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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

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).

MECCA FOR CRAFT BEER IN WEST COUNTY – STANDARD BREWING COMPANY

Standard Brewing Company

Standard Brewing Company – A Beer Lovers Dream

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Standard Brewing Company, the relatively “new kid on the block” brewpub is doing what they set out to do…making Maryland Heights a mecca for craft beer in West County.  The brewery, located at 12322 Dorsett Road, opened for business last August.  It sits in the space that had been the old Fuddruckers, off Dorsett and 270.

Co-Owners, Jeff Harlan and Jeff Jones, previously operated J2 Brewing in Chesterfield.  For a year and a half, the two guided patrons through the process of brewing their own beers, but finally decided they were ready to set up a microbrewery of their own.  The renovated 5,000 square foot brewery seats over 150 customers, and the nice size patio accommodates an additional 40.  Those sitting near the sprawling grooved steel bar get a clear view of the 3 ½ barrel brewery.

Through the brewing community, Jones found the St. Louis pizza catering company, Pulse Pizza, and it wasn’t long until the two formed a partnership.  Pulse makes its own pizza dough using spent grains, resulting in a slightly darker crust or a slightly sweeter crust, depending on the grain that goes into the beer.  Customers can get one specialty pizza or a sampler flight with three eight-inch pies.

Former Executive Chef at Eleven Eleven Mississippi and, most recently, Zydeco Blues in Des Peres, Wade Waller, runs the kitchen.  His menu doesn’t drift away from the typical pub grub.  Besides pizzas, salads, and sandwiches, the restaurant serves up Nacho’s, Chili, soft Pretzels with a tangy beer-cheese sauce, and Jalapeño poppers, to name a few.  There are also a few more significant entrees available at dinner, like the pork “Porterhouse” Steak, and the Fish n Chips.

But their main draw are the over 100 beers the two have developed.  Standard Brewing features the pair’s initial flagship beers, an Engima IPA and their Klassisch Hefeweizen on tap, plus numerous other varieties of handcrafted beers.  Whether it’s the Standard Vanilla Stout, Hot Rod Black, Red Zeppelin, Three on the Tree, Good Hop, Nice Hop, Doc’s Draft Hard Apple Cider, or one of the many others, there’s no doubt the J2’s are succeeding in creating a beer lovers dream.

Contact information:

Standard Brewing Co.

12322 Dorsett Road

Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Phone: (314) 548-2270

Email:[email protected]