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Brew in the Lou

Brew in the Lou

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.

5th Annual Brew in the Lou Returns to Francis Park

5th Annual Brew in the Lou Returns to Francis Park

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.

Event Information:

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
314-200-0797
info@lesastl.org

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

Dogtown Pizza to Participate in First-Ever Pizza Festival on The Hill

Dogtown Pizza to Participate in First-Ever Pizza Festival on The Hill

This St. Louis event, Pizza Festival on The Hill, is slated for Sunday, October 8 from noon to 5 p.m.

ST. LOUIS, MO/October 01, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Dogtown Pizza, a local frozen pizza company, will be participating in the city’s first-ever pizza festival, St. Louis Square Off, Sun., October 8 at Berra Park on The Hill from noon to 5 p.m.

The festival, which is hosted by The Hill Neighborhood Association, will feature St. Louis-style pizzas from various local pizza retailers. Dogtown Pizza will present their famous hot wing pizza for public sampling.

Attendees will have the special opportunity to sample pizza from Dogtown Pizza and seven other participants, cast their votes for the best pizza, and help crown one of the vendors with the coveted title of “Best St. Louis Style Pizza.”

Aside from pizza, beer, and other refreshments, there will be plenty of music, activities for children, art, local retailers, and several samples of other St. Louis food staples to enjoy, including toasted raviolis and gooey butter cake.

“We are so honored to be a participant in this first-ever event, which honors the unique pizza culture of our city,” said Rick Schaper, owner of Dogtown Pizza. “We hope that many will come out to try our pizza, cast their votes, and have fun!”

The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Tickets cost $25 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets cover admission, the first pint of beer or non-alcoholic beverage, and a square of pizza from each participant for tasting. A portion of the sales will benefit Hill 2000, the neighborhood association of The Hill.

Dogtown Pizza has been serving handmade frozen pizzas created with the highest quality of ingredients from local suppliers since 2006. Starting out in Schaper’s kitchen, Dogtown Pizza has turned into a business that employs more than 20 people and has 11 different varieties of frozen pizza stocked in every major St. Louis grocery store, including Target. Their commitment to community, family, and local businesses has remained a top priority for the company as they have forged partnerships with some of the city’s best businesses.

For more information, please visit Dogtown Pizza online at http://www.dogtownpizza.com.

To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.squareup.com/store/stl-square-off.

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Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host August Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting National Council of Jewish Women

Katie's Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host August Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting National Council of Jewish Women

ST. LOUIS, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit the National Council of Jewish Women. The event is slated for Tues., August 22.

Every month, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria features a local nonprofit charity and donates 100 percent of the earned proceeds from the entire day to the charity. Lunch, dinner, drinks, and carryout are all included. So far, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria has donated more than $120,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday event will help support the National Council of Jewish Women and their annual Back to School! Store, which is a one-day event in which more than 1,300 pre-selected elementary school children walk through and choose brand new items from the organization’s pop-up store.

The money raised will help purchase clothing, backpacks filled with school supplies, coats and winter wear, shoes, and personal care items for more than 1,300 underserved children.

“We are honored to be part of Katie’s Giveback Tuesday program on August 22,” said Jennifer Scissors, a volunteer co-chair of National Council of Jewish Women’s Back to School! Store. “It’s so gratifying to see underprivileged children receive the clothing and supplies they need to start school with enthusiasm, positive self-esteem, and a readiness to learn at our Back to School! Store. We know this could not be possible without the help of local organizations and businesses like Katie’s.”

Founded in 1985, the National Council of Jewish Women works to improve the lives of women, children, and families throughout the Greater St. Louis region. The organization helps more than 9,000 people each year and partners with more than 45 social service agencies, churches, and community organizations to identify qualifying children from low-income families whose needs are not currently being met by existing services.

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria is open every day at 11 a.m. and features Happy Hour specials from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Carry-outs are also available.

For more information or to make reservations, please call (314) 942-6555 or visit http://www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

For more information about the National Council of Jewish Women, please visit http://www.ncjwstl.org.

