To say there has been a fever pitch of excitement about Cory and Karen King’s newest venture, Side Project Cellar, is under-selling it a bit. This is easily one of the most exciting beer projects opening in not only St. Louis, but also the United States.
I’m often accused of being prone to hyperbole, but that last statement is nothing of the sort. Cory and Karen have put together one of the finest locations to have a beer in the area. One of the unique things that sets Side Project apart is their treatment of draft beer.
For starters, Cory King has created a draft system of 24 taps that will pour eight of each of those beers at three distinct temperatures. It’s only one of three places in the United States (that I know of, feel free to prove me wrong) that’s pouring beers in this fashion.
Why is this so important? Certain beers should be poured at certain temperatures to properly pour and enjoy the beer. The draft system Cory designed allows for perfect pours at perfect temperatures almost every time. It’s a unique process that allows you to immediately enjoy your beer.
It’s some of the little touches that will set Side Project apart like Karen King’s choice of glassware. Not unlike the draft system, they’ve spared no expense. Karen has chosen not only the appropriate shaped glass, but also the best quality glass she could find.
Couple this with the lambic baskets (did you know you shouldn’t tip that lambic bottle vertical after you started pouring?) Cory and Karen sourced for their unique beers and you’ll see this is a place where beer comes first.
For those of you that aren’t beer lovers (and what are you doing here?) or looking for something else they’ve also put together a list of whiskey and wine that will make your tongue happy as well. Here is your first look at the draft list:
Served at 52°F
Side Project Saison du Blé
Side Project Grisette
Blaugies / Hill Farmstead Collaboration La Vermontoise
De Struise Pannepot 2012
De La Senne Zinnebir
De Ranke Guldenberg
De Molen Hemel & Aarde (Bourbon Barrel)
Served at 46°F
Perennial Saison de Lis
New Belgium / Perennial Collaboration Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout
Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Ale
Evil Twin / Sante Adairius Collaboration Joey Pepper
Mikkeller Arh Hvad?! (Grand Marnier Barrel)
Boulevard Tank 7
Deschutes Nitro Jubelale Ale
Served at 40°F
Kulmbacher Mönchshof Schwarzbier
Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit
Civil Life American Brown
Goose Island Matilda
Deschutes Hop Trip
Sierra Nevada Celebration
Here are a couple of photos courtesy of Side Project and Tim Bottchen:
Side Project Cellar, located at 7373 Marietta in Maplewood, officially opens their doors tomorrow at 3PM. Hours will be 3-10PM Tuesday-Thursday and 12PM-11PM Friday and Saturday.