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Guide to Beer 2017: Where Brewers Drink

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017



Brewers can drink their own beer all day. Here’s where they go when they’re off duty.

With a big group
“We like Basso or Three Kings in The Loop. We live in U. City, so Three Kings is usually where we’ll go with friends.” – Ryan Sherring, Six Mile Bridge brewmaster-co-owner

Neighborhood spot
Frailey’s Southtown Grill in South County. I know the owners – it’s more of a regular’s place. … For what you get, I think it’s the best bang for buck in St. Louis. And everyone who works there is great. It has that family feel to it.” – Brian Ilg, Kirkwood Station Brewing Company brewmaster

“My favorite spot would be Main Street in Edwardsville – there’s a couple good restaurants and bars. A go-to is Recess Brewing down there. It’s nice to have places within walking distance.” – Patrick Thirion, Peel Brewing Co. brewer-co-owner

Something other than beer
“This is probably going to be your weirdest answer, but my place is Pho Grand on South Grand to get their French iced coffee.” – Thirion

“If I want to get a decent whiskey, there’s a couple places I like to go: Montrey’s in Ferguson. It’s a cigar bar. It’s right by the brewhouse, so that one’s easy. And I enjoy Eclipse. You can get a decent drink, and it’s a cool atmosphere. And you can’t go wrong with Shaved Duck, or BBQ Saloon always has a good whiskey selection.” – Taylor Wright, Ferguson Brewing Co. head brewer

Day drinking
“For outside in summer, a great place is 21st Street Brewers Bar. Or Square One – they do a mean grilled cheese.” – Sherring

“Pretty much anywhere that has games – anywhere I can play bubble hockey, shuffleboard or darts. And iTap in Soulard is always a good day drinking spot because it’s not going to be overly busy – you can have good conversations.” – Wright


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Drink This Weekend Edition: Mark Twain Brewing Co. launch party

Thursday, January 21st, 2016



We have it good in this city, especially when it comes to the local beer scene. Well-established breweries are now expanding in size or adding new locations, and new breweries are opening their doors to the public at increasing speed. Even our out-of-town offerings are top-notch, and starting this week, another brewery makes its entrance into our great city by way of Hannibal, Missouri.

Bill Martin and Lance Smith opened Mark Twain Brewing Co. on July 4, 2014. Its taproom and 10-barrel brewhouse is on the Mississippi River in Mark Twain’s historic hometown. Husband-wife brewing team Dave Alley and Cat Golden (who formerly brewed for O’Fallon Brewery) have taken this river town by storm, and now they’re bringing their delicious beer to The Lou.

The Mark Twain team will unleash their offerings tonight, Jan. 21, at International Tap House in the Central West End during its official launch party, starting at 6 p.m. Keep an eye out for brews like:

Huck’s Habanero Apricot Wheat, pleasantly spicy and juicy with ripe apricot
Jumping Frog IPA with assertive citrus and pine on the nose and palate
Chocolate Coffee Stout, featuring a roasted malt backed by loads of chocolate and coffee notes
Brown Ale, where robust toasted pecan nuttiness meets maple syrup sweetness

Can’t make it to the party? Golden will teach Cicero’s weekly Beer School on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Keep your eyes peeled for these approachable beers on draft at St. Louis-area beer bars, with bottles soon to follow.


Katie Herrera is the tasting room manager at The Side Project Cellar and co-founder of Femme Ferment. 

Sauce Readers’ Choice: Favorite Beer List – International Tap House

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015



A bar that serves more than 500 beers can be overwhelming, but that doesn’t stop St. Louis beer lovers. You voted International Tap House’s beer list tops in town. Still deciding on your next glass of suds? Here, the 10 best brews at iTap right now.

1. New Belgium La Folie
After one to three years aging in wood foeders (large, oak barrels), this highly sought after sour brown ale at iTap’s Soulard location provides mouth-puckering notes of green apple and a thirst-quenching, satisfying experience.

