The Year in Beer: 2016

The craft-beer movement has been brewing in our region for decades, and yet in just the past five years, we’ve seen an incredible uptick in the number of breweries. Production and distribution has also increased at established breweries, leading to more creative styles and experimentation – this year, one St. Louis brewery is even opening a research brewery. Here, we share an overview of the innovation happening in the craft-beer scene.

Beer fans face an abundance of options when it comes to year-round, seasonal, collaboration and limited-release brews. Two local beer experts shared their favorite beers released from October 2015 to October 2016: Justin Phelps, a Certified Cicerone® who writes the Saint Brewis beer blog, and Pete Dulin, a beer writer whose second book on craft brewing, Kansas City Brewing: A History of Brewing, will be released this month. 

Cheers to all of the brewers who are pushing the local industry forward – we’ll drink to that!

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Ettie is a writer and blogger in Springfield, Missouri.

Writer Pete Dulin is the author of Kansas City Beer: A History of Brewing in the Heartland, KC Ale Trail, and Expedition of Thirst: Exploring Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Across Central Kansas and Missouri.

Bethany Christo is Feast's special projects editor who enjoys barbecue, grammar, good reads, thrifting, attempting humor and rapping by herself in the car, all to the detriment of her social life. You'll find her near the desserts.

Richard Haegele loves seeking out new beer and music and just might be the alter ego of your favorite super hero.

Liz Miller is editor in chief of Feast Magazine.

Heather Riske is the digital director at Feast.

Nancy Stiles is the managing editor at Feast.

Justin Phelps is a Certified Cicerone® as well as the owner and editor of, a beer website with a St. Louis focus. While he may be a marketing professional by day, he's a blogger, brewery hopper and beer enthusiast by night.

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