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Active Beers: 66
Beer Ratings: 9,076
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2100 Locust St
phone: (314) 241-2337
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Checked this place out on a Friday night in July 2005. The place was packed, but it only took us five minutes to get seated. It's a pretty good sized brew pub in a large brick building. The main entrance foyer, and an outdoor seating area divide the two main rooms. The area to the left of the entrance has a long bar and lots of table seating. The area to the right is more tavern - like, with lots of smoke and pool tables. They sell a few bottled versions of their brews for take out at the entry area, and they're in coolers. Nice wood floors and six point deer heads on the walls make for a comfortable, rustic lodge type atmosphere. There were 12 beers on tap plus 2 casks. The brews were all average to good with no staleness or flat pours detected.
This place shouldn't be over looked in the St. louis area.
08-14-2005 19:50:29 |
More by beerceller99
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
We stopped by the Saint Louis Brewery after taking a tour three miles away at the Budweiser Brewery (which really isn't bad consider its Budweiser). This is another overrated place in my opinion. Actually, it was the bad service and my ppor choice in food that lowered the score.
We arrived around 2 PM on a Wednesday and the place was empty. Just real lousy service, no excuses. Tried the beer flight, whcih was a fine choice (though disappointed that of the seasonal beers now, they gave me the Witbier when I a Hefe was part of the flight). Five bean stew with sausage was okay, along with the average fries I snacked on. Did not get the chance to try the sticky pudding.
This place could be very good, just not today.
07-21-2005 03:32:35 |
More by Backer2004
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited around 1 pm on a busy Saturday (an Oyster Fest was in progress) but our party of three only had to wait about fifteen minutes for a table in the main bar area. During the wait I looked around a bit. In the center of the brewpub is the waiting room that divides all the areas. In one direction there was a nice little alcove of merchandise and a cooler of six-packs of their beer (I took advantage of that!). Adjoining this was a smallish bar with tables that had smaller tap list. Pool tables, darts, and TVs (I think) could be found near here. It was lively. The bathrooms were fairly big and clean enough. There was another bar upstairs but I didnt walk up there. The bar area that we ate in had many tables and the bar itself was fairly big. Exposed bricks, high ceilings, big windows, chalkboards with info where to find their beers around town (including our hotel!); brewing equipment was noticeable through glass. I liked how it was simply decorated. There wasnt tons of trash on the wall, no clutter, it was straightforward and charming plus there wasnt any music blaring! Even though it was very busy, it wasnt cramped and I didnt feel claustrophobic. I could talk across the table without yelling and everything about the place was friendly and relaxed.
There were two beers on hand pump (the Oatmeal Stout was great, the Pale Ale was okay) and there were around ten more beers available on-tap. I tried both casks, healthy and good quality. I sampled two other beers on-tap (Honey Wheat and Irish Stout (no notes were taken on these)), seemed of high quality. There was a wide selection of styles, it was a shame I didnt have the opportunity to try the more exotic stuff.
The menu was wide enough for me; it was mostly pub grub, some of it with a twist. I enjoy the cold turkey sandwich with an appetizer of pretzels. My dad enjoyed his soup and sandwich and my girlfriend enjoyed meal as well. The prices were reasonable for both the beer and food.
Service was quick, accurate, and friendly. No complaints here.
I wish I could have stayed longer or visited again on Sunday but it wasnt met to be. I really liked this brewpub, I didnt fall in love with it like I did, say, Great Dane in Wisconsin or Free State in Lawrence mainly because I didnt think the beers were as superior. This place did have a better vibe. Without question though, if I find my way to St. Louis again this place gets priority!
-Easy to find.
-Parking wasnt an issue during my visit.
03-08-2005 18:36:57 |
More by bditty187
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
Also went to the Cod/Cask festival at the Tap over the weekend. Weekends are always crowded, still a great place to sample many a craft brew. Food remains good for a brewpub, but nothing really outstanding. This is a place for craft beer ! Usually have entertainment lined up on the weekends. Too bad they have to put the bands upstairs in one bar area, while the two downstairs go without.;
Only thing kinda a downer was the service seems like the staff were just a bunch of young goober twenty-somethings. A few were not at all interested in the clientele, more inclined to stare off into space than talk (it was busy, should that be an excuse?). Will be back to sample other seasonals and talk to some other bartenders.
02-14-2005 14:47:05 |
More by Vancer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
My first visit just becomming a fan of this Brewery housed in what was once a 1904 printing works. It has several levels that may be open depending events going on.
