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The Scoop: Guerrilla Street Food will take over 2nd Shift kitchen

Thursday, June 29th, 2017


{ 800-pound Guerrilla at Guerrilla Street Food } 


Two local favorites, 2nd Shift Brewing and Guerrilla Street Food, are teaming up for a one-two punch of food and drink. The popular Filipino food purveyors will run the kitchen at 2nd Shift’s brewery and tasting room at 601 Sublette Ave., starting Wednesday, July 5.

Co-owner Brian Hardesty said he and co-owner Joel Crespo had always enjoyed working with 2nd shift co-owners Steve and Libby Crider.

“Back before 2nd Shift had food, Joel and I both thought we’d love to sell food there. Their beer is great and they’re super-cool people,” said Hardesty.

But he soon found out that the Tilford Restaurant Group (of Mission Taco Joint and Milagro Modern Mexican) had signed on to run the kitchen. “When that ended up not working out, we heard about it and let them know ‘If you’re still interested, so are we,’” he said.

Since there’s already a kitchen in place, Hardesty said he expects to be moved in by Monday, July 3. Hardesty said initially, the menu will feature familiar items, including customer favorites like the 800-pound Guerrilla, chicken adobo, Flying Pig and pancit. The kitchen hours will remain the same.

“Our food goes great with beer, so I think it’ll be a really great fit,” Hardesty said. “As time goes by, we’ll finish moving in. We hope to eventually offer a few different things that you can only get at 2nd Shift. But everyone can always expect to get the classics.”



{ 2nd Shift tasting room }


Hardesty said the new venture won’t affect operation of the Guerrilla Street Food food truck, the current brick and mortar location at 3559 Arsenal St., or the upcoming location inside Tropical Liquers in The Grove, which Hardesty said should open by the end of summer.

“We already have staff hired because of The Grove location, so we’re just going to shuffle things around a bit,” he said. “They’re already trained and ready to go.”

2nd Shift operations manager Mike Sweeney thanked the Tilford Restaurant Group “who helped us get set up as we were trying to find something more permanent,” and looked forward to working with the Guerrilla Street Food team.

“We’ve always been really excited about their food. We couldn’t be happier about this,” he said. “They make some fun, quirky and very traditional food, and we make some fun, quirky and also very traditional beers sometimes, so it all works out.”

Photos by Dave Moore

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: 2nd Shift to open brewery on The Hill



Sneak Peek: 2nd Shift Brewing on The Hill

Thursday, November 17th, 2016



{From left, the 2nd Shift crew includes Mikey Manning, Jake Senn, co-owners Libby Crider and brewer Steve Crider, Becca Senn and Mike Sweeney.}

After months of anticipation, co-owners Steve and Libby Crider are putting the final touches on 2nd Shift Brewing’s new home at 1601 Sublette Ave., on The Hill. Doors are set to open Dec. 3, pending final licensing approval.

As The Scoop reported in May, the Criders have spent the past three years looking for a new home for their 6-year-old brewery, which was originally located in New Haven. They settled on a large warehouse in an industrial part of The Hill. The 12,000-square-foot main building holds both the tasting room and the brewery, and the additional space will drastically increase 2nd Shift’s production.

The Criders embraced the stripped-down industrial feel of the space, which includes exposed ductwork suspended from soaring warehouse ceilings. Racks of barrels used to age 2nd Shift beers divide the tasting room from the brewery. The bar features 16 taps, the majority of which will pour 2nd Shift brews. (A handful will be reserved for regional guest taps.) Crider also hopes to offer a select wine program of by-the-glass and bottle offerings.

The Criders have partnered with brothers Jason and Adam Tilford of Tilford Restaurant Group, which owns Mission Taco Joint, Tortillaria and Milagro Modern Mexican. Don’t expect a fourth Mission Taco Joint, though. Libby Crider said they are working to construct a menu that will include nods to The Hill’s Italian influences, as well as sausages and paninis. Until the kitchen build-out is complete, the Tilfords will operate a mobile taco bar at 2nd Shift.

