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St. Louis’ Top 10 Craft Brewpubs

Craft Brewpubs in St. Louis, MO

The Best Craft Brewpubs in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO/March 3, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis is a beer town.  We’ve been making and drinking beer since the founding of the city.  Beer making is a part of our community history, and beer drinking is part of our local culture.  So when the microbreweries began to emerge across the country at the end of the 20th century, St. Louis was on board.  As our thirst for these new, specialty beers grew, so did the number of artisan makers brewing something to quench us.  Now there are scores of craft beer makers in the St. Louis area.  Diners will find them in dedicated taprooms, German-inspired beer gardens, and brew pubs across the metro area.

So who does it best?  We once again turned to customer reviews to find out.  In order to get a good sample of opinions, we limited the top 10 to brewpubs with at least 50 reviews.  We found the best are a mix of some of the city’s earliest microbreweries and some of the newest too.  And the best news of all?  They span the region from the metro-east to St. Charles County, so there’s a great artisan beer experience waiting in everyone’s back yard.

Topping the list is The Civil Life Brewing Company at 3714 Holt Ave., in south city’s Tower Grove South neighborhood.  This is a great choice for the craft beer novice, as there’s always an eclectic selection of their artisan beers on draft and the crew is super helpful to those just trying to figure out what they like.  The cozy wood-paneled space is part English pub and part German beer hall.  You’ll find a long bar and large communal table, plus cozier seating upstairs.  Tuesday through Saturday, the menu changes, but always includes apps, and seven to ten sandwiches including selections like roast beef, Cubans, and even a vegetarian sandwich.  On Sundays they serve soup.  Since opening in 2011, The Civil Life has developed a loyal following.  This is truly one of the new-wave of craft brewpubs: there’s no phone number and they only accept cash.

Here is the full list of St. Louis’ Top 10 Craft Brewpubs:

1. The Civil Life Brewing Company (4.59 stars/173 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3714 Holt Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63116, no phone.
2. The Modern Brewery (4.55 stars/51 reviews) Kings Oak, 5231 Manchester Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, no phone.
3. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. (4.40/436 reviews) Midtown, 3229 Washington Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 222-0143.
4. The Side Project Cellar (4.39 stars/153 reviews) Maplewood, 7373 Marietta Ave., Maplewood, MO 63143, (314) 224-5211.
5. Heavy Riff Brewing (4.31 stars/168 reviews) Dogtown, 6413 Clayton Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63139, (555) 515-1511.
6. 4 Hands Brewing (4.30 stars/383 reviews) Lasalle, 1220 South 8th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 436-1559.
7. Earthbound Beer (4.27 stars/81 reviews) Gravois Park, 2710 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 769-9576.
8. Alpha Brewing Company (4.25 stars/126 reviews) Downtown, 1409 Washington Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 621-2337.
9. Old Bakery Beer Company (4.23 stars/194 reviews) Alton, 400 Landmarks Boulevard, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 463-1470.
10. Exit 6 Pub & Brewery (4.18 stars/61 reviews) Cottleville, 5055 Hwy N, Cottleville, MO 63304, (636) 244-4343.

With so many choices it’s impossible to mention just ten.  There are so many other craft brewers and brewpubs in town that are worth your attention.  So we’re giving honorable mentions to a few that didn’t quite make the Top 10 list.  These places had great scores, but didn’t have quite enough reviews to make the list this time around.  Keep an eye on them, or try a flight, or something.  These artisans are brewing up great things ahead.

Honorable Mentions go to:

Six Mile Bridge (4.49 stars/45 reviews) Maryland Heights, 11841 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043, (314) 942-2211.  One of St. Louis’ newest craft breweries, they turned on the taps in 2015, and they’ve been winning accolades ever since, including winning a 2016 Gold Medal for their Classic Dry Irish Stout.

2nd Shift Brewing (4.38 stars/21 reviews) The Hill, 1601 Sublette Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 669-9013.  This is St. Louis’ newest brew pub—sort of.  They’ve been making beer since 2010 and other pubs have been putting in the glasses of thirsty beer drinkers.  But they just opened their own tasting room on the Hill last November (2016).

Nine Years of Beer & Counting – Centennial Beer Festival

Centennial Beer Festival

2017 Centennial Beer Festival

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Centennial Beer Festival – Nine years ago the Centennial Beer Festival was born and all these years later, it is still going stronger than ever.  It has grown into one of the most all-encompassing and largest indoor beer festival in St. Louis.

