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New Local Craft Brewer 1st in US to Focus on NA Beer

Wellbeing Brewing Co. is Crafting Non-Alcoholic Beer

St. Louis, MO/October 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Beer making has a long history in St. Louis.  Some of the biggest labels in the world originated in the Gateway City.  Maybe it’s our largely German heritage; maybe it’s because it goes so well with barbecue and baseball, but beer is a quintessentially St. Louis beverage.  We drink it by the glass, can, bottle, and growler.  There are about 40 craft breweries in operation in the St. Louis region, with new ones opening every year.  Each craft brewer offers a unique spin on this classic beverage.  Now, one up-and-coming brewery plans to focus their efforts on making beer that offers a great craft brew taste, sans the alcohol.

Wellbeing Brewing Company is the first brewer in the United States wholly dedicated to brewing Non-Alcoholic craft beers.  NA beers generally contain less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). Compare that to a few popular beers on the market like Budweiser (5% ABV), Schlafly Pale Ale (4.4% ABV), Urban Chestnut Zwickel (5.2% ABV), and O’Fallon Brewing’s 5 Day IPA (6.1% ABV), and the difference in alcohol content is obvious. But what about the flavor?

Longtime beer and spirits adman, Jeff Stevens wanted to bring the flavorful craft beer movement to people like himself, people who don’t drink alcohol.  To Stevens, St. Louis—with its rich brewing history and robust craft beer industry—was the perfect place to launch this new kind of craft brewery.  So, he and wife Genevieve Barlow founded Wellbeing Brewing Company.

In order to get this craft brewing startup started, Stevens reached out to others in St. Louis’ tight-knit craft brewing industry for help.  First, he enlisted help from Jim Gorczyca’s O’Fallon Brewery.  Their new Maryland Heights production facility has enough brewing capacity to keep up with demands for its own labels, and brew beer for smaller craft brewers and startups like Wellbeing.  They also have the space for the German-made Centec machine and it’s nearly 30-foot high stacks that recovers vapors created in the beer-making process, allowing brewers to make a more flavorful NA product.  Unlike the stop-fermentation method used in many NA beers, Wellbeing’s process gently removes the alcohol from fully brewed, finished craft beer, retaining more flavor, and thus, allowing the production of more NA varieties.

Wellbeing will be debuting their Heavenly Body NA Golden Wheat and Hellraiser NA Dark Amber at several local events this October.  Heavenly Body is an American-Style Wheat Beer that Stevens describes as “light and refreshing, with fewer calories and more flavor than its light lager cousins.” Hellraiser is a British Brown Ale.  Stevens says it has “soft chocolate, caramel, and toasted nut flavors and just enough earthy hops to offset the sweetness of the malt.”  The brewers will be looking for feedback this fall as they continue to tweak the recipes.  The finished beers should be available for sale (both bottles and kegs) by January 2018.  The distribution is still a work in progress, but initially the beer will be available at O’Fallon Brewery (45 Progress Pkwy, Maryland Heights) and Lafayette Square’s Fields Foods (1500 Lafayette Ave, St. Louis).  Wellbeing’s NA craft brews will eventually be available for sale online as well.  Interested beer lovers can sign up for NA craft brew updates on Wellbeing’s website: https://wellbeingbrewing.com/.


Wellbeing Brewing Company
Owners: Jeff Stevens and Genevieve Barlow
O’Fallon Brewery
45 Progress Pkwy
Maryland Heights, MO 63043


By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Growth at St. Louis Hop Shop Means Bigger Digs

Growth at St. Louis Hop Shop Means Bigger Digs

Craft Beer Seller, St. Louis Hop Shop Now Open in New Store

St. Louis, MO/October 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – The southwest corner of Cherokee Street and Jefferson Avenue in South St. Louis has been many things over the years.  Several shops and businesses have occupied the corner space, including, at different times, a record store and a furniture shop.  It was even used for storage, with the windows covered in brown paper.  Now, it’s the new home of the St. Louis Hop Shop.  The craft beer purveyors just moved into the new digs at 2600 Cherokee Street, giving them a lot more room for a lot more beer.

Brothers Justin Harris and Ryan Griffin had opened the original St. Louis Hop Shop in 2015 in a smaller space up the block (2606 Cherokee).  As craft beer lovers, they say they were inspired to open their shop when they became aware that there was no place in the City of St. Louis to sample a large selection of the region’s many craft brews, as well as artisan beers from across the country.  So, they decided the best way to solve that dilemma for themselves, as well as other craft beer lovers, was to open a shop where they could bring the beer to the people.

