The small town of Augusta near St. Louis may be in the heart of Missouri wine country, but that doesn't mean it can't throw a great beer festival. Each fall, dozens of breweries from across the state come together for the Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival.
The 2018 festival is Saturday, October 6, at Augusta Brewing Company at 5521 Water Street. More than 40 breweries are participating, including St. Louis favorites: 4 Hands, Civil Life, Square One, Cathedral Square and Urban Chestnut. The festival is also features brewers from around the state of Missouri, including Boulevard in Kansas City, Mark Twain in Hannibal, Crown Valley in Ste. Genevieve and Rock Bridge in Columbia.
There are two ticket options to choose from. General admission tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The general admission session runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It includes beer samples, live music from Schmitt & Grin and a commemorative beer glass. VIP tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. The VIP session starts one hour earlier from noon to 5 p.m. It also includes beer samples, live music and a beer glass to take home. All advance tickets are available online. Designated drivers get in for $5 and get one soda or bottled water.
If you can't make it for this year's Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival, don't miss the chance to visit Augusta sometime this October. The small town is a popular destination for anyone looking to get away from the city in the fall. October is one of the best months to check out the patio at Mount Pleasant Winery. On weekends from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., you can sip a little wine, get a bite to eat and listen to live music from popular local performers.
Another October event you might want to check out is the Chili & Beef Dinner on October 16, 2016. This annual event features a menu of roast beef sandwiches, chili, vegetable soup and homemade pies. Dine in or carry out is available beginning at 11 a.m., at the Ebenezer United Church of Christ fellowship hall at the corner of Walnut and Public Streets.
Augusta is also a great destination for those wanting to see the colorful fall leaves. The drive along Highway 94 to Augusta is one of the three best drives to see fall colors in the St. Louis area. For more ideas on what to see and do in Augusta, see the chamber of commerce website.