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.
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.