“The Kids” have been in St. Louis for a while but have never had the opportunity to do any sightseeing. Since the Deschutes Brewery team was in town for Base Camp Week, we decided to put on the sunscreen and take the camera out on the town to learn about a few famous landmarks that makes St. Louis so special.
The first thing you see when you get to the city is the prominent Gateway Arch. After Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale hammed it up for photos under the arch, we thought we'd learn some history about this amazing structure. The locals call it the “gateway to the west” and it’s the tallest memorial in the United States and the tallest stainless steel monument in the world. It was designed by Eero Saarinen and is a weighted catenary (its legs are wider than its upper section) where both the width and height of the arch are 630 ft. It can withstand winds up to 150 mph and is resistant to earthquakes designed to sway up to 9 inches in either direction if needed. A tram takes you up to the top to observe the city and the mighty Mississippi River (not recommended if you’re claustrophobic or afraid of heights). “The kids” were getting a bit thirsty from all of this learning so we moved on…
And being in St. Louis, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the iconic brewery campus of Budweiser. The history was great and the Clydesdales were beautiful! We learned that in 1864 the Anheuser-Busch Co. was formed after Adolphus Busch settled in St. Louis from Germany and married Lilly Anheuser. Lilly’s father owned a small brewery yielding lager beer so Budweiser came to be in 1876. It is one of the highest selling beers in the United States and is made with rice, hops, malted barley, water and lager yeast. The vats and vessels on the tour were enormous and it was great to see the similarities and differences between the Deschutes Brewery and Budweiser brewing facilities. The coolest part of the tour was the bottling line. At Deschutes we can fill 384 bottles per minute whereas Budweiser can fill 1,300 bottle per minute on their line. We ended the super fun and entertaining tour with a crisp and refreshing Bud Light Lime and made some new friends.
We were hungry so we grabbed some sandwiches and ate at the famous Forest Park also known as the “heart of St. Louis.” This beautiful park covers 1,371 acres and opened in 1876. Not only is the park a beautiful spot for a stroll or a picnic lunch but it was the location of some historic events like the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904 and the 1904 Summer Olympics. It is also home to a ton of attractions including the Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, & Science Center. We’ll be back another day to play!
Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale are huge baseball fans so even though we couldn’t see a game, it was an honor to be at Busch Stadium where the St. Louis Cardinals play. The stadium opened on April 4th, 2006 and has a capacity of 43,975. The Cardinals won their first official game in this stadium against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 10th, 2006. Not only is this a great place for sports but Dave Matthews Band, The Black Crowes, U2 & The Eagles are also some of the big name bands that have toured through St. Louis and played at Busch Stadium. We’ll be back for a game soon!
Deschutes beer is finally in the Midwest to stay and although “the kids” spend most of their time at bars, restaurants, brewpubs, and bottleshops, it was great to get out and explore all that St. Louis has to offer. The team will be back but you can find “the kids” at a location near you by using our helpful Beer Finder Tool.