Location:

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria

9568 Manchester Road

St. Louis, Missouri 63119

Phone: (314) 942-6555

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3rd Annual Clayton Craft on Tap Pushed Back to September

3rd Annual Clayton Craft on Tap Pushed Back to September

September Tasting Event Bringing Craft Brewers to Clayton

Clayton, MO/August 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – There are festivals and dining events all year long across the St. Louis area.  One of the newer celebrations of the area’s burgeoning craft brewing scene is the Clayton Craft on Tap event.  Now in its third year, the event brings beer lovers and artisan brewers together in downtown Clayton for an afternoon of tasting and fun.  Tasting events like this give brewers a chance to introduce their beers to consumers and connoisseurs, and it gives beer nerds and newbies the chance to try something fresh and new.  The first two Craft on Tap events in downtown Clayton were held in August.  This year’s event has been pushed back from its original August 20th date, and is now set for Saturday, September 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The annual Craft on Tap festival began as the result of a partnership between the City of Clayton and local the Craft Beer Cellar (8113 Maryland Ave) which specializes in packaged craft beer from St. Louis and elsewhere.  Additional sponsors have signed on, including Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and Grey Eagle Distributors.  The festival will feature samples from more than two-dozen brewers, including:

10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Blue Point Brewing Co.
Breckenridge Brewery
Elysian Brewing
Golden Road Brewing
Goose Island Beer Co.
Kona Brewing Co.
Odell Brewing Co.
O’Fallon Brewery
Old Bakery Beer Co.
Perennial Artisan Ales
Public House Brewing Co.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
Virtue Cider

Additional names are added each week as more local brewers sign up to participate.

This year’s event will also feature food from local restaurants and several of St. Louis favorite food trucks and music from the popular cover band Whiskey Dixon (http://www.whiskeydixon.com/index.html).

Tickets are on sale now, with a limited number available.  General admission is $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event.  General admission tickets include unlimited tastings and a commemorative glass.  VIP tickets are $50 and give you all that, plus early admission (12:30 p.m.) and the chance to taste some exclusive VIP beer offerings.  Designated Drivers get in for $10. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at: http://claytoncraftontap.ezregister.com/.

Strauss Park Alive Festival Bringing 8 Weeks of Fun to Grand Center

Strauss Park Alive Festival Bringing 8 Weeks of Fun to Grand Center

Free Summer Fun & Great Food at Strauss Park Alive Festival

St. Louis, MO/June 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Have you been looking for fun and interesting ways to get out of the house and spend your summer days in the sunlight and fresh air?  If so, then you might want to mark your calendar!  Starting in early July and continuing through for the rest of summer, the Strauss Park Alive Festival at Grand Center promises to be an exciting arts festival in St. Louis this summer.

The festival at Strauss Park, 3534 Washington Ave., will have it all: public art (and local artist talks and guest painter sessions), live music (concerts and DJ collectives), community yoga, improv in the park, sand sculpting, and of course, great food!  Festival-goers can sample the wares of some of the city’s most popular food trucks, including the Nacho Pit, Sweet Divine’s Cupcake Truck, and Doughboy’s Wood Fired Pizza, as well as the many restaurants that call Grand Center home.

This is eight weeks of fun in the heart of the city.  Some festival highlights include the official Alive Kick-off Happy Hour w/ Hiro and Guest Painter Karen Jones on Wednesday, July 5th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (and each Wednesday evening throughout the festival), Tune and Trucks Tuesdays (live music and gourmet food trucks!), 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and Chess in Strauss with the World Chess Hall of Fame each Monday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.  Every Saturday will bring live musical performances, and more.  And the best part, in my humble opinion—admission is free!

The festival’s schedule is as follows:

Week 1 (July 3 – 8)
July 3, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
July 4, Tuesday: Tunes and (food) Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7-8:30 p.m.)
July 5, Wednesday: Alive Kick-off Happy Hour w/ Hiro and Guest Painter Karen Jones (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 6, Thursday: Dan Belcher, Sand Artist 1st piece. (2 days). Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.), Performance by Chris Ware (7:00 p.m.)
July 7, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 8, Saturday: Concert Series w/ Retro Boogie (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)

Week 2 (July 9 – 15)
July 9, Sunday: Chalk Mandalas in the Park w/ Sukanya Mani (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)
July 10, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
July 11, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7–8:30 p.m.)
July 12, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 13, Thursday: Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.) Performance by The Midnight Company (Title & Deed, 7:00 p.m.)
July 14, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 15, Saturday: 3rd annual Park Jam (all day)

Week 3 (July 16 – 22)
July 16, Sunday: Melissa Allen, Aerialist (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)
July 17, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
July 18, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Building Vanya (7-8:30 p.m.)
July 19, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 20, Thursday: Community Yoga (5-6 p.m.), StlFringe Press Preview (7:00 p.m.)
July 21, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 22, Saturday: Concert Series w/ Johnny Vancouver (Noon- 2:00 p.m.)

