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Starbucks and Anheuser-Busch Brewing Up Partnership

Starbucks and Anheuser-Busch Brewing Up Partnership

Two Powerhouses, Starbucks & Anheuser-Busch Joining Forces

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Two of the world’s largest beverage powerhouses, Anheuser-Busch and Starbucks, are teaming up on a new line of nonalcoholic, bottled Teavana tea drinks to capitalize on the rapidly growing tea sector.  Premium bottled tea is the fastest growing segment in the Ready-to-Drink (RTD) tea category, representing a substantial growth opportunity for both companies.

Starbucks and Anheuser-Busch Brewing Up Partnership

Starbucks and Anheuser-Busch Brewing Up Partnership

According to the Tea Association of the U.S., 80 percent of tea consumed in America is iced tea.  Their statistics also show that overall tea has an international category size of $125 billion, with Americans drinking close to 800 million cups of tea per week.  The liaison will position Starbucks and Anheuser-Busch to claim market share in the more than $1 billion premium Ready-to-Drink (RTD) tea category.

Starbucks acquired Teavana in 2012 and sold more than $1 billion of brewed Teavana tea in its U.S. stores in the past 12 months.  That’s an 11 percent increase from a year earlier for the Seattle-based company.  Now, the two companies will be working together to produce, bottle, distribute and market the first Teavana Ready-to-Drink (RTD) tea in the U.S.

“Starbucks’ expertise and leadership in premium tea combined with our world-class production capabilities and strong U.S. distribution footprint, will position this new product well in what is an exciting and growing category,” said Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev.  Each company has a long history of successful brand-building.

While Starbucks brings Teavana’s tea expertise, retail power and consumer engagement capabilities to the partnership, Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser and Bud Light beers, will oversee production, bottling and distribution to retailers nationwide through its already established network of wholesalers.

The new RTD product line will incorporate the handcrafted nature and gourmet flavors drawn from Starbucks and Teavana’s retail favorites to offer consumers premium layered flavors.  Look for an anticipated product launch sometime in the first half of 2017.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Ranks Second-Best Wheat Beer Out of 59 Best Wheat Beer/Hefeweizens

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Ranks Second-Best Wheat Beer Out of 59 Best Wheat Beer/Hefeweizens

Paste Magazine Names Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Ranks Second-Best Wheat Beer

ST. LOUIS, MO/April 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) There’s no denying that St. Louis is one of the great beer brewing cities of the world.  Well now, according to Paste Magazine, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. which is the third-largest brewery in St. Louis has the second-best wheat beer out of their list of the 59 best wheat beer/hefeweizens.

Paste Magazine returned to print in March of 2017, as a quarterly magazine writing about a number of different topics such as Music, Movies, TV, Design, Style, Visual Arts, Tech, Food, Drink, Travel, Politics, Media, Business, Science and Health.  So how did they come to their conclusion? Professional beer writers, brewery owners and beer reps did a blind-tasting of 59 American pale wheat’s and German hefeweizens to make that determination.

Each year Urban Chestnut produces about 20,000 barrels.  They have locations in the Grove, Midtown and Germany.  “This is one of those beers we never seem to be able to praise enough,” Paste said.  “We have yet to encounter any American brewery that consistently brews classic German styles as cleanly and superbly as St. Louis’ Urban Chestnut.  This is just what these guys do best, and it’s well past time that everyone else shared our esteem.”

Schlafly Beer, the second largest St. Louis brewery producing over 60,000 barrels a year has made the top 10 list twice, with its hefeweizen coming in at No. 4 and its raspberry hefeweizen at No. 8.  According to Paste, ” The raspberry hefe gives you is the best of both worlds — decadent aroma, but without all the cloying sugar or artificiality on the palate.  For that reason, it’s absurdly drinkable.”

St. Louisans will have the opportunity to make their own determinations on their favorite beers at this year’s St. Louis Microfest.  The 2017 22nd Annual St. Louis Microfest will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, at 10:00 p.m.  It is one of the premiere festivals in the St. Louis area offering festival goers the chance to do a lot of sampling.