St. Louis Hop Shop is a special place, part craft beer tasting room and part packaged liquor store.  It quickly became one of the best places in the city to try a wide variety of brews all in one trip.  That’s because the shop allows customers to sample what’s on tap and to purchase single packaged beers, meaning you can try just enough to get a good impression of the brew, without the cost of buying an entire six-pack.  The original 880-square foot shop offered hundreds of labels—from familiar brands to rare brews.  They had a lot stuffed into that space, including a seven-foot bar with four rotating taps.

And that was the problem.  The brothers say they simply outgrew the space.  With the need for more shelf, storage, and tap space, they moved the shop three doors east, to the much larger corner spot.  The new, 1500-square foot shop features an even bigger packaged beer selection and a new, 10-foot bar with seven rotating taps.  Just as at the original location, customers can sip a beer from the bar as they browse the shelves.  Harris and Griffin say the new space will make it easier to give people access to even more of everything.  The new digs mean they have the room to add an assortment of local spirits to the stock.  They also plan to offer some chilled growlers for customers to enjoy in the shop.  And the future will likely include tap takeovers, special events, and more of the best the world of craft beer has to offer.

Contact Information:

Saint Louis Hop Shop
Owners: Justin Harris and Ryan Griffin
2600 Cherokee Street
Cherokee Street Business District/Gravois Park
Saint Louis, MO 63118
Phone: (314) 261-4011


By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

5th Annual Brew in the Lou Returns to Francis Park

5th Annual Brew in the Lou Returns to Francis Park

Brew in the Lou Showcasing Local Beer and Spirits

St. Louis, MO/October 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It began as a simple fundraiser for the Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA), but Brew in the Lou has grown into an annual festival celebrating locally produced beer, wine, and spirits.  Now in its fifth year, the festival is returning to Francis Park on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1–5:00 p.m.  It will be the second year the LESA fundraiser brings beer, wine, spirits, food, and fun to the Lily Pond.

As in the past, this year’s event promises to showcase local, regional, and national craft breweries and distilleries.  Forty-five brewers and spirit makers are participating this year.  That list includes old favorites as well as several newcomers.  New this year are Wellspent Brewing Company and Center Ice Brewery, both in St. Louis, as well as Steampunk Brew Works in Town and Country, Crown Valley Brewery of Ste. Genevieve, Stumpy’s Spirits and Distillery in Columbia, Illinois, J.Rieger & Co. in Kansas City, and Ballast Point Brewery of San Diego, Calif.  Some local favorites returning this year include Square One Brewery and Distillery, Old Bakery Beer Company, Kirkwood Station Brewing Co., Hopskeller Brewing Company, Missouri Beer Company, Stubborn German Brewing Co., Six Mile Bridge Beer, Charleville Brewing Company, Heavy Riff Brewing Company, O’Fallon Brewery, Excel Brewing Company, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Granite City Food & Brewery, Shock Top Brewing Co., and Saint Louis Hop Shop.  The lineup also includes artisan beer and cider makers from Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and more.

Brew in the Lou is certainly a great place to sample scores of craft beers and artisan spirits, but it’s also a celebration of great food.  Two dozen food vendors will be serving up everything from great pizza and barbecue to specialty snacks, delicious desserts, and even locally produced Ski Soda.  Old favorites like The Stellar Hog, Gobble Stop Smokehouse, Bootleggin’ BBQ, The Spotted Pig, and Nothing Bundt Cakes will be on hand.  And some new favorites will join in too, like Dogtown Pizza, Gallagher Brothers Pizza, Cronin’s Pretzels, Fallon’s Bar & Grill, and Noodles & Co.

Every year Brew in the Lou includes live music, and this year is no exception.  Festivalgoers will rock to the sounds of Nick Bifano & The Innocents, and get their Oom-pah on with the Deutschmeister Brass Band, a modern take on the traditional German brass band.  The festival will also feature art and craft vendors, the annual “People’s Choice” Home Brew Competition as, well as two fun food competitions dubbed “Battle of the Bratwurst” and the “Brew Chili Contest.”

One of the best parts of the Brew in the Lou festival is the all-inclusive wristband.  The $40 wristband ($50 day of the event) includes tastings of beer, spirits, wine, coffee, some great food, and a commemorative glass.  Wristbands can be purchased online at www.LESAstl.org or by calling (314) 200-0797. One of the other best parts: Brew in the Lou is a pet friendly event and your BFF (Best Furry Friend) gets in free.

