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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
921 S Riverside Dr
phone: (636) 946-2739
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 34
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
If you're on I-70 heading in or out of St. Louis, it is worth stopping here for a bite and and a pint or two. Relatively easy to find and busy, you can usually find a seat at the bar upstairs which serves the full menu. The beer is absolute quality and the food is very tasty. Only draw-back is that teh whole establishment is quite pricy. They sell a selection of their brews bottled...at over $12 a six-pack. Still worth a visit, though.
10-26-2002 15:43:53 |
More by beernut7
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3 | $$
The beer selection here is exceptional. They not only have the well known domestic brews. They also have a great selection of micro-brews which are brewed right there on site. The service here was so so. I mean we did have a large party but the waitress seemed like she was bored with her job and didn't want to work. The food selection was good with sausages, burgers, salads, and entrees.
04-04-2013 01:16:02 |
More by MIngmire
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my hometown brewpub located at the end of historic mainstreet, located in a great old mill. A nice bar great for gathering with friends and the food is always delicioius. THe dining area is well defined form the bar so a dinner date work as well as happy hour.
The staff is excellent. The owner hand picks the staff and is very loyal to his people and it shows in how they treat the coustomers.
That leaves me with the beer. Unfortunately it is average. Certainly drinkable and a good option compared to the usual suspects, but no experimeting or adventuring out here. 5 regulars and one seasonal with a similar yeast characteristic and finish in each beer. The beer is made to gateway Bud drinkers off the reservation.
A great place to dine and hang out and get a working class beer, just understand what the brewer is shooting for when you go in.
07-20-2007 19:24:25 |
More by ihscout426
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I generally visit Trailhead once a week for the late night happy hour. Very nice building in old town St. Charles. I like the Main Street atmosphere as well. A nice bar upstairs with a small bar downstairs that I never see anyone sit at. There is a lot of seating in the place as well as outside seating. You can see various stainless steel tanks throughout the building as well.
The beer is decent but often inconsistent. Often times as the pour date passes the beer tends to lose its carbonation. The stout and the brown are personally my favorite brews, although they have some nice seasonals as well. They regularly offer a brown, stout, red, raspberry hefe, blonde, and a seasonal that rotates out every few weeks.
The service is usually pretty solid although sometimes later at night it can get busy and they seem maybe a little understaffed (if you sit at the bar then you are fine)
They offer a very nice selection of food including: soups, salads, pizza, steaks, seafood, and a nice seleciton of appetizers. Everything I have had at this bar has been solid. I am a big fan of their chili, but also enjoy their pizzas as well. I have not had anything bad there.
I have the value as reasonable because generally I go at happy hour and the apps and pizza are half price, some of the menu items however can be a little pricey.
I am a big fan of Trailhead, however don't expect to find your new favorite brew here.
08-29-2006 02:12:50 |
More by hckyfn9999
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by for dinner on a business trip to St. Louis. Went with a group of about 8, none of which were "beer people." (Fortunately, they let me pick the place.) This is your basic brewpub, nothing too fancy; just good beer and good food. I had the beer sampler and prime rib sandwich and managed to coax two others to try the sampler. Even though the two were self-described "not-beer-people" they enjoyed trying the different samples and the experience. The samples were OK; nothing to really write home about but pretty solid offerings for style. Food was a little bit above average; steaks are where this place obviously shines and the prices there were quite reasonable. My prime rib sandwich was excellent and the potato salad side was decent. Others enjoyed their food as well. The server was friendly and knowledgeable about the beers and was happy to explain the beer menu to the neophytes as well as answer general questions about the establishment. Atmosphere was definitely brew-pub-ish with lots of tanks and lines visible from everywhere I looked.
Overall, this place is definitely a worthwhile stop if in the St. Louis area. While it’s nothing spectacular, it’s certainly a solid brewpub that’s worthy of a visit.
09-23-2012 23:45:34 |
More by jettjon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
The Trailhead Brewing Co. is located on a cobblestone street near a babblin brook not far from the Missouri River with easy access from I-70 (though there did not appear to be much parking available). The interior is large and bright, with at least 3 levels, and a bar on the lower level and the second level. The decor is nicely polished wood and burnished steel (the bar surface was steel with wood rails). The upstairs bar had chairs while the lower bar had stools. The high ceilings were of wood paneling with ceiling fans. There are tv's above the bar, and some had sports and some had Keno. They seem to allow cigar smoking at the bar. The beer quality was decent to good (see reviews separately), with 6 on tap (including one seasonal). I did not sample the food.
