Chef-Driven Menu to Feature at Brew Hub Taproom
St. Louis, MO/December 28, 2017 (STL.News) – Great beer, great food, and great service: it’s a model for success, and what’s planned for St. Louis’ newest craft beer purveyor. The Brew Hub Taproom at 5656 Oakland Avenue in The Highlands at Forest Park is expected to open in just a few weeks. The 120-seat tap room will feature a full-service restaurant with a chef-driven menu of dishes designed to go well with the 20 or more craft beers on tap.
Brew Hub was founded by former Anheuser-Busch executive Tim Schoen. The enterprise already operates a brewery and tasting room in Lakeland, Florida. Opened in 2014, the Florida facility brews its own line of craft beers, as well as serving as a brewhouse for more than a dozen smaller craft labels. In addition to brewing and packaging services, Brew Hub offers craft brewers assistance in sales, marketing and logistics, as well as legal and government affairs. Brew Hub had planned to open a similar operation in Chesterfield, but changed plans earlier this year. Schoen has said changes in the craft brewing industry in St. Louis mean a taproom and smaller brewing operation in the city makes more sense than duplicating the Florida facility here.
The Brew Hub Taproom in St. Louis will feature a four-barrel pilot brewing system, a barrel-aging program, and a distilling operation. They’ll also feature popular Brew Hub labels on tap including Keybilly Island Ale, Diver Down Red Ale and the award-winning Rome City IPA. There will also be more than a dozen craft beers from Brew Hub’s partner brewers.
The Taproom in St. Louis will also feature a full-service kitchen, so Brew Hub has tapped St. Louis native, chef Andy White to create the menu and lead the culinary team. White should be a good fit, with nearly a decade of experience as director of restaurant operations and executive chef for St. Louis Brewery (Schlafly). He built the kitchen teams for both Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood and the Schlafly Tap Room downtown. He also did stints at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis and Harvest (the Richmond Heights farm-to-table restaurant that closed in 2014). White says the Taproom menu is still a work in progress, but diners should expect shareable small plates and large plates too. His plan also calls for dishes that are familiar enough to be comfortable, but with some room for culinary adventurers as well. And of course, everything will go well with beer.
The Brew Hub Taproom is expected to open in February 2018. It promises to offer a distinctive dining and drinking experience—unique in that plans call for it to be a great dining out destination, but also a great place for a bite and a beer while you get some work done. It will also allow Brew Hub to introduce its beers and those of its brewing partners to the St. Louis market in a warm, inviting location.
Brew Hub Taproom
Owner: Tim Schoen
5656 Oakland Avenue
Cheltenham (The Highlands)
St. Louis, MO 63110
Opening: February 2018