On Tap: $20 Million Brew Hub Planned for Chesterfield, Schlafly's Hop in the City Returns

By Heather Riske
In Food

Schlafly‘s biggest festival of the year, Hop in the City, returns to the Tap Room Downtown this weekend. Starting at 12pm on Saturday, they’ll have beer samplings of more than 40 Schlafly styles, including favorites like the Oatmeal Stout, Kölsch and Dry-Hopped APA, as well as seasonal brews like the Christmas Ale, Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest. Hop in the City will also feature a special festival beer, Berliner Weiss—a cloudy, sour wheat beer. Tickets, $30 in advance and $35 at the door (if they’re not sold out), include a commemorative tasting glass and beer samples. They’ll also have live music from Cory B. Clay and The Twains from 12:30-4:30pm. 2100 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.2337

Hop in the City. Photo courtesy of Schlafly.

Hop in the City. Photo courtesy of Schlafly.

A new brewery is headed to West County. Brew Hub plans to break ground this year on a $20 million regional craft brewery near Highway 40 in Chesterfield with an open date expected in early 2016. The new brewery will have a tasting room, biergarten and brewery tours, and will be able to produce 75,000 barrels a year, eventually expanding capacity to 100,000. The goal is to bring in craft breweries that aren’t already available to the city. Tim Schoen, the company’s founder and CEO, worked for Anheuser-Busch for 28 years before leaving in 2009 after the sale of the company to InBev. Although Brew Hub was founded in St. Louis two years ago, its first brewery opened in Lakeland, Florida. The second Brew Hub in Chesterfield will be the company’s headquarters, with plans to expand to five more breweries across the country.

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