Monday, July 4, 2022

Guide to St. Louis’ beer scene

St. Louis’ beer scene is a major deal. For the past two years, USA Today readers have voted St. Louis the “Best Beer Scene”. Don’t believe them. You can visit some of these breweries from within a 15 minute cab ride from downtown. Here are just a few. You can find more options at the STL Beer website, such as Alpha Brewing, Tower Grove South, Ferguson Brewing and Narrow Gauge, Old Bakery Beer and Hopskeller Brewing, in Metro East, O’Fallon Brewing and Six Mile Bridge, in West County, Two Plumbers and Friendship Brewing, and many other notable area breweries. Prost!

2nd Shift Brewing

2nd Shift is located in an industrial area north of Hill, offering standout beers such as Art of Neurosis, Hibiscus Wit and Cat Spit Spout. It was inspired by El Gato Grande who is “the friendliest, laziest and fattest cat in the brewery “. 1601 Sublette.

4 Hands Brewing Company

4 Hands, located just south of downtown, is near Soulard. This brewery is one of the most unique around. They often collaborate with other St. Louis businesses and artists to create memorable brews. Ripple, Single Speed and City Wide are some of the most popular year-round brews. But don’t forget to look out for seasonals. You should also visit the upstairs area where you can find arcade games and Skeeball for free. 1220 S. 8th Street.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery

It is worth taking a tour of the historic brick brewery in Soulard. You can enjoy a free beer tasting while you stand in the Clydesdales stable. You can also take more involved tours like the Beermaster Tour and Horses and Heritage Tour. You can also try the Where You Brew experience. 12th & Lynch.

Bluewood Brewing

Bluewood, which opened recently in the former Lemp Brewery stables, is well-known for its high-ABV beers as well as barrel-aged stouts like Leviathan. Bluewood’s highest ABV beer was Testify which was brewed in 2015 and had an ABV 24 percent. 1821 Cherokee.

Civil Life Brewing Company

After making a name at 33 Wine Bar in Lafayette Square in his first stint, Jake Hafner moved to Civil Life in Tower Grove South. In 2018, he expanded the brewery by offering canned American Brown. You can visit the brewery and see the rules for the website. These are ways to keep things civil such as an aversion towards people and no buses. 3714 Holt.

Earthbound Beer

Chris Naffziger , a historian and contributor to SLM pointed out that Earthbound was founded in the former Cherokee Brewery Stock House in 2017. The brewery can now “almost certainly claim to be brewing beer at the oldest brewery building” because the first floor and cellars were built before 1875. You’ll find something new every day with names like the Tax Evader and Gruit Out of Hell. 2724 Cherokee.

Modern Brewery

Beamer Eisele, co-founder, has serious brewing credentials. He studied under top brewers in the country before returning home to his hometown and opening Modern. The tasting room is open Fridays through Saturdays, from 4-10 p.m. Citrapolis is the brewery’s most well-known product. It is a super Citra-hopped IPA with tropical and citrus notes. 5231 Manchester.

Perennial Artisan Ales

A loyal customer base has built up around the small-batch brewery. They visit the Carondelet tasting area to sample popular brews such as the Vermillion, Maman imperial, Abraxas, and barleywine stouts. Paste recently placed Perennial among “The 50 Best American Beermakers of the 2010s,” stating that it was “just might be one of the most consistent and balanced” of all the St. Louis beermakers of this decade. Perennial’s satellite brewery, 80-seat tasting area in Webster Groves and the highly acclaimed Olive + Oak restaurants have gained more attention. ) 8125 Michigan.

Rockwell Beer Co.

Rockwell is one of the most anticipated breweries to open in recent years. It’s made of brightly colored shipping containers east of the Grove in Botanical Heights. The interior is equally striking, featuring a ceiling made of wooden slats as well as live edge wooden tables. Jonathan Moxey, the brewer, serves such favorites as Passing Clouds Witbier and Byrd Up! Dry-hopped rye beer, and Stand By hoppy pisner. Gerard Craft, a renowned chef, offers BrassWELL burgers, beer brats, and crispy fries. 1320 S. Vandeventer.

Side Project Brewing

Karen King and Cory King’s Maplewood brewery were ranked among the top 10 in Paste’s list of the 50 Best American Breweries. They are known for their oak-aged beers, particularly its wild ales. Jim Vorel, Paste author, noted that even at festivals filled with industry titans, people still make a beeline to Side Project when the doors are open. This marks them as elite among elite. 7458 Manchester.

Square One Brewery

Steve Neukomm made Lafayette Square’s historic Lafayette Square building, which was once home to an Anheuser-Busch-owned dance hall and tavern, into one of the most charming St. Louis breweries. The quaint patio is a hidden treasure when the weather is nice. Square One has a great selection of beers, including the Bavarian Weizen, but also offers cocktails made with Spirits of St. Louis’s products and a wider range of drinks than other microbreweries. 1727 Park.

Schlafly Tap Room and Bottleworks

There was Schlafly before the beer boom of the last decade. In 1991, the Tap Room was founded. It opened its doors almost 30 years ago. Schlafly is now the largest independent craft brewery in St. Louis, and ships beer to over a dozen states. Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood hosts many live music and events. A soon-coming St. Charles location will be open. 2100 Locust, 7260 Southwest.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

Urban Chestnut has roots in the U.S. as well as Germany. There is a Revolution series that pays homage to American beers and a Reverence series that brews timeless European-style beers. Fantasyland, Urban Underdog, Zwickel, Schnickelfritz, Oachkatzlschwoaf–the list of offerings is nearly as long as the number of letters in some of the beers’ names. Beer is just the beginning. The Grove location of the brewery offers the most extensive brewpub menu anywhere in the metro. The U.R.B. is located just west of The Grove’s sprawling bierhall. Customers can sample batches and order large-sized slices from the counter back. 4465 Manchester, 3229 Washington.

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