It began as a simple fundraiser for the Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA), but Brew in the Lou has grown into an annual festival celebrating locally produced beer, wine, and spirits. Now in its fifth year, the festival is returning to Francis Park on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1–5:00 p.m. It will be the second year the LESA fundraiser brings beer, wine, spirits, food, and fun to the Lily Pond.
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Brew in the Lou Showcasing Local Beer and Spirits
St. Louis, MO/October 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It began as a simple fundraiser for the Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA), but Brew in the Lou has grown into an annual festival celebrating locally produced beer, wine, and spirits. Now in its fifth year, the festival is returning to Francis Park on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1–5:00 p.m. It will be the second year the LESA fundraiser brings beer, wine, spirits, food, and fun to the Lily Pond.
As in the past, this year’s event promises to showcase local, regional, and national craft breweries and distilleries. Forty-five brewers and spirit makers are participating this year. That list includes old favorites as well as several newcomers. New this year are Wellspent Brewing Company and Center Ice Brewery, both in St. Louis, as well as Steampunk Brew Works in Town and Country, Crown Valley Brewery of Ste. Genevieve, Stumpy’s Spirits and Distillery in Columbia, Illinois, J.Rieger & Co. in Kansas City, and Ballast Point Brewery of San Diego, Calif. Some local favorites returning this year include Square One Brewery and Distillery, Old Bakery Beer Company, Kirkwood Station Brewing Co., Hopskeller Brewing Company, Missouri Beer Company, Stubborn German Brewing Co., Six Mile Bridge Beer, Charleville Brewing Company, Heavy Riff Brewing Company, O’Fallon Brewery, Excel Brewing Company, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Granite City Food & Brewery, Shock Top Brewing Co., and Saint Louis Hop Shop. The lineup also includes artisan beer and cider makers from Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and more.
Brew in the Lou is certainly a great place to sample scores of craft beers and artisan spirits, but it’s also a celebration of great food. Two dozen food vendors will be serving up everything from great pizza and barbecue to specialty snacks, delicious desserts, and even locally produced Ski Soda. Old favorites like The Stellar Hog, Gobble Stop Smokehouse, Bootleggin’ BBQ, The Spotted Pig, and Nothing Bundt Cakes will be on hand. And some new favorites will join in too, like Dogtown Pizza, Gallagher Brothers Pizza, Cronin’s Pretzels, Fallon’s Bar & Grill, and Noodles & Co.
Every year Brew in the Lou includes live music, and this year is no exception. Festivalgoers will rock to the sounds of Nick Bifano & The Innocents, and get their Oom-pah on with the Deutschmeister Brass Band, a modern take on the traditional German brass band. The festival will also feature art and craft vendors, the annual “People’s Choice” Home Brew Competition as, well as two fun food competitions dubbed “Battle of the Bratwurst” and the “Brew Chili Contest.”
One of the best parts of the Brew in the Lou festival is the all-inclusive wristband. The $40 wristband ($50 day of the event) includes tastings of beer, spirits, wine, coffee, some great food, and a commemorative glass. Wristbands can be purchased online at www.LESAstl.org or by calling (314) 200-0797. One of the other best parts: Brew in the Lou is a pet friendly event and your BFF (Best Furry Friend) gets in free.
Proceeds from the event benefit 35 LESA member schools serving 9,000 students. Last year’s “Brew in the Lou” sold out for the first time in the event’s history and raised a record $91,000 for Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area.
5th Annual Brew in the Lou
October 14, 2017 1–5:00 p.m.
The Lily Pond at Francis Park
5399 Donovan Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63109
Lutheran Elementary School Association
Still Showcasing Local Food And Drink – BREW IN THE LOU
ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.news) – The 4th annual Brew in the Lou is moving to south St. Louis this year. The annual fundraiser for St. Louis’ Lutheran Elementary School Association had been held on the grounds of Concordia Seminary in the DeMun Neighborhood. This year, it will be at the Lily Pond at Francis Park, 5399 Donovan Street in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood.
Just as in years past, the 2016 Brew in the Lou will showcase locally produced beer, wine spirits, coffee and food. It will be Saturday, October 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. As in other years, there will be live entertainment, including the Deutschmeister German Brass Band, and Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison and the Bluegrass Band. Arts and craft vendors will sell their wares. Two crowd favorites, the bratwurst competition and the chili cook-off will be back this year too, as will the People’s Choice Home Brew Contest. Once again, KTVI/KPLR TV’s Jeff Bernthal will serve as emcee.
Admission is all inclusive, allowing festival-goers to sample the beer, home brew, wine, spirits, coffee and food from the many participating restaurants. It also includes a commemorative glass. More than 40 vendors are participating this year. Familiar brands like New Belgium Brewing, Swiss Meats, Blue Moon, Ski Soda, Goshen Coffee, Tim Horton’s, Goose Island, Double G Ham, Prairie Farms, LeGrands Market, Gobble STOP Smokehouse, and Vernon’s BBQ & Catering are among those taking part.
Festival wristbands are $40 in advance and $50 on the day of the event. They can be purchased online through LESASTL.org and will be held at registration on the day of the event. Since this event benefits the 8500 students who attend LESA schools in St. Louis, there are no refunds. For more information, call (314) 200-0797
There are a couple of Brew in the Lou deals to be had. Groupon is offering discounted passes, and ride-sharing app UBER is offering $15 off new users’ first ride with promo code: BREWLOU.
4th Annual Brew in the Lou
October 15, 2016, 1-5 p.m.
Francis Park, the Lily Pond
St. Louis, MO 63109
Lutheran Elementary School Association