Cemetery Beer Barons Tour Offers Taste of Local History and Beer

Cemetery Beer Barons Tour Offers Taste of Local History and Beer

Tickets Available for Bellefontaine Cemetery’s 6th Annual Beer Barons Tour

St. Louis, MO/September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – In St. Louis, we celebrate beer and our beermaking heritage in many ways.  There are beer bars, brewhouses, tap rooms, brewery tours, and home brewing groups.  We love beer in cans, in bottles, on tap and in growlers.  Beer is part of many of our celebrations and favorite holiday fetes.  One local cemetery has come up with a clever way to celebrate St. Louis’ beer heritage and the fall season.  Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum at 4947 W. Florissant Ave. (North Riverfront neighborhood) is offering their 6th Annual Beer Barons Tour Saturday and Sunday, October 14–15.  The 45-minute and 60-minute tours take place from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day.

The beautifully landscaped Bellefontaine Cemetery dates back to 1849.  It was, and remains, a non-denominational final resting place for some of St. Louis’ elite and historical families.  That includes some of the most influential brewers and brewery owners who helped shape St. Louis’ beer industry.  Visitors will find the names Uhrig (Camp Springs/Uhrig Brewery 1840–1870), Lemp (Lemp Brewery 1838–1920), Wainwright (Samuel Wainwright Brewery 1848–1919), Griesedieck (Griesedieck Brothers/Falstaff Brewery 1903–1975), Anheuser, and Busch among the grave markers and mausoleum plaques.

Master tour guides will lead groups through the cemetery and tell the stories of family fortunes won and lost, how legacies intertwined as breweries were built, merged, burned, closed, and reopened—with Prohibition playing a pivotal role in some successes and failures.  This is the sixth year for Bellefontaine Cemetery’s Annual Historic Beer Barons Tour.  As in the past, this year’s event includes an afternoon trolley tour, along with beer and food tastings in Bellefontaine’s Wildwood Valley Gardens.  Some of St. Louis’ more popular local brewers and restaurants will participate, including Alpha Brewing, Ferguson Brewing, Heavy Riff Brewing, and Public House Brewing Co.

Bellefontaine Cemetery is also an arboretum.  The cemetery’s gardens were designed by award winning landscape architect Herb Schaal and the gardens themselves were designed by Coastal Maine Botanical Garden’s William Cullina.  Visitors can stroll along the curving walls and grassy terraces and enjoy two lakes and the fountains along the stream.  Proceeds from the Beer Barons Tour benefit the cemetery and arboretum’s efforts in conservation, education and community programing.

Tickets for the Beer Barons Tour are available at two levels.  There’s the Taster Level ($35), which includes a 45-minute trolley tour, plus beer and food samples along with a commemorative tasting glass.  There’s also the Barons Level ($60), which includes a 60-minute trolley and tomb tour, beer and food samples along with that commemorative tasting glass, plus a T-shirt and a pint glass.  Tickets for the Historic Beer Barons Tour are available online at: http://bellefontainecemetery.org/beer-barons-tour/. About 500 people took the tours last year.

Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum offers various other botanical and historical tours throughout the year.  March through November the cemetery offers free bus/trolley tours, as well as free master guide-led walking tours.  More information about the tours is available online at BellefontaineCemetery.org and on the cemetery’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BellefontaineCemetery/.

Contact information:

Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum
4947 W. Florissant Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63115
Phone: (314) 381-0750


By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

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