When: Fri., May 6, 6-10 p.m. and Sat., May 7, 1-5 & 6:30-10 p.m. 2016
The St. Louis Microfest has grown so large that this year the organizers had to cap the number of entrants in the homebrew competition at 300. That's a lot of beer brewers in town, but they're still outnumbered by the beer drinkers, who will swarm the lower Muny parking lot in Forest Park this weekend to sample beer, eat a bit, and then sample more beer. More than 70 commercial craft brewers participate in the fundraiser for Lift for Life Gym (www.stlmicrofest.org), with notable entrants Brouwerij De Ranke, Old Bakery Brewery and Riparian Ales joining the fray for the first time. Your ticket ($42 to $77) gets you in to one of three four-hour sessions, a two-ounce sample glass and unlimited beer tastings during your session. You'll need money for food; dining options include Mission Taco Joint, Sugarfire Smokehouse and the Dam. Sessions take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday (May 6 and 7).