Once doors open, the tasting room will operate Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek at 2nd Shift’s new home:


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Read more about 2nd Shift Brewing
• The Scoop: 2nd Shift to open brewery on The Hill
• Cellarman Steve Crider: Serious Beer Doesn’t Have to Be Serious
• Drink This Weekend Edition: 2nd Shift Technical Ecstasy
• Drink This Weekend Edition: 2nd Shift Brewing’s Hibiscus Wit


Editor’s Note: This post oringinally stated that 2nd Shift would be open on Sundays. This is anticipated for summer, but not upon opening. It has been updated to correct the error. 

-photos by Michelle Volansky

Chat with Sauce reviewer Michael Renner on tonight’s Stewed podcast

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Ever wish you could chat with Sauce’s New and Notable restaurant reviewer Michael Renner? Well, now you can. No, he won’t be showing his face, but tonight at 7:30 p.m., (after the Cards’ game) he will get Stewed. Stewed STL is a local podcast that puts St. Louis’ chefs, brewers, baristas, sommeliers, farmers, food writers and the like behind the microphone to discuss the good, the bad and the interesting within our area food scene. In what we can only imagine will be a very amusing evening, Renner will join the Stewed crew of Mike Sweeney, Bill Burge, Kelli Best-Oliver and Andrew Mark Veety for a bourbon-filled podcast that you can listen to live. The best part: You can call in to the show to ask Renner all your burning questions at 314.669.4475. For more information, and for the link to listen to the live recording, click here.

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: Craft beer guru Cory King comes aboard Perennial Artisan Ales

Monday, July 11th, 2011

071111_perennialAs we await the opening of one of St. Louis’ newest small-batch microbreweries, Perennial Artisan Ales, word comes that Cory King is joining Perennial co-founders Phil and Emily Wymore in their craft beer venture. King, who is an avid home brewer and a former “beertender” at International Tap House, told The Scoop that he will leave his present job as craft beer manager for Lohr Distributing in August. STL Hops blogger Mike Sweeney will take his place at Lohr, as he announced on his blog.

King will have his hands full at Perennial, where the focus is on making premium craft beers using organic malts, exotic yeast strains and locally sourced fruits, as well as wild fermenting and spirits barrel-aging programs. In addition to assisting Phil Wymore with brewing, King will be selling beer and bartending at the 3,200-square-foot tasting room at Perennial, which is located at 8125 Michigan Ave., in South City.

All suds, no duds

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

042010_STLbeerBeer and brats. Beer and pizza. Beer and cheese. Beer and … yes … even bingo.

Note a motif? If so, celebrate your powers of observation by attending St. Louis Craft Beer Week, which starts this weekend.

Technically 10 days, the “week” of beer-related events runs from Saturday, April 24, to Monday, May 3, and incorporates the three-day St. Louis Microfest in Forest Park. Its organizers (predominantly Mike Sweeney of local beer blog STL Hops) intend it to educate as well as to entertain – a celebration devoted as much to thinking as to drinking.

The series of events opens at 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar with “B33r and Brats.” It closes at the Schlafly Bottleworks with the Henry Herbst Memorial Lecture, which honors the local beer historian of that name; at the lecture, an Anheuser-Busch representative will discuss the history of beer in the United States. One caution, though. Some events are free, some aren’t – and some require tickets in advance. For details, click here.

Several area restaurants and other establishments beyond 33 and the Bottleworks will sponsor events: Bigelo’s Bistro in Edwardsville, Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar, Cicero’s, Felix’s, The Good Pie, International Tap House, Mattingly Brewing Co., Morgan Street Brewery, Newstead Tower Public House, Provisions Gourmet Market, the Schlafly Tap Room, The Shaved Duck, The Stable and The Wine and Cheese Place.

And confess – just studying that roster made you want to wet your whistle, didn’t it?

Vote for more beer

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Dogfish Head, Surly, Three Floyds. If we’re speaking your language, we’ve got an assignment for you. Mike Sweeney, beer blogger and Sauce contributor, has posted a poll asking what breweries you’d like to see on the shelves in The STL. Mike doesn’t claim to have a crystal ball, but he does count brewers, distributors and retailers among his readers. So click here to work your magic.

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