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