About Missouri Beer
Missouri’s brewing history started when the state saw an influx of German immigrants in the 1830’s. German-born John Adam Lemp is credited for founding Missouri’s first brewery, Western Brewing, in 1840. The brewery was the originator of Flastaff, which was a popular American beer. That would be followed by the Bavarian Brewery which was founded in 1852. The Bavarian Brewery would be purchased nine years later by William D’Oench and Eberhard Anheuser. Adolphus Busch would marry Anheuser’s daughter and in 1869 he would purchase D’Oench shares creating Anheuser-Busch. Prohibition would hurt the entire industry, but Anheuser-Busch would survive and emerge as a superpower in the brewing industry.
In 1989 Boulevard Brewing was founded in Kansas City. The brewery became the state’s first independent brewery to emerge since prohibition. Since then the craft brewing market has really exploded and helped to bring diversity to Missouri’s beer market. As of 2015 there were over 70 craft breweries in the state!