Missouri Brewery Guide

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From tried-and-true brewpubs to trendy new microbreweries, the craft beer scene is booming in the Show-Me State. Check out this Missouri brewery guide to discover some of the best beer the state has to offer.

But first, a little brewing history. Beer has long been a part of Missouri’s past. Brewery giant Anheuser-Busch, creator of the first national beer brand, was founded in St. Louis in the 1850s. By the time the city hosted the 1904 World’s Fair, the company was the largest brewery in the world.

Missouri’s beer landscape has changed dramatically through the decades and currently includes more than 160 craft breweries. Talented brewmasters throughout the state are creating traditional German-style lagers, wheat beers, ales and old-style stouts as well as experimenting with new blends and flavors. Many of the breweries offer top-notch food as well. Pair your favorite brew with barbecue, wood-fired pizza, gourmet burgers and other favorites.

St. Louis Craft Beer

St. Louis is home to more than a dozen microbreweries and brew pubs. Many more are located in surrounding communities. Sip a beer at Schlafly just a few miles from the iconic Gateway Arch. Or grab a pint at 4 Hands Brewing Co. before catching a Cardinal’s baseball game.

St. Louis Area Breweries

2nd Shift BrewingSt. LouisBrewligans
4 Hands Brewing Co.St. LouisFull Life Lager
Alpha Brewing CompanySt. LouisRouge Biere
Bluewood BrewingSt. LouisArch City Haze
Civil Life Brewing Co.St. LouisAmerican Brown
Exit 6 BreweryCottlevilleRyane’s Red
Earthbound BeerSt. LouisEarthbound Blonde
Ferguson Brewing Company FergusonSt. Louis Pale Ale
Friendship Brewing CompanyWentzvilleAndrew’s Ale
Good News Brewing CompanyO’Fallon, Defiance, Augusta, St. CharlesPerfect Storm Pale Ale
Heavy Riff Brewing CompanySt. LouisVelvet Underbrown
Mackenzie Brewing Co.Valley Park“The Doob”
Main & Mill Brewing Co. FestusGreen Chile Ale
Modern BrewerySt. LouisCitrapolis IPA
Narrow Gauge Brewing CompanyFlorissantCloud City IPA
O’Fallon BreweryMaryland HeightsShow Me Amber
Perennial Artisan AlesSt. LouisDaydreaming
Rockwell Beer Co.St. LouisMoonbase Porter
Schlafly BeerSt. LouisImperial Beast
Schlafly BottleworksMaplewoodOatmeal Stout
Six Mile Bridge BeerMaryland HeightsBlood Orange Wit
Square One Brewery and DistillerySt. LouisMaple Stout
Side Project BrewingMaplewoodLazuli IPA
Third Wheel BrewingSt. PetersGoomah LaLa
Schlafly Bankside St. CharlesEnglish Pale Ale
Two Plumbers Brewery & ArcadeSt. CharlesMagic Potion
Urban Chestnut Brewing CompanySt. LouisSchnickelfritz
Wellspent Brewing CompanySt. LouisPerson of Substance

More Northeast Missouri Breweries

Bias Winery and Gruhlke’s 
BergerKirly’s Cream Ale
Friendship Brewing CompanyHannibalWheaty Goat
Old Bridgeview BrewingWashingtonJackelopes Revenge
Point Labaddie BrewingLabaddieFoggy Mountain IPA
Tin Mill Brewing Co.HermannMidnight Whistle

Kansas City Craft Beer

Across the state, Kansas City is packed with craft breweries. Visit the Crossroads District where several brewpubs, including Casual Animal Brewing Company and Brewery Emperial, are within walking distance. Just a short drive from downtown, enjoy a pint in the 10,000-square-foot beer hall at Boulevard Brewing Co.

