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3rd Annual Rock the Hops in Alton – Tickets Selling Fast

Rock the Hops in Alton Celebrates Music, Beer & Art

Alton, IL/August 18, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Alton will be sipping beer and rocking on Saturday, August 19th at the third annual Rock the Hops Festival.  The event celebrates music, beer, and art across multiple venues in the historic downtown Alton entertainment district.  Now in its third year, the event was dreamed up by Alton-natives and alternative-rockers Drew and Hope Mader.  The event doubled in size last year.  It’s added even more venues, acts, and craft brewers this year.

The Rock the Hops festival runs from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, and includes dozens of musical performances, scores of craft beers to sample, plus lots of vendor booths showcasing the work of local artists and artisans.  Venues participating in this year’s event include Bottle and Barrel, Chez Marilyn, Elijah P’s, Germania Brew House, Hops House at Argosy Casino, The Old Bakery Beer Company, and Tony’s.

There will be more than 40 styles of craft beer to sample.  The list of brewers participating in this year’s event includes several St. Louis area favorites like 4 Hands Brewing Company (St. Louis), 4204 Main Street Brewing Company (Belleville), Excel Bottling & Brewing Company (Breese), Big Muddy Brewing (Murphysboro), Grafton Winery & Brewhaus (Grafton), Gumbo Flats Brewery (Chesterfield), Peel Brewing Company (O’Fallon, IL), Recess Brewing (Edwardsville), The Old Bakery Beer Company (Alton), O’Fallon Brewery (Maryland Heights), Schlafly Beer (St. Louis), Urban Chestnut Brewing Co (St. Louis), and more.  Some Illinois craft brewers who might not be as well known in the Gateway City will also be there.  Look for Destihl Brewery of Normal and Champaign as well as St. Nicholas Brewing Co. of Du Quoin.  The list of out-of-town craft brewers includes Elysian Brewing (Seattle) and Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles), with more labels signing on.

More than 29 local bands will perform throughout the festival, including the Mader’s Hope & Therapy, which is actually playing at Tony’s at 8:15, as the event winds down.  Some of the other local favorites at Rock and Hops include Seashine, The Trophy Mules, Prairie Rehab, The Fade, Pono AM, Hideous gentlemen, Catching the Westbound, MFG, Polyshades, Mayor Maynot, Orphan Welles, Bastard and the Crows, Floor Nine, Scribble, and The Bonbon Plot.

The Bonbon Plot performing earlier this year at Lighthouse Sounds (115 Market St, Alton) is among the bands lined up for Alton’s 2017 Rock the Hops festival Saturday, August 19.

In its first two years, the event sold out completely.  As of this writing, there are still General Admission tickets ($30) available through Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2989197).  But festival organizers say the event is likely to sell out again this year, and may do so well ahead of the 2:00 p.m. start time Saturday.

St. Peters’ First Craft Brewery Now Open – Third Wheel Brewing

St. Peters’ First Craft Brewery Now Open – Third Wheel Brewing

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.

Contact Information:

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

Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern Opens in Lafayette Square

Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern Opens in Lafayette Square

Ste. Genevieve Brewer Teams Up with Hamiltons For a Place in the City – Charleville Brewing Co.

St. Louis, MO/June 4, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Charleville Brewing – When a new restaurant opens, it’s noteworthy.  When that new restaurant is the result of a partnership between an award-winning winery and microbrewery, and innovative, celebrated restaurateurs, exciting things are bound to happen.  The new Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern at 2101 Chouteau Ave. in Lafayette Square is the result of just that sort of collaboration.  St. Genevieve’s well-established Charleville Winery & Microbrewery opened this new location in collaboration with Hamilton Hospitality, the husband and wife team behind Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Vin de Set, PW Pizza, 21st Street Brewers Bar, and other tasteful happenings in St. Louis.

The Hamilton’s had just purchased the building across the street from their 2017 Chouteau Ave. venues when Charleville’s Director of Operations Tait Russell approached Paul Hamilton about partnering with his Hamilton Hospitality to create a Charleville location in St. Louis.  The timing was ideal for both parties, and a partnership emerged.  Charleville co-owners Jack and Joal Russell and Hamilton Hospitality co-owners Paul and Wendy Hamilton worked together to create the new brewery and tavern—with Charleville handling the brewing operation and the Hamiltons handling the food.  That’s good news for anyone familiar with ultra-fresh fare served at the Hamilton’s other restaurants.  They grow much of the produce they use in on-site aeroponic and soil-based gardens, as well as an off-site orchard.