Proceeds from the event benefit 35 LESA member schools serving 9,000 students.  Last year’s “Brew in the Lou” sold out for the first time in the event’s history and raised a record $91,000 for Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area.

Event Information:

5th Annual Brew in the Lou
October 14, 2017 1–5:00 p.m.
The Lily Pond at Francis Park
5399 Donovan Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63109

Lutheran Elementary School Association

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC – affiliated with STL.News

Cemetery Beer Barons Tour Offers Taste of Local History and Beer

Cemetery Beer Barons Tour Offers Taste of Local History and Beer

Tickets Available for Bellefontaine Cemetery’s 6th Annual Beer Barons Tour

St. Louis, MO/September 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – In St. Louis, we celebrate beer and our beermaking heritage in many ways.  There are beer bars, brewhouses, tap rooms, brewery tours, and home brewing groups.  We love beer in cans, in bottles, on tap and in growlers.  Beer is part of many of our celebrations and favorite holiday fetes.  One local cemetery has come up with a clever way to celebrate St. Louis’ beer heritage and the fall season.  Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum at 4947 W. Florissant Ave. (North Riverfront neighborhood) is offering their 6th Annual Beer Barons Tour Saturday and Sunday, October 14–15.  The 45-minute and 60-minute tours take place from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day.

The beautifully landscaped Bellefontaine Cemetery dates back to 1849.  It was, and remains, a non-denominational final resting place for some of St. Louis’ elite and historical families.  That includes some of the most influential brewers and brewery owners who helped shape St. Louis’ beer industry.  Visitors will find the names Uhrig (Camp Springs/Uhrig Brewery 1840–1870), Lemp (Lemp Brewery 1838–1920), Wainwright (Samuel Wainwright Brewery 1848–1919), Griesedieck (Griesedieck Brothers/Falstaff Brewery 1903–1975), Anheuser, and Busch among the grave markers and mausoleum plaques.

Master tour guides will lead groups through the cemetery and tell the stories of family fortunes won and lost, how legacies intertwined as breweries were built, merged, burned, closed, and reopened—with Prohibition playing a pivotal role in some successes and failures.  This is the sixth year for Bellefontaine Cemetery’s Annual Historic Beer Barons Tour.  As in the past, this year’s event includes an afternoon trolley tour, along with beer and food tastings in Bellefontaine’s Wildwood Valley Gardens.  Some of St. Louis’ more popular local brewers and restaurants will participate, including Alpha Brewing, Ferguson Brewing, Heavy Riff Brewing, and Public House Brewing Co.

Bellefontaine Cemetery is also an arboretum.  The cemetery’s gardens were designed by award winning landscape architect Herb Schaal and the gardens themselves were designed by Coastal Maine Botanical Garden’s William Cullina.  Visitors can stroll along the curving walls and grassy terraces and enjoy two lakes and the fountains along the stream.  Proceeds from the Beer Barons Tour benefit the cemetery and arboretum’s efforts in conservation, education and community programing.

Tickets for the Beer Barons Tour are available at two levels.  There’s the Taster Level ($35), which includes a 45-minute trolley tour, plus beer and food samples along with a commemorative tasting glass.  There’s also the Barons Level ($60), which includes a 60-minute trolley and tomb tour, beer and food samples along with that commemorative tasting glass, plus a T-shirt and a pint glass.  Tickets for the Historic Beer Barons Tour are available online at: http://bellefontainecemetery.org/beer-barons-tour/. About 500 people took the tours last year.

Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum offers various other botanical and historical tours throughout the year.  March through November the cemetery offers free bus/trolley tours, as well as free master guide-led walking tours.  More information about the tours is available online at BellefontaineCemetery.org and on the cemetery’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BellefontaineCemetery/.

