Battle Of The Homebrewers At Ballpark Village

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

The best of St. Louis’ homebrewing scene will gather for a friendly showdown at Ballpark Village on Saturday, Nov. 8 during the inaugural Brew Fest by Budweiser. While the lead-up to the homebrewer competition will certainly be fierce, the festival will have attractions for every kind of beer lover—from industry experts to avid enthusiasts.

Image courtesy of Budweiser Brew House

Image courtesy of Budweiser Brew House

In the weeks before Brew Fest by Budweiser, area homebrew clubs will hold preliminary competitions in order to determine which of their brewers has the best American-style IPA. Next, the clubs will submit the IPAs to Tony Caradonna, Ballpark Village’s resident “Beer Man,” who will escort the beers to Anheuser-Busch so that the A-B taste panel can give their critiques. The best IPA will be announced at the festival, with the winner receiving the opportunity to go to the pilot brewery at A-B with three friends and brew their own beer.

You certainly don’t have to be an experienced homebrewer to enjoy Beer Fest. From 1-5pm there will also be beer samplings, live music and on-site brewing demonstrations and classes. The Clydesdales will also be outside along with area food trucks and the Goose Island mobile unit.

General admission tickets are $35 per person, which include sampling tickets and a commemorative tasting cup. The VIP experience is $75 per person, which includes a four-course lunch paired with beers picked by an Anheuser-Busch Brew Master at 11:30am and the chance to vote for the St. Louis Home Brew Clubs’ “People’s Choice” Award. 601 Clark Ave., Downtown, 314.345.9481. 

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