A new crop of St. Louis breweries burst onto the scene near the end of the 20th century, as the increasing demand for craft beers and microbrews took flight. Just as it was in the 1800s, a number of enterprising beer-lovers began brewing and selling a variety of beers, and a new age of brewing was born. Beer aficionados can sip and sample their way through St. Louis’ new age of microbrews and specialty beers at a number of area locales.
Schlafly | 2100 Locust Street
Schlafly began operations in 1991 at the corner of 21st and Locust streets on the western edge of downtown. The first new brewery in more than 50 years started making and selling a line of Schlafly beers named after its founder, Tom Schlafly. What began as a simple brewpub with limited distribution to a few local restaurants has continued to grow and evolve into a popular local beer-maker that now features a second brewery, Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, 314-241-2337, www.schlafly.com) in nearby Maplewood, and a distribution network that includes more than 1,200 restaurants, bars, grocery and convenience stores across the region.
Morgan Street Brewery | 721 North Second Street
Morgan Street Brewery brews are handcrafted on-site to produce their own distinctive colors and flavors. The brewing equipment (specially designed for the building) produces many styles, such as the Honey Wheat and Steam Lager that are available year around. Some beers will be on tap from time to time to compliment the changing St. Louis seasons. MSB features a number of specialty brews, including Honey Wheat, Morgan Street Vienna, Golden Pilsner, Dark Wheat, Red Lager, Oatmeal Stout, Irish Stout, Cobblestone Steam Lager, and seasonal beers including Maibock, Altbier, Doppelbock, Oktoberfest, Winter Lager, and Krystäl. New Morgan Street Signature Beers pop up throughout the year, and there’s a “Brewski Sampler” available that features four different styles.
Lafayette Square’s Square One Brewery | 1727 Park Avenue )
Square One Brewery housed in an old Lafayette Square tavern that was home to an Anheuser-Busch tavern a century ago, serves up dozens of different varieties of house-crafted beer that includes the staples of every microbrewery — a rich stout, a clean-tasting IPA and a tart weizen. The food is casual hearty pub fare that goes well with the full-bodied flavor of a pint: chili, beer-cheese soup, bratwurst, plus beer-battered this, that and the other.
Trailhead Brewing Company | 921 South Riverside Drive
Trailhead Brewing offers a variety of pilsners, stouts and ales, all of which are made on-site. Located in the middle of Missouri Wine Country, the Augusta Brewing Company & Beer Garden (5521 Water Street, 636-482-BEER; www.augustabrewing.com) is an attractive stop along the KATY Trail bike path in Augusta, Missouri. The brewery offers a number of specialty beers, including the Augusta Blonde Ale, Tannhauser, Hyde Park Stout, Augusta Hefewizen, Scotch Ale, and Barley Wine – considered the Port Wine of the brewing world.
4 Hands Brewing Company | 1220 S. 8th Street
4 Hands Brewing Company will provide the craft beer enthusiast with a handcrafted portfolio inspired by the American Craft movement as well as Traditional Belgian and French style Farmhouse ales.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company | Downtown Location: 3229 Washington Ave & Midtown Location
Urban Chestnut is a unconventional-minded yet tradition-oriented brewer of craft beer. They like to call their unique brewing philosophy “Beer Divergency” —a ‘new world meets ol world’ brewing approach wherein UCBC contributes to the ‘revolution’ of craft beer through artisanal creations of modern American beers, and pays ‘reverence’ to the heritage of beer with classically-crafted offerings of timeless, European beer styles.
The Civil Life Brewing Company | 3714 Holt Ave
Tower Grove South’s hidden destination for beer geeks as well as those new to craft beer. The cozy wood-paneled space has a long bar, a communal table and an upstairs with smaller tables and private snugs. The space is part English pub and part German beer hall. Civil Life specializes in malt-driven session beers, with almost every selection falling between four and six percent alcohol. The beer and food have won this spot a loyal following of regulars, especially from the neighborhood.
Perennial Artisan Ales | 8125 Michigan Avenue
With a focus on barrel-aged, farmhouse-style brews like the delicious Hommel Bier, a dry-hopped Belgian pale ale, and the Saison de Lis (brewed with actual chamomile flowers), Perennial Artisan Ales in the quiet Carondelet neighborhood hopes to fill a special niche in the St. Louis beer scene. Since opening in fall 2011 Perennial has offered St. Louis ale sippers its selection of brews to enjoy in its 1,500-square-foot tasting room or outdoor beer garden. Patrons also have the opportunity to view the brewing process at the adjacent 6,000-square-foot brewery.
Ferguson Brewing Company | 418 South Florissant
Formerly known as Hill Brewing Company, owner Joe Lonero’s Ferguson Brewing Company seeks to bring the craft-beer boom to north county with its first brewpub. With a lineup of ten ales on tap and a selection of three seasonal specials to boot, not to mention their amazing food menu that includes slow-smoked barbecue, wings and more.
For additional St. Louis Craft Breweries visit the St. Louis Brewers Guild a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote breweries who call the Greater St. Louis Region home.
Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar | 1004 Locust Street
This unique tap house and wine bar has something for beer and wine drinkers of every stripe – and price range. They won Best Beer List in Sauce Magazine Readers Choice Awards serving 200+ beers, 55 on tap, 100+ wines, 20+ by the glass.
Llywelyn’s Pub | Soulard (1732 Ninth Street), Webster Groves (17 Moody), and the Central West End (4747 McPherson Avenue)
A Celtic pub offering a selection of brews ranging from domestic draught to premium imports and international favorites such as Smithwicks, Tennants, Fullers ESB, Warsteiner, Chimay, and Felinfoel Double Dragon.
Cicero’s Restaurant & Entertainment Plex | 6691 Delmar Boulevard
Offers one of the area’s largest – if not the largest – selection of bottled and draught beer, including more than 80 domestics and over 100 imports. Countries represented on Cicero’s “beers of the world map” range from the usual suspects – Ireland, Germany, Scotland and England to faraway lands such as Greece, Slovakia, China, and Lithuania. The pub also hosts weekly Beer School classes on Wednesday nights.
Blueberry Hill | 6504 Delmar Boulevard
This friendly neighborhood tavern has 60 bottled beers and 18 draught taps, along with a wide selection of microbrews and imports from around the world. Plus, the bar offers special “guest beers” each week.
International Tap House | Chesterfield (161 Long Rd), Soulard (1711 S. 9th Street), Central West End (16 S. Euclid)
iTap, as it’s known to its regulars, has quickly become a juggernaut in the St. Louis beer scene. Each location not only provides over 40 beers on tap but also 500 beers in bottle. It’s the best place in St. Louis to check out the large variety of beer that is now available.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium | 900 Spruce St
While we’ve seen this seminal beer bar pop up around the Midwest, our wait for a Flying Saucer is finally over. Located a block from Busch Stadium this bar should be one of your stops when enjoying a Cardinals game. Featuring 80 taps of craft beer and some great food as well, this is a welcome addition to St. Louis.
Three Kings Public House | 6307 Delmar Boulevard
Voted Best New Bar for 2011 by the Riverfront Times serves up laudable selection of twenty craft and locally brewed beers on tap, an outside dining area with a fountain and fans, an indoor stage for entertainment.
The Beerhouse at River City Casino | 777 River City Casino Blvd
With more than 100 types of microbrews from around the world and 30 beers on tap (including River City’s own house brew, 1904 Lager), plus a casino The Beerhouse is sure to become your favorite neighborhood hangout.