Beer, Wine & Spirits in Festus

$25 for Urban Beer Scavenger Hunt for Team of Two from Wild Goose Chase on September 27 ($50 Value)

Wild Goose Chase

Market Pub House

$50 $25

Goose Island Beer Company sponsors a beer-drinking scavenger hunt, in which teams of two race through St. Louis in search of golden eggs

Live Bands, Beer, Mug, and Pretzel at Soulard Oktoberfest, October 10, 11, or 12 (Up to 56% Off)

Soulard Oktoberfest

Soulard

$25 $13

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Revelers gather in Soulard to celebrate at one of Midwest's largest Oktoberfests, with live bands bratwurst, German pretzels, and beer

Draft Beer Tasting for Two or Two Appetizers and Four Draft Beers at Kirkwood Station Brewing Co. (Up to 45% Off)

Kirkwood Station Brewing Co.

Saint Louis

$34.50 $19

Rotating selection of 11 draft beers on tap; signature brews include ales, lagers, and seasonal draft beers

Beer Tastings with Take-Home Brews at Alpha Brewing Company (Up to 49% Off)

Alpha Brewing Company

Downtown St. Louis

$25 $13

Tasting flights and pints served inside the taproom of a microbrewery that serves a variety of ales

$13 for $25 Worth of Wine and Food at Hidden Lake Winery and Banquet Center

Hidden Lake Winery and Banquet Center

Hidden Lake Winery

$25 $13

Winery tucked in the Silent Forest features award-winning wines made from local fruit

VIP Package for One with Drinks, Meal, and Stein at Saint Charles Oktoberfest (31% Off). Two Options Available.

Saint Charles Oktoberfest

Frontier Park

$65 $45

Sip 1-liter brews from a take-home stein and feast on Bavarian meal provided by Roemer Topf restaurant while live bands play rock and polka

Wine and Beer Tasting for Two or Four at Bias Winery & Gruhlke's Microbrewery (Up to 52% Off)

Bias Winery & Gruhlke's Microbrewery

Berger

$39.50 $19

Tastings include up to seven samples of beer, 10–15 samples of wine, and a glass of wine or pint of beer to cap the experience

Beer Tastings for Two or Four at Big Muddy Monster Brewfest on Saturday, October 18, at 1 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Big Muddy Monster Brewfest

Riverside Park

$60 $30

St. Louis' own Irish band Rusty Nail headlines a festival with 200 craft brews; tickets include 30 samples each and a souvenir pint glass

Winery Experience for Two or Four with Wine Tastings and Entrees at StarView Vineyards (44% Off)

StarView Vineyards

Cobden

$34 $19

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Pulled-pork sandwiches and Italian-style pasta salads headline the cafe menu; 12 signature wines

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Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, a USDA–approved big-cat rescue facility, plays motherly host to a roaring family composed of five tigers and a lone lioness with a sultry swagger. Adopting philanthropists can align with their striped or unstriped spirit animal, choosing from noble felines such as the elder Mohan—a white male tiger with blue eyes, a pink nose, and a natural screen presence—or Raja—the relentlessly caring mother of sisters Gracie and Thor.

13326 State Route
Sainte Genevieve,
MO
US

The old mulberry tree at the top of Noboleis Vineyards—the same creature that graces the estate's wine labels—symbolizes the endurance of Robert and Lou Ann Nolan in pursuing their dream to own a vineyard. After purchasing a 74-acre expanse of Augusta farmland in 2005, the Nolans planted their first grapes: chambourcin, traminette, norton, and vignoles. Initial growth indicated high yields, but a late frost in 2007 claimed most of the chambourcin crop. Adversity struck again in 2011, when a tornado tore through part of the vineyards and lifted sections of roof off of the winery.

But between these setbacks, the Nolans built a steady string of accomplishments. Their first vintages claimed multiple awards at the 2010 Missouri Governor's Cup, and what had started as plain farmland grew into an estate encompassing an onsite winery, tasting room, cafe, and wine shop. The Nolans now lead tours and host tastings so that visitors can get an up-close look at how Noboleis's wines—such as the barrel-fermented vidal blanc—are produced without tickling the grapes. The indoor and outdoor grounds also regularly host events that range from weddings to live music performances.

