(St. Louis, MO) September 9, 2019 – LESA’s 7th Annual “Brew in the Lou” Festival, presented by Thrivent Financial, will offer one-stop tasting of St. Louis’s best beer, wine, spirits and food favorites when it returns to Francis Park, Sat. Oct. 12, 2019, from 1-5 p.m. About 60 tasting stations will line the banks of The Lily Pond, including more than 40 local, regional and national craft breweries, distilleries and wineries.
Wristbands are $40 advance/$50 day-of-event and can be bought online at www.LESAstl.org, or over the phone at (314) 200-0797. (Advance sales close at midnight, Thurs., Oct. 10.) Admission includes unlimited tastings and a keepsake commemorative glass. And new this year for Brew fans who want more than a tasting – a select number of food vendors will have full-size servings available for purchase.
Brew Beverages: Beer Sauce Shop, Brick River Cider, Cathedral Square Brewery, Center Ice Brewery, Charleville Brewing, Crane Brewing (NEW), Crown Valley Brewery, Earthbound Brewery, Excel Brewing, Goose Island, Heavy Riff Brewing Co., Hopskellar Brewing Co., KomBlu Kombucha, Lieferbrau Brewing Co., Mackenzie Brewing (NEW), Main Street Brewing Co., Maplewood Brewing (NEW), Millpond Brewing Company (NEW), Missouri Beer Company, Modern Brewery, Narwhal’s Crafted Ice, Odell Brewing Co., O’Fallon Brewery, Old Bakery Beer, Peel Brewing Co., Narrow Gauge Brewing, Public House Brewing Company, Rockwell Beer Co. (NEW), Saint Louis Hop Shop, Schlafly Brewing (NEW), Six Mile Bridge, Square One Brewery & Distillery, St. Louis University Brewing (NEW), Southside Alchemy (NEW), Stubborn German Brewing (NEW), Third Wheel Brewing Co., Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Wood Hat Spirits, J.Rieger & Co., Stumpy’s Spirits & Distillery, St. James Winery, Stone Hill Winery, Lindwedel Winery, Excel Soda and Bubbly Sparkling Water.
Brew Food: The Stellar Hog, Red Top BBQ, Bootleggin’ BBQ, Pappy’s Smokehouse (NEW), Gallagher’s Pizza, Dogtown Pizza, Swiss Meats, Oakville Butcher Block (NEW), Old Vienna, Philly Pretzel Factory (NEW), Salsa Rose Products, Double G Ham, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Des Peres (NEW), Kernel Cobbs Kettle Corn and Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Brew Marketplace: St. Louis BattleHawks – XFL Football, St. Louis Brewers Guild, Series Six, Gloria’s Unique Boutique, The Crafted Bone, Benton Park Prints, Paparrazi Jewelry & Accessories, Euphoria Beauty Boutique (NEW), Debbie Fenelon Photography (NEW), Post Pouring Co. (NEW) and Thrivent Financial.
Brew Sponsors: St. Louis BattleHawks – XFL Football Thrivent Financial, First Community Credit Union, Drury, Simmons Bank, LCMS Foundation, Lutheran Trust, Dobbs Tire & Auto, Gil Schroeder’s Sod Farm, Lohr Distributing & Anheuser-Busch, Flooring Systems, AT&T TV STL, Lutheran Hour Ministries, First Bank, FACTS Tuition Management, The Maschhoffs, Dierbergs Markets, Bob Dierberg, Roger Dierberg, Bill & Eileen Bunte, David & Jerry Wollenberg, Vernon & Joann Schroeder, Paul & Jeannie Niewald, Keith & Kathy Odegard, The Maschhoffs, Marilyn Brickler, Torbeck, Kalin Liefer, Gene & Linda Lehr, Jack Gerber, and the Kauffmann Family Foundation.
Entertainment: Enjoy live music from the Steve Ewing Band, KEZK & Y98. FOX 2’s Jeff Bernthal will emcee and KMOX will be on-site. Fans can also vote for their favorite home brews and homemade chili in our ultra-competitive People’s Choice competitions.
And back this year by popular demand – an additional “Brew in the Lou” Home Brew Bottle Competition sanctioned by the St. Louis Brews Home Brewer’s Club to benefit our schools. New this year – the winning home brew will be served on tap at Twisted Roots, located at 3690 Forest Park Ave. Registration is open now and will be limited to 200 entries. There will be three judging sessions: Tue., Sept 24 at 6 p.m. and Fri., Sep. 27 at 6 p.m. at The Stellar Hog (5623 Leona St., St. Louis, MO), and Sat., Sep 28th from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church (4045 Holly Hills Blvd, St. Louis, MO). Judges and stewards are also needed. Register or apply at https://stlhbg.org/bitl/
Proceeds from “Brew in the Lou” benefit students and teachers served by the St. Louis -based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA). Last year’s festival attracted 2,100 beer and food enthusiasts and raised a record $107,000 for Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area.
More than 7,000 children of all faiths attend LESA member Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making Lutheran schools the second-largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 33 elementary and high schools and five related agencies. For more information and a list of member schools, visit www.LESAstl.org.