Week 4 (July 23 – 29)
July 23, Sunday: Campfire in Strauss Park (1p-9p TENTATIVE)
July 24, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
July 25, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7-8:30 p.m.)
July 26, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 27, Thursday: Community Yoga (5-6 p.m.)
July 28, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
July 29, Saturday: Concert Series w/ NATO (Noon-2 p.m.)

Week 5 (July 30 – August 5)
July 30, Sunday: Bob Kramer’s Marionette Show in Strauss Park (noon-2 p.m.)
July 31, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 1, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7-8:30 p.m.)
Aug 2, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 3, Thursday: Community Yoga (5-6:00 p.m.)
Aug 4, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 5, Saturday: Concert Series w/ Sweet n Low (Noon-2:00 p.m.)

Week 6 (August 6 – 12)
Aug 7, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 8, Tuesday: Dan Belcher, Sand Sculpture #2, Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7-8:30 p.m.)
Aug 9, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 10, Thursday: Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.), Performance by Chris Ware (7:00 p.m.)
Aug 11, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 12, Saturday: Concert Series w/ Retro boogie (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)

Week 7 (August 13 – 19)
Aug 13, Sunday: Chalk Mandalas with Sukanya Mani
Aug 14, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 15, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7–8:30 p.m.)
Aug 16, Wednesday: Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30–6:30 p.m.)
Aug 17, Thursday: Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.), StlFringe opening Night/ Wellness Fair in Strauss Park (all day)
Aug 18, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Aug 19, Saturday: StlFringe Family day in Strauss Park (all day), Cary Colman Jazz Trio (2–4:00 p.m.)

Week 8 (August 20 – 30)
Aug 20, Sunday: StlFringe in the Park
Aug 21, Monday: Eclipse Party, Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 22, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks w/ musician Kristen Goodman (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), Improv in the Park (7–8:30 p.m.)
Aug 23, Wednesday: Dan Beclher, Sand Sculpture #3 (Josephine Baker), Hiro Happy Hour w/ Guest Painters (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Aug 24, Thursday: StlFringe in the Park (all day), Community Yoga (5–6:00 p.m.)
Aug 25, Friday: Soulition DJ collective in the Park (3:30 – 6:30 p.m.)
Aug 26, Saturday: Concert Series w/Johnny Vancouver (Noon – 2:00 p.m.)

Aug 27, Sunday: Melissa Allen (noon- 2:00 p.m.)
Aug 28, Monday: Chess in Strauss w/ World Chess Hall of Fame (3:00 p.m.)
Aug 29, Tuesday: Tunes and Trucks (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Aug 30 Wednesday: Closing Happy Hour w/ Hiro and Guest Painters (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)

So, if spending time in the community surrounded by free public art, free fun and live entertainment, and great food sounds like something you want to experience this summer, then the Strauss Park Alive Festival at Grand Center is for you.  More information about Strauss Park Alive and other events at Grand Center, visit the Grand Center Arts District website.

Tour de Fat Will Bring Beer, Music & Merriment to Soulard

Tour de Fat Will Bring Beer, Music & Merriment to Soulard

Annual Festival Will Raise Money for Soulard Preservationists

St. Louis, MO/May 31, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis music and beer lovers are getting ready for one of the more unique beer-music festivals of the year, the Tour de Fat beer, music, and bike festival.  The annual multi-city event is part concert, part beer festival, and part cirque and fundraiser, created by New Belgium Brewing and named for its popular Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale.  The festival features a variety of performers, performance art, bicycles, beer, and costumed revelers.

The traveling philanthropic festival will come to St. Louis on June 10th as part of its 33-city 2017 season.  Dozens of nationally-known bands and performers will be perform in different cities across America.  Nick Waterhouse will headline the festival in St. Louis.  In addition to the headline act, a touring ensemble of artists, cirque performers, and others will appear alongside local street performers. St. Louis audiences can expect to see some vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and the like.  Costumes are highly encouraged at this raucous party.

Since its inception in 2000, the Tour de Fat has partnered with local nonprofits in the host cities.  The tour, put on by New Belgium Brewing, has raised more than $4.5 million to support local causes.  In St. Louis, Tour de Fat will benefit the Soulard Restoration Group.  A 501c3 non-profit, all-volunteer community organization, the Soulard Restoration Group is dedicated to fostering community improvement, civic pride, encouraging restoration, beautification, and reestablishment of public areas in the Soulard Historic District.

