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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Tap Into the Microbrew Craze in St. Louis


3. What to Do

Urban Chestnut's brews are made on-site and can be sipped in the beer garden or in the tasting room.  

Start your beer tour at The Stable, opened in 2008 in the space that once housed horses that hauled beer for the now-defunct Lemp Brewery, once the country’s biggest brewer. Sample the in-house Amalgamated IPA ($5) or one of the other 36 beers from around the country on tap. If you’re there in October, head to the “Monsters of Beer” gathering, which exclusively features high-alcohol-content brews.

Grab a growler at Urban Chestnut, opened in January, where brewmaster (and former Anheuser-Busch employee) Florian Kuplent taps into his Bavarian roots with beers like the Winged Nut ($5.50), brewed with chestnuts, or the Zwickel, a classic German lager ($5). Sample the beers in the biergarten or the tasting room, housed in a sleekly renovated twenties garage, or take some to go ($27 for first growler, $12 each thereafter).

Head to the southern edge of the city to find Perennial Artisan Ales (opening in September) in a sprawling loft complex that once was a Coca-Cola plant. Avoid the lager-and-ale rut with unique offerings from brewmaster Phil Wymore, who trained at Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery, like a chamomile saison or a strawberry-rhubarb witbier. ($4–$6) Inspired by the city’s burgeoning artisan food scene, Perennial’s tasting room will feature small plates by the cured meat specialists at Salume Beddu.

Get a view of the brewing operation a few feet away at a standing-only table at The Civil Life Brewing Company (opening in September), a former newspaper distribution center that’s been transformed into an old-world-inspired pub and beer garden. The brewing program is helmed by first-time brewer Dylan Mosley; he’s currently producing standards like American brown ale and British bitter ale ($4–$6).

Published on Aug 29, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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