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Trailhead Brewing Co
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 146
Beer Avg: 3.34
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
921 S Riverside Dr
phone: (636) 946-2739
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 34
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
I believe this was the first brew pub in St Louis or at least the first one I ever went to. It is in a really cool area - Old Town St. Charles so the atmosphere is always nice, especially when you can sit outside.
The food here is really good and the selection is varied is scored the selection low due to the beer, not the food. Same qith quality. However, I find the beer to just be average. It's worth a trip for the whole scene and the good food. The food and beer prices are reasonable so it is worth a trip. It seems that the greater emphasis is placed on the food. Try the sausage sampler.
04-25-2009 22:13:53 |
More by Wheelinb
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$
Ate here the weekend before last while on a business trip. The historic Saint Charles downtown is beautiful, including this place, but everything I consumed here was disappointed. I ordered the "Open Faced Porta Plant Stack Sandwich", an interesting sounding combination of a grilled portabello mushroom cap over deep fried eggplant slices topped with melted swiss and asiago cheeses, and red peppers. The mushroom itself was pretty bland as was the rest of it but not unpleasing. I had a side of onion rings and the onion part was fantastic, tender and sweet, but the breading was tasteless. I had two beers, the stout was without character and the dark ale was saccharine sweet. My waiter was very slow and inattentive (to be expected at dinner time Saturday night to some extent) but he also knew very little about the beers..when I asked, his descriptions were less helpful than what I already read on the menu.
Overall, pretty disappointing. I can't foresee coming back to this establishment or recommending it to others.
02-20-2009 05:29:07 |
More by chrishickman
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I've been to Trailhead twice this year now. Located in downtown St. Charles, Missouri. Parking is limited, so be prepared to search for a while or walk a long ways. They have four regular brews and a selection of four seasonals. There are two bars (one on the main level and one in a lower level). The service is good and the bartenders are knowledgeable. Open views of the brewing equipment in the background. Seating is split into little alcoves and corners along with two main sections. Food is a little better than average, but not great. For the quality the food might be a little overpriced, but for an overall experience it was pretty good. I go more for the atmosphere (social drinking) than to dine.
12-15-2008 02:00:53 |
More by Tone
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
blah... I went there a few weekends ago to meet some friends who picked the place. The feel of the place inside and out is great. It's a nice builing, with a grand stair case leading from the front door up to the bar. The beer, though.... the beer is lacking. They only make a handful of styles, and not one of them was really worth having a second of. The beer wasn't bad, there just wasn't anything good about them. I sat there and wondered if they got their recipes from Mr. Beer. The only alternatives to their own beers are the standard AB beers, Bud, Bud Select, etc.
They do offer tasters of their beer, so you can try before you buy.
Ordered shrimp stuffed Jalapenos, which were really good, only we got 4 of them for $8. Our friends ordered bacon cheddar french fries, which were the highlight of the evening.
The bartender was a bit hard to get ahold of at times, but not more than you would expect for a fairly busy Saturday night.
They do offer to go beer, but the prices are laughable, at best. $2.25 per 12oz bottle of beer, and $29 for a growler? Yes, I typed that correctly. $29 for a growler.
I wouldn't recommend. I won't be back unless someone I know insists, and you can be certain that I will try my best to talk them out of it.
07-17-2008 18:52:53 |
More by cubbyswans
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I used tolive in St. Charles and made my way to tis brew pub quite a few times. went back recently and it has changed. This pub is in old town St. Charles which is worth a day visit if your in the area. The pud is beautiful inside and out, with a lot of history. It's big and can be busy, especially in the evening.
The food is the standout at this place, very tasty. The service is pretty good, but can be hit or miss as far as beer knowledge is concerned. The beer is average, not a lot of flavor and sometimes seems a little flat, but in this area your not going to find much better. I'll keep going back when I'm in town.
05-09-2008 14:46:32 |
More by MOShepp
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
I was in St. Louis for Thanksgiving. This happened to be close to the hotel we were in. A good looking place. It was a busy place on a Friday night. Service was okay. Took a bit to be addressed at the bar. But, again it was busy. Didn't really feel like chatting it up with the bartender. When asked about the "Golden" style of beer, he said, "it's light and popular". When asked how it was, my brother quipped, "it's beer". Overall, it would have been a lot worse in quality, except for their seasonal, a "pumpkin spice" beer, Which was really good. Had some meat to it. As apposed to the golden version and stout version of beer often found in brew pub type places. This place has potential and I'm sure, one of the better places in the St. Charles area for beer. I would go back. An important part of a place, in my opinion, is the atmosphere. Most times you can find a decent brew and service is relative to the situation.It makes me think of a piece of advice I try to live by. Sample first. A small tasting can be tolerated. A pint of something that you don't like, and you have to pay for, leaves a lasting impression, and most times, not very favorable or positive.
