If you want to gauge what's happening right now in the St. Louis craft beer scene, the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival
should be your first stop. The outdoor beer party features more than 50 regional breweries, which will be offering samples of more than 100 beer styles. Kirkwood Station Brewing Company, 4 Hands Brewing, Heavy Riff Brewing, White Rooster — these are only a small sampling of the professional brewers that are participating, with a large contingent of home brewers on hand as well. Your ticket gets you into one session of the festival — either from noon to 4 p.m. or from 6 to 10 p.m. — as well as a commemorative tasting glass and unlimited samples. Both sessions take place along the riverfront (Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard; www.stlbeer.org
), and tickets are $45 to $125. You must be 21 or older to attend.