The Six Best Craft Beer Makers in St. Louis

Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2013 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall.

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With the craft beer scene exploding across the Midwest and the recent opening of the beer emporium Flying Saucer (stay tuned for a first look), it has never been a better time to be a malt lover in St. Louis. As such, we thought we'd take this opportunity to revisit the best craft and microbreweries in this town built by beer.

Page through to see the finalists that we've nominated -- as well as our current top pick -- for "Best Craft Beer Maker" in 2013.

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Civil Life Brewing Company
(3714 Holt Avenue)
The master brewers at Civil Life are all about nuance and subtlety in their brews. Jake Hafner and Dylan Mosely opened The Civil Life Brewing Company together in 2011 with an emphasis on craft. They specialize in session beers (reasonable alcohol by volume, for those not up on the jargon) like a terrific American brown ale and traditional British bitter. They write about each beer they produce in great detail on their website with the notion that these days, people don't know enough about what goes in to making a tasty pint.

Location Info

4 Hands Brewing Company

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

Category: Music

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

3229 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Schlafly Tap Room

2100 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Perennial Artisan Ales

8125 Michigan Ave., St Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Exit 6 Pub and Brewery

5505 N, St Charles, MO

Category: Restaurant

Civil Life Brewing Company

3714 Holt Ave, Saint Louis, MO

Category: Music

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16 comments
mikehuntbeer
mikehuntbeer

Razmanina Devil created by Bobby Love.


Iced Oatmeal Cookie created by Tim Hayes.



Brandon Pedersen
Brandon Pedersen

Put a Schlafly Coffee Stout in front of me and I can't say no....

Scott R. Schmidt
Scott R. Schmidt

That's a tough one. UCBC, 4Hands, Civil Life, Perennial are all outstanding.

Dave Brown
Dave Brown

I think I like at least 2-3 beers from every brewery in the area

Joshua Steinmetz
Joshua Steinmetz

There's no finer brewery in this city than 4 Hands. Divided Sky is a perfect 10 Rye IPA, Single Speed and Contact High are perfect summer day beers. Perennial Artisan Ales is a distant second.

Lee Micheal
Lee Micheal

Hmm.. 4 hands is good if you like IPA's but that's not all they have. They make a great stout and the collaboration beer they put out are great along with the season brew. You can't complain... 4 hands/Rooster Breakfast Beer is great. Now are they number 1?? I don't know. Each brew pub has done something unique to earn it's spot in STL... If you don't like IPA. Then you probably won't like 4 Hands.

Colin Busby
Colin Busby

This is a joke. 4 Hands is easily the worst brewery in town. A simple red ale isn't supposed to have any bitter hops in it, but they've managed to turn it into an IPA. Disgusting.

Connie Wepfer
Connie Wepfer

Jake, Dillon and Mike make the best beer and sandwiches in StL!

Jay Binder
Jay Binder

Perennial Artisan Ales is hosting *The Man Who Ate New Orleans* film screening at Perennial this monday!

fmsmith1955
fmsmith1955

Did I miss it? Who is your current "top pick"? Also, when talking 4 Hands (my favorite), people should know about Will Johnston. From the 4 Hands website:

"Will began brewing beer in Colorado during undergrad to earn free beer and a few meals a day. After a few years he decided this was a passion and wanted to make a career out of this craft. Will moved to Chicago and attended both the worldly renowned Seibel Institute as well as the World Brewing Academy in Munich, Germany. Will has 13 years of brewing experience. Prior to joining the 4 hands team Will spent 5 years honing his craft at Goose Island Brewing Company located in Chicago Illinois. There he helped build Goose Island's high end vintage beers including Matilda and Sofie."

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