Two Plumbers Offers Craft Beer & Video Games in St. Charles

Two Plumbers

St. Charles’ Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade Now Open

St. Charles, MO/March 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Charles County has a brand new way to play.  Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade at 2236 First Capitol Drive opened for business on March 18th.  It’s one of just a handful of establishments nationwide to combine the arcade bar experience with house-brewed beer.  Two Plumbers was named to honor Mario and Luigi, Nintendo’s famous video game brothers who first emerged to save New York from the monsters in its sewers in 1983.  As Mario Brothers, they went on to rescue the hapless Pauline from the great ape Donkey Kong, and to arcade racing fame in Mario Kart, becoming the faces of Nintendo’s brand.

Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade, St. Charles, MO

Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade, St. Charles, MO

The new brewhouse and arcade near Lindenwood University is the collaborative creation of childhood friends Robert Schowengerdt and John Simon.  A longtime video game fan, Schowengerdt’s background is in animation.  Simon is a microbiologist.  With a decade of home brewing experience, plus time spent in the breweries of Six Row Brewing Co. and Ferguson Brewing Co, he’s leading the brewing operations.

Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade is an adults-only (over 21) establishment offering small-batch craft beer.  There are ten taps with seasonal offerings and two year round beers: a honey blond called Pauline (the damsel in distress in Donkey Kong), and an American brown ale called Braunen Mantel (German for “brown coat”), which is a nod to the rebels in the sci-fi TV series Firefly. You’ll also find the wares of other craft brewers like Firestone Walker (Buellton, CA), Founders Brewing (Grand Rapids, MI), Logboat Brewing (Columbia, MO) and others.

The arcade and bar occupies more than 3,000 square feet in an unassuming looking strip mall.  Inside there’s an industrial vibe and seating for about 80.  The space is centered by long, beer hall style tables, and surrounded by the bright, inviting lights of more than 25 video games and a wall of 10 pinball machines.  Customers will find everything from the classic Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and Frogger to Mortal Combat and imported Japanese gaming consoles.

Schowengerdt and Simon are part of an emerging beer making community west of the Missouri River.  St. Charles County has been called a craft beer desert.  A few breweries have begun to fill that void.  Two Plumbers is the newest.  As such, they’re hosting a Marquee event during this year’s St. Charles County Craft Beer Week (April 22-29, 2017).  Join them Friday, April 28th from 8:30 p.m. to midnight for Brewery + Arcade Night.

Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade is open Tuesday – Friday from 3:00 p.m. to Midnight and Saturdays from noon to 1:30 a.m.  Be advised that this is a craft brewery and arcade, not a restaurant.  So if you want food, you’ll probably want to bring your own.  The owners say they are working to add (locally produced) Dan O’s frozen pizza.  It should be available at the bar in the next few weeks.  Even so, customers are welcome to bring in their own food, or have it delivered to them at the arcade.

Contact Information:

Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade
Owner: Robert Schowengerdt
Brewmaster: John Simon
2236 First Capitol Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
Phone: (636) 224-8626

Self-Serve Beer & Wine Bar Coming to Maplewood

Self-Serve Beer & Wine Bar

New Maplewood Bar Will Let Customers Work the Taps – Self-Serve Beer & Wine Bar

Maplewood, MO/ (STLRestaurant.News) – Maplewood has been an incubator for new food and dining concepts in the St. Louis area.  So it’s really not surprising that Ryan and Lindsay Reel chose the inner ring suburb to debut their new beer and wine bar Tapped.  They’re nearly done with renovations to the property at 7278 Manchester (formerly A Pizza Story). Tapped is slated to open in April.

What makes this new Maplewood bar unique is that customers will get their own drinks.  Tapped will use the iPourIt tap control system.  It’s a novel, new tap system that will allow customers to pour their own beer and wine.  According to the manufacturer, iPourIt works with RFID wristbands that each customer receives.  The thirsty customers wave the wristband to activate the tap they choose.  They decide how much they want to pour, and pay only for the beer or wine they take.

This will let customers sample from any of the 40 local craft beers and ciders Tapped will offer.  Each tap will have an interactive tablet, allowing customers to learn more about that particular libation before deciding what to pour.  The Reels say they do not plan to offer any major brewer’s products. (So don’t look for Bud Light here.)  Instead, they’ll have brews from St. Louis favorites Schlafly, Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands, and other.  There will also be eight wine taps, and coffee too.

Diners who miss the old pizza place will be glad to learn that the Reels have still have the wood-burning pizza oven from A Pizza Story, and plan to offer the same Neapolitan pizzas that were once served in the building.  They’ll also do small plates and appetizers that pair well with beer.  Look for fresh, gourmet sandwiches, dips, and mussels.

