Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts September
Short Cuts:Events on Tap
Microbreweries host tours, tastings and lively
Vat’s entertainment: The brewery at Max Lager’s
With their inexpensive pub fare, live entertainment and
interesting tours, microbreweries make for fun off-site venues.
Hops-lovers get the chance to sample a variety of fresh house
drafts in small batches, and grape devotées often will find a
selection of wines by the glass from local boutique vineyards.
At the Schlafly Tap Room and Bottleworks (www.schlafly.com)
in St. Louis, attendees watch the beer-making process through
wall-size windows on one end of the restaurant. Modeled after a
British pub, the eatery offers such delights as sticky toffee
pudding doused in a sweet oatmeal stout sauce, and goat cheese
rarebit, a rich and pungent dip served with garlic toast. The Tap
Room has two party rooms, hosting sit-down dinners for 40 and 120.
Across town, sister brewery Schlafly Bottleworks offers tours and a
party room that seats 50.
In Atlanta, groups can rent out Max Lager’s (www.maxlagers.com), a trendy 10,000-square-foot brewery
and restaurant that seats 250 for dinner and hosts 700 for
receptions. On-site coordinators will gladly add to the evening’s
attractions with a sports- or casino-themed event. A second
brewery, with a 400-square-foot private room, opened in April at
the Mall of Georgia in Buford.
Pittsburgh’s Valhalla Microbrewery &
Restaurant (www.valhallamicrobrewery.com), across the street
from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, looks and feels like
a postmodern Viking heaven. The restaurant, with space for 300,
serves upscale American cuisine along with a half-dozen themed
beers, such as the light Valkyrie and the dark, malty Black Forest
• JONATHAN VATNER
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