Craft Beer Seller, St. Louis Hop Shop Now Open in New Store
St. Louis, MO/October 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – The southwest corner of Cherokee Street and Jefferson Avenue in South St. Louis has been many things over the years. Several shops and businesses have occupied the corner space, including, at different times, a record store and a furniture shop. It was even used for storage, with the windows covered in brown paper. Now, it’s the new home of the St. Louis Hop Shop. The craft beer purveyors just moved into the new digs at 2600 Cherokee Street, giving them a lot more room for a lot more beer.
Brothers Justin Harris and Ryan Griffin had opened the original St. Louis Hop Shop in 2015 in a smaller space up the block (2606 Cherokee). As craft beer lovers, they say they were inspired to open their shop when they became aware that there was no place in the City of St. Louis to sample a large selection of the region’s many craft brews, as well as artisan beers from across the country. So, they decided the best way to solve that dilemma for themselves, as well as other craft beer lovers, was to open a shop where they could bring the beer to the people.
St. Louis Hop Shop is a special place, part craft beer tasting room and part packaged liquor store. It quickly became one of the best places in the city to try a wide variety of brews all in one trip. That’s because the shop allows customers to sample what’s on tap and to purchase single packaged beers, meaning you can try just enough to get a good impression of the brew, without the cost of buying an entire six-pack. The original 880-square foot shop offered hundreds of labels—from familiar brands to rare brews. They had a lot stuffed into that space, including a seven-foot bar with four rotating taps.
And that was the problem. The brothers say they simply outgrew the space. With the need for more shelf, storage, and tap space, they moved the shop three doors east, to the much larger corner spot. The new, 1500-square foot shop features an even bigger packaged beer selection and a new, 10-foot bar with seven rotating taps. Just as at the original location, customers can sip a beer from the bar as they browse the shelves. Harris and Griffin say the new space will make it easier to give people access to even more of everything. The new digs mean they have the room to add an assortment of local spirits to the stock. They also plan to offer some chilled growlers for customers to enjoy in the shop. And the future will likely include tap takeovers, special events, and more of the best the world of craft beer has to offer.
Saint Louis Hop Shop
Owners: Justin Harris and Ryan Griffin
2600 Cherokee Street
Cherokee Street Business District/Gravois Park
Saint Louis, MO 63118
Phone: (314) 261-4011