2. Boulevard The Calling IPA
One of Boulevard’s newest IPAs, The Calling is heavily hopped, bursting with tropical flavors and punches heavy at 8.5 percent.

3. Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA
If you’re looking for a beer with the hoppiness of a traditional IPA and the drinkability of a light lager, this is it. Jam-packed with flavor but weighing in at only 4.9 percent, you can enjoy this beer all day long.

4. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale 
Centennial hops are the superstar of this well-balanced, easily accessible IPA.

5. Petrus Oud Bruin
Red as wine, sour-sweet and earthy on the nose, this Oud Bruin is a winning specimen of the complex, dark brown Flemish style.

6. Urban Chestnut Ku’damm
At only 4.2 percent, the flavors of citrus shine brightly in this refreshing, locally brewed Berliner Weisse.

7. 2nd Shift Katy
One of the most satisfying American Brett saisons on the market, Katy is light enough to be consumed glass after glass.

8. Leaky Roof High Dry & Dusty
A great alternative to beer, this sessionable mead is light, crisp and palate-cleansing.

9. Chimay Red Cap (Première)
Flavors of apricot abound in this delightfully refreshing, monk-made Belgian dubbel, the recipe for which dates to 1862.

10. Root Sellers’ Row Hard Root Beer
Bring on the vanilla ice cream with this perfectly brewed hard root beer. At 6.7 percent, this would make a dangerously delicious float.

10 Places to Watch the World Cup

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Gateway City’s first love may be baseball, but we have a serious passion for soccer, too. No matter where you are tomorrow in St. Louis, there’s a place for you to settle in with some tasty brews, get rowdy with fellow soccer fans, and cheer on your favorite team. The World Cup kicks off tomorrow at 3 p.m., and we’ve got 13 spots for you to get your game on.




1. Amsterdam Tavern: There’s a reason this Tower Grove staple made our list of Best Places to Watch the Big Game. Amsterdam Tavern isn’t your run-of-the-mill sports bar; in fact, it’s dedicated to soccer. Sure to be packed, patrons here know their way around the game. Get your fix inside at its new beer garden, and don’t forget to grab some grub at The Dam, located next door.

2. The Moolah: No ticket needed for this special screening at The Moolah. Select games will be shown on the big screen; all matches are shown in Mini Moolah lounge – and it’s all free. Grab a beer and claim your couch in the name of your team.

3. Meshuggah Café: The upstairs loft of this unassuming, bookish joint makes way for screenings of World Cup matches. Food and drink specials are available, and while coffee may be its forte, don’t forget the selection of brews, too.




4. Barrister’s: This Clayton spot has long been a haunt for soccer fans. The game starts at 3 p.m. and Barrister’s happy hour starts at 4 p.m. – perfect timing to start preemptively celebrating or mourning.

5. International Tap House: Everyone wins when new beer is on tap. All four iTap locations are celebrating the World Cup in style with two new brews to mark the occasion: 2nd Shift Brewing’s iBallz, a bi-selected IPA, and 4 Hands Brewing’s WC ’14 Ale, an APA whose recipe was created by iTap’s homebrew winner Patrick Strohmayer.




6. The Biergarten at Anheuser Busch: Even the big boys are feeling World Cup fever. AB hosts a viewing party at its Biergarden to celebration the opening match between Croatia and Brazil Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m., featuring a 16-foot screen and Brazilian cultural performances.

7. Llywelyn’s Pub: Host your own match party at any of Llywelyn’s six locations, or just take advantage of the match-themed drink specials. Select brews from the countries playing that that match are $2 off. Talk about fan rewards.




8. The Scottish Arms: This rustic pub should be your choice if you want to enjoy some bloody good Scottish eats while watching the games. A lovely outdoor seating area is the perfect place for an evening viewing party with good scotch and barbecue specials.

