When you think of St. Louis, you probably think of Anheuser-Busch, now owned by InBev. St. Louis is known for Busch and other major breweries that got their start in the area. The Clydesdales and Busch Stadium have kept the tradition of St. Louis beer brewing strong. However, there is a certain charm in microbrewing. Following are the top resources to brew beer at home in St. Louis.
St. Louis Wine and Beer Making
231 Lamp & Lantern Village
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Whether you are brand new to the art of brewing or have made it your life-long passion, this store was the area’s first and only home brew resource for years. As the store has grown over its more than 20 years of operation, it has changed locations and ownership a few times but remains a prime source for St. Louis locals who enjoy making beer at home. Shop here for all of the equipment and beer-making ingredients you need. Find bottling, sanitizing, yeast handling and kegging equipment as well as hops and malt sold separately or in convenient beer recipe kits.
Happy Hop Homebrew & Gourmet
122 E. Main St.
Belleville, IL 62220
Find a complete line of brewing supplies just across the Poplar Street Bridge. Choose from complete starter packages or individual ingredient kits, like American amber, Canadian ale, German brew, red varieties or oatmeal stout. Select extract or no-boil options. Visit Happy Hop’s online site for gourmet beer-brewing recipes, aquaponics equipment, natural pet and personal products or to purchase gift cards for the home-brew fanatic on your list.
Garage Brewers Society
26 W. Industrial Drive
O’Fallon, MO 63366
See how your home brew compares to award-winning locals or just kick back and enjoy a cold frosty mug while discussing how it was made. Join this home-brew club every third Tuesday of the month when it meets at the O’Fallon Brewery, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., to discuss the art of brewing. Take part as a group at beer-related events throughout the month as well, such as a bus trip, classes on how to brew your own beer at home or a trip to Schlafly’s Tap Room where you can accent your brew with some of the best fries in St. Louis. The group also takes part in St. Louis-area festivals and competitions, like the Augusta Bottoms Beer Fest, where it has always come away a winner.
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The Brew & Wine Supply
10330 Business 21, Suite 5
Hillsboro, MO 63050
Take a drive down Highway 21, just south of the city, and you’ll find a host of brewing resources well worth the traveling time. Otherwise, order online from the website. Either way, you’ll find a wide selection of everything you need to brew beer at home. Choose from more than one hundred equipment and kegging supplies. Additionally, find a wide selection of ingredient kits, yeasts, malts, grains and hops, or be adventurous and pick up a beer grab bag filled with surprise home-brew accessories.
Missouri Malt Supply
2275 Cassens Drive, Suite 130
Fenton, MO 63026
Great beer starts with quality malt, and this store’s slogan of “great beer starts here” says it best. Walk into the Fenton shop and find everything you need for home brewing. Shop for the latest and freshest liquid yeast and hops vacuum-sealed at 20 degrees Celsius in Mylar bags. Don’t worry if you find yourself in a pinch and need something in a hurry. Turn to what some customers call their “Minute Man” supplies for all of your last-minute needs.
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