Is it possible to combine a scientific conference with a craft beer safari? Certainly! Read on –
I attended a scientific conference in St. Louis last week and during my free time was able to visit a couple craft beer locations and Busch Stadium too! A colleague introduced me to the Metrolink, the public transportation tram, that runs from the airport to the downtown. I highly recommend it because it is quick and very reasonably priced. The conference was held at the America’s Center Convention Complex in downtown. This is a great place to hold a meeting because it is close to hotels, restaurants and the sports stadiums.
The Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar was only a few blocks from my hotel.
This bar is a cozy wood paneled nirvana for craft beer fans. There are 55 beer taps (many of them are local Missouri beers) along with over a hundred more US and imported bottled beers. Good appetizers and sandwiches are available along with a large selection of wine. I tried local beers from Six Row (Centennial Rye), 2nd Shift (Little Big Hop) and Urban Chestnut (Kinsale & Hopfen).
The Morgan Street Brewery was a short walk from my hotel near the Edward Jones Dome, home to the St. Louis Rams. This brewery specializes in lager-type beers. I tried the award winning Golden Pilsner, Vienna and India Pale Lager (IPL). All were good, but the IPL stood out for it’s hoppy flavor!
The last stop on the trip was Busch Stadium where the Cardinals played the Cubs. The view of the Gateway Arch from behind home plate was spectacular (see the photo at the top of this entry)! I was able to locate a beer stand with Schlafly Beer Pale Ale to enjoy with my ballpark peanuts.
The Cardinals lost, but the safari was a success! I want to return again and trek outside the downtown area to visit existing and new breweries in the “Show-Me State”.