Contact information:

Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum
4947 W. Florissant Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63115
Phone: (314) 381-0750


By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

3rd Annual Clayton Craft on Tap Pushed Back to September

3rd Annual Clayton Craft on Tap Pushed Back to September

September Tasting Event Bringing Craft Brewers to Clayton

Clayton, MO/August 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – There are festivals and dining events all year long across the St. Louis area.  One of the newer celebrations of the area’s burgeoning craft brewing scene is the Clayton Craft on Tap event.  Now in its third year, the event brings beer lovers and artisan brewers together in downtown Clayton for an afternoon of tasting and fun.  Tasting events like this give brewers a chance to introduce their beers to consumers and connoisseurs, and it gives beer nerds and newbies the chance to try something fresh and new.  The first two Craft on Tap events in downtown Clayton were held in August.  This year’s event has been pushed back from its original August 20th date, and is now set for Saturday, September 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The annual Craft on Tap festival began as the result of a partnership between the City of Clayton and local the Craft Beer Cellar (8113 Maryland Ave) which specializes in packaged craft beer from St. Louis and elsewhere.  Additional sponsors have signed on, including Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and Grey Eagle Distributors.  The festival will feature samples from more than two-dozen brewers, including:

10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Blue Point Brewing Co.
Breckenridge Brewery
Elysian Brewing
Golden Road Brewing
Goose Island Beer Co.
Kona Brewing Co.
Odell Brewing Co.
O’Fallon Brewery
Old Bakery Beer Co.
Perennial Artisan Ales
Public House Brewing Co.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
Virtue Cider

Additional names are added each week as more local brewers sign up to participate.

This year’s event will also feature food from local restaurants and several of St. Louis favorite food trucks and music from the popular cover band Whiskey Dixon (http://www.whiskeydixon.com/index.html).

Tickets are on sale now, with a limited number available.  General admission is $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event.  General admission tickets include unlimited tastings and a commemorative glass.  VIP tickets are $50 and give you all that, plus early admission (12:30 p.m.) and the chance to taste some exclusive VIP beer offerings.  Designated Drivers get in for $10. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at: http://claytoncraftontap.ezregister.com/.

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

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.


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

MOJO Craft Beer & Music Festival Coming to Jefferson Barracks

MOJO Craft Beer & Music Festival Coming to Jefferson Barracks

Local Band & Brewers Team Up for MOJO Craft Beer & Music Fest

St. Louis, MO/May 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Nothing freshens up the dog days of summer in St. Louis like a full day of fresh beer and fresh music in the park.  It’s with that in mind that the first every MOJO Craft Beer and Music Festival was created.  This brand-new festival will bring a full day of music, the world’s top rated breweries and cideries, along with locally sourced craft food vendors to Jefferson Barracks Park on Saturday, August 19th.  The event is the brainchild of hometown rocker Dan Marsala (Story of the Year) and the band’s former manager, event producer John Oakes.  They’ve partnered with Radio Station 105.7 The Point, 4 Hands Brewing Company, Flamingo Bowl, and others to create this (hopefully) annual event.

The St. Louis-based rock band, Story of the Year will headline the festival, which organizers describe as a well-organized party in the park.  Other acts that will be performing include P.O.D., Unwritten Law, the Orwells, Lucky Boys Confusion, and Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys Band.  The event also showcases more than 80 craft beers. Specialty food vendors will be on hand too.

The craft brewers at 4 Hands Brewing have created a special beer to commemorate the festival and it’s headliners, Story of the Year.  The beer, called Story of the Beer, will debut at the event.

Story of the Year band members talk about their longtime friendship with the founders of 4 Hands Brewing.

Ticket prices range from $45 to $199 apiece.  General admission tickets include concert admission and a souvenir tasting glass plus beer sampling from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The VIP Lounge Pass includes the souvenir glass and festival admission, with express entry starting at noon, plus exclusive craft beer tastings, a VIP Pit and viewing area, VIP restrooms, a private cash bar, and commemorative laminate.  Flamingo Bowl VIP Tickets include everything that comes with the VIP Lounge Pass, plus a special meet & greet with the band Story of the Year, including a photo with the band, a pretzel necklace from Telegram Sams, a beer-paired dinner, access to shaded Flamingo Bowl VIP Lounge and the special Flamingo Bowl Hosted Bar (4 pm – 8 pm), a bowling party gift voucher good for one lane of bowling for 5 people up to 2 hours with shoe rental.

Festival tickets are on sale now. Revelers must be 21 or older to enter the festival grounds.  In addition to bringing craft beer and music to a summer day in St. Louis, the MOJO Craft Beer & Music Festival will also support Hope For Young Adults With Cancer with an awareness campaign and various fundraising efforts.  More details about the partnership will be announced as the festival date draws near.  More information about the MOJO Craft Beer & Music Festival can be found on the festival website: https://www.mojobeerfest.com/ or by email to info@mojobeerfest.com.

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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