This is a casual, comfortable tavern with counter service.  The menu at the new restaurant features a terrific appetizer menu and elevated comfort foods.  Many of the dishes are made using Charleville beers, or the byproducts of their brewing process.  Look for the Sloppy Joe Joe which is open faced-layered with fries-beer cheese sauce on spent grain sourdough; the Beef Patty Melt Twister with Tornado Alley caramelized onions, white cheddar, bacon, and Russian dressing on toasted rye; and the Country Cuban, as sandwich of dry rubbed smoked pork, ham, pickles, white cheddar, and rosemary mustard on spent grain sourdough.  They even use spent grain in their seasonal fruit cobblers.

The apps, as one might expect, were created to pair well with beer and wine.  You’ll find beer-brined wings, soft pretzels, and fresh pork rinds, plus elevated choices like the House-cured meat platter (biltoung, sausage, pastrami, pickled vegetables, and nuts), a lobster corndog, and a nice selection of bruschetta.  There are also sandwiches, and an assortment of savory hand pies in varieties like shepherd’s pie, curry chicken, and vegetarian with sweet potatoes, beans and tomatoes.

The entrées are homespun favorites taken to new, mouthwatering levels of deliciousness.  Think bacon-wrapped meatloaf, beer-battered fried catfish, brisket braised in Charleville’s Coffee Stout, and Half-Wit braised pork shank.  They’re served with sides like creamy, mac & cheese, Hamilton Farm sautéed greens, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and hand-cut seasoned fries.  End that meal with a sweet indulgence like the coffee stout brownie with chocolate sauce, or a scoop of house-made ice cream.  And on weekends, they do brunch!

The new brewery and restaurant offers 14 taps, opened May 16. Look for some Charleville favorites like Tornado Alley amber ale, Late Night Karate Kicks coffee stout, the Half-Wit Wheat, their new 2101 Pale Ale,and the new Chouteau Common—their version of a California common.  Customers will also find Charleville’s root beer, Barleywine ale, and a few of the Ste. Genevieve winery’s popular labels including Chauvin Chardonel and their barrel-fermented Norton.

The Russell’s will continue to operate their winery and 30-barrel brewery in Ste. Genevieve.  That’s where they’ll create most of the brews baring the Charleville name.  The microbrewery inside the new Chouteau Ave. restaurant is a seven-barrel system and the will be used to create small-batch brews and limited runs that will be served onsite, and as exclusive offerings in the Hamilton’s other restaurants.

The kitchen at Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern in St. Louis is open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (bar open until midnight), Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (bar until midnight), and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Charleville Vineyard Winery & Microbrewery at 16937 Boyd Road in Ste. Genevieve is about an hour south of St. Louis, at the edge of the Mark Twain National Forest.  They’re open Wednesday – Thursday from noon to 6:00 p.m. and Friday – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Besides the working vineyard, winery, and brewery, there’s a two-room bed & breakfast in an 1860s log cabin on site, plus a tasting room, patio, and tranquil grounds overlooking Saline Creek.  Guests are invited to bring a picnic lunch, or sample local sausages and cheeses in the tasting room.

Contact information:

Charleville Brewing Co. & Tavern
Owners: Jack & Joal Russell, Paul & Wendy Hamilton
Lafayette Square
2101 Chouteau Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 241-4677

Director of Operations – Tait Russell
http://charlevillebeer.com/

Steampunk Brew Works is Creating Beer Inside Brewers’ Shop

Steampunk Brew Works is Creating Beer Inside Brewers’ Shop

Town & Country’s First Brewery is Steampunk Brew Works

St. Louis, MO/May 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Steampunk Brew Works – Beer brewing is as much a part of St. Louis history as the Old Court House.  The city has been home to scores of breweries, and thousands of homebrewers over the past 250 years.  There are more than 60 commercial breweries in the St. Louis area today.  Thousands of homebrewers create beer of their own every year.  There are clubs, associations, websites, publications, and shops dedicated to the art and craft of homebrewing.  One well known homebrew supplier in the area is St. Louis Wine & Beermaking at 231 Lamp & Lantern Village in Town and Country.

