The Schlafly Beer Employee Blog

May 30, 2014

The St. Louis Brewers Guild Heritage Festival - A Toast To St. Louis Beer

It’s a great time to be a beer lover in St. Louis. I’m probably preaching to the choir, but I want to say it again. It’s a great time to be a beer lover in St. Louis. Quick history lesson - Beer and the brewing industry have long been deeply connected to the pulse and growth of our City. Prior to Prohibition there were over 50 breweries operating in and around the St. Louis area. After Prohibition, a handful of breweries re-opened and gave it a go, but by the late 1980’s every St. Louis-based brewery except for Anheuser-Busch had gone out of business due to a combination of the changing tastes of American beer consumers coupled with rampant consolidation and an extremely competitive national market.

bud-brewers-18802Dapper Anheuser Busch brewers circa 1880.

Tom Schlafly and Dan Kopman opened the Schlafly Tap Room at 2100 Locust Street in 1991, giving The Saint Louis Brewery the distinction of being the first new brewery to open in St. Louis since Prohibition. This is something we are incredibly proud of. But you know what is also really cool? There are now close to 25 breweries operating in and around the St. Louis Metro area with another 5 or 6 currently in the planning stages or readying themselves to open. Before we know it, St. Louis’s brewing industry might be back to pre-Prohibition numbers with 40-50 breweries, large and small. If beer truly runs in our City’s veins and the number of breweries we can sustain can be looked to as a barometer for our health and vitality, then these are very exciting times indeed.

stl-brewers-guild-square-smallIn 2012, the St. Louis Brewers Guild was founded - a non-profit organization consisting of breweries from throughout the St. Louis Metro Area, whose mission is to promote both our beer scene and St. Louis, Missouri specifically as a destination for beer aficionados. The Guild is all-volunteer and run by a group of passionate brewery representatives coming from throughout the 23 member breweries. The majority of the Guild’s time and energy recently has gone into organizing the 2014 Heritage Festival, a large beer festival that has existed in one form or another for eight years. In an effort to improve the overall experience, quality, and scale of the event heading into 2014, the St. Louis Brewers Guild has retained the expertise of Tucci Events to help produce what promises be a completely new and improved take on St. Louis’s largest, locally focused beer festival.

On June 13th and 14th, Central Fields in Forest Park will provide a gorgeous backdrop for the St. Louis Brewers Guild Heritage Festival. This two-night, outdoor festival will feature an opportunity to sample well over a hundred beer styles from 23 different St. Louis breweries as well as offerings from six local home-brewing clubs. In addition to the beer, there will be food available from a variety of local food trucks, live local music, as well as a variety of fun vendors. General Admission tickets cost $35 in advance ($45 day-of) and includes a sampling glass and beer samples (food and additional swag purchases are not included). This year we are also offering a VIP Experience that includes access to a private lounge and bathrooms, a meal from Sugarfire Smokehouse, an additional commemorative tasting glass, special one-off keg tappings only available in the VIP area and more. VIP Experience tickets are $75 and $100 on Friday and Saturday night respectively. Saturday’s VIP Experience includes one-hour early entry.

We hope you’ll come out and join us for a toast to St. Louis beer and the City we love.

Purchase General Admission and VIP Experience tickets now at


af-stlbg-hf-9x24-webproof-r32014 St. Louis Brewers Guild Heritage Festival Brewery & Beer Lineup

Kirkwood Station Brewery
Blackberry Wheat, Pumpkin Ale, Midnight Train, Marzen, EPA, Rye APA
Schlafly – The Saint Louis Brewery
Session IPA, Rauchbier, Dry-Hopped Marzen, Doppelbock, Kolsch, Pale Ale, Eighty Shilling, Black IPA, Oatmeal Stout, American IPA
Six Row Brewing Company
Whale, Strawberry Honey Weizen, Double IPA
4 Hands Brewing Company
Chocolate Milk Stout, Divided Sky Rye IPA, Just Passing Through Belgian IPA, Passion Fruit Prussia, Resurrection
Cathedral Square Brewery
White Ale, Abbey Ale, Holy Moly Imperial Stout, Repent Rye-Wine, Hail Mary Belgian IPA
Charleville Brewing Company
Summer Ale, Tornado Alley Amber Ale
Excel Brewing Company
Flash Bang, Lefty’s Lager, Eastside IPA, Southside Stout
Augusta Brewing Company
Roggen Rye, Tannhauser Pale Ale, Hyde Park Stout, 1856 IPA
Morgan Street Brewery
Unbendable Girder Imperial Pilsner, Golden Pilsner, Black Bear, Virgin Territory IPA
Square One Brewery and Distillery
Oh Honey, American Marzen, Trafalgar Square IPA, Double Red, German Altbier, Patersbier, Single Malt Scotch Ale, Big and Hoppy
Trailhead Brewing Company
Riverboat Raspberry, Maibock, Trailblazer Blond Ale, American IPA
2nd Shift Brewing
Katy, Brewcocky, Green Bird
Griesedieck Brothers Brewery
Golden Pilsner, Unfiltered Bavarian-Style Wheat
The Civil Life Brewing Company
Best Bitter, English Brown Ale, American Brown Ale
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Apotheosis, Mercator, Klenmanneken, STLIPA, Winged Nut, Zwickel, BAP, Schnickelfritz, Hopfen
Anheuser-Busch Inbev
Shock Top Pretzel Wheat, Wild Blue Lager, Shock Top Honey Crisp Apple Wheat, Shock Top Lemon Shandy, Budweiser Hot Southwest Blonde, Johnny Appleseed Cider, Faust, Budweiser
Alpha Brewing Company
Belgian Black IPA, Kantelope American Wild Ale, Storter, Mosaic IPA
Exit 6 Brewery
Vanilla Cream Ale
Ferguson Brewing Company
St. Louis Pale Ale, Irish Red Ale
Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling Company
Coffman Coffee Porter, Black River IPA, Strawberry Cider, Barrel Aged Imperial Nitro Stout, Farmhouse Lager, Gunslinger
O’Fallon Brewery
Wheach, Berry Best, Hemp Hop Rye, Kite Tail Ale, Zeke’s Pale Ale, 5 Day IPA