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First Look: Third Wheel Brewing in St. Peters

Friday, June 16th, 2017



St. Peters has welcomed its first brewery. Third Wheel Brewing opened doors at 4008 N. Service Road on Wednesday, June 7.

As The Scoop reported last September, Third Wheel is a six-person partnership among Ron and Valerie Woerndle, Wade and Erin Alberty, Brad Wheeling and brewer Abbey Spencer, who is a co-founder of The OG, a St. Louis women’s craft beer collective.

Wheeling said the massive space sat vacant for a decade before Third Wheel moved in. The nearly 10,000-square-foot tasting room offers plenty of space for patrons to spread out and enjoy full or half pours of the five house brews and seven guest taps currently available.

Third Wheel’s current offerings lean lighter (though Spencer said a porter and chocolate stout will debut in a few weeks) with a Belgian wit, American pale ale, a double IPA, a Berliner Weiss and an American brown ale. Growlers are available to go and a Crowler machine is on the way, but Spencer said no plans are in the works to distribute Third Wheel at this time.

From the beginning, Wheeling wanted Third Wheel to be “a brewery with food, not a restaurant.” Enter brothers Scott and Steve Kline and chef Kevin Hummel, who operate The Window, a separate business that serves food inside the brewery. As the name implies, customers step up to the window to order from a menu of burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads. Sides like house-made chips, fries and sweet potato fries come with a selection of 14 dips from ranch to marinara to gooey warm marshmallow.

Third Wheel Brewing is open Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Here’s a first look at what to expect from St. Charles County’s newest brewery:


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Photos by Michelle Volansky

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine.

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Sneak Peek: Cork & Barrel Chop House and Spirits in St. Peters

Friday, January 27th, 2017



Cork & Barrel Chop House and Spirits opens doors with brunch service this Sunday, Jan. 29. As The Scoop reported in June, the 7,000-square-foot restaurant is located at 7337 Mexico Road.

Executive chef Lee Gustin worked with co-owners Joel and Jill Ragan to develop a menu focused on chop house cuts of beef and pork, smoked meats and twists on classic fare like nachos, flatbreads and sandwiches. Gustin, who has spent time in kitchens from Cedar Lake Cellars to the St. Louis Blues, uses a Big Green Egg, a ceramic charcoal grill, to smoke and sear many of the meats.

The main dining room seats 140 guests and features a large gas fireplace. A large patio offers additional seating in warmer months. A private dining room seats 20 for special events and connects to a private patio space with room for 40.

Cork & Barrel will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Here’s what to expect when it opens this Sunday:


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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: Cork & Barrel Chop House to open in St. Peters

Thursday, June 9th, 2016



Take craft beer and a casual setting, put it in a chop house, and you have Cork & Barrel Chop House and Spirits. With the building at 7337 Mexico Road in St. Peters under construction, general manager Greg Tournillon hopes to open Cork & Barrel sometime this fall. Executive chef Lee Gustin is currently working on a menu that will highlight seasonal ingredients.

“Lee’s been in the industry for a while. He’s worked with the (St. Louis) Blues and at Cedar Lake Winery. I’m excited to see what his experience lends us,” Tournillon said. Tournillon is no stranger to the industry either, having worked in kitchens from New Orleans to Switzerland. He also owned Foodies Marketplace and Deli in Chesterfield.

Gustin and Tournillon will aim to provide patrons with fine dining in a comfortable setting. While the menu is in development, diners can expect to see steaks, pork and lamb. Local and seasonal ingredients will be the driving force behind the menu.

The 7,000-square-foot building will hold 180 seats inside and at least 40 on the patio. A full bar will feature 20 craft beers on tap, craft spirits and a extended wine list. While details and vendors are still being determined, Tournillon said he looks forward to bringing Cork & Barrel to St. Peters. “St. Peters is a growing community,” he said. “We’re hoping to have a niche in the area with the chophouse.”


The Scoop: Drinking in some news from the craft beer scene

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

112911_prohibloungeNews from the drinking world gives area craft beer drinkers another excuse to raise a pint today. Tony’s Restaurant, located at 312 Piasa St., in downtown Alton, Ill., appears to be moving in the direction of small-batch brews. Per an employee at Tony’s, the bar and lounge formerly known as 3rd Street Café has been renamed Prohibition Lounge. As part of the re-branding, the bar and lounge area are receiving a complete overhaul, with 20 new taps having been added to its existing 10 (seen here). So while you can still choose from a wine list that includes 30 by-the-glass selections, you can now also find craft beers from microbreweries in town and around the country on draft. A bar menu has also been added. Among the offerings, the Ultimate Potato Burger: two 10-ounce patties, mashed potatoes, bacon, cheese and grilled onions sandwiched between a bun. (Get a glimpse of this beastly burger and the Prohibition Lounge here.)

Beer drinkers on this side of the Mississippi will be happy to hear that they will soon be able to stock up on more than 600 brews when Wolfbräu House of Beer opens its doors. The specialty beer store, located at 286 Mid Rivers Center in St. Peters, will sell craft and import beers as well as beer accessories. According to a report yesterday by Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch, Wolfbräu owner Ryan Wolf is hoping to open his beer shopper’s haven in December. The Wolfbräu website appears to be down, though you can find the company on Facebook.

The Scoop: Update: Shamrock’s Pub & Grill to open end of this year or early 2012

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

100311_shamrocksWhen we first told you about Shamrock’s Pub & Grill, we hadn’t yet received word on when the restaurant would open its doors. Now, The Scoop has learned that the family-owned Shamrock’s will open sometime between late December and the beginning of next year at 4177 Veterans Memorial Parkway in St. Peters. According to co-owner Kelly Dent, highlights of the space include a horseshoe-shaped bar with seating for 20, a see-through fireplace that can be enjoyed by those seated in either the main dining area or the lounge area, and two outdoor patios. Regarding the menu, Dent noted that Shamrock’s will offer a wide variety of rotating craft beers and “an amazing dessert martini menu.”

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