LESA’s 4th Annual “Brew in the Lou” Raises Record-Breaking $91,000 for Lutheran Education

St. Louis, MO (Oct. 26, 2016) The St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association raised a record-breaking $95,000 for Lutheran schools at its

4th Annual "Brew in the Lou" Festival, Saturday, Oct. 15 at Francis Park in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood.

This year's Brew broke attendance records, selling out for the first time in its four-year history. More than 2,100 craft beer and food fans - a 31 percent increase over last year - enjoyed unlimited tastings of St. Louis' best beer, wine, spirits, coffee, BBQ and desserts. Nearly 100 vendors took part, including 40 local and regional craft breweries.

Guests also voted for their favorite brats, home brew and chili recipes. LESA's first-ever Battle of the Bratwurst victory went to Le Grands Market, followed by Geisert Farms and Mateker's Meats. In the ultra-competitive People's Choice Home Brew Competition,

Immanuel Lutheran in Washington won first for Rev. Mark Bangert's "Belgian Quadrupel."

Our Redeemer Lutheran School's Katie Wilmas took second for "Alexander the Grape," and home brewer Mark Grupe's "Pumpkin Ale" took third.

The top prize for this year's Chili Cook-Off went to Bootlegging BBQ, followed by the Chili Mac Diner and the Salem Men's Club. Brew guest Ken Bilow was the lucky winner of the the Big Green Egg drawing.

The Deustchmeister German Brass Band and Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison's Bluegrass Band provided entertainment, and KPLR/Fox 2's Jeff Bernthal, a Lutheran schools grad, emceed.

Supporters who missed this year's event can still contribute. A generous donor has agreed to match day-of-event revenue and all post-event gifts through December 31, 2016. Proceeds will benefit the 8,500 children enrolled in 35 Lutheran schools in the bi-state area. To contribute, visit www.lesastl.org/donate, or call 314-200-0797.

Next year's "Brew in the Lou" Festival will take place Sat., Oct. 14, 2017.

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