Dave Deaton discovered homebrewing and winemaking in 1988.  Deaton will tell you that it’s every homebrewer’s dream to own a homebrew supply shop or their own brewery.  So in 2006 the computer programmer/cook bought St. Louis Wine & Beermaking.  In 2015, he decided to check two dreams off, by building a microbrewery inside the supply shop.  The renovations, licensing, and permitting process took more time than originally planned.  But it’s now finally all come together.

On Saturday, May 26, Deaton opened Steampunk Brew Works, the microbrewery inside his brewers’ supply shop.  About a third of the shop has been taken up by Steampunk’s three-barrel brewing system and tasting area with a rotating selection of beers on tap.  Customers will be able to sample the brews before buying them in pints and growlers across the bar.  Deaton hopes to also sell to outside accounts.  Right now, the brewery operation is really just Deaton, with help from friends and the staff at St. Louis Wine & Beermaking.  He also says he’s gotten some great help and advice from Jerid Saffell from Heavy Riff Brewing Co. (6413 Clayton Ave., St. Louis).

Since Steampunk Brew Works sits inside a beer making supply shop, Deaton has daily access to more ingredients (like the 80 hops on hand) than do most brewers.  This gives him the opportunity to brew something special, and share the beer as well as how to make it with his customers.  Some of the beers bearing the Steampunk label include their American IPA 1216, a citrusy, refreshing IPA; Cream Ale; Au Frau, a German blonde ale; Gearhead Porter, a well-hopped porter; Cerasus, an American Wheat; Maestro, a hybrid American/English amber; Zwischen, an unfiltered German Kolsch; Nuns Habit, a Tafelbier or low-alcohol table beer; Rusty Shackle, an Irish red; Kolsch; Vulcans Hammer, a Belgian dark strong beer; and St. Draconius Belgian Abbey.  With access to the ingredients Deaton has, customers can expect constant variations on familiar classics.  Like its namesake Sci-fi genre, Steampunk Brew Works offers old-fashioned flavor with a modern twist.

Deaton plans to rotate a half-dozen Steampunk brews on tap in his tasting room, along with some guest labels.  As customers become accustomed to visiting his in-shop microbrewery, some popular varieties may become permanent fixtures.  Deaton will be pouring his beers at the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival Saturday, June 3rd.  It’s the 11th year for the annual showcase of St. Louis brewers, but the first year for Steampunk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFjIvGuA2v8

Steampunk Brew Works owner David Deaton spoke with KSDK-TV’s Dana Dean about the uniqueness of opening a microbrewery inside a brewing supply shop.

The St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival features more than 100 styles of beer from 50 local brewers.  This year’s event will also include a Collaboration Festival Beer, home brew club tastings, a Rare Tapping Tent, live music, and great food in the shadow of the Gateway Arch, along Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd.  The festival happens in two sessions: the afternoon session is 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Early Entry at Noon) and the evening session runs from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Early Entry at 6:00 p.m.).  The Evening Session will include a world class fireworks display over the Mississippi River!  New this year: a very limited number of tickets to an exclusive iTap Riverfront VIP Experience.  Tickets are $45 – $125.00.  More information, including a complete list of participating breweries can be found at the festival website: https://stlbeer.org/events/heritage/.

St. Louis Wine & Beermaking is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact Information:

Steampunk Brew Works
Owner: David Deaton
St. Louis Wine & Beermaking
231 Lamp & Lantern Village
Town and Country, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 230-8277

Schlafly Beer To Commemorate Solar Eclipse

Schlafly Beer To Commemorate Solar Eclipse

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Schlafly Beer – A St. Louis brewing company is joining in the excitement of the much anticipated total solar eclipse this summer.

Schlafly Beer has announced plans to commemorate this summer’s solar eclipse with a special Path of Totality pack for its Helles-style lager.  Beginning in June, consumers can purchase the special edition, black and metallic silver in all bottles of the beer style, including six and 12-packs.  A pair of solar glasses to watch the phenomenon will also be included inside the pack.

“St. Louis is along the Path of Totality, the path of the eclipse that will experience total darkness.  As science nerds at Schlafly, we are very excited for this, along with the rest of the city, so we wanted to do something fun to celebrate.  The last total eclipse seen in St. Louis was almost 550 years before anyone had tried a Schlafly beer back in 1442,” said Founding Brewer Stephen Hale.

