(St. Louis, MO) October 1, 2020 - We’ve cried in our beers long enough. This summer, we hoped, we prayed and we pleaded that the pandemic might subside in time to hold our 8th Annual Brew in the Lou Festival in person this fall. But the virus had other plans. The good news is, so do we.
It’s called the Brew in the Lou Passport and it’s on sale now for $30 at https://lesastl.org/brew-in-the-lou/. Buy one, or a dozen, to support Lutheran schools and St. Louis businesses, and then start tasting, toasting and shopping at 30 breweries, distilleries, restaurants and retailers, including Six Mile Bridge, Missouri Beer Co., O’Fallon Brewery, Urban Chestnut, St. Louis Distillery, Bootleggin’ BBQ, Fallon’s Irish Bar & Grill, Retreat Gastropub, Steve’s Hot Dogs and more. And since it’s good for an entire year, (Oct. 10, 2020 - Oct. 9, 2021), you can support Lutheran schools - and businesses hurt by the pandemic - all year long.
In addition to this year’s Passport fundraiser, we’re offering Brew in the Lou Extras - three Virtual Cooking and Tasting Events to bring Brew fans together online:
- Host: Rick Lewis, Chef & Owner
- Tickets: $50/person - limited to first 50 registrants - Ticket Link
- Event Info: 75-minute live, online class (6-7:15 pm) with Chef Rick Lewis - learn the secrets to Lewis’s famous fried chicken and collard greens, voted the Best Fried Chicken in Missouri by Food Network. Visit https://lesastl.org/cooking-class-with-rick-lewis/ for more information.
- Host: Gary Hinegardner, Owner & Distiller
- Tickets: Three Levels - $30, $60, $100 - Ticket Link
- Event Info: 85-minute live, online tasting (6-7:25 pm) with distiller and owner Gary Hinegardner for an online behind the scenes tour of Wood Hat’s distillery, where they use locally grown grains, fruit and nuts to produce award winning Bourbons, Corn Whiskeys and Cordials. Visit https://lesastl.org/brew-in-the-lou/ for product delivery details and additional links and info.
- Host: Nicole Gilbert
- Tickets: Three Levels - $25, 50 and $60 - Ticket Link
- Event Info: 75-minute live, online tasting (6-7:15 pm) with host Nicole Gilbert. Tastings include four 1 oz. samples of J. Rieger's Vodka, Kansas City Whiskey, Gin, and Caffe Amaro, plus optional purchases. Visit https://lesastl.org/brew-in-the-lou/ for product delivery details and additional links and info.
So even though we will miss tasting and toasting with you in person this fall, we’re excited to share this new way to support Lutheran education and local businesses. Brew in the Lou is one of our largest and most important fundraisers, and the revenue it raises provides much-needed services and scholarships to the 8,300 children and 500 educators we serve. Last year’s Brew in the Lou raised $120,000 for Lutheran schools and allowed us to provide critical financial assistance to children, families and schools affected by the economic shut-down this spring, summer and fall. And as this health crisis continues, many more will need our help.
On behalf of our 34-member Lutheran schools, thank you for your ongoing support. And please join us in raising a glass to better health in the coming year as we look forward to next year’s Brew the Lou Festival on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
More than 8,300 students attend LESA member Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making it the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 34 elementary and high schools. For information on our members schools and enrollment, visit www.lesastl.org.
Katherine (Kit) Auble
Director, Fund Development and Marketing
314-200-0797 - voicemail
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA)
314-496-1799 - cell