chapter of 500 Women Scientists, a nonprofit dedicated to creating an inclusive scientific community, hosts this family-friendly fete. While you sip local brews, check out science demos from area groups, including members of The O.G.: St. Louis Women’s Craft Beer Collective. Kids’ activities and a scavenger hunt are also in store.