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Rockwell Beer Co. partners with Niche Food Group for future food service

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

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It’s taken some time, but Rockwell Beer Co. has announced its final plan for its new location at 1320 S. Vandeventer Ave., on the eastern edge of The Grove.

Owner-brewer Andy Hille said the facility, which will include a 15-barrel brewery, tasting room and retail space, should open for business sometime in the second quarter of 2018. Hille first announced the project in early 2016.

Hille said Niche Food Group will handle the culinary program at the tasting room. Specifics of the concept, such as the name and type of cuisine, haven’t been revealed, but Hille said it would be a separate entity from the brewery, and the food “will be approachable, and fit into the beer culture.” Niche Food Group declined to comment on the upcoming concept.

Hille said Niche Food Group will serve bratwurst at a Rockwell open house event at Core at South Newstead at 4400 Vista Ave., later today, Dec. 21. He said the tasting room will seat 50 to 60, with double that number on the patio.

The brewery has partnered with Green Street St. Louis, the company behind Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.’s Grove Brewery and Bierhall, to redevelop the building, and architectural firm JEMA Studio is slated to design the space.

Photo by Greg Rannells

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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• Rockwell Beer Co. announces location in The Grove

• Brewer Andy Hille to leave Perennial Artisan Ales, open new brewery

• Sauce Magazine Guide to Beer 2016: Bold New Brewers

 

Guide to Beer 2017: Class of 2017

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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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

 

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The Scoop: Rockwell Beer Co. announces location in The Grove

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

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Nearly seven months after announcing his new Rockwell Beer Co., co-owner Andy Hille has revealed the location. The brewhouse and tasting room will open at 1320 S. Vandeventer Ave., in spring 2017.

Hille, a former brewer at Perennial Artisan Ales, said he hopes Rockwell will be an anchor for development in this part of The Grove. “We get to be trailblazers on this stretch of Vandeventer,” Hille said. “There’s not really much. It’s pretty industrial.”

The 12,000-square-foot space, which currently houses Dinzler Equipment, will feature a 1,500-square-foot tasting room, a retail space, a large outdoor patio and large functioning garage doors. “We’re going to brew what we want to brew and do things that are balanced and approachable,” he said. Popular recipes will be packaged in 16-ounce four-packs and more experimental, barrel-aged brews will be released in 500-milliliter bottles.

Customers can get a taste of what’s to come at Club Rockwell, weekly “nano-tasting room” events October through December on Wednesdays at TechArtista Coworking Center in the Central West End. “There’s no way around it ­– it takes a very long time to open a brewery,” Hille said. “We need to do as much as we can in the meantime to stay engaged and talk with people.”

Fewer than 10 tickets will be available to each of two Wednesday sessions (5:30 and 7:30 p.m.), where Hille said samples of Rockwell beers and other surprises await attendees. Tickets for the next week’s sessions can be purchased online at 10 a.m. the Thursday before. The first Club Rockwell takes place Oct. 5; tickets go on sale Sept. 29.

The Scoop: Brewer Andy Hille to leave Perennial Artisan Ales, open new brewery

Friday, April 1st, 2016

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Sauce Bold New Brewer 2016 Andy Hille announced today that he is leaving his position as brewer at Perennial Artisan Ales. After St. Louis Craft Beer Week, the last week of July, he will focus fulltime on opening his own brewery: Rockwell Beer Company.

Hille has been planning this move for over a year, with the support of Perennial owners Phil and Emily Wymore. “They’ve been great,” Hille said. “And we’ll continue to work together and probably collab on things down the line.”

But the idea has been around longer than a year. Rockwell was the street Hille lived on in Chicago when he got into the industry. “As a joke we called my apartment Club Rockwell,” Hille said. And his first homebrew was called Club Rockwell Beer. “I just dropped the Club,” Hille said. “It worked from the start.”