In addition, the brewing company will also offer a field trip to celebrate the spectacular event.  Schlafly will bring the party to the epicenter of the eclipse with the “Schlafly’s Eclipse Field Trip” at the Dew Drop Inn in Bloomsdale, MO on August 21, 2017.  The event will offer BBQ, beers, lawn games, and live music.

For the ultimate excursion, Schlafly will provide an all-inclusive pass including transportation from the Tap Room and back for $45.  Tickets are limited and can be purchased at www.schlafly.com/eclipse starting on July 1.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the sun disappears behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight.  This will also result in a rapid drop in and will reveal massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.  This incredible sighting will move through the continental United States on August 21, 2017.

The last total eclipse occurred on June 18, 1918. It crossed the United States from Washington State to Florida.
More information about the total solar eclipse is available online at www.space.com and www.nasa.gov.

Alpha Brewing Co. Announces Second Location in Tower Grove South This Fall

Alpha Brewing Co. Announces Second Location in Tower Grove South

Tower Grove South Gets Alpha Brewing Co.

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 6, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Beer aficionados were thrilled when in April of 2013 Alpha Brewing Co. made its home at 1409 Washington Avenue in Downtown St. Louis. Owner/Head Brewer, Derrick Langeneckert, made the decision to open the brewery and tasting room because of his love of beer, and his passion for everything from the menu to the artisan taps.

Alpha Brewing Co. Announces Second Location in Tower Grove South

Alpha Brewing Co. Announces Second Location in Tower Grove South (Picture property of St. Louis Media, LLC/Marty Smith)

The result was an extremely popular hang-out and quiet refuge just off bustling Washington Avenue for those who just love beer.  Now, 4 years later, the brew master is at it again opening a second location in late fall.  “We’ve closed on the building, ordered the equipment and construction has started,” said Langeneckert.

This second Alpha Brewing Company will be located in the popular Tower Grove South area at 4325-4326 Flyer Avenue.  The company is investing approximately $2 million into the 13,000-square-foot space that will house a 15-barrel system capable of brewing up to 10,000 barrels.  They plan to produce 1,000 barrels in the first full year of production.  The brewery’s Washington Avenue downtown facility currently produces 200 barrels annually.

Alpha Brewing is known by locals as a high quality beer production company that distributes its own product, and has beer on tap at Mangia Italiano, Foam, Heavy Anchor, and West End Pub.  The second Alpha location will feature a taproom with 100 seats inside and a 200-seat Biergarten outside.  There will also be a kitchen, and plans to partner with a local restaurant for food service.  The official opening date is scheduled for this November.

Alpha Brewing Company

1409 Washington Avenue

St. Louis, MO

Phone: (314) 621-2337

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Pictures are property of St. Louis Media, LLC/Marty Smith

 

Standard Brewing Co. to Close April 30th

Standard Brewing Co. to Close April 30th

Maryland Heights Brewpub, Standard Brewing, Calling it Quits

Maryland Heights, MO/April 22, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – The gnarly cycle of the restaurant industry has claimed another victim.  After less than two years at 12322 Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights, the Standard Brewing Company has announced plans to close at the end of the month.  The brewpub inside the old Fuddruckers had been open since September 2015.

The announcement was made Wednesday night on the SBC Facebook page. The post read:

Facebook friends,

It comes with great sadness that Standard Brewing Company will be pouring it’s (sic) last pint Sunday April 30th. We want to thank everyone that has supported us during our journey. Please come see us one last time and have a beer with us (or several). We have plenty of beer, so we are offering $10 growler fills every day till the end. We’ll also be running several specials. We will be open during our normal business hours until May 1st. Hope to see you all soon.
Cheers,

The Standard Brewing Family

Mug Club members should expect a special email regarding the closing.

Before opening SBC, Jeff Harlan and Jeff “Jonesy” Jones had owned a brew-it-yourself store called J2 in Chesterfield.  At SBC, Jones is the brew-master with Harlan focusing more on the business and front of house.  The brewpub offers eight to twelve of their own hand-crafted beers on tap.  Some of the varieties offered regularly include a light, German-style Hefeweizen to a robust Dry Irish Stout, plus an American blonde ale, a Belgian tripel, and two IPAs.  They also made special small-batch offerings.  In January 2016, Harlan and Jones tapped Executive Chef Wade Waller (Zydaco Blues, Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Vin de Set, Cleveland-Heath) to elevate their pizza-driven menu, and create beer-infused dishes to accompany their what’s on tap.