The festival is held at the old Malt House Cellar in the Lafayette Square neighborhood.  The restored malt house was built in 1876 for the Schnaider Brewery and is comprised of multiple historical rooms to explore while you taste more than 200 beers.  The historic building serves as the unofficial kick-off to the Beer Festival Season in St. Louis and adds much to the overall experience.

There’s no better way to celebrate all that is grand about beer, beer making, beer tasting and the history of beer than during this Centennial celebration.  It’s a meeting of the minds for beer enthusiasts.  Breweries, distributors, beer makers and beer historians will all be on hand to share their craft with festival goers.

Breweries’ play a major role in our neighborhoods and are a big part of the overall community.  They serve as a social and economic center and can become a pillar, and in some cases, the face of a community.  Two great examples are the identity of AB in St. Louis and the upstart Modern Brewery drawing beer aficionados into a neighborhood for the 1st time.

This year there will be 35 local and regional breweries, plus an additional 45 craft and international breweries.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to experience great food and drink, but more importantly, a chance to check out tasting rooms and meet the owners and brewers behind the bar.  Each one has a unique story about the beers, the steps to opening a brewery and why they are so passionate about their craft.

The 7th Annual Brewmaster’s Dinner on Thursday night featuring Civil Life founder, Jake Hafner, Brewmaster Dylan Mosley & Executive Chef of Moulin Events, Ryan Luke has sold out.  But there’s plenty to keep everybody busy.  On Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night there will be a tasting that includes all the local & regional breweries plus the best domestic and international brewers.

Can you think of another place where you can try more than 200 beers with unlimited samples?  The Home Brewer’s competition is on Friday night and as part of your ticket you can vote for your favorite beer.  The winner will brew a commercial batch and feature their beer at 21st Street Brewer’s bar.

There’s a VIP upgrade available for Saturday afternoon and evening and features rare, vintage and cellared beer and light snacks in the Malt House Cellar.  Every guest will receive a souvenir tasting glass and each session features live entertainment.

For more information about purchasing tickets go to http://centennialbeerfestival.com.

Local participating brewers this year:

  • 2010  Anheuser Busch
  • 2011 Schlafly
  • 2012 Urban Chestnut
  • 2013 Six Row
  • 2014 4 Hands
  • 2015 2nd Shift
  • and in 2016 Civil Life

The 2017 Beer List!

