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The Scoop: Griesedieck Brothers to open brewery in north St. Louis

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016



The Griesedieck family is bringing its brewing operations back home. Griesedieck Brothers Brewery announced today, Sept. 28, that it will open a 1,000-barrel brewhouse at 1240 Switzer Ave., in the Baden neighborhood. Manager Bob Griesedieck said they anticipate a June 2017 opening.

The Griesedieck family has a long history in beer; the original brewery opened in 1911 and merged with Falstaff Brewing in 1957. Owner Raymond Griesedieck revived the brewery in 2002 with the launch of its golden Pilsner. Since then, the family has used a contract service in Wisconsin, brewing its three offerings out of state and distributing them here at home. Bob Griesedieck said they were excited to finally bring production back to Missouri. “It seems like everything comes together at the right time,” he said.

The 2,800-square-foot space will allow Griesedieck Brothers to expand its distribution threefold and to resurrect nearly a dozen pre-Prohibition family recipes. “It would really allow us to recreate beers St. Louisans were drinking 100 years ago,” Griesedieck said.

The Griesediecks were attracted to the space in Baden not only for its size, but also for its history. Griesedieck said North St. Louis had a history of pre-Prohibition breweries, and the time had come to bring them back.

“The north side is ripe for more breweries,” he said. “We have Ferguson (Brewing) and Narrow Gauge out in the county, but North St. Louis deserves to have its own brewery, too.”


The Scoop: Third Wheel Brewing to come to St. Peters in 2017

Friday, September 16th, 2016



Third Wheel Brewing is rolling into St. Peters in March 2017. Co-owner Brad Wheeling said the ownership group recently signed a lease for 4008 N. Service Road.

Third Wheel is a six-person partnership among Ron and Valerie Woerndle, Wade and Erin Alberty, Wheeling (who also serves as marketing and operations manager) and brewmaster Abbey Spencer, who is a co-founder of The OG, a St. Louis women’s craft beer collective.

Wheeling said the group were friends and longtime fans of Spencer’s homebrews. “We said, ‘Somebody should build a brewery around that girl. Why don’t we do it?’” Wheeling said.

It took more than a year of searching for the right space in St. Charles County, until they found a roughly 10,000-square-foot space just off Cave Springs Road near Interstate 70. Wheeling said Third Wheel will initially use half the space for a seven-barrel brewing system and a 2,500-square-foot tasting room, and the rest can be used for future expansion. “It’s a great location, close to the highway so we have a lot of visibility there,” he said. “It’s large, so there is lots of opportunity for us to grow in there.”

Wheeling said Third Wheel will launch with four flagship brews: a Czech Pilsner, a Belgian wit brewed with rosemary, a robust porter and an IPA. Additional rotating options will include a milk stout, a Berliner Weisse and variants on the initial portfolio. Nearly all Third Wheel’s beer will only be available in the tasting room, with a few kegs sent to neighboring bars and restaurants.

Wheeling hopes to have a presence at the St. Louis Brewers Guild’s annual Halloween Party on Oct. 29.

The Scoop: Center Ice Brewery to open in Midtown

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016




Soon, hockey lovers will have a new place to enjoy the game in Midtown. As reported by the St. Louis Business Journal, Center Ice Brewery is slated to open at 3120 Olive St., a couple doors down from Southern and Pappy’s Smokehouse, in early 2017.

Owner and brewmaster Steve Albers started homebrewing in 2010 with a couple friends and struck out on his own two years later. After developing about 30 recipes and launching two Kickstarter campaigns, he raised the capital needed to expand operations.

Albers hopes the 5,000-square-foot space will be a go-to for both beer aficionados and hockey fans looking for a fun place to watch the Blues game. A longtime hockey fan, Albers said he wanted to use his brewery as an opportunity to highlight his beer and the St. Louis hockey scene. “What I’ve learned from the craft beer world is the brewery name is typically an expression of your personality,” he said.

He expects to have 12 to 18 beers on tap. His year-round portfolio features beers like a Center Ice American golden ale (a hybrid style combining a German Kölsch and American golden ale), Hop Shelf IPA (a West Coast-inspired IPA), Raspberry Picker (a raspberry cream ale) and Puck of the Irish (a dark chocolate Irish stout). “I like to take the traditional styles and put my own spin on them, much like a chef does,” Albers said. Center Ice won’t offer food; instead, patrons will be encouraged to bring in carryout or have food delivered.