No details about what’s behind the closing have been forthcoming.  But the recent closure of a nearby hotel may have negatively affected business at the brewpub which is situated in a somewhat difficult to access location just west of I-270.

Standard Brewing Company will be open Tuesday – Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from noon to midnight, and Sundays from noon to 8:00 p.m. through Sunday, April 30, 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.

Belleville Craft Brewery to Celebrate New Facility

Belleville Craft Brewery, Belleville, IL

Grand Opening of 4204 Main Street Brewing Co.’s New Digs

Belleville, IL/March 13, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — Belleville’s favorite little craft brewery is about to get a whole lot bigger.  4204 Main Street Brewing Company at 4204 West Main Street has announced the grand opening of their new, larger brewery, canning plant, and tasting room about 1.5 miles up the road from their original location.  The new facility at 6435 West Main Street will also include banquet hall seating for more than 500 and a catering kitchen.  The grand opening of the new bar and banquet hall will showcase the $3 million renovation of an abandoned store.  It will also showcase their newest draft beer, a Vienna lager.  The public is invited to have a look, and a taste at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 25th.

Back in August 2016 we told you about brewery owners Todd and Julia Kennedy’s plans to open a new canning facility and tasting room in the old Mad Pricer grocery store on West Main Street in Belleville.  The Kennedys signed an agreement with developer Adam Hill at that time.  Hill had purchased the run down shopping center and secured $2.49 million in tax incentives from the Belleville City Council to help pay for renovations.  The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Kennedy and his developers don’t expect to use all of the tax incentive once the project is finished.

Once complete, the new facility will expand 4204’s brewing capacity by more than 1600-percent.  Currently, they make about 4,000 barrels of beer each year.  That will jump to about 65,000 barrels starting next month.  The original brew house at 4204 West Main Street will remain operational, and the restaurant with the great patio will stay open.  Their Alton restaurant at 180 E Center Dr will also remain open.  The original 4204 West Main brewhouse will become the laboratory for new brews.  The plan is to try new things out at the original restaurant, and see how people like them.  New beers that become popular at the restaurant will likely become available by can at other sales venues.

Why the drive to put high quality craft beer in a can?  The marketing opportunities are obvious: get your beer into more sales outlets (other restaurants, bars and stores), and sell more beer.  4204 brews are currently available in dozens of locations in Missouri and Illinois.  Beer makers and distributors like canned beer because cans are lighter and cheaper to ship than bottles.  They’re also 100-percent light proof which protects the beer’s flavor (especially important for very hoppy beers, like 4204’s 2 Hop India Pale Ale), and they seal airtight, also ensuring freshness.  Cans chill faster than bottles and they’re 100-percent recyclable.  That sustainability factor is valued by beer makers and consumers alike.

That same philosophy of sustainability permeates the craft beer industry, and it’s behind the Kennedys’ choice to renovate an existing building rather than constructing an entirely new space.  Craft brewers in St. Louis and elsewhere have made it a practice to convert abandoned buildings like the old Mad Pricer store in Belleville into breweries and brewpubs.  Todd Kennedy has said that’s part of the ideology behind craft brewing.

If you can’t make Main Street Brewing Co.’s grand opening, you can still get a look at the new facility at the 5th Annual Belleville Ale Fest on Saturday, April 22.  They’re hosting it this year at the new 6435 West Main facility.  The new digs provide ample space inside and outside, so the festival will go on rain or shine.  As in other years, there will be a selection of 4204’s products to sample, as well as beers from around the country, and those of other local craft breweries, along with live music and food vendors.  Because it will be at the brand new facilities, this year’s guests will be able to watch the beer brewing in progress.

Contact information:

Original Main Street Brewing Company
Owners: Todd and Julia Kennedy
4204 W Main Street
Belleville, IL 62226
Phone: (618) 416-7261

And

Main Street Brewing Company
180 E Center Dr.
Alton, IL 62002
Phone: (618) 465-7260

Soon:

Main Street Brewing Company
Canning Facility, Bar and Banquet Hall
6435 West Main Street
Belleville, IL 62226

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