A Triple Play for Craft Beer Fans: Clayton’s Brews, Blues + BBQ Festival
Even the most devout pub crawlers may be having trouble keeping up with all the new craft brewers in the region. Beer-loving St. Louisans will be happy to hear that Clayton’s Brews, Blues + BBQ Festival has done the legwork for them, gathering up-and-coming young breweries into one place for a day of sampling and socializing.
In downtown Clayton from 12-5 p.m. on Aug. 31, beer enthusiasts can sample selections from:
- Peel Brewing Company – The owners of Peel Wood Fired Pizza in O’Fallon, Illinois, have turned the second floor into a seven-barrel brewhouse and pub where they craft European-style ales.
- Brew Hub Taproom – The small scale of this pilot brewing, distilling and barrel-aging operation allows it to hand-craft unique and nontraditional batches in an intimate setting just across the highway from Forest Park in St. Louis.
- Missouri Beer Company – This two-year-old production microbrewery is putting the finishing touches on a new taproom in O’Fallon, Missouri, to go along with its robust presence at local festivals.
- Griesedieck Brothers Brewery – Brewing has been part of the family legacy for generations, continuing today with a pilsner, Bavarian-style wheat and pale ale—soon to be produced at a new facility in St. Louis’ Baden neighborhood.
- Wild Sun Brewing Company – An offshoot of Wild Sun Winery in Hillsboro, this start-up released its first two brews earlier this year in partnership with Brew Hub.
- Melvin Brewing – Eureka, Missouri, is home to one of only five locations where fans of this Wyoming-based brewer can find its creative, boundary-pushing beers.
- Beer Outside – There’s no beer brewed within this 20-tap trailer; instead, it stocks local craft beers for pop-up events and private beer gardens.
- Saint Louis Hop Shop – The Cherokee Street craft beer retailer is dedicated to a selection of local beers on its shelves and in its six rotating taps for on-site enjoyment.
Blues City Swing—a local band that specializes in New Orleans R&B, jazz and swing—provides music all afternoon.
New to the festival this year is barbecue from Adam’s Smokehouse, The Wood Shack Soulard and Oceano Bistro.
Each general admission ticketholder receives a branded wristband and glass for unlimited samples of beer (or soda for designated drivers), along with The Brew Tour Guidebook and more. Purchase tickets for $35 online here.
Images courtesy of Clayton’s Brews, Blues + BBQ Festival.
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