Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

STL's Budweiser (or Schlafly) vs. KC's Boulevard; A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

STL's Budweiser (or Schlafly) vs. KC's Boulevard; A TALE OF TWO CITIES

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ST. LOUIS

The city that's home to the King of Beers has become a serious player in the craft-beer world.

The St. Louis Brewery, better known as Schlafly (schlafly.com), was the area's first craft brewery and remains one of the best. Its wide range of regular and seasonal offerings are available at its two brewpubs, the Tap Room just west of downtown and the Bottleworks in Maplewood.

The craft-beer boom has been accelerating since 2011. Among the standout new breweries is Perennial Artisan Ales (perennialbeer.com) in south city, which has one national acclaim for its Belgian-style sour beers.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. (urbanchestnut.com), founded by two former Anheuser-Busch employees, brews both traditional German and contemporary American styles at its original midtown tasting room and a massive new brewery and tasting room in the Grove entertainment district.

The Civil Life Brewing Co. (thecivillife.com) offers an exceptionally friendly pub atmosphere and delicious traditional English and American ales in the city's Tower Grove South neighborhood. In Soulard, you'll find the tasting room of 4 Hands Brewing Co., (4handsbrewery.com) known for its fruit-laced and barrel-aged offerings.

Budweiser fans can take comfort knowing that even in these days of foreign ownership, the brewery remains open for free tours (budweisertours.com). The new Ballpark Village next to Busch Stadium also features Budweiser Brew House, a large new restaurant and bar.

And if it's wineries you are looking for, head to the Augusta Wine Trail, about 45 minutes west of downtown. You'll find nine wineries with gorgeous views of vineyards, the Missouri River and its bluffs. Most are near the Katy Trail, so you can enjoy a stroll or ride along the way.

Ian Froeb, Post-Dispatch

KANSAS CITY

Since the first keg of Pale Ale was tapped in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Co. …

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