100 Hemsath Road
Augusta,
MO
US

Located in the idyllic Ozark Highlands, Meramec Vineyards offers visitors a full experience of drinking, eating, shopping, and learning. Its small, cozy eatery, Bistro d'Vine, is open for lunch daily and serves a menu of fresh, seasonal bistro fare, such as quiche with baby greens ($7.35), pork tenderloin with fresh fruit, cheese, and caramelized onions ($7.45), and salmon served over a greek salad ($9.95). Meramec also has bottled wine ($8.95–$23.95) available for purchase for sipping or for christening cruise ships. There's a wine to suit all occasions, including Celebration White ($9.95) for clambakes, New World Red ($8.95) for Thanksgiving feasts, and a pumpkin-flavored Harvest Moon ($10.95) for scaring already skittish Ichabod Cranes. Guests can commemorate their time at Meramec with non-liquid souvenirs from the gift shop, such as gourmet food, wine openers, or a local artist's rendering of you buying his painting.

600 State Route
Saint James,
MO
US

?St. Louis is the fourth-most-haunted city in America,? the tour guide said on a tour covered by Narratively. "But your tour guide is No. 1.? That guide is David Riordan, a renaissance man who's been a commodities trader, lawyer, and Spanish real-estate seller, and now-owner of Riordan Tours. It was his time in Spain that inspired him to become a tour guide. He practiced his storytelling on the English-language radio station he bought and then began leading homespun tours through the small, picturesque town of Frigiliana.

But when the Spanish economy soured, he moved back to his native St. Louis. Now he draws on his natural talent for yarn spinning and leads groups to tourist attractions and haunted corners of the 250-year-old metropolis. Along the ghost tour, David unravels chilling yarns about events that inspired The Exorcist, the St. Louis Fire, the cholera epidemic, and spirits that still roam the streets, asking people which bus they should catch to get to the afterlife. The less spooky city tours explore the UNESCO World Heritage site Cahokia Mounds, as well as the Cardinal's Busch Stadium and the Gateway Arch.

David also puts his storytelling skills to use at his Unveiled: History & Hauntings of St Louis shows. Accompanied by a folk guitarist, he regales crowds with tales of the city's history. "I can talk about anything," he told the Riverfront Times. "It's not just ghosts and spirits, [it's] the brewery, steamboats, gangsters."

1273 Bent Oak Ct.
Kirkwood,
MO
US

Chandler Hill Vineyards' rolling, verdant rows of Norton, Chambourcin and Vignoles grapes and placid lakeside views offer visitors a quiet place to get away from it all. Built on land once owned by freed slave Joseph Chandler, the winery still retains the essence of the past. The 5,000-square-foot, lodge-like tasting room stands on the site of Chandler's modest cabin. Century-old artifacts discovered during the excavation, including a shotgun and a Hoveround, remain on display, and stones from the original foundation have been carefully repurposed. As candles in a wrought-iron fixture flicker overhead, guests here sip wines from Missouri and the West Coast and chat by a glowing fire in a large stone fireplace.

In its A-List 2010 feature, St. Louis Magazine said, "We?re fans of many regional wineries, but there?s something about Chandler Hill that feels a little more sophisticated, a little extra tucked-away." Thanks to its picturesque vineyards, 5,000-square-foot deck for warm-weather relaxation, and events such as live music performances, the secluded spot was named the Most Fun Winery on Ladue News's 2012 Platinum List.

596 Defiance Rd.
Defiance,
MO
US

Saint Louis Cellars opened in November 2007 and is the newest, hippest wine store in town bringing a myriad of fab offerings with its friendly atmosphere, cool labels, and wine tastings. In addition to selling wines ‘by the taste’—Cool, Rich, Bubbly, Sweet, etc.—Cellars has the best selection for the perfect gifts!

2640 S Big Bend Blvd
Saint Louis,
MO
US