IndiHop beer festival returns to Cherokee Street and The Grove June 2

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St. Louis’ community-building beer festival IndiHop returns for its seventh year from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Ride the free shuttle between The Grove and Cherokee Street and use your souvenir tasting glass to try unlimited 2-ounce pours from 25 businesses in each neighborhood.

Participating breweries include 4 Hands Brewing Co., Earthbound Beer, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., Brick River Cider Co. and more. Although sampling a wide variety of beers is a major draw for the event, IndiHop event planner Gelinda Connell said the true focus is showcasing what The Grove and Cherokee Street have to offer the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

“The goal is to show the independent districts don’t have to be competition,” she said. “By working together, we can strengthen and enhance what we do for the community. People are always discovering new businesses along the streets. We get a lot of comments like ‘I didn’t know this was here,’ and ‘I didn’t know what this building was for,’ so we’re really building awareness in the community.”

With shuttles running about every 15 minutes at three stops in each neighborhood during IndiHop, as well as an hour before and after the event, the organizers of the festival are working to ensure everyone stays safe.

“Cherokee is a really long walk, and Manchester is decent amount of walking, so we try to make it convenient for participants,” Connell said. “Take advantage of public transportation or a [designated driver], and make sure to be responsible.”

Although the live music lineup and some featured breweries have yet to be announced, fans may follow the IndiHop Facebook and Twitter to stay informed. Tickets are available online.

Lauren Healey is associate editor at Sauce Magazine. 

Sauce Magazine is a sponsor of Indihop.