Don't miss these 2017 STL beer festivals
Grab your calendar, prepare your liver and save the dates – St. Louis is awash in beer festivals this year.
March 4, Delmar Hall, St. Louis
More than 30 regional breweries descend on FestivAle from Point Labaddie Brewery to Charleville Brewery. Fill your glass, then grab bites from Wicked Greenz, Bogart’s Smokehouse and more. This event is sold out.
Schlafly Stout and Oyster Festival
March 10 and 11, Schlafly Tap Room
Choose from 15 Schlafly stouts and a selection of small-batch, experimental options, then enter the Shuckerdome and watch pros battle it out, shucking oysters at lightning speed. Free admission.
Ales for Tails Homebrew Festival
March 25, American Czech Educational Center, St. Louis
Dozens of homebrewers share their concoctions to benefit local animal nonprofits alongside artisans selling handmade pet toys and cookies. Tickets available online.
April 1, Midway at Union Station, St. Louis
4 Hands Brewing brings down the War Hammer, its annual Imperial IPA. Take a turn on the Ferris wheel and super slide, and sip beers from 65 local and national breweries, including heavy-hitters like Toppling Goliath. Tickets available online.
Mile Marker 68.3 Bier Fest
April 29, Missouri Riverfront, Washington
Friendship Brewing, Standard Brewing, Trailhead Brewing and more than 20 others come out to support Missouri River Relief. Not a beer fan? Sip samples from distilleries like Pinckney Bend and Wood Hat. Tickets available at John G’s Bierdeck or online.
St. Louis Microfest
May 5 and 6, Forest Park, St. Louis
This two-day festival has three sessions to sample around 125 international and craft breweries like 4204 Main Street Brewing. Tickets available online.
May 20, The Grove and Cherokee Street
Shuttle between two of St. Louis’ more eclectic neighborhoods and taste up to 50 local beers at participating shops, bars and breweries. Tickets available online.
June 3, Gateway Arch, St. Louis
Sample more than 100 brews from members of the St. Louis Brewers Guild and end your evening with fireworks above the Arch. Tickets will be available online.
St. Louis Craft Beer Week
July 28 to Aug. 5, St. Louis
This ninth annual festival spans the city and county with more than 100 events including the Midwest Belgian Beer Fest, tap takeovers, classes and beer dinners. Schedule and tickets will be available online.
Schlafly Hop in the City
Sept. 16, Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis
Hop to Schlafly Tap Room to sample nearly all Schlafly’s extensive portfolio, including special-release brews. Tickets will be available online.
St. Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party
Oct. 28, Lafayette Park, St. Louis
Don your favorite costume and trick or treat with St. Louis brewers. Previous years’ festivities included a costume contest and a Hefe Ride (a hayride with a keg). Tickets will be available online.
The Great St. Louis Czech Beer Festival
Dec. 9, American Czech Educational Center, St. Louis
Last year, nearly two dozen breweries offered their iterations of the Czech Pilsner at this celebration of the clean lager style. Tickets will be available online.
Editor's note: At the time of publication, tickets were still available for FestivAle. It has since sold out. The online version of this article has been updated with the most current information.
Catherine Klene and Brianna Velarde contributed to this article.
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