The exact opening date hasn’t been set, but mid-April is the target date.  According to their Facebook page, the Reels are in the process of hiring staff for Tapped.  They’re looking for “beer, wine, and food enthusiasts” to fill all positions, including prep cooks, cooks, hosts, and managers.

Contact Information:

Tapped
Owners: Ryan and Lindsay Reel
7278 Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143
314-899-0011

St. Louis’ Top 10 Craft Brewpubs

Craft Brewpubs in St. Louis, MO

The Best Craft Brewpubs in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO/March 3, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis is a beer town.  We’ve been making and drinking beer since the founding of the city.  Beer making is a part of our community history, and beer drinking is part of our local culture.  So when the microbreweries began to emerge across the country at the end of the 20th century, St. Louis was on board.  As our thirst for these new, specialty beers grew, so did the number of artisan makers brewing something to quench us.  Now there are scores of craft beer makers in the St. Louis area.  Diners will find them in dedicated taprooms, German-inspired beer gardens, and brew pubs across the metro area.

So who does it best?  We once again turned to customer reviews to find out.  In order to get a good sample of opinions, we limited the top 10 to brewpubs with at least 50 reviews.  We found the best are a mix of some of the city’s earliest microbreweries and some of the newest too.  And the best news of all?  They span the region from the metro-east to St. Charles County, so there’s a great artisan beer experience waiting in everyone’s back yard.

Topping the list is The Civil Life Brewing Company at 3714 Holt Ave., in south city’s Tower Grove South neighborhood.  This is a great choice for the craft beer novice, as there’s always an eclectic selection of their artisan beers on draft and the crew is super helpful to those just trying to figure out what they like.  The cozy wood-paneled space is part English pub and part German beer hall.  You’ll find a long bar and large communal table, plus cozier seating upstairs.  Tuesday through Saturday, the menu changes, but always includes apps, and seven to ten sandwiches including selections like roast beef, Cubans, and even a vegetarian sandwich.  On Sundays they serve soup.  Since opening in 2011, The Civil Life has developed a loyal following.  This is truly one of the new-wave of craft brewpubs: there’s no phone number and they only accept cash.

Here is the full list of St. Louis’ Top 10 Craft Brewpubs:

1. The Civil Life Brewing Company (4.59 stars/173 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3714 Holt Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63116, no phone.
2. The Modern Brewery (4.55 stars/51 reviews) Kings Oak, 5231 Manchester Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, no phone.
3. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. (4.40/436 reviews) Midtown, 3229 Washington Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 222-0143.
4. The Side Project Cellar (4.39 stars/153 reviews) Maplewood, 7373 Marietta Ave., Maplewood, MO 63143, (314) 224-5211.
5. Heavy Riff Brewing (4.31 stars/168 reviews) Dogtown, 6413 Clayton Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63139, (555) 515-1511.
6. 4 Hands Brewing (4.30 stars/383 reviews) Lasalle, 1220 South 8th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 436-1559.
7. Earthbound Beer (4.27 stars/81 reviews) Gravois Park, 2710 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 769-9576.
8. Alpha Brewing Company (4.25 stars/126 reviews) Downtown, 1409 Washington Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 621-2337.
9. Old Bakery Beer Company (4.23 stars/194 reviews) Alton, 400 Landmarks Boulevard, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 463-1470.
10. Exit 6 Pub & Brewery (4.18 stars/61 reviews) Cottleville, 5055 Hwy N, Cottleville, MO 63304, (636) 244-4343.

With so many choices it’s impossible to mention just ten.  There are so many other craft brewers and brewpubs in town that are worth your attention.  So we’re giving honorable mentions to a few that didn’t quite make the Top 10 list.  These places had great scores, but didn’t have quite enough reviews to make the list this time around.  Keep an eye on them, or try a flight, or something.  These artisans are brewing up great things ahead.

Honorable Mentions go to:

Six Mile Bridge (4.49 stars/45 reviews) Maryland Heights, 11841 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043, (314) 942-2211.  One of St. Louis’ newest craft breweries, they turned on the taps in 2015, and they’ve been winning accolades ever since, including winning a 2016 Gold Medal for their Classic Dry Irish Stout.

2nd Shift Brewing (4.38 stars/21 reviews) The Hill, 1601 Sublette Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 669-9013.  This is St. Louis’ newest brew pub—sort of.  They’ve been making beer since 2010 and other pubs have been putting in the glasses of thirsty beer drinkers.  But they just opened their own tasting room on the Hill last November (2016).

