Who doesn't love a good beer or food festival? Schlafly Brewery in St. Louis hosts several fun festivals throughout the year. One of the biggest is the Stout & Oyster Festival each spring. Strong beer and fresh oysters are served up in a fun, relaxing atmosphere.
This 2018 Stout & Oyster Festival is March 23 and 24 at the Schlafly Tap Room at 2100 Locust Street in downtown St. Louis. For the event, Schlafly flies in more than 50,000 fresh oysters, along with several teams of expert shuckers to serve them up. You can wash down all that food with five different varieties of stout: oatmeal, coffee, nitro Irish, extra Irish and oyster. Admission to the festival is free. There is also live music and a full restaurant menu available for those who want something other than oysters.
More About the Tap Room
The Tap Room is one of two Schlafly Brewery locations in St. Louis. The Tap Room is a brewpub with 16 beers on draft including popular varieties like pale ale, hefeweizen and various IPAs. There's also a full food menu featuring burgers, salads, fish & chips and more. The Tap Room has live music most weekends. It's open Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.
Take a Free Tour
Both Schlafly locations are now offering free brewhouse tours. Tap Room tours are Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tours begin every half hour and can accommodate up to 10 people. Afterward, enjoy a free pint of freshly brewed beer.
Schlafly's second location is the Bottleworks in Maplewood. It can accommodate larger tour groups of up to 20 people offering a behind-the-scenes look at how Schlafly crafts its brews. The Bottleworks tours are Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The tours are held on the hour and spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The hour-long tour takes you through each step of the brewing process. It ends with free samples of Schlafly's latest brews. No tours are given at either location on festival weekends.
Need More Beer?
It's no secret that Schlafly isn't the only beer game in town. If you want to go big, St. Louis is still home to the King of Beers and the world famous Anheuser Busch Brewery. There are also a growing number of micro and craft breweries opening in the Gateway City. If you want to check out these smaller beer-makers, read up on St. Louis' Most Popular Craft Breweries.