This brewpub is about a 30 minute drive from downtown St. Louis, but is very near to the AmeriStar casino St. Charles.
12-31-2002 16:23:49 |
More by UncleJimbo
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Just wanted to throw in a couple other tidbits. Ya, the beer here is brewed more for a *mass* appeal all the versions rated in BA reflect it. Still, Id overall rate them as well above average approaching, but not in, the superior quality range.
However, the regular price for a pint is $3.50 and during happy hour (4-7), only $2.25 - a pretty decent price. And their appetizers and pizza are half price during happy time, too. Upstairs bar is full circle, warm and homey. Downstairs bar is generally empty. Outside seating too for good weather months, which dont happen all that often in STL.
Good range of moderately priced food items as others have described, service is generally friendly, as are the regulars.
01-27-2005 20:54:18 |
More by Vancer
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5
Trailhead Brewing Co. advertises "Taste tells our story of handcrafted beer!"
Limited parking we chose a Saturday midday to visit and still found the parking lot full. Very clean with only a single fruitfly visiting our 3rd floor corner table. We chose their half dozen 6 oz sampler and orderd a couple of cups of their Cream Based Seafood Bisque with Crab and White Fish & Shrimp and a Turkey Rueben with Melted Swiss schees and Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing on Marble Rye.
We got started tasting our 6 beers from their tap wanting to determine the one(s) we would bring home in growlers. Electing to start light and go dark we began tasting Trailhead's Trailblazer Blond Ale (a Bud clone?) followed by a tart Raspberry Riverboat flavored beer that became less palatable with the sourness becomming more as you tasted it.
Our 3rd beer - Trailhead Red Amber Ale was the most disapointing! Although the brews had a good appearance across the board they were mostly fair to poor. Our last a seasonal Quarterback Bock had a good head (holding up with the oil from the french fries served with the sandwitchs) but its not being appropriately hopped for a Bock, left us not wanting more that the 6 oz. serving. The Amber Ale was so buttery tasting that we joked about using it for a dip for crab legs! Diacetyl error in brewing.
We left wishing the Missouri Brown Dark Ale was good enough to split a single growler between us. I will return sometime and give them a second opportunity to sell me a growler.
It would be my selection for a meal. Come to think of it that was the only beer the fruit fly was buzzing around.
Certainly good dining but not the best place to show off Missouri's handcrafted beer.
01-23-2005 18:03:53 |
More by karst
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Trailhead Brewing Co is located in St. Charles in a quaint little area on Riverside Drive. There are a couple small parking lots adjacent, as well as parking along the entire street.
The restored building is really pretty, boasting a large tank in the back that is emblazoned with the logo. Inside there are multiple levels with a bar on the main floor. The dining areas are all over, and there is outside seating as well. The atmoshphere is rustic and the decor features a lot of St. Louis outdoors-y activities.
Trailhead offers 6 different beers with one being a seasonal. They have a sampler for a little under $7 so you can try all the beers. They range from Light to Stout with nothing too unique. All of the beers are average at best, which is unfortunate because everything else is good.
Service is good at this brewpub. Our server knew all of the beers and was clearly knowledgeable about what was on the sampler. She made good food recommendations too.
Speaking of food, it made up somewhat for the lackluster beers. The crab & artichoke dip was pretty tasty. The BBQ chicken was a little dry but overall pretty good, and the fries were great.
All in all the good outweighs the not-so-good at this establishment, but it's too bad that the not-so-good is the main reason I wanted to visit in the first place. I would give this place another shot but honestly none of the beers made me think I really had to come back the next time I visit St. Louis.
08-23-2007 04:57:09 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
My opinion on the Trailhead Brewing Company is different than most of those I've seen posted. I visited Trailhead in January of '06. I found the food very average, but the beers were pretty good. Maybe they've shifted their focus since the previous reviews. My prime rib was below average. The only saving grace for their food was the fired mushrooms I had for an appetizer.
As for beers, I greatly enjoyed the Old Courthouse Stout and Hazelnut Brown Ale (seasonal, I think). I will have to agree with other reviewers the Red was a little disappointing.
04-06-2006 21:45:05 |
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