First comes Path of Totality beer. Then St. Louis brewer throws an eclipse-watching party too

NASA created this animation which closely follows the moon’s umbra shadow as it passes over the United States during the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Through the use of a number of NASA datasets, the shape and location of the shadow is depicted w


Where will you be during the Great American Eclipse in August? Missouri is primed for the state’s moments in the dark. The total solar eclipse is reason enough for Schlafly Beer of St. Louis to throw a party and create a special brew.

St. Louis and much of the state falls in what’s known as the path of totality, the place where the moon completely shuts out the sun and darkness prevails for about 2 ½ minutes.

Schlafly’s Eclipse Field Trip, as the party is known, will start at the brewery’s Tap Room and then transport guests to a hotel with barbecue, beer, live music and games on Aug. 21. There are a limited number of tickets, which cost $45 and go on sale July 1 at


Before the celestial happening, Schlafly will market Path of Totality, a “Helles-style lager” that comes with a pair of eclipse-viewing glasses. These allow you to safely watch the solar showdown (with or without the beer).

The beer will hit markets in June in Missouri and nearby states, as well as New York City and Washington, D.C. Angelenos will have to visit if they want a sample.

There are more eclipse-related parties and happenings in Missouri, such as the party open to all at St. Joseph’s Rosecrans Memorial Airport in St. Joseph, and “Get Your Eclipse on Route 66” in St. Clair.

In addition to Missouri, the totality path will pass through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina.



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