Brewery Wish List: Visit Three Breweries In St. Louis

Downtown St. Louis, from Keiner plaza, with the old Courthouse in the background - photo by Timothy K Hamilton. Breweries in St. Louis

When it comes to beer, there’s no shortage of American cities that offer great craft options. Cleveland, Portland, and San Francisco are some of the first that come to mind. And I can’t forget my home city, New York City! These cities are known as the best beer cities in the country.

However, I’m all for discovering new craft beer scenes, too. So let’s not forget about those up-and-coming cities. St. Louis, Missouri is one of them! St. Louis has an impressive craft beer scene, and it is gaining notoriety quickly. There are over 40 breweries in St. Louis, and new breweries are popping up all over town every month. I’ve added three St. Louis breweries to my growing wish list. I’d love to check these out on my next weekend visit. 


Breweries In St. Louis Wish List


Modern Brewery

In St. Louis, Modern Brewery combines the science of brewing beer with a casual and inviting ambiance. First, tour the brewing room, where all the magic happens. Think Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but with beer. You can also enjoy a beer in the tasting room which looks like a traditional beer hall with long tables and a small bar. Have a seat at a picnic table and order something to eat at a food truck, since Modern Brewery doesn’t have a full kitchen.

One of my favorite things about craft beer is the range of names. Most of Modern Brewery’s beers are named after superheroes. I want to try Citrapolis, a Citra Hops IPA with a bright golden color. Expect citrus zest and pineapple flavors from this beer fusion. Or I’d go for the Mon Precieux, a cross between Belgian Tripel and Golden Strong. It has strong undertones of honey, melon, and spice.


Square One Brewery and Distillery

Flight of Beers by traveljunction

Committed to craft and creativity since 2008, Square One Brewery and Distillery is the first microdistillery restaurant in Missouri. Enjoy a dining experience at the full-service restaurant attached to the brewery, or chill out at the outdoor patio.

With over 10 beers on tap, Square One Brewery and Distillery has a diverse drink and food menu. Although there are several beers to choose from, Square One is known for IPAs.

Most of the beers on tap are dark, but there are a few lighter options, like Park Pale Ale and Spicy Blonde. Square One also offers flights where you can try up to four beers.

I want to try the Imperial Stout. Its heaviness leaves you with a delicate dark roasted coffee finish. This is great if you like rich and malty beer. Or I’d try the Doppelbock, a strong, dark amber lager with toasted malt flavor and a slight toffee finish.


Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

Since 2011, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has offered unconventional yet traditional craft beer. Their brewing philosophy “beer divergence” focuses on a contemporary take on Old World brewing methods. Essentially the brewery creates harmonious blends between American and European beers.

Urban Gold is ideal for spring and summer. This light beer comes from Alsace, France, and the United States. It pairs nicely with smoked salmon and grilled vegetables.

My second choice is the Schnickelfritz. This “gold” beer is perfect for livening up your spirit without bloating. It also offers a fruity flavor profile, which I know I would enjoy. I’m expecting to find subtle notes of clove and nutmeg.


Where To Stay in St. Louis

Union Station Hotel St. Louis

Union Station Hotel St. Louis by Andrew Miller

In planning a trip to St. Louis, use Hotel Planner as a resource. Not only does it make finding discounted hotel rates easy, but it also offers a guide to help you create the perfect itinerary. This includes insider tips and lots more.

Hotel Planner also provides important information like best times to visit and the average nightly costs. The site even shares hotels that fall into categories like low price, value and luxury hotels. So spend less time planning and more time enjoying the breweries in St. Louis!


Which breweries in St. Louis would YOU recommend?

7 replies
  1. McCool Travel says:

    I am so glad that there is a craft beer counter culture in the home of the big dog brewery. Every brewer I speak with (pretty much) says they do not compete with other craft brewers but only with A-B. Cool stuff.

  2. Sarah Stierch says:

    I’m originally from Indiana, and grew up visiting St. Louis, where my grandparents lived for a time. I am amazed to see how St. Louis (and Indianapolis!) are changing for the better. I haven’t had any St. Louis beer yet, but the Underdog can is absolutely adorable and I love a good session beer like that! Also, wow – I remember visiting the Union Station when I was a kid and the renovation to make it a hotel (it became a pretty crappy area for a while) is awesome!! Have a fun trip, prost!


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