My Favorite Saint Louis Breweries

Saturday, September 26, 2020

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Saint Louis has a rich history of German brewers that led to several large breweries around the city. You can read more about the history of beer in Saint Louis here. Today, there are dozens of microbreweries in the area. I was hoping to cross a few more off my list before writing and publishing this post, but with COVID restrictions (set by breweries and my own personal preferences), that has been put on hold. However, I will continue to update this blog post whenever possible!

Disclaimer: I drink beer socially. I am simply not an IPA gal, nor do I enjoy any dark beers ever.  My favorite beer is a Blue Moon, so keep this in mind and feel free to laugh at my favorite beers listed. 

Anheuser-Busch Brewery

1200 Lynch St, St. Louis, MO 63118

One of the oldest and most well-known breweries in the United States is located right here in Saint Louis, Missouri.  Take a free tour at the AB Brewery and you’ll receive a token for one free beer at the end (21 and up, of course). The Biergarten is also attached, where you can grab a bite to eat and another cold beer. It is also a fun venue for private events. In the winter, Anheuser Busch hosts Brewery Lights, where you get a free beer, take a walk around the campus and view lots of lights and even go ice skating!

Favorite Beer: Bud Light Orange

Earthbound Brewing

2724 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO 63118

This unique microbrewery is located on Cherokee Street and features beers made with “experimental” ingredients. The brewery was started in 2014 and expanded in 2016 when they renovated a 150 year old brewery building. Earthbound Brewery has also been credited as a major player in revitalizing Cherokee Street. Along with beer on tap, they also serve BBQ food. The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. The brewery features space to eat and drink indoors as well as on the patio during warmer months. They also offer tours on Saturdays for $15. 

Favorite Beer: Cozy Cowboy

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Schlafly Bottleworks

7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood, MO 63143

The Schlafly Bottleworks are located in Maplewood, just outside of the city of Saint Louis. This location was chosen to comply with an old Saint Louis law stating that you could only open a brewery inside city limits if you also owned a baseball stadium. They also now have a taproom downtown. Head to the Bottleworks location for a free tour every Saturday and Sunday. The tour includes the brew making process and bottling. After the tour, you’ll be able to enjoy complimentary samples of different beers on tap. Schlafly also typically holds several fun events throughout the year and a farmer’s market in the summer.

Favorite Beer: Raspberry Hefeweizen & Proper Cider

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

4465 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

Urban Chestnut’s brewery and bierhall is located in The Grove neighborhood of Saint Louis, surrounded by other unique restaurants and bars. You can reserve a free tour on the weekends. I really enjoyed learning about their sustainability efforts when I took a tour! Stop by to sip on your favorite beer and European-style food. Urban Chestnut has beers that honor German brewing principles and some that mimic newer American craft beer style, so there is something for everyone. They also have a Midtown location, featuring a large Biergarten and some lighter food. 

Favorite Beer: Big Shark Grapefruit Radler

Bonus: Check out the STL Zoo Bier. For every case sold, $3 goes to the Saint Louis Zoo’s conservation efforts. There’s penguins on the can this year!

If you have brewery or beer recommendations, drop a comment below!


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