Beer Places in the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Beer Places in the 2017 Solar Eclipse
Where will you be when the sun goes out?

I’m taking it upon myself to compile a list of brewery tap rooms and brewpubs with the path of totality for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. It will become dark and eerie in the middle of the day. Don’t face it without a beer.

The southern half of St. Louis will see totality for less than one minute. There are many more beer places in town where you can catch the darkness. Even for those places which won’t be open for the Monday event, you might still like to turn the weekend into a “crawl” of southern Illinois and environs.

For each location, we have indicated the time at which “Maximum totality” will occur, and how long totality will last. Many of these small brewers and tap rooms are usually closed Monday, but may end up deciding to have special hours. So I’ll be checking back and updating as needed.

Find your own eclipse: This Google Map by Xavier Jubier lets you zoom in to any location with all the astronomical data for that spot you need.

The University of California at Berkeley has an Eclipse Megamovie site with an animation that will simulate the amount of darkness expected at any location.


We pick up the path in the St. Louis area, which is right on the northern edge of totality.  Breweries to the north of downtown, like O’Fallon and Urban Chestnut, lie just outside the zone of totality, while other brewers to the south and southwest, get extra time out of the sun. Further west, Columbia, MO will be near the totality line. Kansas City will only see totality in it northern half; Boulevard Brewing is just six blocks from seeing total darkness.

St. Louis

Perennial Artisan Ales

8125 Michigan Ave. St. Louis, MO 63111 314-631-7300
Tasting Room with food from the bar.
Wed-Thu 4-10pm, Fri 4-11pm, Sat 12-11PM
Maximum Totality: 1:18 pm, Duration: 1 min 20 sec.

No special opening for Monday yet, but we will update if we hear anything.


Anheuser-Busch Brewery & Biergarten

1200 Lynch St., St. Louis, MO 63118 314-577-2626
You know someone’s gonna wanna tour the humungous brewery, then try some of the cellared beers from their research brewery. AB’s location, in the Soulard Neighborhood just south of downtown, puts it at the very edge of the eclipse’s shadow.
Mon-Thu 9am – 5pm, Fri-Sat 9am -5:30 pm, Sun 11am – 5pm
Maximum Totality: 1:18 pm, Duration: 18 sec.

Open Monday, but no special events listed.



Schlafly Bottleworks

7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood, MO 63103 (314) 241-BEER
Tap House & Restaurant
Mon-Tue 11am – 11pm, Wed-Sat 11am – 12am, Sun 11am – 10pm
Maximum Totality: 1:18 pm. Duration: 50 sec.

Watch for special Path of Totality packaging.

Eclipse Day Field Trip (Sold Out):
Come join us on a field trip to the Dew Drop Inn in Bloomsdale, Missouri to celebrate this historic event. We picked this location for our backyard bbq because it is along the path of totality and the perfect viewing spot of the eclipse. Limited tickets ($45) available here and include:
Bus transportation, beer on the bus, as well as at the event, BBQ lunch, lawn games, live music.
(Maximum Totality at Bloomsdale: 1:19 pm, Duration: 2 min 40 sec.)



Kirkwood Station Brewery

105 E. Jefferson, Kirkwood, MO 63122 (314) 966-2739
Brewery & Restaurant.
Open Sun-Thu 11 am. – 10 pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am – 1:30 am
Maximum Totality: 1:18 pm. Duration: 1 min. 28 sec.

No special events planned as yet.


Ste. Genevieve

Charleville Vineyard

16937 Boyd Road, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri (573) 756-4537

Open Wed.-Sun. Winemaker and Brewer in the edge of the Ozarks.

Maximum Totality: 1:19 pm. Duration: 2 min 25 sec.

We are having a Total Eclipse party on August 21st. We are brewing a special beer that will be released at that party! We will also have music and a pig roast. We will be giving Eclipse glasses to the first 100 that make reservations! Our location has a panoramic view that will be the perfect spot to view the totality.


Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling

13326 State Hwy F, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 573-756-9700
Open Thur-Sun, 11 am – 7 pm
Brewery & Distillery. Open Thur.-Sun. 11am – 7pm
Maximum Totality: 1:19 pm. Duration: 2 min 25 sec.

No plans at present to open Monday.


Cape Girardeau

Minglewood Brewery

121 Broadway St., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 573-803-0524
Open Mon – Thur, 11 am – 10 pm; Fri – Sat 11 am – 12 am; Sun 11 am – 9 pm
Restaurant/Brewpub 2 blocks from the Mississippi River waterfront.
Maximum Totality: 1:21 pm. Duration: 1 min 45 sec.

No special plans, but Monday is their regular “Minglewings” special: Hickory smoked wings served with house made hot sauce.




Stubborn German Brewing Company

119 S Main Street, Waterloo, IL (618) 504-2444
Tap Room: Tue – Thu 4:30pm – 10pm, Fri 3pm – 11pm, Sat 12p – 11p, Sun 12p – 6pm
Maximum Totality: 1:18 pm. Duration: 2 min 10 sec.

Will be open on Monday, August 21 from 12-4pm. We will have Total Eclipse Oatmeal Stout on tap that day, along with 12 other house-made beers!



White Rooster Farmhouse Brewery

113 W Jackson St. Sparta, IL 62286 (618) 449-2077
Open Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-7pm
Just opened this past May, a farmhouse brewery specializing in barrel fermentation and local ingredients.
Maximum Totality: 1:20 pm. Duration: 2 min 16 sec.