9. Tigín Irish Pub: In a gambling mood? Play the $1 million bracket challenge and see if you can predict the outcome of all matches for cash prizes downtown at Tigín, an officially designated U.S. Soccer Bar.

10. The Dubliner: What better place to watch Europe’s favorite sport (and the rest of the world’s for that matter) than a proper European gastropub? It’s even running a fantasy football (and by that we mean soccer) league as the Cup plays on. That’s dedication.


Drink This Weekend Edition: Hoppy Spring at iTap

Friday, April 18th, 2014


Spring finally looks as though like it’s here to stay. Celebrate its arrival Saturday at International Tap House‘s Hoppy Spring. Beginning at noon, iTap’s locations in Chesterfield, Central West End and Soulard offer up a variety of hoppy libations, including some on cask.

Cask beer has a gentler carbonation level and usually shows a more complex flavor and aromatic profile. Many beers will be available at all locations, but some are specific to each bar. Odds are you won’t safely be able to make it to all three bars in one day, so I’ve tapped a must-try pick from each.

iTap Central West End: Charleville Brewing‘s Ale Mucho Hoppo on cask

A medium-bodied Imperial IPA, Ale Mucho Hoppo weighs in at 9 percent and is a hazy orange color. Upon smelling this beer, you’ll definitely pick up citrus fruit and herbal notes. Serving this on cask nicely rounds out the mouth feel. The earthy, sweeter notes balance out the intensity of the hops. The best part about this beer is that even at 9 percent, it doesn’t come across boozy.

iTap Chesterfield: 2nd Shift Brewing‘s Brew Cocky on cask

I really can’t say enough about the IPAs 2nd Shift puts out, and Brew Cocky is one of its best. This Imperial IPA is a sneaky 9.5 percent thing of beauty. With big aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and mango, along with some caramel sweetness, this one begs you to drink it. Served on cask, the softer carbonation brings out slightly more bitter grapefruit notes and some pine resin.

iTap Soulard: 4 Hands’ Brewing Co.‘s Contact High on cask

Leading the charge as one of my favorite spring releases is Contact High. A 5 percent, hopped-up wheat beer, this one is accessible to both IPA lovers and those who don’t like over-the-top hops. This is not your typical wheat beer. Brewed with orange zest and just the right amount of hops, it’s a citrus lover’s dream.

The Scoop: iTap announces new location in the CWE

Friday, October 5th, 2012

International Tap House (iTap) owners Sean Conroy and Brad Lobdell have announced their third location at 16 S. Euclid Ave., in the Central West End, as first noted by blogger Mike Sweeney on STL Hops. Conroy and Lobdell were initially looking at 313 N. Euclid Ave., formerly home to a Pasta House, as the Scoop reported in February, but they ended up several blocks away. The new location will be opening sometime in early winter of 2013. Conroy and Lobdell noted that the spot will feature the same concept of the other two locations (with over 500 beer offerings and around 40 taps), but it will have a bit more of an upscale feel because of the location and the mezzanine level. Pictured is a rendering of the new space, which will be 3,500 square feet (1,100 square feet larger than the Chesterfield location and 100 square feet smaller than the Soulard location).

The Twitter handle for this third location is @itapCWE.

The Scoop: iTap still trying to garner support for CWE location

Friday, February 17th, 2012

In early December, The Scoop reported that International Tap House (iTap) owners Sean Conroy and Brad Lobdell were looking to add a third location at 313 N. Euclid Ave., in the Central West End, formerly home to a Pasta House. The company, which currently has a location in Chesterfield and one in Soulard, had filed for a liquor license at the CWE address and the owners were working on garnering neighborhood support. So, where do things stand two and a half months later?

“We are still seeking the approval from the good people of the Central West End,” read a statement by Conroy and Lobdell issued today by iTap spokesperson Robb Yagmin. “If things don’t work out at the old Pasta House space, we are still very committed to bring our special brand and unique worldwide brews to a third location.”

