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3 beers to crush at Third Wheel Day

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

{ Third Wheel brewer Abbey Spencer } 


Head to St. Charles County this Saturday, March 3, for the first Third Wheel Day, a celebration of threes at Third Wheel Brewing. Three bands play throughout the day. Select drafts are $3 a pour. A complimentary toast is made at 3 p.m. And of course, brewer Abbey Spencer debuts three new beers – beers that may not be seen again for some time.

1. Peanut Butter Porter
Peanut butter is a fun ingredient to play with, especially in beers that showcase a bold chocolaty malt bill, like this 7.4-percent robust porter. Heavily roasted malt gives way to rich notes of baker’s chocolate, while the addition of peanut butter adds a subtle, sweet character and a nuttiness reminiscent of brown butter.

2. Mango Hanging Pants
What do you get when you add mango to the super trendy New England IPA Hanging Pants? A hazy, extra juicy, balanced hoppy beer that takes you to the beach. Falconer’s Flight hops lend beautiful citrus and tropical fruit notes that enhance the mango’s sensational texture and brightness in this 6.2-percent brew. Stop at one – or three.

3. Irish Dry Stout
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, this super smooth, crushable beer is true to style with a light-medium body and massive amount of roasted malt. Bitter notes of chocolate – all derived from the malt – are underlined by a hint of fresh tobacco for a 4.8-percent brew that leaves you yearning for all the gold at the end of the rainbow.

Can’t make to St. Peters on Saturday? Check out Spencer’s coffee porter at Tapped in Maplewood Thursday, March 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at its Women in STL Beer event, which celebrates International Women’s Day.

Photo by Michelle Volansky

Katie Herrera is STL Barkeep director of beer and account manager at Craft Republic. 

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First Look: Third Wheel Brewing in St. Peters

Friday, June 16th, 2017



St. Peters has welcomed its first brewery. Third Wheel Brewing opened doors at 4008 N. Service Road on Wednesday, June 7.

As The Scoop reported last September, Third Wheel is a six-person partnership among Ron and Valerie Woerndle, Wade and Erin Alberty, Brad Wheeling and brewer Abbey Spencer, who is a co-founder of The OG, a St. Louis women’s craft beer collective.

Wheeling said the massive space sat vacant for a decade before Third Wheel moved in. The nearly 10,000-square-foot tasting room offers plenty of space for patrons to spread out and enjoy full or half pours of the five house brews and seven guest taps currently available.

Third Wheel’s current offerings lean lighter (though Spencer said a porter and chocolate stout will debut in a few weeks) with a Belgian wit, American pale ale, a double IPA, a Berliner Weiss and an American brown ale. Growlers are available to go and a Crowler machine is on the way, but Spencer said no plans are in the works to distribute Third Wheel at this time.

From the beginning, Wheeling wanted Third Wheel to be “a brewery with food, not a restaurant.” Enter brothers Scott and Steve Kline and chef Kevin Hummel, who operate The Window, a separate business that serves food inside the brewery. As the name implies, customers step up to the window to order from a menu of burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads. Sides like house-made chips, fries and sweet potato fries come with a selection of 14 dips from ranch to marinara to gooey warm marshmallow.

Third Wheel Brewing is open Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect from St. Charles County’s newest brewery:


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Photos by Michelle Volansky

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine.

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Guide to Beer 2017: Class of 2017

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017



The St. Louis beer scene is always expanding, but with a dozen breweries slated to open this year, we’re entering a new beer boom. Meet the St. Louis brewers’ Class of 2017.

Top row from left: Greer Brewing Co. brewer-co-owner Chris Greer, Greer Brewing co-owner Becky Greer, Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade head brewer John Simon, Wellspent brewer-co-owner Kyle Kohlmorgen, Good News Brewing Co. brewer-co-owner Josh Miller,Steampunk Brew Works brewer-owner David Deaton

Middle row from left: Rockwell Beer Co. brewer-owner Andy Hille, Design2Brew head brewer Donn Christian, Third Wheel Brewing head brewer Abbey Spencer, Missouri Beer Co. brewer-co-owner Dave Johnson, Good News Brewing Co. brewer-co-owner Dan Tripp

Bottom row from left: White Rooster Farmhouse Brewery brewer-co-owner Mike Deutschmann, Senn Bierwerks brewer-co-owner Dustin Chalfant, Center Ice Brewery brewer-owner Steve Albers, Senn brewer-co-owner James Hellmuth


Photo by Ashley Gieseking 

The Scoop: Third Wheel Brewing to come to St. Peters in 2017

Friday, September 16th, 2016



Third Wheel Brewing is rolling into St. Peters in March 2017. Co-owner Brad Wheeling said the ownership group recently signed a lease for 4008 N. Service Road.

Third Wheel is a six-person partnership among Ron and Valerie Woerndle, Wade and Erin Alberty, Wheeling (who also serves as marketing and operations manager) and brewmaster Abbey Spencer, who is a co-founder of The OG, a St. Louis women’s craft beer collective.

Wheeling said the group were friends and longtime fans of Spencer’s homebrews. “We said, ‘Somebody should build a brewery around that girl. Why don’t we do it?’” Wheeling said.

It took more than a year of searching for the right space in St. Charles County, until they found a roughly 10,000-square-foot space just off Cave Springs Road near Interstate 70. Wheeling said Third Wheel will initially use half the space for a seven-barrel brewing system and a 2,500-square-foot tasting room, and the rest can be used for future expansion. “It’s a great location, close to the highway so we have a lot of visibility there,” he said. “It’s large, so there is lots of opportunity for us to grow in there.”

Wheeling said Third Wheel will launch with four flagship brews: a Czech Pilsner, a Belgian wit brewed with rosemary, a robust porter and an IPA. Additional rotating options will include a milk stout, a Berliner Weisse and variants on the initial portfolio. Nearly all Third Wheel’s beer will only be available in the tasting room, with a few kegs sent to neighboring bars and restaurants.

Wheeling hopes to have a presence at the St. Louis Brewers Guild’s annual Halloween Party on Oct. 29.

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