Raise a Glass: St. Louis Named Best Beer Scene in America

For it’s a jolly good city, for it’s a jolly good city, for it’s a jolly good city, with a beer scene nobody can deny!

Raise a glass to St. Louis—the Gateway City was just named America’s Best Beer Scene by USA Today’s 10Best awards. After previous years of not making the 10-city ranking at all, St. Louis dethroned 2017 and 2016 champ Grand Rapids, Michigan, and took home the gold.

“Large German and Irish populations, plenty of water and rail connections pretty much destined St. Louis to have a thriving beer scene,” says the USA Today write-up on St. Louis. “The city is not only home to Anheuser-Busch, the world’s largest brewer, but a host of other craft breweries and pubs the likes of 4 Hands, Urban Chestnut and Schlafly. The 50 taps at 21st Street Brewer’s Bar give beer lovers a chance to sample many local brews in one spot, while the popular Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar boasts a beer list of more than 200 labels.”

The city ranking was determined by online user votes, and support for St. Louis among beer organizations, citizens and more prospered on Twitter.

Celebrate the win at a St. Louis bar tonight. Looking for a place with a great beer selection?

  • Head to the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust St.) for the 19th annual Stout and Oyster festival on March 23 and 24.
  • Want variety? Hair of the Dog (1212 Washington Ave.) has more than 250 beers available, and fun games to play while you drink.
  • Hop over to The Crack Fox (1114 Olive St.) for Friday happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m., as well as a show by burlesque group The Kiss & Tells at 9 p.m.
  • Grab dinner and a drink at Tin Roof (1000 Clark Ave.), which features an expansive “better than bar food” menu and 16 taps.