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Schlafly's Hop in the City Festival returns with dozens of beers to try

Beer lovers will be able to enjoy more than 40 of Schlafly’s beers, including seasonal favorites.
Credit: Schlafly Beer

ST. LOUIS — One of the area’s biggest beer festivals is celebrating its 21st ‘birthday.’

Schlafly Beer’s 21st annual Hop in the City Festival is set for 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. It’ll take place at the Schlafly Tap Room.

Tickets can be purchased online. They cost $35 in advance and $45 on the day of the event. Tickets include unlimited Schlafly Beer samples with a commemorative tasting glass.

Beer lovers will be able to enjoy more than 40 of Schlafly’s beers, including seasonal favorites.

Additional beers are organized by the categories of style. Highlights from each respective selection include: Fruit (Boysenberry Cider and Tropical Saison); Experimental (Gin Barrel Gruit and Lemon Lime Mead Spritzer); Lager (The Eagle Has Landed American Lager and Randall of ‘Mericah Lager); Traditional (Pale Ale and Kölsch); Hops (Hazy IPA and IPL); and Full-Bodied (Imperial Pumpkin Stout and S’mores Stout).

For the specialty tappings, four beers will rotate throughout the day.

“If anyone has attended HOP in the City, they know it’s one of my favorite events of the year,” said Founding Brewer Stephen Hale. Hale, known for elaborate HOP In The City costumes, will once again ring the ceremonial gong (in a different costume) to signal the start of a new specialty tapping.

“The festival showcases the expansive talents of our brewing team. It is one of the only opportunities to try almost every style that we brew at Schlafly Beer in one place, which includes everything from hopped-up IPAs and wood-aged beers to traditional ales and lagers.”

In addition to the extensive beer offerings, live music will be playing throughout the event: The Samurai 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and The Scandaleros from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. There will also be festival fare available for purchase and merchandise featuring HOP in the City’s new logo. This year, additional community vendors will also be at the event including: Tower Grove Park, STLFC, STL Aquarium, Volpi, APA, Watering Bowl and more.

Tasting tickets are available for $35 in advance and $40 day of and include unlimited Schlafly Beer samples with commemorative tasting glass and full access to the festival grounds. All are welcome to attend and additional beers will be available for purchase for individuals who do not wish to do the tasting experience. The festival is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the tasting portion is from noon to 4 p.m. To learn more, visit here.

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