Tap Room staff were friendly inspite of the demands of a popular event - Icelandic Cod and Cask conditioned ales and Live music. The bartender was knowlegable and happy to talk to you about technical aspects of the beers (hops used, etc), when things slowed a few minutes. If your a homebrewer, like me, call ahead arrange a tour and reserve a minikeg a few days before you get there. Arrange transportation - walking after dark not healthy in most cities.
There were several beers on tap, including a cask conditioned ales. They brew less radicle style of beers than you may see as top raves, but they are well made and consistant quality, If you driving consider growler for home consumption. I live 110 miles away and will drop in several times a year.
I found nice lodging (Hampton) 5 blocks away near Union Station on Market.
02-14-2005 06:26:46 |
More by karst
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I hate to admit it, but my wife and I had quite an adventure finding the Tap Room. We got to the street address, and I was like "Were the hell is it?"
We drove west on Locust and there it was, big as all bigtime.
Arrived at noon, so parking was not an issue, even with the Cod and Cask Fest going on.
Went to the first bar I saw inside, the one just left of the entrance. Tried to get a barley wine or triple even though I knew damn well they wouldn't have any, and they didn't. I can always hope, and besides, they had Scotch Ale on cask, and I would have to be a real dufus not to drink it.
Super good beer, friendly barkeep. The fish and chips were great, ambience was rustic and diverse. I will have to make many trips to get a real feel for the place, but from what I saw, I liked it.
02-12-2005 23:02:05 |
More by Shultzerdugen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I love this place. Large building with 2 bars downstairs and one upstairs. The main bar and dinining area is on the main floor and has quite a few beers on tap (somewhere around 10) and one hand pull. 4 or 5 regular offerings and 4 or 5 seasonal offerings. Typically the pale ale is cask-conditioned, though occasionally the Oatmeal Stout appears. Quality ranges from decent to rather impressive.
Service at the bar is always, always good. Service in the restaraunt ranges from good to inattentive.
Food can be good, the fish and chips are really quite nice, though the menu in general is a bit dull.
Still, a great place that makes over 30 styles of beer per year. You should stop in at least once every other week just to keep up with what's on tap.
01-04-2005 19:55:17 |
More by nogoodreason
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
The best place to have beer on tap in stl, period. The selection is far more than what is bottled. Last time I was there they had a great imperial stout, tripel and a cast conditioned pale ale. $8 will get you out the door with a growler of anything. Beyond the beer, they have a pretty decent menu, although as I am a vegetarian it didn't do much for me. Fairly typical pub food dominants, although they had a great polenta dish a few months ago. It has a couple pool tables, etc in a separate room from the dining area. A great place to go.
12-14-2004 22:37:07 |
More by swamiswamu
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
OK, a little warning for the review; I am a little biased. I see these guys as the anti- AB heros in St. Louis, which is very "bud- centric"; these guys have really elevated everyone's tastes in beer.
So the place is a rehabbed old printing works that was gutted by fire a decade or so ago; It has several levels that may or may not be open depending on how busy the place is and if they have a special event going on. The feel is mostly old brick and definitely has lots of character.
The waitstaff is universally friendly, although a few could stand to have a little more familiarity with the beers served. The bartenders are all quite familiar with the beers and happy to talk to you about technical aspects of the beers (hops used, etc), which is a real treat for the homebrewer.
There are about ten beers on tap, including a cask conditioned ale at all times. They are split into a 50:50 mix of their commercially available beers and those available only at the brewery. They are usually pretty darn close for style of beer, and it is clear they care about the quality, although I admit that the non- commercially (read "can't buy in the grocery store in 6 packs") available beers are usually the most interesting and worth the time of a BA. I get the occasional growler for home consumption.
The food is pretty decent, but not specatcular. You generally won't be wowed, but won't be disappointed, either. My favorite item on the menu is the goatcheese rarebit.
Overall, a great place. A local frequent hangout for me and worth a stop for any BA even close to St. Louis. If you're passing through, please stop by. These guys really have done alot in this town for elevating the tastes of beer drinkers here.
11-15-2004 02:32:18 |
More by amicar
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
After going to a couple other places in St Louis this was a great way to finish a long weekend. The dining area is a cross of bistro and brewpub. Can't say that I care much for the atmos., but the place is cut up into different types of surroundings to cater to diners/locals/college students etc.(no real central theme besides the copper kettles). Quality of food and drink was very good, I had the weiner schnizel and red cabbage that was probably the best I have had anywhere. Our main waiter didn't know what was on tap but knew what was good off the menu. I had to ask another waiter what kinds of beer they had and seasonals he would suggest. I would definitely go here again, sit at the main bar, look at the copper, order some more german food and make an evening out of it with a couple friends.
10-14-2004 16:57:12 |
More by dudey
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