As with almost everything in Saint Louis, we’re behind the times. We always seem to get things a few years after they’ve arrived on the coasts. Our newest omission is that of the gastropub. It’s all of the casualness of a pub with a more upscale menu. Most importantly is that the menu is made to compliment the beers (and wines) that the pub has to offer.

We currently have one gastropub in place (The Dubliner) and another one the way (Newstead Tower Public House.) I’ll have to admit that my first look at the Dubliner’s beer menu left me a little disappointed. I mean I realize that it’s an Irish pub, so by law they’re required to carry Guinness, Smithwicks and Harp, but after that it’s pretty much the standard Saint Louis beer menu:

  • Double Dragon
  • Blue Moon
  • Schlafly Pale Ale
  • Schlafly Hefe
  • Fat Tire
  • Stella Artois
  • Magner’s Cider
  • Dubliner Amber Ale
  • Bud
  • Bud Light
  • Bud Select
  • Kaliber
  • Coors Light
  • Miller Light
  • Corona
  • Corona Light

Sure you have some more unusual choices like Double Dragon and Magner’s Cider, not to mention a special beer brewed by Old Dominion Brewery ( Dubliner Amber Ale.) But after that the list just seems lazy. If you’re trying to tell me that you’ve prepared your menu around your beer selection, well I can’t say I’m too hep to eat there.

I’m excited to see what Newstead Tower Public House has in store for the gastropub and to see if they can pull off a menu that truly does compliment the beer.