Your spring beer calendar is probably filling up fast, but please do what you must to make room for one of my favorite events. St. Louis Microfest is one of this beer town’s premiere festivals and tickets go on sale March 1st.
Few beer festivals have the range to run multiple days and this one of them. The 25th Annual St. Louis Microfest is this May 1st and 2nd on the Upper Muny Parking lot inside beautiful Forest Park!
St. Louis Microfest has three tasting sessions over the course of two days! The event features live music during every session, over 600 beers to sample from, The St. Louis Brews Microfest Homebrewing Competition, and the MicroRun!
Drinking For A Cause
For all the beer you’ll be consuming, know beforehand in case you forget, that you’re making an investment in a good cause. All proceeds from St. Louis Microfest go to benefit Lift For Life Gym. Since 1988, Lift For Life Gym has been providing St. Louis’ inner-city youth with positive alternatives to drug abuse, violence, and gang involvement.
Historically the numbers of brewers attending Microfest has always astounded and have made this festival one of St. Louis’ biggest on pure beer selection alone. The 125 expected at this year’s event are a combination of returning veterans as well a good number of rookies.
“St. Louis Microfest has been around for 25 years now so it has made a name for itself and reputation of being one of the larger craft beer festivals in the city,” said Lauren Sauer of Lift For Life Gym. “For this reason, we attract newer breweries that are getting ready to open or have just recently open. It’s a great opportunity for those breweries to get their product in consumer’s hands in mass quantities.”
But at its core, the reason so many breweries give up their time and product for Microfest is simply the cause.
I think the other reason it’s well attended by breweries is that it’s a fundraiser for a local non-profit. “We’re so thankful for the support of all of these breweries, they’re helping make our community a better place and helping the many youths we serve,” said Sauer.
Welcome to the VIP Experience!
One of the best ways to experience Microfest is via the VIP Adventure, which includes unlimited 2 oz tastings in a commemorative VIP glass, limited releases, rare craft brews and special releases not available with general admission from a variety of other local and national breweries!
You’ll also be treated to a one-plate dinner by MISSION TACO JOINT along with a spread of mouthwatering treats! Enjoy all of this in a private, hospitality tent. Tickets for VIP are limited!
Participating Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries
It’s still early, and we fully expect this list of participating breweries to grow exponentially. So far, here’s a list of who will be pouring this year. Note that not all of the participating breweries will be available at each session. When that information becomes available, we’ll let you know.
- Six Mile Bridge
- Stubborn German Brewing
- Truly Hard Seltzer
- Pinckney Bend Distillery
- Stumpy’s Distillery
- Schlafly Beer
- Dogfish Head
- Melvin Brewing
- Servaes Brewing
- Nobletons Distillery House
- Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
- Millpond Brewing & Incubator
- Lieferbrau Brewery
- Wellspent Brewing Company
- Charleville Brewing Company
- Modern Brewery
- Square One Brewery and Distillery
- Geneseo Brewing
- Maplewood Brewing
- Angry Orchard Hard Cider
- Samual Adams
- O’Fallon Brewery
- Urban Chestnut Brewing Company