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The Seven Best Brewpubs in St. Louis

Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2011, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2012 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. To see hundreds more winners and finalists, suggest your own contenders and download the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis mobile app, visit our Best of St. Louis homepage.

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Only a few years ago, the list of brewpubs in St. Louis, let alone the "Best" brewpubs, would have been very short indeed. Now, thanks to an explosion of small craft breweries (or, if you like, "nanobreweries"), the St. Louis beer scene is hopping (sorry) -- and more exciting than it's ever been before.

Page through to see the finalists that we've nominated for "Best Brewpub" in 2012.

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Schlafly Tap Room
Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337)

Schlafly Beer was making craft beer in St. Louis long before the local brewpub boom began. Since opening its doors more than twenty years ago, the Schlafly Tap Room has offered a welcome alternative brewery, with a casual atmosphere that has set the standard for newer local brewpubs, with a large restaurant on its main level and a spacious bar, dining and live music area above. With numerous brews on tap -- the year-round favorites as well as seasonal and specialty brews -- the Tap Room isn't short on local flavor, and its American and contemporary food menu pairs well with Schlafly's signature suds.

4 Hands Brewing Company (1220 South Eighth Street; 314-436-1559)

Though 4 Hands Brewing Company president and co-owner Kevin Lemp has a last name
that's synonymous with past St. Louis brewmasters, he is of no relation. The fact that
he's also passionate about craft beer is merely a coincidence. Since opening in November 2011 4 Hands, located near Busch Stadium in the LaSalle Park neighborhood, has proven that this Lemp is a taste-maker in his own right. The quality of 4 Hands barrel-aged brews are impeccable, especially in its Reprise Centennial Red Ale, a citrusy, malty mug of superior suds. The brewpub also works with local food trucks including Seoul Taco (@SeoulTaco; 314-517-8916) and Guerrilla Street Food (@GuerrillaStreet; 314-529-1328) to provide a different selection of eats each day.

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (3229 Washington Avenue; 314-222-0143)

In January 2011 Urban Chestnut Brewing Company burst onto the craft beer scene and quickly became a St. Louis favorite -- including winning the RFT's "Best Beer" award last year. The product of two former Anheuser-Busch employees, Urban Chestnut offers modern American beers as well as classic European brews. The Midtown brewpub's open, low-key environment lends well to knocking back more than a few pints of local favorite Winged Nut, a chestnut-based brew, or a growler of unexpectedly fruity, spicy Schnickelfritz. Urban Chestnut's hearty, German-inspired food menu features Bavarian standards such as pretzel bread, bratwurst and a German sausage and charcuterie plate, as well as vegetarian-friendly fare in the form of a cheese sampler or flatbread, raw vegetables and dip platter.

Civil Life Brewing Company (3714 Holt Avenue)

In June 2011, Jake Hafner, the founder of 33 Wine Shop, opened The Civil Life Brewing Company in south city. The Civil Life specializes in session beers (reasonable alcohol by volume, for those not up on the jargon) like a terrific American brown ale and traditional British bitter. It also offers a food menu that includes snacks and sandwiches. The tasting room at Civil Life isn't huge,but its laid-back atmosphere makes it easy to feel right at home. When the weather is nice the experience at Civil Life is all the nicer, as it offers guests two patios for outdoor seating -- though one is for private seating, the other is much larger and includes more seating.


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4 Hands Brewing Company

1220 S. 8th St., St Louis, MO

Category: Music

Ferguson Brewing Company

418 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO

Category: Restaurant

Perennial Artisan Ales

8125 Michigan Ave., St Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Schlafly Tap Room

2100 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Six Row Brewing Company

3690 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

3229 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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6 comments
jvorel2
jvorel2

It does seem like a rather weird slight to not include Square One when you have a completely random number of "seven" of the best brewpubs. Tell me, besides Buffalo (which we all know sucks), which other ones didn't make your cut? Oh, that's right, none. So the people reading pretty much have to assume that you just don't care for Square One, right?

Jake
Jake

You completely skipped over one of my favorite brewpubs in St. Louis. Square One Brewery in Lafayette Square has amazing brews and great food.

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Fred L.
Fred L.

The Schlafly Bottleworks is just as good as the Tap Room. Better, in my case, because it's much closer to where I live...

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