1800s Beer Cave Discovered Beneath St. Louis Community Garden
Posted: 2021-01-13 11:19:37    (see more from vinepair.com)

In St. Louis, a local community group has discovered a large cave once used for storing beer. The cave dates back to the 1800s and is believed to have also housed a mushroom farm, wine grotto, and community gathering space, according to Fox 2 St. Louis.

The discovery was first made last May when locals began digging a community garden about 50 feet above. After lowering in cameras through a series of holes, the team believes the space is about 30 feet wide with ceilings stretching 7 to 15 feet high.

One local predicts thousands of people used to gather around this space each Sunday, and a local Alderman explained that caves in St. Louis were integral to the city’s brewing scene. The Alderman, Dan Guenther, celebrated the discovery and explained that this and other caves in the area were “the brewery epicenter of the city of St. Louis.”

While the land above the cave is still in use, the team wants to continue exploring and create more access points in the years to come. The project is currently on hold but the team hopes to share “some exciting news this Fall.”

In the meantime, we’ll just have to wait and see what trends emerge from the underground beer scene in St. Louis.