Every town has it’s go to beers. For those who like to try new and interesting beer every time they go out, these are probably not not for you. However, if you are traveling to the St. Louis area and are looking to find out what the locals commonly drink, here’s a list. It’s all subjective as many lists are but tour a few bars and restaurants and you find that these staple brews are pretty easy to come by. Please be aware, this list is in no particular order.
- Schlafly Pale Ale – The St. Louis Brewery, as it’s known, has a very drinkable and malty Pale Ale known just by its very straightforward name. You’ll find this in bottles and on tap just about everywhere for it’s ubiquitous likability. It has just enough character not to offend, not hop forward at all and honestly a pretty refreshing year-round brew. Again, not hard to find, especially at local backyard BBQ’s and parties.
- Budweiser – Their branding says that “We know of no brand produced by any other brewer which costs so much to brew and age.” Now, regardless of whether this is true and even after Anheuser-Busch was bought out by InBev, Budweiser is still very dominant in St. Louis. There’s Bud (sometimes referred to as Bud Heavy), Bud Light, and Bud Select. A million other unsavory variants have spurred off of these core products but at the end of the day, you’ll find plenty of these products all over town. However, since you can find them at home too (wherever that may be), you may want something a little different.
- Kraftig Lager – If you want something slightly bolder than a Bud yet not to far of a departure from it, Kraftig is your beer. Billy Busch, part of the Busch family has taken up brewing beer that adheres to Reinheitsgebot, the German Purity Law for beer. They offer a light version as well if you are wanting to save the calories.
- Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Zwickel – A Bavarian Style Lager that also adheres to Reinheitsgebot is the Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. This very crisp and drinkable lager helped bring in a new flavor into a macro-brewer dominated segment. Perfect on a hot St. Louis summer day.
I’m sure there’s more to add so feel free to add your own local mainstay beer’s from St. Louis in the comments below.