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Sometimes to find something truly unique you have to get off the beaten path . . . or, in this case, onto Missouri’s scenic Katy Trail. Along the Missouri River you’ll come to a small village with old, narrow streets, vintage homes, and churches built on the hillside. This is Augusta, where you’ll find restaurants, wineries, little shops, and cozy bed-and-breakfast inns all scattered within a few blocks. Also, you’ll find beer.
Augusta Brewing Company and Restaurant sits right beside the Katy Trail. The village of Augusta is a beautiful drive by car along Route 94, but we recommend pedaling a bicycle to work up your thirst. Once you reach Augusta, wander up a flight of stairs to a shady stand of bamboo and a cold glass of fresh brew.
Unlike many other brewpubs that outfit their lairs with dark wood and brass, Augusta Brewing keeps it very simple. Picture many of the wineries in Missouri, with their unadorned tasting rooms and relaxed outdoor seating, and you’ll get the idea. In fact, treat Augusta Brewing just like a winery by sipping a sampler, then taking a pint to the outdoor beer garden.
Augusta serves a number of ales, including Augusta Blonde, Tannhauser Pale Ale, and the 1856 IPA. To fully disclose, they brew their beer off-premises, in Labadie. That fact doesn’t seem to bother customers whose favorites include the Augusta Saison and Hyde Park Stout. The stout does capture your attention as a rather good beer; the Pale Ale is refreshing after a long ride; and the 1856 answered the call perfectly. Plus, there are other varieties available. A number of its beers are bottled and available at grocery chains in the St. Louis region.
Augusta Brewing goes further than a quick glance would suggest. Inside, they offer simple lunch fare; plus a more extensive dinner menu Friday and Saturday nights. Outside, relax under the canopy at Pat’s Island Bar with a grill menu, more beer, and live jazz, bluegrass, rock, and country throughout the warmer months.
In the beer garden, raise your glasses as a mile-wide view of the river bottoms stretch out below you. Enjoyed your liquid treasures and watch the clouds open up to give an unexpected sunset. This is one of the things that makes Augusta a special village and Augusta Brewing Company a spot you’ll want to share with good friends.