On Tap: Celebrate This Weekend at STL Microfest, Derby Day Parties

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Beer-lovers won’t want to miss the St. Louis Microfest this weekend. Hosted on May 6-7 at the Muny Grounds in Forest Park, festival-goers can experience craft brews both locally and worldwide at one of the three scheduled session times. In addition to the tastings, delicious eats, live entertainment, sessions with local culinary and craft brewers and a homebrewing competition, you can burn off some of those beer calories by participating in the annual Micro Run. Local breweries such as Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Earthbound Beer, The Old Bakery Beer Co., Schlafly, Perennial Artisan Ales and many more will be there. Proceeds from the weekend will benefit Lift for Life, so you’ll even be drinking for a good cause. 1 Theatre Drive, Forest Park

Photo courtesy of Earthbound Beer

Photo courtesy of Earthbound Beer

May 7: Don your proper Derby attire for the 11th annual Kentucky Derby party at The Royale for a hat contest—for both guys and gals—mint juleps, big band sounds from the Gaslight Squares and more. Beginning at 2pm, there are a limited number of tickets available for $12 in advance. 3132 S Kingshighway Blvd., Tower Grove South

May 7: Enjoy the Derby races with a great view of our city at Three Sixty. Sip and savor house cocktails and hors d’oeurves and bet on your favorite horse while participating in the best-dressed competitions for prizes. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door and include two hours of passed edibles, a mint julep and a Four Roses Bourbon sample. 1 S. Broadway, Downtown

May 7: Wheelhouse is hosting a Get Down & Derby party for Derby Day. Partnering with non-profit Celebrate Style that benefits Siteman Cancer Research, the event lets you drink all the mint juleps you want at the $35 premium open bar from 4-8pm. Be sure to wear you favorite derby wear for the costume contest. 1000 Spruce St., Downtown

May 7: Cinco de Mayo may have passed, but the party’s not over yet. Stop by Cherokee Street tomorrow—it will be closed off for non-stop fun of drinks, authentic Mexican eats and the annual People’s Joy Parade.

May 14: If you’re a woman and love beer, then consider the upcoming All Women Brewery Tour by The Monthly Cycle. Featuring a talk by Rebecca Schranz of Earthbound Beer, the ride will begin at Earthbound at 3pm and includes rides to 4 Hands Brewing, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and Civil Life Brewing for tastings. 2710 Cherokee St., Cherokee Business District

May 21: Gin Week is coming up from May 16-21, and you can celebrate at The Gin Room for a Gin Festival. Learn the ins and outs of gin at educational seminars and tastings of more than 70 varieties from around the world. Tickets start at $90 and can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite. 3200 South Grand Blvd., Tower Grove South

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