Brew in the Lou

$107,000 Raised for Lutheran Schools and Scholarships



The St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) raised a record $107,000  for Lutheran schools at its 6th Annual "Brew in the Lou" Festival, held Saturday, Oct. 13 at Francis Park in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood.

This year's Brew sold out for the third year in a row. About 2,000 guests enjoyed unlimited tastings of Louis' best beer, wine, spirits, coffee, BBQ and desserts. More than 100 breweries, restaurants and food and craft artisans lined the banks of The Lily Pond, including nearly 45 local and regional craft breweries.  2018 photos here.

Tasters also voted for their favorite brats, home brew and chili recipes. Reinneck Ranch won for Best Bratwurst, Bootleggin' BBQ won the Chili Cookoff and in the ultra-competitive People's Choice Home Brew Competition, Robert "Bob" Olson's Belgian Golden Strong Ale took home the top prize.  Results from the sanctioned home brew competition are here.

Entertainment included the Big Boss and the Catfish Blues BandJohnny Henry Band and the Lutheran South Jazz Band on the First Community Credit Union Mainstage, and music from Brew sponsor Y-98/102.5 KEZK. KPLR/Fox 2's Jeff Bernthal, a Lutheran schools grad, emceed.

Proceeds from "Brew in the Lou" will benefit more than 8,500 children of all faiths at 33 Lutheran schools in the bi-state area. To contribute, visit, or call 314-200-0797.

Next year's "Brew in the Lou" Festival is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 12, 2019.

Thank you for helping make Brew in the Lou a pet and kid friendly event.

About LESA
More than 8,500 students attend LESA member Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 33 elementary schools, four high schools and five related agencies. For more information and a list of member schools, visit

Media Contacts:
Katherine (Kit) Auble, Director
Fund Development and Marketing
(314) 200-0797

Brenda Kimberlin, LESA Media Coordinator
(314) 496-1799 (cell)
(314) 416-9249 (home office)


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