21st Street Brewers Bar Honors St. Louis Beer Heritage

21st Street Brewers Bar, St. Louis, MO

Craft Beer Underground at 21st Street Brewers Bar

St. Louis, MO/February 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) 21st Street Brewers Bar – St. Louis has a rich beer making history.  It dates back to the the city’s earliest days, with the first production brewery operating as early as 1810.  The first craft brewers were making beer and selling it to their neighbors at least as long ago.  John Coons was known to have a small batch brewery operating as early as 1809, and neighborhood breweries were commonplace throughout the 19th century.  After Prohibition ended, the beer making began anew.  There was the Griesedieck Brothers and Falstaff, and or course, the King of beers was born here.  That’s a lot of beer making history!  The 21st Street Brewers Bar at 2017 Chouteau Ave. just south of downtown St. Louis celebrates the city’s brewers, old and new.  The Centennial Malt House, home to 21st Street Brewers Bar, is also home to St. Louis’ first beer festival each year, this week’s Centennial Beer Festival (Feb. 13 – 18, 2017).  These folks are serious about beer.

The bar is a classic rathskeller—it really is a bar in the basement of a prominent building, in this case the old Schnaider Brewery (c.1876), at 21st and Chouteau in Lafayette Square.  The decor is just what you’d expect in a rathskeller too: stone walls, natural wood, and cozy leather, lounge furniture.  It’s upscale, but with a casual, comfortable vibe that make this bar a perfect place for celebrating with friends or just hanging out.  Even the history of the space is all about beer.  The bar occupies a basement that once served as catacombs for the Schnaider Brewery, one of St. Louis’ first and largest beer makers.  In fact, when Paul and Wendy Hamilton first opened the bar in the basement beneath two of their restaurants, PW Pizza and Vin de Set, they called it 21st Amendment Brewers Bar, to pay homage to the city’s historic beer makers and the Constitutional Amendment that officially repealed Prohibition.

So what’s a brewer’s bar?  In the case of 21st Street, it’s a bar with more than 50 draft beers available and more than 80 bottled varieties of mostly craft and artisan brews.  In fact, they claim every local brewery is represented on tap or by bottle, along with having the best domestic and international craft selection available.  And they just might.  At the time of this writing, the draft list included products from Excel, Schlafly, Urban Chestnut, Cathedral Square, 4204 Main, Perennial Artisan Ales, Four Hands, Modern Brewery, Griesdieck Brothers, Public House (Rolla), Civil Live, Six Mile Bridge, Charleville (Ste. Genevieve), Log Boat (Columbia), Bur Oak (Columbia), Mark Twain (Hannibal), Boulevard (Kansas City), and Crane (Raytown), plus several others from brewers in Chicago and northern Illinois, Colorado, Washington, Kansas, Maryland, California, Michigan, and Ireland.  There are literally dozens more available in cans and bottles: mass market domestics and imports; pilsners and pale lagers; amber and dark lagers; ciders and meads; wheat beers; blonde and pale ales; IPAs; amber, red, and brown ales; porters and stouts; strong ales; sour and fruit beers; and even NABs.  Beers can be purchased in full pour or 6 oz. pours.

Chase that sampling by nibbling one of their brew snacks.  They’ve got bar favorites like hard pretzels and spicy nuts, or you could get adventurous and try the Big White Fried Corn Nuts.  This salty, crunchy treat was first served in South American bars back in the mid-1930s.  Or go for a throwback option like the Cheddar Cheese Ball.  Theirs is rolled in IPA poached walnuts and served with hard pretzels.  If you want something more substantial, step up to the bar and order a pie from the upstairs neighbor, PW Pizza.  The full PW menu is available in the basement bar.  On the off chance that someone in your party prefers a cocktail or wine to beer, 21st Street’s bar is fully stocked to accommodate everyone.

In the three years it’s been open, this subterranean bar has earned accolades from critics and customers alike.  Customers give them 4.5 stars in 57 reviews.  They like the deep list of brews that really showcase the scope and skill of the craft brewers in this region and beyond.  Others find it to be the perfect place to chill with friends.  One reviewer called it the “ideal man cave (or woman cave)”  It’s coziness is especially welcome in the depths of winter, and it’s basement cool makes it inviting during the heat of a St. Louis summer.  But when the weather is nice, there’s also a patio. So 21st Street offers the best of both worlds—and on draft, the best of about 50 worlds.

