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Rockwell Beer Co. partners with Niche Food Group for future food service

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

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It’s taken some time, but Rockwell Beer Co. has announced its final plan for its new location at 1320 S. Vandeventer Ave., on the eastern edge of The Grove.

Owner-brewer Andy Hille said the facility, which will include a 15-barrel brewery, tasting room and retail space, should open for business sometime in the second quarter of 2018. Hille first announced the project in early 2016.

Hille said Niche Food Group will handle the culinary program at the tasting room. Specifics of the concept, such as the name and type of cuisine, haven’t been revealed, but Hille said it would be a separate entity from the brewery, and the food “will be approachable, and fit into the beer culture.” Niche Food Group declined to comment on the upcoming concept.

Hille said Niche Food Group will serve bratwurst at a Rockwell open house event at Core at South Newstead at 4400 Vista Ave., later today, Dec. 21. He said the tasting room will seat 50 to 60, with double that number on the patio.

The brewery has partnered with Green Street St. Louis, the company behind Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.’s Grove Brewery and Bierhall, to redevelop the building, and architectural firm JEMA Studio is slated to design the space.

Photo by Greg Rannells

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

From new breweries in The Grove and North St. Louis to downtown’s newest pizza spot, here’s what went down last week in the STL food scene, ICYMI…

 

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1. The Sliced Pint opened doors for pizza and beer lovers Sept. 30. The 4,300-square-foot restaurant is located next-door to City Museum at 1511 Washington Ave., downtown.

2. Lunching Claytonites will line up at the soon-to-open Wicked Greenz at 16 N. Central Ave., Monday, Oct. 3. Co-owners Chris Sedlak, Matt Ratz and chef Justin Haifley will offer counter-service lunch and dinner with a focus on healthy, veggie-focused dishes.

 

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3. Meet Clem, Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery’s new ice cream truck. It won’t be blaring music and making neighborhood stops, but owner Tamara Keefe will park the refabbed 1984 postal truck at events around town.

4. Tower Grove South will soon have a home for deli-style sandwiches. Eat Sandwiches will open at 3148 Morgan Ford Road in mid-October.

 

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5. Nearly seven months after announcing his new Rockwell Beer Co., co-owner Andy Hille has revealed the location. The brewhouse and tasting room will open at 1320 S. Vandeventer Ave., in spring 2017.

6. The Griesedieck family is bringing its brewing operations back home. Griesedieck Brothers Brewery announced 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 Scoop: Rockwell Beer Co. announces location in The Grove

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

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Nearly seven months after announcing his new Rockwell Beer Co., co-owner Andy Hille has revealed the location. The brewhouse and tasting room will open at 1320 S. Vandeventer Ave., in spring 2017.

Hille, a former brewer at Perennial Artisan Ales, said he hopes Rockwell will be an anchor for development in this part of The Grove. “We get to be trailblazers on this stretch of Vandeventer,” Hille said. “There’s not really much. It’s pretty industrial.”

The 12,000-square-foot space, which currently houses Dinzler Equipment, will feature a 1,500-square-foot tasting room, a retail space, a large outdoor patio and large functioning garage doors. “We’re going to brew what we want to brew and do things that are balanced and approachable,” he said. Popular recipes will be packaged in 16-ounce four-packs and more experimental, barrel-aged brews will be released in 500-milliliter bottles.

Customers can get a taste of what’s to come at Club Rockwell, weekly “nano-tasting room” events October through December on Wednesdays at TechArtista Coworking Center in the Central West End. “There’s no way around it ­– it takes a very long time to open a brewery,” Hille said. “We need to do as much as we can in the meantime to stay engaged and talk with people.”

Fewer than 10 tickets will be available to each of two Wednesday sessions (5:30 and 7:30 p.m.), where Hille said samples of Rockwell beers and other surprises await attendees. Tickets for the next week’s sessions can be purchased online at 10 a.m. the Thursday before. The first Club Rockwell takes place Oct. 5; tickets go on sale Sept. 29.

Trendwatch: Guide to Drinking Edition (Part 2)

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

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{Vista Ramen’s Matcha Gonna Do For Me? cocktail} 

1. Go Green
Teatime and happy hour combine in green tea cocktails. Matcha is found in Retreat Gastropub’s Brainfreeze Culprit, which combines the vibrant green tea powder with rum, sherry, pineapple juice, cacao and coconut. We also spied it at Hiro Asian Kitchen, in a matcha mint julep. Green tea-infused vodka gets fresh at Rooster with apple, lime, pineapple and cucumber in the Green With Envy, while Water Street uses it in its Sweet Pea along with snap peas, dandelion liqueur, mint and lemon. Meanwhile, the drink team at Vista Ramen doubles down, using matcha and cold-brewed green tea stems in the gin-based Matcha Gonna Do For Me?

2. East-Coast Vibes
If intensely hopped IPAs blow your palate, head east. The East Coast IPA is a gentler, juicier IPA best identified by its murky, unfiltered appearance. Eastern breweries like Alchemist, Trillium and Tree House are known for these less bitter, slightly resinous beers, and up-and-coming hometown brewers are taking notice. Narrow Gauge Brewing, which recently opened inside Cugino’s in Florissant, is making waves with its cloudy, dry-hopped IPAs like Fallen Flag, and forthcoming Rockwell Beer Co. shared a taste of what’s to come at Heritage Festival with Major Key, an 8.5-percent East Coast-West Coast hybrid double IPA.

3. Concept Menus
Themed drink menus may seem like a marketing gimmick, but one sip of these exclusive cocktails will sell you. Pouring Ribbons in New York has been traveling with a themed menu series, hitting Route 66 and the Silk Road. Closer to home, Olive & Oak’s Gilligan’s Island-themed menu is a boozy voyage that includes a Three-Hour Tour, while sophisticated takes on college drinks were the star on Planter’s House’s spring break menu earlier this year. Recent menus at Blood & Sand have been based off everything from ninth-century Viking trade routes to popular music, and dedicated tiki menus have been found on bar menus from The Libertine to Taste to Retreat Gastropub.

4. Taste the Rainbow
Brewers are getting experimental, fermenting some of their classic base beers with fresh fruit. Side Project Brewing Co. has released raspberry, peach, blueberry and, most recently, apricot versions of its flagship Saison du Fermier. Over at Perennial Artisan Ales, Funky Wit has seen raspberry-rhubarb, raspberry, apricot and melon varieties, while fans of 2nd Shift Brewing’s Katy can try a veritable fruit salad of blackberry, peach, cherry and raspberry varieties. Looking for an insider taste? Rumor has it that 4 Hands Brewing Co. has quietly released infrequently available strawberry- and blueberry-inflected kegs of City Wide at its tasting room.

5. Basque Wine
Txakoli, a super dry, acidic white from Spain’s Basque region, has popped up on menus and in shops all summer. Union Loafers Café and Bread Bakery offered the crisp 2014 Xarmant Txakolina with barely-there bubbles on its summer wine list, while Reeds American Table still has two Txakolis to try. 33 Wine Bar has three of these Basque beauties on its September wine list, including Gorrondona Txakolina.

Miss Part 1? Click here to find out what else in trending in the STL beverage scene. 

-photo by Jonathan Gayman

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