Kansas City Area Breweries

3 Trails BrewingIndependenceNot Defeated
Alma Mader BrewingKansas CitySky Chamber
Boulevard Brewing Co.Kansas CitySingle-Wide IPA
BKS Artisan AlesKansas CityGreenway Fields
Brewery EmperialKansas CityBiscuit
Callsign BrewingNorth Kansas CityFighter Pale Ale
Casual Animal Brewing CompanyKansas CityClimbing Wolf
Cinderblock BreweryNorth Kansas CityWeathered Wit
Crane BrewingRaytownOddbird
Double Shift Brewing Co.Kansas CityYard Beer
East Forty BrewingBlue SpringsJackson County Common
Grains & TapsLee’s SummitRed Ale
KC Bier Co.Kansas CityDunkel
Martin City Brewing CompanyKansas CityAbbey Belgian Style
Rochester Brewing and Roasting CompanyKansas CityLa Cultura Cream Ale
Smoke Brewing Co.Lee’s SummitKeltic Kross
Stockyards Brewing Co.Kansas CityBlack IPA
Strange Days Brewing CompanyKansas CitySplendid Defending
The Big RipNorth Kansas CityAisle 12 IPA
The Goat Brewing Co.Lee’s SummitThe Chesterfield Club
Torn Label Brewing Co.Kansas CityNice Driveway

More Northwest Missouri Breweries

Arcadian MoonHigginsvilleTaste of the Ozarks
Levi Garrison & Sons Brewing CompanyHamiltonRanch Hand Wheat
River Bottoms Brewing CompanyCarrolltonPre-Prohibition Pilsner
Weston Brewing CompanyWestonDrop Kick Ale

Southern Missouri Craft Beer

Southern Missouri has no shortage of breweries. Several locations, such as Charleville Brewery & Winery combine breweries and wineries in one spot that attracts beer and wine lovers. Head to the Ozarks where multiple Missouri breweries are nestled into the scenic region. Springfield, Missouri’s third largest city, is home to a number of thriving microbreweries. Sample the selections at Mother’s Brewing Company, White River Brewing Company and Springfield Brewing Company.

Southeast Missouri Breweries

Charleville Brewery & WinerySte. GenevieveTornado Alley Amber Ale
Ebb & Flow FermentationsCape GirardeauBarnCat
Edg-Clif Vineyard, Winery & BreweryPotosiSeasonal – Amber Ale
Minglewood BreweryCape GirardeauBlue Sky Blond
Piney River Brewing Co.BucyrusFloat Trip Ale
Public House Brewing Company R&D BrewpubRollaElusive IPA
Public House Brewing Company TaproomSt. JamesSamuel Clementine
Wages Brewing CompanyWest PlainsLandlocked IPA

Southwest Missouri Breweries

4 By 4 Brewing CompanySpringfieldSmooth Criminal IPA
Great Escape Beer WorksSpringfieldLake Beer
Hungry Hollow Brewing CompanyCassvilleDovetail IPA
Indian Springs Brewing CompanyNeoshoEnglish Brown Ale
Mother’s Brewing CompanySpringfieldStep Dude
POG Brewing CompanyClevelandBlinker Fluid
Springfield Brewing CompanySpringfieldGreene Ghost
Tie & Timber Beer CompanySpringfieldMimoski
Whistling Springs Brewing Co.SeligmanCreme Brulee Stout
White River Brewing CompanySpringfieldTable Rock Red Ale

Mid-Missouri Craft Beer

You can find a variety of brewpubs in Mid-Missouri. In Jefferson City, stop by Prison Brews following a tour of the historic Missouri State Penitentiary. Logboat Brewing Company is a longtime favorite in Columbia, home of the University of Missouri.

Mid-Missouri Breweries

Bee’s Knees Brewing Co.VersaillesSweat Bee Stout
Boat Town BrewingLebanonRiver Sip’r
Broadway BreweryColumbia11 Point IPA
Bur Oak Brewing CompanyColumbiaBig Tree IPA
Flat Branch Pub BreweryColumbiaKaty Trail Pale Ale
Lake of the Ozarks Brewing CompanyOsage BeachDragon Lake IPA
Last Flight Brewing CompanyJefferson CityBlackbird
Logboat Brewing Co.ColumbiaShiphead
Prison BrewsJefferson CityI Aint Your Honey Wheat
Welpman Springs BrewingStoverThe Bite

Take a Tour

A number of Missouri breweries offer tours for a behind-the-scenes peek at the brewing process. Check brewery websites for more information. But why stop at one? Group tours featuring multiple breweries include KC Brewery Tour and Brew Hop STL.

Bring Your Dog

If you like to enjoy a beer alongside your boxer, beagle or any breed for that matter, head to one of Missouri’s dog-friendly breweries. Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Friendship Brewery Company and KC Bier Co. are just a few of the places that will welcome your furry companion. Check brewery websites or call ahead to find out their pet policy.

Can’t visit a Missouri brewery? Many grocery or liquor stores carry local beer selections.