Third Wheel Brewing is Making Fresh Beer in St. Peters
ST. PETERS, MO/June 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – As major breweries become more global, more and more local breweries are starting up. St. Peters just got its first craft brewery this week. Third Wheel Brewing at 4008 North Service Road (the I-70 N Outer Rd at Cave Springs) just opened on Wednesday, June 7th, offering a playful take on artisan beer. But make no mistake, this place is the real deal.
The name for the brewery came from a unique little three-wheeled truck that one of the owners bought at auction. The tiny truck, nicknamed Trixie, has a motorcycle engine, and requires a helmet for operation under current Missouri law. They’ve polished her up, and added some great amenity, like taps in the bed! Trixie is usually parked out front at Third Wheel Brewing, but also travels to festivals across the region.
The craft brewery grew out of the owners’ collective love of beer. They were already active members of the close-knit St. Louis beer scene. Brad Wheeling is a longtime beer judge and certified cicerone. Brewmaster Abbey Spence is a certified cicerone and presided over the OG, an all-women beer collective, before taking the lead at Third Wheel. The ownership team, which includes Wheeling, Ron and Valerie Woerndle, and Wade and Erin Alberty, leased the 10,000-square foot space near Cave Springs and I-70 last September and began building their brewery.
They’ve started with five unique, house-brewed beers on draft, but plan to add more as the go along—aiming for about 18 labels of their own. Right now, the taps include Ophelia’s Wit (4.9% ABV), a traditional Belgian Wit beer with coriander and orange peel and just a hint of rosemary; Trixie’s Pale Ale (5.8% ABV), an American Pale Ale, with hints of citrus and pine and well balanced with sweet, bready malt; Quit Your Day Job (5.5% ABV), an American Brown Ale that’s bold but not overwhelming with mild chocolate and toffee notes that are balanced by the citrus bite from Centennial hops; Dyslexic API (8% ABV), a double IPA that’s big, bold, hoppy, and screams citrus and floral; and Going Once…Going Twice… (3.9% ABV) an old-school Berliner Weisse that’s light and slightly tart and can be had straight up or with a shot of their house-made syrup. Customers can order a flight and try them all. To fill out the taps, they are also offering guest taps from some of the most popular regional breweries. Customers can come in and have a beer, or order it in a growler to-go. Soon, they’ll also offer their artisan beers in 32-ounce cans, called “crowlers.” Third Wheel brewmaster, Abbey Spencer says the cans will keep the beer fresher longer.
Third Wheel Brewing is closed Monday – Tuesday. They’re open Wednesday – Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8:00 p.m.
The Window Kitchen is open until one hour before bar close. They serve food designed to be paired with beer. The apps menu includes selections like “Supreme Pacho” which are potato nachos topped with pulled pork, salsa, sour cream, queso, and jalapenos. There are also deviled eggs topped with apple butter and bacon, and deep-fried brew pretzels served with IPA pub mustard and the house beer cheese sauce. Or you can order a “Tater Pile” (your choice of house-made fries, chips, or sweet potato fries).
All meals with potato sides come with one of their “Supa Dip” dipping sauces. There are 14 to choose from so far. The list includes their creamy, tangy signature Wheel Sauce, Marinara, Queso, Honey BBQ, and other savory choices one might expect. But there’s also Marshmallow, Caramel, and Mango Habanero.
Diners will find crispy chicken wings with a nice selection of finishes that run from a mild teryaki to classic hot wings. There’s also a selection of burgers and sandwiches—including a steak sandwich with caramelized onions and Monterey jack cheese—and wraps with fillings like bacon, lettuce, and tomato; Southwest veggie with corn and black beans, and a Caesar steak wrap.
But this place is all about relaxing with friends or family and enjoying great beer. And they made sure everyone on staff is an expert in serving the beer they make. Third Wheel even insists that every server they employ be a Cicerone Certified Beer Server. (The Cicerone Certification Program educates and certifies beer professionals in an effort to elevate the beer experience for consumers.) This means that everyone on the staff has the knowledge to make recommendations that will help customers find their favorite Third Wheel beer.
Third Wheel Brewing Company
Owners: Brad Wheeling, Ron & Valerie Woerndle, Wade & Erin Alberty
Brewmaster: Abbey Spencer
Cave Springs & I-70
4008 North Service Road
Saint Peters, MO 63376