The STL Beer, BBQ and Whiskey Challenge: Beer Edition
Crack open a cold one with our hot city picks.
Hibiscus Wit at 2nd Shift Brewing
Located at Cedar Creek, the craft brewery’s setting offers an escape for those who need it. Stop by the brewery and taproom on spring weekends to enjoy this seasonal spring brew. 1401 Olive Rd., New Haven, 573.237.3421.
Modern Brewery Citrapolis at 21st Street: The Brewer’s Bar
Located in the cellar below PW Pizza, this beer bar has everything you could want: pizza, pool and more than 50 beers on tap. We suggest starting with this St. Louis-made American IPA. 2017 Chouteau Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.241.6969.
Contact High at 4 Hands Brewing Co.
Sip this wheat beer outside to fully embrace the summery notes of citrus that come from dry-hopping with orange zest. While you’re at the bar, ask about the latest events from this always happening brewer. 1220 S. 8th St., LaSalle Park, 314.436.1559.
Game Day Red Ale at Alpha Brewing Co.
Even if your plans don’t involve baseball, this red will do you right. While enjoying this brew, chat up the bartender at the coin-speckled bar or call ahead and schedule a tour of the intimate brewery. 1409 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.621.2337.
4 Hands Reprise Centennial Red at ArtBar
ArtBar proudly pours a rotating selection of local beers to serve alongside their Russianinspired snacks. Sip this slightly citrusy red at the creative venue while playing a round of Burlesque Bingo. 2732 Cherokee St., Cherokee, 314.769.1274.
Cecilia’s Hefeweizen at Augusta Brewing Company/John G’s Tap Room
The best way to enjoy this golden summer favorite is on Augusta’s scenic patio. Located right off the Katy Trail, it’s the perfect destination for the whole family on an active summer day. 5521 Water St., Augusta, 636.239.5010.
Bass Pale Ale at The Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch Inbev
Take a tour of the massive brewery grounds, then stop by the Biergarten to put your newly gained knowledge about Bass Pale Ale to the test. The scenic area is tented and ready for whatever weather Missouri summers might throw your way. 1200 Lynch St., Soulard, 314.577.3559.
Crown Valley Big Bison Ale at The Brewhouse at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
Offering up an impressive selection of regional beers, this historical sports bar is truly dedicated to supporting local—and, of course, that includes sports. Grab any Cards, Blues or Rams game here along with a cold brew. 315 Chestnut St., Downtown, 314.259.3270.
The Green Bird at Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar
You have 55 beers on tap and 200 bottles to choose from, but why not choose the one brewed especially for them? The slight tartness of the gose is a perfect way to herald summer. 1004 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.8141.
Shock Top at Budweiser Brewhouse
The Brewhouse offers a gathering spot for everyone, be it for a business lunch or a pub crawl. For the best experience, grab a cold Shock Top and enjoy the Cards stadium views from the rooftop deck. 601 Clark Ave #101, Downtown, 314.241.5575.
English Pale Ale at The Civil Life Brewing Co.
This is the type of place where everybody knows your name, and if they don’t, a busy night at the communal tasting room will definitely allow you to get to know your neighbors. Buy your new friends a round of English Pale Ale and queue up for the next round of Bimini ring toss. 3714 Holt Ave., Tower Grove South.
Ale Mucho Hoppo at Charleville Brewing Company
This double IPA is no joke with nine percent ABV and an aggressive hoppy flavor. Visit the craft brewery and winery in scenic Ste. Genevieve to get it as fresh as possible. 16937 Boyd Road, Ste. Genevieve, 573.756.4537.
Excel Böse Roggen at Cicero’s
Ciciero’s has an impressive beer list, both on tap and in bottles. But their most impressive offering might be their free 17-week beer school. You might learn about the Excel Böse Roggen, a schwarzbier, as part of your “coursework.” 6691 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.862.0009.
Stiegl Radler at Craft Beer Cellar
Craft Beer Cellar usually emphasizes stocking sour beers, but when St. Louis wants radlers in the heat of summer, they can supply. A mix of beer and grapefruit soda, Stiegl Radler is refreshing enough to make you forget about the unrelenting humidity. 8113 Maryland Ave, Clayton, 314.222.2444.
Spicy Gruit at Earthbound Brewery
This addition to Cherokee operates efficiently in its small space and introduces new, quirky batches regularly. The beers might not last forever, but the flavors will. Sample the Spicy Gruit to see what we mean. 710 Cherokee St., Cherokee, 314.769.9576.
Blood Orange Wit at Exit 6 Brewery
Exit 6 proudly boasts serving only craft beer, and its offerings are numerous. In addition to the five made in-house, the brewery offers 23 other beers on tap. Try the Blood Orange Wit while it’s still in season. 5055 State Highway N, St. Charles, 636.244.4343.
St. Louis Pale Ale at Ferguson Brewing Co.
This charming brewpub offers eight beers on tap and several seasonals. In a town where craft beer is steadily on the rise, this brewery holds its own. Toast their good efforts with a St. Louis Pale Ale. 418 S. Florissant Rd., Ferguson, 314.521.2220.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Hoppy Lager at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Ever since Flying Saucer opened, Sierra Nevada has been at its side. This lager, created as a small-batch brew by Sierra Nevada fans, is the perfect example of their values. 900 Spruce St., Downtown, 314.932.1456.
