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Plantain Girl will open Alpha-Teria inside new Alpha Brewing space

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017



One current local brewery trend has nothing to do with beer. Breweries tap a local restaurateur to provide quality eats for taproom customers while brewers concentrate on what they do best – beer. The latest of these collaborations is between Alpha Brewing Co. and Plantain Girl owner Mandy Estrella, who built a following for her Caribbean catering services and pop-up events.

As The Scoop reported in April, Alpha is currently constructing a new facility at 4310 Fyler Ave., slated to open in mid-February. In addition to a 15-barrel brew house, co-owner and head brewer Derrick Langeneckert said the new digs will also boast a taproom, restaurant and beer garden area with seating for approximately 300.

The restaurant, called Alpha-Teria, will feature Estrella’s signature Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican cuisine. The menu will include shareable plates like empanadas, pollo con queso and a rotating selection of tacos, along with mains like the ropa vieja plate (braised flank steak, white rice, black beans, maduros, pickled red onions and cilantro), and sandwiches like the tripleta with diced steak, pork, ham, Swiss cheese, grilled onions, lettuce and tomato on toasted French bread.




Langeneckert said he was looking for something different to complement Alpha’s variety of beers. “Our beers are more aggressively flavored,” he said. “We just didn’t want to do the typical hamburger or pizza, because the food would get really lost. We were looking for something spicy.”

Langeneckert happened to visit Six Mile Bridge Beer during one of Estrella’s pop-ups there, and the rest was history.

“We were getting to the point where we were already going to phase out the pop-ups,” Estrella said. “We were about two years out from opening some form of a Latin fast-casual restaurant, so when Derrick approached me with this, it wasn’t exactly what I was going to do, but was kind of the middle ground. I could open a kitchen without having to open a full restaurant. It seemed like a great opportunity with less risk.”

She said the built-in audience of Alpha fans was also an incentive, as well as the fact that many Plantain Girl followers are from the Tower Grove area, where the new Alpha location will be. Estrella said she’ll continue to cater under the Plantain Girl moniker.

Plantain Girl photo by Ashley Gieseking

Matt Sorrell is a staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Alpha Brewing Co. to open second location

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017



Another local brewery is getting ready to expand. Alpha Brewing Co. will open a second location in Tower Grove in late fall. “We’ve closed on the building, ordered the equipment and construction has started,” said head brewer Derrick Langeneckert.

Langeneckert plans to announce the exact address at the brewery’s fourth anniversary party this Saturday, April 8, but he said the 13,000-square-foot space will house a 15-barrel system that should produce 1,000 barrels in the first full year of production. The brewery’s downtown facility at 1409 Washington Ave., currently produces 200 barrels annually.

“The first year we were open we made 200 barrels, and we’re still making 200 barrels a year,” Langeneckert said. “We just don’t have the space to make one more drop of beer.”

The second Alpha location will also feature a taproom with 100 seats inside and a 200-seat Biergarten outside. Langeneckert said there will also be a kitchen, and he plans to partner with a local restaurant for food service.

Photo courtesy of Alpha Brewing Co.

Editor’s note: This article was updated at 1:35 p.m. to correct the size of Alpha’s brewing system. 

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The Scoop: Alpha Brewing Company opens today

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Add one more name to the growing list of local breweries now in operation. Alpha Brewing Co., located downtown at 1409 Washington Ave., opens its doors today at 3 p.m. The primary face behind Alpha is its co-owner and brewer Derrick Langeneckert, whose brewing venture has been in the works since March of last year when he began writing a business plan for the company.

Alpha will debut with eight beers. On tap, thirsty drinkers can find: a storter, which Langeneckert described as lying somewhere between a stout and a porter; a maple storter; a Belgian pale ale; a rye IPA; a blonde ale; an American pale ale; a roasted red ale; and an American IPA. Langeneckert dubs his beers as “aggressive ales.”

“We are trying to appeal to the crowd that wants craft beer,” he said. “We are trying to think outside the box.” As examples, he cited the Alpha red ale as have a stronger roasted taste than other red ales; he also described the American IPA as “super hoppy.” This AIPA is named Simcoe Simcoe, after the hops that are used to brew it.

Besides the eight Alpha beers, the brewpub also has two guest taps, which currently hold Schlafly Hefeweizen and Schlafly  Kölsch.

The brewpub plans to offer a small menu of snacks, such as a meat and cheese plate featuring locally made products. However, Alpha also has an open food policy, welcoming guests to bring their own food or to order carry-out from other restaurants.

The 50-seat brewpub has a 14-seat bar, a community table, a smattering of four-top tables and a soft seating area. Langeneckert added that patio furniture would be arriving soon, enabling outdoor seating for an additional 30 people.

Doors open today at 3 p.m. Although Alpha has an address on Washington Avenue, the entrance is located on the north side of the building on Lucas Avenue. Alpha’s regular hours of operation are: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Scoop: Excel and Alpha joining the beer scene

Monday, October 1st, 2012

The area’s brewing community continues to grow. Excel Bottling Co., bottler of Ski soda and other soft drinks, has begun production of its new craft beer line. The first brew for the family-owned and operated company headquartered in Breese, Ill., is Shoal Creek Wheat, a German wheat beer named for Shoal Creek, the water source for the nearby community.

Shoal Creek Wheat is expected to be available throughout Southern Illinois by the end of October and will arrive in St. Louis by the end of November, according to a spokesperson for Excel. A pale ale called Golden Brew (originally to be named Brewskee) will launch two weeks after the release of Shoal Creek Wheat, and Shoal Creek Winter Ale will make its debut after Thanksgiving. Other seasonal releases include Excel Citra, coming in the spring, and Carlyle Lake, a summer lager. Excel beers will be sold in bottles, which can be bought in six-packs at major grocery and liquor stores. The beers will also be available on draft at select restaurants and bars.

Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch also reports that Alpha Brewing Co., a project by Derrick Langeneckert, will make its home downtown at 1409 Washington Ave. Langeneckert got the buzz to make suds a few years ago when he started brewing from home. Per the description on the brewery’s Facebook page, doors at Langeneckert’s small craft brewery should open by next spring.

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