St. Louis Blues alumni will be on hand for Anheuser-Busch’s annual weeks-long brewery lights event, which, when it opens next week, will feature an ice skating rink for the first time.
Blues vice president and former player Brett Hull will flip the switch and turn on 700,000 lights at an opening night ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. A half-million lights adorned the brewery’s red brick buildings in Soulard last year.
A temporary 84-foot-by-40-foot ice rink is being added under the lights of the Bevo Packaging Plant’s Budweiser sign.
A portion of the proceeds from skate rentals will go to the St. Louis Blues Alumni Association, which raises money for local charities.
Former Blues players Bobby Plager, Terry Yake, Bob Gassoff Jr., Cam Janssen, Mike Zuke and Reed Low will be available on Thursdays and Sundays for autographs, and some will skate with guests, A-B said.
Now in its 31st year, A-B’s brewery lights event offers free self-guided tours of the brewery grounds.
This year, it’ll run from Nov. 17 through Jan. 1, while closing on the holidays.
Drive-through tours along Pestalozzi Street are available from Monday through Wednesday nights from Nov. 21 to Dec. 28 after dusk until midnight.
A-B is offering those 21 and above a wristband that can be redeemed for free beer samples.
Some food and beverage options will be available for purchase, including $2.50 s’mores kits and $6 bratwurst, pretzels and toasted ravioli.
A $250 VIP option includes a private photo session with a Clydesdale, ornaments and drinks in the biergarten.
St. Louis is the North American headquarters of Belgium-based A-B InBev. Brewery lights is returning this year at its brewery in Fort Collins, Colo., and expanding to Merrimack, N.H., for the first time.
More information can be found at www.brewerylights.com.
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