It’s Part Bar, Part Winery, Part Liquor Store, All Fun – Grappa Growlers
Belleville, IL/January 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s a bar! It’s a winery! It’s a restaurant! It’s a liquor store! It’s Grappa Growlers! This distinctive little shop at 1501 North Belt West in Belleville is a little bit of all of the above, and then some. Kelly Whitney and Jodi Meravy opened their unique business in December 2011, and they’ve been growing loyal customers ever since. Their customers call this place a local gem, and they aren’t kidding. Where else can you go for a beer (or wine) and snacks with friends, catch the game on TV, and do a little gift shopping?
Grappa Growlers does serve some food, but it’s not the main draw. That would be the craft beers and amazing selection of wines. They always have eight artisan, import, or craft beers on tap. As of this writing the list include: Bell’s Hop Slam (10%), Santa’s Little Helper Imperial Stout (10.5%), Half Acre Lead Feather Black Ale (6%), Abita Bourbon St. Chocolate Stout (10.5%), Founders Azacca IPA (7.0%), Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat (5.5%), Abita Mardi Gras Bock (6.5%), and Great Lakes Conway Irish Lager (6.5%), but keep in mind that they rotate regularly. One of the qualities that set Grappa Growlers apart from a “regular bar” is that you can sample the beer before you make your selection. Then you can enjoy that beer at one of the tables or sip while you shop. This is a great place to split a bottle of wine with friends too.
This hybrid establishment is a destination for a fun, relaxing evening. The decor is stylish without being pretentious. The vibe is upscale, but comfortable. And the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. They are also exceptionally knowledgeable about the products they sell. With about 500 bottled wines, plus dozens of beers, bourbons and other hard to find liquors, that’s saying something!
If you are looking for a special or rare beer, wine, or spirit the staff at Grappa Growlers is happy to help you find it. They’ll do all the research and determine the availability and price of your request, then contact you with the information. They also do gift baskets that can be delivered locally or shipped out of town for you.
Customers say they especially enjoy sampling the craft beers, or sharing a bottle of wine (along with a meat & cheese plate) among friends. In addition to the food and drink available daily, Grappa Growlers offers monthly beer and wine tastings, plus they host special food nights. For instance, this Saturday, Jan. 28, they’ll be offering Gyros & Fries from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. During warmer months they also have special food truck nights. It’s a terrific way to spend an evening on their patio. And they even have live music from time to time.
St. Louis favorite Molly Rittenhouse in a performance last year at Grappa Growlers alongside guitarist Andy Vieluf.
The next beer tasting at Grappa Growlers will be Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 9 they’ll feature Northern California’s Chacewater Wines from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Check their website for a complete listing of upcoming events. Grappa Growlers is open Tuesday – Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 7:00 p.m.
As if all that wine tasting, beer tapping, and hanging out wasn’t enough, Grappa Growlers can also be the place for your unique event or a party. They offer private wine tasting parties for individuals as well as corporate events. They also have space available to host showers, birthday parties or whatever you’re celebrating. Grappa Growlers may seem like a nice beer and wine shop on the surface, but they’ve become a go-to destination in Belleville for a good time with friends.
Owner: Kelly Whitney & Jodi Meravy
Phone: (618) 234-9463