The 2017 Tour de Fat St. Louis will be June 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Soulard Market Park, 730 Carroll Street, St. Louis.  Tickets are available online through the Tour de Fat website (http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/city/st-louis), but they can also be purchased on the day of the event.  The box office will open at noon. General admission tickets, as well as those for ADA patrons are $25.  Tour de Fat is a fully accessible event, fully navigable for people with mobility disabilities.  Accessible viewing areas will be made available to ADA patrons who may need to see above the crowd.  Tour de Fat St. Louis is an all-ages show. Kids 12 and under are free!

MOJO Craft Beer & Music Festival Coming to Jefferson Barracks

MOJO Craft Beer & Music Festival Coming to Jefferson Barracks

Local Band & Brewers Team Up for MOJO Craft Beer & Music Fest

St. Louis, MO/May 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Nothing freshens up the dog days of summer in St. Louis like a full day of fresh beer and fresh music in the park.  It’s with that in mind that the first every MOJO Craft Beer and Music Festival was created.  This brand-new festival will bring a full day of music, the world’s top rated breweries and cideries, along with locally sourced craft food vendors to Jefferson Barracks Park on Saturday, August 19th.  The event is the brainchild of hometown rocker Dan Marsala (Story of the Year) and the band’s former manager, event producer John Oakes.  They’ve partnered with Radio Station 105.7 The Point, 4 Hands Brewing Company, Flamingo Bowl, and others to create this (hopefully) annual event.

The St. Louis-based rock band, Story of the Year will headline the festival, which organizers describe as a well-organized party in the park.  Other acts that will be performing include P.O.D., Unwritten Law, the Orwells, Lucky Boys Confusion, and Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys Band.  The event also showcases more than 80 craft beers. Specialty food vendors will be on hand too.

The craft brewers at 4 Hands Brewing have created a special beer to commemorate the festival and it’s headliners, Story of the Year.  The beer, called Story of the Beer, will debut at the event.

Story of the Year band members talk about their longtime friendship with the founders of 4 Hands Brewing.

Ticket prices range from $45 to $199 apiece.  General admission tickets include concert admission and a souvenir tasting glass plus beer sampling from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The VIP Lounge Pass includes the souvenir glass and festival admission, with express entry starting at noon, plus exclusive craft beer tastings, a VIP Pit and viewing area, VIP restrooms, a private cash bar, and commemorative laminate.  Flamingo Bowl VIP Tickets include everything that comes with the VIP Lounge Pass, plus a special meet & greet with the band Story of the Year, including a photo with the band, a pretzel necklace from Telegram Sams, a beer-paired dinner, access to shaded Flamingo Bowl VIP Lounge and the special Flamingo Bowl Hosted Bar (4 pm – 8 pm), a bowling party gift voucher good for one lane of bowling for 5 people up to 2 hours with shoe rental.

Festival tickets are on sale now. Revelers must be 21 or older to enter the festival grounds.  In addition to bringing craft beer and music to a summer day in St. Louis, the MOJO Craft Beer & Music Festival will also support Hope For Young Adults With Cancer with an awareness campaign and various fundraising efforts.  More details about the partnership will be announced as the festival date draws near.  More information about the MOJO Craft Beer & Music Festival can be found on the festival website: https://www.mojobeerfest.com/ or by email to info@mojobeerfest.com.

LouFest 2017 Will Bring Some Big Names to Forest Park

LouFest 2017 Will Bring Some Big Names to Forest Park

Weezer, Huey Lewis & the News Among LouFest 2017 Lineup

St. Louis, MO/May 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) LouFest 2017 – Summer music festivals have been a seasonal tradition in St. Louis for decades.  The city has offered residents everything from free symphony concerts in the park to day-long jam-fests that filled old Busch stadium.  LouFest continues in that tradition, with its eighth annual festival in Forest Park.  More than a concert, LouFest offers a two-day cultural experience bringing about 30 national acts to four stages, plus food, drink and more.  Listen Live Entertainment, which produces the festival has announced a partial lineup of acts who will play this year’s festival.