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale at The Gramophone
The Gramophone’s new identity this year means great things for beer-lovers in STL. Now a deli, a tavern and a bottle shop, The Gramophone has 20 taps, serves sandwiches and offers 48 four- and six-packs to-go. 4243 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.531.5700.
Velvet Underbrown at Heavy Riff Brewing Company
This flagship beer, an American brown ale, showcases what makes this brewery great: rock ‘n’ roll, superb flavor and a little fun. When it’s in season, splurge on the Vanilla Coffee Underbrown—an incredibly velvety brew. 6413 Clayton Ave., Dogtown.
2nd Shift Katy at International Tap House
Not only the perfect location to watch the game or gather with the gang, the tap house is also easily able to satisfy pretty much any beer palate. This summer, look to branch out into sours with 2nd Shift’s Katy. Multiple locations, internationaltaphouse.com.
Big Five-Oh at Kirkwood Station Brewing Co.
Brewed for the brewmaster’s birthday, this Belgian-style saison/farmhouse ale fits into any celebration. Head in for craft-beer happy hour and hang out on the covered patio in the heart of downtown Kirkwood. 105 E. Jefferson Ave., Kirkwood, 314.966.2739.
Extra Special Bitter at Main and Mill Brewing Co.
One of St. Louis’ newest breweries, Main and Mill, is starting out with seven beers with plans to expand to 10. Though they focus on sessionals, there’s always an imperial available. If neither quite strikes your fancy, the ESB is flavorful but great for easy drinking. 240 E. Main St., Festus, 314.603.0924.
Black Bear at Morgan Street Brewery
This year marks two decades that Morgan Street Brewery has been supplying St. Louis with their craft. Help them celebrate at their historic location by raising a glass of the light, artfully crafted Black Bear. 721 N. 2nd St., Downtown, 314.231.9970.
Yellow Beer at Old Bakery Beer Company
The beer at Old Bakery Beer Company is strictly American—in style and ingredients. Plus, all hops and malts are certified 100 percent organic, which makes drinking their Yellow Beer, a crisp pilsner, even more satisfying. 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton, 618.463.1470.
Aria at Perennial Artisan Ales
Brewing for experimental beer-drinkers is how Perennial gained its reputation. Aria—brewed with Belgian yeast and a yeast commonly used in sour beers—is a light but complex beer that has more than earned its spot as a Perennial flagship. 8125 Michigan Ave., Carondelet, 314.631.7300.
Pedagogical at Recess Brewing
The taproom only holds 50 people, but Recess-lovers can get their fix through the Community Supported Brewery program, where members can fill their growlers monthly. With summer in mind, we recommend their session porter, Pedagogical. 307 N. Main St., Edwardsville, 618.692.5101.
Hop Trial: Beata at Schlafly Bottleworks
Schlafly Bottleworks always has something going on, be it a farmers market, a free tour or a beer-related festival. Most of its beer is produced at this location, so what’s served here is the freshest of the fresh. Try one of their newest experiments, Hop Trial: Beata. 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, 314.241.2337.
Doppelbock at Schlafly Tap Room
Schlafly opened more than 20 years ago as the first Missouri brewpub following Prohibition. As a nod to its origin, take the Doppelbock, a German lager, for a spin. 2100 Locust St., Midtown, 314.241.2337.
Grisette #2 at Side Project Brewing and Cellar Tap Room
This side operation has grown into one completely focused on barrel-aged brewing. The Grisette #2 is a wine barrel-aged farmhouse ale with Brettanomyces. 7373 Marietta Ave., Maplewood, 314.224.5211.
Whale at Six Row Brewing Co.
Although it’s based in a building from the 1900s, Six Row produces beers that are anything but old-fashioned. For example, Whale contains a blend of 10 different malts to produce a highly desirable balance between a pale ale and a wheat beer. 3690 Forest Park Ave., Midtown, 314.531.5600.
Spicy Blonde at Square One Brewery and Distillery
Square One offers witbier-lovers something new to add to their list of summer go-tos: the Spicy Blonde. As with all their beers, the brewers focus on making this small-batch beer unique, which they’ve accomplished by adding lemongrass and ginger. 1727 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.231.2537.
IPA at The Tap Restaurant and Brewery
The Tap serves up completely unfiltered beer made from 100-percent American hops—and it comes directly from the brewing tanks. Start with their IPA, which is lighter and less bitter than most. 3803 Elm St., St. Charles, 636.724.4242.
Maibock at Trailhead Brewing Company
A beer traditionally released in May—in conjunction with spring festivals—Trailhead’s latest version is light, but not too light. Pair it with Cardinals baseball for your own festival at this charmingly rustic downtown St.Charles destination. 921 S. Riverside Drive, St. Charles, 636.946.2739.
Hopfen at Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery & Bierhall
While many brewers will use citric hop varieties to brew IPAs, Urban Chestnut boldly stays German for what they call a Bavarian IPA. Get to know the beer even better by taking a self-guided tour through the facility. 4465 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.222.0143.
Opal at Urban Chestnut Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
UCBC’s original outpost’s outdoor area, with picnic tables and string lights, is a charmer. On a warm day, grab a table, an Opal pilsner and some friends. 3229 Washington Ave., Midtown, 314.222.0143.
Anheuser-Busch Biergarten, courtesy of Anheuser-Busch.
Photo credit: Photos by Jennifer Silverberg | Illustrations by Misty Manley