Full Disclosure: I was paid to create and maintain the beer selection at Niche, Taste by Niche, and Brasserie by Niche.  While I do think the information provided below is completely newsworthy and relevant to the St. Louis beer scene, I thought you should know this up front.

Now that we have that bit of legal mumbo jumbo out of the way, here is the beer list that is currently in place at Chef Gerard Craft’s newest restaurant, Brasserie by Niche.

IMG_5189Draught:
Schlafly Kolsch
Duchesse
Griesedieck Bros. Golden Pilsner
Saison Dupont
Maudite
Founders Reds Rye

Bottle:
Tripel
Tripel Karmeliet (12oz)
La Fin du Monde (12oz)

Dubbel
Westmalle Trappist (12oz)

Belgian Dark Strong
Chimay Grand Rvs. (750ml)
McChouffe (750ml)

Biere de Garde
Castelain Blonde (11.2oz)
Oro De Calabaza (750ml)

Saison
Jenlain Blonde (330ml)

Witbier
Blanche De Chambly (12oz)
Hitachino White (12oz)

Flanders Red
La Folie (22oz)

French Lager
Kronenbourg 1664 (12oz)

European Lager
Stella Artois (12oz)

Lambic/Sour
Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale (11.2)
Cantillon Iris (375ml)

American Beers
Avery Ellie’s Brown (12oz)
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout (12oz)
O’Fallon 5-Day IPA (12z)

French Cider
E Dupont Cidre Bouche (375ml)

Just in case you’re curious how the list got to the way it is, here’s a bit of a brain dump: Chef Craft wanted a beer list that was more conducive to a French Bistro. So it relies heavily on French/Belgian styles and a couple of European beers. I’ve thrown a few American craft beers on for those who aren’t crazy about Belgian beers.

Is the list going to be in a state of flux? I hope it’s always in a state of flux. I think the draught list will be the most actively changing list. As you can see, there are three Belgian/French style beers and three American beers on draught, which is how I’d like to keep it, but time will tell. At this moment, the Griesedieck Pilsner will be a mainstay and I think the Schlafly Kolsch will also stick around all the time. Both are clean, easy drinking beers with a continental feel.

I can see a stout or porter eventually arriving on the draught list. But it would mean something like Red’s Rye coming off. In the meantime Schlafly Oatmeal Stout and Ellie’s Brown Ale are currently available in a bottle. I chose the Maudite because it is “dark” but provides a malt sweetness that is never cloying and finishes quite dry. It’s not quite a stout, but I think it’ll pair up to some food quite nicely.

Keep an eye out, we’re going to have changes coming to Niche and Taste as well.