It's summer in St. Louis, and the sixth annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival served up much-needed relief from the blazing sun over four sessions last weekend.
Thousands of festival-goers flooded Ballpark Village to sample more than 80 different beer styles from 20 local breweries. Beers were labeled by style instead of name as a nod to consumer education, and attendees were no strangers to beers from festival leaders Anheuser-Busch and Schlafly, who both submitted more than 10 beers for tasting. The 2012 festival beer was a Single Hop IPA; breweries were asked to choose one hop with which to create an India Pale Ale. Eleven hop varietals studded the festival tables and introduced craft beer drinkers to new flavors and combinations.
Though many attendees wore homemade pretzel necklaces, food served at the festival was just as high quality as the brews. Harvest, Vin de Set, Companion, and LoRusso's served up a variety of plates that paired well with any beer sample. To give back to the city that is so supportive of the craft beer scene, the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival will be making a donation to Lift for Life Gym.
Check out pictures of this year's scene at left!