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