Domestic/Imported

10 Barrel – 1st Floor

Against the Grain – 1st Floor

Anchor Steam – 1st Floor

Ballast Point – 1st Floor

Belhaven – 1st Floor

Bells – 1st Floor

Blackberry Farm – 1st Floor

Blue Blood – 1st Floor

Blue Point – 1st Floor

Breckenridge – 1st Floor

Burnt City – 1st Floor

Church Street – 1st Floor

Crabbies – 1st Floor

Deschutes – 1st Floor

Elysian – 1st Floor

Evil Twin – 1st Floor

Firestone – 1st Floor

Founders – 1st Floor

Free State – 1st Floor

Golden Road – 1st Floor

Goodwood – 1st Floor

Great River – 1st Floor

Guinness – 1st Floor

Hoegarden – 1st Floor

Hofbrau – 1st Floor

Kona – 1st Floor

Kraftig – 1st Floor

Kronenbourg – 1st Floor

Lagunitas – 1st Floor

Latitude 42 – 1st Floor

Leffe – 1st Floor

Left Hand – 1st Floor

Lost Coast – 1st Floor

Merchant du Vin Imports – 1st Floor

New Belgium – 1st Floor

New Holland – 1st Floor

North Coast – 1st Floor

Odell – 1st Floor

Omission – 1st Floor

Omnipollo – 1st Floor

Orkney – 1st Floor

Oskar blues – 1st Floor

Rogue – 1st Floor

Sam Adams – 1st Floor

Saugatuck – 1st Floor

Schmaltz – 1st Floor

Seattle Cider – 1st Floor

Shocktop – 1st Floor

Sierra Nevada – 1st Floor

St. Killians – 1st Floor

Stella – 1st Floor

Stillwater – 1st Floor

Stone – 1st Floor

Uinta – 1st Floor

Wells – 1st Floor

Youngs – 1st Floor

Local/Regional

2nd Shift – 2nd Floor Saturday Only

4 Hands – 2nd Floor

4204 Main Street – 2nd Floor

AB-Research Pilot Brewery – 2nd Floor

Augusta – 2nd Floor

Bastard Brothers – 2nd Floor

Big Muddy – 2nd Floor

Boulevard – 2nd Floor

Broadway – 2nd Floor

Bur Oak – 2nd Floor

Cathedral – 2nd Floor

Civil Life – 2nd Floor

Crane – 2nd Floor

Crown Valley – 2nd Floor

Design to Brew – 2nd Floor

Destihl – 2nd Floor

Earthbound – 2nd Floor

Excel – 2nd Floor

Ferguson – 2nd Floor

Goose Island – 2nd Floor

Griesedieck Brewing – 2nd Floor

Kirkwood Station – 2nd Floor

Leaky Roof – 2nd Floor

Lionstone – 2nd Floor

Logboat – 2nd Floor

Main & Mill – 2nd Floor

Modern – 2nd Floor

Old Bakery – 2nd Floor

Peel – 2nd Floor

Perennial – 2nd Floor

Public House – 2nd Floor

Riperian – 2nd Floor

Rock Bridge – 2nd Floor

Schlafly – 2nd Floor

Six Mile – 2nd Floor

Square One – 2nd Floor

St. Nicholas – 2nd Floor Saturday Only

Steampunk Brew Works – 2nd Floor

Tallgrass – 2nd Floor

Urban Chestnut – 2nd Floor

Wild Onion – 2nd Floor

VIP-Saturday

4 Hands – VIP

Anima – VIP

Ballast Point – VIP

Boulevard – VIP

Deschutes – VIP

Excel – VIP

Firestone – VIP

Founders – VIP

Goose Island – VIP

Lagunitas – VIP

Left Hand – VIP

Merchant du Vin Imports – VIP

Moonlight – VIP

New Belgium – VIP

Perennial – VIP

Rogue – VIP

Sam Adams – VIP

Schlafly – VIP

Schmaltz – VIP

Schwerpunkt – VIP

Stone – VIP

Redstone – VIP

Toolbox – VIP

Une Anee – VIP

ANHEUSER-BUSCH – FIRST DELIVERY WITH NO DRIVER

Anheuser-Busch has successfully transported beer using self-driven truck!

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Anheuser-Busch is well known in our community as one of the largest employers and provides their products to almost every restaurant, hotel and casino in St. Louis as well as across the world.

Anheuser-Busch was founded in St. Louis in 1875 to 1879.  Anheuser-Busch was the first brewery to transport beer across the country using refrigerated railroad cars.  AB has been a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev since 2008, a controversial event that appears to be working out just fine.

Looks like their tradition of leading change didn’t get bought out as AB is partly responsible for the first successful delivery provided by self-driven transports.  Yes, a semi-truck delivered 52,000 cans of beer without the assistance of a qualified CDL licensed driver.

AB partnered with Otto, a self-driving trucking company that is owned by Uber to complete the world’s first shipment by a self-driven autonomous transport.  It was a 120 mile journey down highway I-25.  Can you imagine pulling along side of that truck and “not” seeing a driver?  I’m sorry, but that would have scared the beer right out of me.

The objective is to provided a more efficient and safer method of transporting goods.

We will keep this article short, but we highly recommend that you watch this video.  It is another perfect example of how technology is shaping/changing our lives without most of us even realizing it.  It is effecting areas of our lives that we miss at times.  This will change the transportation industry forever.

Our only question is; if the truck had violated the speed limit, who would have been blessed with the speeding ticket?  Additionally, AB appears to have taken their “designate a driver” program to a new level.

Congratulations to AB and Otto!

Link to Otto Blog Article

A STLRestaurant.News Exclusive Article (c) 2016

Video courtesy of Budwesier/Otto

 

URBAN CHESTNUT BREWING 6TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST

Urban Chestnut Brewing

Urban Chestnut Brewing 6th Annual Oktoberfest

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Urban Chestnut Brewing has announced their 6th Annual Oktoberfest scheduled for September 23, 24 and 25th, 2016 at their Biergarten located at 3229 Washington Avenue in St. Louis, MO.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company is one of the most successful breweries in the metro area.  They offer two locations in the St. Louis area and one in Germany (1) 3229 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO (2) 4465 Manchester Rd, St. Louis, MO and (3) Am Brunnen 2, Gewerbegebiet Am Brunnen, 85283 Wolnzach, Germany.

The event offers a Munich style celebration with German cuisine, amusements, live music for your entertainment and of course German bier.  No ticked is required.  However, if you buy a stein in advance it cost $8 or $10 day of event.

Additional supporting local breweries are Schlafly, Civil Life, Perennial Artisan Ales and 2nd Shift Brewing.  The hours are Friday, September 23 starting at 12 pm to 11 pm, Saturday, September 24th starting at 11 am to 11 pm and Sunday, September 25th starting at 12 pm to 7 pm.

For more information contact:

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

3229 Washington Avenue

St. Louis, MO

Phone: (314) 222-0143

CRAFTING A NEW STRATEGY – 4202 MAIN STREET BREWING CO.

