About The St. Louis Bourbon Festival

The Venue

In addition to the Lemp Grand Hall and Lofts, this year's festival will introduce an all new outdoor experience including live music, craft vendors, local food trucks serving providing menus selected just for the event. 

New for 20223, we will also be hosting individual tasting sessions inside the hauntingly famous Lemp Mansion itself. These private tasting sessions will focus on history, distillation/barreling, blending/finishing, cocktail creation, culinary pairings and other popular topics in the world of Bourbon. 

The Lemp dynasty began when Johann Lemp arrived in St. Louis from Eschwege, Germany in 1838. 

At his small grocery store, Lemp sold a home made golden lager, which was a welcome departure from the darker, heavier beers that were available at the time. 

The Lemp Mansion itself was built in the 1860's and purchased by William J. Lemp as a brewery office and residence. The site of multiple tragedies, the brewery was sold in 1922, but has since been returned to its former glory. More on the history of the Lemp Mansion and the Lemp Dynasty can be found at their website.  

The Sazerac VIP Experience

The St. Louis Bourbon Society and Sazerac have teamed up to bring you a truly special VIP Experience.  

The VIP ticket is the ultimate way to immerse yourself into some of the most unique things the St. Louis Bourbon Festival has to offer.  

The Sazerac VIP Experience grants you access to the exclusive VIP lounge area in the Lemp Loft's where you will find Allocated Tastings, Specialty Cocktails and exclusive interactive events. 

In addition to a wide variety of allocated and unique products, you will also receive 1 hr. early access to the event along with a private VIP bar serving up signature cocktails from some of St. Louis' most talented mixologists.  


The St. Louis Bourbon Society

Founded in 2016, the St. Louis Bourbon Society has grown from a group of a few hundred people who wanted to discuss bourbon and drink together into one of the most interactive Bourbon group in the country. With nearly 12,000 enthusiasts who are passionate about their Bourbon they continue to connect with one another across the region.  

More than just a place to discuss, the St. Louis Bourbon society hosts multiple tastings, bottle shares and events throughout the year featuring brands, ambassadors, hall of famers and master distillers from across the country.  

More than just whiskey, every event the SLBS hosts also has a charitable component with a mission of creating fellowship and giving back to the communities in which we live. The St. Louis Bourbon Society continues to grow and innovate as one of the countries largest and most interactive groups.