St. Louis's Craft Beer Boom
Perennial Artisan Ales
Since 2008, a half-dozen new breweries have sprouted up in the St. Louis area, including one launched by former workers at beer titan Anheuser-Busch. Now there are about 15 microbreweries operating in and right outside the beer-loving city, the most since Prohibition. Here are five of the best new places, where you can sample the different styles and have a snack, or even a brewpub meal.
A brand-new brewery in a former Coca-Cola plant, Perennial Artisan Ales specializes in Old World beer styles like barrel-aged and wild-yeast-fermented. The signature: a hoppy Belgian Hommel Bier.
Photo © Greg Rannells
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
At this nine-month-old spot, German-born, former Anheuser-Busch brewer Florian Kuplent makes refined beers like an unfiltered lager and the Winged Nut, a chestnut-spiked ale.
Photo courtesy of Florian Kuplent
Six Row Brewing Company
Not quite two years old, Six Row has impressed local beer geeks with brews like Whale, a cross between a wheat beer and a pale ale made with 10 malts, and a citrusy double IPA.
Photo © Roger Popwell
Ferguson Brewing Company
This suburban operation in Ferguson offers a dozen or so brews, like Pecan Brown Ale, an English-style brown beer that gets its nutty flavor from pecans added to the mash.
Courtesy of Ferguson Brewing Company