4202 MAIN STREET BREWING CO.

The 4202 Main Street Brewing Co. to Expand

BELLEVILLE, IL: (STLRestaurant.News) The 4204 Main Street Brewing Co., which is considered Belleville’s innovator in the craft brewery business, is moving forward with plans to expand.  Brewery Owner, Todd Kennedy, who opened the brewery at 4204 Main Street in 2014, has decided to open a canning facility and tasting room in the old Mad Pricer grocery store.

Developer, Adam Hill, is purchasing the Market Place Shopping Center at 6401 W. Main Street, where the grocery store sits.  The two men have agreed to terms for the site and their attorneys are finalizing the lease agreement.  Hill has received tax incentives worth up to $2.49 million from the City Council to help pay for renovations of the aging shopping center.  Kennedy believes this particular space will bring a new component and be a big plus for Belleville’s west end.

His vision includes an outdoor activity space behind the brewery.  The renovation is expected to begin in August and the new brewery should be open as early as November.  Kennedy wants to have the project completed by April, which would be just in time for the 4th Annual Belleville Ale Fest, which 4204 Main Street Brewing Co., is hosting.  Earlier this year, the brewery opened a beer garden behind the restaurant at 4204 W. Main St. that features a bar, fire pit, and a perfect spot for live entertainment.

ST LOUIS CRAFT BEER WEEK ACTIVITIES FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 6TH

St Louis Craft Beer Week

St Louis Craft Beer Week

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – St Louis Craft Beer Week began last Friday, July 29th and continues through today, Saturday, August 6th.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy any of the activities, it’s not too late.

The event is organized by the St. Louis Brewers Guild and sponsored by Bailey’s Restaurants.  The St. Louis Brewers Guild is a 501 (c) 3 non- profit organization whose mission to to support and promote every brewery who calls the Greater St. Louis Region home.  Hometown breweries build community and are a key to the region culturally and economically.

Home to hundreds of breweries in the years prior to Prohibition, the St. Louis area now boasts more breweries in operation than ever before in its history; with several more in various stages of development.

St Louis Craft Beer Week remaining events available for your enjoyment today, Saturday, August 6th, 2016 are:

  • 6th Annual Firkin Fest – 2 pm at the International Tap House located at 1711 9th Street in Soulard.  More than ten firkins, many with special one-off variations.
  • Burgers & Blues – 9 pm at Elijah P’s located at 401 Piasa Street in Alton, IL.  Draft and burgers specials all day, plus Big George Jr. with the NGK Band on stage.
  • Late Night Donut Flight – 10 pm at Hair of the Dog located at 1212 Washington Avenue, downtown St. Louis.  A selection of Odell beers including Drumroll, Jolly Russian 2015, Brombeere and Fernet Porter 2015 paired with delectable donuts.
  • The Little Piggy Went to Market (Schnucks) and Found Kona Beer – 12 to 3 pm at Schnucks located at 12332 Manchester Road in Des Peres.  All tickets will include lunch (Pig roast, four other pairings of food to complement four varieties of beer).  Each guest will receive a ticket into a drawing to win a Kona beach cruiser bike, drawing will be held at 2:30 pm and winner will receive bike on the spot.  There will also be a free variety six pack of Kona beer for all ticketed guests.  Swag and other items are available for each ticket guest.  Register at schnuckscooks.com/cookingschool.com or call (314) 909-1704.
  • St. Louis Craft Beer Week Games – 2 to 10 pm at Shamrocks Pub & Grill located at 4177 Veterans Memorial Parkway.  The beer world comes together to compete in various feats of strength and strategy at Shamrock’s Pub and Grill in St. Peters, MO.
  • Beer Lover Appreciation Day – 1 to 11 pm at Six Mile Bridge Beer located at 11841 Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights, MO.  Do you love beer?  Well, we love you and we want to thank you.  They are kicking off the day with a brewery tour at 1 pm followed by a special beer release at 2 pm.

There is not much time left, but there are still some great events and specials for you to enjoyment.

For more information contact:

St. Louis Brewers Guild

A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH – STUBBORN GERMAN BREWING CO.

Stubborn German Brewing

Waterloo Gets Local Brewery – Stubborn German Brewing Co.

WATERLOO, IL: (STLRestaurant.News) – Waterloo, a quaint little town on the Illinois side of the river, has a history that dates back to the 18th century, when the first European settled in the area. In the 1830’s, the first German settlers arrived, and after 1840, the German population exploded. The strong German heritage is Deep-rooted in this town, so, is it any wonder that a young 33 year old, German home-brew hobbyist would decide to make it the home of his very first business venture, the Stubborn German Brewing Co.?

