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GlobalBrew_MainLogo_RGBIt’s hard to believe that I’ve been living in Rock Hill for over ten years. And for about eight of those ten years it was pretty much a craft beer wasteland.

The Wine and Cheese Place, was about my only option for craft beer for a long time. But what if I wanted to sit at a bar, have a few, and then walk home? Nearly impossible.

It’s only in the past few years have we seen more craft beer pop up in nearby restaurants. But starting on Friday, my craft beer options get a whole lot better when Global Brew Tap House opens their first Missouri location right in my own back yard.

Located at 9578 Manchester Road (just a few doors down from the new Lucky’s Market), GBRH (that’s what all of the cool kids will be calling it) will be opening their doors on Friday at 1PM. And they’re kicking off with a bang with a killer beer list. Take a look:

Featured drafts

Featured bottles/cans

  • Crooked Stave Surette Provision Saison
  • Crooked Stave Veille
  • Stillwater Yacht
  • Goose Island Gillian
  • Goose Island Halia
  • Against the Grain Sho’nuff
  • Brewfist Spaghetti Western
  • Avery Perzik Saison
  • Argus Ciderkin

oldbakeryI sound like a broken record, but I’m astonished just how big craft beer has gotten since I started this website 7 years ago. Not only have we seen more beer bars, more taps, and more craft beer on the shelves, but we’ve seen the number of breweries explode in the area.

We’ve been blessed in St. Louis City and now the east side is getting in on the fun and seeing breweries open in Illinois as well. One of those breweries is the new Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton, Illinois.

Old Bakery has been quietly open for about a month, but they’re finally officially open this Saturday, March 14th beginning at 11AM. To celebrate this occasion, Old Bakery is introducing two new beers to their line-up, a Midwest Red Ale and Rye Bock, along with a special menu incvluding pulled pork and BBQ brisket. And in celebration of Pi Day (3.1415), Old Bakery will be holding a Pie Eating Contest!

From everyone I’ve heard that’s visited, it’s a beautiful spot and a great excuse to visit Alton. Head out to Old Bakery this weekend and celebrate their grand opening.

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A week ago from this past Saturday, Perennial Artisan Ales held their grand opening.  It was a perfect day with great weather, great beer, and great people.  It was yet another fantastic turnout for the St. Louis craft beer community.  I couldn’t believe seeing the bar four or five people deep at points.

People in St. Louis are crazy about craft beer and it’s just so exciting to see.  If you couldn’t make it out to the event, here are a few photos for you to check out.  Big thanks to Justin Phillips for taking photos of the event.  He did another great job.

While many of you have probably visited Perennial Artisan Ales over the past few weeks, you haven’t gotten the full experience.  Perennial still has a lot to show you and so while you’ve enjoyed their soft opening over the last month, it’s time to officially open the doors.

This Saturday, October 15th, from 2PM until Midnight, Perennial Artisan Ale will officially be open for business.  What is different about Saturday compared to what you’ve already experienced?  How about a full line-up of beers!  Perennial will officially debut the following beers:

  • Hommel Bier
  • Southside Blonde
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Tart
  • Fresh Hop Red Saison, “Heart of Gold” Wheat Wine
  • “Saison de Lis” Chamomile Saison
  • “Abraxas” Mexican Chocolate Stout

If you like the Hommel, Heart of Gold, or Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, you’ll also be able to purchase those in bottles! To pair with these wonderful beers, Perennial has invited the Entree Mobile food truck to show you just how awesome these beers match with food.  Chef John of Entree has created a menu just for this event, make sure to check out some of the pairings below.

If great beer and food aren’t enough, Perennial has also lined up some music to keep you entertained throughout the day:

Beth Bombara 2:30-4:30
Megan Rooney & Spectator 5:00-6:30
DJ (TBA) 7:00-12:00

This sounds like a hell of a way to kick off a brewery opening and you’d be remiss if you didn’t attend. Come on out and welcome the newest brewery in St. Louis this Saturday!

This past Saturday The Civil Life Brewing Company celebrated their Grand Opening in dramatic fashion. Belgian Monk? Check. Authentic German Lederhosen? Check. Pirate? Of course! Starting with a parade of what some (mainly Carln26) counted as upwards of 200 people, the festivities wound their way from the edge of Tower Grove Park and through the neighborhood Jake and the boys now call home. Neighbors appeared on their porches and in their front yards to welcome the festivities. As bagpipes blared for the final two blocks, many of us commented on what was happening with one word…goosebumps.

If you haven’t had a chance to make it out yet, do yourself a favor and visit. Say hello to Jake, Dylan, and Mike and welcome them to the neighborhood as the neighborhood welcomed them.

With Mike unable to attend, credit to Justin Phillips for the pics.

 

 

If you know anything about Jake Hafner, owner of The Civil Life Brewing Company, you know that he never does anything that everyone else is doing. He’s usually the first guy to buck some trends and try something different, and that includes the grand opening of Civil Life.

Tomorrow, September 24th, the Civil Life Brewing Company will open its doors to the general public for the first time. They could simply just open the doors and pour some beer, but for Civil Life, that’s no way to honor the neighborhood they now call home. So at Noon tomorrow, a parade of people will gather at Oak Hill and Arsenal at Tower Grove Park and walk down to Civil Life.

What way to better honor a neighborhood then to walk its streets and greet all of the people who you now call neighbors.  Once you arrive at Civil Life, beer will be flowing and pizza will be available from the Pi on the Spot mobile pizza truck until 4PM. If you make it after 4PM, no worries as they’ll have brats available for purchase as well.

As for the beer, Civil Life will have five different beers on draught: Rye Pale, British Best, American Brown, German Wheat, and British Bitter.  Festivities tomorrow will run from about 1PM until about 8PM.  So you’ll have plenty of opportunity to sample Civil Life’s fine session beers all day long.  Head on out and help them celebrate the brewery and the neighborhood that’ll put the “grand” into grand opening.

It doesn’t seem like it’s been a month since the open house of St. Louis Craft Beer Week, but that was the last time the general public visited Perennial Artisan Ales. Well, it’s time for you to visit once again.

Beginning this Thursday, September 8th at 4PM, Perennial Artisan Ales will open its doors for a soft opening.

Why a “soft” opening? Well, their doors will be open for everyone, but they want to stress that there is still work to be done in the tasting room. But, beer is ready to flow and all of the bureaucracy has been figured out, so they’re opening their doors now.

Two beers will be available on Thursday for purchase, the Hommel Bier and the Southside Blonde.  They’ll also have a few samples of the soon to be released Mexican Chocolate Stout available as well.  If you can wait to until this weekend to visit (or, have an awesome weekend and visit multiple times!), they’ll also have the Strawberry Rhubarb Wit available by the end of the week.

For the grand opening on Thursday, Perennial has invited the Entree Mobile food truck out to whip up some awesome food to eat along with some awesome beer.  One last thing to note about this grand opening, it will be CASH ONLY to start, this is still a soft grand opening after all.