Beer, Wine & Spirits in Upper Alton

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

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

$25 for a Living Well Village Pub Crawl Package with Beer on Saturday, October 25 (Up to $47 Value)

Living Well Village

The Wood Restaurant

$47 $25

A pub crawl starting at The Wood benefits The Living Well Foundation and its quest to promote healthy lifestyles; includes beer

$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

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

Select Local Merchants

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

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

Wooden shelves bear the weight of wine bottles behind the wraparound bar at Erato Wine Bar and Restaurant. Bartenders climb a wooden ladder to retrieve a 2006 Louis Latour pinot noir or a 2009 PlumpJack merlot, reading the labels in the dim light of hanging lamps. Around them, laughter bounces off the exposed bricks and spring-soled shoes bounce off the dark-wood floors. Yet the boutique selection of wine isn't the only thing that draws guests in. The bar also hosts high-end spirits such as St. Germain and an international selection of beers. The kitchen, meanwhile, complements this array of libations with tapas-style delicacies that change weekly. Cheese plates come with cured meats, nuts, and fresh fruits, and local ingredients enhance delicacies such as caprese salad. Chefs also whip up meal-size portions of pasta and seafood drizzled with truffle oil and sherry reductions.

126 N Main St
Edwardsville,
IL
US

Milo's satiates panatela puffers and elixir imbibers with a vast array of fine cigars, high-end liquors, and craft beers culled from microbreweries nationwide. While offerings and pricing vary at both locations, a wood-paneled, walk-in humidor houses tobacco totems such as the smooth, medium-bodied Cain Daytona 654T from Nicaragua ($7.35), or the spicy, voluptuous Fuente Opus X Belicoso X3 ($12.35). Craftsman Bench Humidors are also available to facilitate basement Havana havens where the day's events can be re-enacted with personified stogies and cigar-box station wagons ($64.95+). Seasonal craft beers such as Goose Island ($13.99 for a 12-pack) and Mojo Risin ($12.99 for a four-pack) engage in competitive malted-hop volleying in Milo's Maryville location and fine spirits such as 14-year-old Balvenie rum ($59.99) and Dalmore Mackenzie scotch ($147.99) place gentlemanly bets from across the aisle.

2921 N Center St
Maryville,
IL
US

In his 2010 review, Riverfront Times reporter Ian Froeb revealed the origin of Ernesto's Winebar?s distinctive name. Instead of honoring a chef or long-lost relative, the name pays homage to the owners' love for Ernest Hemingway's simplistic style. Chef Stephanie Hay has risen to the challenge, translating the clean complexity of The Sun Also Rises or the masculine energy of Green Hills of Africa into a menu of tapas and hearty entrees. Diverse flavor profiles mimic Papa Hemingway?s wanderlust, corralling global flavors including chili lime, wasabi tobiko, and even red pepper sauce to create festive tapas such as the truffle-infused grilled cheese, which was named the best grilled cheese of 2010 by Riverfront Times.

The cheese-and-charcuterie menu details hearty repasts from all corners of the globe, with plates of smoky blue cheese from Oregon and salchich?n white pork from Spain joining notes of green peppercorn, tomatillo, and even brown sugar for nods to Latin America and the Mediterranean. Ernesto's has also gone to great lengths to locate wine varietals from France, Germany, and Spain for pairing with large steaks and seafood entrees delicately saut?ed in a wide array of wine sauces.

Ernesto's butter-hued walls appear to melt in the light from wall sconces and flickering red candles. Above lush hardwood paneling, several framed photographs offer a glimpse of Hemingway at his most virile??aggressively writing at his desk, and using a large steak as a body pillow. For a touch of warmth during fall weather, patrons can also retreat outdoors, where a mammoth brick fireplace casts rich glow on Ernesto's sleek cobblestone patio.

2730 McNair Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Grant's Farm has been home to two titans of the US?one a general and president, the other a brewer who forever changed America's bar scene. The first of these was the farm's namesake, President Ulysses S. Grant, who in 1885 built a four-room cabin, needing only a few days, the help of some loyal friends, and an '80s-style montage. After a few transitional owners, August Busch Sr. bought the farm in 1907 and had that same cabin restored to its original condition.

While visitors to Grant Farm can still view that historic cabin today, the grounds have grown into much, much more. More than 280 acres host over 900 animals from 100 unique species, one of which has starred in commercials for decades: the Budweiser Clydesdales. A behind the scenes tour of the Clydesdale Stables reveals more than 50 of these stallions, from weanlings to full-grown, six-foot-tall equines. Meanwhile, Zebras, Black Buck Antelope, and other exotic animals roam across Deer Park, and Tier Garten hosts interactive elephant shows and goat feedings.

Back indoors, the bauernhof (farmstead) stands as a 19th-century relic with antique stables and carriages. It also houses non-antique bartenders, who pour complimentary samples for of-age visitors. They can also point families to more complete dining locations, including Grant's Farm Deli.

10501 Gravois Rd.
Saint Louis,
MO
US