Co-owner and brew master, Chris Rahn, started out as many other brewers have, with a fondness for beer and his own home brewing kit. He pursued his passion and persisted by first joining the St. Louis Brews home brewing club, then becoming a certified beer judge for national home brewing competitions. After giving up their Auto Repair shop, recruiting family and friends to help renovate a building on Waterloo’s South Main Street, and opening officially in April, he and his wife Tina, got down to the real business of making beer.

Keeping with the “diamond-in-the-rough” philosophy, they possess only a three-barrel operation that occupies a simple corner of the tasting room, which is without a kitchen. Exposed brick, wood fixtures, and numerous Edison bulbs, all complete the vibe. Stubborn German is no doubt a clear affirmation to both, Rahn’s and Waterloo’s German heritage.

The beers are also inspired by Germany’s brewing tradition with a strong emphasis on German styles, revealing Rahn’s preferences. They offer a kolsch, an Oktoberfest, a hefeweizen, a Munich dunkel, and as a salute to America’s craft-beer revival, an IPA. If you want to check out Stubborn German Brewing Co., for now anyway, you’ll have to make a trip to Waterloo.

Stubborn German Brewing Co. -119 South Main Street, Waterloo • More info 618-504-2444

URBAN CHESTNUT – EXPANDING ITS WINGS TO THE WINDY CITY

Urban Chestnut

Urban Chestnut Brewing Expands to Chicago Market

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – There are a lot of breweries entering the St. Louis market these days, but one that just continues to grow is the avant-garde Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (UCBC).  And while expanding, it continues to keep the unconventional nature it’s known for, while still remaining a tradition-oriented brewer of craft beer.  The brewery is known for its contemporary American beers, like the Revolution series, and also, its classically-crafted European styles, such as the Reverence chain.

The company, founded in 2011, runs two breweries; Midtown Brewery & Biergarten in Midtown St. Louis and Grove Brewery & Bierhall in Forest Park Southeast St. Louis, and a third brewery, Urban Chestnut Hallertauer Brauerei, in the Hallertau region of Bavaria.  Now, Missouri’s third largest craft brewery, is taking on the competitive Chicago craft beer market with its endless flow of local breweries, and its “more than a little willing” number of beer devotees.

The latest operation in the Grove has allowed them to expand its brewing output, therefore, providing the ability to increase its distribution imprint.  They now have a capability for 30,000 bbls of annual brewing capacity on-line. Last year, the company increased distribution to Columbia, Jefferson City and Kansas City, and soon, will be joining ranks with Lakeshore Beverage Company, Illinois’ largest distributor.

Founders, Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe, have both undergone extensive experience at small breweries worldwide.  They even both put in time at the world’s largest brewery, Anheuser-Busch, before co-founding UCBC.  So, if you’re headed up north anytime soon, keep a look out…Urban Chestnut will soon be catering to beer enthusiasts in the Windy City.  The exact launch date for the latest brewery is still currently pending.

URBAN CHESTNUT HAS TWO MORE BEERS AVAILABLE IN 4-PACKS YEAR-ROUND

Urban Chestnut

URBAN CHESTNUT HAS TWO MORE BEERS AVAILABLE IN 4-PACKS YEAR-ROUND

ST LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.’s has two more beers that are now available in 4-packs and on draft year-round!  Hopfen and Dorfbier join the ranks of Zwickel, Schnickelfritz, STLIPA, Winged Nut, Apotheosis, and Fantasyland, expanding UCBC’s year-round selection to eight beers.

Hopfen, an India Pale Lager, is brewed and dry-hopped with a variety of Hallertau ‘Hopfen’ instead of the usual and more citric hop varieties of most American IPAs, giving this beer a decidedly German twist. Although it’s now referred to as an IPL instead of an IPA, Hopfen is still the same beer!

Dorfbier – Some refer to the Dunkel style as the original bier of Munich and its surrounding villages (Dörfer). This everyday bier ranges in color and sweetness depending on the amount of Munich and roasted malts used. The sweetness of the malt is then balanced by the use of another Bavarian friend…the Hallertau hop…in this specific case, Hersbrucker, grown near Wolnzach, Hallertau.

About Urban Chestnut

Urban Chestnut is locally owned microbrewery that has expanded outside the St. Louis region.  Urban Chestnut has two St. Louis locations.  (1) 4465 Manchester Rd, St Louis, MO 63110 (2) 3229 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO.  Phone (314) 222-0143.

The video provided is intended for educational/informational rather than promotional purposes.