What is the St. Louis Brewers Guild?
The St. Louis Brewers Guild is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose civic and educational mission is to promote the St. Louis, Missouri region as a premier beer tourism destination. The St. Louis Brewers Guild plans and hosts beer-centric fundraisers, festivals, and educational opportunities, while working with local and national media to promote our rich St. Louis beer scene in it’s entirety.
WHAT ISn’t THE ST. LOUIS BREWERS GUILD?
The St. Louis Brewers Guild was originally conceived as an inclusive organization with a focus on the Greater St. Louis beer scene in its entirety and as such, it is unique in a number of ways from other “Craft Beer Guilds” around the country. The St. Louis Brewers Guild is not a 501(c)6, trade association, industry trade group or business association. Our Members do not make up our Board or governing body and we do not work to influence legislation as a substantial part of our activities and do not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.
How can I support the St. Louis Brewers Guild?
You are supporting the St. Louis Brewers Guild every time you choose to support our STL area breweries. There are a number of ways to support the St. Louis Brewers Guild financially, from purchasing memberships and tickets to our fundraising events and annual beer festivals, to making donations directly. We are also always happy to accept donations of your time and passion for STL beer by volunteering!
What breweries are supported by St. Louis Brewers Guild?
The St. Louis Brewers Guild works actively to support and promote every brewery in the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. As well as the city of St. Louis, the area includes the Southern Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair (known collectively as the Metro East); the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Francois, St. Louis County (separate from and not inclusive of the city of St. Louis), Warren, Washington, and a portion of Crawford County.
Can I become a Member of the St. Louis Brewers Guild?
Yes! We offer both Brewery Memberships and Allied Memberships. For more details on both Membership opportunities, visit our Members page.
I’m looking for a job in the local brewing industry, can you help?
The best thing to do when looking for a position at a local brewery is to reach out to breweries and inquire directly. Jobs don’t open up often, and typically a brewery will post an opening on their website or social media accounts. Breweries also love to hire from within, so a willingness to start at the bottom and just get your foot in the door doing anything is helpful. Many people in the local industry also got their start just by getting to know their local brewery and by offering to volunteer at special events, so being plugged in doesn’t hurt.
Where can I find more information on the history of brewing in St. Louis?
The book, St. Louis Brews: The History of Brewing in the Gateway City by Henry Herbst, Don Roussin, Kevin Kious, and Stefene Russel is an incredibly thorough resource on our city’s brewing history. There have been two editions. Both Schlafly Beer breweries sell Tom Schlafly’s A New Religion in Mecca, which offers a glimpse into the early days of the founding of St. Louis’s first new brewery to open since Prohibition. Finally, pay a visit to the Beer Museum at Anheuser Busch to see some incredible memorabilia from the city’s oldest operating brewery.
Where can I find information on homebrewing in the area?
There are a number of local homebrew clubs in and around the St. Louis area including St. Louis Brewminati, STL Brews, Garage Brewers Society, STL Hops Homebrew Club, St. Charles Brew Club, Jefferson County Home Brewers, The OG STL, and Eastside Brewers.