The Explosion of Craft Beer in St. Louis
In a city that's literally run by well, Budweiser, the growth of craft breweries in St. Louis, Mo., is outstanding. KSDK5 recently found that of the 24 craft breweries in town, four opened in just the last year — and many anticipate that number to climb. "I wouldn't be surprised if another 20 craft breweries opened after us," said head brewer Beamer Eisele of the brand new Modern Brewery said to KSDK5.
Today, Eisele notes, more St. Louis residents are looking for craft beer options, and there are plenty abound. We love KDSK5's map of craft breweries in the area; and we're excited to see more open up. Here are the ones we're loving:
The farmhouse brewery and restaurant was started by three award-winning southern Illinois home brewer, who show a true dedication to using local (ad even foraged) ingredients in their brews. That includes an ESB (Extra Special Biter), a Spring Session ale, a Lemongras Saison, and a Kombucha Wit beer.
The brewery/restaurant makes just about 1,400 barrels per year of its lineup, including a Honey Wheat Lager and its Golden Pilsner, which won the World Beer Cup Championship in 2010. It's most certainly a hometown favorite.
The up-and-coming brewery can be found in restaurants around St. Louis; look for the Dry Hop "Bling" Ale, IPA, and Rye Pale Ale.
In Kirkwood, Mo., the four-year old Kirkwood Station Brewing Company has an unusual lineup of beers (like a blackberry wheat and a Sugar Creek Lager) in addition to the standard IPA, Belgian Witte, and Porter beers.
A newcomer to the scene, Perennial is bringing some more unique styles to St. Louis: a Belgian Dark, a Homefront IPA, and more.