We are thrilled to report that this year's "Brew in the Lou" raised a record $107,000 for St. Louis Lutheran schools!
The annual fundraiser - held Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, in Francis Park - also 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.
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. The winners of the sanctioned Beer Judging Certification Program (BJCP) competition are listed at www.LESAstl.org.
Entertainment included Big Boss and the Catfish Blues Band, the Johnny Henry Band and the Lutheran South Jazz Band on the First Community Credit Union Mainstage, and Brew sponsors 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 St. Louis Metro Area. If you missed the big day, you can still contribute by visiting www.LESAstl.org, or calling 314-200-0797.
Save the date! Nex year's "Brew" is Sat., Oct. 12, 2019.