So far, he’s stepping out on his own as president and founder without partners, funding the project through loans and some private investors. He’s looking at a couple buildings on Vandeventer Avenue, which he called “ripe for improvement.” By opening his brewery there, Hille hopes to make the neighborhood more retail- and consumer-friendly.

“I should have a lease signed in a month or two,” Hille said. He aims to open Rockwell Beer Company by the end of fall 2016.

Guide to Beer 2016: Bold New Brewers

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

St. Louis breweries don’t exactly adhere to reinheitsgebot purity laws or the strict hierarchy of traditional German brewing. Instead, laissez faire experimentation and collaboration have produced as many exciting new brewers as beers. Local favorites like 4 Hands Incarnation IPA and Perennial Suburban Beverage weren’t concocted by owners or brewmasters, but rather these rising talents.

 

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Luke Oldham
Assistant Brewer, 2nd Shift Brewing, New Haven
Areas of interest: The entire process. Though Oldham hasn’t debuted a beer of his own (yet), he has taken on 2nd Shift Brewing’s day-to-day responsibilities (brewing most of its beers) while co-owner and brewmaster Steve Crider focuses on growing the brand.
Praise from the boss: “Luke is truly a go-getter. He’s a person who does exactly what you need him to do with zero problems,” Crider said. “And he’s also a goofball.”

 

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Andy Hille
Brewer, Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis
Beers: Regalia, Stefon and Suburban Beverage
Areas of Interest: “Everything: recipe formulation, experimental styles,” Hille said. When developing recipes, he’s in pursuit of balance. “More like a culinary approach to beer – beers that don’t sway too far one way or another with flavor.”
Praise from the boss: Perennial co-owner Phil Wymore is impressed by Hille’s creativity as much as his skill. “Andy is very freeform and creative,” Wymore said. “And he helps us incorporate a lot of pop culture in our brand.”

 

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Andy Burgio
Lead Brewer, 4 Hands Brewing Co., St. Louis
Beers: Incarnation IPA, Prelude
Areas of interest: Recipe development – especially for sour and barrel-aged beers. He is focused on achieving efficient brewing without compromising on quality.
Praise from the boss: “Andy’s passion is unparalleled,” said Kevin Lemp, 4 Hands owner and founder. “He isn’t satisfied easily, and from an owner’s perspective that is really what you’re looking for – because you don’t want to just put out a product. Andy helps us make sure that we’re putting out the very best beer we can.”

 

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Brandon Stern
Brewer, The Civil Life Brewing Co., St. Louis
Beers: Burton-On-Holt pale ale, Wee Bit Heavy Scotch Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Belgian-Style Table Beer, Belgian-Style Dubbel Ale, Big Belgian-Style Blond Ale
Areas of interest: Recipe development. “Playing around and experimenting with new ingredients – continuing education and research,” Stern said. He is leading Civil Life’s Belgian series, as well as the brewery’s new cask beer program.
Praise from the boss: “He has a lot of skill,” said head brewer Dylan Mosley. “But also, I like (that) he doesn’t always agree with me. He’s not afraid to speak his mind. Brandon is definitely not for hire.”

 

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Jonathan Moxey
Brewer, Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis
Beers: Fête de Nöel Winter Ale, Anniversaria, Dubbel Block, Dealers’ Choice cocktail series beers
Areas of Interest: Barrels and wild yeasts like Brettanomyces. “(But) my main interest is introducing people to the wonderful relationships beer has with food and how well it can work together when you find the correct harmonies and contrasts,” Moxey said. “My brother Brian (Moxey) is the chef here at Perennial, and I really enjoy making beer for his food and encouraging him to make food for my beer.”
Praise from the boss: “Like being a great chef, great brewers need to have a good palate to be able to be critical of a beer and perfect certain elements,” said Perennial co-owner Phil Wymore. “That’s something that Jonathan has in spades, and it makes him a really talented brewer.”

 

-photos by Greg Rannells

 

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