Originally Posted by rstravis
Wow, I haven't been on this forum in ages, but I just saw that I missed this thread, and I can't not respond. I would vote, but it's been closed. But maxing it at 11 is unreasonable -- there are so many in the midwest. I'm in the Chicago south suburbs and a couple of miles from my house I can get at least 5 breweries from MI, several from WI and IN, and naturally, some from IL. So which breweries' beers have I sampled? Well, for the sake of brevity I'll limit it to the Midwest breweries whose beers I've had in 2011. I won't list specific beers because some were at a Beer Bout and were individual batches that cannot be bought in stores (and whose names I don't recall -- 10 8 oz. glasses of 10%+ abv beers tend to affect the memory).
So, breweries in 2011:
Founders, Bells, Dark Horse, New Holland, Arcadia
Three Floyds, Mad Anthony
Two Brothers, Flossmoor Station, Goose Island
Leinenklugel, Miller, New Glarus, Schlitz (is that still being brewed in MKE?)
Just 2011, and I'm at 14 breweries within the 4 states I've lived in in my life.
But I'm not an alcoholic, really. *urp*
And I'm not as thunk as you drink I am.
But the Midwest does rock for beer.
The poll was meant to be taken literally, as in how many beers have you drank right now.
Here is the status of St. Louis Beer off the top of my head (brewpubs or breweries within the actual 1876 City limits, there are brewpubs and brewing operations scattered beyond the horizon which I'll add up later).
St. Louis City:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Schlafly Tap House (St. Louis Brewing Company)
Square One Brewery and Distillery
Morgan Street Brewery
Six Row Brewing Company
Cathedral Square Brewery
Buffalo Brewing Company
Perennial Artisan Ales
The Civil Life Brewing Company
William K. Busch Brewing Co
4 Hands Brewery and Tap Room
Schlafly Bottle Works
Ferguson Brewing Company
Trailhead Brewing Company
Highlands Brewing Company
O'Fallon Brewing Company
Augusta Brewing Company
+ more in wine country.
Old school local independent brands currently contract brewed:
Italics are breweries about ready to begin production.
My hope is that the third wave craft breweries popping up in St. Louis will be of a caliber consistent with the most inventive and highest quality, not that some of those others don't try interesting things and create great beers, I just want more of it. I also want to see the classic brands resume production back in St. Louis.