Contact Information:

21st Street Brewers Bar
Owners: Paul and Wendy Hamilton
2017 Chouteau Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 241-6969

Nine Years of Beer & Counting – Centennial Beer Festival

Centennial Beer Festival

2017 Centennial Beer Festival

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Centennial Beer Festival – Nine years ago the Centennial Beer Festival was born and all these years later, it is still going stronger than ever.  It has grown into one of the most all-encompassing and largest indoor beer festival in St. Louis.

The festival is held at the old Malt House Cellar in the Lafayette Square neighborhood.  The restored malt house was built in 1876 for the Schnaider Brewery and is comprised of multiple historical rooms to explore while you taste more than 200 beers.  The historic building serves as the unofficial kick-off to the Beer Festival Season in St. Louis and adds much to the overall experience.

There’s no better way to celebrate all that is grand about beer, beer making, beer tasting and the history of beer than during this Centennial celebration.  It’s a meeting of the minds for beer enthusiasts.  Breweries, distributors, beer makers and beer historians will all be on hand to share their craft with festival goers.

Breweries’ play a major role in our neighborhoods and are a big part of the overall community.  They serve as a social and economic center and can become a pillar, and in some cases, the face of a community.  Two great examples are the identity of AB in St. Louis and the upstart Modern Brewery drawing beer aficionados into a neighborhood for the 1st time.

This year there will be 35 local and regional breweries, plus an additional 45 craft and international breweries.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to experience great food and drink, but more importantly, a chance to check out tasting rooms and meet the owners and brewers behind the bar.  Each one has a unique story about the beers, the steps to opening a brewery and why they are so passionate about their craft.

The 7th Annual Brewmaster’s Dinner on Thursday night featuring Civil Life founder, Jake Hafner, Brewmaster Dylan Mosley & Executive Chef of Moulin Events, Ryan Luke has sold out.  But there’s plenty to keep everybody busy.  On Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night there will be a tasting that includes all the local & regional breweries plus the best domestic and international brewers.

Can you think of another place where you can try more than 200 beers with unlimited samples?  The Home Brewer’s competition is on Friday night and as part of your ticket you can vote for your favorite beer.  The winner will brew a commercial batch and feature their beer at 21st Street Brewer’s bar.

There’s a VIP upgrade available for Saturday afternoon and evening and features rare, vintage and cellared beer and light snacks in the Malt House Cellar.  Every guest will receive a souvenir tasting glass and each session features live entertainment.

For more information about purchasing tickets go to http://centennialbeerfestival.com.

Local participating brewers this year:

  • 2010  Anheuser Busch
  • 2011 Schlafly
  • 2012 Urban Chestnut
  • 2013 Six Row
  • 2014 4 Hands
  • 2015 2nd Shift
  • and in 2016 Civil Life

The 2017 Beer List!

