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The Scoop: Brew Hub to construct second partner brewery in Chesterfield

September 9th 04:09pm, 2014


First we had big breweries. Then we had craft breweries. Now St. Louis prepares for its first brewery dedicated to partner brewing. Enter Brew Hub, which this week announced it will construct a new brewing facility in Chesterfield.

This will be the second such facility for Brew Hub, which opened its first location last weekend, Sept. 5 and 6, in Lakeland, Florida. The company was founded by Tim Schoen, a former Anheuser-Busch executive.

The new Chesterfield location will also serve as Brew Hub’s corporate headquarters as it prepares to expand to other three other states. Construction is slated to begin on the massive facility at the end of this year, and when doors open in early 2016, its initial brewing capacity will register at 75,000 barrels. “The overall master plan has always been to build five breweries strategically located in regional hubs,” Schoen said. “We’re on a mission to build the first high-end craft brewery network that serves … partner brewers.”

Partner brewers use Brew Hub’s facilities to brew their products under the remote supervision of their own brewmasters, as well as bottle, package and distribute their products. Brew Hub will make additional business services available, Schoen explained, including sales, marketing, legal matters and logistics. Partners, who enter three-year contracts with Brew Hub, can range from established craft brewers looking to expand to other markets to home brewers who want to transform their hobby into a business enterprise.

In addition to its central location, Schoen said St. Louis’ passion for craft beer was one deciding factor when looking for Brew Hub’s next location. “(St. Louis has) a great emerging craft beer scene,” he said. “Really, the talent pool on the craft side is outstanding, and on the business services side, we have a lot of really good talent in the market.”

Once completed, the Chesterfield facility will include a 3,000-square-foot tasting room and Biergarten, where the public can sip beers currently produced at Brew Hub. The brewery will also offer tours, and Schoen said food will not be forgotten. “Food pairings with beer are really essential and something that consumers want,” she said. “As we look at a St. Louis brewery, we’re going to be looking at … what that might look like. There will be a unique (community-based) food option.”



By Catherine Klene

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