When I called on July 7, the manager said they might open on Monday, what with the World Shooting Recreational Complex nearby housing a few thousand campers (and as of July 7, there are campsites available). I will check back and update if they make a determination.



Scratch Brewing Co.

264 Thompson Rd., Ava, IL 62907 618-426-1415
Open Thu 5pm – 10pm, Fri 4pm – 10pm, Sat 12pm – 10pm, Sun 12pm – 8pm
Farm brewery with its own hop yard, specializing in locally-sourced ingredients. Its brewers have authored The Homebrewers Almanac, a book listing 36 plants you can grow, forage or buy locally to add variety to your home-brew.
Maximum Totality: 1:20 pm. Duration:  2 min 33 sec.

Special Eclipse Weekend Hours announced:
Saturday, 8/19: 12-10 pm: Normal tasting room hours; all food available
Sunday, 8/20: 12-8 pm: Normal tasting room hours; all food available
Monday, 8/21: 5-10 pm: Tasting room open for beer only
We are CASH ONLY and have an on-site ATM.



St. Nicholas Brewing Company

12 S Oak St. Du Quoin, IL 62832 (618) 790-9212
Open Tue-Thu 11am – 9 pm, Fri – Sat 11 am – 1 am, Sun 11 am – 9 pm
Brewpub/restaurant in DuQuoin’s historic downtown St. Nicholas Hotel.
Maximum Totality: 1:21 pm. Duration: 2 min. 00 sec.

“Scientists from the Adler Planetarium will be at the brewery during the week before, with their telescopes, and a program about the eclipse.
We will have live music the full weekend before:”
Friday, 7:30 pm: The Swamp Tigers (Rockabilly)
Saturday, 9 pm: Chris Slone
Sunday, 3 pm: Kevin Brost 3pm
Monday: Special hours 4-8pm serving a limited menu



Big Muddy Brewing

1430 N. 7th St., Murphysboro, IL 62966 (618) 684-8833
Tap Room Open Fri 4pm – 10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-7pm
Maximum Totality: 1:21 pm. Duration: 2 min 37 sec.

The brewery will be open during the total solar eclipse. We are at the center of Totality so the view will be awesome from our 9 acres of fields out back. Hours: 8 am – 7 pm.

Scientists from Chicago’s Adler Planetarium will be doing a presentation along with telescope viewing at Big Muddy Brewing on Saturday night before the Eclipse. This is an all ages event…Families are welcome.

  • 7-8:30 pm – The Adler staff will give a presentation about the Sun & eclipse. They encourage lots of audience interaction. Presentation + audience Q&A  from 7-8:30 pm.
  • 8:30-10:00 pm – They will offer telescope viewing of the sky (weather permitting). (from


Molly’s Pint Brewpub

12 N. 13th St., Murphysboro, Illinois, IL 62966
Mon-Thu 3pm – 10pm, Fri 3pm – 10pm, Sat -Sun 2pm – 10pm
Recently opened brewpub
Maximum Totality: 1:21 pm. Duration: 2 min, 37 sec

We will be releasing an Abyssal Black Lager at Molly’s Pint on the day of the eclipse, and will open at 2pm


Alto Pass

Von Jakob Vineyard & Brewery

230 HWY 127, Alto Pass, IL 62975 618 893-4600
Open Monday– Friday, 11 am – 5 pm; Saturday 10 am – 7 pm, Sunday 10 am 6 pm

Maximum Totality: 1:20 pm. Duration: 2 min. 39 sec.

There are a few local areas that are perfect for seeing it at its fullest and one such location is here at Von Jakob Winery and Brewery. The partial eclipse phases will begin at 11:52am, will reach totality around 1:21pm, and then end at 2:47pm. Live Music by Kyle Nachtigal



This small town has no brewery, but it will be the “point of longest duration,” at 2 min, 41.2 sec., taking into account the position of the Moon’s mountains and valleys. It’s also where the path of the 2024 total eclipse will cross from southwest to northeast, with a duration of 4 minutes. Full information at

Maximum Totality: 1:21 pm. Duration: 2 min. 41 sec.




Paducah Beer Werks

301 N 4th St, Paducah, KY 42001 270-933-1265
Tue-Thu 11am – 10pm, Fri – Sat 11 am-Midnight
Brewpub in a renovated Greyhound bus station near the banks of the Ohio River.
Maximum Totality: 1:23 pm. Duration: 2 min 22 sec.

They have no plans to be open on Monday.

Dry Ground Brewing Company

3121 Broadway Street, Paducah, KY 270 201-2096
Mon-Thu 3p – 11 p, Fri 3 – 12, Sat 12 – 12, Sun 1 – 9 pm
Facility in a converted Coca-Cola bottling plant.
Maximum Totality: 1:23. Duration: 2 min. 16 sec.

Tickets: Free
View the solar eclipse with a beer in your hand, good music in your ears, and food in your belly!
Taproom opens at 11:00AM


The town of Hopkinsville is included here because it will be at the “point of greatest eclipse,” when the cone of the Moon’s shadow is closest to the Earth

Hopkinsville Brewing Company

102 E. 5th St., Hopkinsville, KY 42240 (270) 987-3115 
Wed-Thur 4-8pm, Fri-Sat 2-8pm
Maximum Totality: 1:26 pm. Duration: 2 min 41 sec.

We’ll be open on the 21st, 3-10pm. I’ll have two eclipse-themed beers on tap: Annularity Pale Ale (to be tapped on 8/18) and Nightrider Totality Stout, which we’ll tap on 8/21.

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