Brewing beer is hard work. Th five tours below let you watch the craftsmen do what they do best, and watch the process from start to finish. While the basics of the process rarely change, each brewery can take a wildly different approach with ingredients, style and equipment. If you are a beer enthusiast, come spend a fun day learning about your favorite drink and meet the artisans who bring you the best of their work.
Budweiser Brewery Tours
12th and Lynch St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 577-2626 

Come see how the King of Beers is made. Anheuser-Busch perfected their methods in the 1850s, and they stayed with them ever since. One of the oldest operating breweries in the country, this tour lets visitors feel like they have gone back to the good old days. The history and tradition is presented along with the technology and improvements that let them deliver an even better product. During certain hours, guests can tour the famous Clydesdale Stables and the aging cellars.

Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave.
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241-2337

Every Friday and Saturday, Schlafly offers free tours to the public. Guests are encouraged to check in at the retail counter because space can be limited. The tour takes about an hour and lets visitors see the process in all of its stages, learning about the history of the Schlafly brewery in particular. Enthusiasts can purchase tickets to a monthly brewers tour for a deeper look into the brewing process. These tours sell out well in advance, but can be purchased by phone. No open toed shoes are allowed on the tour to satisfy safety requirements.

4 Hands Brewery
1220 S. 8th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 436-1559

4 Hands Brewery is proud of their hard-hitting approach to an old craft, and they like to show it off. They offer free tours every Saturday, one at noon and one at 4 p.m. Guests are shown throughout the brewery and filled in on the tips and secrets that make 4 Hands the new toast of St. Louis. Their site has a full souvenir shop and upcoming events so you can enjoy your favorite beer with some live entertainment. Their tasting room has at least a dozen choices, and the website lets you read the description of each flavor so you can get right to the tastes you like. You can follow them on Twitter or Facebook so you don’t miss out on any specials or events.

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Perennial Artisan Ales
8125 Michigan Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111
(314) 631-7300

Every day at 2 p.m. you can take a tour of the brewery, and watch the beer in production. This microbrewery offers a full menu and fully stocked tasting room for visitors to make sure they are delighted with their experience. When possible, menu items are created with locally procured ingredients, so that travelers and locals alike can enjoy the flavors of St. Louis mingled with the Belgian flavors incorporated into Perennial Artisan’s selection.

Square One Brewery and Distillery
1727 Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 231-2537

You can tour the brewery and distillery on the first Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. Tours last one hour and let visitors see the production process and examine the machinery involved in creating and bottling their signature brews and spirits. Because of high demand, reservations are required, so call ahead. If the tour is still a few days away, check out their website to look for tasting events and specials that will help you become familiar with the product. With many special recipes and spins on the classics, there are plenty to sample.

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