According to LouFest officials, the national acts headlining this year will include:

Weezer
Cage the Elephant
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Huey Lewis and the News
Marian Hill
Lizzo
Lecrae
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Hippo Campus
The Record Company
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Mondo Cozmo
Noname
Future Thieves

As is the annual custom at LouFest, several popular local acts will also perform. The list of local performers includes:

Mvstermind
Jack Grelle
18 and Counting & the Only Ensemble
Beth Bombara
Mathias & the Pirates
Starwolf

Other names taking the stage include Ron Gallo, Jonny P, Harts, Jess Nolan, and Chris Bandi.  Additional acts will be announced May 30.  Festival organizers say they must hold off on naming them because of exclusivity clauses in some performers’ contracts.  There are also plans to honor St. Louis native Chuck Berry, who died in March.  Details will be made public at a later date, but officials say they plan their tribute to Berry will be something that lasts well beyond this summer’s festival.

LouFest 2017 will offer a lot more than music to festival goers.  The Market Square will showcase local artists.  The Nosh Pit celebrates St. Louis’ culinary excellence.  Festival organizers are still accepting applications from local restaurants and food vendors.  Also around the park, festival goers will find the Shock Top Beer Garden, featuring local and regional favorites from Faust and Shock Top to Goose Island Beer Company.  There will also be games and limited seating in the beer garden.  And the Cupcake Vineyards Truck will back this year, offering free samples and contests with a chance to win prizes.  Starbucks will be handing out samples of their coffee and protein doubleshot.  Whole Foods Market will team up with local makers, Perennial, to offer demonstrations on turning old t-shirts into reusable totes, festival headbands, and more.  There’s even a kids’ area.  LouKidz will offer family-friendly activities include music (daily performances by Robot+Bike), dancing, crafts, face painting and more from noon to 5:00 p.m. each day.

Unlike many of the summer concerts offered in St. Louis’ public venues, LouFest isn’t free.  Tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday.  A general admission ticket for the two-day event will set you back $95.  Kids 12 and under are admitted free with each paid adult.  One-day tickets will be available soon.  This year there are two tiers of VIP tickets.  The standard two-day VIP tickets are $350 and included shaded seating, complimentary food and drinks (including beer, wine, and specialty libations), reserved (air conditioned) restrooms, VIP parking (must purchase two VIP tickets), a VIP Lounge, and gourmet happy hour.  If that isn’t special enough, starting this year Platinum Tickets are available for $750.  The new Platinum Ticket includes a private lounge, private onstage viewing areas, complimentary catered meals and beverages, onsite concierge, and more.  Platinum Ticket holders will spend less time standing in line thanks to private entrances and exits.  Platinum VIP parking with shuttle service is also included.

This year’s LouFest at Forest Park will be Saturday and Sunday, September 9 – 10.  Festival gates open each day at 11:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m.  For more information about this year’s event, including purchasing tickets and a list of what can be brought onto festival grounds and what can’t (no coolers), see the official LouFest 2017 website.  If you still have questions, contact info@loufest.com.

Schlafly Beer To Commemorate Solar Eclipse

Schlafly Beer To Commemorate Solar Eclipse

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Schlafly Beer – A St. Louis brewing company is joining in the excitement of the much anticipated total solar eclipse this summer.

Schlafly Beer has announced plans to commemorate this summer’s solar eclipse with a special Path of Totality pack for its Helles-style lager.  Beginning in June, consumers can purchase the special edition, black and metallic silver in all bottles of the beer style, including six and 12-packs.  A pair of solar glasses to watch the phenomenon will also be included inside the pack.

“St. Louis is along the Path of Totality, the path of the eclipse that will experience total darkness.  As science nerds at Schlafly, we are very excited for this, along with the rest of the city, so we wanted to do something fun to celebrate.  The last total eclipse seen in St. Louis was almost 550 years before anyone had tried a Schlafly beer back in 1442,” said Founding Brewer Stephen Hale.

In addition, the brewing company will also offer a field trip to celebrate the spectacular event.  Schlafly will bring the party to the epicenter of the eclipse with the “Schlafly’s Eclipse Field Trip” at the Dew Drop Inn in Bloomsdale, MO on August 21, 2017.  The event will offer BBQ, beers, lawn games, and live music.

For the ultimate excursion, Schlafly will provide an all-inclusive pass including transportation from the Tap Room and back for $45.  Tickets are limited and can be purchased at www.schlafly.com/eclipse starting on July 1.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the sun disappears behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight.  This will also result in a rapid drop in and will reveal massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.  This incredible sighting will move through the continental United States on August 21, 2017.

The last total eclipse occurred on June 18, 1918. It crossed the United States from Washington State to Florida.
More information about the total solar eclipse is available online at www.space.com and www.nasa.gov.