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$$ - reasonable
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]
792 Gravois Bluffs Blvd
phone: (636) 326-2359
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Located in my hometown of all places and having opened since my last visit 3 years ago, this is the place to get solid and exceptional craft beer in this area.
THere is a long row of cold cases with 6 packs from local breweries and others such as Southern Tier, Bells, Founders, New Holland, and others. There are also 12 pack mixers from Southern Tier and New Belgium.
There is a small section (warm) of 750 ML bottles from Boulevard and Charleville.
Another section (warm) has an outstanding selection of imports while another has even more craft bombers.
Service was lame, but we were there for the beer.
01-03-2012 17:12:24 |
More by bradybeer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
While working a ITA Tennis match in Sunset Hills, MO, I thought I would stop by to see Friar Tuck's selection at this location.
Note: When driving on 141 South, take a Right towards the Great Escape Movie Theatre, Shop N' Save, and Target. Keep going straight past the next light and also the stop sign. You will see Friar Tuck's across the street from Jim Butler Chevrolet next to a Spa & Sports Authority.
I drove for a while the first time coming here! Save yourself some time and throw this in your GPS or take my directions with you.
Walking in, this was just like the other Friar Tuck locations I've been too. Steal from the rich, give to the poor. Oops, wrong character. Well lit and VERY spacious like the other ones. Shouldn't they fill all of this openness with more brews? I think so!
Very organized by brewery with the left side holding all American craft breweries. The right aisle had quite a variety of Belgium, Asian, and UK brews I had never seen before! Awesome! Along with these "un-heard-ofs" BooGoop, 6-different Lips of Faith, and a variety of Fantome beers were thrown in the mix. Also, be sure to check out their "new release" beers by the customer service counter. Some of them may interest you!
If I'm in the area, will come back but quite a drive for me. I'll stick to my local liquor stores.
02-14-2012 23:53:08 |
More by DCon
quality: 1 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited 12/20/08 while driving to Indiana for Christmas. Driving with the wife and 2 kids to see my folks. Did some Beerfly research to help pick a place to stop just outside St. Louis for the night and this looked promising. It's massive since it has beer, wine and liquor all in one room. Here in Texas, the stores are usually smaller since the liquor isn't sold in same place as beer and wine in most places. They had a really large selection of beer. Good singles section, bomber and six packs. Solid across the board. This is my only time to hit a place in Missouri so can't compare it to anything else but definitely better than most places in Texas for selection and seems on par with Indy and Denver stores.
The service was just OK. They had only been open a few weeks and were busy stocking shelves and setting stuff up. The few workers in the beer area barely glanced my way even though I had a shopping cart full of beer. The only guy who did approach me, asst manager I think, tried to help but he is self-admittedly a wine guy so didn't know much about certain beers I was looking to get. He was able to help my wife who was looking for wine - she thought he was pretty knowledgeable there.
After the great selection and several key finds, I was excited to finally try the beers when I got back home from Indy. We drove so the beers were never subjected to shipping extremes. At my parents house, I kept them in a cool, dark place so again handled with care. Unfortunately, the store didn't seem to take that kinda care before I bought them. So far, all but one have been off with only a couple to go. They are all new beers to me but what I got vs what others describe in the reviews show damage of some sort. Not sure if they were stored improperly or what but something happened. State Exhibit A was the Schlafly #15. I bought one for me and one for a buddy. When I opened it, an odd aroma seeped out of the bottle. When I poured it, it came out in a slow moving gel that came out in lumps. It was like honey or old syrup. What the fuck happened to this beer. Hoping it was just a bad bottle, I opened the other that I had waiting to ship and it was the same thing. Seen some weird things before but never a gelled beer. Suffice it say that my next trip thru Missouri won't include a stop here. For the locals, I hope it was just opening issues and they fix it. If not, avoid this place.
02-09-2009 03:02:52 |
More by TexIndy
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This latest edition to the Friar Tuck Beverage Chain, the 2nd St. Louis area location, opened up just after Thanksgiving. I was impressed with their Crestwood location when it opened 6 or 7 months before this one. Places like this are very scarce in the area. Their goal is to try and carry as all beers that are available from distributors in the St. Louis area. For having just opened their selection is phenomenal. A great selection of Belgian, German, English, American and everything in between beers. They are still getting some beers in, but so far their selection is way better than other area stores.
They also stock basic homebrewing supplies- Equipment, Recipe kits, Steeping Malts, Books, etc.
Check this place out.
12-15-2008 19:23:45 |
More by Guzzler78
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
First time visiting was March '11. This place definitely has the best selection around. While they do have a large import selection, I spent most of my time in the American craft section. They had a good variety of all the breweries that distribute to MO (Founders, Bells, Odell, SN, Rogue, Lagunitas). They also had some nice sample packs. I saw a mixed 12 pack of Great Divide brew. I picked up a six pack of Bells Two Hearted Ale. I also saw they had bombers of Hopslam, which I hadn't seen in the area.
They also carry the basics for home brew.
Overall, great selection if you're in the area.
05-23-2011 19:23:12 |
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