11-27-2007 02:43:21 |
More by jyeast101
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place has a great exterior - and interior for that matter. In spite of the place being absolutely packed when I was there, parking wasn't a problem. The inside really had a nice atmosphere and it's obvious the community goes there because there were many obvious regulars and a nice slice of the population.
Food tasted great and had a pretty standard array of food, typical of what you'd find at most brewpubs.
As I began trying all the beers they offered, I found them very flat and difficult to distinguish from one another. The pumpkin ale did smell like pumpkin spice, but the flavor, body and aromas from the rest seemed oddly homogenous. When I mentioned flatness to the staff they didn't offer an explanation, but acknowledged the lack of carbonation and quickly turned me on to the brown ale, which did have a nice level of carbonation.
All in all, it seems like they've got a good reputation, a great local customer base and just need to get some consistency in their beer to really make the trip worthwhile.
11-13-2007 15:50:52 |
More by sevineyes
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Trailhead Brewing Co is located in St. Charles in a quaint little area on Riverside Drive. There are a couple small parking lots adjacent, as well as parking along the entire street.
The restored building is really pretty, boasting a large tank in the back that is emblazoned with the logo. Inside there are multiple levels with a bar on the main floor. The dining areas are all over, and there is outside seating as well. The atmoshphere is rustic and the decor features a lot of St. Louis outdoors-y activities.
Trailhead offers 6 different beers with one being a seasonal. They have a sampler for a little under $7 so you can try all the beers. They range from Light to Stout with nothing too unique. All of the beers are average at best, which is unfortunate because everything else is good.
Service is good at this brewpub. Our server knew all of the beers and was clearly knowledgeable about what was on the sampler. She made good food recommendations too.
Speaking of food, it made up somewhat for the lackluster beers. The crab & artichoke dip was pretty tasty. The BBQ chicken was a little dry but overall pretty good, and the fries were great.
All in all the good outweighs the not-so-good at this establishment, but it's too bad that the not-so-good is the main reason I wanted to visit in the first place. I would give this place another shot but honestly none of the beers made me think I really had to come back the next time I visit St. Louis.
08-23-2007 04:57:09 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my hometown brewpub located at the end of historic mainstreet, located in a great old mill. A nice bar great for gathering with friends and the food is always delicioius. THe dining area is well defined form the bar so a dinner date work as well as happy hour.
The staff is excellent. The owner hand picks the staff and is very loyal to his people and it shows in how they treat the coustomers.
That leaves me with the beer. Unfortunately it is average. Certainly drinkable and a good option compared to the usual suspects, but no experimeting or adventuring out here. 5 regulars and one seasonal with a similar yeast characteristic and finish in each beer. The beer is made to gateway Bud drinkers off the reservation.
A great place to dine and hang out and get a working class beer, just understand what the brewer is shooting for when you go in.
07-20-2007 19:24:25 |
More by ihscout426
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Applebees of Brewpubs
This is a big rustic place in a beautifully restored old building. Up the stairs, when you first walk in, is a very large rectangular bar manned by two bartenders that are kept moving by the sizable crowd. After a sample from one of the bartenders, I ordered a pint of the seasonal hazelnut coffee beer. It was pretty good and I was tempted to have another, especially given the limited alternatives: a blonde, amber, brown, raspberry and a stout are the only other choices. I opted for the brown, which wasn't bad but was, for the most part, forgettable. The beers were certainly reasonable at a less than $3.50/pint.
The most irritating aspect of this place was the early 80's dance & pop music (Let's Get Physical, Hewie Lewis and similar crap) which drones on incessantly in the background. The crowd is mixed but mostly over 30.
As for the food I ordered the sausage platter with a salad. The salad was big and the sausage platter was more than I could possibly eat (particularly after the salad). The sausage, kraut and pickle were OK. I didn't touch the potato salad side, and the cheese looked like it had been sitting out for awhile.
Three flat screens behind the bar all carry the Duke vs. Clemson game on ESPN HD. There are a number of tables around the bar area, and a more traditional dining room off to one side of the bar. There's more dining on the 3rd floor, and another small bar downstairs that's only open on the weekends. There's also a nice little outside seating area that would be great during a warm summer evening.
Overall, the Trailhead brewpub is a decent, middle of the road, place that would appeal to a wide range of folks (sort of the Applebees of brewpubs). This is the type of place you would choose to go to, when meeting up with a large diverse group of coworkers after work. Other than that, I don't see myself coming back here too often.
Update 8/6/07: Stopped in for lunch and was more impressed with the atmosphere and the food during the lunchtime hour.
02-23-2007 15:49:53 |
More by 86sportster883
Trailhead Brewing Co in Saint Charles, MO
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