Q. I’ve never been to the St. Louis Microfest before. What do I get for my admission?
Your admission to a session of the Microfest includes a tasting glass – which allows you to visit brewery booths and sample dozens of beers –both craft and international beers at all sessions – and listen to music by popular groups. You can also see cooking demonstrations and brewing discussions in our Demo Tent. There will also be craft soda’s available for tasting.
Q. What’s in the VIP area?
Our VIP Experience offers specialty beers not found in the rest of the Microfest, a commemorative glass, buffet dinner from Iron Barley, tables and seating. Specialty brews from local breweries will be offered at each session.
Q. I see that there are three different Microfest sessions. Will there be different offerings for each?
The St. Louis Microfest offers 3 different sessions over 2 days. All three sessions will offer craft and international brews. Each session will offer different entertainment, music and demonstrations.
Q. The Microfest is billed as a “tasting” event. What does that mean?
The St. Louis Microfest is an opportunity for you to taste samples of beers from craft and international brewers. As part of your admission, you’ll receive small glass in which brewers will give you a two-ounce “pour” of the beers you choose – enough to give you a taste of the product. VIP patrons will be given a commemorative full-size pub glass as part of their ticket package but will still be given 2 oz samples Festival goers receive unlimited tastings during their 4 hour session.
Q. What else is going on at the Microfest?
During Session II on Saturday afternoon, we’ll have activities that are sure to make the Microfest even more fun: a Brewers Olympics and Homebrew Competition Awards.
The Brewers Olympics is an opportunity for our visiting brewers to compete in a variety of fun and zany challenges. The winner takes home the trophy and bragging rights for the year. Stay tuned for times.
Saturday afternoon we will once again announce the winners of the annual Homebrew Competition. Local homebrewers are working feverishly, even while you’re reading this, to win a coveted award at the competition. If you’re a homebrewer and are interested in competing. Please see the homebrewer’s tab for more information.
Q. Where is the Lower Muny Lot located?
The lot is located to the left of the Muny front office on Theatre Drive. However, Theatre Dr. will be closed to vehicle traffic from Pagoda Circle to Union Dr. for the entirety of the festival. Take the forest Park/Hampton exit from Hwy 40/I64, turn right into the park, then right at the stoplight. Keep to the right and you will come to a roundabout; stay on it until you pass the Jewel Box and come to McKinley Dr. Turn right on McKinley. Once on McKinley Dr. you can park on that street further down near Pagoda Circle and access the festival or you can proceed onto the Visitor Center parking lot for additional parking.
Q. I notice that the St. Louis Microfest is listed as “benefiting Lift for Life Gym.” Is this a fund-raising event?
Yes, most definitely. The Microfest is an annual fund-raising event that helps keep Lift For Life Gym operating throughout the year. Lift For Life Gym is a non-profit organization that runs year-round after-school programs for inner-city youth ages 8 to 18. The Gym provides nutritious meals, homework help, health and fitness programs, and a safe, fun place for youth after school. If you’d like to learn more about Lift For Life Gym, visit www.liftforlifegym.org.
Q. Do I need to bring ID to the event?
Definitely. All ticket holders will be carded and must be 21 to participate in the tasting portion of the event.
Q. Is there an extra charge for food?
There will be food for sale on the festival grounds. Food tickets can be purchased at Lift For Life ticket booths.
Q. What kind of music will be at the St. Louis Microfest?
We are working hard to line up our musical entertainment. Please Check out our music page for details.
Q. Where can I park?
Parking is available at the Forest Park Visitor Center parking lot located off Grand Dr. There is off-street parking available on McKinley Dr, Government Dr. and Union Dr. You can also take Metrolink to the park and use a Metro bus that goes through the park to get to the Microfest.
Q. What kind of items are offered in the Raffle? What is the price to enter?
This year instead of the silent auction we will be selling chances for 5 prizes. The prizes are available for viewing on the website. Tickets can be purchased online, at the ticket office at the event and at the food ticket booth. Tickets are $20.00 a chance.
Q. Do you take credit cards?
We will take credit cards for admission only. We can only accept cash for food ticket purchases. There will be an ATM offered on the Muny lot near the ticket counter.
Q. Can I bring my kids?
Kids are welcome at the Microfest if they’re accompanied by a parent. They can enjoy craft soda, food and music.
Q. Are dogs allowed at the Microfest?
Leashed dogs are allowed, as long as they are socialized and remain with their owners at all times.