(St. Louis, Mo) July 11, 2021 – Brew in the Lou is back! After taking a break last year due to the pandemic, the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) is excited to announce that our 9th Annual Brew in the Lou Festival will return to the Lily Pond at Francis Park, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, from 1-5 p.m.

Brew in the Lou is a one-stop tasting event showcasing St. Louis’ best beer, wine, spirits and food. Proceeds support scholarships and educational services for children of all faiths at 34 member schools in the St. Louis area.

Wristbands are $40 advance/$50 day-of-event and include unlimited tastings (while supplies last) and a keepsake commemorative glass. As always, children, babies and pets are welcome! New this year: VIP tickets for $100/person. Tickets include VIP access to exclusive food and beverage offerings, private bathrooms, a special VIP glass and a Brew in the Lou Passport featuring 30 beer, food, spirits and merchandise offers valued at $300 and valid until October 9, 2022.

Wristbands are on sale now – to purchase, call (314) 200-0797, or visit LESAstl.org at: https://lesastl.org/2021-brewinthelou/

It’s been a long year and we can’t wait to taste and toast with you again on the banks of The Lily Pond. Our 2019 event showcased more than 100 breweries, restaurants and craft artisans – including 45 local and regional craft breweries – and raised a record $120,000 for Lutheran education. And 2021 is shaping up to be even better. Our list of confirmed breweries, distilleries, wineries and restaurants is growing by the day: Brick River CiderCrossroads Brewery, Mackenzie Brewing, Shoehorn BrewingLieferbrau BreweryExcel BrewingMain & Mill Brewing Co.Six Mile BridgeSchlaflyRockwell Beer Co.Narwhal’s Crafted Ice, Wood Hat SpiritsMaplewood Brewery & DistilleryMillpond Brewing & IncubatorAB Pilot BreweryModern BreweryJ. Rieger & Co.Center Ice BrewerySt. Louis Hop ShopPRP WineF & R Wine ImportsSteampunk Brew Works2nd Shift BrewingSouthside AlchemyBeer Sauce Shop, KomBlu KombuchaLucia’s Pizza Co.Dogtown PizzaBaetje Farms Artisan Goat CheeseDouble G Ham, and St. Paul’s Kettle Korn, plus Series SixLulaRoe Clothing BoutiqueKoala PouchesPost Pouring Co. CandlesBenton Park Prints, Gloria’s Unique BoutiqueDebbie Fenlen PhotograpyOne Life Fitness, St. Trinity Cemetery and more.

In the meantime, don’t miss our Buy 1/Get 1 Brew in the Lou Summer Passport Special to support Lutheran schools and your favorite watering holes as they rebound from the pandemic. For just $30, you’ll get access to more than $600 in beverages, menu items and special discounts at more than 25 of your favorite breweries, distilleries, wineries, restaurants and other venues through Oct. 9, 2021.

For vendor & sample provider applications, visit https://lesastl.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Vendor-Application.pdf.

Covid-19 Information: Due to the uncertainty regarding future COVID guidelines, Brew in the Lou attendees will be required to comply with any and all guidelines, regulations and recommendations in effect on October 9, 2021, the date of the event, as directed by the St. Louis Department of Health. Please note that refunds will not be issued to attendees who are unable to comply, regardless of circumstances.

About LESA

More than 8,200 children attend LESA member Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making Lutheran schools the second-largest private school system in the Bi-State area. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 34 elementary and high schools and five related agencies. For more information, visit www.www.LESAstl.org.

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Media Contacts:

Katherine (Kit) Auble

Director Fund Development and Marketing

(314) 200-0797