Kick up your feet and have a refreshing brew at St. Charles’ microbreweries. Explore the vibrant world of local craft beer on the unofficial Ale Trail of St. Charles where beer enthusiasts and casual-pub goers alike will enjoy the blend of charm and taste that these microbreweries bring to town. So, what are you waiting for? Let the good times flow!

 

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Good News Brewing

With five locations in the St. Charles area (including their newest location that’s combined with the Frenchtown Heritage Museum), Good News Brewing is a favorite amongst locals for its energy and charm. They serve wood-fired pizza (with the Vampire Deathwish being a fan favorite) and several locally crafted brews including their light and citrusy Local 636 Hazy IPA and perfectly balanced Perfect Storm Pale Ale. Good News Brewing takes pride in their space, especially their patios. When the weather is nice in Frenchtown, sit on the patio with a view of an authentic AT&SF caboose that once ran on the train tracks that have since become the Katy Trail. At their Defiance location in Historic Missouri Wine Country, they have a large roof top patio that overlooks the Katy Trail.

 

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Third Wheel Brewing

Third Wheel Brewing is one of St. Charles County’s hidden gems. With an emphasis on connections between people and the community, Third Wheel Brewing hosts events throughout the month for people to come together and enjoy good company, good food, and most importantly, good brews. Their lineup includes year-round offerings, seasonals, and “beer for a cause”, specialty brews with proceeds going to local nonprofits. Standard pub fare and unique flavors such as the Peanut Butter & Jam Burger (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!) and the Ron Swanson Breakfast Burger are served via a window to the kitchen. Speaking of windows, Third Wheel Brewing has large ones looking into the fermentation room from the brewery, so visitors can catch a glimpse of the brewing process while you’re there.

 

Schlafly Bankside

 

Schlafly Bankside

Located on the corner of Main Street where Booneslick Road becomes Riverside Drive, Schlafly Bankside is certainly an anchor point of the historic district. This three-story brewpub with exposed brick walls is in an 18th century building that has worn many hats over the past 200 years including a gristmill, a woolen mill, a Union prison, and a tomato canning factory. Enjoy brews from their seasonal, limited releases, and year ‘round lineup as you take in the sights and sounds that pioneers once did in that very spot. Admire the bubbling stream that runs along the building and views of Frontier Park and Main Street. Check out their website for suggestions on what entrees, cheese, and desserts pair best with each brew to create the perfect meal. They also have community series brews with proceeds going to local establishments like Tower Grove Park and the Animal Protective Association of Missouri.

 

Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade

What happens when you mix retro video games, colorful pinball machines, and locally brewed beer? You get the eclectic, Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade! Get your game face on as you achieve new high scores on fan favorites such as Mario Bros, Ms. PacMan, and Skee Ball. Challenge your friends to a pinball game. Choose from Stranger Things, South Park, The Amazing Spiderman and more pop culture-themed pinball machines to battle it out and decide a winner. Want to play a board game instead? Two Plumbers has those too! They host “Whiskey + Records” on Thursday nights where customers are encouraged to bring in a record to share and a new whiskey, bourbon, or scotch will be available. Level up your night out with a pint of a local brew and games at this electric brewery.

 

Discover these microbreweries firsthand on your next visit to St. Charles. Many bars and pubs along Historic Main Street proudly feature local brews, so you can find local flavors wherever you end up in town.