Domestic/Imported

10 Barrel – 1st Floor

Against the Grain – 1st Floor

Anchor Steam – 1st Floor

Ballast Point – 1st Floor

Belhaven – 1st Floor

Bells – 1st Floor

Blackberry Farm – 1st Floor

Blue Blood – 1st Floor

Blue Point – 1st Floor

Breckenridge – 1st Floor

Burnt City – 1st Floor

Church Street – 1st Floor

Crabbies – 1st Floor

Deschutes – 1st Floor

Elysian – 1st Floor

Evil Twin – 1st Floor

Firestone – 1st Floor

Founders – 1st Floor

Free State – 1st Floor

Golden Road – 1st Floor

Goodwood – 1st Floor

Great River – 1st Floor

Guinness – 1st Floor

Hoegarden – 1st Floor

Hofbrau – 1st Floor

Kona – 1st Floor

Kraftig – 1st Floor

Kronenbourg – 1st Floor

Lagunitas – 1st Floor

Latitude 42 – 1st Floor

Leffe – 1st Floor

Left Hand – 1st Floor

Lost Coast – 1st Floor

Merchant du Vin Imports – 1st Floor

New Belgium – 1st Floor

New Holland – 1st Floor

North Coast – 1st Floor

Odell – 1st Floor

Omission – 1st Floor

Omnipollo – 1st Floor

Orkney – 1st Floor

Oskar blues – 1st Floor

Rogue – 1st Floor

Sam Adams – 1st Floor

Saugatuck – 1st Floor

Schmaltz – 1st Floor

Seattle Cider – 1st Floor

Shocktop – 1st Floor

Sierra Nevada – 1st Floor

St. Killians – 1st Floor

Stella – 1st Floor

Stillwater – 1st Floor

Stone – 1st Floor

Uinta – 1st Floor

Wells – 1st Floor

Youngs – 1st Floor

Local/Regional

2nd Shift – 2nd Floor Saturday Only

4 Hands – 2nd Floor

4204 Main Street – 2nd Floor

AB-Research Pilot Brewery – 2nd Floor

Augusta – 2nd Floor

Bastard Brothers – 2nd Floor

Big Muddy – 2nd Floor

Boulevard – 2nd Floor

Broadway – 2nd Floor

Bur Oak – 2nd Floor

Cathedral – 2nd Floor

Civil Life – 2nd Floor

Crane – 2nd Floor

Crown Valley – 2nd Floor

Design to Brew – 2nd Floor

Destihl – 2nd Floor

Earthbound – 2nd Floor

Excel – 2nd Floor

Ferguson – 2nd Floor

Goose Island – 2nd Floor

Griesedieck Brewing – 2nd Floor

Kirkwood Station – 2nd Floor

Leaky Roof – 2nd Floor

Lionstone – 2nd Floor

Logboat – 2nd Floor

Main & Mill – 2nd Floor

Modern – 2nd Floor

Old Bakery – 2nd Floor

Peel – 2nd Floor

Perennial – 2nd Floor

Public House – 2nd Floor

Riperian – 2nd Floor

Rock Bridge – 2nd Floor

Schlafly – 2nd Floor

Six Mile – 2nd Floor

Square One – 2nd Floor

St. Nicholas – 2nd Floor Saturday Only

Steampunk Brew Works – 2nd Floor

Tallgrass – 2nd Floor

Urban Chestnut – 2nd Floor

Wild Onion – 2nd Floor

VIP-Saturday

4 Hands – VIP

Anima – VIP

Ballast Point – VIP

Boulevard – VIP

Deschutes – VIP

Excel – VIP

Firestone – VIP

Founders – VIP

Goose Island – VIP

Lagunitas – VIP

Left Hand – VIP

Merchant du Vin Imports – VIP

Moonlight – VIP

New Belgium – VIP

Perennial – VIP

Rogue – VIP

Sam Adams – VIP

Schlafly – VIP

Schmaltz – VIP

Schwerpunkt – VIP

Stone – VIP

Redstone – VIP

Toolbox – VIP

Une Anee – VIP

Kirkwood Station Brewing Company

Kirkwood Station Brewing Company

Helping St. Louis’ Craft Beer Industry Thrive – Kirkwood Station Brewing Company

KIRKWOOD, MO/February 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – As St. Louis beer drinkers’ loyalty to all things Anheuser Busch seems to be slipping away along with the storied breweries local ownership, the city’s craft brewing industry is gaining ground.  In fact, it’s thriving.  It seems every few months a new microbrewery opens or a new craft brewer taps another inventive creation.  Our collective beer drinking attention has been drawn to St. Louis’ artisan and craft brewers in part because they are creating malty, hoppy, zesty ales, stouts, and lagers just for us.  And in typical St. Louis style, the more established craft brewers are fanning the flames of this new beer making tradition by giving a leg up to the newer makers.  That’s most evident in collaborations like the one that has Schwerpunkt Brewing Company making beer at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company.

Schwerpunkt is the brainchild of venerated home brewer Justin Bradbury and Howard Schroeder (founding members of the Jefferson County Home Brewing club).  Bradbury’s award winning beers had become very popular on the home-brew competition circuit.  So he teamed up with Schroeder in order to honor public requests and make the beer available for sale.

Enter Kirkwood Station Brewing Company at 105 E Jefferson Ave, in historic Kirkwood. Owner Mike Willerton and his team have already built a successful brewery, tap room and restaurant with a loyal clientele.  They’ve brewed dozens of different beers over the years, and they brew a lot of beer. KSB can brew up to 30 barrels a day in two batches of 15 barrels each.  They have to make a lot of beer since they sell a lot of beer.  Kirkwood Station Brewing serves up several year round brews as well as a lengthy seasonal list.  And they sell their beer in their restaurant and tap room along near the historic railway station, as well as in restaurants, bars, and brewpubs across town.  KSB also began canning some of their beers in 2014, expanding sales to grocery and other retail stores.