More as we learn it.

The Scoop: iTap looks to put third location in Central West End

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

100611_itapAs The Scoop reported in late October, International Tap House (iTAP) owners Sean Conroy and Brad Lobdell had been looking to add a third location to add to their existing addresses in Chesterfield and Soulard. Earlier today, STL Hops’ blogger Mike Sweeney noted that the third location appeared to be located in the Central West End. The exact address is 313 North Euclid Ave., home to a now-shuttered Pasta House restaurant, as reported by Evan Benn of the Post-Disptach.

While iTAP filed an application today at 11:30 a.m., for a liquor license for the Euclid Avenue address, Conroy added that there is still much work to be done, especially in garnering support from the neighborhood. “We will continue to and have already reached out to the neighborhood and its businesses in hopes of getting their blessings to bring our locally owned and grassroots-grown business to one of St Louis’ greatest neighborhoods. We feel our unique operation is a great fit and will be a great enhancement to that exceptional corner, and we hope that those who live and make a living nearby will agree.”

Patrons of the old Pasta House will remember that the space has a fairly vast kitchen. ITAP has never offered food before, rather patrons have been welcome to order in food from outside venues. So, what will the bar do with all that extra room? “We are not too sure how we will utilize the space just yet,” said Conroy. “We are focused on reaching out to the neighbors and getting their support.” More as we learn it.

The Scoop: Comings and goings: an “epic” arrival, Indian eats and an adios

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

100211_EPICAnnouncements of new arrivals and farewells are occurring at a frenzied pace these days. Among the latest wave of hellos and goodbyes:

As we announced back in June, Epic Pizza and Subs should open next Wednesday, according to co-owner Todd George. Look for nine specialty wood-fired pizzas (including a pizza of the day), plus hot and cold sandwiches, a variety of salads and the time-tested Italian-American apps St. Louisans have come to expect (translation: t-ravs). The small eatery, located at 1709½ Ninth St., next door to International Tap House in Soulard, will have a limited selection of desserts, and beer and wine will be available. The Epic website is still under construction, but you can follow the eatery on Twitter @EPICstlouis.

In other news, an Indian and Pakistani restaurant may be coming to University City. Ian Froeb of the Riverfront Times reported on the signage suggesting the arrival of a fast food joint serving these ethnic eats at 6800F Olive Blvd., at Ferguson Avenue.

And it’s adios to Señoritas Pique. The sister restaurant to Señor Pique – both owned by Angel Jiminez Gutierrez – closed less than a year after opening. The hat tip goes to Froeb who first had the news of the shuttered restaurant at 3730 S. Lindbergh Blvd., near East Watson Road.

The Scoop: Numerous area restaurants adding new locations

Monday, October 31st, 2011

103111_itapAfter a month of restaurant closure announcements (Adobe Reds, Seasons American Cuisine and Crostini), a handful of area eateries are preparing to add new locations around town.

Tomorrow, November 1, Joanie’s Pizzeria in Soulard will open a second location in South County. The pizzeria will sit at 5441 Telegraph Road, between Yaegar and Baumgartner Roads, offering carryout and delivery service only.

Rotten Apple, a pub located in Grafton, Ill., will have a sister spot in Soulard. According to the Rotten Apple website, location No. 2 is coming to 1730 South Eight St.

Another pub, International Tap House, may soon boast a trio of drinking holes in the area. “We are actively looking for a third location,” confirmed iTAP spokesperson, Robb Yagmin. Currently, iTAP’s two addresses are in Chesterfield and Soulard.

And finally, casual-dining chain Max & Erma’s continues to grow with its fourth area restaurant opening on Monday, November 7. The newest franchise unit will be in West County Center in Des Peres, in the space formerly occupied by J Buck’s. A Max & Erma’s opened in late August in Fairview Heights, Ill., joining locations in Lake St. Louis and Mid-Rivers Mall in St. Peters.

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