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Throughout the fall we have been taking a look at the beer scenes in cities representing all 32 NFL teams — from local brewers to beer-centric bars to the finest beer shops. One thing is for sure, football fans are drinking very well. And if you’re not into sports but enjoy a quality imperial oatmeal stout, then read on anyway to see how cities across the country are taking their suds more seriously than ever. Up next, the St. Louis Rams.

WHAT TO DRINK
Schlafly Pale Ale: From St. Louis’ little microbrewery that could (and is now not so little) comes this sessionable pale ale, the company’s flagship beer. Expect a yeasty, malty, gently caramelized character, with a clean finish. schlafly.com

Urban Chestnut Zwickel: Pronounced zv-ick-el, this beer pours hazy, which is typical for this unfiltered, unpasteurized traditional German style. The brewery claims it’s “vitamin rich,” thanks to the yeast. Floral, fruity and yeasty notes dominate. urbanchestnut.com

Perrenial Hommel Bier: Think of this one as a Belgian IPA. Grassy, hoppy aromas give way to zesty fruit flavor, with a malty edge to round it out. If you’re new to this beer style, you’ll either love or hate the intense carbonation. perennialbeer.com

WHERE TO DRINK IT
33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar: Despite the name and comprehensive wine list, the bar has always attracted beer geeks. In fact, the original owner opened his own craft brewery last year. The beer list may not be as extensive as the 700-strong wine list, but it’s meticulously curated. 1913 Park Avenue, 314-231-9463, 33wine.com

International Tap House: Known locally as iTap, the bar has a location in Chesterfield and another coming to the West End in early 2013. The selection is wide – 500-strong, with at least 40 on tap – and international. 1711 South 9th Street, 314-621-4333, internationaltaphouse.com

Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar: Another one with a massive beer list, it boasts 55 taps available not only for on-premise drinking but take-home growler fills, and another 150-plus bottles. A sizable wine list includes more than 20 by-the-glass options. 1004 Locust, 314-241-8141, thebridgestl.com

WHERE TO BUY IT
Lukas Liquor Superstore: More than just a beer store, it has three wine experts, a cigar expert and a total of five beer experts on staff. The 24,000-square-foot space stocks some 900 beers from around the world. Check out the aisle dedicated to build-your-own six packs. 15921 Manchester Road, Ellisville, 636-227-4543, lukasliquorstl.com

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