Kirkwood Station’s best seller is its Blackberry Wheat, a light, refreshing, fruity beer with a crisp, clean flavor that goes really well with food. And the Ale Fleur One that was created for the St. Louis Football Club is another popular choice.  The Ale Fleur One uses just one type of malt (Pale Ale Malt) and one hop variety (Citra) to showcase the 2 ingredients.  According to Brian Ilg, KSB’s current brew-master, it has tropical fruit and citrus (lime and grapefruit) flavors, making it refreshing enough that you can enjoy more than one.

KSB brewmaster Brian Ilg learned the craft at Kirkwood Station when he moved from service in the front of house to the brewery operation.  Ilg is continually working to develop new brews, because keeping it fresh is what keeps customers coming back.

Inviting new beer makers like Bradbury and Schroeder to brew in house and adding their signature brew to the tap is another way to keep things fresh at Kirkwood Station. Schwerpunkt’s Cinnamon Roast Brunch was added to the tap at Kirkwood Station on January 20.  It’s a flavorful milk stout made with cinnamon sticks, cacao nibs, vanilla, and organic coffee (sustainable beans from Community Beans Coffee Roasters of St. Louis).  Schwerpunkt produces eight beers so far, with names as intriguing as their profiles, like It’s A Blonde Thang, Juice Nuk’em, S’mores Imperial Stout, and I Fell Off My Unicorn, to name a few.  Right now, KSB is the only place you can get Cinnamon Roast Brunch on tap. But starting next month, they’ll be available at the Russell House Restaurant, Inn & brewery in Hillsboro.

The award winning craft beers by Kirkwood Station Brewing Company are available on draft, in growlers, kegs, and four-packs (at local grocers).  KSB also offers an extensive menu of classic American fare designed to go particularly well with their craft beers.  You’ll find a nice selection of apps on the menu, including sliders, hand crafted Italian meatballs, and Beer Battered Train Tracks (fried pickles).  One of the highlights of the app menu is the fresh baked braided pretzel & brew-master’s beer cheese soup.  It’s a warm, soft, chewy pretzel braid, oven-baked to a golden brown perfection and perfectly salted.  It’s served with stone ground mustard, honey mustard, and their delicious homemade beer cheese soup that is just the right consistency for dipping.  They’re also a dab hand at pizza making, offering both flat breads and New York style hand tossed, with seven meats and eight veggie toppings to choose from.  There are burgers, including a turkey burger and a vegetarian black bean, as well as the Railroad Patty Melt.  It’s their Angus beef patty, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, and their house-made Thousand Island dressing all toasted together on marbled rye bread to melty, cheesy perfection.  Dessert choices include chocolate cake, apple tarte, crème brûlée, which are all quite good.  But the house specialty is the Warm White Chocolate Bread Pudding.  It’s a decadent slice of homemade bread pudding drizzled with KSB’s Brown Ale caramel sauce and served with a flight of Midnight Train!

Kirkwood Station Brewing is open Sunday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.  They also have live music every Friday and Saturday night, and most Sundays too.  Their patio is nice in warmer weather.  And you should ask about their free guided brewery tours.  It’s a chance to learn about the brewing process from people who love brewing beer.

Giving Schwerpunkt a little brewing space and a tap isn’t the first time KSB has helped another brewer out.  It’s just the latest.  But that’s the way it is in the St. Louis craft beer community.  That collaboration among craft brewers has been integral to growing the industry here.  The folks at KSB know that in a city like St. Louis, what goes around comes around and sowing the seeds of artisan collaboration helps the entire industry grow.  KSB may have Schwerpunkt on tap in their house today, but their own beers are on draught in more than 50 bars, restaurants, wineries, and yes—other brew houses across the metro area.  Kirkwood Station Brewing Company is still growing, still crafting new brews and new followers too.

Contact Information:

Kirkwood Station Brewing Co.
Owner: Mike Willerton
Brewmaster: Brian Ilg
105 E Jefferson Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63122
Phone: (314) 966-2739
Email: info@kirkwoodstationbrewing.com

Ellisville to get their first microbrewery

Greer Brewery is coming to Ellisville, MO making it the towns first microbrewery

ELLISVILLE, MO/January 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) March 17, 2016, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that Ellisville, MO had approved a license for the town’s first micro-brewery, despite opposition from neighbors.  Still to date, there is no brewery.  However, it does appear that progress is being made.

