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The Scoop: Senn Bierwerks cancels plans to build U. City brewery

Monday, June 19th, 2017



St. Louis will have to wait a bit longer for Senn Bierwerks to debut.

On Thursday, June 15, the company announced via Facebook that its brewery project wouldn’t be going forward at the proposed location at 7593 Olive Blvd. in University City. As The Scoop reported in April 2016, the owners intended to build a facility from the ground up at the corner of Olive and North and South boulevards.

“It had absolutely nothing to do with U. City,” said co-owner Dustin Chalfant. “They were awesome to work with. It was just us and the development team. We just couldn’t come to terms on the final details of the deal.”

Chalfant said the search for a new location is on and he hopes to open in the next 10 to 12 months.

“We’re not opposed to new construction, but we’re most likely going to retrofit an existing structure, so that’ll help increase the timeline and save a little bit of money,” he said.

Chalfant said Senn’s final home may not be in University City.

“We have some areas we’d like to be in, some because of business reasons, and some because of emotional ties. I would say we’re most likely going to move south and east of the U. City location,” he said. “There are also sites we’ve looked at inside U. City as well. Everything’s an option right now.”

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Senn Bierwerks to open in U. City in 2017

The Scoop: Senn Bierwerks to open in U. City in 2017

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016



A new tap room and brewery is in the works, looking to open in early 2017. Senn Bierwerks, founded by Dustin and Kristen Chalfant and James Hellmuth, will produce and distribute beers from a facility at 7593 Olive Blvd., at the corner of Olive and North and South boulevards.

“We’re thrilled to be able to go into U. City,” said Kristen Chalfant. “There’s a lot of opportunity for redevelopment, and we’re excited to be a part of it.” Senn Bierwerks will be the first brewery in University City.

Dustin Chalfant and Hellmuth are both Morgan Street Brewery alumni. Dustin Chalfant served as head brewer until April 2015, while Hellmuth worked at Morgan Street, attended brewing school, and has worked at Schlafly and in quality assurance at a brewery in Indianapolis.

Once open, the trio will offer a variety of brews. “We’ll roll out with three flagship beers,” Kristin Chalfant said. “A Northwest IPA, an amber-style lager and a hopped-up Pilsner.”

The suds will be packaged in 16-ounce aluminum cans and 32-ounce crowlers (aluminum growlers) available in the tasting room. Senn Bierwerks also plans to distribute in Missouri and western Illinois, starting first in St. Louis and expanding outward.

The planned 2,500-square foot tasting room has an estimated capacity of 200 people. In addition, a Biergarten will provide additional seating, and the trio is looking to heat and cool the beer garden utilizing energy captured from the brewing process and reused as climate control. This green energy plan is part of the brewery’s mission to “brew no harm.”

“We want to provide an all around experience that people crave,” said Chalfant. “Whether you drink a pint in the tasting room or pick up a four-pack, we want people to enjoy the experience and feel refreshed.”


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.

Guide to Drinking 2014: 10 Reasons to Drink with Femme Ferment

Sunday, September 14th, 2014



Close your eyes and picture your friendly local brewer. Odds are he’s a young male sporting a beard to rival Jason Motte’s. In fact, that same guy can be found populating craft beer bars, breweries and festivals around town, sipping pints with his like-minded fellows. Beers and bros go hand in hand, but a handful of beer-slinging and -brewing St. Louis ladies are pouring themselves a pint and declaring their love for their favorite beverage, too. The misconception that women don’t like beer, or aren’t involved in its production, is what prompted Katie Herrera, Libby Brown, Kristen Chalfant and Colleen Kirby to launch Femme Ferment, an organization dedicated to promoting the role of women in the local craft brewing scene. Since launching in May, Femme Ferment has popped up at the St. Louis Brewers Guild Heritage Festival, participated in St. Louis Craft Beer Week and created its first collaboration beer with Charleville Brewing Co. It all started with a monthly get-together filled with shop talk, beer nerdiness and laughter. Here are 10 reasons why anyone – lady or gent – should drink with Femme Ferment:

1. It’s the third Tuesday of the month, and there’s not a glass of wine or vodka cranberry in sight.

2. When you can’t decide what to drink next, ask the woman to your left. Or right. Or behind the bar. Really, anyone within earshot can guide you to the perfect pick.

3. When one person orders a sour beer, everyone clamors for one. Especially if that sour is New Belgium’s La Folie.

4. Most of the women you meet are named Katie, Kate, Catelyn or a variation of that trendiest of ‘80s baby girl names.

5. The petite Katie behind the bar is also the only person her friends trust to properly tap kegs at parties.

6. Members are as dedicated as mail carriers. Despite that many in the Femme crew caught the same cold last month at Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival in Madison, Wisconsin, their August happy hour took place as scheduled.

7. Wedding diets may exclude dessert, but never beer.

8. Nearly every woman present is a bar manager, bartender, brewer or other industry pro, and someone can spout off the ABV, IBU and brewing technique of just about everything on tap.

9. Those bearded guys often swing by during happy hour for a pint, too, and everyone gives each other some good old-fashioned ribbing – in the most loving way, of course.

10. You left the bar with invites to four upcoming beer festivals you’ve never heard of and are already tagging your photos of the night with #3TFF (translation: Third Tuesday Femme Ferment).

-illustration by Vidhya Nagarajan

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