Bluewood Brewing will open on Cherokee Street in early 2019
The eastern end of Cherokee Street will soon have its own brewery. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, Bluewood Brewing will open its taphouse at 1821 Cherokee St., the former home of Table and The Corner Gates, in early 2019.
Owners Cameron Lund, Grant Lodholz and Jerry Moberg are somewhat familiar faces on the local beer scene. Bluewood has been an active participant in local festivals and brewing events like Ales for Tails, Fest-of-Ale and the St. Louis Brewers Guild Heritage Festival.
Lund said the team’s three-year search for a brewery finally ended when they came across the Cherokee Street property that once housed the stables of the historic Lemp Brewery.
“Basically, it kind of suited us in terms of our need for a nostalgic, rustic-feeling atmosphere,” Lund said. “When we first decided to open a taproom, we were looking for a cabin-esque, outdoors feel.”
Lund said the space will house a 5-barrel brewing system and offer seating for about 100 patrons to partake of 14 taps. Bluewood intends to partner with one or several restaurants to run the taproom’s kitchen.
After several years spent homebrewing, Lund said Bluewood has more than 60 recipes ready to produce, ranging from pale ales and New England-style IPAs to high-gravity stouts and wild ales. Bluewood has already experimented extensively with barrel aging, and Lund hopes to increase those offerings, especially when Bluewood purchases a second facility to house a larger production space and plenty of barrels.
“Especially as we go into a barrel house, one thing we really want to try to explore is single-barrel production of barrel-aged stouts so you get immediate characters of different barrels,” he said.
When Bluewood opens, Lund said the brewery will offer crowlers to-go and host 500-milliliter bottle releases for its more sought-after brews.
Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine.
Editor's note: This article originally misspelled Grant Lodholz's name. It was updated at 10:05 p.m. Oct. 17 to correct the error.
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