O' beer, ye golden elixir of barley, hops and yeast—that in these heady days of craft is made to mimic pumpkin, chocolate, raspberries and smoke—how do we love thee? Sliding down our throats, that's how. Celebrate the wonders of fermentation at these fine establishments, all of which worship at the throne of suds.
Tours of the world-famous brewery run the gamut from free to $25 (totally worth it). Guests 21 or older may try samples of A-B products. Tour hours: M-Sa, 10 am-4 pm; Su, 11:30 am-4 pm. Reservations requested. Great gift shop. The Biergarten offers more than 15 beers on tap, beer flights, brewmaster tastings and food.
So-good pizzas (with handmade dough, sauces, and a trip through the wood-fired oven), plus, pasta, wings, sandwiches and salads that are a cut above. It serves its own craft beer in both locations, and highlights its upstairs in the O'Fallon location at the Peel Brewing Company. L and D (daily).
This renovated historic building is home to both housemade microbrews, like Park Ave. Pale Ale, and a line of spirits, plus fare from Black & Tan Nachos and hot wings to a salmon BLT and stout-braised pot roast. Entrees $7.95-$16.95. Open for L & D daily, plus Su brunch.
Come for the beer (more than 20 on tap, plus micros in bottles), stay for the food. Dig into upscale pub eats like wings (available with spicy Thai sauce), chorizo nachos, muffaletta, fish & chips and much more. M-Sa, 11 am-1 am; Su, 11 am-midnight. Check website for kitchen closing times.
This craft brewery combines Old World and New World beer styles in an approach it calls “Beer Divergency,” allowing drinkers to explore modern, American craft beers, the traditions of classic European brewing and small batches of Bavarian brewed/imported biers.