The West Newsmagazine recently quoted Bill Schwer, the city manager, to say that “they’re renovating the inside and that’s a little bit of a slower process. They don’t have tentative opening date, but it’s another place that’s a little unique that is coming to our area.”

While the city is excited about a new business at this address many are concerned about the traffic and with good reason.  In addition to the new microbrewery there is a new QT and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen both opening just east approximately ½ mile and a new Arby’s approximately 1 mile east.

According to public records the owner of the microbrewery is Chris Greer.  It has been reported that Greer plans to produce 750 barrels each year.  They have 45 parking spots and capacity for 120 guests.  There will be a tasting room, however, they will not have outdoor seating, TV’s or entertainment.

While it is taking longer than was expected it appears that some progress has begun.  We have stopped by to visit with somebody about a tentative opening date, but haven’t been successful in reaching anybody for comment.  Additionally, we were not successful locating a website or Facebook page in search for more information.

While the traffic is a concern to some, Ellisville appears to be the hot spot for restaurants with Arby’s, Chick-Fil-A, Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, QT and now a brewery opening all without about a two mile radius.

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FAST EDDIE’S BON AIR

35 Years of Cheap Eats and “the Coldest Beer in Town” Fast Eddie’s Bon Air

ALTON, IL: (STLRestaurant.News) – Fast Eddie’s Bon Air – According to the “Beer With Your Buds” survey, when Americans go out for a drink, the majority order beer.  The national survey was commissioned by the makers of Budweiser in honor of National Drink Beer Day (Sept. 28, 2016).  Beer’s popularity isn’t news to patrons or proprietors of Fast Eddie’s Bon Air at 1530 East 4th Street in Alton.  They’ve been serving “the coldest beer in town” since 1981, although the bar’s history goes back even further.

The Bon Air was opened by Anheuser Busch in 1921.  They operated it as a bar selling their beer products, including Budweiser, for about 10-years.  Then new laws took effect that prohibited breweries from owning taverns.  So they sold it to Sam Balco.  He, and later his son, operated the Bon Air until 1981.  That’s when “Fast” Eddie Scholar bought it, and things began to change.

Scholar quadrupled the size of the bar, taking it from 80 to more than 400 seats.  A major expansion in 2008 added a heated, outdoor patio and doubled the seating.  With 800 seats, huge lunch crowds, and standing-room only evenings, it’s not hard to believe they may sell more Anheuser Busch products than any other bar in the Midwest.

Fast Eddie’s Bon Air is known for more than just cold beer.  After customer requests, Scholar added food.  The simple, seven-item menu of tasty, affordable eats is one of Fast Eddie’s biggest claims to fame.  At just $1.99, the half-pound “Fat Eddie” burger may be the best bar food bargain anywhere.  And their basket of fries is legendary.  But it doesn’t stop there.  For just $3.99, you can get the “Big Elwood on a Stick.” It’s a generous kebab of succulent, marinated beef tenderloin and green pepper.  Also $3.99 is the “Hot Chick on a Stick,” Cajun-style chicken wings skewered kebab-style.  The famous, Peel N’ Eat Shrimp is still a deal at 39-cents each! Don’t forget the Pork Kebabs and homemade Brats.

As Food Network’s Alton Brown said when he featured Fast Eddie’s on Feasting on Asphalt, every dish is “a perfectly seasoned standout.”  Brown called it a classic roadhouse, but with better food.

The bar has grown and changed over the years.  Eddie Scholar was fond of saying there’s always a party at the bar, and with a huge variety of top-named bands playing on the Fast Eddie’s stage every night, he may have been right. Eddie Scholar himself died in 2015, but his family still runs Fast Eddie’s Bon Air the way he did.

Some things never change. You still have to be 21 or older to enter Fast Eddie’s.  There’s still a one-drink minimum.  They only take cash!  And there’s no takeout!  But if you go, you can still see some of the bar’s original Anheuser Busch signage and the beer will definitely be cold.

Fast Eddie’s Bon Air is open Monday – Thursday: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday-Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Contact Information:

Fast Eddie’s Bon Air

1530 E. 4th Street

Alton IL 62002

Phone: (618) 462-5532

Video courtesy of Food Network