In the next few months you can look forward to several events related to beer and brewing (if you’re of age and enjoy this category of beverage, that is). There is no need to feel the wintertime blues when you can plan on attending at least one of these six events. Read about each beer festival happening around St. Louis in the article below, and if you end up going to one don’t drink and drive! Rely on a safe ride from a taxi/car service like Chesterfield Taxi or a designated driver!
Mark your calendar for 6 upcoming St. Louis beer festivals
Yes, it’s only February. But spring training has begun, we’re tired of being housebound and we’re already drinking a beer. So why not preview some of the beer festivals taking place over the next few months?
Centennial Beer Festival
When Thursday through Feb. 24 • Where Moulin Events & Meetings, 2017 Chouteau Avenue • How much $40-$43 • More info centennialbeerfestival.com
The 10th annual Centennial Beer Festival promises some 200 beers available for tasting from local, regional, national and international breweries.
The tasting event is divided into three sessions: 6-9 p.m. Feb. 23 and 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Feb. 24. The Feb. 23 session is $40; each Feb. 24 session is $43. (Prices do not include tax and ticket fees.)
Each session features live music, and Feb. 23 includes a home-brew competition.
A VIP ticket, which includes tastings of rare and limited-release beers, is $25 in addition to the general admission ticket.
Other Centennial Beer Festival events include a five-course dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday with beers from Cathedral Square Brewery paired with dishes by chef Ryan Luke. Tickets are $65 (plus tax and a 20 percent service charge).
From noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 24, the Local Brewers Brunch will offer three courses paired with local beers. The cost is $40 per person. Make reservations by calling 314-241-8989.
Old Bakery Beer Buzz’d Beer Festival
When 1-5 p.m. March 4 • Where 400 Landmarks Boulevard, Alton • How much $30 • More info oldbakerybeer.com
The Alton brewery honors its third anniversary with a celebration of pollinators, with beers featuring honey, flowers and fruit. More than 20 local breweries will offer tastings. There will be food available for purchase and live music.
When 7-10:30 p.m. March 23 • Where The Midway at St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market Street • How much $65-$85 • More info festivalestl2018.eventscff.org
The 10th annual Festivale is slated to feature tastings from more than 40 local, regional and national craft breweries to support the Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A $65 ticket includes beer and food tastings as well as a tasting glass. The $85 VIP ticket lets you begin tasting an hour early at 7 p.m.
Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival
When 5 p.m. to close March 23, 11 a.m. to close March 24 • Where Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street • How much Free • More info schlafly.com
Tens of thousands of oysters are shipped to the Schlafly Tap Room for this beloved annual event pairing the bivalve with several variations of stout. Admission to the Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival is free, with food and drink available to purchase. However, for $150 you can get the Pearl Pass, which includes unlimited oysters and beer (with private restrooms) from 5 to 9 p.m. March 23. There will be live music throughout the festival.
St. Louis Microfest
When May 4-5 • Where Forest Park • How much To be announced• More infostlmicrofest.org
The annual St. Louis Microfest features more than 100 beers for tasting over three sessions: 6-10 p.m. May 4 and 1-5 p.m. and 6:30-10 p.m. May 5. Tickets for these sessions and VIP packages (including tastings of rare and limited beer, a plate lunch or dinner, and a private hospitality area) go on sale March 1. Other activities include a home-brew competition, live music and the Goose Island Beer Co. demo tent.
4 Hands Brewing Co. Lupulin Festival
When Noon-4 p.m. May 19 • Where The Midway at St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market Street • How much $55 • More info lupulincarnival.com
4 Hands’ annual carnival celebrating the release of the brewery’s War Hammer IPA returns to Union Station for the second year. The event features tastings from several breweries (the exact list has yet to be announced) as well as live music and traditional carnival entertainment. Designated-driver tickets are $15.