Fall has arrived in St. Louis, and with it have come a number of beer festivals.

The first, Schlafly’s annual HOP in the Citytook place last weekend at the Tap Room on Locust.  Given that it was happening only a mile from our apartment, the opportunity to sample over 40 beers (including a special Pumpkin Stout brewed just for the event) seemed too good to pass up.  So, Joe and I biked down to the huge white beer tent set up outside the Tap Room last Saturday and, over the few hours we spent at the event, filled our little glass sample chalices twelve times.  Along the way I discovered some new favorites, including the Vanilla Milk Stout and the Galaxy IPA.

The fun continued this past weekend with Oktoberfest (yes, in September) at Urban Chestnut, a microbrewery located a mere two blocks from our apartment.  A $5 Maß (liter glass) and a line-up of four German-style beers (including the stunningly named Oachkatzlschwoaf, an Oktoberfest-style beer brewed specially for the event), all in the UCBC Biergarten?  Yes, please!  This event was also a lot of fun, even though they were out of Maße before we got there and we ended up with regular old pint glasses.

Although I miss apple picking accompanied by fresh cider and even fresher doughnuts in the orchards in Maine, St. Louis is also giving me reason to appreciate the passing of summer (even though the return to cooler temperatures may have been enough by itself).

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