of the key messages of 'Here's to Beer' is to remind adults of the
social value of beer -- it brings people together in a fun,
unpretentious way," said Bob Lachky, an executive vice president of
Anheuser-Busch. "We're pleased to host the St. Louis Brewers
Heritage Festival and celebrate beer's role in our community."
Under the shade of Forest Park's towering trees, one festival tent
housed ales, another offered lagers and the third tent provided local
cuisine provided by St. Louis restaurants. "It doesn't matter if
you're a small or big brewery, if you've been around five or 150 years
-- we all share a common passion for beer," said Dan Kopman,
co-founder of Schlafly Beer. "For this weekend, we're thrilled to
join arms with Anheuser-Busch and other local brewers."
Missouri Breweries in
Attendance at the 2007 Brewers Heritage Festival...
- Alandale Brewing Company, 105 E. Jefferson,
- Anheuser-Busch, One Busch Place, St. Louis, MO.
- Augusta Brewing Company, 5521 Water Street,
- Morgan Street Brewery, 721 N. Second Street,
St. Louis, MO.
- O'Fallon Brewery, 26 West Industrial Drive,
- Schlafly Brewery, 2100 Locust Street, St.
- Square One Brewery, 1727 Park Avenue, St. Louis,
St. Louis Mayor Slay kicked off the Heritage Festival's opening
reception with a stirring address to the brewers and attendees.
Beer has been a major part of the history of this city.
Beer and food pairings highlighted the opening reception.
Pictured above is chef David Owens of Terrene restaurant.
Todd and Jason Alström of Beer
Advocate were in attendance to cover the festival and associated
Local brewers and members of national beer media outlets gathered for a
lunch reception that featured the flavorful beers of Schlafly.
Festival attendees head to the ale and lager tents in Forest Park.
Cooking demonstrations were presented at the festival from chefs Phil
Noe (Sqwire's), Bryan Young (Catering Plus), Stephen Gontram (Harvest),
David Owens (Terrene), Andrew Ayres (Riddle's Penultimate) and Ivy
Magruder (Vin de Set).
The visitor's lobby at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis showcases colorful
displays and a huge gift shop.
Anheuser-Busch brewmaster Florian Kuplent led our press tour of the
beautiful St. Louis A/B brewery. "The number of recipes in our
bank is a secret but is in the double digits," Florian told us.
The world famous A/B Clydesdales relax in their manicured exhibit area
in a central courtyard of the St. Louis brewery.
Antiques from by-gone days of Budweiser decorate the Clydesdale stables.
Massive fermenters fill the conditioning warehouse at
Anheuser-Busch. Giant stainless steel tanks occupy every
Beechwood chips are removed from one batch of lager, sanitized and then
added to another fermenter. The practice originates from the
process of some European brewers who placed beechwood logs into
lagering vessels to add subtle wood notes and help clarify the brew.
Complex piping systems transport different phases of beer at
Anheuser-Busch. The St. Louis plant also houses a huge yeast
propagation facility that supplies yeast to all A/B breweries worldwide
(for increased consistency).
The old A/B brewhouse (built in 1891) is still in use and has been
preserved in remarkable condition. A new, much smaller pilot
brewhouse has been installed next door to produce experimental batches.
Gleaming brew kettles
dominate the ornate Anheuser-Busch brewhouse.
The luxurious conference
and tasting room at Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis is equipped with air
filters so that tasters may concentrate on the aromas of the beers.
Schlafly's brewpub hosted a luncheon for the beer press on May
11. Owner Tom Schlafly (above) discussed the history of craft
beer in St. Louis.
Schlafly's offers a wide selection of well-made ales and lagers.
A cask-conditioned, hand-pulled selection is also available most days.
St. Louis supports a wide range of other
brewpubs and beer bars. Joseph Mooney (right) is the General
Manager of 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar. Along with wine, there
is an impressive list of gourmet beers available. 33 is
located in the trendy Lafayette Square area.
Bailey's Chocolate Bar
provides an upscale location to pair fine beers with scrumptious
Llywelyn's is a
Welsch-themed neighborhood pub (see description below).
Morgan Street Brewery is
located in the touristy riverfront area of downtown St. Louis.
The Scottish Arms offers
friendly conversation alongside some interesting bottled and draft
beers and food recipes from the UK.
Pictured above is Owen
Ogletree enjoying a beer sampler tray inside the attractive Square One
brewpub on Lafayette Square. The pub's interior along with the
beer and food selections were all quite appealing.
Brewer gives a tour of
the facility at the Schlafly Bottleworks.
The very busy kitchen at
Iron Barley. Peppered pork, mashed potatoes and cask ale!
fine brews at these St. Louis establishments...
(List updated in June of 2008)
- Allendale Brewing, 105 E. Jefferson at
Lindbergh, Kirkwood. Neighborhood brewpub that's a moderate cab ride
from central St. Louis.
- Buffalo Brewing Co., 3100 Olive Street,
314.534.BEER. Fun new brewpub out near the original Schlafly pub.
- Morgan Street Brewing, 721 N. 2nd Street,
- Schlafly, 2100 Locust Street, 314.241.BEER.
- Square One Brewery, 1727 Park Avenue,
- Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave.,
- Iron Barley, 5510 Virginia, 314.351.4500. A
must-see rustic diner with huge, filling plates of home cooking and an
excellent range of beers (even a cask ale). www.ironbarley.com
- 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar, 1913 Park Ave -
Lafayette Square, 314.231.WINE. A
friendly wine bar with an appealing selection of two draft beers and 50
bottles (Belgian, German and U.K. ales highlight the menu alongside
beers from Bell's). Patrons can enjoy their beer or wine
cheeses, pretzels or flatbreads in the main bar or out back in the
brick patio. No bachelorette parties allowed.
- Bailey's Chocolate Bar, 1915 Park Ave. (next
door to 33
Wine Shop), 314.241.8100. Most people come here for the wine,
and scrumptious chocolate desserts, but the beer selection really makes
the place. There are a dozen taps and around 40 gourmet bottled
beers. The food menu has a savory page with brie, cheeses and
pizzettas alongside a chocolate lovers list (try the dessert taster
- Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Blvd.,
314.862.0009. Busy bar, restaurant and nightclub with
the largest bottled beer selection in St. Louis. Food items
include pizzas, salads, meat entrees, pastas, sandwiches and burgers.
- Llywelyn's Pub, 4747 McPherson Ave.,
314.361.300. A fun neighborhood pub with 20 draft beers and some
interesting Welsh Ales in bottles.
- Schneithorst's Hofamberg Inn, 1600 S. Lindbergh,
314.993-5600. German lagers and german fare.
- Scottish Arms, 6-10 S. Sarah Street,
314.535.0551. A two room pub with Fullers, Wynchwood and Scottish
ales. Meads and pub grub are also available. Waiters wear
- Sqwires Market, 1415 S. 18th Street - Lafayette
Square (across from Square One Brewery), 314.865.3522. An urban
food market, restaurant and bar. Wonderful cuisine and nice beers