St Louis Microfest Brings Food, Fun & Lots of Beer to Forest Park

St Louis Microfest Brings Food, Fun & Lots of Beer to Forest Park

22nd Annual Beer Tasting to Benefit Lift for Life Gym – St Louis Microfest

St. Louis, MO/April 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) St Louis Microfest – It’s that season again! No, not spring—beer tasting season!  Time once again for one of St. Louis’ best beer festivals of the year, the 22nd Annual St. Louis Microfest.  The Gateway City has always been an important brewing hub, and it’s become a key locale for the craft beer and microbrewery industry.  The St, Louis Microfest showcases the best of the region’s’ artisan brewers as well as the finest offerings from breweries around the world.  This two-day festival draws thousands of visitors to Forest Park each spring to sample artisan beers crafted across the globe.  The 2017 event is set for Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, in the lower Muny parking lot and Theatre Drive.

Tickets are available for three tasting sessions, one Friday evening and two on Saturday.  Session 1 is Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Session II will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Session III is Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Each session will give festival goers the chance to sample international and craft beers created by breweries in St. Louis and elsewhere—more than 125 international and craft brewers in all.

A regular priced ticket admits one person to one of the three tasting sessions, including a commemorative tasting glass.  Festival goers will also have access to cooking demonstrations and brewing discussions in the Goose Island Demo Tent.  Some of the demo stage pairings include: Sam Adams & Mission Taco, Goose Island & West End Grill, O’Fallon Brewery & Southern, plus Urban Chestnut’s Research Brewery, Strange Donuts, and more.  The Shock Top Stage will feature live music throughout the festival.  Bogart’s Smokehouse, Mission Taco Joint, and The Damn Slow Food Fast will offer food for sale Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.  Although this is a beer fest, guests under 21 are permitted to enter the festival grounds.  Only those 21 and over can participate in the tasting.

A limited number of VIP tickets are also available. In addition to the regular activities, VIP admission includes unlimited two ounce tastings in a commemorative VIP glass.  VIPs will also be able to sample some limited releases, rare craft brews, and special releases not available with general admission.  Inside the climate-controlled VIP tent, there will also be a one-plate meal (lunch or dinner) created by Iron Barley’s masterful Chef Tom Coghill.  Friday night’s meal will feature a Cinco de Mayo inspired taco and nacho bar, with dessert provided by Locoz Tacoz.  Saturday is Derby Day, so there will be Bourbon sampling, plus mint juleps (provided by Glazers and Gas Light Square), and Burgoo, BBQ, and Hot Brown from Iron Barley.  Saturday night Strange Donuts will be along with two unique donuts to be paired with two unique brews.  Festivalgoers must be at least 21 years old to enter the VIP tent.

Bonus: Learn who’s the best home brewer in St. Louis, as the winner of the St. Louis Brews Microfest Homebrewing Competition will be announced at the STL Microfest Saturday afternoon.  Judging for the AHA and BJC home brewing competition will the the week before, April 29th, at the Kirkwood Community Center.  Three-hundred entries will be accepted this year, with a maximum of eight brews each.

The 22nd Annual St. Louis Microfest will benefit Lift for Life Gym.  The local nonprofit works with at-risk youth in St. Louis.  The organization uses weightlifting as a means to engage kids in after-school activities in order to keep them out of trouble, off drugs, and make sure they are not going hungry.

St. Louis Microfest is a rain or shine event.  No refunds will be given for any reason.  More information about this year’s festival can be found on the St. Louis Microfest website: http://stlmicrofest.org/.

                        

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She began her career in public radio while still a student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (where she earned a B.A. in Communications). She soon made the jump to news/talk radio, handling assignments from field reporting, airborne traffic, and news anchor, to producing and hosting daily talk shows. She’s also worked in television, most recently as the inaugural producer for The Allman Report on KDNL-TV 30, and as a news writer and reporter for national and international newswire services.

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