Though Albers doesn’t have plans to distribute just yet, look for his brewery to popup at beer festivals around town in fall and winter.


First Look: Friendship Brewing Co. in Wentzville

Thursday, July 7th, 2016



Wentzville’s first brewery started pouring pints on June 28 when Friendship Brewing Co. opened at 100 E. Pitman Ave. More than year after The Scoop reported its launch, co-owners Dan Belcher, Mike Wood and Brian Nolan have finally opened doors at the former creamery-turned brewery.

The 100-seat brew house and counter-service restaurant offers 25 beers on tap. House beers account for between five and 12 with the rest comprised of guest taps from local favorites like The Civil Life Brewing Co., 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Crown Valley Brewing. Order a pint to enjoy at one of the bar area’s high-top tables or get a growler to go.

The food comes courtesy of Jerry Caruso (also of Caruso’s Deli on Washington Avenue downtown) out of Benefits Bistro. Diners can peruse the food menu, then place an order at the bistro’s counter located in the brewery’s production room. The menu’s selection ranges from bar snacks to entree-sized rib platters, dinner salads, flatbreads, soups and desserts.

Friendship Brewing is open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Here’s a peek inside downtown Wentzville’s newest brewery.


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-photos by Michelle Volansky

The Scoop: Six Mile Bridge set to open in Maryland Heights

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015



It’s good to be a craft beer fan in Maryland Heights. Just weeks after the opening of O’Fallon Brewery’s new tasting room comes word that Six Mile Bridge will open its craft brewery by the end of July. The 6,000-square-foot operation is set to open at 11841 Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights, as reported by Feast Magazine.

Owners Ryan and Lindsay Sherring began brewing beer in Cape Town, South Africa where Ryan founded 021 Brewing Company. Six Mile Bridge was born after the Sherrings moved to St. Louis to be closer to Lindsay’s family. “We weren’t originally thinking about opening a craft brewery, but we were passionate about it so we looked into it and went for it,” Lindsay Sherring said. “When (Ryan) gets an idea in his head it has to get done.”

Two of their flagship beers debuted at the St. Louis Brewers Guild Heritage Festival: the Bavarian Hefeweizen and the Irish red ale. “We received a great response to the beers,” Sherring said. Their Irish red ale is also on tap at Square One in Lafayette Square.

Production is the main focus for the brewery, but the space will also include a 1,200-square-foot tasting room, open three days a week. The Sherrings initially plan to brew 1,500 barrels per year but hope to increase their production to 10,000 barrels as sales grow.



Sneak Peek: The Old Bakery Beer Company

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015


Alton is about to lure St. Louisans over the Mississippi river with the opening of The Old Bakery Beer Company. The brewery and tasting room is set to open doors this Friday, Jan. 23 at 400 Landmarks Blvd.

As The Scoop reported in March 2014, the newest metro-area brewery is a joint venture between married co-owners Lauren Pattan and James Rogalsky. Both earned their brewing and business chops at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Pattan was sustainability and operations manager, then general manager for UCBC’s tasting rooms, and Rogalsky was an assistant brewer and is a graduate of the American Brewers Guild’s Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course.

The 18,000-square-foot space has a long history in Alton. It saw life as three different bakeries since its construction in the 1800s, most recently as Colonial Bakery. After that facility closed in the mid-‘80s, Pattan said the space changed hands several times before she and Rogalsky signed the lease last year.

The nondescript brick façade belies the extensive brewing facility inside. To get to the tasting room, guests walk down a wide hallway past a wall of windows looking into a 15-barrel brewhouse. The tasting room seats 197 at tables and a 50-foot custom bar created by local designer Mwanzi. Rustic vintage décor (including a large Colonial Baking sign and tap handles made from rolling pins, nods to the building’s heritage) decks the walls, much of it purchased from Alton antique shops.

Patrons can belly up to the bar and order one of six Old Bakery beers, all brewed with organic American ingredients, including a rye pale ale, a dark mild served on nitro and an India black ale. Along with a small cocktail list, Old Bakery Beer also has a well-curated menu of whiskeys and other spirits. Missouri and Illinois wine is also available. While you sip, nosh on hearty servings of soups, salads, sandwiches and snacks prepared by chef Matt Cooper.

Hours of operation will be Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Here’s what to expect when the doors open Friday:



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-photos by Michelle Volansky

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