This history of the beer industry in St. Louis goes back generations, with many twists and turns. In the mid-1800s, the city turned into a German enclave almost overnight; this culture brought with it a thirst for lager, a style of beer new to the St. Louis scene. With the large migration of Germans, St. Louis’ primary industry soon became beer and breweries popped up by the dozens. By the 1870s, the infamous Anheuser-Busch Brewery rose to the top of brewery pack and the rest is history.
While Anheuser-Busch is no longer locally owned, the legacy of its St. Louis roots remains strong. In April 2019, USA Today readers ranked St. Louis “America’s Best Beer City” for the second year running! The beer scene has continued to grow, with fantastic breweries opening their doors all around the city. If you’re staying at Magnolia, here are a few breweries we recommend sampling. Cheers!
4 Hands Brewing Co. is a microbrewery in the LaSalle neighborhood of the city. Its tasting room serves barrel-aged beers, as well as creative pub dishes. If you’re a craft beer enthusiast, you’re in for a treat: 4 Hands offers a handcrafted portfolio inspired by the American Craft Beer movement. It also offers Traditional Belgian and French-style Farmhouse ales.
With a tagline like “Where a good time is always brewing!” you know you’re in for, well – a good time! Founded in 1995, Morgan Street is one of the oldest craft breweries in St. Louis and is in the historic Laclede’s Landing by the Arch. All Morgan Street brews are crafted on-site to produce their own colors and flavors. Great food makes this spot perfect for a romantic date, a business lunch, or a night out with friends.
Urban Chestnut calls itself “an unconventional-minded yet tradition-oriented brewer of craft beer” and coined this unique philosophy “Beer Divergency.” UCBC pays reverence to the heritage of beer with timeless European beer styles while also contributing to the revolution of craft beer through artisanal takes on modern American beers. They have three locations in St. Louis, with the closest to Magnolia at 3229 Washington Avenue.
This cozy wood-paneled pub is one of the coolest spots in St. Louis! Civil Life’s beer and food have won the brewery many loyal followers, mostly from its Tower Grove South neighborhood. Sit outside on the patio and enjoy a malt-driven session beer, Civil Life’s specialty. This spot has major old-school vibes: great prices (accepts cash only!), plenty of games, and genuine service with a smile. What more could you ask for?