The Six Best Craft Beer Makers in St. Louis

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The Six Best Craft Beer Makers in St. Louis
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Schlafly Taproom (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337) No St. Louis craft beer list would be complete without a nod to Schlafly. Heck, they're on this list for their Pumpkin Ale alone. But the 21-year-old company stepped up to the plate from the day they opened (the first new brewpub to open in Missouri since Prohibition) and pretty much all of the beers they've developed in that time are winners. Because Schlafly is larger than other craft breweries in St. Louis, they're able to brew around 50 different styles of beer, assuring that there's a favorite in there for everyone. Some of their special brews are only available on tap at the Schlafly Tap Room, which makes them even more special and exciting.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (3229 Washington Avenue; 314-222-0143) Urban Chestnut calls itself "the home of beer divergency." Apparently this motto has something to do with tradition yet lack of convention. We're not sure. All we know is UC's beer is damn tasty. The brewery opened in 2011 at the helm of Florian Kuplent and David Wolfe, both former employees of Anheuser-Busch. They pay homage to their "new world meets old world" philosophy by producing two beer series: Revolution (modern American style) and Reverence (timeless European style). Our favorites are the "Winged Nut," a chestnut-based brew, and Schnickelfritz, an unexpectedly fruity, spicy Bavarian-inspired beer.

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