Microbrewing Goes Big in St. Louis

20+ craft brewers bring a world of tastes and techniques to beer drinkers

It’s no secret that St. Louis has a rich beer brewing heritage: for starters, just look down near the mighty Mississippi at the world HQ of the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, going strong in this town since the mid-1800s. And a recent explosion in craft brewers in the area has resulted in nearly two dozen independent brewers, offering everything from cask-conditioned ales to fruity summer lagers for your quaffing pleasure.

Pull up a barstool and lift a pint at:

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s Grove Brewery & Bierhall The second location of a rising star in the beer firmament is a great place to sample their envelope-pushing beers like the Winged Nut (brewed with chestnuts), and taste some yummy local fare.

Schlafly Bottleworks Now the granddaddy (or maybe the wacky uncle) of the modern beer renaissance, Schlafly’s downtown Tap Room was the first new production brewery to open in the state since the end of Prohibition. That was in 1991, and they’ve been the backbone of the movement ever since. Toast their success with an Oatmeal Stout, the classic Kölsch, or a seasonal Raspberry Hefeweizen.

4 Hands Brewing Company Big, bold flavors are on tap here, from the orange zest-infused Contact High ale to the dark, chocolate-coffee Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown.

Ferguson Brewing Company Food-friendly range of beers includes a perfectly light Golden Blond pour, and the signature Pecan Brown Ale, a nutty-malty delight.

Square One Brewery & Distillery Try the ultra-hoppy I.P.A. or, for a somewhat different pour, experience a cask-conditioned Park Avenue Pale Ale, served lightly carbonated and at cellar temperature.

Amanda Doyle
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