Opera Tastings

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Look, I know opera is weird to many people. Maybe better words would be different, exotic, unknown. Kind of like green vegetables were to me when I was a kid. I now love green veggies and I think opera is okay, too. Which is why this is such a cool idea.

Opera Theatre of St. Louis is partnering with several local food/beverage venues for Opera Tastings. These are hourlong events which will offer a sampling of opera performances, along with wine samples and small bites. All for just $10.

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The lineup:

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. at Herbie’s, 405 N. Euclid in the CWE.

Friday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. at Moulin Events, 2017 Choteau in Lafayette Square.

Saturday, March 28, 7:00 The Dark Room, 615 N. Grand in Grand Center.

Of course, each of these venues invites you to stick around and enjoy drinks and dinner afterward.

If you’d like more information about this week’s Opera Tastings, call Opera Theatre of St. Louis at 314-961-0171.

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Lovely Rita?

I tasted beers flavored with peach, strawberry, chocolate, coffee and even banana (!) at this past weekend’s Centennial Beer Festival. A few had citrus tones. Some flavorings were more subtle than others.

Many of those beers can only be found in St. Louis at places like Randall’s, Lukas, Friar Tuck’s, the Wine and Cheese Place, Wolfbrau, etc. Two others whose flavors are not so subtle will be available soon in grocery store beer aisles.

Mang-o-Rita

Following in the path of Bud Light Lime’s successful Lime-A-Rita, Straw-Ber-Rita and Cran-Brrr-Rita, here come Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita.

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The Raz-Ber-Rita has a tart flavor. But the Mang-O-Rita is very sweet, almost reminiscent of a wine cooler. At 8% ABV, they have a stronger alcohol content than most beer drinks.

The Ritas are hugely popular in the FMB (flavored malt beverage) category, but their flavor profile is quite different from that of mainstream beers. I had my first Lime-A-Rita last season at Busch Stadium. While it has its own virtues and appeal, I wanted beer and Rita did not satisfy that particular thirst.

Bud Light Lime’s Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita go on sale in St. Louis on March 3.

(Congrats, by the way, to Jason Arnold and the folks at Moulin Events for another excellent Festival!)