Perennial Artisan Ales shares details on Webster Groves brewpub
As reported earlier this week, Perennial’s second location at 214 W. Lockwood Ave., is part of a complex that will also house Olive + Oak’s new location, as well as an event space by Olive + Oak owner Mark Hinkle. Wymore will serve as the new Perennial's general manager.
Wymore said Hinkle and business partner Greg Ortyl encouraged Perennial to make the move west.
"Really, it was driven by Mark and Greg at Olive + Oak," she said. "We’ve been looking for a good place to have a second retail location for several years and just hadn’t found the right fit until now. We’ve been good friends with Mark since he was out at Annie Gunn’s.”
Wymore said she wants to create a space where “the family can easily walk in on a Thursday night.” The new brewpub, designed by Kansas City firm Hammer Out Design, will offer lunch and dinner daily and will have about 80 seats in its tasting room.
Wymore said Chris Kinast will be head brewer at the new space. Kinast is currently the cellar manager at Perennial’s current location at 8125 Michigan Ave.
“I would anticipate that four to six [beers] would come from the [previous location], and the remainder will be newer beers,” Wymore said. Kinast will brew all beer for the brewpub’s 16 draft lines.
Kinast said newer beers he plans to brew include an English brown ale, a rotating lager series and a new stout program. Kinast also aims to complement Perennial’s existing barrel-aging program, using foeders and other barrels to create new recipes with mixed fermentation and barrel-aged stouts.
Kinast said Ollie Ollie Oxen Free, an IPA brewed exclusively for Olive + Oak, will become a regular offering at both Perennial locations.
Wymore said Perennial is working with Olive + Oak executive chef Jesse Mendica to develop the brewpub’s food program.
“I think the idea that Mark and Jesse and I are throwing around is a more everyday version of Olive + Oak,” she said. “That, and a little bit of what we’ve been doing at the brewery for eight years.”
Wymore said it will be business as usual at the original Perennial location, where patrons can sip at the bar and order food from chef Kaleigh Brundick Wednesday through Sunday.
Adam Rothbarth is the staff writer at Sauce Magazine.
Editor's note: This article was updated at 12:50 p.m. Jan. 17 to include an additional quote from Emily Wymore. It was updated again at 4 p.m. correct the opening timeline.
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